By Eddie McDonald, Columnist
Two weeks ago, Asuka continued to transcend the history books as she became just the second women’s grand slam champion in WWE history.
Asuka won Money in the Bank a night prior, in what was a fun, unique match featuring both men and women inside and then on top of WWE Headquarters.
The next night on Monday Night Raw, Becky Lynch relinquished the Raw Women’s Championship to Asuka (for winning MITB) as she announced she was pregnant. The moment caught Asuka totally by surprise and her reaction was pure and genuine as she congratulated and hugged Lynch. Asuka even started a crowd-less “Becky, Becky, Becky” chant.
Asuka really doesn’t get the credit she deserves for her outstanding career. She started in NXT, where she was unbeaten in singles action, including 510 days as NXT Women’s Champion. She had to vacate the title due to injury and then she was called up to Raw brand. After defeating Emma at the TLC PPV, Asuka went on to represent Raw at Survivor Series, where she ended up being the soul survivor.
Flash forward two months to the a Royal Rumble. Asuka would win the event, which was the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble Match. Asuka went on to challenge Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 34, but ultimately tapped out to The Queen, thus ending the Empress of Tomorrow’s unprecedented streak of 914 consecutive days without a loss in singles action.
Nobody is ready for…..the conversation of Asuka, not Charlotte, being the best overall female wrestler in WWE. However, that’s a discussion for a different day.
Many viewed Asuka as buried, which is such an over and misused term in wrestling lingo. A loss to one of, if not the top woman in the company (at the time) is not a burial. In pro wrestling you have to learn how to win and lose and how you lose in important. Numerous times it looked like Asuka was ready to dethrone The Queen, but in the end, she fell victim to the Figure Eight.
Asuka was drafted to SmackDown in April of 2018. Upon her arrival, Asuka was granted title matches against then-champion Carmella, at back-to-back PPVs, but ultimately fell short due to interference from James Ellsworth. She would then go on to team up with Naomi to take on the IIconics. She then represented SmackDown at Survivor Series, but she was the last woman pinned for the blue brand.
A month later, Asuka, Lynch and Flair took part in a Women’s TLC match, which was also the first female match to main event a dual-branded pay-per-view. Thanks to interference from Ronda Rousey, Asuka captured the SmackDown Women’s Championship for the first time.
She would defend the title for 100 days before dropping it to Charlotte right before WrestleMania, thus setting up the historic triple threat of Flair, Lynch and Rousey in the first ever female main event in WrestleMania history for both the SmackDown and Raw Women’s Championships.
Fast forward a month after the title drop, and Asuka found herself being introduced by Paige, along with Kairi Sane as the Kabuki Warriors. The duo started to feud for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships against the then-champs IIconics, but fell short when the titles were on the line. After a brief hiatus, the team returned and defeated Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose and then it finally happened.
At the 2019 Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, Asuka and Sane captured the titles from Alexa Bliss and Nikki Kross, after Asuka debuted the green mist, ala The Great Muta, spitting it into the eyes of Cross. This was the start of the heel turn for the Kabuki Warriors. After Bliss and Cross, next up was the unlikely pairing of Flair and Lynch, which resulted in a retention of the titles at the TLC pay-per-view in a TLC Match, in which Sane got concussed.
The Kabuki Warriors held the titles for a (current) record of 181 days and eventually lost the belts back to Cross and Bliss at WrestleMania 36.
Just to recap, Asuka is a former NXT Women’s Champion, SmackDown Women’s Champion, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion, a sole survivor at Survivor Series, the first ever winner of the Women’s Royal Rumble Match, Money in the Bank winner and the current Raw Women’s Champion, which again made her a Grand Slam Champion.
And get this; that’s only her WWE resume. She has won a plethora of titles and awards over in Japan before coming to the United States and WWE. In 2017, she was ranked No. 1 in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated top-50 female singles wrestlers.
During these crowd-less shows, Asuka has taken the ball and ran with it completely. Whether it be on the mic, at the commentary booth or in the ring. She is vastly entertaining in and out of the ring and she deserves everything that she’s getting.\
Asuka is known as the ‘Empress of Tomorrow’…
But from now on? We should be calling her the ‘Empress of Accolades’.
Eddie McDonald is a contributing writer for TheGorillaPosition.com
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