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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25/October/2017 at 19:34
Smarks these days keep crapping on the NXT crowd for being noisy and actively involved with matches and yet, tbh, they are far better than a Raw crowd, like... Always.

To be fair though, crap booking on Raw has a lot to do with it. If we are looking at Asuka, the first time she made her on screen debut, they interviewed her in the ring and welcomed her to NXT and Emma and Dana Brooke came out and crapped all over her on the mic, and she walked out politely then just before she went backstage she turned and gave them a smile that seemed to say: "OK, they want to play this game with me, we'll wait till they get a load of me."

That smile along was enough to make the crowd go oh shit, they (Emma and Dana) just fucked up.

Shortly thereafter, Asuka was in a match and Emma and Dana came out to watch, Asuka saw them, and waved them down ringside, the girl in the ring tried to take advantage of Asuka being distracted, and Asuka KOed her with a roundhouse kick to the head. Emma and Dana we're horrified Asuka got the pinfall off that alone, and the fans were going nuts.

Raw is doing generic nothing with Asuka. THAT is why she isn't as over on Raw as she was on NXT. Lazy booking.

I mean you can SAY oh it's a different crowd and just because you got over in NXT you won't necessarily get over on Raw but if on Raw the bookers do generic fuckall with someone, then that is exactly what the crowd is going to feel for them as well, and it is all but impossible to realistically expect anything more out of them. Asuka's run in NXT was extraordinary, so far her run on Raw is generic.

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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:


Raw is doing generic nothing with Asuka. THAT is why she isn't as over on Raw as she was on NXT. Lazy booking.

Lets not get too carried away - shes been here for one PPV and an episode of Raw

Lets give it time

She'll be the dominant force in the Rw womens team at SS

At the minute they seem to be building up her ability to hit a submission out of nowhere - in a few weeks time well all be talking about how dominant she is
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25/October/2017 at 19:46
Well they should have had her literally take out one or two of the women on the SmackDown invasion. If the 4 or however many women had faced her down, she knocked one out cold while the others stood there looking shocked before swarming her and she still took out one more and the commentary was wow she made quick work of so and so.before the numbers game took over and even then she took another one of them with her, it would have done a lot for her and the rest, because finally someone really and truly laid out Asuka even if it took 4 women to do it.
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Quote Former WWE Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian recently took to their podcast, E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness, to discuss the main roster debut of former NXT Women’s Champion Asuka at the Tables Ladders and Chairs (TLC) pay-per-view (PPV) earlier this month. WWE Hall Of Famer Edge expressed a bit of concern with Asuka’s main roster run. Here are the highlights from Edge and Christian’s conversation:

Edge: “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.

Christian: “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.”

Edge: “[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.”

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Glad two big names can see she's overhyped and like me aren't buying into her just because the commentators go on and on and on and on about her.
 
It was stupid that she used the main move of a main eventer making his big in ring return and she didn't even win with it.
 
She needs her own identity instead of being looked at like a female Nakamura clone.
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Glad two big names can see she's overhyped and like me aren't buying into her just because the commentators go on and on and on and on about her.
 

 
She needs her own identity instead of being looked at like a female Nakamura clone.

She's been on the main roster for 3 weeks - people are acting like she's been around for months and that creative don't know where to take her and that theyve tried multiple things and she just isnt getting over

Give her a chance FFS - shes far from overhyped - shes phenomenal
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In reference to the above - i told you!!

She was absolutely dominant this week on raw and even snapping back at the referee when asked to calm things down

This is how she will be booked for a while now - at least until after SS
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Is Asuka Overrated? Volume #1

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Hello everyone. I’d like to start a mini series highlighting Asuka’s career up til this point, to decide if she is overrated like some claim after only seeing two matches on the main roster. I’m not sure how many volumes there will be, but if possible .. I would like to restrict it to two. The first volume will focus heavily on her NXT career, and what she did during her record-breaking NXT Women’s Championship reign.

For those with little spare time I suggest you watch the following video which highlights Asuka’s NXT career in under four minutes. While it is very well done .. I do not believe it’s enough. If you still think she’s overrated after seeing it, you need to look deeper and watch some of her matches.

Her debut was heavily hyped, yet no one really knew what to expect as she signed a contract. Her first feud was with Emma & Dana Brooke as they interrupted her while being welcomed to NXT by William Regal. The next two years was filled with success, and it all started here.

