NXT Women's Champion Asuka got high praise recently, being called the one person the NXT brand can't afford to lose.
When Triple H spoke to USA Today For The Win, he spoke on how Asuka was the one NXT superstar he wanted to keep in NXT.
“I would never want to limit someone’s growth or their opportunities, but when Vince brought it up to me, I said the one person who we can’t afford to lose is Asuka,” Triple H said. “You could take everybody else you want to take – and trust me, he did – but I need her as an anchor. If I lose her and everybody else, I’m doomed.”
Asuka's signing was going to be huge for the NXT brand from day one, according to Triple H. As she just recently became the longest reigning women's champion in WWE history, Asuka is changing the women's division on both the NXT and main roster level due to her intensity and work ethic.
“When we signed her, it made everybody already inside look at who we were bringing in and they were seeing what I was seeing – this girl is going to change the game,” Triple H said. “That’s why I wanted to bring her in. I could see what she had and how I took her into morphing and really helping make this change to the product. I think she’s done that. She’s changed the main roster too and how the girls work and that intensity level.”
However, when Asuka was first signed, there was nothing set in place for Asuka to be brought up to either Raw or SmackDown. Fightful has been told there were never plans to bring her up when she was signed back in 2015.