33 Facts About Akira Tozawa


Akira Tozawa is a Japanese professional wrestler.


Akira Tozawa is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand.


Akira Tozawa is known for his year-long excursion to the United States, during which he performed for promotions such as Chikara, Dragon Gate USA, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.


Akira Tozawa returned in October 2005, teaming with fellow rookie Yuki Ono.


Akira Tozawa then teamed with Vangelis, a wrestler with a Nazi stripper gimmick.


Akira Tozawa refused and stated his intention to run a stable of his own, creating a stable called Akira Tozawa-juku.


When Ono experienced newfound popularity and rank courtesy of a massive amount of weight gain, Akira Tozawa began to bulk up as well, and he and Ono formed the Metabolic Brothers tag team within Akira Tozawa-juku.


Akira Tozawa's team lost the match, bringing about the end of the unit, and he and his stablemates were given a graduation ceremony.


Akira Tozawa participated in the Battle of Tokyo Tournament two weeks later, and made it to the finals before losing to Kagetora.


On May 7,2010, Akira Tozawa made his debut for Dragon Gate's international expansion Dragon Gate USA, as a member of the group Kamikaze USA, teaming with Gran Akuma in a match, where they were defeated by Mike Quackenbush and Jigsaw.


Also in May 2010, Akira Tozawa began working regularly for SoCal promotion Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.


Akira Tozawa competed in Chikara's Young Lions Cup VIII in August 2010.


On September 5 Akira Tozawa entered PWG's 2010 Battle of Los Angeles, defeating El Generico in his first round match.


Akira Tozawa returned to PWG on December 11,2010, losing to Kevin Steen.


Akira Tozawa defeated Sami Callihan, Austin Aries, and BxB Hulk for Dragon Gate USA in January 2011, but run-ins with stablemates Jon Moxley and Yamato led to him being kicked out of Kamikaze USA.


Akira Tozawa was unsuccessful in his attempt to become the new champion.


Akira Tozawa was unsuccessful in beating Pac for his Open the Brave Gate Championship on April 2, at Mercury Rising 2011.


On June 28,2012, Akira Tozawa unsuccessfully challenged Johnny Gargano for the Open the Freedom Gate Championship.


Akira Tozawa received another shot at the title on July 28,2013, at Dragon Gate USA's fourth anniversary event, but was again defeated by Gargano.


On July 24,2015, Akira Tozawa returned to PWG, losing to Ricochet, and on the first show of 2016, returned , losing to Zack Sabre Jr.


On June 8,2011, Akira Tozawa made his return to Dragon Gate, joining the stable Blood Warriors.


On May 5,2013, Akira Tozawa received another shot at the Open the Dream Gate Championship in the main event of Dead or Alive 2013, but was again defeated by Cima.


On February 28,2015, Akira Tozawa won his first singles title in Dragon Gate, when he defeated Kzy for the Open the Brave Gate Championship.


On November 14,2015, Akira Tozawa lost the Open the Owarai Gate Championship to referee Mr Nakagawa via fan support.


On September 22,2016, Akira Tozawa unsuccessfully challenged Yamato for the Dream Gate Championship.


On March 31,2016, Akira Tozawa was announced as a participant in WWE's Global Cruiserweight Series tournament, which was later renamed the "Cruiserweight Classic".


On February 6,2017, Akira Tozawa made his debut on Raw, defeating Drew Gulak.


At Great Balls of Fire event, Akira Tozawa was unsuccessful in his first championship opportunity against Neville; however, he pinned Neville in a tag team match the next night.


In February 2018, Akira Tozawa formed a tag team with Hideo Itami, and they defeated Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado on the March 13 episode of 205 Live, but got into a confrontation with them and their ally Kalisto post-match.


At Survivor Series, Akira Tozawa represented Raw in an Interbrand triple threat match for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, which was won by NXT's Lio Rush.


Akira Tozawa defeated Isaiah "Swerve" Scott in his first match and Gentleman Jack Gallagher in his second match, but lost to El Hijo del Fantasma, thus leaving him with two wins in the tournament, failing to advance to the finals.


At Backlash, during a segment between The Street Profits and The Viking Raiders, Akira Tozawa appeared with a gang of ninjas on motorcycles, turning heel.


Akira Tozawa made his video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K18 and later appeared in WWE 2K19, WWE 2K20, WWE 2K22, and WWE 2K23.