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Encyclopedia > Yoshihiro Asai
Yoshihiro Asai
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Ring name(s) Último Dragón
Ultimate Dragon
Asai
Second Tiger
Komodo Dragon
Billed height 168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Billed weight 83.9 kg (185 lb)
Born December 12, 1966 (1966-12-12) (age 40)
Flag of JapanNagoya, Aichi
Trained by Gran Hamada
Debut May 13, 1987 with Naoki Sano and Hirokazu Hata vs. Los Millonarios de la Muerte

Yoshihiro Asai (born December 12, 1966 in Nagoya, Aichi), better known as Último Dragón, is a Japanese professional wrestler. In addition to having trained in Japan, Asai learned to wrestle in the lucha libre style while working in Mexico. Asai is credited with popularizing the "Asai Moonsault", although, contrary to popular belief, he did not invent the move [citation needed]. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Nagoya ) is the fourth largest city in Japan. ... For the company, see Aichi Steel Corporation. ... Gran Hamada (real name Hiroaki Hamada) is Japanese professional wrestler, the first to adopt the high-flying Mexican lucha libre style. ... is the 133rd day of the year (134th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Naoki Sano(佐野直喜) is a Japanese professional wrestler. ... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Nagoya ) is the fourth largest city in Japan. ... For the company, see Aichi Steel Corporation. ... For the video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... One of the most well known Lucha Libre wrestlers (luchadores), Rey Mysterio. ... Shawn Michaels performing a Moonsault on Chris Jericho. ...

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Career

Asai debuted in New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1987, but left the promotion along with his mentor, Gran Hamada, to help form Hamada's Universal Lucha Libre promotion. When the ULL went into decline, he moved to WAR. New Japan Pro Wrestling (新日本プロレス, shin nihon puroresu) is a major professional wrestling federation in Japan, founded by Antonio Inoki in 1972. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Gran Hamada (real name Hiroaki Hamada) is Japanese professional wrestler, the first to adopt the high-flying Mexican lucha libre style. ... Universal Lucha Libre (Universal Pro-Wrestling until 1991; Federación Universal de Lucha Libre afterwards) was a professional wrestling promotion in Japan from 1990 to 1995. ... Wrestling And Romance, and later Wrestle Association R, was a professional wrestling promotion founded and run by Genichiro Tenryu as the successor to Super World of Sports, and which lasted from 1992 to 2000. ...


Asai made his American debut in 1996 as Ultimate Dragon for the now defunct World Championship Wrestling promotion. He used this name for a year in WCW until in late '96 when they realized it was a translation error and his real ring name was Ultimo Dragon. He suffered an arm injury in 1999 that required surgery. The operation was botched, causing nerve damage. It was thought that this would force an end of his career and he announced his retirement. For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... “Surgeon” redirects here. ... Seddons classification is a scheme for describing nerve injury. ...


In 1997, Asai then became a trainer where he trained three classes of students, "Toryumon Japan", "Toryumon 2000 Project" (T2P), and "Toryumon X". His first class of students worked for WCW early in their career. In 1999 a promotion named Toryumon opened, with the vast majority of the roster having been trained by Asai. Toryumon was later renamed Dragon Gate, with Asai parting ways with the promotion. He continued to train students at his gym. For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Toryumon was the name of Ultimo Dragons professional wrestling school and the associated professional wrestling promotion. ... Dragon Gate is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion formerly known as Toryumon Japan. ...


In 2002, Asai underwent another surgery to repair the damage done to his arm and returned to wrestling. In the spring of 2003, he signed with World Wrestling Entertainment as the Último Dragón, seeking to realize his two lifelong goals of competing in Madison Square Garden and performing at WrestleMania. He was brought in on the heels of the signing of Rey Mysterio on the belief that he would make as big of an impact as Mysterio did upon his WWE debut. Asai made his WWE debut at Madison Square Garden on the June 26, 2003 episode of SmackDown! in a match with Shannon Moore, and wrestled there again at WrestleMania XX. His contract expired in 2004 . Also see: 2002 (number). ... For other uses, see Spring. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... Official WrestleMania logo WrestleMania is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment since 1985. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shannon Brian Moore (born July 27, 1979) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on the SmackDown! brand. ... WrestleMania XX was the twentieth WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ...


