Asuka continued her dominance and extended her undefeated streak Wednesday night at NXT TakeOver: The End, as she defeated Nia Jax to retain the NXT Women's Championship.
Asuka was exhausted after a physical match, via WWE:
WWE Universe provided one of the many highlights from Asuka:
B/R's Ryan Dilbert and Graham Matthews gave their initial takes on the thrilling match:
A relieved Asuka posed with her belt backstage after the win:
The Empress of Tomorrow ended Bayley's NXT Women's title run by beating her at NXT TakeOver: Dallas, and while a rematch seemed likely, Jax changed the game by taking Bayley out of the equation.
Jax beat Bayley and rendered her unable to compete at NXT TakeOver: The End. The Rock's cousin then defeated both Alexa Bliss and Carmella in a No. 1 contender's Triple Threat match to become the top challenger to Asuka.
There is perhaps no more dangerous female wrestler in the world than Asuka, but Jax represented a new and difficult challenge because of her immense size advantage.
Despite that, Asuka refused to back down during the buildup toward their match, as seen in this tweet courtesy of WWE Universe:
While Asuka showed no fear, Jax displayed her physical dominance and rag-dolled the Japanese Superstar during the contract signing for their match, via WWE NXT on Twitter:
The stage was set for one of the most intriguing women's matches in NXT history, and both competitors delivered by turning in strong performances.
Asuka is widely regarded as one of the best women's wrestlers in the business already, but Jax continues to make a name for herself as well, especially after previously having an excellent bout against Bayley at NXT TakeOver: London.
The dynamic of Wednesday's match was unique since Asuka had always been portrayed as the favorite previously. She looked more like an underdog entering TakeOver this time around, but she embraced the role and conquered her biggest challenge to date.
Asuka remains the face of the NXT women's division after the win, and it potentially sets up the long-awaited matchup between her and Bayley.
The impending WWE brand split could throw a wrench into those plans since Asuka, Bayley and Jax are seemingly all candidates to receive a call-up, but if the company intends to move forward with NXT as a key entity, then at least one more meeting between Asuka and Bayley seems likely.
Regardless of what the future holds for women's wrestling at the NXT level, Asuka and Jax did well to further the reputation of NXT as the brand that helped start the women's revolution in WWE.
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