WWE is now reporting that Kairi Sane will replace Asuka in the advertised match for tonight’s RAW. It was mentioned over the weekend that Asuka would go one-on-one with one of her Elimination Chamber opponents – Shayna Baszler.
Now, it has been determined that Asuka is injured with a sprained wrist and her tag team partner, Sane, will replace her in this match. She is said to not be cleared by medical at this time.
The severity of this injury is not disclosed and it is unsure as to whether or not it is kayfabe or an actual concern. The Empress of Tomorrow did participate in a house show tag team match over the weekend with Sane against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.
Asuka is slated to face five other women in the Elimination Chamber match this Sunday on March 8. Other participants include the aforementioned Baszler, Sarah Logan. Natalya, Ruby Riott, and Liv Morgan.
The announcement made by WWE makes no reference to Asuka’s status for the chamber. We will find out tonight further details as RAW goes live at 8 p.m. ET on the USA Network.
What are your thoughts on Asuka being medically ruled out and Sane substituting her at this time? Do you think that this is kayfabe or will we need to have a replacement in the chamber match as well? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.