The bitter rivalry between Asuka and Raw Women’s Champion Sasha Banks will come to a head in a title showdown at SummerSlam on Sunday, Aug. 23.
The bad blood between the two can be traced back to The Boss’ desire to be a double champion, just like her fellow WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley. Banks jumped Asuka and made her intentions clear ahead of The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules last month. That, of course, turned into a nightmare for The Empress of Tomorrow after she inadvertently sprayed the official with green mist. That led to Bayley donning the referee’s shirt and making the three-count for Banks. While it was not an official victory, The Boss and Bayley nabbed the Raw Women’s Title and ran off with it.
Stephanie McMahon later made a rematch between the two and declared that the title could change hands by pinfall, submission, count-out, disqualification or if anyone interfered. Bayley took full advantage of that rule, ambushing Asuka’s friend and tag team partner Kairi Sane in a vicious attack. The ruthless assault left The Empress of Tomorrow with a decision to make: save her friend or save her title. Asuka chose the former, rushing to Sane’s aid and taking the count-out loss, ceding the title to Banks.
But with Sane now gone from WWE, Asuka has made it clear that she has one thing on her mind: payback. She had to go through Bayley on Monday Night Raw to get the title opportunity. Can Banks fend off The Empress of Tomorrow, or will Asuka’s quest for payback end with her regaining the Raw Women’s Championship? Find out at SummerSlam, streaming Sunday, Aug. 23, at 7 ET/4 PT on the award-winning WWE Network!