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Asuka is now the longest reigning Women’s champion in NXT history, according to WWE announced today (Jan. 4) that current NXT Women’s champion Asuka has now held that title longer than anyone else in its three and a half years of existence.

The company’s official count for the Empress of Tomorrow’s reign is 277 days, which moves her past the one of the first woman to ever hold the belt, Paige... as long as you count the days between when the Anti-Diva’s victory over Emma in the finals of the tournament to crown the first champ was broadcast and not when it was taped. Were we to go by the latter, Paige’s time with the strap is more like 308 days (she won it at Full Sail Live on June 20, 2013, but the episode didn’t air until more than a month later on July 24).

Of course, no one’s shown any signs of beating the Japanese veteran - even prior to winning the title, she’s never lost a singles match since signing with WWE. But, if someone (*cough* please be Nikki Cross *cough*) were to dethrone Asuka at TakeOver: San Antonio later this month, she’d come up short of Paige’s calendar record... and WWE may just want that British lass’ name out of their record books before her wedding to Alberto Del Rio/El Patron and the not-out-of-the-question honeymoon arrest which could follow.

Next up is becoming the longest reigning champion in brand history. She should pass Finn Bálor’s 292 days with the men’s belt (no discrepencies, since the Irishman won and lost it in real time) in a couple weeks.

And, if Asuka does walk out of Texas with the title, she’ll also be the longest reigning Women’s champ of the WWE’s modern era, surpassing Nikki Bellas’ run with the Divas championship (301 days).

Pretty impressive stuff.

I’m honestly still upset about her choking out Bayley when she won the title in Dallas last April, but... Congrats, Asuka (please don’t kill me)!

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