Asuka’s historic reign as NXT Women’s Champion has come to an end.
As seen in a tweet below from WWE’s official NXT Twitter account, a decision was made during tonight’s set of NXT tapings that saw Asuka relinquish the NXT Women’s Title to General Manager William Regal.
Fans can been seen cheering and chanting “Thank You Asuka” moments after Asuka stepped down as Champion
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) August 25, 2017
Asuka first won the NXT Women’s Title at NXT TakeOver: Dallas where she defeated Bayley. From there, Asuka would successfully defend the title at nine different TakeOver events with her final defense happening at NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III against Ember Moon.
On top of her 500 plus day as Champion, Asuka has also maintained an undefeated streak in singles competition, dethroning a record previous held by Goldberg.
WWE.com have written the following regarding Asuka relinquishing the NXT Women’s Title:
“NXT Women’s Champion Asuka relinquished her title to NXT General Manager William Regal tonight at Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla. After her dominant performance and historic 500-plus day reign as NXT Women’s Champion, The Empress of Tomorrow looks to her future for new opportunities in WWE, though no specific details are known at this time. Her reign will officially end on the date that her historic announcement airs.”
Are you shocked by this news? Who do you think will be crowned the next NXT Women’s Champion? Where do you think Asuka will go from here? Let us know in the comments below!