Kanako Urai

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Ring Names Asuka
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Born September 26, 1981 (36)
Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Resides Orlando, Florida
Billed Osaka, Japan
Trained by Yuki Ishikawa
Debut June 16, 2004

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. The Superstar who was not pinned or made to submit from her debut in NXT in October 2015 until WrestleMania 34, The Empress of Tomorrow has been nothing short of unstoppable.

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.

Her undefeated streak came to an end at the hands of SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte at WrestleMania 34, but this unique Superstar still has many historic moments in front of her. 

- WWE,com

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). Urai, as Asuka, appears as a playable character in the video games WWE 2K17 and WWE 2K18.

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.

In wrestling Edit

  • Finishing moves
    • As Asuka
      • Asuka Lock (Crossface chickenwing with bodyscissors)
      • Spin kick
    • As Kana
      • Billiken (Running hip attack to the face of a seated opponent)
      • Henkei Zombie-gatame (Leg trap camel clutch) – 2013–2014
      • Kanagon (Grounded dragon sleeper)
      • Kana Lock (Crossface chickenwing with bodyscissors)
      • Seated Fujiwara armbar
  • Signature moves
    • As Asuka
      • Ankle lock, sometimes followed by a German suplex
      • Flying cross armbar
      • Hip attack
    • As Kana
      • Back fist
      • Diving splash
      • Multiple hip attack variations[
      • Roundhouse kick, sometimes to the head of a seated, kneeling or rising opponent
      • STF
  • Nicknames
    • As Asuka
      • "The Empress of Tomorrow"
    • As Kana
      • "Kana-chan"
      • "Sekai no Kana"
      • "The World Famous"
  • Entrance themes
    • "Sakura Wars Theme" by Chisa Yokoyama
    • "The Sun Rises" by Rei Kondoh
    • "Sadism" by Tsutomu Toya (used while teaming with Mio Shirai)
    • "The Future" by CFO$ (NXT; September 23, 2015–present)

Wrestlers trained Edit

  • Konami

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
    • Smash Diva Championship (2 times)
    • Smash Diva Championship Tournament (2011)


    • Royal Rumble (2018 Women's)

Social Media Edit