Sunday, August 21, 2016

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Asuka vs Bayley 2

Here's the match video for Asuka vs Bayley from last night's NXT Takeover show in Brooklyn. As usual, I am posting this for Asuka fans who don't get the WWE Network. The way they built this up was that Bayley won the NXT Women's Championship at last year's Brooklyn show. Since losing the title to Asuka in Dallas, Bayley wanted a rematch. They did an injury angle to delay it. They kind of turned Asuka heel but she didn't do much of that in this match. I expected Asuka to retain the belt because Bayley is headed to the main roster. One interesting thing is at HHH's conference call a few days ago, he said Asuka wants to be the top story in Japan over Shinsuke Nakamura. That's a lofty goal but that shows me what she is thinking. Asuka wants to steal the show. Bayley's attempts at showing confidence were weak at best. She said on Twitter that she didn't think Asuka would be prepared for the match. Boy, was she wrong. Bayley did her usual entrance. As usual, Asuka changed things up including a white sheet that she dragged behind her. It was on a roll. She had more of a strut than usual. And of course she was smiling while Bayley looked serious. The match was back and forth. It's just that Asuka comes across as more dangerous than Bayley. Bayley hits her and Asuka just smiles at her. That's very disconcerting. In general, I thought Bayley performed better than she did in Dallas. The end came when Asuka kicked out of Bayley's suplex finisher. At ringside, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch were shocked. After trying the Asuka Lock twice, Asuka hit three kicks to the head and it was all over. Though some of the leadup to this match had Asuka turn heel, I didn't think she showed much heel behaviour during the match. She just delivered the goods with a tremendous performance. Enjoy the video!
Bayley vs. Asuka - 20.08.2016 by mr-jester

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