Upon Ronda Rousey’s long-anticipated debut on the Royal Rumble in January, WWE made some extent to have her preliminary showdown with Asuka, the winner of the first-ever Girls’s Rumble.
Rousey would go on to battle with Stephanie McMahon and Triple H at WrestleMania 34, however the seeds had been planted for an eventual showdown with the Empress of Tomorrow.
Within the weeks separating the Rumble to WrestleMania, one thing modified behind the scenes. Asuka went from being groomed as the highest act alongside Rousey to unceremoniously falling to Charlotte, ending her almost three-year unbeaten streak.
In accordance with Brad Shepard on his Backstage in WWE podcast, right here’s how all the things went down:
“This was very fascinating, as a result of initially Asuka was going to win with a Carmella cash-in. Carmella was going to lose and the large match they have been going to construct to was Asuka vs. Ronda Rousey. Now you could have heard me promote that I imagine personally the largest match they might do is Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte. And so they lastly got here round to that opinion in some unspecified time in the future prior to now few weeks.
I don’t know precisely when nevertheless it was across the time Asuka stopped utilizing the armbar that they made the choice that Charlotte was going to go over and finish the streak and be the particular person and Vince (McMahon) misplaced religion in Asuka as that high girl to face Ronda Rousey. In order that’s basically what occurred.”
Charlotte dropped the Smackdown Girls’s title in opposition to Carmella on Tuesday night, so she’ll definitely transfer ahead in hopes of reclaiming her throne.
WWE is already reportedly making ready for Rousey-Charlotte to important occasion WrestleMania 35, and will probably be fascinating to see the place Asuka goes from right here and what precisely led to Vince McMahon shedding religion within the high ladies’s star.
Something can change within the subsequent yr, however for now Charlotte and Asuka will doubtless go their separate methods.
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