NXT Superstar Asuka continues to break records and is on the verge of setting a new milestone in her reign as NXT Women’s Champion: 500 days as champion! After that, Asuka will only be a few days away from the second longest reigning Women’s Champion in WWE history, only behind The Fabulous Moolah.

In an interview with Newsweek, Asuka discusses joining the WWE, the records she’s broken and which main roster Superstars she’d like to compete against. Highlights of the interview below.

On signing with WWE: “When I decided to sign a contract with WWE, I decided two things. I was determined not only to win, but to leave [breaking] records. That is something I feel like I can do as a return to WWE [for hiring me].”

Wanting to change women’s wrestling in the WWE: “I wanted to change women’s wrestling in WWE. In wrestling, men and women do the same thing, but sometimes the men look more powerful and more impressive. I am trying my best to fill the gap between men and women.”

Thought on joining WWE’s main roster: “I’m going to go to TakeOver and beat Ember Moon and keep my title. Then I will probably go to Raw or SmackDown and get another title. Of course I want to go to Raw or SmackDown, that’s one of the reasons I joined WWE. But I think there’s an appropriate timing…I’ll go when it’s the right time.”

On which main roster Superstar she’d like to face: “I don’t use the words ‘respect’ or ‘admire’ toward my opponents, but I’m interested to have matches with Sasha [Banks] and Charlotte [Flair]. Those two women I’ve never faced before.”

Asuka also discusses adjusting to life in America and advice she’s received from Triple H.

You can read the full interview here.

What do think of Asuka’s historic NXT Women’s Title reign? Would you like to see her called up to the main roster? Who would you like to see Asuka square off against? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Winter

    Asuka, Sasha and Charlotte are by far the best performers the division has. Anyone who disagree is blind.

    • ???

      They are already future hall of famers!

    • In terms of sheer in-ring ability, Natalya is FAR better than both Charlotte AND Sasha. She just hasn’t been repeatedly shoved down everyone’s throats and out their asses. Hell, BECKY is even better then both Charlotte and Sasha in terms of in-ring ability.

      • ???

        I don’t know why everyone praise Natalya’s ability I didn’t see her doing crazy moves like Sasha and Charlotte, she isn’t as athletic as them.. don’t get me wrong I have nothing against her , can you please show me her best matches when she’s actually better than Charlotte and Sasha ? Maybe I didn’t see them yet or she was only good in the indies

        • George

          Nattie is in the business for years and she only had one minor injury (not even mentioned), you rarely see her botching a move and for what i remember she never injured no one, she’s a queen in the ring

        • ?too litty?

          I mean when Nattie gets an actual chance! Maybe we’ll see some “crazy moves”. It baffles me how people just think cause a superstar hasn’t done a “OMG! Moment” that makes them absolute trash. Nattie is a great wrestler! Just because she isn’t a high flyer doesn’t mean she is trash. Nattie is a technical and power house wrestler. Imo Nattie is probably the most experienced and best in the ring out of the current women in the WWE.

          • ???

            No one said she’s trash in the ring lol , I respect her and really looks she know what she is doing in the ring .. it just that I search in the whole internet and saw alot of her matches they weren’t as great as the 4HW matches , I want her to have a match like these and prove me wrong !

        • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

          Also you don’t have to do crazy moves to be better than someone in the ring her takeover and roadblock matches with Charlotte I feel she was better than Charlotte

        • Typical Heel

          Natalya has never once wrestled better than Sasha & Charlotte, ppl love coming on here praising random superstars up but won’t cheer for them or buy their mercy or support them whatsoever in real life

      • MyleneCruz

        Exactly!! These women are nothing more than show pony’s with a few crowd pleasing tricks up their sleeves.

        • ?too litty?

          My thoughts exactly. However I will never discredit any of them for their work in the ring. Charlotte is great in the ring as is Sasha. I just don’t think their better than Nattie!!

      • Wicked Bliss

        Asuka vs Nattie sounds good. Queens of technical wrestling.

