While it was a welcome addition for many fans, the inclusion of Asuka into the SmackDown Women’s Championship match at WWE TLC on December 16 does seem a little out of place with the story being told between the match’s two other competitors: Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.
However, the reason behind Asuka’s battle royal win and addition to the match may have just been revealed.
According to a report from Fightful.com, the reason why Asuka was added to the match was because of a segment prior to Survivor Series. When Becky Lynch was forced to pick a replacement for her match against Ronda Rousey, there were several SmackDown women lined up before Becky eventually chose Charlotte. However, Asuka received the largest ovation from the crowd, not Charlotte.
This apparently took Vince McMahon by surprise, as he thought Charlotte would be the clear front-runner for largest crowd reaction. As a result of this positive reaction for Asuka, he decided to capitalise on it by including her in the title match at TLC.
Wait. WWE listening to their fans? What is this, bizarro land? For real though, if this does turn out to be true, let’s hope it’s the first of many, many steps needed to rebuild WWE. If they start listening to their fans again, maybe we could have nice things, like Becky holding that title until she retires, or a push for Breezango. Fingers crossed, eh?