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Eight Years Ago: Asuka Makes NXT Debut; Bayley vs. Banks Iron Woman Match

October 7 has become a very big day for women’s wrestling.

Eight years ago on this date, two moments continued to revolutionize women’s wrestling for years to come in WWE. Asuka makes her NXT debut against Dana Brooke while Sasha Banks and Bayley battle in the first women’s 30 minute Iron Woman match.

Asuka’s first win against Dana Brooke at NXT: Respect on Oct. 7 2015 would mark the first in a a 914 day undefeated streak which crossed over from NXT to the main roster. She was finally defeated by Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 34 in 2018.

On that same night was the historical match between NXT Women’s Champion Bayley and the woman she defeated for that gold, Sasha Banks. This match became historical for many reasons.

This was the first women’s match to headline a major WWE event, the first time in WWE history that a women’s match had this stipulation, and the longest women’s match in WWE history at the time. The record of the longest match was broken by Banks when she had a match against Charlotte Flair at Roadblock: End of the Line in December 2016. That match was also a 30-minute Iron Woman match that had overtime.

Both Bayley and Banks posted about their historic match on social media –

You can watch the full Iron Woman match below –

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