Yoshihiro Asai

Yoshihiro Asai


12/12/1966, Nagoya City , Japan

Birth Name

Yoshihiro Asai



Also Known As

Yoshihiro Asai, Kiechi Yamada, Second Tiger, Ultimo Dragon, Asai, Ultimate Dragon
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Ultimo Dragon is one of the greatest international competitors ever to hit WWE. With a background in kung fu, kempo karate and kickboxing, he's also one of WWE's most innovative in-ring competitors. He's the inventor of several maneuvers, including the Asai moonsault. Dragon spent years competing around the…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • The Ultimo Dragon is one of 3 wrestlers to win both the WCW Cruiserweight and Television championships. The other guys to accomplish this are Chris Jericho and Alex Wright.

    • During the years 1990 and 1991, Asai traveled back and forth from Japan and Mexico, enjoying moderate success in the ring. During his stay in Mexico, he learned to wrestle in the lucha libre style.

    • Yoshihiro Asai made his wrestling debut on May 13th, 1987 in New Japan Pro Wrestling.

    • Finishing Moves:
      Running Ligerbomb Pin
      The Cancun Tornado
      Dragon Sleeper

    • Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked the Ultimo Dragon #61 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003.

    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter ranked the Ultimo Dragon as the Most Underrated Wrestler in 2003.

      A year later, they inducted him into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.

    • Ultimo Dragon has also won the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship. Unfortunately, the WWE does not recognise his title reign at all.

    • Ultimo Dragon had one notable feud throughout his career. That being the feud with Dean Malenko in WCW.

    • On some occasions, when he wrestled in WCW, he would spew green mist (or red mist) into the air before wrestling his opponents.

    • In WCW, he was called the Ultimate Dragon. Later on, someone discovered that it was a typo and called by his real persona: Ultimo Dragon.

    • Asai is often given credit for popularising the Asai Moonsault. The truth is, he did not invent the move.

  • Quotes

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  • A legend in Japan

    Yoshihiro Asai, known as the Ultimo Dragon is without a doubt, a legend in Japan. And he's one of the best cruiserweights to come out of WCW. Just like Jushin Liger, he had one of the best masks I have ever seen back then. I don't care who you are, once you see that mask, your eyes would be glued on him instantly.

    During his early wrestling years, he traveled back and forth from Japan to Mexico earning great results in the ring. During his stay in Mexico, he adapted to the lucha libre style of wrestling along with mixed martial arts from Japan. He was also called the inventor of the Asai Moonsault, though he wasn't the one who did it.

    Another insane fact about Asai, he is the first (and quite possibly the only man) in the history of professional wrestling to win NINE titles in one go. NINE titles? That's unheard of.

    The one bad thing in his career? When he went to the WWE.....and they dropped the ball with him. I can't remember him winning any big matches there. He accomplished his life-long dream in wrestling at Madison Square Garden. However, all they did is have him lose to weaker talent, which was not right. I'm glad he left WWE.

    Despite that minor flaw in his resume, he is still one of the best wrestlers in the world today. The entire world and the rest of Japan salutes you, Asai-san.moreless