Following a shocking announcement on Monday Night Raw, Asuka is the new WWE Raw Women’s Champion. After her victory at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, fans knew it was only a matter of time before The Empress of Tomorrow would take the title off of Becky Lynch — but no one thought it would be this soon.
The Man kicked off this week’s Raw announcing that Sunday’s MITB match wasn’t for the traditional championship opportunity, it was for the championship itself. Lynch sent shock waves through the women’s division, and all of WWE on Monday, announcing her pregnancy and leaving WWE indefinitely to be a mother.
After their emotional and heated battles earlier this year, it’s only fitting that the Japanese superstar would be the one to succeed Lynch as champion. With her first Raw Women’s Title, Asuka became the second women’s grand slam champion (Raw, Smackdown, NXT, and Tag Team Titles) after Bayley, and the first woman ever to win every championship, Money in the Bank and the Royal Rumble.
Asuka has reached heights many superstars only dream of, and she has accomplished this feat in just five years with the company. In addition to the championships and other accolades, the 38-year old also won the first Mixed Match Challenge tournament, was the sole survivor at Survivor Series 2017, and carried an unprecedented 914-day undefeated streak into Wrestlemania 34, the longest such streak in WWE history.
Having reinvented herself to perform in empty arenas, Asuka has once again become one of the most popular performers in WWE and the focal point of its women’s division. With the new title around her waist, the only thing missing from Asuka’s resume is a long, dominant title reign and a victory at Wrestlemania — and the biggest match WWE can give Asuka would be a rematch with Charlotte Flair at Wrestlemania 37 next March.
The two have battled once before on the grandest stage of them all, and a championship match between the two, this time with Asuka as the defending champion, would bring their rivalry full circle. Fans might remember that Charlotte successfully defended her title — and ended Asuka’s record undefeated streak — at Wrestlemania 34 after Asuka’s Royal Rumble win.
Before any feud can get started up with the current NXT Women’s Champion, Asuka will first need to defend her title against her fellow MITB competitors, Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax. Fortunately, The Empress of Tomorrow has a history with both women and WWE should have no problem establishing Asuka as a dominant, fighting champion.
Regardless of how WWE moves forward with its new champion, Asuka has undoubtedly put herself on the shortlist for Hall-of-Fame consideration as one of the greatest women to ever perform in WWE.
With Becky Lynch relinquishing her Raw Women's Title, Asuka just became only the second Women's Grand Slam Champion in WWE history.