At Clash of Champions, Asuka defeated Zelina Vega to retain her championship and answer Bayley's open challenge for the Smackdown Women's Championship, which she won via disqualification. After spending two years in WWE's developmental branch NXT, where she is a former NXT Women's Champion (with her reign of 510 days[nb 1] being the longest in that title's history) as well as the Female Competitor of the Year (2016, 2017) and Overall Competitor of the Year (2017) NXT Year-End Award winner, Asuka was moved to the promotion's main roster in September 2017. The following night on Raw, Becky Lynch made a stunning announcement when she revealed she was pregnant, and that Asuka's victory in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match had made her the new Raw Women's Champion. A 2016 Langara College journalism program graduate, he's also a site expert at The Canuck Way and a script writer for the Total Pro Sports YouTube channel.  On April 6, 2013 at the Volume 53 internet pay-per-view, Kana and LuFisto unsuccessfully challenged the Canadian NINJAs for the Shimmer Tag Team Championship in a four-way match, which also included the teams of Global Green Gangsters (Kellie Skater and Tomoka Nakagawa) and Made in Sin.  On the March 26 episode of SmackDown, Asuka dropped the title to Charlotte Flair in an impromptu match, ending her reign at 100 days.
At Summerslam, Asuka wrestled both Bayley for the SmackDown Women's Championship, and, later Banks for the Raw Women's Championship; she lost the first match, but later defeated Banks to win back the Raw Women's Championship, marking her first time winning any WWE title more than once.  Two days later at Go!
Nobody is ready for Asuka.  On February 25, 2014, Kana produced an independent event titled KanaProMania in Korakuen Hall, which saw her defeat Meiko Satomura in the main event. — Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) November 28, 2017  On December 15 at JWP's annual year-end Climax event, Kana lost the JWP Openweight Championship back to Nakajima in her third title defense. Asuka saved Carmella from a post-match attack by Eva Marie and Nia Jax and afterwards had a staredown with Bayley, indicating that she wanted a shot at her title.  Later, in the main event, Kana teamed with Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling's Kagetsu, wrestling Syuri and JWP's Arisa Nakajima to a thirty-minute time limit draw.  In the main event of a WNC event on September 17, Kana earned a big win over Syuri, defeating her via submission in a tag team match, where she and Tajiri faced Syuri and Akira. And with that, Asuka made incredible history that may never get broken. Later, she defeated Mia Yim in her first match for the promotion. In September 2019, Urai launched her own gaming and cooking channel on YouTube, KanaChan TV.  On the April 13 episode of Raw, Asuka qualified for the Money in the Bank ladder match after defeating Ruby Riott. The Empress of Tomorrow just enjoyed one of the greatest one-day stretches in WWE history. [nb 1] During her farewell segment, NXT General Manager William Regal called her "one of the greatest champions in WWE history" and also mentioned negotiations to move Asuka to WWE's main roster. Sasha Banks won the title when Asuka chose to get herself counted out to save Sane, from an attack by Bayley.  Asuka had never lost a match by submitting or being pinned, though she had come up short in the aforementioned battle royal in January 2016 and tag team match and one fatal four-way match on NXT house shows in March and May 2016, respectively, when other wrestlers were pinned. The Miz and John Morrison for the WWE Universal Championship, Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus", "6/15 WWE Raw Results: Powell's live review of Asuka vs. Nia Jax for the Raw Women's Championship, Ric Flair's appearance, Drew McIntyre and R-Truth vs. Bobby Lashley and MVP, Randy Orton's opening segment, Dominick Mysterio accepting Seth Rollins' invitation", "Sasha Banks Beats Asuka, Wins Raw Women's Championship on WWE Raw", "Kairi Sane bids farewell to the WWE Universe | WWE", "SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley def. Sasha Banks to become the new Raw Women's Champion", "Fifth batch of WWE stars in "WWE 2K17" video game – NXT headliners, Big Four main roster stars, Stone Cold headlines big group of legends", "Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, 205 Live stars, Freebirds and more set for WWE 2K18: updated list of 125 talents set for new WWE videogame", "WWE 2K19 ROSTER PT 2: NEXT 62 SUPERSTARS ANNOUNCED", "WWE 2K20: All The Playable Wrestlers On The Roster", "Asuka From WWE Has Started Her Own Gaming YouTube Channel And It's Great! , After multiple vignettes in the upcoming weeks, it was revealed on the September 11, 2017, episode of Raw, Asuka was assigned to the Raw brand.  On the January 11, 2017 episode of NXT when Asuka was overpowered by The Iconic Duo (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce), Nikki Cross came to her rescue but then herself attacked Asuka.
", "Asuka won the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match", "Backstage News From The RAW Segment With Becky Lynch And Asuka, Becky's Pregnancy Announcement", "WWE Backlash results: Powell's review of Edge vs. Randy Orton, Drew McIntyre vs. Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship, Asuka vs. Nia Jax for the Raw Women's Championship, Braun Strowman vs.  Asuka also attacked Ember Moon, Nikki Cross and Ruby Riott, who were the final competitors in a battle royal to determine her challenger for NXT TakeOver: Chicago, officially cementing herself as a villainess.
