In these two years of the global pandemic, there have been several WWE athletes who have literally pulled the WWE, on their backs, doing overtime week after week, just to finish and put on some shows worthy of the WWE banner.
Precisely in the period of greatest difficulty in the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, very few athletes have held up the weight of the company, keeping the McMahon flag high and among all, surely Asuka, Bayley, Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton can be satisfied with their own work, as they appeared on both Raw and Smackdown for several consecutive weeks, even with no audience in the room and fearlessly challenging covid, with someone like the former Scottish WWE Champion, who also contracted the illness.
For the past few months, Asuka has always been orbiting the federation's titled tour, first as a champion, from her win last year to this year's Wrestlemania, where she lost her belt to Rhea Ripley at the Showcase of the Immortals and then she always chased the title, until she completely disappeared from the scene, without knowing anything about her.
Backstage news on Asuka
For a few weeks now, there is no trace of Asuka even on Monday Night Raw, with the only big feud in the women's sector of the red show that remains that Rhea Ripley vs Nikki A.S.H. vs Charlotte Flair that will lead the three to contend for the title Red Show Champion at Summerslam tonight.
To give us more news about the Japanese, however, Dave Meltzer thought about it in one of his latest Wrestling Observer Newsletters, with the well-known overseas journalist who said about it: "For those wondering about Asuka, she's fine.
She just isn't being used at all at the moment. She was also featured on Raw's final tapings this week but stayed there, unused at all." Apparently, unlike Keith Lee, who was seriously ill during his absence away from the WWE rings, Asuka's said to be fine, with the fans of the WWE Universe and the fans of the Japanese who therefore should wait only a few weeks before their darling returns to be seen in front of the company's cameras when the management and the creative team have found something for her to do on the screens of the federation.
Asuka won the 2020 Women's Money in the Bank match. The next night on RAW, Becky Lynch made her pregnancy announcement and revealed that the Money in the Bank match was for the RAW Women's title, officially crowning Asuka as the new champion.
Asuka held on to the RAW Women's Championship for a very long time, defeating several top names. She finally dropped the title at WrestleMania 37 to Rhea Ripley, ending her title reign at 231 days.