While feuding with Emma & Dana, Asuka defeated other women such as Cameron, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, and an inexperienced Alexa Bliss. The first big match of her NXT days came when she met Emma at NXT Takeover: London. And yes .. it was way, way better than what they did just recently before Emma was released. The match was highly praised by critics, and Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer called it “fantastic”.

While Asuka’s been called undefeated, she did lose a battle royale and some house show matches. She entered in to a brief feud with Eva Marie & Nia Jax before turning her attention to Bayley and the NXT Women’s Championship. At NXT Takeover: Dallas (Wrestlemania weekend), Bayley gave her best effort but she simply was not ready for Asuka. It was the beginning of a legendary reign which may never be broken.

At NXT Takeover: The End, Asuka’s first challenger was the bigger Nia Jax. The match showed how she can adapt to different types of opponents. She used speed, submissions, and smarts to chop down the larger number #1 contender.

During the summer 2016 draft, Vince McMahon initially wanted to draft Asuka away from NXT. Triple H pleaded with Vince not to make this decision as she was one of NXT’s biggest draws, and said she was their “anchor”. Vince accepted his advice and decided she would stay in NXT.

Bayley earned the right to a rematch with Asuka for the NXT Women’s title. Bayley stated she needed to be the first to beat her, and take back the championship she’d worked so hard for. They fought in a highly praised match at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II.

Asuka started displaying heel tendencies as she refused to shake the hand of Mickie James. Despite this, she generally played the face in her feud with Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, and Sanity’s Nikki Cross. In her feud with Ember Moon, she cheated to retain the title. She had a classic, brutal fight with Nikki Cross in a Last Women Standing. She also came out victorious in several triple threats and fatal four ways before being forced to vacate the title due to injury.

With every opponent defeated, and needing 6-8 weeks to recover from a broken right collarbone, it was decided to have Asuka vacate the title before moving up to the main roster. As we know, she made her debut for the Raw brand at the TLC PPV.

However, before leaving, Asuka made her last appearance giving a heartfelt speech about loving NXT, and how she will take the spirit of NXT wherever she goes. It was genuine, and it showed how much she loves the fans, and how she’ll continue to do what she does best. It’s only a matter of time til we see what she’s capable of on Raw, and whoever holds the Women’s championship? They are simply .. not ready .. for Asuka!

See you again soon .. as I bring you the second volume which will look in to Asuka’s career before signing with NXT. Is she overrated? I’ll answer it when we get to the end. Cheers for your time.

PS: The article would’ve been too big if I included her whole career, and my thoughts in one article. This is why I broke it up, and while I didn’t answer the question here, I hope this serves as a good starting point for fans who did not get to see her previous work before debuting on Raw.

Another day, and another article of some type that sees she's nothing more than a hype job.
 
I hope she puts on a five star match, because that would be brilliant. Especially as women have never put on a five star match in the history of the business.
 
I suspect the next time a draft happens she will be moved to Smackdown where it's easier to deal with expectation on the so called B show.
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She had Match of the Night a couple weeks ago against Sasha Banks. She looked awesome in the Royal Rumble, and during Survivor Series. She's breaking records left and right, the longest undefeated streak since debut in who the hell knows how long.

Looks like she's living up the hype.

BTW Edge and Christian DID get blasted for knocking Asuka.
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I love watching Asuka wrestle. They're very firmly establishing her by having her rip through the whole Raw division and, to be fair, it's making the Raw women's division far more enjoyable that the Smackdown Live women's division. 
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Quote As reported before, WWE had Asuka stop using the arm bar finisher after previously been told to focus on it. Originally, she was told to switch from the chicken wing to the armbar because the long term plan was to build towards a match against Ronda Rousey.

-- At some point though, she was instructed to stop using the armbar which would likely be right around when WWE decided to abandon Rousey vs. Asuka plans and go with Charlotte ending the streak. As a result, it appears that Charlotte will now be built up to face Rousey next year instead.

Could we be seeing the end of the Asuka era of dominance? It looks that way.
 
Being made to stop using a move she's known for and losing the streak, before being left off Raw after Wrestlemania where she'd have got a big pop, it doesn't look good for her.
 
Her English should be a lot better than it is, as she's been in America a fair few years now.
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