Tozawa Akira is a 35-year-old wrestler from Hyogo, Japan. He is one of the WWE’s many high-flying wrestlers and currently performs on RAW under the ring name, Akira Tozawa.
Tozawa made his wrestling debut for Dragon Gate, a Japanese wrestling promotion, in October 2005 and wrestled for Dragon Gate for twelve years. During his stint with Dragon Gate, Tozawa earned the Open the Brave Gate, Open the Twin Gate, Open the Triangle Gate, and Open the Owarai Gate championships. Tozawa was also the 2011 and 2012 winner of Dragon Gate’s Summer Adventure Tag League. Akira Tozawa also competed in US promotions Dragon Gate USA, Chikara, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.
Akira Tozawa’s WWE Debut
In 2016, Tozawa was signed by WWE and made his debut as part of the Cruiserweight Classic tournament in 2016 to crown the first WWE Cruiserweight Champion. He made it to the quarterfinals but was eliminated after losing to Gran Metalik in his third match.
Akira Tozawa then entered a feud with reigning Cruiserweight Champion, Neville, in 2017 and defeated him in August to win his first title in the WWE. He dropped the title only six days later to Neville at SummerSlam. At the WWE Draft in 2019, Tozawa was drafted to RAW and made his debut in November where he was defeated by Buddy Murphy. In December, he captured the 24/7 Championship from R-Truth but lost to Santa Claus.
In June 2020, Tozawa defeated R-Truth again for the 24/7 Championship for the second time, only to lose it a week later. On August 3, Tozawa won the 24/7 Title for a third time in a triple threat match against champion Shelton Benjamin and R-Truth. He lost the title for a third time a week later to R-Truth. On August 24, 2020, Tozawa defeated R-Truth for the fourth time but lost it back to him. On the September 28th episode of RAW, Akira won the 24/7 Championship from R-Truth but lost the title to Drew Gulak. Tozawa won the 24/7 Championship title again on May 17th’s episode of Monday Night RAW when he pinned R-Truth backstage.
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Anarchy Championship Wrestling
- ACW U–30 Young Gun Championship (1 time)
- Dragon Gate
- Open the Brave Gate Championship (1 time)
- Open the Owarai Gate Championship (1 time)
- Open the Triangle Gate Championship (2 times)
- Open the Twin Gate Championship (3 times)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- WWE 24/7 Championship (10 times, current)
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
- NXT North American Championship Invitational (2018)