WWE SummerSlam: Asuka vs. Bayley For SmackDown Women’s Title

WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
– Bayley (c) w/Sasha Banks vs. Asuka

The start:

The bell rings and the women lock up. Asuka gains the early advantage by being very physical. She lands a dropkick to the Champion’s mid-section.

Match-match notes:

Asuka attempted a belly-to-back but then locked in a submission hold. Bayley got to the ropes. Asuka off the ropes and hit a baseball slide to Bayley’s knee. She knocked her off the apron right in front of the announce table. Sasha Banks looks on in horror. Asuka off the steps into a DDT on Bayley in an awesome spot.

Back in the ring, Asuka gets a near-fall. Bayley recovers enough to where she can counter. Bayley goes off the ropes and catches Asuka in a stunner/cutter type move across the middle ropes. Bayley gets a two count. Bayley stomps away on the challenger. Snap suplex from Bayley onto Asuka and into a two count.

Side headlock from Bayley on Asuka. The referee checks for submission. The fight gets back to a vertical base. Bayley goes to work on Asuka but she uses her kicks to get back into it. But Bayley hits a Bayley-to-belly suplex and gets a two count. Corey Graves questions if this has shattered Asuka’s confidence. Asuka counters with high elbow and rolls Bayley up for a two count.

Big kick from Asuka to Bayley’s face. Both women are down in the center of the ring. Running hip attack and a release suplex from Asuka onto Bayley. Just as it seems one woman has done enough, the other builds a counter. They exchange forearms on the apron of the ring. Asuka is knocked off the apron to the outside, Bayley brings her back into the ring.

Bayley hits a chop block to the back of Asuka’s knee and gets a two count. Bayley locks in a submission hold on the Challenger. She’s in trouble as WWE turns the mics up of the virtual fans. Asuka breaks out and counters with double knees! Bayley melts and Asuka gets a two count. Asuka gets on the ropes and Bayley tries to stop her. Asuka goes off but Bayley counters with a knee submission.

The referee checks for submission. The hold is broken and Bayley goes to the top rope. She goes for an elbow but she lands right into an armbar from the Challenger. Banks tries to get involved but Asuka kicks her in the face, forcing the armbar to break. Auksa hits a spinning back fist on Bayley on the outside. Asuka gets Bayley back in but kicks Banks. This allows Bayley to get a two count.

The finish:

Asuka hits a kick in the midsection of Bayley. Banks on the apron, gets hit off as Asuka charges, which allows Bayley the opportunity to roll Asuka up for the three count.

Winner and STILL WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley

After the match, Banks wears Asuka out to weaken her for their match later tonight.


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