Asuka made her long-awaited main roster debut at TLC and it was an exciting moment for fans of The Empress Of Tomorrow who have followed her through NXT and even before then in Japan. But some people were left feeling underwhelmed.
Emma and Asuka went out there and had an actual match. It wasn’t a squash match but instead, Asuka had a regular match with an opponent people were used to seeing lose in less time than it takes to go to commercial break on Raw. Therefore, it might not have been the best start for Asuka.
“I’m sure I’ll get lambasted for this, but I don’t get the Asuka thing. I really don’t. Like, she’s fine and she’s solid but I don’t know,” Edge said on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness.
Christian responded by giving his personal view of the opinion, “I think it happens not with just her but with a lot of people when there’s certain hype around somebody and honestly I’ve never seen a full match of hers until [TLC] — I’ve seen clips and I’ve never seen a full, full match. So, maybe I have maybe I’ve seen one or two but I think that when there’s a lot of hype and that sort of thing it makes it almost harder sometimes for the talent to kinda live up to the packages and to the hype and they’re expecting something completely different than something they’ve seen before. And that’s really hard to do. I liked her body language, I liked her presentation. I liked her persona, she seemed really comfortable with what she’s doing but yeah there were some certain things and there weren’t necessarily super crisp and anything like that and that and it could be the first time, it could’ve been the first time she’s worked with Emma or whatever” but it actually wasn’t the first time The Empress Of Tomorrow has worked with the founder of WWE’s Women’s Revolution.
“[The match at TLC] was a little long,” Edge said “but even going back to the NXT stuff I’ve watched and I’ve never… I don’t know… I’ve just never really bought in. And it’s not because I don’t want to or anything like that. I just, I don’t know. Even the entrance and everything it’s very Nakamura-esk and he was doing it first so it just, I don’t know. I’ve never really understood the hype and then last night as I’m watching [at TLC] and I know the ‘powers that be’ hate the head-to-head thing and I was like, ‘ooo that’s not gonna go over well’… more than that what I didn’t get was using an ankle lock on a night when Kurt Angle is stepping back in a WWE ring for the first time in eleven years and it’s actually being used in the main event as something pretty pivotal. Why do you do it as a spot that goes nowhere? That doesn’t lead to anything that leads to kinda getting pitched outa the ring that leads to a trapped-leg German, okay cool but still didn’t lead to anything consequential to the finish. It didn’t make sense to me and those things that I see and I’m like ‘mmm somebody doesn’t get it,’ you know what I mean? Ah…maybe I’m being a d-ck… I don’t know.”
Christian seemed to agree with Edge because the ankle lock is a signature move of Angle’s but then again Asuka also uses it quite often as well. If you’re not a big fan of Asuka’s you’re not alone because it looks like Edge and Christian might still need convincing as well. They have legitimate points but Asuka is still plenty dangerous and could still turn around E&C’s opinion on the matter.
But in the end, Edge and Christian said Asuka is new and they’ll give her time. They also commented on how well Emma did at TLC against her.
We’ll let you guys know when she totally wins them over.
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