NXT Women’s Champion Asuka vs. Bayley
Bayley is no stranger to New York’s Brooklyn borough, having won her first NXT Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn. Now, one year later, in the very same building, the cornerstone of NXT’s Women’s division will try to make history by becoming the first woman to win the title twice.
Bayley has waited for another chance to battle Asuka ever since she lost the NXT Women’s Championship to The Empress of Tomorrow at NXT TakeOver: Dallas back on April 1. She has had to overcome injury and the imposing Nia Jax, but she has valiantly fought her way back into top shape. Now that she’s using her guaranteed rematch at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II, all she has to do is defeat someone who is arguably the most dangerous female competitor to ever come through NXT.
However, as the NXT Universe knows, if there is anyone with enough heart to overcome a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, it’s Bayley. NXT’s usually fun-loving, most huggable Superstar is more focused and determined than ever before, ditching her smile for a surprising steely edge in her quest to regain the NXT Women’s Title.
Despite Bayley’s determination, she is going head-to-head with a Superstar who not only beat her once before, but has defeated every opponent she has stepped in the ring with since arriving to NXT. The undefeated Asuka has paved a path of destruction with lightning-quick strikes and suffocating submission holds. And she has done it all with a frightening calmness about her.
Not one to embark in trash talk, the colorful champion employs the use of mind games to gain the mental edge over her opponents, and her run-ins with Bayley have been no different. Asuka has toyed with the No. 1 contender ever since Bayley requested this rematch, but it remains to be seen just how effective those mind games have been.
With an even more focused and prepared Bayley ready for battle and Asuka proving to be as unforgiving and calculated as ever, this title showdown should be nothing short of epic. Can Bayley make history by toppling NXT’s Empress of Tomorrow? Or will Asuka maintain her commanding rule over the NXT Women’s division?
Don’t miss NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 8E/5P, live on the award-winning WWE Network.