NXT Women’s Champion Asuka on making history, changing women’s wrestling, and adjusting to life in the United States

The following are quotes from an Asuka interview conducted by Tufayel Ahmed of Newsweek.com. The full interview can be read Newsweek.com.

On making history: “When I decided to sign a contract with WWE, I decided two things,” Asuka tells Newsweek, speaking through a translator. “I was determined not only to win, but to leave [breaking] records. That is something I feel like I can do as a return to WWE [for hiring me].”

On joining WWE and changing women’s wrestling in the company: “I wanted to change women’s wrestling in WWE. In wrestling, men and women do the same thing, but sometimes the men look more powerful and more impressive. I am trying my best to fill the gap between men and women,” says Asuka.

On adjusting to life in America: “It was my first time living in the U.S., but they were so supportive,” she says. “The language was a big wall for me…I’m still struggling. Driving is an issue. When I was in Japan, I didn’t have to drive all the time, but here in Florida, you have to drive all the time. But American people are very friendly, cheerful and kind to me. So I’m really thankful to the American people.”

Powell’s POV: The story notes that Asuka’s NXT Women’s Championship reign will reach 500 days on Monday. Rockin’ Robin holds the record for longest recognized reign at 502 days (not counting Fabulous Moolah’s run). She also discussed her working relationship with Paul “Triple H” Levesque and other topics. She closed by saying that she will beat Ember Moon at NXT Takeover and “then I will probably go to Raw or Smackdown and get another title.”

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