ViRTUE's RAGE: What's Next for Asuka
Submitted by Virtue on 09/13/2017 at 12:21 AM

September 13, 2017

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What’s Next for Asuka

It seems like forever since I did an article that wasn’t a video or a guest column. To make up for lost time, I am going to write about two topics this week. Right now, it will be “What is next for Asuka?” By this weekend, I will dissect “Reigns Vs Cena”. As you all know by now, Asuka is currently on the shelf with a collarbone injury. She has subsequently been forced to vacate the NXT Women’s Championship. During Monday Night Raw on 9/11/17, a teaser promo aired that hyped Asuka is coming soon to Raw. Oh boy do I have a lot to say about this…

While I do not doubt that Asuka’s collarbone injury is legit, I do find it to be a coincidence that she is already being promoted to debut on Raw in the coming weeks. She did not appear too hurt on her final appearance on NXT when she relinquished the NXT Women’s Championship. However, that is neither here nor there, and we do know that she is currently out of action to heal up. I anticipate that she will debut on Raw in October sometime. At first, I noticed that many fans on social media were calling for her to end up on SmackDown Live when she finally hit the main roster. I definitely disagree with that premise. While Natalya is the current SmackDown Women’s Champion and Carmellsworth holds the MITB contract, I just do not think Asuka would be a good fit for the SmackDown brand. Hopefully, there is not another superstar shakeup until right after WM34. Until then, WWE needs to get Becky and Charlotte involved in the title scene again, and soon. They are big time players in the Women’s Division. I imagine that Carmella will cash in and defeat Nattie for the title at some point. That leaves a heel Carmella to defend against either Becky, Charlotte, or both. Asuka would just cloud this ideal scenario up, in my opinion.

As I am writing this, Kairi Sane just defeated Shayna Baszler in the final of the Mae Young Classic tournament. Well, it looks like NXT might just have gotten their Asuka replacement in Kairi Sane. With that now being official, and Asuka being promoted for Raw (the “A” show), the table is now set to shake up the Raw Women’s Division. Let’s face it, besides Alexa Bliss, that roster is stagnant as hell on Raw. Sasha Banks is up and down with her momentum. She has lost all four of her title reigns on Raw rather quickly after becoming champion. Nia Jax is still somewhat green and needs built up a little bit longer. Bayley is an absolute wreck, and her injury could actually be a blessing in disguise to hopefully rejuvenate her main roster run. As for Emma, Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke, and Mickie James, there is just nothing compelling about them to challenge Bliss for the title. Enter Asuka…

Asuka has a history in NXT of defeating Alexa Bliss, Bayley, Nia Jax, Mickie James, Dana Brooke, and Emma. That leaves a perfect opportunity for her to face Alicia Fox in her Raw debut for an easy victory. Then, I believe her first main feud should be against Sasha Banks. In order to get Sasha out of her up and down, yo-yo like ways on Raw, I think she should be the first one to defeat Asuka (but as a heel). This would be a hot angle, especially since Sasha and Asuka have yet to face one another in WWE (as far as I know). By the way, Sasha was at the top of her game in NXT as a heel. However, Asuka should still go on to win the feud. Yes, I know that is a bold statement, so I will give an alternate path for Asuka and her main roster push, as to not totally upset the Internet...

Back on June 5, 2016, I listed Asuka and Sasha as #1 and #2 in all of WWE/NXT Women’s Division
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The alternate path is actually quite simple. Have Asuka mow through the entire Raw Women’s Division and eventually become the champion, remaining undefeated. Then, just as WrestleMania season draws near, Ronda Rousey makes her WWE debut and challenges Asuka for the Raw Women’s Championship. There is nobody other than maybe Charlotte that would be believable enough to face Rousey in a wrestling match in WWE, let alone on the grand stage of Mania. Asuka Vs Rousey at WM34 would be absolutely epic. What better way (other than Sasha) than for Asuka to finally lose a match in WWE? Yes, I would have Rousey go over in the match, regardless if it was for the title or not. That is how you make money. Truth be told, there are only so many different scenarios that WWE can use right now in order to get Asuka over on the main roster. Since we already know she will be on the flagship show (Raw), and a roster shakeup isn’t expected until after WM34, then we should easily be able to pinpoint her likely feuds until then.

Here are my top 5 potential likely Asuka feuds based on the current Raw roster:
1) Sasha Banks
2) Alexa Bliss
3) Nia Jax
4) Bayley
5) Ronda Rousey (only if)

Up next…Dissecting Reigns Vs Cena

I have heard recent rumblings that the Clueless Wrestling Columnist is working on a new episode and plans to return this Fall. I am not sure exactly what the topic is, but I am sure that it will be something worthwhile and potentially controversial. Stay tuned…

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NXT TakeOver: San Antonio = B++
WWE Royal Rumble = B
WWE Elimination Chamber = B
WWE FastLane = C++
NXT TakeOver: Orlando = B++
WWE WrestleMania 33 = B+
WWE Payback = B
NXT TakeOver Chicago = A-
WWE Backlash = B-
WWE Extreme Rules = B
WWE Money in the Bank = B-
WWE Great Balls of Fire = A-
WWE Battleground = C
NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III = A-
WWE SummerSlam = C++

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