Asuka will have to defend her Smackdown Women’s Title against Becky Lynch at this year’s Royal Rumble event.
Three women battled each other on this week’s Smackdown to earn a title shot. The 3 women were Carmella, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair. It was Becky Lynch that came out victorious after putting Carmella in the disarmer. She won via submission.
It is worth noting that Lynch and Asuka have wrestled each other before at a live event in 2016. At that time, Asuka was defending her NXT Women’s Title. She was successful in defending her title.
We also found out that Naomi is going to participate in the Women’s Royal Rumble match.
The Royal Rumble event will take place on the 27th of January, 2019. The updated card is below:
WWE Universal Title Match
Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar (c)
WWE Title Match
AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan (c)
RAW Women's Title Match
Sasha Banks vs. Ronda Rousey (c)
SmackDown Women's Title Match
Becky Lynch vs. Asuka (c)
SmackDown Tag Team Titles Match
The Miz and Shane McMahon vs. Cesaro and Sheamus (c)
Fatal 4 Way for the WWE Cruiserweight Title
Kalisto vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Hideo Itami or Cedric Alexander vs. Buddy Murphy (c)
30-Woman Royal Rumble Match
Carmella (at #30), Naomi, Zelina Vega, Natalya, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Ember Moon, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Alicia Fox, TBA
30-Man Royal Rumble Match
R-Truth (at #30), Rey Mysterio, Mustafa Ali, John Cena, Andrade "Cien" Almas, Apollo Crews, Elias, Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal, WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Lashley, TBA