Ronda Rousey may have left Royal Rumble with the headlines, but Women’s Royal Rumble Match winner Asuka departed the event with an immediate claim to the future. That said, The Empress of Tomorrow’s Road to WrestleMania just hit its first unexpected turn.
Moments after congratulating Asuka on her big win the previous evening, Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon suggested the undefeated Superstar hold off on picking which Women’s Champion she would challenge at WrestleMania, as Alexa Bliss would be defending her Raw Women’s Title in the first-ever Women’s Elimination Chamber Match and might not even be champion at The Show of Shows.
The Empress of Tomorrow didn’t give any indication which way she was leaning, but she made it clear that nobody was ready for her. Sasha Banks wasn’t about to let Asuka have the moment to herself, however. The iron woman of the Women’s Royal Rumble Match crashed the moment with a statement of her own. Not only was she ready for Asuka, she was ready for her tonight. And we’re off.