Asuka strikes James Ellsworth

By S Ben Raja Published on Jul 05, 2018 12:26 PM IST

Omaha (USA): For the first time after a long gap of almost eight months, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) aired a high-profile inter-gender match at the Smackdown live on Tuesday night. It was between one of the toughest divas in the WWE roster Asuka and cruiser-weight superstar James Ellsworth.

Intergender matches in WWE were highly popular during the late 1990s and early 2000s when tough women like Chyna, Madusa, Nicole Bass, Jazz, Sable, Lita, Molly Holly, etc., were rocking the arena fighting men. But when feminists' organisations started opposing them under the pretext of brutality against women, such matches were slowly withdrawn from the show. Once in a blue moon, a match will be aired though.

Tuesday's match featuring Asuka became so popular overnight that it garnered a humongous 1.1 million views within a matter of 24 hours. The story behind the match goes like this. During Asuka's match with Carmella at the 'Money in the Bank' for the Smackdown Women's Title, James Ellsworth, Carmella's close aide, disguised as Asuka wearing her cape and her mask distracting the latter's attention. This lead to Carmella capitalising on the moment and in the end winning the title.

This angered Asuka who challenged James Ellsworth for an inter-gender match which finally became a reality a day before yesterday. Auska was dominant throughout the match. Ellsworth, unable to bear her cheek shots, has to escape from the ring chased by Auska. As both were not in the ring during the count out, the match was suspended. But, even after that, Auska was seen chasing Ellsworth who ran back to the ring.

Carmella, who was watching the entire match, made use of the opportunity and attached Asuka when she was chasing Ellsworth. Before Asuka could recover from the beating, Carmella and Ellsworth fled the spot. Later Asuka tweeted, "Sometimes, you just have to take matters into your own hands... isn't that right."

With this, Asuka, who is fondly called the Empress of Tomorrow, has proved that she can handle the cruiser-weight men's division. It will not take long enough for her to become a full-fledged inter-gender contender. It must be noted that Asuka, since her debut in the WWE NXT in 2015, remained unbeaten for three years. Her winning stint was only recently broken by Charlotte Flair at the Wrestlemania 34.