[128], Kana returned to Shimmer on October 27, 2012, when she and LuFisto unsuccessfully challenged the Canadian NINJAs (Nicole Matthews and Portia Perez) for the Shimmer Tag Team Championship as part of Volume 49. [127] Later that same day on Volume 46, Kana was defeated in a singles match by Mercedes Martinez. [221] After her successful title defense against Mickie James on November 19 at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, Asuka displayed the first signs of villainous behavior when she refused to shake her opponent's hand after the match. [228] 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[214] 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. [312] As part of the 2019 Draft in mid-October, Asuka and Sane were both drafted to the Raw brand. [129][130] Later that same night on Volume 50, Kana was defeated by Ayako Hamada in a singles match. [310] On October 6 at the Hell in a Cell pay–per–view, The Kabuki Warriors finally won the Women's Tag Team Championship from Bliss and Cross, after Asuka used a green mist on Cross. ", How WWE superstar Becky Lynch found a way to top 2019 with one announcement -- and give back to Special Olympics, "Charlotte Flair's family hardships didn't derail her against Asuka: Exclusive, April 8, 2018", "Naomi talks her Survivor Series match, those rumored tag titles and if she'd want to go back to Monday Night RAW", "The Man comes around: Becky Lynch breaks out for WWE as the 2018 Wrestler of the Year", "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Female 50 for 2017", "WWE Money in the Bank: Otis and Asuka secure MITB briefcases", "Asuka won the first-ever Women's Royal Rumble Match; Ronda Rousey arrived", "WWE Year End Awards 2019: Analyzing each award category - Seth Rollins should have won Male Superstar of the Year", The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Asuka_(wrestler)&oldid=986649238, Articles with dead external links from July 2017, Articles with permanently dead external links, Articles with dead external links from October 2018, Articles containing Japanese-language text, Articles with Japanese-language sources (ja), Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, NEO Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with, Ranked No. [120][121] In her Shimmer debut on Volume 41, Kana was shown in early segments ignoring Sara Del Rey and Cheerleader Melissa's welcoming, establishing herself as a villain in the process. At the Royal Rumble, Asuka failed to win the title from Lynch. [30][31][32] On March 17, Kana was defeated in the finals of the tournament by Yumi Ohka.

[62][63][64][65] She was, in storyline, brought into JWP by her friend Arisa Nakajima, much to the chagrin of the promotion's president Command Bolshoi, who was one of the wrestlers upset by her 2010 manifesto. [134][135] 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. Asuka, … [110] On May 3 at Smash.17, Serena defeated Kana with a spear in the first singles match between the two. [17] They held the title for two months before losing it to Ayumi Kurihara and Yoshiko Tamura on December 31, 2009.

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[151] On April 26 at WNC's first event, Before the Dawn, Kana teamed with Mio Shirai in a tag team match, where they defeated Makoto and Syuri, with Kana pinning Makoto for the win.

[100] In the rematch on July 24 at Smash.5 Kana, now a full blown heel, defeated Syuri via submission in just three minutes.

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[167] During a press conference the following day, Kana and Makoto announced that they were coming together to produce an event at Shinjuku Face on November 9, celebrating their common birthday, respectively. [97][98], Kana made her debut for Yoshihiro Tajiri's new Smash promotion on June 25, 2010, losing to Syuri in the main event of Smash.4. The dangerous pair captured the WWE Women's Tag Team Titles from Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross at WWE Hell in a Cell 2019. [284], 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.

[127] The following day on Volume 47, Kana and LuFisto defeated Christina Von Eerie and MsChif in a tag team match. As pointed out here by Ringside News, Asuka is the first person in WWE history to win the Raw, SmackDown, NXT Women's Championships, the Women's Tag Team Titles, the Money in the Bank ladder match as well as the Royal Rumble. [175][176] Following the match, Kana quit WNC and once again became a freelancer, claiming that she had not been paid for months and had not been able to get in contact with the promotion's president Tsutomu Takashima. 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 used her perfect technique and wicked intentions to take down everybody from Becky Lynch to Bayley (whom Asuka unseated as NXT Women’s Champion). In January 2018, she was the inaugural winner of the women's Royal Rumble match. [174] 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. 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. [79][80] While continuing to badmouth JWP and its wrestlers, Kana also entered a storyline, where she began professing her love for Arisa Nakajima, much to the bewilderment of the former champion. [317] On the next Raw, The Kabuki Warriors officiated their face turn, beginning a feud with the returning Nia Jax. [265][266] With wins over Carmella and Big E, Sasha Banks and Finn Bálor,[267][268] Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman[269] and finally Charlotte Flair and Bobby Roode, they won the tournament. [161] The first match between Kana and Syuri since the latter's turn took place at a WNC event on August 2; Syuri, Akira and StarBuck defeated Kana, Hajime Ohara and Tajiri.

After weeks of avoiding them, The IIconics lost to The Kabuki Warriors during WWE's tour in Tokyo,[305] which earned The Kabuki Warriors a title match. [196][197] On August 31, ahead of her impending departure from the promotion, Kana relinquished the Reina World Women's Championship. [255], On January 28, 2018 at the Royal Rumble, Asuka won the first women's Royal Rumble match, entering at number 25 and eliminating her former rival Ember Moon and lastly Nikki Bella to earn herself a women's championship match at WrestleMania 34.

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. [84][85][86][87], On December 27, 2013, Kana and Mio Shirai disbanded Triple Tails.S, with their final self-produced independent event taking place in early 2014. [133][134] Later that night on Volume 51, Kana teamed with LuFisto in a tag team match (her final match of the weekend), where they defeated Made in Sin (Allysin Kay and Taylor Made). [234] In June, Asuka decisively defeated Nikki Cross in a Last Woman Standing match to retain her championship. Early in the event, the two teamed to defeat the Ice Ribbon team of Hamuko Hoshi and Hikaru Shida. [229][230][231], In her successful title defense against Ember Moon on April 1 at NXT TakeOver: Orlando, Asuka again displayed a villainous demeanor, shoving the referee into her opponent to avoid Moon's finishing maneuver (the Eclipse) en route to winning the match.

[232] 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. Now, it's time to start defending that Raw Women's Champion. [153] At WNC's second event, Starting Over on May 24, Kana submitted Makoto in a tag team match, where she teamed with Syuri and Makoto with Riho, a replacement for an injured Mio Shirai. At the eponymous event, Asuka won the Women's Money in the Bank match.

[199], On August 22, 2015, Urai attended WWE's NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn event in Brooklyn, New York,[200] Rumours about her having signed with WWE[201][202] were soon confirmed[203] at a press conference on September 8 in Tokyo; this made her the first female Japanese wrestler to sign with the company since Bull Nakano in 1994. [160], Later that same event, Kana's uneasy alliance with Syuri came to an end, when Syuri turned on her, after losing to Ayako Hamada, and joined a new villainous stable formed by Akira and StarBuck. However, the following week, Asuka officially lost the title via count out in their rematch, where the belt could change hands by pinfall, submission, count out, disqualification or interference. [178], On August 30, 2014, Kana began working for Reina Joshi Puroresu as a storyline consultant.

[243], 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.

And The Empress of Tomorrow proved that by not being pinned or submitted from her debut in NXT in October 2015 until WrestleMania 34 in April 2018.

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