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Ember Moon is now officially the number one contender for Asuka‘s title, a match that’s shaping up to be a tough battle as both women remain undefeated. WWE.com caught up with Ember and she discussed her preparations for the bout.

Highlights from the interview follow below:

Ember’s thoughts on the match: “I’m a woman on a warpath. My path guides me in the ring, outside the ring, everywhere I need to go. At NXT TakeOver: Orlando, my warpath ends and a new path will begin. TakeOver is where fate is taking me and that is where my stars will align. Everything that I’ve gone through and all the struggles that I’ve had light the fire you see in my eyes and the fire that beats within my heart. Asuka may not know who I am now, but after TakeOver, she will.”

On what makes Asuka intimidating: “What makes Asuka so intimidating is how dominant she’s been. Her undefeated streak alone is enough to intimidate anyone. But I’m not going to be another number that gets added to that streak. I was told by a wise man many years ago that streaks are made to be broken. I plan on being the one to break Asuka’s.”

On the obstacles she has faced to get here: “One was just getting the people to believe in me. I wanted them to truly believe that I have the passion and the drive to set the bar higher than it’s ever been set in this division. In addition to that, I had to overcome people like Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, who have made a habit of taking opportunities and beating people down. I had to keep myself focused because I knew my destiny was to be in this match with Asuka.”

Read the rest of the interview here.

What do you think of this interview? Who will walk out of TakeOver: Orlando the champion? Sound off in the comments below.

  • Gabriella Panajotova

    We haven’t really seen Ember struggle though…if that is the story they’re trying to give to Ember it’s just not aligning with how she’s been portrayed in the ring. She is almost as dominant as Asuka.

    • SW

      Asuka is rarely on defense. Ember’s matches are back and forth

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        Well not that back and forth still. I don’t think Ember is as dominant as Asuka but she is also booked as incredibly dominant. That was my point. It never looked to me like she was struggling in her matches.

        • MK126

          She did struggle a bit in her match with Mandy Rose. It seemed like she had a counter for everything Ember did

    • Angelica Marie MoNae

      Most of ember’s matches are very back and forth though she doesn’t just roll on over someone, even non signed talent lol. Asuka’s match with with Peyton was the most back and forth since her match with Nia.

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        People keep saying that but my point is that she is not struggling really. She’s been dominant as well. Not to the extent of Asuka, but she is.

        • Angelica Marie MoNae

          I’m not saying she is struggling just that the difference between her and asuka’s streaks is that asuka is booked to be super dominant while ember’s is more booked as an even fight where she overcomes and makes her opponent’s look better.

  • NXT writers aren’t even trying anymore… Asuka hasn’t had a proper storyline since her feud with EnD. The closest we got was her vs Nia Jax.

    But I’m sure this will be a MOTY candidate, and I hope division can pick up after that. Right now it’s not in a good state.

    • limfox

      Perfectly said tbh

  • Gato_wiska

    I hope they debut Kairi Hojo and let her feud with Asuka before Asuka’s debut on the main roster because they never fought on Japan. Pair Kairi with a model type wrestler who will act as her interpreter.

    • ?K . A . T ?

      This ?! A feud between them would be fire! Hope they do it!

      • Gato_wiska

        I think It will take 3 years before Kairi makes it to main roster. So She must feud with Asuka on NXT before Asuka debuts on main roster. To make her different, She will have a mouthpiece, They can get one of those model type performance center girls to be her mouthpiece. Kairi’s valet can have this kawaii anime gimmick. While Kairi will just be silent assasin.

        • ?K . A . T ?

          I agree. I think Asuka vs. Kairi should be Asuka’s last big feud on NXT before she goes to the Main Roster. That way she can go out with a bang!

    • John Finnie

      It would have to be on NXT because I can’t see them doing ppv matches on main roster because Vince isn’t a fan of two over Asian woman

  • George Cuc

    Hope Asuka retains once again

  • ?K . A . T ?

    Everyone is expecting Ember to win but I reckon they’re going to pull a swerve and Asuka will retain.

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  • limfox

    yeah it’s crazy how we’ve yet to hear her cut a promo yet. The least they can do is a contract signing where both women are given the opportunity to speak…

  • Corey Anderson

    I’m excited even tho I would have rather seen sasha vs bayley at wrestlemania I still can’t help but feel happy we’re getting four women’s matches wrestlemania weekend that’s huge considering before we where lucky if we got a match at wrestlemania let alone a title match im excited.

  • Feel the Boss

    Well at least WWE is trying to give the girl a little bit of character development. I do agree it is not perfect, but I kinda like the way they’re going with the mystic character. There are moments in this interview when you can feel Ember’s mysterious past. The part with the wise man for instance or when she mentions the stars and destiny. I do hope WWE creatives continue to put work in her character development, building this feud a little bit. Why not invoke the Gods before her match, or tell us a story about the red eyes. I mean come on, there is so much potential !

  • John Finnie

    The more I see of this build the more I’m convinced askua retains then it will either be Nikki vs ember vs askua at next takeover or add Billie & Payton make it an elimination match that comes down to Nikki askua ember ember pins Nikki & wins askua goes undefeated to the main roster

    • Angelica Marie MoNae

      God no her streak needs to end before she goes to the main roster. She does not need to come to the main roster on a streak so she can continue that streak and bury everyone on either raw or smackdown.

  • Shady

    the match will be phenomenal

  • I want Ember Moon to win so bad of course and finally end Asuka long and boring undefeated streak. And of course end all this undefeated thing for once. A lot of girls on NXT deserve that title before going to the main roster.

  • Angelica Marie MoNae

    I really want ember to be the one to beat asuka but I don’t think it’s happening. I seriously don’t think Nikki calling out asuka after their take over match was dropped I just think she is biding her time and she is going to be the one to beat asuka.

  • Orehcursor

    I really don’t like Japanese wrestlers. no matter how good they are in the ring, they suck at everything outside wrestling..Not only they can’t speak english (does not matter really) but also fail when they speak Japanese.


    Ember looks amazing

  • limfox

    This has opportunity to be the best match in NXT history. I really hope they go all out and leave everything on the table

  • limfox

    hmmm but Asuka is still advertised for NXT after Orlando, so don’t know if she’s getting called up anytime soon tbh. Plus, they’re just getting started with Bayley and I really don’t want her on SDL. I feel like she fits better on Raw

  • Ryan Leslie

    I tend to think that Ember should lose to Asuka and come up to Smackdown or Raw afer Wrestlemania and have Nikki Cross be the one to finally beat Asuka. I think that the entire division (NXT and main roster) would be stronger in the end with this booking.

  • DynaDuck

    This look like it’s going to be a good one.