Asuka came up empty-handed in the first leg of her SummerSlam doubleheader, falling to SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley thanks to the other half of the WWE Women's Tag Team Champions. 

The Empress of Tomorrow dominated much of the bout until Bayley dropped her knee-first on the apron, then continued to isolate her left knee with targeted offense. Bayley even caught Asuka coming off the top rope to lock in a knee bar and inflict further damage. 

Asuka downs Bayley with a hip attack: SummerSlam 2020 (WWE Network Exclusive)

Asuka has Smackdown Women's Champion Bayley reeling at SummerSlam 2020. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

Sasha Banks proved to be the difference-maker, however. Asuka blasted her off the apron with a hip attack meant for Bayley, and the miscue allowed the champion to roll up Asuka for the victory.

“The Golden Role Models'” larger strategy became clear following the bell, as Banks hit the ring to pummel Asuka, and they dropped her with a brutal double-team attack, giving Banks the advantage going into her Raw Women’s Title defense later in the night.  

Asuka came up empty-handed in the first leg of her SummerSlam doubleheader, falling to SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley thanks to the other half of the WWE Women's Tag Team Champions. 

The Empress of Tomorrow dominated much of the bout until Bayley dropped her knee-first on the apron, then continued to isolate her left knee with targeted offense. Bayley even caught Asuka coming off the top rope to lock in a knee bar and inflict further damage. 

Asuka downs Bayley with a hip attack: SummerSlam 2020 (WWE Network Exclusive)

Asuka has Smackdown Women's Champion Bayley reeling at SummerSlam 2020. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

Sasha Banks proved to be the difference-maker, however. Asuka blasted her off the apron with a hip attack meant for Bayley, and the miscue allowed the champion to roll up Asuka for the victory.

“The Golden Role Models'” larger strategy became clear following the bell, as Banks hit the ring to pummel Asuka, and they dropped her with a brutal double-team attack, giving Banks the advantage going into her Raw Women’s Title defense later in the night.