      • Winter

        Nope

      • Typical Heel

        No she is not, Natalya’s as entertaining as a stick, you can’t be Pablo if ya work ain’t selling

        • ?too litty?

          Don’t quote nicki when you are dissing wrestling royalty hunny. Nicki is rap royalty and Nattie is wrestling royalty like stop.

  • NIKKISAWA

    I hope she goes to Raw, Sasha Banks vs. Asuka is a money feud for WrestleMania.

    • Marshy

      That would be money and will keep the behinds in the seats that no one will get up to go to the bathroom or go to a concession stand or souvenir booth while that match is on.

    • Hugo Banks

      Agree

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    Asuka vs Sasha Banks? A MATCH. That’s another money feud. Hopefully Asuka goes to Raw because tbh Smackdown will just make her irrelevant and she doesn’t need that after that long 500 day reign. Raw is perfect for the already established stars.

    • ???

      Agree ! Plus Raw is more about competition and single feuds , SD became so boring they just throw all the women with no storyline too .. and it’s more for the underrated ones
      The iconic duo will fit in SD !

  • ???

    Asuka definitely belongs on Raw! Raw is suitable for those who already big stars , we will have Sasha vs Asuka which is PERFECT and Sasha already has chemistry with everyone and with Asuka ? Girl it’ll be LIFE!!
    The likes of the iconoc duo should go to SD so they can establish them !

    Asuka to Raw!
    Billie and Peyton to SD !!

    • Joseph

      Then on Smackdown you’re gonna have 6 heels and 3 faces.

      • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

        Well WWE does want to turn Lana face in the future

      • A?.

        Lana is going face

      • ???

        There will be superstar shake up after SS (Most likely)
        So things are going to change

        • Joseph

          There isn’t gonna be one that rumor is already been reported as false.

          • ???

            Are you sure ? Do you have the source ? Because recently I checked on the sites they didn’t disconfirm anything

          • Joseph

            Yea from the guys who run Pro Wrestling sheet.

          • Joseph
          • ???

            I see , well .. “Shake up” isn’t enough anyway, I’d rather have full draft

      • Windyhawaii

        I mean they could just turn someone face which im pretty sure Lana is supposed to go face eventually.

    • A?.

      the Iconic Duo are meant to be on SD, they better go there.

      • ???

        Yes!
        Raw will definitely ruin them, look what happened to Dana .. they call her up way too early and she looks horrible.
        Raw is only for the top stars , if the iconic duo go to SD they’ll shine and be more over with the crowd .. just like Alexa she didn’t get that much reaction when she was in NXT , but she went to SD they build her up and got over with the crowd and became top star and suitable for Raw !
        The iconic duo need that opportunity!

    • Winter

      Agree! I hope they let Sasha win at Summerslam and next Monday Asuka debuts and attacks Sasha. Heel Asuka is best for business.

      • ???

        Brilliant!! I want Sasha to become 4x champion and have good long reign , but sadly she’s already 3x champion in less than one year so it seems she’ll not win anytime soon :(
        Asuka debuts in Raw after SS is the perfect way there’s no better way than this that for sure!

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  • ???

    Plus, one more point!
    I hope Asuka retains in Brooklyn and debut on Raw undefeated after SS directly! That great way to debut imagine the pop that she will get after such a big ppv !

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    I like this cocky tweeter character has Asuka has become. It’s very refreshing. And I bet as soon as she gets to the main roster they’ll make her drop all of that. SMH!!!

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    In all honesty though I do feel the competition on the main roster will pick up once the new crop of NXT women gets called up. I’m talking Asuka, Nikki Cross, Ember, Peyton and Billie Kay. I see Liv is being pushed more to be part of the main roster but I don’t see her making much impact upon her debut.

