Originally Posted by Casual Fan #52
Kairi and Asuka are two of my absolute favourites... but I'm not feeling them as a team. I would much rather Asuka have gone heel and Kairi be the one to beat her for a title after a long drawn out feud.
Also, Kairi and Io were a perfect match. The Sky Pirates should have been a thing on the main roster.
OK. A few things to unpack here. Yes, the team is weird. It's not bad and they work well in the ring together but yes it feels random. HAVING SAID THAT, I think there are a few things you should keep in mind...
Asuka turning heel...a heel turn only works if people are invested in something or someone first. This is not the case on the main roster right now. Crowds like Kairi, but they are still getting to know Kairi. The only really TRULY liked woman on the roster right now is Becky and Asuka in a program with her is not happening now (and quite frankly I don't think it should happen right now).
So, if Asuka is turning heel, the logical thing is to get people invested in Kairi first, and the idea of Asuka and Kairi as a team. Asuka smashing Kairi randomly next week won't do anything for either Asuka or Kairi. Kairi is already well liked but the time for an Asuka heel turn is WAY early. If you do it in September (or even later) after they have won and lost together as a team for a while, Asuka turning on her has way more impact--Asuka would get more heel heat and Kairi would hopefully someone the fans have come to know and love more. But doing it now? I don't think the reactions would be strong enough.
Having said all this, I have no doubt there is no actual plan going on here. This is likely just a random team. But the idea of Asuka randomly turning heel NOW is just way too off in timing too.
Now, the Sky Pirates. The Sky Pirates were a great team in the ring but Io needed to develop more on her own to the NXT fanbase. Some people can disagree all you want but Io being attached to Kairi did more harm to Io than Kairi. Nobody knows who Io is outside of being Kairi's friend. Now, they will.