Asuka is a highly respected member of the women’s division on Friday Night Smackdown. She is one of the most ruthless in-ring competitors in the company and Charlotte Flair knows that from firsthand experience. She had an intense segment with IYO SKY recently and it appears WWE was blasted for how it was presented due to racist connotations.

Asuka defeated Bianca Belair for the RAW Women’s Championship at WWE Night Of Champions and has since been booked as a very strong champion. That said, not everyone is a fan of how Asuka has been booked lately.

As seen on last week’s episode of Friday Night Smackdown, Asuka was a guest on the Grayson Waller Effect. During the segment, IYO SKY came out and then the two then broke into heated back-and-forth in Japanese.

While speaking during his Jim Cornette Experience podcast, Jim Cornette questioned whether WWE was being racist by having Asuka act in a particular manner during the segment.


“How is this not on somebody’s radar as stereotypical or even downright racist to the Japanese people the way that she [Asuka] is, I don’t know, told to act or encouraged to act or written for to act or what the f***. It’s like she’s grunting and squealing and trying to s*** when she’s impacted and it sounds like the bad ‘60s Godzilla movies dubbed over. What the f*** is going on with this…..they’re screaming and sticking their tongues out at each other when IYO SKY comes out and acting like they’re about to throw up.” 

The WWE Money In The Bank ladder match will determine who will get the chance to go after Asuka’s title next. Till then, we will have to wait and see how WWE will book Asuka in the coming weeks.

What’s your view on this story? Do you think the segment was racist? Let us know in the comments!

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