Asuka def. Eva Marie
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NXT Women’s Champion Asuka def. Eva Marie (Non-Title Match)
Asuka, the undefeated NXT Women’s Champion, made her first appearance since winning the title in surprising fashion from Bayley at TakeOver: Dallas, taking on Eva Marie. The “Total Divas” star seemed a little reluctant to lock up with the champion at first, evading The Empress of Tomorrow’s devastating kicks. But there was no escaping the aggressive champion, who soon caught Eva Marie and took control of the bout.
Eva briefly grounded Asuka with a shoulder tackle, but the NXT Women’s Champion could not be kept down. Asuka rebounded in a rage, sending Eva crashing to the arena floor with a flying hip attack. Eva looked to be on the ropes, until her close confidant Nia Jax made her way to ringside. The towering presence of Jax at ringside gave Eva a confidence boost, and perhaps distracted the champion, allowing Eva to get the upper hand. Despite her best efforts, Eva could not overcome the pure fury of the NXT Women’s Champion, who stunned Eva with a series of kicks, finally connecting with a spinning heel kick to pick up the victory.
After the bell, Nia Jax entered the ring and confronted Asuka. The Empress of Tomorrow threw a similar kick to the one that felled Eva Marie, but Nia simply stepped out of the way, then got right in the champion’s face, showing no fear.