    • wysna

      Here’s to hoping they don’t ALL debut at once. Jesus. I hope that the people in the back learned from their mistake with Nia, Alexa and Dana. Alexa was ready for the main roster even though a lot of people don’t like the way she wrestles. But they could’ve used her more on NXT since she was already established and her being booked as a legitimate threat to Asuka would’ve made sense. Same goes with Nia and even Dana. And those two would’ve improved tremendously and not be so green on the main roster had they remain even for just a couple more months. Plus, I really felt like, after her first loss to Asuka, Nia should’ve won the NXT gold and built (and trained) to be a convincing powerhouse as opposed to the sizable yet seemingly clumsy heel she debuted as.

    • ?too litty?

      I mean Liv Morgan wrestled last night at a SmackDown Live Event which my friend was at. She said Liv’s hair was messy af, it was all over the place! She also recorded her entrance, the crowd was dead AF. People started getting up and going to the bathroom. So I feel like they need to build Liv up more. I think she is forever improving in the ring. But her character… needs some work.

      • Joseph

        She was filling in for Charlotte since Charlotte is still in China promoting WWE over there.

      • YonceLuvsDivas

        I saw a pic of her wit Naomi and Becky. She looked all over the place in it.

  • 3???????

    I just feel like we seen all we can see from her at this point , all her matches are the same . She doesn’t pull out anything new ?????

  • MyleneCruz

    Before I even read the article I said I bet it’s Charlotte or Sasha. I was wrong. It was both. Poor Naomi she deserves better.

    • …why do Naomi fans have to take everything so personally lmao? go cry over something else, Naomi’s a champ and she’s doing just fine. article has literally nothing to do with her

      • MyleneCruz

        Fuck you trash bag. Yal hate Naomi so bad and it’s very apparent that it’s because she’s black. And yes the article has nothing to do with her but she’s champ a reigning champ and Asuka wants to face two girls who aren’t even champ because they’re just as over pushed and hyped as she is foh

        • I LOVE NAOMI! But you don’t gotta get mad at every damn article just because she’s not in it! That’s ridiculous.

          • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

            Sometimes my fellow Naomi stans can go overboard

          • C Mack

            Agreed. It would have been cool to see Nao be mentioned, but I’m not tripping. The Mob isn’t that sensitive, y’all?

          • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

            Not all of us at least???

          • MyleneCruz

            I’m not associated with this mob. I said what I said.

          • MyleneCruz

            I never claimed to be a stan. I’m a fan of black women period.

          • Summer_Slay #GiveSummerAChance

            You sound racist.

          • MyleneCruz

            It’s my damn opinion. Yal don’t have to get mad at what I’m saying. I’m stating my opinion on the article I didn’t @ yal. Yal @ me. So yal are the ones salty af. I don’t agree with what half of yal are saying but I don’t go off and say mean things but yal got me started so what’s good. I’m off work and got time today bitch.

          • Cool, why don’t you go check the Alexa interview post and complain about how she didn’t mention Naomi? And then go to the NXT redux and complain about how Naomi isn’t on the Takeover card. And then go to the Raw redux and complain about how Naomi wasn’t on Raw again. And then why don’t you head on over to Fox News and ask them why they haven’t mentioned Naomi in their latest broadcast? Just saw a McDonalds commercial, why the hell wasnt Naomi on there?? Oh and you know my grandpa just had his funeral but they didn’t even mention Naomi in his eulogy!! JESUS CHRIST!! God damn you’re right, Naomi deserves better.

          • MyleneCruz

            Your a moron to the highest extent of the word. It’s not about Naomi. She’s an example chill tf out your hate for black women is showing..

        • MyleneCruz

          The point of MY comment went way over some of yal head. It’s a matter of me being tired of the 4HW being mentioned when there are other great MR girls. Naomi was a mere example nothing more nothing less.

      • Robann

        She’s embarrassing us NaoMob. I have to literally go back and forth with ignorant smarks because they think we’re all like that. Smh

        • I prob shouldn’t have said “Naomi fans” in general. I mean I’m a Naomi fan. Just thought it was ridiculous lmao, like she’s in a great place in her career right now. Walking into SS as champ, over with the crowd, yet ppl still find room to complain lol

    • George

      Of course she wants to face the best women in the company, not fucking Naomi lmao

      • Typical Heel

        ?????

