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Asuka to defend SmackDown Women’s Championship against Mandy Rose at WWE Fastlane

Mandy Rose Asuka WWE Fastlane

Last night, Asuka successfully defended the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair after SmackDown and 205 Live went off the air. After putting Flair away with the Asuka Lock, it was announced that the Empress of Tomorrow would defend her title against Mandy Rose at WWE Fastlane.

In an interview with Kayla Braxton last night, Rose, accompanied by Sonya Blade, revealed that she would challenge for the belt at the upcoming PPV. She recently picked up a pinfall victory over Asuka after luring her in, claiming she had injured her eye.

Fastlane takes place on March 10th. Below is the current card for the event:

  • WWE Championship Match: Kevin Owens vs Daniel Bryan (c)
  • SmackDOwn Tag Team Championship Match: Shane McMahon & The Miz vs The Usos (c)
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match: Nia Jax & Tamina vs Sasha Banks & Bayley (c)
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Mandy Rose vs Asuka (c)


  • BiggEZ

    Word. WWE probably put the title on her just to keep her from leaving.

  • jedi

    So sadly true, never seen someone have water thrown on their fire like they did her…..

  • Keith Learmonth

    Rose was accompanied by Sonya Blade, huh?

    You guys looking forward to the new Mortal Kombat as well?

  • Kyle Abraham

    Vince wants to push Mandy, so I’m really not surprised. She was decent in the elimination chamber and Smackdown officially has no one to challenge Asuka since Charlotte and Becky are both in the Raw Women’s title picture. If either brand is going to create new contenders it’s gonna be Smackdown. At this point it would be best to ship Alexa to Smackdown so Asuka has a legit contender. Bayley, Sasha, and Nia are all feuding for the Women’s tag team titles, Mickie and Natalya will never reach that level again in WWE, Ember’s injured, and no one else on Raw is being groomed for a title shot. Smackdown has a bunch of younger talent that isn’t ready for a title push, Carmella has been given a managerial role (not that she is that great a wrestler to begin with, but at least she can work the mic), who knows where Nikki Cross and Lacey Evans will land at this point. Zelina Vega is being wasted as a manager as well (her work in TNA was good, and she’s training with Aleister Black now). The entire WWE Women’s division has been all Charlotte, Becky and Rhonda since August 2018. 6 months of nothing but those 3 despite the fact Asuka has been the Smackdown women’s champ for 2 months. This is just as bad as Brock being the Universal Champion.

  • oppa

    They clearly care nothing about Asuka as champion and are just holding time for her to drop the title to Lacey Evans. smh. Somehow I feel Kana will be much better off in AEW.

  • oppa

    I thought she was accompanied by Sonya Deville?

  • jedi

    I love Mandy but really?