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I was speaking more to Asuka actually winning a match against Bianca at Mania. I mean, I suppose there's an outside shot of the match actually happening, but I think WWE would sooner do Rhea vs Bianca than Asuka vs Bianca by that point. And there's also the little blonde who's away due to surgery.
 

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I was speaking more to Asuka actually winning a match against Bianca at Mania. I mean, I suppose there's an outside shot of the match actually happening, but I think WWE would sooner do Rhea vs Bianca than Asuka vs Bianca by that point. And there's also the little blonde who's away due to surgery.
Unless Rhea wins the Royal Rumble next year, she won't be in a major singles title match at Wrestlemania, I imagine. They've cooled off massively on her. The fact that she's stuck in a go nowhere tag team with Nikki ASH should tell you everything.

And assuming Bianca and Becky are still going to be feuding on RAW (and they will), people will probably want someone like Asuka inserted back into the main title picture. Especially with Becky wanting to feud with her again. Of course, there are a couple of wildcards. They could call up Io Shirai and have her and Asuka team up to feud with Nikki and Rhea. Or they could call her up and have her feud with Asuka in a non-title feud (which seems astronomically unlikely). Or they could just decide that they want to run Becky/Bianca into the ground as hard as they did for Bianca/Bayley.

But I do think audience fatigue is going to set in for Bianca/Becky sooner rather than later. They've already started running out of gas for the feud.
 

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This "go nowhere tag team" perspective is interesting. She's not in the singles title picture at the moment, so they've instead given her a title that allows her to appear on both shows. And Rhea's still often been wrestling Charlotte for the RAW title on house shows. She's right there, and can be moved right back into the singles title picture on TV at the drop of a hat. They've leaned heavily on the women's tag champs, in terms of number of matches and amount of TV time, in the past few years, regardless of how many teams there actually are. I don't think they're as hot on her as they are on Bianca, but she's still firmly positioned on the second tier right below the 4HW and Bianca.

Anyways, I don't expect Asuka back before the Rumble, and as I said, I think it's far more likely that Asuka ultimately ends up in a tag-team, so they can give her some wins without giving her any more singles titles. They might have her face Bianca in a RAW Title match as a heel (whether Asuka's in a tag-team at the moment or not), but she'd almost certainly lose that match (pulling out a sneaky win in a non-title or tag match would be a best-case scenario).
 

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This "go nowhere tag team" perspective is interesting. She's not in the singles title picture at the moment, so they've instead given her a title that allows her to appear on both shows. And Rhea's still often been wrestling Charlotte for the RAW title on house shows. She's right there, and can be moved right back into the singles title picture on TV at the drop of a hat. They've leaned heavily on the women's tag champs, in terms of number of matches and amount of TV time, in the past few years, regardless of how many teams there actually are. I don't think they're as hot on her as they are on Bianca, but she's still firmly positioned on the second tier right below the 4HW and Bianca.

Anyways, I don't expect Asuka back before the Rumble, and as I said, I think it's far more likely that Asuka ultimately ends up in a tag-team, so they can give her some wins without giving her any more singles titles. They might have her face Bianca in a RAW Title match as a heel (whether Asuka's in a tag-team at the moment or not), but she'd almost certainly lose that match (pulling out a sneaky win in a non-title or tag match would be a best-case scenario).
Its not just tag titles, but they prioritize having Carmella/Liv match on summerslam pre-show rather than tag team title match.

I would say she is in same position as Asuka when she was paired with Kairi and turned heel. But from here the difference starts, Asuka was getting over and over with each segment, so much that she was part of every single PPV from HIAC to WM (where she dropped the title to Alexa/Cross).

I get your point, they handled her tag titles because they want to keep her in audience mind. But tag team don't seem important like Asuka/Kairi, Nia/Shayna and Bayley/Sasha were holding those titles. Rhea/Nikki team is cold like rest of tag champions, and it is very bad position for her to be in. If she doesn't make her stand out like Asuka, she will be staying in mid card for long time.
 

