Raw Women’s Champion Asuka faces Sasha Banks at Extreme Rules – an event dubbed by WWE as ‘The Horror Show’.
Asuka, 38, from Osaka, Japan will defend her title against 28-year-old Banks, who is one half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
But the star, real name Kanako Urai, told Mirror Sport she’s not scared of ‘The Boss’, despite her opponent being a five-time world champion in WWE.
The pay-per-view was originally scheduled to take place in San Jose, California on Sunday, but will instead be held at the company’s Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, on a closed set.
In keeping with WWE’s focus on cinematic presentations and over the top hoopla since coronavirus put paid to traditional live events, the pro wrestling giant has followed it’s ‘Greatest Match Ever’ tagline for the Backlash showdown between Edge and Randy Orton by referring to Extreme Rules 2020 as ‘The Horror Show’.
It’s an apt label, since Bray Wyatt challenges Universal Champion Braun Strowman in a ‘Swamp Fight’, and Rey Mysterio will face Seth Rollins in an ‘Eye for an Eye’ match – one of WWE’s most bizarre stipulations ever – where the bout can only be won when one competitor extracts an eye from their opponent.
Aside from the grisly stuff, the hotly-anticipated match between Asuka and Sasha Banks is one confrontation that wrestling purists are romanticising about.
That is because Asuka has proved to be one of WWE’s most dependable talents in the last six weeks – racking up almost two hours of ring time across four main events.
Her list of career accomplishments include capturing the NXT women’s title in 2016, winning the first Women’s Royal Rumble in 2018, and being handed the Raw Women’s Championship following her highly entertaining win at Money in the Bank in May, after the belt was vacated by Becky Lynch.
As a ‘Grand Slam’ winner, Asuka is one of the most consistent women in the history of WWE, yet still, many observers feel Sasha is the favourite to leave victorious on Sunday as part of a storyline building towards a feud with her best friend and SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley.
However, if Banks thinks that the veteran is merely a stepping stone, she may be in for a rude awakening, because talking to international media for the first time – with the help of translation from former WWE superstar Funaki – Asuka did not mince her words.
“I’m the master, I’m the master,” asserted the current champ. “I’m going to teach her a lesson and put her to shame at Extreme Rules.”
Asked who should be scared at Extreme Rules, she laughed and replied: “It is Sasha that will be scared. She’s a horror, but I will scare her!”
If Asuka is nervous ahead of her big title defence, she is hiding it well, because she is already eyeing up dream title defences against former NXT Women’s Champions Shayna Baszler and Rhea Ripley.
And she revealed she would love to face her tag team partner and close friend, Kairi Sane, in a match that she “would not hesitate about” – especially since it would be the first time the two have ever clashed.
WWE Extreme Rules ‘Horror Show’ airs live on WWE Network and BT Sport Box Office this Sunday.
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