Big E & Carmella in Week 2 of WWE Mixed Match Challenge", "WWE Mixed Match Challenge Results: Finn Balor and Sasha Banks vs The Miz and Asuka", "WWE Mixed Match Challenge results: Team "Awe-ska" send Team "Little Big" packing, while "The Boss Club" get a second life", "SIX WAY MAYHEM, NEW WRESTLEMANIA BOUT CONFIRMED, A NEW CHAMPION CROWNED, A BLUDGEONING & MORE: COMPLETE WWE FASTLANE PPV COVERAGE", "Powell's WrestleMania 34 live review: AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship, Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship, Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka for the Smackdown Women's Championship, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle vs.  On June 17, Kana produced her first Kana Pro event in collaboration with WNC, where she and Kenichi Yamamoto were defeated in the main event by Daisuke Ikeda and Syuri.  After the match, Kana left the arena smiling and later challenged Syuri to a rematch, which was made official on June 30. Go! Kanako Urai (浦井 佳奈子, Urai Kanako, born September 26, 1981) is a Japanese professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, performing on the Raw brand under the ring name Asuka (アスカ, /ˈɑːskə/), where she is the current Raw Women's Champion in her second reign.
 In early July, Kana and Mio Shirai took part in the 2012 Japan Expo in Paris, France.  Two days later, Kana was eliminated in the semifinals of the tournament by Nagisa Nozaki, following interference from her Kabushiki gaisha DQN stablemate Jiro Kuroshio. 45 and 46 tapings", "Results of Shimmer Vol. , Towards the end of November, Asuka won a battle royal to enter her way into the first-ever women's Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match against both Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women's Championship. ", "BROCK LESNAR VS. DANIEL BRYAN, CHARLOTTE FLAIR VS. RONDA ROUSEY, RAW VS. SMACKDOWN & MORE: COMPLETE WWE SURVIVOR SERIES 2018 PPV COVERAGE", "WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT: THE WOMEN'S TITLE MATCH IS SET, A NEW MASK COLLECTOR, USOS VERSUS BAR, AND MORE", "WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT: DANIEL BRYAN'S FICKLE MANIFESTO, A CONTRACT SIGNING, AND MORE", "WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT: NO ONE IS READY FOR ASUKA, THE NEW DANIEL BRYAN, AND MORE", "THE MAN VS. Most recently, Asuka linked up with Kairi Sane to form one of WWE's most dangerous duos, The Kabuki Warriors.  During her time away from the ring, Urai opened her own graphic design agency.  On December 26, Kana defeated Syuri to win the Reina World Women's Championship.  The following day on Volume 43, Kana was defeated by Cheerleader Melissa in a match to determine the number one contender to the Shimmer Championship.  Throughout the next few months, Asuka continued her streak by defeating the likes of Dana Brooke (whom she defeated in three seconds, setting a new WWE record for the fastest submission win in a women's match), Alicia Fox and Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss in a non-title match.  Asuka defeated Nia Jax on February 25 at Elimination Chamber and again on the March 5 episode of Raw. , On April 5, 2012, Tajiri named Kana as part of the roster of Wrestling New Classic (WNC), the follow-up promotion to Smash.
58 & 59, Cheerleader Melissa and top women's wrestlers featured", "Shimmer 58 & 59 results from Berweyn, IL", "New Shimmer Champion crowned and more: 10/18 Shimmer results from Berwyn, IL", "Syuri retuvo el Campeonato Mundial del CMLL", "WWE NXT TakeOver live results & main card: Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens, Sasha Banks vs. Bayley, Samoa Joe, Jushin "Thunder" Liger", "Sun update: SummerSlam, Tough Enough, Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, Rollins", "Thurs.  On May 15, Kana and Mio Shirai produced Triple Tails.S' final independent event before officially dissolving the partnership, which featured a main event tag team match, where Kana and Arisa Nakajima defeated Shirai and Kayoko Haruyama.  On October 10, 2009, Kana teamed with Takahashi to defeat Hiroyo Matsumoto and Kyoko Inoue for the NEO Tag Team Championship, Kana's first professional wrestling title.  She wrestled her final match for the promotion on September 4, when she and Syuri defeated Konami and Makoto in a tag team match.  This also marked Sane's final appearance in WWE, as she left the company to be with her new husband in Japan, therefore disbanding the Kabuki Warriors..  On July 12, the White Tails stable produced their final event before the group's dissolution, during which Kana wrestled the soon-to-retire Ayumi Kurihara to a ten-minute time limit draw.  The following day, Kana first defeated Ayako Hamada, Mercedes Martinez and Yuu Yamagata in a four-way match on Volume 56, before finishing her weekend with a win over Kalamity in a singles match on Volume 57. With that, she became the first person to achieve a remarkable feat. , On August 19 at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, Asuka defeated the returning Ember Moon to retain her title reign.  In June, Asuka decisively defeated Nikki Cross in a Last Woman Standing match to retain her championship.  Three days later, Kana and Shirai lost the Wave Tag Team Championship to Shidarezakura (Hikaru Shida and Yumi Ohka) in their second defense.
Asuka had a great run through NXT …  After Kana used her power to strip Ariya and Makoto of the Reina World Tag Team Championship, she and Arisa Nakajima became the new champions on November 20 by defeating Lin Byron and Syuri in a tournament final, when Syuri was betrayed by her own partner, paid off by Kana.
 From September 1 to October 6, Kana took part in the 2013 Dual Shock Wave tournament, where she teamed with Yumi Ohka.  On May 3 at Smash.17, Serena defeated Kana with a spear in the first singles match between the two. Share Share Tweet Email Comment. Urai has also worked as a freelance graphic designer and video game journalist and through her work with Microsoft she has been sponsored by the company, wearing an Xbox 360 logo on her gear.  On the next Kana Pro event on June 16 at Korakuen Hall, Kana and Naomichi Marufuji were defeated by Meiko Satomura and Minoru Suzuki in an intergender main event tag team match.  The team of Asuka and Kairi Sane, later dubbed as "The Kabuki Warriors", was immediately put in a feud with The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) over the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship.  Her techniques include various kicks and submission holds, leading to a reputation for a stiff wrestling style.
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