Not taking kindly to Becky Lynch referring to her as the “third wheel” in the WrestleMania main event, Charlotte Flair challenged Asuka for the SmackDown Women’s Championship on SmackDown LIVE, a year ago today – an impromptu title matchup that left everyone guessing as to how it came together.
The two rivals threw down with ferocity, with Charlotte relying on brute force to hold down The Empress of Tomorrow. Asuka somehow kicked out after a dazzling Spanish Fly from Charlotte, and Charlotte survived a perfectly applied Triangle submission from The Empress. In the clutch, The Queen fought out of one more Asuka Lock attempt and locked in the Figure-Eight for an unbelievable submission victory. With that, she became the first woman to win eight Women’s titles and thus surpassed Trish Stratus’ record.