Asuka is not physically ready to return to the ring

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Asuka is not physically ready to return to the ring

In the last few days before the Royal Rumble, multiple names were discussed as possible participants of the two royal brawls with 30 men or women. If almost all the rumored names eventually entered their respective matches, such as Melina, Cameron, Shane McMahon, Bad Bunny and Ronda Rousey, two other names that seemed to be certain until the night before the Rumble, in the end, they didn't even appear in front of the WWE televisions.

We are talking about those of Asuka and Kairi Sane, who according to some sources close to the WWE should have entered the real brawl of women, surprisingly, along with the other historical and current colleagues of the company.

But what kept the two Asian WWE athletes away? As you well know, Kairi Sane has now retired from wrestling, remaining to work with WWE as an ambassador and as a Japanese commentator for the company, which has returned to Japan.

As for Asuka, however, "the empress of tomorrow", she had stayed home for a few months for an unspecified injury, which forced her to skip months of the company's storyline.

New details on Asuka

With multiple spots left to fill in the 2022 Women's Royal Rumble match, Asuka would be a perfect addition if she's been cleared to compete.

The Japanese superstar is no stranger to the famous event as she won the first-ever Women's Royal Rumble back in 2018. It's not out of the realm of possibility that she could win it for the second time in 2022. According to what is stated by the pages of the Fightful site, through the weekly podcast of the Fightful Select, we learn about the current situation of the WWE multi-champion, who's still not been able to return to fight after her injury.

Fightful Select's journalists of the site reported: "Regarding the different names discussed for Rumble, we were told that Asuka and Kairi Sane were supposed to go in, but WWE didn't feel Asuka was physically ready and thought the easiest way was to bring in other talents while also keeping out Kairi Sane." In practice, not having Asuka available for the match to 30 women, the WWE preferred not to include in the match even its now historical teammate of the Kabuki Warriors, with Kairi Sane who has been replaced by other names, which in this context they were not going to clash with current WWE storylines.