Several weeks ago we talked about the long-term plans for Asuka and and the women’s division. The original plan was for Asuka to defeat Charlotte Flair for the Smackdown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania and remain undefeated so they could hype a mega-match with Ronda Rousey at next year’s show. That is also why they had Asuka doing the armbar during her matches around the time Rousey was signed.
On Monday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer talked about Asuka’s loss and what she was told weeks ago before plans changed. “Originally, this match [at WrestleMania] was going to involve multiple armbar attempts.” He continued, “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.'”
So, obviously WWE changed plans and they are no longer going to do a streak vs. streak match next year. Now, it looks like Charlotte Flair vs. Rousey will be the long-term plan.
A couple of years ago when we interviewed Ric Flair here on WrestlingNews.co, he floated the idea of a Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair. It looks like it finally might happen, either at SummerSlam or at next year’s WrestleMania in the New York area. If they decide to do it next year, it could very well be the main event of the show.
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