By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Asuka won the inaugural women’s Royal Rumble on Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This was Stephanie McMahon’s creation for the first-ever 30-women Royal Rumble match.
Both of the men’s and women’s Royal Rumble winners are from Japan. Shinsuke Nakamura is from Kyōtango, Japan. Asuka is from Osaka, Japan.
Asuka, who is undefeated since joining the WWE in 2015, threw Nikki Bella over the top rope to win the battle royal. This was Bella’s first in-ring performance since WrestleMania 33 last April when John Cena and Bella defeated Maryse and The Miz.
Following that match, Bella was proposed to by Cena. She has since been off WWE TV programming until The Bella Twins, along with her sister Brie, returned at Raw 25 this past month.
Asuka will pick who she will compete against at WrestleMania 34 on either Raw or Smackdown Live, also at the Wells Fargo Center this week. She will either pick to face Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss or the Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair.
This was the first-time that Asuka competed in a battle royal. She has mainly competed in single’s competition since signing with the company.
If Asuka decides to face Bliss, she last defeated her on the January 1st, 2018 Monday Night Raw when she won by submission over Bliss. This was the only time they faced each other in singles action.
Asuka’s team also won several more times against Bliss’ teams. She has not competed against Flair since signing with the company.
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