At TLC on Sunday we will finally witness the long-awaited main roster debut of Asuka. The Empress of Tomorrow will do battle with Emma in her first ever match as a Raw Superstar. During her two years with NXT, Asuka didn't lose one single match. In that time, she surpassed Goldberg's legendary undefeated streak as well as hold on to the NXT Women's Championship for over 500 days. All of Asuka's records and everything she's accomplished in that time is nothing short of incredible. A new, very different chapter is about to begin though, and how WWE treat her while on Raw will be very interesting. They're selling her amazing undefeated streak, but where will they decide to bring it to an end?
As impressive as Asuka's streak is and how painfully obvious it is that keeping it going would be a good idea, there is a very high possibility that the main roster powers that be have The Empress fall at the first hurdle. It might only be Emma and it might only be TLC but don't doubt for one second that it could happen. WWE hasn't seemed to want to drop the whole idea that Emma believes she started the Women's Revolution and this could be a whole lot more ammo towards her plight. On the back of her shock loss, Asuka could run rough shot through the women's roster and start a whole new main roster streak, meaning there is some visible daylight between her Raw and NXT careers.
Asuka's debut is actually coming at just the right time for her to be big enough by WrestleMania season that she may have a big role to play in the 34th edition of The Showcase of the Immortals. The New Orleans show is less than six months away now and before you know it, we will be heading into the Royal Rumble and very much be on the road to WrestleMania. One big attraction for the event could be the potential of Asuka's streak being brought to an end. There are any number of names that could be the one to do it, even the likes of Ronda Rousey by that point, and if booked correctly it could really be one of the biggest moments of the show.
While a slow build to Asuka's streak being broken at WrestleMania 34 would be a terrific and extremely doable idea, anyone who has been watching WWE for a significant period of time will know how stupid the company's booking decisions can be at times. Just take Bayley's Raw Women's Championship win for example. It seemed a given that Bayley was going to keep failing to defeat Charlotte for the gold until finally at WrestleMania 33, The Hugger would triumph. Instead, WWE jumped the gun and had Bayley win the belt on a random episode of Raw before The Show of Shows. It completely took the wind out of Bayley's sails. Don't be surprised if they do something similar with Asuka and her streak a few months from now.
There's a distinct possibility that WWE could shock us all and actually demonstrate a little self-control. If that's the case, then we could very well see Asuka's undefeated streak go on for a lot longer than any of us are currently anticipating. The Empress of Tomorrow made her debut for NXT on Oct. 7, 2015, against Dana Brooke, so almost exactly two years ago. If done correctly, WWE could sell October as a big month for Asuka. The month she made her NXT and main roster debuts, and by this time next year, if she still hasn't lost it will be three years unbeaten for the former NXT Women's Champion and 12 months without a loss on the main roster. With all of that in mind, it seems like a great place to have Asuka lose for the first time, adding to the list of firsts for the Japanese star that occurred in October.
This final possibility is an extremely unlikely one considering the lack of self-control from WWE, but just imagine if it does pan out this way? If the plan right now for Asuka's undefeated streak is for it to carry on for another year and a half on the main roster. It would be pretty incredible, and by that point, Asuka would be one of the greatest female performers of all time. She could win the Women's Championship at WrestleMania 34 and then keep the title for a whole year. It sounds good in theory, but as mentioned above it is highly unlikely, plus WWE would have to build a megastar by that time who would be given the honor of defeating Asuka when the time comes.
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