Asuka was, unquestionably, the most dominating superstar in NXT history. She’s also had one of the most successful two year runs in WWE history, and she heads to Raw with an undefeated streak dating back to October 7, 2015 and a never-to-be-broken record of 523 days as NXT Women’s champion. Every other big name superstar that was called up to either Raw or Smackdown went out on their back: Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Charlotte, Bayley, Sasha Banks; but that was not the case with Asuka. She suffered a legitimate injury during her title defense against Ember Moon at TakeOver Brooklyn III, and relinquished the title a few weeks ago on NXT.
While it may be wrestling tradition to put the next man or women over before you head elsewhere, there was nothing traditional about Asuka. She changed the entire dynamic of NXT, and reinvented what it meant to be a dominant champion. While her in ring work was superb, her entire aura was what drew you towards her. She would dance to the ring with her mask on (which I unashamedly own) and almost lull you to sleep with her calmness. Then she would get in the ring and kick your ass or choke you out. There will never be another superstar like Asuka in NXT, but I’m glad that we’ll get to see the next chapter very soon on Raw.
For now, enjoy this pitch perfect promo that signifies the impending doom that every women’s wrestler on the Raw roster must feel right now.
— WWE (@WWE) February 26, 2016
There’s nothing I love more than wrestlers getting a chance to be themselves and go off script. If a murderer had my grandma tied up and said that I could save her but if I did wrestlers would no longer get to let loose, I’d kiss my grandma goodbye while she confusingly looks on. Anyways…the video above is wonderful, and it shows you how much fun the men and women in NXT have. Everywhere they go, they’re welcomed with open arms and sold out crowds, and after the show’s over they continue to entertain the crowd any way they can. How are you supposed to root against Finn Balor or Bayley after watching this video? It’s impossible.
Recently, WWE wrestlers Zack Ryder and Adam Rose have been having a “war of words” on Twitter, and I’ve put my two cents into the conversation of “putting the Internet Championship on the line!” when (or if) they actually face each other. While I haven’t heard anything about the Internet Championship being made into an actual title, this should be the feud that introduces it.
If WWE did decide to make an Internet Championship belt, would they keep the current look of the title or would they revamp the title all together? The obvious answer is that they would revamp the belt so 1. Everyone would be able to wear it around their waste and 2. Zach Ryder’s face wouldn’t be on it at all times (although he should get some credit for its creation). The next question that needs to be answered is how and when should the championship be defended? Would it be on pre or post show Raw’s or pay per views? I think it’s a natural fit for NXT, because it’s becoming THE premier wrestling show on the WWE Network and unlike Raw or Smackdown, it isn’t on television.
The WWE spends a lot of their time and money focusing on social media content. They are very active on both Twitter and YouTube, and you would think that they would want an Internet Champion to be the “Face” of their online marketing campaigns, but for some reason they haven’t pulled the trigger. WWE has begun to build minor stories here and there that start or are continued on the internet, but they still haven’t built up enough storylines on the internet that could ultimately end with a feud and title match in the ring. With an “Internet Championship” I believe that not only this could help push WWE online products, but also help in the building of these minor stories that are eventually showcased on television.
The superstars involved with this concept would most likely be the “low” card and “mid” card talents that rarely get used on many of the shows. If the WWE utilizes the Internet Championship storylines correctly, they can help build up new talents that could eventually transition to bigger feuds on both Raw and Smackdown.
WWE has an active social media presence combined with their ability to constantly push online properties makes creating and sustaining storylines centered on an Internet Championship a smart move. The progression of this championship, the storylines surrounding it and the superstars participating for it will benefit their social media marketing for years to come.
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— WWE (@WWE) November 6, 2014
I’m going to be honest: I haven’t watched Smackdown in a long, long time. Ever since Raw moved to three hours and NXT became must see, it’s tough to assign three days out of the week to wrestling. Don’t get me wrong, if Smackdown were standing on it’s own as a great show I’d DVR it and watch it every weekend, but for a while now, it’s basically been a watered down version of Raw. With that said, maybe a move back to Thursdays could get Smackdown rolling again. With Raw staying at 3 hours, it’s probably impossible for a brand split since they need to fill so much content on Monday nights, but the biggest problem WWE has been having lately is utilizing it’s entire roster. If they want to keep Cena, Orton, The Authority and company as the main event that’s fine, but why not run with some other guys in the mid card? Have multiple tag teams feuds, and build on other feuds that don’t center around titles like Wyatt/Ambrose and Big Show/Mark Henry. It’s easy to be pessimistic as a wrestling fan, especially in the social media age with every wrestling website being insanely negative, but I hope the move to Thursday night invigorates Smackdown and forces WWE to utilize more of their roster. Only time will tell what the outcome will be.