Yuya Uemura (上村優也 Uemura Yūya born November 18, 1994) is a Japanese professional wrestler currently signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
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
In April 2017, after graduating from Fukuoka University, Uemura was signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling under New Japan's "young lion" system. A year later, in April 2018, Uemura as well as fellow young lion, Yota Tsuji, made their pro-wrestling debuts at Lion's Gate Project 11 where Uemura was defeated by Ren Narita. On day one of Road to Wrestling Dontaku 2018, Uemura was defeated by Tetsuhiro Yagi. On day six, he was defeated by Tomoyuki Oka. On day eight, Uemura was defeated by Rocky Romero. On day 14, Uemura and Yuji Nagata were defeated by Oka and Shota Umino. On night two of Wrestling Dontaku 2018, Uemura teamed with Narita and Umino to be defeated by the team of veterans, Tiger Mask, Jushin Thunder Liger and Ryusuke Taguchi. At New Japan Road 2018, Uemura and Yota Tsuji wrestled to a time-limit draw. At Lion's Gate Project 12, Uemura and Tsuji once again wrestled to a time-limit draw. On day 6 of Best of the Super Juniors XXV, Uemura, Tsuji and Flip Gordon were defeated by Umino, Tiger Mask and Oka. On day 11, Uemura and Dragon Lee were defeated by Umino and KUSHIDA. On day 12, Uemura, ACH and Tsuji were defeated by Umino, Oka and Tiger Mask. Throughout Kizuna Road 2018, Tsuji and Uemura wrestled to time-limit draws. On September 8, Uemura teamed with Shota defeat Tsuji and Ren Narita to win his first match. After losing most of his matches throughout 2019, Uemura was granted a chance to enter in the 2019 Young Lion Cup in September 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.
- Finishing moves
- Boston crab