Asuka has found her next challenger.
It was announced by William Regal at Thursday’s NXT tapings in Winter Park, Florida that Mickie James will challenge Asuka for the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: Toronto. A pre-recorded message from James was shown to fans.
Scoop #25: Regal out post match, at Takeover: Toronto it's Asuka vs. Mickie James pic.twitter.com/XOROlm8H4c
— Jacob Cohen (@MrJacobCohen) October 14, 2016
Mickie James vs Asuka at Takeover: Toronto! pic.twitter.com/zL8YwmaffC
— Will Henderson (@willh94) October 14, 2016
The news was also confirmed by WWE in this post on Instagram.
The storyline leading up to this is that Asuka has been running through the NXT women’s division and claiming that there wasn’t enough competition for her. James, a former WWE Women’s and Divas Champion, last wrestled for WWE in 2010 before being released from the company.
NXT TakeOver: Toronto will be the first of three shows WWE holds at the Air Canada Centre during Survivor Series weekend. You can catch NXT TakeOver: Toronto on the WWE Network on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.