After highlighting the NXT women’s division for two years, Asuka finally made her debut on the main roster at TLC. She would beat Emma that night, then beat her the next day on Monday Night Raw.
Asuka will be leaned heavily upon to carry the women’s division to new heights from here on out. Given her extremely talented in-ring skills and popularity with the crowd, most signs point to Asuka having a successful tenure in the WWE.
But one WWE Hall of Famer isn’t sold on her. During a conversation with Christian on their E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness, Edge expressed his doubts over her potential in the WWE. Here’s what he said.
“I’m sure I’ll get lambasted for this, but I don’t get the Asuka thing. I really don’t. Like, she’s fine and she’s solid but I don’t know…but even going back to the NXT stuff I’ve watched and I’ve never… I don’t know… I’ve just never really bought in. And it’s not because I don’t want to or anything like that. I just, I don’t know.”
On the other side, Christian praised Asuka’s entrance and presentation but did say “things and there weren’t necessarily super crisp”.
Asuka isn’t the first superstar whom Edge has doubts over. On the podcast last week, The Rated R Superstar also expressed questions about Shinsuke Nakamura, believing he may have troubles getting over and living up to the early hype.
Of course, it’s not uncommon for WWE legends to voice their doubts and concerns about the current product. Former WCW star Scott Steiner is always bashing today’s stars on Twitter, while Batista left the WWE over dissatisfaction with the company on two separate occasions.
Asuka has plenty of time to build up her character and gain momentum as she helps improve the women’s division. As long as the creative team doesn’t misuse her the way they have with Nakamura, she should be able to prove Edge and the other doubters wrong.
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