Akira Tozawa: Bio
Inside the ring and out, Akira Tozawa is an audacious Superstar. As the third-ever graduate of Japan’s world-respected Dragon Gate dojo, Tozawa helped blaze a trail as an early staple of the Dragon Gate organization. Yet, Tozawa’s vicious strikes have been felt worldwide, courtesy of several tours around the globe.
Along the way, the trash-talking, fearless fighter has crossed paths with the likes of Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose and Sami Zayn. Tozawa has unleashed his unique brand of brutality, including a big boot that leaves its imprint via countless kick varieties and enough German suplexes to make Brock Lesnar proud. With agility and athleticism to spare, no opponent is safe from his far-reaching bicycle kick.
Making his WWE debut as part of the Cruiserweight division, Tozawa drew the attention of The Brian Kendrick. The Man with a Plan wanted to be Tozawa's mentor, but after being rebuked, Kendrick wanted to teach Tozawa a series of lessons. Despite Kendrick's forced teachings and several brutal bouts on the purple brand, the Japanese competitor later joined forces with his former tormentor to form a popular tandem.
Tozawa also enjoyed a stint as a member of Titus O'Neil's Titus Worldwide. With O'Neil's negotiating power on his side, Tozawa secured a WWE Cruiserweight Championship opportunity on the Aug. 14, 2017, edition of Raw, dethroning Neville to win the division's crown jewel for the first time.
And now that he's a member of the Raw roster after being selected in the fifth round of the 2019 WWE Draft, can any Cruiserweight match "The Powa of Tozawa"?