The real reason for the strange finish to the Mickie James vs Asuka match on last night’s episode of WWE Raw has been revealed.
The finish saw the referee call for the bell while James was in Asuka lock, despite not having tapped out, and it seemed to catch the women off guard as they kept struggling even after the bell.
During the Wrestling Inc Daily podcast, former WWE star Matt Morgan texted Mickie James to ask what was up with the finish.
He said that James texted back saying that the referee mistakenly thought she had passed out, and that’s why he called it. PWInsider has confirmed that James just did such a good job of selling that WWE officials and the referee thought she was legitimately out.
If you watch it back you can see her head and arms drop – it’s not like it’s impossible to see why people backstage and the referee thought that – props to James for selling so well.
The good news is that everyone is okay despite rumours that the ref might have ended the match due to an injury.