5 Reasons why Mandy Rose pinned Asuka on WWE SmackDown Live after Elimination Chamber 2019

  • Is this the first step towards an even bigger plan?
Riju Dasgupta
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Modified 20 Feb 2019, 09:06 IST

Why did the champion get pinned this week on SmackDown?
Why did the champion get pinned this week on SmackDown?

If you read my 'best and worst' columns you know how routinely I complain about the booking of the SmackDown Women's Championship. On the one hand, you have the women from RAW potentially main eventing WrestleMania. On the other hand, there are no opponents for Asuka on SmackDown Live. This discrepancy has bothered me for a long time.

It's like WWE put the title on Asuka and then, forgot all about her. Without Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch involved in the chase, the whole division seems lacklustre. Until this week that is, when Mandy Rose stepped up to the plate.

And then, all of a sudden, she managed to pin the SmackDown Women's Champion as well, owing to a distraction from Lacey Evans. Why was this strange booking decision taken, one wonders.

I shall attempt to answer the question in the following pages of this article.

#5 One of two credible heel challengers on SmackDown

Let's assume for this time that Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch do not qualify for this argument as they are involved in the RAW Women's Championship picture. Lana is not the best in-ring worker and having her face Asuka on pay-per-view is not an exciting prospect, really. The IIconics are also a tag team and not singles superstars.

And that just leaves us with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville as potential contenders for Asuka. WWE possibly wants to build the two of them as strong singles contenders in the absence of Flair and Lynch to spruce up the women's division on SmackDown Live. I'm sure that Sonya Deville will get her opportunity soon.

Naomi and Carmella are both currently away from the spotlight because of things that have happened in their personal lives. Moreover, they're both babyfaces and because of the number of heels in the roster, it makes sense for them to remain so.

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Published 20 Feb 2019, 09:06 IST
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