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5 women who could end Asuka's streak

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Asuka, formerly known as Kana in her Native Japan, as NXT champion.
Asuka, formerly known as Kana in Japan, as NXT champion

Asuka has been called the best wrestler, male or female, in the world.

It's hard to refute that claim when she has spent over two years completely, unequivocally undefeated. And she has faced some of the best women in the world during that time, reading like a who's who of the women's evolution, with names like Charlotte Flair and Bayley topping the list.

Asuka isn't all just about her in-ring work -- which is phenomenal -- she also puts to good use her training as a graphic designer. She is the creator and seamstress for her elaborate, flowing robes that she drapes over herself on the way to the ring.

With her exotic appeal, beauty, and technical wrestling acumen, Asuka presents a near-impossible challenge, a mountain to climb akin to Everest.

Here are five women who may be able to scale the heights of Mt. Asuka and conquer her streak once and for all.

#5 Shayna Baszler

Shayna Baszler at a UFC weigh in.
Shayna Baszler at a UFC weigh in

The Queen of Spades is a former MMA fighter, cutting her teeth in front of tiny crowds for a purse worth less than a hundred dollars.

She clawed and scraped her way to the top ranks of female fighters, earning a coveted spot with the UFC. If there's anyone who can stand up with Asuka and trade stiff shots, it's Baszler.

Why she might beat Asuka: MMA background, great reach, and the attitude of a born killer.

What might hold her back: Inexperience. While Baszler is quite accomplished as a fighter, she lacks the fifteen years of wrestling experience that Asuka brings to the table.

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