The hits just keep on coming for the Raw Women’s Champion.
On this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw on the USA Network, Asuka once again teamed up with her on-again, off-again rival Charlotte Flair to take on the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler.
During the tag team match, Asuka took a boot to the face from the “Queen of Spades” and it was revealed during the Raw Talk post-show on the WWE Network that she actually lost a tooth from the exchange.
PWInsider.com is reporting that Asuka was indeed legitimately kicked in the face, and lost a tooth as a result. She was checked on by WWE medical staff soon after the match, but it is unknown if she sustained any further injuries.
The “Empress of Tomorrow” isn’t doing a whole lot better in story, either. She lost that tag team match thanks to an inadvertent attack from her own partner, and that’s not even close to the first time Charlotte’s personal drama has gotten in the way of Asuka’s success in recent weeks.
Fans aren’t too happy with the state of the Raw Women’s Championship either. Since winning the title back at SummerSlam, Asuka has had two title defenses against Lana totalling 3:20, one of which ended by DQ, and two title defenses against Zelina Vega, who the company can’t mention because they fired her.
In 2o21 Asuka has only had one defense, against Alexa Bliss, and it ended in a No Contest because Randy Orton RKO’d the challenger. She was scheduled to defend the Raw Women’s title against Lacey Evans at the Elimination Chamber, but Evans got pregnant and WWE never found a replacement for the match.
— Shayna Baszler (@QoSBaszler) February 23, 2021
WWE Hall Of Famer, Mick Foley, has urged WWE to “strap that rocket” to Rhea Ripley when she debuts on the main roster.
This week on WWE Raw it was confirmed that the former WWE NXT Women’s Champion will be joining the red brand in the near future, and there is already a buzz amongst fans and those in the industry about her appearing.
Mick Foley is one of those, and he has urged WWE to not mess around with her or make her suffer 50/50 booking. Instead, Foley wants to see the rocket strapped to her, telling WWE to see how far she can fly.
PLEASE don't allow her to suffer a 50/50 fate.
Strap that rocket to her back, and see how far she can fly. https://t.co/3lFg147YJ7
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) February 23, 2021
During the latest episode of The Kurt Angle Show, the WWE Hall Of Famer spoke in detail about his retirement from wrestling.
Angle spoke in detail about how he wanted his final match to be with John Cena, admitted the two men spoke about it backstage that day at WrestleMania.
“I never reached out to John,” Angle explained. “I decided to go to Vince and talk to him about it, when I had the meeting with him I’m not even sure he even contacted John. I wasn’t expecting John to be at WrestleMania so I went to Vince a good month and a half before WrestleMania to tell him ‘I want John Cena at WrestleMania, I want it to be my retirement match. I’d love to wrestle John because I started out his career and I wanted him to end mine.’ I was hoping that he would put me in that match but it just didn’t happen.”
“That’s what made me go crazy was he’s the Thuganomics Cena and I’m the Olympic hero, this would’ve been perfect,” Angle said. “I didn’t think he was going to do a throwback and ironically he did. I saw him at WrestleMania, I gave him a big hug and told him I wanted him to be his match. He said I know, it just couldn’t happen. I didn’t ask him why, maybe Cena didn’t want to wrestle at WrestleMania. Maybe that’s the reason it didn’t occur, I don’t know.”
Angle instead worked with Baron Corbin, and while he admitted that he wasn’t pleased with his performance, he did have praise for Corbin.
“He was great, very professional, very kind, respectful,” Angle said. “He was cool with doing whatever I wanted to do. He didn’t care if I kicked his ass the whole match and he snuck a victory, he was just happy to be in the ring with me. I thought that was really cool. I like the kid a lot, I was glad to do the honours for him. He’s very likeable, he’s a good kid. Very smart and knows the business.
“I was relieved it was over,” Angle said. “I was a bit sad, felt a little guilty about being relieved. I never felt that way about a match before, I always did my best and I was very hard on myself all the time. This time I was very easy on myself. As long as you get through it alive you’ll be fine. My mindset before that was I don’t care if I died, as long as I have a great match. I felt guilty about that, I got a little emotional with the crowd.
Riddle recently revealed who he believes will end up being “the next big thing” in professional wrestling.
The new United States Champion spoke with ViBe & Wrestling, where he claimed that the future of wrestling could be Parker Boudreaux, adding that he wants to get a match with him.
“It seems more realistic to get a match with Parker,” Riddle said. “I’ve seen Parker, talked to Parker and the conversation it went a lot better that it did with Brock. Parker is like a young kid. He is hungry, he wants to sink his teeth into this and he is making the right moves in the sense that he is presenting himself to the world properly. He seems hungry, he seems like he is trying to learn as fast as he can so he can be a part of the show as soon as he can. If you are hungry and you can bring something different to the table, you are going to be somebody in this sport.
“I think he brings all that so you never know, only time will tell, but right now I think that this Parker guy, this Boudreaux guy, I don’t know if that’s the name he’s going to stick with. I think he called himself ‘The Destroyer of Gods.’ I don’t know if that’s gonna make it and pass the writing team, you never knows. The guy looks phenomenal. He has a great gift and only time will tell, but I think he is going to be ‘The Next Big Thing.’”
Riddle also had high praise for two new members of the WWE NXT roster, MSK, claiming that the Dusty Cup winners are “awesome.”
“MSK, they are awesome. I know those guys, I wrestle them in the past and they are hard workers, they get it, they are entertaining,” Riddle said. “I mean did you see those guys eating pop corn the other day? They are very charismatic. They don’t care what you think about them and they delivered. Honestly I felt bad for Grizzle Young Vets because they got to the finals again and they didn’t win.
“But what a great start for MSK, winning the Dusty Cup on their first time in the tournament. I am happy for them. They are a couple of good bros.”
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