Since leaving WWE, Asai has occasionally wrestled for the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. He also took part in the short lived promotion dragondoor. Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) (Spanish for Worldwide Wrestling Council) is a Lucha Libre promotion based in Mexico City while running cards in Guadalajara, Puebla and elsewhere in central and southern Mexico. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ...


Currently he has been wrestling at UWA Hardcore Wrestling based outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has wrestled against Sonjay Dutt, M-Dogg 20, Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, and Black Tiger all in the UWA. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Retesh Bhalla (born April 7, 1982 in Washington, D.C.), better known by his ring name, Sonjay Dutt, is an Indian American professional wrestler, currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. ... Matthew Capiccioni is a professional wrestler who is best known as M-Dogg 20. ... Josh Harter[2](born February 4, 1982), better known by his ring name Chris Sabin, is an American professional wrestler, currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. ... Patrick Martin[1] (born May 23, 1983), better known by the ring name Alex Shelley, is an American professional wrestler currently wrestling for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. ...


Wrestling facts

  • Finishing and signature moves

In professional wrestling a DDT is any move in which the wrestler falls down or backwards to drive a held opponents head into the mat. ... Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. ... Giant Mexican flag in the Hotel Zone Cancún (pronounced as IPA: ) is a coastal city in Mexicos easternmost state, Quintana Roo, on the Yucatán Peninsula. ... Shawn Michaels performing a Moonsault on Chris Jericho. ... Aerial techniques are used in professional wrestling to show off the speed and agility of a wrestler. ... Aerial techniques are used in professional wrestling to show off the speed and agility of a wrestler. ... A Powerbomb is a professional wrestling move in which an opponent is lifted up (usually so that they are sitting on the wrestlers shoulders) and then slammed back-first down to the mat. ... Shawn Michaels performing a Moonsault on Chris Jericho. ... Aztec is a term used to refer to certain ethnic groups of central Mexico, particularly those groups who spoke the Nahuatl language and who achieved political and military dominance over large parts of Mesoamerica in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, a period referred to as the Late post-Classic... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Professional wrestling throws are the application of techniques that involve lifting the opponent up and throwing or slamming him or her down, which makes up most of the action of professional wrestling. ... A Powerbomb is a professional wrestling move in which an opponent is lifted up (usually so that they are sitting on the wrestlers shoulders) and then slammed back-first down to the mat. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Professional wrestling throws are the application of techniques that involve lifting the opponent up and throwing or slamming him or her down, which makes up most of the action of professional wrestling. ...

Championships and accomplishments

  • British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Tohoku Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Jinsei Shinzaki
  • PWI ranked him # 61 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003.
  • WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

