Since being called up to the main roster by WWE officials, SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka has been pushed heavily as the top star in the women’s division on the blue brand. However, not to the liking of fans as they saw the way that she was presented by Triple H while in NXT.
While on the yellow brand, Asuka was pushed as an unstoppable force to the point that she had a lengthy undefeated streak. That changed once on the main roster where her undefeated streak was snapped by Charlotte Flair when she lost at WrestleMania 34 last year at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross sounded off on this topic recently on The Jim Ross Report where he made it known that he thinks WWE has mismanaged Asuka.
“It has been mismanagement [of Asuka],” Ross confirmed. “I thought Asuka… the ball was dropped last year at WrestleMania after she lost her undefeated streak to Charlotte. They had a great match. Anybody that watches that match and tells me it wasn’t any good doesn’t know anything about [pro] wrestling. I think the ball was dropped there. It [has] been hard to get the momentum back going.”
“But man, as many people are tuning into the female elements of creative storytelling on RAW and SmackDown, for example, you’ve got to believe that there’s a place for another major star and I think Asuka’s it,” Ross declared. “I think she [has] been grossly under-utilized. Maybe that’ll change.”
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H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcription