I don’t often write about professional wrestling but when it comes to Asuka, there aren’t enough words in the English language I could dedicate to her greatness. Every Monday night I check Twitter and see an Asuka segment trending and being universally praised by die-hard and casual wrestling fans together.
It’s safe to say that the women’s division is carrying the WWF right now. I’ve had conversations about Becky Lynch with friends. No one has ever texted me ‘yo, did you see what Braun Stromann just did?’, and he’s the fucking champion—according to my google search.
Asuka is the most talented and dynamic wrestler in that women’s division. No one is handling performing in an empty arena better than she is.
And the most frustrating part is that the WWF is fully aware of the gem they have but they refuse to give her the Wrestlemania moment she deserves.
Asuka entered Wrestlemania 34 with a 914 day undefeated streak. 914 fucking days. It was the longest streak in history. It made all the sense in the world to honor her greatness with a victory over Charlotte Flair for the women’s title at Wrestlemania.
Charlotte made her tap out and retained the title.
So what was the point of the streak? What was the point of Asuka winning the first ever women’s Royal Rumble? To make Charlotte look better? She was the champion going into Wrestlemania. She already looked good. That was the perfect opportunity to introduce Asuka to the biggest audience the company has once a year and instead, they just gave Ric Flair’s daughter another W for no reason.
What happened before Wrestlemania 35 literally made my stomach hurt. I’m still pissed thinking about it.
It was decided that Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women’s Title was going to be the main event at Wrestlemania. Women headlining Mania was a historic moment so obviously Ronda held the belt to draw in more casuals and Becky had the biggest year in the company so I think we all knew she was going to walk away with the belt.
But the week before the show, Asuka defended the Smackdown title against guess who: Charlotte fucking Flair. Charlotte stole the title and entered the main event triple threat winner take all match. The disrespect is disgusting.
Why couldn’t Asuka be in that triple threat? Because Charlotte is more known? Then why give Asuka the longest streak ever? Why give her the Smackdown belt in the first place? For Charlotte to pop all of Asuka’s momentum every year?
That could’ve been a Fatal-4-Way match with the 4 biggest women in the company but no only did they strip Asuka of the main event that she deserved to be in, SHE WASN’T EVEN ON THE CARD. She went from Women’s Champion to participating in the meaningless pre-show nonsense.
Enter Wrestlemania 36 this past weekend where once again, Asuka is coming into the event with all the momentum in the world andddd of course, she lost the tag team titles to Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross.
For context, Becky Lynch retained her title and so did Bayley. Those women were allowed to enter Wrestlemania with the belt and leave with it. Not Asuka. She had to once again bend the knee for other wrestlers that we all know she’s better than.
WWF would rather put all their eggs in the Ronda Rousey basket who literally lost once and quit the company as they continue to ride Asuka’s talent week-to-week and reward her with forcing her to eat shit at Wrestlemania every year.