Veny
Veny in August 2023
Born (1998-10-27) October 27, 1998 (age 25)
Yokohama, Japan
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)
Billed height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Billed weight67 kg (148 lb)[2]
Trained byAyako Hamada[2]
DebutAugust 9, 2015[2]

Veny (stylized in all caps, born October 27, 1998) is a Japanese professional wrestler currently working as a freelancer and is best known for being with other wrestling promotions such as Pro Wrestling Wave and Seadlinnng.[3] She is the first known transgender wrestler from Japan, having made her debut in 2015. She was formerly known as Asuka (朱崇花).

Professional wrestling career

Pro Wrestling Wave (2015–present)

Veny made her debut as a professional wrestler in Pro Wrestling Wave on August 9, 2015 in a losing effort to Yuu Yamagata.[4] She participated in the Catch the Wave tournament in 2016, competing in the Mandarin Orange block against Dash Chisako, Yuki Miyazaki and Hibiscus Mii, finishing with two points.[5] Veny competed at the Hana Kimura Produce HANA on August 7, 2016, where she teamed with Masato Inaba and Super Delfin to defeat Abdullah Kobayashi, Hayate and Kyoko Kimura in a six-person tag team match.[6] Veny participated in the Catch The Wave 2018 Tournament, competing in the Crazy Block against Rina Yamashita, Nagisa Nozaki, Ryo Mizunami, Yumi Ohka and Miyuki Takase, finishing with a total of three points, and receiving a technique award due to competing while injured.[7] Veny won the Wave Single Championship at WAVE Anivarsario WAVE 2018 on August 19, where she defeated Takumi Iroha.[8]

On July 17, 2023, Veny won the annual Catch the Wave tournament.[9] She announced days later that she would be permanently changing her ring name to Veny.[10]

Independent circuit (2015–present)

Veny participated in a 50-person gauntlet match at OZ Academy/Manami Toyota Produce Manami Toyota 30th Anniversary, Manami Toyota's retirement show produced by Oz Academy on November 3, 2017, where she was the 19th person to get eliminated.[11] She participated at ZERO1 Dream Series: Sozo no Jin, an event promoted by Pro Wrestling Zero1 on March 4, 2018, where she teamed up with Takuya Sugawara to unsuccessfully challenge Masamune and Sugi for the NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Championship.[12] At Grow Together! 2021, an event promoted by Seadlinnng from March 17, Veny defeated Rina Yamashita to win the vacant Beyond the Sea Single Championship.[13] At ZERO1 20th Anniversary Series: Believe 'Z' Road from February 7, Veny unsuccessfully challenged El Lindaman for both Zero1 World Junior Heavyweight Championship and Zero1 International Junior Heavyweight Championship.[14] Veny participated at WRESTLE-1 Tour 2019 W-Impact, an event produced by Wrestle-1 on February 13, where she teamed up with Hana Kimura as FloÜrish to defeat Kaori Yoneyama and Miyuki Takase.[15]

DDT Pro-Wrestling (2019–2020)

At Sweet Dreams 2019 on January 27, she won the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship competing in a 8-man battle royal also involving Chinsuke Nakamura, Kazuki Hirata, Kazusada Higuchi, Keisuke Okuda, Kikutaro, Toru Owashi and Yuki Iino.[16] At the Ganbare☆Pro-Wrestling event Cliffhanger 2021 on February 21, Veny teamed up with Hagane Shinno and Shinichiro Tominaga to defeat Dreams Haru True (Keisuke Ishii, Kouki Iwasaki and Harukaze) for the GWC 6-Man Tag Team Championship.[17] At Heaven's Door 2020 on August 22, Veny defeated Hagane Shinno to win the Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship.[18]

All Elite Wrestling (2021)

On February 3, 2021, at Beach Break, she was announced as a participant in the AEW Women's World Championship Eliminator Tournament under the ring name Veny (stylized in all capital letters).[19][20] She lost to Emi Sakura in the first round which aired on February 15.[21] On February 28, 2021, she teamed up with Maki Itoh and Emi Sakura in a losing effort to Hikaru Shida, Mei Suruga and Rin Kadokura in a six-person tag team match.[22]

Personal life

Veny is the first known transgender professional wrestler from Japan. Firstly she came out as gay to her father at the age of 16 and later dropped out of high school to pursue a professional wrestling career.[23] Veny has been referred to with both she/her and they/them gender pronouns.

Championships and accomplishments

Veny with a belt earned as a one-time Sendai Girls World Champion
Veny with a belt earned as a Independent World Junior Heavyweight Champion

References

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