Trish Stratus VS Asuka
The signature giggle of Trish echoed from throughout the arena as she made her way to the ring. Per JR, she was a fighting champion and carried WCW’s belt with pride. With a run of title defenses under her belt and a huge win over the surging Alexia Bliss, Trish chose to challenge the RAW roster. RAW’s GM Mr. McMahon accepted the Champ’s challenge and selected Asuka.
JR: Trish Stratus is a tough competitor who has put all eyes on WCW and now the entire WCW locker room has taken notice, especially Alexia Bliss. Trish better look out.
JBL: She should keep her focus on this match. I can’t think of anyone on the RAW roster more dangerous than Asuka. If she doesn’t keep her head on straight and focus on Asuka it’s gonna be a long night for Trish.
Trish entered the ring and awaited her opponent. The Empress emerged from the gorilla position and leapt through the curtain through curtain and revealed herself to the audience. Dressed in her usual multicolored robe, she wasted no time and hurried into the ring.
The two stood at opposite corners as JR continued to hype the bout, but as the clock ticked to Zero Hour the announcers went quiet. The bell ring and the two locked horns in a collar and elbow tie up. Trish had her in a side headlock where Asuka pushed her towards the ropes. On the rebound Trish gave her a shoulder block, knocking down Asuka but she recovered with a kip up and asked for another. Trish delivered a second attempt and the same results. ‘One more time,” Asuka said. The champ complied and on the rebound Asuka hit her with a hip attack. Trish was on her back when she saw Asuka imitating her taunt. The two smiled at one another as the Champ recovered and shook the tingly feeling from her finger tips.
They locked together and began some chain wrestling led by Trish. After a few spots Asuka gripped her into her armbar, but Trish quickly got to the ropes. They back off each other and Trish charged her opponent but was met with a backhand kick to the mid-section. Asuka bounced off the ropes to finish her off with a running roundhouse kick. On the rebound, the kick miss contact as Trish performed her Matrix style bridge duck. She sat up and gave the Empress an Enzguri. Pin attempt 1-2- KICKOUT.
Trish puts her in a grounded headlock and slows down the dangerous Asuka.
JR: This is where Trish needs Asuka. She needs to slow down this powerful locomotive and move this match at her pace.
JBL: This is just a toll stop for the Empress. She’ll be up and running in no time. Who’s side are you on?
JR: I’m for healthy completion.
Asuka began getting herself out the headlock as she was on her knees and the champ was slightly crouched. The Empress countered the hold to a hammer lock, as Trish reached a mile for the ropes. The distance was too far so she opted to counter. One elbow to Asuka’s jaw slightly stunned her. Another ticked her off, so Asuka picked her up for a backdrop. Trish’s arm was still behind her back and her entire weight collapsed onto it. The announce team mentioned how this was part of Asuka’s plan: work Trish’s arm.
The Champ sat up but was met with a swift soccer kick to the chest. The kick echoed out the ring causing the fans to groan in pain. Asuka planted another kick to her opponent’s chest and the crowd reacted the same. The champ was slowly removing as Asuka grabbed her by the hair and propped her up to the suplex position and gave her a snap suplex. Trish tried to sit up but Asuka brought her down and dropped both knees on her worked arm. She kept one knee on Trish’s arm and arched her arm attempting to break it under pressure. Asuka eventually lets the pressure off and gets her in a wrist lock. She allows the Champ to stand but never releases the hold. While in her hold Asuka kicks Trish’s arm, further weakening it, but releases her. The Empress gave her a swift kick to the shoulder then whipped her to a corner. Asuka rushed her with a hip attack that dropped Trish to a knee. Asuka brought her upright and performed a few chest slaps. Once the crowd died down from their chanting of “WOOO!” she whipped Trish to the adjacent corner and nailed her with a flying knee. Trish collapses, cover.
Asuka hooks the Champ’s arm into an armbar and Trish was indeed under pressure. It didn’t take long for Trish to reach the ropes. The Empress released the hold and once the champ got to her knees, Asuka gave her a rhythm of kicks to the chest, dropping the champ. She taunted Trish with her own taunt and went to a corner. Trish followed her as Asuka was sitting on the top turnbuckle. The Champ gave her a few forearms dazing her opponent and attempted the Stratusphere. Her arm couldn’t support her weight so she fell on her shoulder. Trish rolled to the middle of the ring and turned towards her opponent. Asuka attacked with a hip attack from the turnbuckle. She then wrapped one of the Champ’s arm in a Chicken wing, but Trish countered out with elbows. She then performed a Chick Kick, where they both dropped. Trish didn’t have strength to go for a cover.
The two used the ropes and pulled themselves up and locked eyes. They rushed each other and smashed one another with forearms. Eventually, Asuka got the upper hand and performed several of her kicks dazing Trish. The Empress then bounced off the ropes and came at her with a spinning heel kick. Trish ducked and upon Asuka’s recovery, Trish got her in the bulldog position and performed Stratusfaction. After delivery, Trish turned her over and attempted a pin, but Asuka countered with an armbar. Trish was nowhere near the ropes and was forced to tough out. She wrenched the hold for leverage, then she was hit with Trish’s belt.
Alexia Bliss attacks Asuka with kicks and another hit with the title. She heads to the corner to attempt her finisher but is forearmed by Trish, then hit with a running bulldog. Bliss rolled out the ring in defeat. Trish helped her opponent to her feet and the two shook hands.