Yuya Uemura (上村優也 Uemura Yūya born November 18, 1994) is a Japanese professional wrestler currently signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), where he is on a learning excursion.
In March 2013, Uemura graduated from Imabari Technical High-school. He wrestled collegiately before he started his professional wrestling career. In October 2016, he won the 71 kg Greco-Roman championship of West Japan Collegiate Wrestling League. In March 2017, Uemura graduated from Fukuoka University.
Professional wrestling career
New Japan Pro Wrestling (2017–2021)
In April 2017, after graduating from Fukuoka University, Uemura was signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling under the promotion's "young lion" system. In April 2018, Uemura as well as a fellow young lion, made his professional wrestling debut losing to fellow young lion Ren Narita. As is customary for most professional wrestlers and various young lions, Uemura spent most of his matches losing to other, more experienced wrestlers, which would help put over other wrestlers while at the same time give Uemura some in-ring, televised, experience. On September 8, Uemura got his first professional wrestling victory teaming with Shota Umino facing fellow young lions Yota Tsuji and Ren Narita in a winning effort.
In September 2019, Uemura was granted a chance to enter in the 2019 Young Lion Cup during the Road to Destruction tour, following a heated rivalry between the young lions of the Japan and L.A. dojos, that was build up during the 2019 G1 Climax and Super J-Cup tours. Uemura would finish the tournament with a record of one win and six losses, failing to win the tournament. From October 16 until November 1, Uemura and Tiger Mask took part in the 2019 Super Jr. Tag League, losing all of their round-robin matches. In June 2020, Uemura took part in the 2020 New Japan Cup, being eliminated from the tournament by Yoshinobu Kanemaru in the first round. On November 12, it was announced that Uemura would replace Yoshinobu Kanemaru in the 2020 Best of the Super Juniors, after Kanemaru was forced to withdraw from the due to an injury. He lost all his qualifying matches, being defeated by BUSHI, DOUKI, El Desperado, Hiromu Takahashi, Master Wato, Taiji Ishimori, Robbie Eagles, Ryusuke Taguchi and Sho.
In June to July 2021 Uemura would wrestled series of matches against members of the NJPW roster that ended in him losing all of his matches. NJPW often sends their "Young Lions" on a learning excursion outside Japan, be it the United States of America, Europe, or Mexico, and in July 2021 it was Uemura's turn, after it was announced on July 26, that Uemura would begin his excursion in early August, after taking part in New Japan's Summer Struggle events. In his send-off match, he lost to Kazuchika Okada.
- Finishing moves
- Boston crab