When you think about NXT, it is hard not to think about the reign of Asuka. A grand-slam champion, she has traveled the world, becoming one of the most intimidating wrestlers to get in the ring with. She is the first-ever WWE Women’s Royal Rumble winner, the 2017 Women’s Survivor Series sole survivor, the 2020 Women’s Money in the Bank winner, and holds the longest reign of any woman as NXT Women’s Champion. Here are my top 5 WWE matches from The Empress of Tomorrow, Asuka!
#5 – Asuka vs. Sasha Banks | Monday Night Raw 1.29.18
Thus far, this was one of Asuka’s toughest opponents. If anyone was going to take her to the limit, it was Sasha Banks. Banks showed Asuka the meaning of being The Boss. However, Asuka outsmarted Banks, gaining the victory and continuing on her streak.
#4 – Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair | WrestleMania 34
One of my favorite matches in women’s wrestling history. Asuka and Charlotte were made for one another and this match exceeded my expectation. Even with the end of her streak, Asuka gave Charlotte her best matches and ended her streak with the person she wanted.
#3 – Asuka vs. Nikki Cross | Last Woman Standing Match
A very underrated feud in NXT, Asuka and Nikki Cross found themselves in a Last Woman Standing match. Going back to this match, I realized how evenly matched Asuka and Cross were. They are quite different in character while having similar ring skills. Out of all the feuds, this is one I would like to see happen again.
#2 – First-Ever WWE Women’s Royal Rumble Match Winner
Asuka will forever go down in history as the first woman to win the first-ever WWE Women’s Royal Rumble match. That is something that will forever be remembered and discussed for years to come. The significance of this match for Asuka leads her to her first WrestleMania match. I do believe this moment alone is more important to her than that match at WrestleMania.
#1 – Asuka vs. Ember Moon | NXT Women’s Championship
In my opinion, no one has taken Asuka to the limits like Ember Moon. This lands at the number one spot because of the formula given in this match. From the roaring of the crowd to kick out after kick out, no one knew where this match would end. The intensity these women built in this match gave us one of the most important championship matches in NXT history.
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