        • George

          Hello xdd

          • Typical Heel

            Sup

      • MyleneCruz

        Of course you wouldnt think she’s one of the best mayonnaise. Yal stay hating on my bitch cause she doesn’t fit your shitty ass molds. Your so called best women are only the best cause they’re overly pushed do not get it twisted bitch.

        • George

          she doesn’t fit my ”molds” because she sucks hard time you negro

          • MyleneCruz

            I knew your ass was a racist just by the way you talked about Nao. Shame. White people so crusty and salty that black people are more superior in every way yal have money that’s it. There’s no real power from yal that’s why yal be so mad.

          • George

            Are you retarded choco?

          • MyleneCruz

            You are the definition of ??

          • Not cool dude

    • Robann

      Um I’d be more here for a Naomi v. Ember Moon match than her and Asuka. They would not mush together well in the ring. And this is from a Naomi fan lol.

      • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

        I would love a Naomi vs Ember match and I agree with you Asuka vs Naomi wouldn’t mesh well even though they’re both great wrestlers

      • MyleneCruz

        Idc what you think or how you feel I’m not naomob I’m a fan plain and simple I stated my opinion and yal got mad and decided to @ me.

    • Winter

      Charlotte and Sasha are better than Naomi, no discussion.

      • MyleneCruz

        Your momma is better than yo daddy in bed no discussion.

      • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

        Don’t respond cause this person clearly has problems with people for no reason

        • Winter

          Me?

          • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

            No the other person like they’re going off for no reason don’t waste your time with them

      • MyleneCruz

        Hi winter I’m summer. You may be a cold bitch but I’ll leave you baking in fucking sun and have your ass melted like a snowman discuss how you got my d*** in your mouth.

        • Winter

          Lol

  • Kvngbalor

    Id love for her to go undefeated til Mania

  • Jo9834

    It sucks because her coming to the Main Roster should be a great thing, but we know its the exact opposite. From legendary and history making to forgotten and mediocre within months thanks to creative.

  • wysna

    The thought of Asuka wrestling Nattie. Girl.

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    • Robann

      I thought they fought before? It was in Japan last year I think. But it definitely needs to be a televised match

      • John Finnie

        U can see a lil bit on youtube

    • John Finnie

      They have in japan Becky as well thats why she didnt mention them
      Strangely enough i think her vs Tamina could be a suprisingly good match; if dana can look half decent then Tamina can look great against Askua

  • Wicked Bliss

    “…That is something I feel like I can do as a return to WWE [for hiring me].” wow so humble for her to say – I mean she’s very thankful for all opportunities given to her. Asuka truly will go beyond even in MR.

    • George

      She’s the chosen one to main event WM , we never had a woman like Asuka in the company let’s pray for the main roster not to fuck her up

      • MyleneCruz

        You already did mayo.

        • George

          did what negro?

      • ???

        I hope not !

  • conan_kun

    See how Raw ruined Bayley, Bayley always beat Alexa at NXT but now Raw makes her look dumb and gets squashed by Alexa, fear that Raw may ruin Asuka too

  • George

    Wants to destroy* Asuka is leaving NXT undefeated, Ember has no chance in hell keep dreaming bitches ;)

  • George
    • conan_kun

      Like Vince let her main event WM when he’s strongly disliked Asian women, Gail Kim is an example, see how she gets booked horribly in her 2nd WWE run.

      • George

        I know what are you saying, but if women ever main event WR Asuka deserves the spot the most for how good is she

      • ???

