Being Realistic On Asuka
I think it's safe to say that Asuka in a way was Braun Strowman before Braun was cool, combine a historic undefeated streak, a monstrous persona that will destroy anyone in her path alongside being a fantastic worker in the ring; Asuka was among the highlights of NXT during her stay. So it comes as to no surprise that she's been pushed, and pushed hard for her main roster debut; even getting two vignettes on last night's RAW.
You would think that with all these credentials sheíd be a shoo-in to do amazing things for WWE. And they do. However, I think itís important for me to say this on the matter before itís too late. Even if Asuka is booked well, (and thereís a really good chance she will be.) the very moment something starts to go wrong for her will be when fans will start to say that WWE isnít handling her right.
At this point, itís become all but a guarantee for some that unless WWE books a certain star exactly as how they were in NXT or catches fire with a great gimmick that is either completely different from or slightly altered from their NXT persona, people are going to say that they arenít being used correctly. It happened with Rusev, it happened with Kevin Owens, it happened with Sami Zayn, it may be happening to Shinsuke Nakamura to some people and I have no doubt that itís going to happen to Asuka at some time.
So if you hear from a wrestling podcast or newsletter that WWE isnít using Asuka to her fullest capabilities, do not be shocked. You can disagree, but it will not be a surprise to me when that day comes. Itís all but inevitable. (Now if she ends up losing in embarrassing fashion and starts taking part in comedy skits, yeah; Iíll be happy to agree with you on that front)
Cat of Controversy, Writer of Wrestling