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With three out of the Four Horsewomen now out of NXT, Bayley will need new competitors. Eva Marie, Alexa Bliss, Carmella and Dana Brooke all have a ways to go to make it to that point. Emma can run Bayley through her paces, but even Emma isn't at the booking level that any of the other women are at. Nia Jax might alter that in a few more weeks, but Kana could do it instantly. She could run any of the other NXT women through the paces, let alone the talent on the main roster.
She has a few weeks of shows to finish up in Japan with rumors floating she will start in NXT come October. I doubt it will be long for her to make her televised debut.
I'm going to flash everyone back to one of my favorite Kana feuds with a series of matches she had with Serena Deeb. They were hard hitting encounters and in the long run served to shorten Serena's career, but they were amazing bouts well worth a view, as were so many of SMASH's best matches.
The full announcement from WWE is below.
STAMFORD, Conn. — WWE announced today the signing of international superstar Kanako Urai, aka Kana, to the NXT division. Kana will officially report to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., in late September.CORRECTION: While it was originally reported that Kana would keep her ring name this information changed just days after this article was posted, as Kana took the new name Asuka.
Over the course of her 11-year career, Kana has become one of the most exciting women ever to compete in Japan. She has appeared in many organizations throughout the country and has held multiple championships. Last month, Kana made a surprise appearance at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, sitting in the audience ringside next to WWE Hall of Famer “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
“We are very excited to have Kana join the NXT roster,” said Triple H, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Creative and Live Events. “Her exciting in-ring style will make an immediate impact on the already impressive NXT women’s division.”