Four Superstars will battle it out on next week's SmackDown Live for the chance to face Asuka for her championship at WrestleMania.
When it comes to WWE's women's division heading into WrestleMania, most of the focus has been on Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Ronda Rousey. Understandably so since that match might well be the match that closes the show. However, there is the not-so-small matter of the SmackDown Women's Championship to worry about too.
With three of WWE's top female Superstars tied up on Raw, the WWE Universe has been left wondering who will face Asuka for her title at WrestleMania. With only two more episodes of SmackDown Live left to go before the biggest show of the year rolls around, that question has still not been answered. However, by this time next week, we will know who The Empress's 'Mania opponent is going to be.
A large chunk of this week's SmackDown Live was naturally taken up by Kofi Kingston's gauntlet match. That's why we're willing to give WWE the benefit of the doubt for not addressing Asuka in any way whatsoever. However, after the show went off the air, WWE revealed via its YouTube channel that a number one contender match will take place on next week's show to decide who will face Asuka.
Kayla Braxton caught up with Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose backstage and revealed that the two of them will be a part of that match. However, so will Naomi and Carmella. All four women will be part of a Fatal Four Way match next week on SmackDown Live. With cracks beginning to show in Deville and Rose's on-screen relationship, that obviously didn't exactly come as the best new to the pair.
Right now, we think that it will be Deville who emerges victorious. Rose already had her shot at Fastlane, and by adding Naomi and Carmella to the mix, the former MMA fighter can pick up a win without even touching Rose, let alone pinning her. That way, the cracks can continue to form between the two without pushing them apart entirely. That eventual split might well happen on the grandest stage of them all, or 48 hours later on SmackDown Live.