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NXT Women’s Champion Asuka has decimated every Superstar who has stepped her way. However, at NXT TakeOver on Wednesday, June 8, The Empress of Tomorrow will face a threat of a whole new variety in the powerful Nia Jax.
The towering challenger is perhaps the lone woman to rival Asuka in terms of intimidation and sheer dominance. Case in point? Her May 18 dismantling of Bayley. Though the beloved former champion was in line for a rematch against Asuka, Bayley had the displeasure of running into the human Humvee named Nia Jax first. Jax thrashed the all-heart Bayley in their one-on-one encounter, rendering NXT’s most huggable competitor unable to compete on June 8.
With Asuka’s presumptive challenger out of action, General Manager William Regal scheduled a Triple Threat No. 1 Contender’s Match between Jax, Carmella and Alexa Bliss on May 25, which Jax won decisively. The fireworks didn’t end there, as Asuka entered the ring to confront her TakeOver opponent, and neither Superstar showed as much as a glimmer of trepidation. Jax did, however, issue a warning, telling Asuka that she would drop her next time the champion gets in her face.
The Empress of Tomorrow boasts a world-class array of vicious strikes and seemingly inescapable submission holds, but will her tried-and-true arsenal make a dent against Nia Jax? With big strength and bad will to spare, Jax will no doubt look to seize her all-important opportunity on June 8, especially in light of the fact she fell just short of winning the Women’s Title last time she challenged for it, against Bayley in London last December.
Who will stand tall when the destroyer Asuka defends her championship against the monstrous Nia Jax? See the hotly anticipated title bout live on NXT TakeOver Wednesday, June 8. —WWE.COM
The resilient Bayley faces her most dangerous challenge yet at TakeOver: Dallas, when she defends her NXT Women’s Title against the hard-hitting Asuka.
Bayley will face the most dangerous test of her career at NXT TakeOver: Dallas, when she steps into the squared circle to defend her NXT Women’s Championship against Asuka.
The champion has emerged as one of the most resilient competitors in NXT history over the past year. To earn a title opportunity, Bayley sought to prove herself against the women who helped usher in the Divas Revolution. She defeated Charlotte and Becky Lynch, then went on to dethrone Sasha Banks at TakeOver: Brooklyn in an epic battle that many rank among the best in sports-entertainment history.
Since then, Bayley has been a fighting champion and taken on all comers, turning back the challenges of Alexa Bliss and Eva Marie and using her smarts to topple the towering Nia Jax in a brutal fight at TakeOver: London. While she has weathered every test thrown her way, the NXT Women’s Champion has never faced a competitor like Asuka.
The Empress of Tomorrow arrived in NXT last fall and made an immediate impact. Her hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners style is unlike anything the women’s division has ever seen. Asuka has taken out opponents like Emma and Dana Brooke with precision, and shown she can win in many different ways, be it by submission or by knockout.
Asuka seemed to be on good terms with Bayley, as she rescued her and Carmella from a vicious beatdown at the hands of Eva Marie and Nia Jax in February. Despite her heroics, Asuka’s gaze quickly darted to the NXT Women’s Championship draped across Bayley’s shoulder, letting the champion know that she was coming for her.
Bayley and Asuka joined forces on the March 16 episode of NXT to defeat Eva & Nia in tag team action. After the bout, NXT General Manager William Regal arrived to inform Bayley that her partner had been named the No. 1 contender to her title, and that they’d be squaring off for the championship in Dallas. After the announcement, Asuka turned toward Bayley and flashed the devilish grin that has spelled the demise of her past foes.
The NXT Women’s Champion is in for the fight of her life at TakeOver: Dallas. Will Bayley’s resilience be enough to retain the title, or will Asuka take the title by force? Find out on Friday, April 1, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, live and only on WWE Network! — WWE.COM
If Asuka hasn’t already won over your heart in the first three months of her NXT tenure, don’t worry; in 2016, Asuka will not only blow your mind, but she’ll also do so en route to becoming NXT’s most valuable competitor, regardless of gender.
The exodus of Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch from NXT to WWE in 2015 created opportunities for other women to make a name for themselves in NXT’s acclaimed division, and Asuka took the greatest advantage. Whether Bayley makes a similar transition to WWE in 2016, expect Asuka to establish herself as the new standard-bearer. As vibrant as she is vicious, she will continue slaughtering opponents, lassoing them into her Asuka Lock and knocking out the most overwhelmed foes. (Are you awake yet, Deonna Purazzo?). At this rate, don’t be surprised if Asuka main events an NXT TakeOver special in the New Year. — JOHN CLAPP