Asuka unleashed a brutal kendo stick attack on Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch on SmackDown

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Since her epic turn on Charlotte Flair at SummerSlam, Becky Lynch has been the whole talk of WWE, and her push has only intensified recently.

Becoming a mainstream name for her actions on SmackDown Live, Lynch was set for a huge match with Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series, before a face-breaking punch from Nia Jax forced the cancellation - but made the Lasskicker a bigger star in the process.

With a wealth of talent on display on Tuesday nights though, it was perhaps surprising that Lynch would once again have to defend her SmackDown Women's Championship against Flair in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match.

Of course, Flair was positioned to look really strong against Rousey, but surely there were more deserving challengers available?

And it turns out there was one all along that Vince McMahon failed to notice - Asuka.

Since losing her WWE undefeated streak to Flair at WrestleMania earlier this year, the mystique and aura surrounding the Empress Of Tomorrow seemed to fade away, especially after being humiliated time-after-time by Carmella in the summer.

But it's been said that McMahon was surprised at the reaction the Japanese star got when Lynch chose her Survivor Series replacement, so much so that he's decided to insert her into the title picture as well and make the TLC bout a triple threat.

There's every chance Asuka could walk away as champion - the match stipulation means that Lynch wouldn't need to be pinned to lose the title, which would protect her for a shot at the Women's Royal Rumble and finally a match with Rousey at WrestleMania.

Asuka will face Charlotte and Becky Lynch at TLC this Sunday.

She watched on during SmackDown though as her two opponents this Sunday did battle in a Mania rematch, and it ended abruptly when Flair decided to brutalise Asuka with a kendo stick at ringside.

But when Asuka got the upper hand, she went absolutely crazy - and so did the fans.

At one point the wood bent round the back of Flair, it looked really brutal.

It seems like Asuka is regaining all the momentum she lost this year, and she looks like a bigger star than ever with the crowd reacting as such.

And at this point, there's no reason as to why this match can't main event the whole show this Sunday - it's arguably got the biggest stakes riding on it and it's surely going to be the match of the night.

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