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Details regarding Vince McMahon’s decision to take belt off Asuka

Vince McMahon

On this week’s Smackdown Live, Charlotte Flair faced off against Asuka for the Smackdown Women’s Title, which was unexpected. Flair went on to win the match and became the new Smackdown Women’s Champion, which fans and wrestlers alike did not take too kindly to.

Dave Meltzer commented about this decision during Wrestling Observer Radio where he said WWE was considering this idea for a while but finally decided to go through with it last night.

Meltzer also stated in the Wrestling Observer forums that he changed his mind yesterday afternoon about letting Asuka remain the Smackdown Women’s Champion.

He said that Vince didn’t feel the need to have another match on the Wrestlemania card since Asuka would have to face an opponent no one would care about. So he decided to incorporate the title into the Wrestlemania main event.

From the looks of it, WWE might be putting both the RAW and Smackdown Women’s titles on the line at Wrestlemania. This might be the first stage of unifying the Women’s Titles in WWE, but it isn’t confirmed yet.


  • Azzurri

    Smackdown title will not be on the line. Vince will have Becky pin Charlotte to win the Raw women’s belt. That will set up Ronda going nuts on the following night Raw for not being pinned and still losing. And they will use that angle to “suspend” or “fire” her so they can write her off of TV.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    Once again this proves Vince is out of touch, nobody wants to see Charlotte with the belt andall this does is make Auska look weaker

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    I think they are setting up for a Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair for the Smackdown title at Summerslam. Asuka I believe she going back to Raw an do a heel turn.

    I do also see the Women getting there own brand soon.

  • Will Henderson

    basically, the main focus of the SmackDown Women’s division since SummerSlam has been Charlotte, Becky and Asuka, the main angle from SummerSlam to Survivor Series for the SD women’s division has been the Charlotte/Becky feud, then Becky got hurt with a broken nose by Nia Jax, then Charlotte replace Becky in the Raw vs. SmackDown Survivor Series battle of the women’s champs match even without the the Blue Brand’s belt. then TLC, Asuka entered the fold and won the title, but her title reign was not important enough as Becky won the Rumble, and Charlotte was inserted into Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch in the storyline, so therefore 2 of SmackDown’s main women’s contenders started chasing the belt and the Blue brand’s other women became a afterthought except Fire & Desire and The Iiconics who are part of the Women’s tag division

    so pretty much, they had not go opponent for Asuka for WrestleMania and Lacey Evans call up was so rush it flop quicker you can say “Tucky, Tucky, Tucky, oh yeah, steaks and weights” like Otis would. so WWE had no choice but give Charlotte another title reign, and plus i think there was rumors a while back when the Women’s Tag belts were being introduced that WWE would be considering ending the brand extension for the Women’s division, so it might be another sign of that as they could be looking to unify the Women’s titles and make it the unified WWE Women’s Championship.

  • CC

    I disagree. The mens division is so much bigger and has so much more top line talent, so you can still justify two titles (although I wish there was only one).
    The womens division is too small to justify two titles and certainly does not have enough top line talent to justify two titles either.
    This has really come to the fore with the two top SD females being focused on the Raw title, who has there actually been to challenged Asuka?

  • Wrong.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    Agree. I must awesome that theyll doing a womens match as the main event, but I think its dumb that they’re putting so much into Ronda I really dont think the fans are going to he as I to this match as WWE thinks anymore. Better it it was just Becky v Ronda, but then they added Flair and then the smackdown title. This match is getting less and less intriguing

  • oppa

    Unifying the women’s titles and not the men’s makes little sense. I still say the show ends with all four horsewomen holding a belt. But this sucks big time for Asuka, losing the title and a WrestleMania check, but also has to be a huge blow to the egos of the women on Smackdown as well.