        Let be positive, why we have to be negative in every single situation?
        People said WWE is racist and look how over Naomi became she’s 2x champion now .. and Gail’s career was nothing like Asuka’s , Gail only had one reign that lasts for two weeks and you compare her to Asuka who even breaks the men’s records lol
        Even if WWE treats her badly people will turn on WWE and support Asuka , and she already has huge fanbase

    • If that were the case, (knowing Vince) she’d probably end up jobbing to either Charlotte or Harley Quinn if she ever hit the main roster.

  • Don ?

    I seriously thought her answer was going to be: “NOOOOH BOTDEE REDDY FO OSSKA!1!”

    Haha. ? I adore Asuka though. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6b023ac27a7f2c9c92218f0aa7e556b5650387b8c264c7526767e15ed36ef195.gif

    • Joseph

      I wonder how many times they had to shoot that cause it look like Dana was trying not to laugh.

  • Aye Mate

    Asuka is awesome.

    Also, we testing those racial boundaries in the comment section now huh. Classy.

    • Summer_Slay #GiveSummerAChance

      Asuka is far from awesome watch her be Bayley 2.0/Emma 3.0. She on the exact same playing field as Bayley is. NXT loved them, they are just good wrestlers, they cant cut promos, the mr will get sick of them in a few week.

  • Shawn Dickinson

    My three favorite women wrestler is Paige, Charlotte Flair, and Asuka!!! I want to see Paige vs Charlotte Flair vs Asuka… I think Asuka is much better then Paige, The Four Horsewoman Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, & Bayley… Asuka already defeated Emma, Dana Brooke, Bayley, Nia Jax, Mickie James, Aliyah, Liv Morgan, Billie Kay, Peyton Rose, Nikki Cross, Ember Moon!!! !!! !!! Asuka is The Greatest Woman Wrestler in WWE History!!! !!! !!!

  • Am I the only one here for Asuka v. Mickie II?

    • Robann

      No I am here for it. This time it needs to be just even more hard hitting and not have a anticlimactic ending like the first one. I was so here for Mickie playing mind tricks on Asuka because at that point no one else did it. I was like “Yesss did y’all forget about Psycho Mickie?!” Lmao

      • Yes! I would love to see Mickie play those types of mind games with Asuka. Really with any of the girls.

        When Mickie turned heel at the end of her TNA run I was living for her character and wouldn’t mind seeing her like that in a program with Asuka either.

  • Hugo Banks

    Asuka vs Sasha > Asuka vs Charlotte
    Buuuuut… until see don’t believe !
    Asuka vs Sasha for me might be an ALL-TIME Classic like The Rock vs Stone Cold.

  • Jfizzle

    I think Asuka is incredibly talented but I have no clue how they are gonna use her on the main roster. NXT has become so stale in any character development after the horses left and under her never ending reign that the whole thing is worry some. Do we unbeatable champ part 2 or is she suddenly equal to people on the MR.

  • I would love to see the Mickie vs Asuka feud! They had an amazing match and the way it ended had so much potential for a story line.

  • PhiPhiBanks

    Would love Sasha vs Asuka.

    Sasha really does bring out the best in her opponent in their big matches and Asuka is already great, could be a classic match.

  • Jesus’s brother

    Asuka vs Sasha Banks is a WM main event match! With a good build up

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    follow me on twitter @bankonglow y’all !

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  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    I’d rather see Charlotte vs Asuka the most.

  • John Finnie

    Oh Askua id hoped you would have picked Nia ??????

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  • Miguel

    while RAW’s booking is trash, Asuka might do well as a dominant champion there. SD might try to level her like they did with Charlotte and she doesn’t fit the the likes of Carmella, Tamina & Lana in the ring. Asuka can deliver with women like Charlotte, Bayley, Nia Jax, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch , Mickie James. Those can be classics even in the main roster.

  • Edwards1992

    I would love see her against naomi. I think that would be M O N E Y

  • Summer_Slay #GiveSummerAChance

    On signing with WWE: “No buddeh”
    Thought on joining WWE’s main roster: “is reddeh”
    Wanting to change women’s wrestling in the WWE: “4”
    On which main roster Superstar she’d like to face: “Asuka”