Come midnight August 14, Asuka’s NXT women’s championship reign will cross 500 days—an unprecedented number in the modern era of professional wrestling. Three days after that, Asuka will overtake ’80s Star Rockin’ Robin’s 502-day reign as WWE women’s champion, laying claim to the longest title reign by a female competitor in modern-day WWE. When Asuka walks into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, for her next big title fight on August 19, it will be with a 180 + day undefeated streak.
At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III on August 19th, Asuka will face challenger Ember Moon for the NXT Women’s Championship. When speaking to newsweek Asuka tells the website “I’m going to go to Takeover and beat Ember Moon and keep my title. Then I will probably go to Raw or SmackDown and get another title.”
Asuka is already looking beyond her next fight to competing on WWE’s signature programs on the USA Network. Fans have been fantasy-booking what might happen if Asuka were to face some of her fellow women’s division revolutionaries, like Charlotte Flair or Sasha Banks. They’re at the top of her wish list, too. “I don’t use the words ‘respect’ or ‘admire’ toward my opponents, but I’m interested to have matches with Sasha and Charlotte, those two women I’ve never faced before.”
If NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III is the end of Asuka’s history-making run in NXT, Sasha and Charlotte had better be on notice. “Of course I want to go to Raw or SmackDown, that’s one of the reasons I joined WWE, but I think there’s an appropriate timing…I’ll go when it’s the right time.”