You might have forgotten the fact but there actually is a WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion. All the attention is currently on the trio of Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch. What about Asuka though? Who will she face at WrestleMania 35 and who will be the Smackdown Champion at the end of that show.
This time last year, Asuka was the unbeaten Japanese wrestler who had won the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble. That earned her a shot at Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. Surprisingly she lost her unbeaten record at WrestleMania 34 and struggled for a while to get any momentum.
Short on Challengers
This year’s Royal Rumble show saw Asuka win a triple threat match against Lynch and Flair to finally become the Smackdown Women’s Champion. Since then she’s barely been mentioned as her two Smackdown rivals bid to win the Raw Women’s title.
With only the Fastlane PPV to go before WrestleMania in April, just who will challenge Asuka for her belt? With Flair and Lynch otherwise engaged, there isn’t a stand-out match for the Japanese star. It’s not surprising that SkyBet have her at 1/10 (1.1) to still be Smackdown Women’s Champion at the end of WrestleMania 35.
Naomi in Contention
Naomi is a former champion and has tagged with Asuka in the past. She’s busy feuding with Mandy Rose at present but is 10/1 (11.0) to be the champion at the end of WWE’s biggest show of the year. What if Naomi could become champion before WrestleMania and we get Naomi v Mandy in April? Rose is 33/1 (34.0) to end WrestleMania as champion.
Other possible contenders are former champion Carmella who’s 14/1 (15.0) at SkyBet. Or perhaps Scotland’s Nikki Storm will be sent to Smackdown to feud with Asuka, now that would be worth seeing. Storm is available at 33/1 (34.0).
One final thought. What if Asuka loses the belt to Flair or Lynch making it a Smackdown v Raw title match at WrestleMania? Both are 10/1 (11.0) at SkyBet to be the Smackdown champ coming out of this massive show.