Asuka found out who will challenge her for the SmackDown Women's title at the Royal Rumble

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It's been almost a month since the epic triple threat Tables, Ladders and Chairs encounter between Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Asuka for the SmackDown Women's title at the eponymous event.

The trio were given the main event spot for their bout, and they didn't disappoint one bit.

After a match full of high spots and bumps, it was Ronda Rousey who settled the contest, shoving Lynch and Flair off a ladder which led to Asuka winning the strap for the first time in her career.

And with the abolishment of the automatic rematches under the new authority, Lynch would have to earn her way back into the title picture, despite what was revealed just a week after the event took place.

An advertisement run on the WWE show 'Main Event' in late December seemed to confirm that Lynch would face Asuka at the Royal Rumble, but it wasn't mentioned on social media or the WWE website, so it seemed to be premature or simply a mistake.

Things were made a little clearer last week though, as Triple H booked a three-way match for this weeks SmackDown, where the winner of Carmella, Flair and Lynch would battle the Empress for her belt at the Rumble.

After a sequence that saw Lynch break-up Flair's Figure Eight on Carmella with a top-rope leg drop, then Carmella almost kick Lynch's head off her shoulders when she had Flair trapped in the DisArmHer, the fans let out a cry of 'this is awesome'.

The match was soon over though - with Carmella laying out Charlotte with yet another Superkick, she was trapped in Lynch's armbar finisher and had no choice but to submit, securing Lynch a title shot against Asuka at Chase Field.

Asuka will face Becky Lynch at the Royal Rumble later in January for the SmackDown Women's title.

It's particularly interesting that Lynch has secured the title match as last week she was odds-on to win the Women's Royal Rumble match.

The odds have been taken down now, but there's still a chance should she lose to the Japanese star that she can enter the 30-woman bout later on in the night, as that's probably the only way of legitimately setting up a match against Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania.

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