Backstage Update On NXT Women's Championship Plans

With WWE NXT Women's Champion Asuka vacating her title last week in a segment that will air this coming Wednesday, she looks poised to head to either Raw or Smackdown Live as a member of the WWE's main roster.

Here is a video that WWE NXT posted on Twitter of Asuka relinquishing her title:

In order to get Asuka signed to the WWE"s main roster, NXT general manager William Regal is currently negotiating with both Raw and Smackdown Live.

The bad news for Asuka is that she ended up suffering a collarbone injury during her match against Ember Moon at Takeover: Brooklyn III last week. This could keep her out of action for up to eight weeks. So there is plenty of time for Regal to work out her move to either Raw or Smackdown Live.


With Asuka now out, NXT needs a new women's champion.

There is a report from Dave Meltzer (subscription required) that the WWE is considering having the winner of the Mae Young Classic become the next women's champion. The finals will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at 10 p.m. EST in Las Vegas. Of course, the spoilers are already out if you want to read them.

The 35-year-old Asuka made her wrestling debut back in 2004 after working as a graphic designer. She was inspired by the likes of Keiji Mutoh, Satoru Sayama, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Antonio Inoki, Akira Maeda, Nobuhiko Takada, Masakatsu Funaki, Volk Han and Minoru Suzuki.

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Asuka actually retired from wrestling in 2006 due to chronic nephritis and then opened her own graphic design agency. Then in 2007, Asuka made a comeback and debuted for Pro Wrestling Wave in 2008, but wasn't a regular until 2010.

From 2011-2014 Asuka made her way into the United States independent wrestling circuit.


It wasn't until 2015 that Asuka signed with WWE's NXT. She attended NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, and was introduced as Kanna.

It was in January of 2016 that Asuka won the NXT Women's Championship belt. Since then, her career took off and looks like she's ready to show what she can do at the next stage of her career on the WWE's main roster.

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