There was an ugly spat before the decider between Becky Lynch and Asuka. During the contract signing for their Raw Women’s Championship match at the Royal, Rumble Asuka stunned everyone by spewing green mist directly into Becky’s eye. After screaming in pain Lynch demanded the microphone and cut a passionate promo about her need to beat Asuka. The official handle of WWE twitted the ugly spat captioning that Lynch is out for revenge on Asuka following the devastating green mist.
Asuka was born as Kanako Urai on September 26, 1981, in Osaka, Japan. She graduated from Osaka University of Arts Junior College. She was highly interested in badminton and figure skating before Wrestling. In the AtoZ promotion in June 2004, she started her professional wrestling career as Kana. She worked for several promotions like JWP Joshi Puroresu, NEO Japan Ladies Pro-Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Wave, Reina Joshi Puroresu, Smash and Wrestling New Classic (WNC).
In her whole career to date, she won numerous Championships like JWP Openweight Championship, NEO Tag Team Championship, Reina World Women’s Championship, Smash Diva Championship and Wave Tag Team Championship. She is the first Japanese female wrestler to sign a Wrestling contract with WWE in over 20 years. She also holds the record of the longest reign of holding the NXT Women’s Champion title for 510 days. At the NXT Year-End Award, she was twice chosen as the Female Competitor of the Year (2016, 2017) and once Overall Competitor of the Year in 2017.
She holds the prestigious record of the longest undefeated streak in WWE history at 914 days. She won the Inaugural match of Women’s Royal Rumble. She topped the annual PWI Female 50 list among Japanese Wrestlers. She fights under various ring names like Kana, Kana-hime, Aska Huyaska, Princess Kana, Ramen Woman, Skull Reaper Kana, Tomoe Gozen. Apart from Wrestling, she has also worked as a graphic designer and video game journalist.