Asuka has been WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion since WWE TLC where she carried off the title in a brutal TLC match. SmackDown Live featured a triple threat match that as a repeat from SummerSlam as Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair vs Carmella was booked for a #1 contender’s match.
These women fought hard, but each one of them had time to sit back and let the others wrestle early on before it really kicked up near the end. There were a few notable spots including Flair nailing a moonsault on both Carmella and Becky Lynch for double two counts and then later missing one completly on the outside.
In the end, Becky Lynch slapped on the Disarm Her on Carmella and she submitted. Therefore, Becky Lynch will challenge Asuka at the Royal Rumble for the SmackDown Women’s Title.
It’s interesting that this is the match WWE booked, but then they pulled it weeks ago. Now it’s back on.