Is anyone ready for Asuka? Charlotte certainly wasn’t when she and partner Bobby Roode lost to the Empress of Tomorrow and Miz on the Mixed-Match Challenge. At WWE’s Wrestlemania 34, she got a one-on-one rematch, and things went a bit differently in New Orleans at the Superdome.
It’s been a huge year of firsts for the Women’s division the past 12 months. We saw the first women’s Hell in a Cell, Money in the Bank, and Royal Rumble matches, all of which lived up to the hype. And 2018’s Royal Rumble is where Asuka’s journey to Wrestlemania began. In January, Asuka became the last survivor of the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match. With that win came a guaranteed title match at Wrestlemania for the championship of her choosing.
At Fastlane in March, Charlotte successfully defended her Smackdown Women’s Championship against Ruby Riott, but her victory celebration was short-lived, as Asuka came to the ring to make a declaration that she was challenging Charlotte at Wrestlemania. The buildup has revolved primarily around Asuka’s winning streak, which surpassed Goldberg’s WCW run long ago. Because of the streak and the hype, we predicted Asuka to win. Here’s a recap of what ended up happening.
- Charlotte has a Roman-themed entrance (not Reigns, but the ancient Roman Empire), complete with centurions flanking her on each side. Asuka’s entrance is much subdued, if you don’t count the superimposed masks they showed over the entrance ramp during the start of her music.
- Charlotte does the Flair strut early as a taunt. Asuka is unimpressed and just kicks her in the thigh.
- Asuka seems in control early, sending Charlotte to the outside before slowing down the pace with some arm holds.
- Charlotte attempts a moonsault from the top rope, but Asuka miraculously counters by opening her legs and grabbing Charlotte by the head into a triangle chokehold. But Charlotte manages to counter into a figure four attempt. Great sequence.
- Both women are down now after a sick suplex off the ring and onto the floor. I could hear that impact thud from San Francisco.
- Another great move from Charlotte–a spanish fly from the top rope!
- A near-fall, which Charlotte delivering a huge spear to Asuka as both women bounced off the ropes.
- Holy cow! Asuka taps to a figure eight from Charlotte, who had to do the move using only arm. The Empress of Tomorrow’s streak is over!
- After the match, a great moment when Asuka grabs a mic, and yells “Charlotte… was ready for Asuka. Congratulations.” The two women then hugged it out in the ring.
You can see everything that happened at Wrestlemania in our full results coverage. You can catch a replay of the entire (very long) event on the WWE Network.