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Backstage details on Asuka losing the championship

The wrestling community is still abuzz after this week’s shocking turn of events when Charlotte Flair defeated Asuka on SmackDown Live. The title win elevated Charlotte to an eight-time champion, which made her trump Trish Stratus‘s record for most female WWE title wins.

The original plan for this week’s episode of SmackDown was a four way match which would’ve decided Asuka’s opponent for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania. Naomi, Carmella, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose were scheduled to face off in this match.

The decision to scrap the four way and go with Asuka vs. Charlotte was last minute and made prior to SmackDown Live going live on the air. According to Dave Meltzer on F4W forums, Vince McMahon made the decision to have Charlotte win the championship and go into WrestleMania with the belt along with Ronda Rousey. McMahon felt no one cared who could won the four-way and face Asuka.

As of right now, there are only two women’s matches scheduled for WrestleMania. One is the main event between Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch while the other is the Fatal Four-Way Tag Team Championship match. Sadly, the remaining members of the women’s division will most likely be thrown in the rumored Women’s Battle Royal.

What do you think of Vince’s idea that no one cared who faced Asuka at WrestleMania. Leave a comment below and let us know!

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Lauren Founds
I am a New Englander who has been watching wrestling since WrestleMania 2. I follow all wrestling but am a WWE fan through and through. Watching the evolution of women's wrestling has been a true inspiration to myself and all female fans.

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