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We'll have see what women's tag teams they put together once the Draft rosters fully take effect on October 22nd. Until then, Rhea and Nikki are probably gonna be in a holding-pattern. This is a down time of the year for WWE anyways, so the bigger question will be what happens come the Rumble. And with Bayley out for a long time, unless they MASSIVELY heat up a new girl, Rhea and Sasha are still, to me, the front-runners.

Assuming Asuka returns by late January, I can only really see her being in a women's tag-title schmozz at Mania. On the extreme outside chance that she gets a singles title match against one of the younger projects, she's probably losing that match. But she could certainly win a tag-title Mania match.
 

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Asuka is listed as part of the RAW roster.

On one hand i'm happy because this must mean she's close to returning, but on the other hand i'm annoyed that she's gonna force me to watch RAW when she returns 😂
 

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I'd prefer she be on RAW, because that show generally gives women considerably more match time, and she's already wrestled Charlotte, Sasha, and Shayna more than enough in the past year-and-a-half. Plus, as it stands, I greatly prefer the men's roster on RAW. I also think Bayley's gonna be on RAW when she returns. It wouldn't shock me if I end up enjoying RAW considerably more than SD in the next few months, given the current rosters. The only SD match I'd like to see Asuka in that much would be against Shotzi, as I'm relatively indifferent towards Toni Storm, and think Xia Li is still very green in-ring. Whereas I'd gladly watch Asuka wrestle Tegan Nox, Mia Yim, Bianca Belair, and even Piper Niven, now that she's not being booked like a monster anymore.
 

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Its not just tag titles, but they prioritize having Carmella/Liv match on summerslam pre-show rather than tag team title match.

I would say she is in same position as Asuka when she was paired with Kairi and turned heel. But from here the difference starts, Asuka was getting over and over with each segment, so much that she was part of every single PPV from HIAC to WM (where she dropped the title to Alexa/Cross).

I get your point, they handled her tag titles because they want to keep her in audience mind. But tag team don't seem important like Asuka/Kairi, Nia/Shayna and Bayley/Sasha were holding those titles. Rhea/Nikki team is cold like rest of tag champions, and it is very bad position for her to be in. If she doesn't make her stand out like Asuka, she will be staying in mid card for long time.
Asuka was lucky in that she was needed badly enough at times that Vince had to rely on her. And she usually came through when he needed her. Right now Becky and Charlotte and Sasha are around so Rhea isn't needed. If she's ever needed at a time and she's over enough still, then she'll get a good push for a bit.
 

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I'd prefer she be on RAW, because that show generally gives women considerably more match time, and she's already wrestled Charlotte, Sasha, and Shayna more than enough in the past year-and-a-half. Plus, as it stands, I greatly prefer the men's roster on RAW. I also think Bayley's gonna be on RAW when she returns. It wouldn't shock me if I end up enjoying RAW considerably more than SD in the next few months, given the current rosters. The only SD match I'd like to see Asuka in that much would be against Shotzi, as I'm relatively indifferent towards Toni Storm, and think Xia Li is still very green in-ring. Whereas I'd gladly watch Asuka wrestle Tegan Nox, Mia Yim, Bianca Belair, and even Piper Niven, now that she's not being booked like a monster anymore.
I will say though that Bianca vs Asuka is the program that has the most potential in the current RAW women's division.

Would love if that was the Mania feud for the RAW title (Highly doubt it but one can always dream)
 

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Asuka on RAW is unclear, I just check on WWE website and they still put SDL logo on Bayley's profile, RAW logo on Eva Marie.
 

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Asuka on RAW is unclear, I just check on WWE website and they still put SDL logo on Bayley's profile, RAW logo on Eva Marie.
They just haven't bothered to update the WWE.com profiles for anyone drafted, but PWInsider is generally pretty good with reports about internal roster alignments or what brands they'll be on.
 

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They do, Brock is still unassigned, but kinda shame if Asuka get draft like that, make surprise like cost Becky title match and ignite the feud without the title.
 

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They do, Brock is still unassigned, but kinda shame if Asuka get draft like that, make surprise like cost Becky title match and ignite the feud without the title.
PWInsider is saying Brock is basically assigned to Smackdown.

Also there is no chance Asuka costs Becky the title match.
 
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