As we inch closer to tonight's "WWE SmackDown," the aftershocks of SummerSlam still vibrate through the WWE Universe. This Friday's card just got a monumental boost, as WWE dropped the bombshell announcement earlier today: Charlotte Flair and Asuka will square off once again, merely six days after their captivating triple threat championship bout at SummerSlam.
While neither Flair nor Asuka clinched victory then, both are eager to stake their claim tonight.
Flair vs. Asuka: Legacy Clash
The storied rivalry between the two women’s wrestling titans is no secret to avid WWE fans.
Cast your mind back to WrestleMania 34 – that's when Flair snapped Asuka's impressive undefeated streak that spanned years. While their saga has been punctuated by intense clashes, tonight's showdown marks their 13th televised one-on-one confrontation.
The tally so far? Flair leads with six victories, a couple of which were achieved via disqualification and count-out, while Asuka is nipping at her heels with five wins, one of which was by DQ. But it's worth noting their most recent battle.
It was the June 30 "SmackDown" episode, and Asuka, then WWE Women's Champion, saw her match end in chaos, courtesy of Bianca Belair’s interference. Ironically, it was Belair who came out on top at SummerSlam's triple threat, only to have her glory snatched away by IYO SKY, who cashed in her Money in the Bank briefcase immediately after.
This match-up between Flair and Asuka, however electrifying, isn't the only reason to tune in. AJ Styles is set to clash with Karrion Kross in what promises to be an epic encounter. Moreover, the United States Championship will be on the line as Austin Theory goes head-to-head with Santos Escobar.
But that's not all: the intrigue escalates as we await the anticipated segment featuring Jimmy Uso. He’s set to grace the "SmackDown" stage following his shocking betrayal of his own brother, Jey, at SummerSlam. What's next in the tumultuous tale of The Bloodline? Stay glued to your screens tonight to find out.
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