Money in the Bank is one of the most stacked cards of the year so far, and with so much talent on one show, it's easy to forget that we could be just a few days away from Asuka's long-awaited championship crowning on the main roster. Before she can think about holding the title up high, however, she needs to get through The Princess of Staten Island.
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The build-up to this bout has been pretty fun over the last few weeks on SmackDown Live, and while everyone is automatically assuming that The Empress of Tomorrow will win the title, you can never count Carmella out. After all, as she loves to remind us, she defeated Charlotte Flair twice - and Flair was the woman who ended Asuka's undefeated run at WrestleMania.
With that being said, here are five possible finishes for Carmella vs Asuka at WWE MITB.
#5 Carmella Via Roll-Up
We've seen Carmella win via roll-up against Charlotte Flair, and given how much it would annoy the fans, we wouldn't be shocked to see her pull it off again. She's been playing the role of the sneaky heel champion to perfection up to this point, and delaying Asuka's eventual triumph over her will increase the WWE Universe's desire to see her drop the belt.
Sure, there's a chance that it'd kill off Asuka's momentum, but perhaps you could implement something along the lines of CM Punk vs Ryback from Hell in a Cell all those years ago. By that, we, of course, mean that Carmella could employ a referee to do a fast count which ends up handing her the victory.
Again, it could backfire, but when has the threat of that every stopped WWE before?
#4 Asuka Via DQ
It's rare that you'll find a professional wrestling fan who enjoys a disqualification finish, which is one of the many reasons why it'd be extremely frustrating to see this go down on Sunday. Asuka is clearly superior to Carmella from a wrestling standpoint, so perhaps the only way she can escape with her title is by having The IIconics do her dirty work by getting her DQ'd.
It'd likely lead to another match at SummerSlam, where Asuka can finally win the championship. It obviously isn't ideal and we'd prefer to see them go down a different route, but if they're that invested in the idea of protecting Carmella, it could be their safest bet.
#3 The Empress Dominates
As we alluded to in the last entry, Asuka is head and shoulders above Carmella in the ring. Everything she does is so much crisper than 90% of the other women on the main roster, and it seems as if, from a storyline perspective, all that's holding her back is her confidence. If she can re-discover that in time for Money in the Bank, we could see her completely tear through Carmella in a matter of minutes.
It'd kind of feel like the Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg showdown from Survivor Series 2016, with Asuka barely even allowing Carmella to get any attacking moves in. Given how stacked the card is this might be the best way to save on time without producing too much filler, and it would certainly cause a huge pop from the crowd who have been dying to see Asuka win the SD Live Women's Championship for months now.
#2 The Ellsworth Effect
In case you hadn't heard, there's a rumor flying around right now that suggests everyone's favorite jobber, James Ellsworth, could be returning to WWE sooner rather than later. The Chinless One hasn't been seen for months following the conclusion of his storyline with Carmella, but if he really is on the verge of returning, it only makes sense for him to join forces with her once again.
Carmella is in desperate need of some assistance if she wants to overcome Asuka, and perhaps Ellsworth can provide her with that assistance. It'd easily establish them as two of the biggest heels on SmackDown Live right now, and that's exactly the kind of position that WWE will want 'Mella to be in as we head into SummerSlam.
#1 Asuka Via Submission
While there's definitely a chance that Asuka will run through Carmella without even breaking a sweat, as we spoke about in our third entry, that may not necessarily be the case. The biggest and best part of her game has always been her submissions, as we saw on SmackDown Live this past week.
So instead of having Carmella overcome the odds, perhaps they'll just repeat what happened on Tuesday night. It'd give Carmella some more depth as she attempts to learn from it and become a better performer, and given how much she's progressed already, that's an exciting prospect.
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