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July 6th Episode: *
NXT Women’s Champion Asuka defeated Eva Marie via Asuka Lock.
Japanese wrestling news site enuhito.com sat down with Asuka to discuss her new life in America, returning to Japan with WWE in July, her feelings on the NXT Women’s Championship, training, and more.
On getting acclimated with living in the US: It took 6 months to get used to live in the US. I had some language barrier, but now I can go shopping and go out by myself.
On training at the performance center: Coaches here are teaching me a lot of things I didn’t know in Japan. Basics to advance techniques. Some of it is similar to what I was doing in Japan but rhythm or timing is little different in the States, so how I mix Japanese and American techniques to my style is what I need to work on.
How fans are different in the US versus Japan: How to get the fans in the match is different in Japan and in the States. In Japan fans are quiet at beginning of match, just watching the all the small details in the match, the US fans are on their feet from the start. Although fans were on their feet on my debut match, I still think how I can satisfy WWE universe before every match, I’m still learning.
On being the NXT Women’s Champion: I had less pressure before being NXT champion. I feel more pressure being a champion, but I can perform better under pressure! In fact, I want more pressure! Actual feeling as a champion came little after I won. I still can’t believe I am a champion. My debut match was 5 days after I came to the US. Normally, it takes so long even to come to WWE. And even more to be on TV match. It wasn’t the case for me, so it was unbelievable experience.
On returning to Japan with NXT/WWE in July: I feel honored to show WWE’s Asuka to Japanese WWE universe. My basic haven’t changed, but to some it may seem everything have changed. I want them to compare my WWE match to previous Japanese matches.
To read the full interview, go here.
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Despite the vicious attack that left Asuka lying last week, the NXT Women’s Champion went right after Nia Jax, throwing a series of strikes that left the No. 1 contender backtracking. However, as the bout wore on, it became apparent that Asuka’s normal game plan of clobbering her opposition with a flurry of fists and boots would not work, as Jax rag-dolled her around with ease. The Empress of Tomorrow regrouped and instead tried to take Jax out with submissions, including the guillotine hold that Bayley used to defeat Jax at TakeOver: London.
However, Jax learned from that match, powering out and suplexing The Empress of Tomorrow into the canvas. The towering Jax was in the driver’s seat, outmatching the NXT Women’s Champion with pure power. Asuka refused to stay down, catching a seated Nia with a knee to face. Having found her opening, Asuka’s battle cry echoed through Full Sail University as she whaled away on Jax with four devastating kicks, the last of which put the challenger down for the three-count and ensured Asuka’s undefeated streak remained intact and the NXT Women’s Championship remained around her waist— WWE.COM