A WWE Superstar has caused a stir following their appearance on Monday Night Raw and has sparked rumours by saying they’ll be on a trip for a while.
Asuka is one of the most decorated female stars in WWE history. She has held the Raw, SmackDown, and WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships in addition to still being the longest-reigning NXT Women’s Champion in the brand’s history, although Mandy Rose surely has her sights set on that record.
The Japanese star has also won the women’s Royal Rumble and the Money In The Bank briefcase during her time in the company. But now it looks like The Empress of Tomorrow could be in for a change of direction.
Asuka competed on Raw against Rhea Ripley with The Judgment Day star picking up the win. However, more notable was the absence of face paint on Asuka and how commentary was noting how she used to be considered a bigger star in WWE. This was commented on by Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio:
“Corey Graves was really pushing the idea that Asuka used to be feared, used to be this, and she’s not anymore, which is interesting. It’s valid, Asuka used to be a much bigger star than she’s being portrayed as now but they called attention to it.
Meltzer’s co-host Bryan Alvarez says he believes there’s a reason that this focus is now on the star, although that reason is not yet clear:
“Between that and the missing face paint, there’s clearly a reason they’re doing this. I don’t know if she’s going to turn heel or just be more aggressive or what the story is here, but there’s definitely something going on.”
Asuka has been causing a stir on social media as she has posted photos of herself in her pre-WWE persona of Kana. She has caused the speculation surrounding her to increase further as she noted that she is going on a trip of sorts.
I'll be on 🪱🪳🦟 trip for a while.
— ASUKA / 明日華 (@WWEAsuka) December 13, 2022