A lot of people are very excited to see what Asuka will be able to do on Monday Nights. It was made official on Raw when the commentary desk spoke about Kurt Angle making “the deal.”
The deal they were talking about was securing Asuka for a contract to the red team. Dave Meltzer recently spoke about why they made this decision on Wrestling Observer Radio.
“They debated both brands and the deal is apparently that when you look at the roster on both brands they felt that the depth on Raw was not as strong — and it’s not if you really look at the depth on each brand. So they felt she was better off on Raw.”
“I wish she was on SmackDown because there would be more good matches for her there but that’s actually the reason she’s on Raw. Because she already has — SmackDown’s women are all kind of pushed or could be kind of pushed. Whereas Raw only has — just the fact that Emma is in the four-way and they don’t have any plans for Emma whatsoever. So you really only have Sasha Banks who they pretty much destroyed, Bayley who’s hurt, and then you have Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss and that’s it.”
“On the SmackDown side, you have a lot more,” Meltzer concluded. “So they sent Asuka to the weaker side as far as that went. So, there ya go. We’ll see how it goes, who knows? You see Jason Jordan and you remember Jason Jordan and Chad Gable were like can’t miss and they missed? So who knows?”
Credit for the quotes goes to Wrestling Observer Radio and Still Real To Us for the transcription