If it’s not enough that Asuka already holds the records for both longest undefeated streak and longest title reign of the modern era, on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw she broke two more records: fastest submission, and fastest match without a foreign object or distraction.
Asuka’s victory over Dana Brooke on Raw was the fastest submission in WWE TV history, and the quickest win without a distraction or foreign object in WWE TV history.
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) November 28, 2017
Seriously, if you blinked you would have missed it. As Corey Graves said, “The replay is longer than the match!”
As Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp further explains, prior to this, the quickest win without a distraction or foreign object was The Rock vs. Big Bossman at Survivor Series 1998, a match that lasted all of five seconds.
In honor of Asuka’s accomplishment, here are some more of the shortest matches in WWE history.
Paige & Emma vs. The Bella Twins, Monday Night Raw
As far as short matches in WWE history go, this is one of the longer ones. But its long-term impact cannot be matched.
This was the match that sparked the Women’s Revolution. After Brie Bella pinned Emma in 30 seconds, the hashtag #GiveDivasAChance trended worldwide for three days, which prompted WWE to completely overhaul the women’s division, introducing a new proper championship and ditching the term “Divas” for good. Emma’s gone from WWE now, but fans of women’s wrestling everywhere should thank her for taking this embarrassing defeat.
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus, WrestleMania 28
Fans of Daniel Bryan will never forget this one. At WrestleMania 28, Bryan lost to Sheamus in 18 seconds, ending his first reign as WWE World Heavyweight Champion at 105 days.
Luckily for Bryan and his fans, however, that Brogue Kick from Sheamus propelled Bryan into the best days of his WWE career, including his run as a tag team champion alongside Kane as part of Team Hell No and the Yes! Movement.
Rusev vs. Randy Orton, SummerSlam 2017
Rusev’s been having a rough go of it lately in WWE, and his bad luck culminated at this year’s SummerSlam. While he got in some good offense against Randy Orton prior to the official start of their match, after the bell rang Orton hit him with his patented #RKOOuttaNowhere and ended the match in just nine seconds. And Rusev has yet to recover.
Bob Backlund vs. Diesel, MSG House Show
This match has the distinction of being the shortest WWE Championship match in company history.
After Backlund shockingly defeated Bret Hart in a submission match for the then-WWF Championship at Survivor Series 1994, he squared off against Diesel at a house show in Madison Square Garden. Diesel defeated Backlund in eight seconds thanks to a jackknife powerbomb and went on to hold the title for 358 days.
The Rock vs. Erick Rowan
If you don’t at all remember this match taking place, I’m right there with you.
The Rock made a surprise appearance at WrestleMania 32, which you probably do remember because he arrived wielding a flamethrower. But after making his grand entrance, The Wyatt Family came out to confront him. The Rock challenged one of them to the match – and Erick Rowan stepped up to the plate.
Unfortunately for Rowan, The Rock hit him with a Rock Bottom and picked up the win in just six seconds, making this match the shortest in WrestleMania history.
What do you think of Asuka’s record-breaking match? What are some other short matches you remember from throughout WWE history? Share them below!