Asuka def. Nia Jax (NXT Women’s Championship Match)

Asuka vs. Nia Jax - NXT Women's Championship Match: WWE NXT, Dec. 28, 2016

Asuka returns home to Japan to defend her NXT Women's Championship against Raw's Nia Jax. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Asuka defended the NXT Women’s Championship against Raw Superstar Nia Jax in front of her hometown of Osaka. The towering Jax — who has destroyed everyone in her way on Raw — would have loved nothing more than to take Asuka’s title from her in her own house, but The Empress of Tomorrow had other ideas.

Jax seemed impervious to Asuka’s devastating kicks, dominating the titleholder for much of the contest. The champion — who was in the rare position of playing the underdog — showed tremendous heart, as she was hit with one powerful blow after another.

Asuka remarkably kicked out of a back-breaking powerbomb, responding with an impressive feat of strength in the form of a picture-perfect German suplex on her challenger. Finally, with both competitors at the brink of exhaustion, Asuka landed the knockout blow via a kick to Jax’s head that earned her the pinfall win.

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