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Asuka needs Raw women’s title for undefeated streak to work


After many weeks of nonstop build-up, the latest installment of Survivor Series has officially come and gone. While many believed that NXT TakeOver: WarGames won the weekend — including myself — 2017’s Survivor Series did live up to the initial expectations in most areas.

One of the most memorable matches from Sunday evening’s slate was certainly the 5-on-5 women’s Survivor Series elimination match, which ultimately culminated with a Monday Night Raw victory. Leading the way for Team Raw was, of course, the undefeated and always dangerous Asuka, who eventually sealed the deal for the Monday night squad by defeating both Tamina and Natalya after being hung out to dry in a 2-on-1 handicap situation. Although it was surely notable that Asuka won the match for Raw, it was perhaps even more notable that she was the one that the WWE brass chose to leave standing in the end. Despite the fact that her undefeated streak would have remained intact nonetheless, this notion makes it quite evident that the WWE creative team plans to keep Asuka’s unbeaten streak alive well into the foreseeable future.

I think we can all agree that this would be “what’s best for business” while Asuka still needs a major boost in order for this storyline to truly come into fruition. Sunday was definitely a good start…

Undefeated through both NXT and during her brief tenure atop the main roster, the former NXT women’s champion has yet to encounter any real competition since joining the Raw brand earlier this year. With that being said, it was more than necessary that she came in red-hot while wiping out some lesser foes. However, with a major pay-per-view moment now under her belt, it is time for Asuka to become the next challenger for Alex Bliss’ Raw women’s title.

Proving to be more than a formidable opponent, Bliss ultimately came up short against the SmackDown Live women’s champion in Charlotte Flair while still proving that she can hang with the best of them in the process. Even so, this loss also makes Bliss the perfect candidate to drop her belt in favor of Asuka as the former remains impressive with the latter riding her Survivor Series momentum.

Not only does Asuka need to become the next title challenger in the Raw women’s division, she needs to actually obtain the gold in the end. Although her undefeated streak will remain impressive even as a top contender, owning the belt would make such a period in her career that much more meaningful and noteworthy. Without the belt around her waist, will what could become an unbelievably impressive feat really stand out 10 years from now? Probably not, but luckily for the WWE Universe, now is the perfect time for Asuka’s ascension to the top of the Monday slate.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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