Although there were reservations about whether the WWE could live up to the hype surrounding the Women’s Royal Rumble match last Sunday night, all of the women exceeded expectations in the main event.
We saw some brilliant performances from current stars, Kairi Sane made a surprise appearance while the reactions the legends received spoke volumes. In the end, though, it was Asuka who - kind of - stole the show as she became history by winning the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match.
It was rumoured for months, and for a brief moment fans assumed it wouldn’t happen, but former UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey did appear after the match, coming face to face with The Empress of Tomorrow as well as SmackDown Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair. She also shook hands with Stephanie McMahon and pointed at the WrestleMania sign with many critical of WWE for booking her in this manner as they feel it took away Asuka’s historical moment.
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We still don’t know who she’s actually going to challenge between The Queen or Alexa Bliss, if the latter can retain her RAW Women’s Championship inside of the first ever Women’s Elimination Chamber.
Despite that, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has revealed what the WWE’s latest plans were for the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans.
At the minute, it looks as if Asuka is going to go for the RAW Women’s Championship as she’s on the red brand, but the source claims that this wasn’t the plan recently.
Whether or not these plans have changed remains to be seen, but it’s being reported that the plan was for Asuka to jump to the blue brand and challenge Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship - effectively moving her to the Tuesday night show.
For Little Miss Bliss, the recent plan for her at the Grandest Stage of Them All was to defend her championship against Nia Jax.
At the minute, though, it’s still unclear as to what the actual plans could be. There has always been speculation about Charlotte meeting Asuka on a platform like WrestleMania where the championship along with Asuka’s undefeated streak will be on the line.
If the decision does come down to Charlotte and Alexa Bliss, then there’s visibly more at stake and more intrigue when Asuka is up against the former rather than Bliss. However, the Elimination Chamber could change the plans entirely and RAW might not have to lose a huge star.
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