5 things you need to know about Asuka before her debut at WWE TLC
The WWE Universe has been buzzing with anticipation since it was revealed that Asuka had signed with Monday Night Raw and would make her debut at WWE TLC. The Empress of Tomorrow made a name for herself by buzzsawing through the competition in WWE NXT, leaving WWE fans clamoring for her to make the jump to WWE’s main roster.
Now, Asuka is hours away from her Team Red debut against Emma. If you’re unfamiliar with the red brand’s newest Superstar, here’s a primer on what you need to know about The Empress of Tomorrow.
1. She went undefeated in NXT
Asuka arrived in WWE NXT in September 2015 as one of General Manager William Regal’s most highly-touted signings. She made her in-ring debut a few weeks later at NXT TakeOver: Respect, with an absolute demolition of Dana Brooke, and never looked back.For just shy of two years, Asuka dominated the competition, winning every match she competed in. Along the way, she captured the NXT Women’s Championship and broke the record for the longest reign in that title’s history – a staggering 523 days.
2. Her winning streak is longer than Goldberg’s
Goldberg burst onto the sports-entertainment scene in 1997 with an explosive offense that propelled him on a 173-match undefeated streak. Along the way, he captured the United States and WCW Championships.
Twenty years later, Asuka is poised to leave Goldberg’s streak in the dust. With a successful defense of her NXT Women’s Title at TakeOver: Chicago, she notched her 174th consecutive victory, and continued to pick up win after win until she relinquished the title on Sept. 6, to pursue opportunities on WWE’s main roster. How long will Asuka be able to extend her legendary streak on Raw?
3. She’s one of Japan’s most revered female competitors
Before her NXT arrival, Asuka was highly regarded as one of, if not the best, competitors in her home country of Japan. Fans around the world trawled the internet for whatever new footage they could find of her. They watched (and cringed) as her blistering offense left countless opponents in a heap and wondered what would happen if she made the jump to WWE.
On top of that, Asuka also ventured into the world of promoting shows, running her own independent events, and worked as a graphic designer and video game reporter.
4. Asuka’s offense is devastating
Once the bell rings, there is no competitor more dangerous than Asuka. The Empress of Tomorrow is one of the most well-rounded Superstars in WWE history, and she possesses an offense that will leave any opponent screaming for the punishment to stop.
Asuka is, perhaps, best known for her arsenal of strikes that can only be described as devastating. Audience members wince when one of her punishing kicks or ruthless punches connects, sending a sickening thud echoing through the arena.
If her strikes weren’t enough for opponents to worry about, Asuka is also a submission master. She has been known to fly out of nowhere and catch her opponent in a devastating armbar. And the coda of her symphony of destruction is the Asuka Lock, a modern-day twist on the crossface chicken-wing, one of sports-entertainment’s most painful submissions.
5. She has already defeated some of Raw’s top Superstars
During her unbelievable run in NXT, The Empress of Tomorrow came face-to-face with many of Raw’s top Superstars, which has the WWE Universe anticipating some highly sought-after rematches.
Just months after her NXT debut, Asuka stunned the NXT Universe at TakeOver: Dallas, when she defeated the beloved Bayley to capture the NXT Women’s Championship, then bested the hugger again at TakeOver: Brooklyn II to retain. The Empress of Tomorrow also turned back the challenge of the powerful Nia Jax, as well as Dana Brooke and Emma, her opponent at WWE TLC. Though she may have beaten them in the past, there is a world of time and experience gained by her former rivals between then and now.
Will Asuka’s jump to Raw be successful? Find out when she begins her journey on Team Red at WWE TLC, streaming live tomorrow at 8 ET/5 PT, on the award winning-WWE Network!