|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||62 kg (137 lb)|
|Born||September 26, 1981 (37)|
|Osaka, Osaka, Japan|
|Trained by||Yuki Ishikawa|
|Debut||September 23, 2015|
Kanako Urai is a Japanese professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, performing on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Asuka.
Nobody is ready for Asuka. And The Empress of Tomorrow has proved this as she was not pinned or made to submit from her debut in NXT in October 2015 until WrestleMania 34.
Marching to the ring in a traditional noh mask and kaleidoscopic battle gear and looking every bit the victor before the opening bell even rings, Asuka has trounced nearly every Superstar thrown her way, using her perfect technique and wicked intentions to take down everybody from Nia Jax to Bayley (whom Asuka unseated as NXT Women’s Champion). All the while, the fierce Japanese Superstar has worn an intimidating smile on her face, seemingly finding joy in stretching out her overmatched challengers.
After repeatedly declaring that she can’t be touched inside the ring, Asuka relinquished the NXT Women’s Title in September 2017, ending her historic, record-breaking title reign on day No. 523 so she could focus on new opportunities in WWE.
It was soon revealed that Asuka would be headed to Raw where she debuted in epic fashion by making Emma tap out at WWE TLC. She followed that up by becoming the sole survivor for Team Raw in the 5-on-5 Women’s Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match. Asuka then made history by winning the first-ever Women's Royal Rumble Match. She also was one-half of the winning team of Mixed Match Challenge Season 1 alongside The Miz.
Her undefeated streak came to an end at the hands of SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 34. Asuka would persevere, however, and finally captured the SmackDown Women’s Title at WWE TLC after defeating Flair and Becky Lynch in the first-ever Women’s TLC Match.
Other media Edit
Urai has released three gravure DVDs, titled Manifesto), Manifesto II, and Manifesto Final. She and Mio Shirai have also released a gravure DVD together, titled Sadistic Tails (2012).
Asuka has appeared in three WWE video games. She made her in-game debut in WWE 2K17 and appears in WWE 2K18 and WWE 2K19.
Personal life Edit
Urai is a graduate of the Osaka University of Arts Junior College. She has written for Xbox Magazine and designed graphics for Nintendo DS and various mobile applications while also owning a hair salon named Another Heaven in Yokohama. Prior to her career in professional wrestling, Urai had a sports background in badminton and figure skating.
Championships and accomplishments Edit
- DDT Pro-Wrestling
- Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (5 times)
- JWP Joshi Puroresu
- JWP Openweight Championship (1 time)
- Best Bout Award (2013) vs. Arisa Nakajima on December 15
- Enemy Award (2013)
- Kuzu Pro
- Kuzu Pro Diva Championship (1 time)
- NEO Japan Ladies Pro Wrestling
- NEO Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Nanae Takahashi
- Osaka Joshi Pro Wrestling
- One Day Tag Tournament (2011) – with Mio Shirai
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked No. 3 of the top 50 female singles wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2016
- Pro Wrestling Wave
- Wave Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Ayumi Kurihara (1) and Mio Shirai (1)
- Catch the Wave (2011)
- Dual Shock Wave (2011) – with Ayumi Kurihara
- Reina Joshi Puroresu
- Reina World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Arisa Nakajima
- Reina World Women's Championship (1 time)
- Reina World Tag Team Championship Tournament (2014) – with Arisa Nakajima
- Smash Diva Championship (2 times)
- Smash Diva Championship Tournament (2011)
- WWE SmackDown Women's Championship (1 time, current)
- NXT Women's Championship (1 time)
- Mixed Match Challenge (Season 1) – with The Miz
- Royal Rumble (2018 Women's)
- NXT Year-End Award (3 times)
- Female Competitor of the Year (2016, 2017)
- Overall Competitor of the Year (2017)