SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Asuka
There were certainly plenty of skeptics regarding the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble match at this year’s pay-per-view. Though the talent in the division has been — as we’ve said numerous times throughout this preview — at an all time high as of late, having faith in WWE to book the match properly is something that’s difficult to do. However, they pleasantly surprised us all with a truly delightful match that went off like gangbusters.
And at the end of that match, it was the still-undefeated Asuka who was left standing alone in the center of the ring. Though she didn’t give a decision immediately as to whether or not she would choose to go after the RAW or SmackDown Women’s Championship, she ultimately set her sights on Charlotte Flair. That has led us to this match, and it truly feels like we’re at a crossroads in the Women’s Division. Charlotte has been a dominant champion and one of the best and most consistent talents in the entire company. Meanwhile, Asuka has been the unstoppable force that has yet to lose.
This collision at WrestleMania 34 really makes you wonder how things will play out in New Orleans. It would make sense to build up Charlotte further by giving her the first-ever win over Asuka. At the same time, however, it would be great to have the Empress of Tomorrow continue her unbeaten streak to keep building clout on the main roster with the fans. In the end, the latter seems more logical and more like the course of action that the company will take.
Prediction: Asuka wins