Carmella “unmasked” Asuka
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — After vowing to deliver the truth about her WWE Money in the Bank opponent, Carmella kicked off SmackDown LIVE to “unmask” the real Asuka. The Princess of Staten Island showed a video package of the few low moments from Asuka’s WWE career and began to build the argument that she was broken after her WrestleMania 34 loss to Charlotte Flair. It was Carmella’s assertion that everyone was now ready for Asuka.
However, before Princess Mella could get too deep into her thesis, The Empress of Tomorrow hit the scene and confronted the SmackDown Women’s Champion. Before anything could transpire, however, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville also interrupted, stating that Mandy was only one second away from defeating Asuka last week and that tonight Deville would seal the deal.
Carmella fueled the fire, saying that the formerly undefeated Asuka would not stand for such disrespect and would take on Mandy & Sonya at the same time. Amidst all this ballyhoo, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige arrived to try and calm the situation down by asking Asuka who she wanted to face tonight — Mandy or Sonya. Asuka shouted that she wanted both of them! Paige okayed it, and a Handicap Match was next.