It’s going to be the end of an era, a 507-day era to be exact, as of this writing. And while one could say it has something to do with her collarbone injury, it was bound to happen sooner or later. NXT Women’s Champion Asuka relinquished her title at last night’s NXT TV tapings at Full Sail University, and that also means she shall be headed to the main roster once she gets healthy.
According to Wrestling Inc., Asuka is expected to relinquish her NXT Women’s Championship on the Sept. 6, 2017, episode of NXT, little more than two weeks after she suffered a collarbone injury during her last successful title defense against Ember Moon at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III. The segment, as seen in yesterday’s tapings, will feature a video package showcasing the Empress of Tomorrow’s still-ongoing undefeated streak, followed by NXT General Manager William Regal putting her over as “one of the greatest champions” in WWE history.
What’s interesting about the segment is Regal’s announcement that he is already in negotiations with the general managers of Raw and SmackDown respectively — Kurt Angle and Daniel Bryan. This will signal Asuka’s transition to the main roster, though it still isn’t sure which brand she’ll be heading to once she leaves NXT and moves on to the big leagues.
As a further spoiler, Wrestling Inc. wrote that the segment will also include Ember Moon, who, in a gesture of sportsmanship, hugged Asuka as the rest of the NXT roster hit the stage to bid the departing Women’s Champion farewell. Likewise, Triple H was also at last night’s taping, where he will be presenting Asuka with a bouquet of flowers and posing with her to presumably end the episode on a bittersweet note.
All in all, it’s been an awesome two years for Asuka, who, aside from holding the NXT Women’s Championship for over a year and a half, also broke Goldberg’s winning streak — with a far more legitimate win total, at that. Although she may be missing about two months with her injury, her main roster debut will be highly-anticipated, as she's sure to add star power to whatever lineup she joins, may it be Raw or SmackDown. With her winning streak at close to 200 matches and still active, that's another thing she has going for her on the main roster. But we've got just one thing to say, now that she's due to be debuting on the main roster – you'll be having a good thing, Vince McMahon and WWE Creative, so don't screw it up.