1Despite Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre keeping the NWA initials as part of these two championships after leaving the National Wrestling Alliance, they are not sanctioned nor recognized as world titles by the National Wrestling Alliance.
²Although he won the championship, the win and reign aren't recognized by World Wrestling Entertainment. Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) (Spanish for Worldwide Wrestling Council) is a Lucha Libre promotion based in Mexico City while running cards in Guadalajara, Puebla and elsewhere in central and southern Mexico. ... The NWA World Middleweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship promoted by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. ... The NWA World Middleweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship promoted by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. ... NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE WORLD WELTERWEIGHT TITLE El Santo 46/03/15 Mexico City Defeats Pete Pancof. ... NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE WORLD WELTERWEIGHT TITLE El Santo 46/03/15 Mexico City Defeats Pete Pancof. ... Michinoku Pro Wrestling (also known as North Eastern Wrestling) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion, founded by The Great Sasuke in 1993. ... The British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling championship that although being created in England, it gain its biggest notariaty being in Japan. ... The Tohoku Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship contested in Michinoku Pro Wrestling. ... Kensuke Shinzaki (æ–°å´Ž 健介 Shinzaki Kensuke, born December 2, 1966 in Tokushima, Tokushima) is a Japanese professional wrestler, better known by his stage names Jinsei Shinzaki (æ–°å´Ž 人生 Shinzaki Jinsei) and Hakushi. ... New Japan Pro Wrestling (新日本プロレス, shin nihon puroresu) is a major professional wrestling federation in Japan, founded by Antonio Inoki in 1972. ... The IWGP (International Wrestling Grand Prix) Junior Heavyweight Championship is the top singles title in New Japan Pro Wrestlings Junior Heavyweight division. ... The IWGP (International Wrestling Grand Prix) Junior Heavyweight Championship is the top singles title in New Japan Pro Wrestlings Junior Heavyweight division. ... The NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship was a secondary title in the National Wrestling Alliance that was for the lighter wrestlers. ... The NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship was a secondary title in the National Wrestling Alliance that was for the lighter wrestlers. ... The World Wrestling Federation (WWF) Light Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling championship. ... The World Wrestling Federation (WWF) Light Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling championship. ... Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) is a professional wrestling magazine. ... Incorporated as Lucha Libre Internacional, S.C. in January 1975 after Ray Mendoza split from the EMLL to form a new organization with Fancisco Flores and Benjamin Mora Jr. ... The UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship that was defended in the Universal Wrestling Association, a Mexican lucha libre promotion. ... The UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship that was defended in the Universal Wrestling Association, a Mexican lucha libre promotion. ... The UWA World Middleweight Championship is a championship formerly contested for in the Mexican lucha libre promotion the Universal Wrestling Association, which operated from 1975 to 1995. ... The UWA World Middleweight Championship is a championship formerly contested for in the Mexican lucha libre promotion the Universal Wrestling Association, which operated from 1975 to 1995. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Cruiserweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... The WWE Cruiserweight Championship is a professional wrestling title, challenged by cruiserweights under 220 lb (100 kg). ... WCW World Television Championship. ... WCW World Television Championship title history See Also World Championship Wrestling NWA World Television Championship Categories: Professional wrestling championships ... WWA (world wrestling assocition) is a promotion that ran in Mexico probaly in Tijauna that featured the Mexicos best luchadors at the time such as Rey Mysterio, La Parka,Juventud ,etc ... Wrestling And Romance, and later Wrestle Association R, was a professional wrestling promotion founded and run by Genichiro Tenryu as the successor to Super World of Sports, and which lasted from 1992 to 2000. ... The WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship was a title contested for in the Japanese professional wrestling promotion Wrestle Association R (WAR). ... The WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship was a title contested for in the Japanese professional wrestling promotion Wrestle Association R (WAR). ... The WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship was a tag team title contested for in the Japanese professional wrestling promotion Wrestle Association R (WAR). ... The WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship was a tag team title contested for in the Japanese professional wrestling promotion Wrestle Association R (WAR). ... Genichiro Tenryu (天龍源一郎 TenryÅ« Genichirō), real name Genichiro Shimada (嶋田源一郎 Shimada Genichirō, born February 2, 1950), is a Japanese professional wrestler. ... David Allen Meltzer (born October 24, 1961) is the editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (WON), a newsletter for the world of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. ... The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (WON HOF for short) is a professional wrestling hall of fame that exists only on paper. ... The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (WON HOF for short) is a professional wrestling hall of fame that exists only on paper. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ...


Trivia

  • Asai is the only professional wrestler to hold 10 titles at the same time.
  • Asai is the second wrestler to hold a WCW and WWF title at the same time. {Ric Flair was the first)

Richard Morgan Fliehr[2] (born on February 25, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota[2]) better known by his ring name Ric Flair , is a legendary American professional wrestler of iconic staus signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its SmackDown! brand. ...

External links

  • The Official Website of Ultimo Dragon
  • Ultimo Dragon's MySpace

  Results from FactBites:
 
Yoshihiro Asai - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (538 words)
Yoshihiro Asai (born December 12, 1966 in Nagoya, Aichi), better known as Último Dragón, is a Japanese professional wrestler.
Asai is credited with popularizing the "Asai Moonsault", although, contrary to popular belief, he did not invent the move.
Asai debuted on WWE television in Madison Square Garden in a match with Shannon Moore, and wrestled there again at WrestleMania XX (where he had two bloopers; one being him slipping on his cape when coming out, and slipping on the turnbuckle).
SLAM! Wrestling Editorial: A quiet end for Ultimo Dragon (1552 words)
Asai was a renaissance wrestler, jetting around the world and maintaining simultaneous wrestling schedules in Japan, Mexico and the U.S. His work ethic inside the ring was unparalled, his thirst to put on a great match insatiable.
Asai started in the old Universal Wrestling Association before moving to the EMLL promotion in October of 1991 where he was given the name Ultimo Dragon (translated into English as the last student of "The Dragon" Bruce Lee) by booker Antonio Pena.
Asai split his time in Japan between WAR and New Japan, capturing the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title twice, cementing his stature as one of the top junior heavyweight's in history and making New Japan regret their decision 10 years earlier.
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