There was a lot going on with the Smackdown women’s division this week — Absolution jumping shows to continue hanging out with Paige, Carmella having a “Mellabration” to mellabrate her Smackdown Women’s Championship Money in the Bank cash-in, interruptions from Charlotte Flair, the IIconics and Becky Lynch and a one-on-one Flair vs. Billie Kay match — but the most important moment happened after all of that. Former NXT Women’s Champion and Raw Superstar Asuka showed up to save Flair and Lynch from a 3-on-2 attack, becoming Smackdown’s newest and biggest name.
Asuka and Flair recently stole the show at WrestleMania 34 in a match wherein Flair ended Asuka’s nearly 1,000-day undefeated streak, including over 500 days as NXT Women’s Champion. With rumors floating around that a women’s match pitting Flair against Ronda Rousey could main-event next year’s WrestleMania, this will be a great chance to give us a couple of follow-up Flair vs. Asuka pay-per-view matches in the interim.
Watch her debut below:
Between this, getting back the United States Championship, adding Samoa Joe to the roster and poaching NXT stars like the IIconics, Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas and Sanity, it looks like Smackdown might’ve won the Superstar Shake-up after all. What a difference a day can make, huh?