Unless you've been living under a rock for the last week or so, you'll know that Asuka recently relinquished her NXT Women's Championship. Although the episode of NXT that features the Empress of Tomorrow forfeiting her crown isn't due to air until this coming Wednesday, since the taping took place last week WWE decided to get ahead of the news and announce themselves that Asuka is no longer champion. On top of that, the undefeated Superstar is apparently also in talks with both Raw and SmackDown Live, so when she returns from injury it'll be to the main roster. Asuka's reign with the NXT Women's Title was pretty incredible. It lasted over 500 days and a multitude of records were broken in the process, so let's go over a few of them now.
5. Longest Reigning NXT Champion Of All Time
Let's kick things off with the glaringly obvious. Asuka is the longest reigning NXT Women's Champion in the brand's history. In second place is the inaugural champion, and the only other woman to relinquish the belt, Paige. The British Superstar held the title for an impressive 274 days—or 308 days due to her win being shown on tape delay—a record that has now been eclipsed by Asuka's 510-day reign, which will be 523 days by Sept. 6, 2017 when her forfeiture is aired. That's not all. Asuka has also far surpassed any title reign in NXT. Finn Balor is the longest reigning NXT Champion holding the belt for 292 days, while The Ascension holds the record for the Tag Team Championships with one day short of a full year at 364 days.
CM Punk's 434 Day Reign As WWE Champion
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CM Punk may claim that he was under appreciated and under valued while he competed for WWE, but let's not forget that one of his WWE Championship reigns lasted an incredible 434 days. It was touted as the longest title reign of the modern era, until now. As mentioned above when the footage of Asuka handing her title over to William Regal airs on Sept. 6, 2017, her time with the championship will have reached a grand total of 523 days, more or less three months longer than Punk held WWE's grandest prize. It was a milestone that kind of went under the radar considering WWE's current relationship with Punk.
New Day's Record Breaking Tag Team Title Run
While for many it dragged on a little towards the end, New Day's reign as the WWE Tag Team Champions—eventually changing to the Raw Tag Team Champions because of the draft—was pretty impressive. While CM Punk could still claim his record with a singles title until Asuka arrived that is, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, and Big E over took the 434 days for modern era title reigns in general. By the time Sheamus and Cesaro managed to pry away the belts from the trio that had held onto them for a record breaking 483 days. WWE effectively kept the belts on them until they surpassed Demolition's record. Asuka dwarfed New Day's eventual total though, as they couldn't quite make it to that coveted 500-day mark.
Goldberg's Legendary Streak
Perhaps the most impressive record that Asuka left in her wake since tearing through the NXT roster is this one. During the late 1990s, Goldberg went an incredible amount of time while in WCW without losing a match. It's what the former WCW Champion is most known for, allegedly winning 173 matches before he suffered his first loss. Well, Asuka has now won more matches than that since she debuted for WWE in 2015. Earlier this year The Empress won her 174th match in a row in NXT, and Goldberg himself tweeted her congratulations. The best thing about this particular record is that it still hasn't come to an end!
Rockin' Robin's 502 Day Stay Atop The Women's Division
One woman from WWE's history that really doesn't get the credit she deserves it is Rockin Robin. Everyone has heard of Mae Young, Fabulous Moolah, Chyna, Lita, and Trish Stratus, but not enough people know of this lady. Robin won the WWE Women's Championship in 1988 and held the title for almost two years. 502 days to be exact, and you know what that means? Yet another record that Asuka smashed while she was NXT Women's Champion. It could have been oh so different for Robin as well. The former champion was neither defeated for her title nor did she relinquish it. In 1990 Robin left the company and for three years after that the title was put on hiatus.