You may have noticed that Asuka has recently switched to winning her matches with an arm bar finish rather than her self-titled Asuka lock. Why is that? Well, there may actually be a very big—and intriguing—reason for that. Ronda Rousey!
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has a theory that seems quite plausible regarding Asuka’s finisher switch. Looking at her use of the armbar and adding that to the “shooter like” push she has been getting portraying her as a legit fighter with legit moves that can cause some real damage. The theory is that the organization is laying the early foundation for an Asuka v. Rousey match.
This also comes on the heels of reports that Ronda Rousey has all but signed a contract with the WWE. It's been Reported that Rousey is close to inking a deal with WWE.
Rousey made an appearance in the WWE back at WrestleMania 31 when she teamed up with The Rock to beat up Triple H and Stephanie McMahon and it seems like ever since then, everyone has been wondering if and when she would come over to the WWE in a more permanent way. Well, it looks like that is about to happen.
Rousey was a dominant force in MMA for years and maybe the most popular and well-known fighter on either the male or female side of the sport. For match after match, she would destroy her opponents with her speed and wrestling ability, and her favorite move to finish her opponents was the armbar. It became her signature move and she used it to end nine out of 12 matches.
Which brings us back to Asuka. So, not only are they building her up as a legit fighter, but having her focus her finishes with the armbar. It all does seem to point to an eventual Asuka v. Rousey match.
Rousey spent most of her time in MMA undefeated, only losing her last two matches. And if an Asuka v. Rousey match does eventually happen, the WWE universe will no doubt be on the edge of their seat nervously watching to see if Rousey is the one they choose to end Asuka's incredible winning streak.