What WWE had originally planned for Charlotte vs. Asuka at WrestleMania 34

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WrestleMania 34 was full of surprises on Sunday night. Ronda Rousey exceeded all expectations in an impressive victory in her debut, Shinsuke Nakamura turned heel after he lost in his WWE Championship match against AJ Styles while Brock Lesnar retained his Universal Championship against Roman Reigns.

However, arguably the match – and perhaps the surprise – of the night went to the SmackDown Women’s Championship clash between Charlotte Flair and Asuka, where the latter’s streak came to an end.

THE QUEEN VS THE EMPRESS

Obviously, the streak had to end at some point and it’s now much easier to book the former NXT Women’s Champion moving forward now that she has a loss on her record and is ‘humanised’ at last.

It allows her to remain on the Monday Night RAW roster.

However, it comes as no surprise that this wasn’t the original plan WWE had in store for the match and the outcome was supposed to be very different than what unfolded inside of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

According to WrestlingNews.co, the original plan was for Asuka to defeat Charlotte for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at the Grandest Stage of Them All. This would keep Asuka undefeated and the long-term idea was that it would build the hype towards a huge WrestleMania 35 clash against Rousey.

DIFFERENT PLANS

The way WWE showed that this was the route they were going down before they changed their minds was that they had Asuka locking in the armbar during her matches around the same time Rousey had finally signed a deal with the WWE.

That tease was going to build towards the streak vs. streak match between The Empress and The Baddest Woman on The Planet, and instead, The Queen is going to step into that role and potentially main event WrestleMania 35 against Rousey.

Dave Meltzer spoke about the loss and what Asuka was told about the plans changing when speaking on Monday’s edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, citing the sudden decision to stop the armbar submission holds as a sign that the match wasn’t happening with it already being revealed that Asuka was forbidden from locking in the armbar on Sunday night.

He said: “Originally, this match [at WrestleMania] was going to involve multiple armbar attempts.

“Asuka was told months ago, when Ronda Rousey first signed, to start doing the armbar all the time. And then she was told ‘no more armbars.’”

Despite the loss and missing out on a huge clash against Rousey, WWE needs to continue booking Asuka in a similar manner and ensure she remains one of the top stars in the women’s division.

What do you make of WWE’s original plans for Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka at WrestleMania 34? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.

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