In tonight’s opening match, the Empress of Tomorrow Asuka made her long-awaited return to the ring when she faced Absolution’s leader, Mandy Rose.
Mandy would start off the match taunting Asuka, saying she’ll NEVER be as hot as her. Mandy turned to Sonya and Dana flexing, and taunting as the Barclays center booed. Asuka nodded and smiled, waiting for Mandy to lock up. After some hyping up by Sonya and Dana at ringside, Mandy felt confident enough to face Asuka. She went for a lockup, but Asuka quickly ducked behind her, nailing a hard german suplex. A dazed Mandy rolled out of the ring trying to compose herself, but Asuka slid out quickly throwing her back in. Sonya and Dana tried to intimidate Asuka, but The Empress held her ground before re entering the ring. Mandy would then hit a rope hot-shot, slamming Asuka’s throat into the top rope. Asuka fell to the hard apron, before being dragged into the ring for a two count.
After an amazing match, Mandy would go for a running Bicycle Knee, but Asuka would dodge and lock in her signature hold; the Asuka Lock! Mandy would quickly tap, allowing Asuka to pick up the victory! After the match, Dana and Sonya entered the ring, cornering Asuka. Sonya went for a punch, but was met with a spinning back fist knocking her out cold. Asuka went to high kick Dana, but Dana quickly ran out of the ring; not wanting any piece of the Empress. Asuka stood tall as the WPW Universe celebrated with her, until the theme music of Maria Kanellis would hit. She would come to the stage clapping, and let Asuka know that she impressed tonight, and that she would be joining the first ever WPW Money in the Bank Ladder Match in two weeks! Asuka smiled happily as her theme played throughout the arena, a successful return in the books.
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