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Yuka Sakazaki
坂崎ユカ2018.jpg
Sakazaki in October 2018
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Yuka Sakazaki
Billed height158 cm (5 ft 2 in)[1]
Billed from"South Town"[2]
Trained byDDT Dojo
DebutDecember 1, 2013

Yuka Sakazaki (坂崎 ユカ, Sakazaki Yuka, born December 27, 1992)[1] is a Japanese professional wrestler. She is signed to Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling, where she is a former Princess of Princess Champion and Tokyo Princess Tag Team Champion, and is also signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

Early life

She attended a training school with aspirations for comedy. She later switched to wrestling.

Career

Tokyo Joshi Pro (2013–present)

Sakazaki made her professional wrestling debut for Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling, winning a tag team match on December 1, 2013.[3]

In the summer of 2014, Sakazaki participated in the first Tokyo Princess Cup, defeating Kanna in the first round before losing to eventual champion Nonoko in the semifinals.

On June 4, 2017, Sakazaki defeated Yuu to become the Tokyo Princess of Princess Champion for the first time.[4] In her first title defense, however, Sakazaki lost to Reika Saiki. Throughout September and October, Sakazaki and her tag team partner Shoko Nakajima participated in a tournament to crown first Tokyo Princess Tag Team Champions. The two won their first round and semifinal matches in the tournament and eventually defeated Maho Kurone and Rika Tatsumi in the finals to win the championship.[5] On February 3, 2018, Sakazaki and Nakajima lost the tag title to Neo Biishiki-gun (Azusa Christie and Sakisama). Later that year, Sakazaki again competed in the Tokyo Princess Cup, winning her first three matchups before losing to Yuu in the finals. On August 4, Sakazaki teamed with Mizuki in the one-day Yeah! Metcha Tag Tournament, which they won by defeating Hyper Misao and Shoko Nakajima, the latter of whom Sakazaki won the Tokyo Princess Tag Team Championship with. Three weeks later, Sakazaki and Mizuki defeated Maki Ito and Reika Saiki to win the vacant tag titles, marking Sakazaki's second reign as champion.[5] The two held the title for ten months until they were defeated by Neo Biishiki-gun.[5]

On November 3 at an event for DDT Pro-Wrestling, Sakazaki defeated Nakajima to claim her second Princess of Princess Championship.[6]

All Elite Wrestling (2019–present)

In 2019, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) announced that Yuka Sakazaki would wrestle at Double or Nothing,[7][8] competing in the six women tag-team match. She participated in a triple threat match at Fyter Fest on June 29, 2019, losing to Riho after Riho pinned Nyla Rose. On the February 5, 2020, Sakazaki made her debut on Dynamite defeating Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. and being attacked by her after the match. After that, she stopped appearing for the promotion due to travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On February 15, 2021, Sakazaki made her AEW return to participate in the AEW Women's World Championship Eliminator Tournament. In the opening round of the Japanese side of the bracket, Sakazaki was victorious over Mei Suruga.[9] She defeated Emi Sakura in the Japanese bracket semifinals on February 22 to advance to the next round, where she lost to Ryo Mizunami on an all-women's B/R Live special on February 28.[10][11] On July 12 Sakazaki returned back to competing in AEW shows and she appeared on AEW Dark Elevation facing KyLinn King which she was victorious.[12] Then on July 14 special edition episode of Dynamite being Fyter Fest, was Sakazaki's first time appearing on Dynamite in 16 months, Sakazaki faced Penelope Ford and again was victorious.[13] On May 6, 2022, Sakazaki returned to AEW competing on Rampage where she took part in the AEW Owen Hart Cup where she faced Riho and lost.[14]

Championships and accomplishments

References

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  2. ^ "Free Match – Riho vs Nyla Rose vs Yuka Sakazaki from AEW's Fyter Fest". YouTube.com. All Elite Wrestling. July 4, 2019. Archived from the original on November 17, 2019. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  3. ^ "Matches « Yuka Sakazaki « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Archived from the original on November 26, 2021. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "Princess Of Princess Championship". Dramatic DDT. January 6, 2016. Archived from the original on November 26, 2021. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "TOKYO Princess Tag Team Championship". Dramatic DDT. November 2017. Archived from the original on November 26, 2021. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  6. ^ "DDT Ultimate Party 2019 ~ DDT Group Big Set ~ « Events Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Archived from the original on July 15, 2020. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  7. ^ Pollock, John (February 8, 2019). "Kenny Omega joins AEW and lots of other announcements". Postwrestling. Archived from the original on February 9, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  8. ^ Rose, Bryan (February 7, 2019). "AEW ANNOUNCES NEW TALENT FOR DOUBLE OR NOTHING". F4wonline. Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Archived from the original on February 8, 2019. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  9. ^ "AEW Women's Title Eliminator Tournament Results: First Round Matches From Japan". WrestlingInc.com. February 15, 2021. Archived from the original on November 26, 2021. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  10. ^ Powell, Jason (February 22, 2021). "2/22 AEW Women's Championship Eliminator tournament results: Powell's live review of Yuka Sakazaki vs. Emi Sakura and Aja Kong vs. Ryo Mizunami in second-round Japan bracket matches, Tay Conti vs. Nyla Rose and Britt Baker vs. Madi Wrenkowski in U.S. bracket first-round matches". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on November 26, 2021. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  11. ^ Powell, Jason (February 28, 2021). "2/28 AEW Women's Championship Eliminator tournament results: Powell's live review of Yuka Sakazaki vs. Ryo Mizunami in the Japan bracket finals, Riho vs. Thunder Rosa in a U.S. bracket semifinal match, Hikaru Shida, Mei Suruga, and Rin Kadokura vs. Emi Sakura, Veny, and Maki Itoh". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on April 11, 2022. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
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  14. ^ "AEW Rampage May 6 2022 Results". allelitewrestling. May 7, 2022. Archived from the original on May 7, 2022. Retrieved May 7, 2022.
  15. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Women's 150 2021 List in Full". Wrestling Travel. October 28, 2021. Archived from the original on May 20, 2022. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  16. ^ "Princess of Princess Championship". CageMatch. Archived from the original on November 26, 2021. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  17. ^ a b 行こう!行くべ!行けば!行く時!迷うなら練馬に行くだけさ!. DDT Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). February 3, 2018. Archived from the original on October 12, 2020. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  18. ^ BRANDNEW WRESTLING 2~今、攻める時だ~. DDT Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). August 25, 2018. Archived from the original on October 17, 2020. Retrieved October 12, 2020.