Kanako Urai (September 26, 1981) is a Japanese expert grappler as of now marked to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on the Raw brand under the ring name Asuka. She is the current WWE Raw Women’s Champion and a previous WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion. In WWE NXT she is a previous NXT Women’s Champion, holding the record for the longest rule at 510 days. She is known for her solid wrestling style, which incorporates different kicks and accommodation holds. She recently worked in numerous Japanese advancements, for example, Japanese Women Pro-Wrestling Project, SMASH, and Pro Wrestling WAVE. In SMASH, she held the SMASH Divas Championship on two events.
Urai is an alumnus of the Osaka University of Arts Junior College. She is an author for Xbox Magazine and plans illustrations for Nintendo DS and different versatile applications, while likewise possessing a beauty parlour named Another Heaven in Yokohama. Urai is a devotee of American culture and media, including groups, for example, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi, films like The Godfather, Gran Torino, Platoon and Dances with Wolves and computer games, for example, the Call of Duty arrangement and games from Rock star Games.
Preceding her vocation in proficient wrestling, Urai had the foundation of a game in badminton and figure skating. Urai, receiving the ring name Kana, made her expert wrestling debut for all female advancement AtoZ on June 16, 2004, in a match against Leona. Kana had shown up for Pro Wrestling Wave in 2008, however, didn’t begin working routinely for the advancement until the finish of 2010, when NEO Japan Ladies Pro Wrestling collapsed.
On April 5, 2012, Tajiri declared the subsequent advancement to Smash, Wrestling New Classic (WNC), which would hold its first occasion on April 26, and named Kana as a major aspect of the advancement’s program. On April 29, 2010, Kana held her first self-delivered occasion, named Kana Pro, which saw her lose to MeikoSatomura in the headliner of the night.
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On August 22, 2015, Urai went to WWE’s NXT Takeover: Brooklyn occasion in Brooklyn, New York, where she appeared on camera and distinguished as “Kanna”. The appearance prompted bits of gossip that she had marked with WWE. On August 27, it was affirmed that Urai had marked with WWE half a month sooner.