Short Version: Because nobody is ready for Asuka!
Long Version: WWE really has something special here.
When it was first announced that Asuka (then known as Kana) would be joining the WWE, it generated the same type of buzz in online wrestling circles as when indy darlings like Shinsuke Nakamura, Finn Balor
And when she first showed up in NXT, she lived up to the hype. Her matches were fun, her
But then a funny thing happened. As Asuka continued to defend her championship, people quickly started to notice just how long Asuka had stayed undefeated. Bayley, Nia Jax, Mickie James, Nikki Cross, the Iconic Duo, Ruby
Then fans started to crunch the numbers. Remember Goldberg's famous 173-match winning streak? Asuka had that beat by last April. Think New Day's second tag team championship run or CM Punk's 434-day WWE Championship reign was impressive? Asuka's reign put both of them to shame at 510 days (the
Now here she is on the main roster, with a streak longer than Goldberg's, a look all her own and a dominant in-ring presence that makes her instantly watchable. If Charlotte is the Roman Reigns of the Women's division, Asuka is the Braun Strowman.
So yes, she's a perfect candidate to win the first Women's
Now for the follow-up question. Once she wins, who does she take on at WrestleMania 34?
It's been a few months now since Asuka made her move to the main roster, and thankfully WWE's creative team has bungled her like so many other NXT call-ups. Her unbeaten streak remains in-tact and based on recent episodes of Monday Night Raw, she could take the Raw Women's Championship off Alexa Bliss without too much trouble. So hopefully they avoid this squash match on the company's biggest stage.
There is the option to finally pull a trigger on the break-up angle with Bliss and Nia Jax (even though she's left Bliss beaten down in the ring twice), giving the title to the latter. We've seen Asuka take on Jax before to less-than-stellar results, but it's still a matchup with some intrigue.
There's also the option to have her lock horns with a certain former UFC champion, but that matchup actually makes more sense if the roles are reversed and Asuka walks into Mania with the title.
But, as has been the case with a few of these predictions, the best option is over on the Blue Brand. A match between Asuka and Charlotte Flair pits the two best female wrestlers on the roster against one another. This would make for one of the easiest matches to promote for this year's
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