Charlotte Flair doesn't want fans to see her beating Asuka as a negative.
Many fans were disappointed when Charlotte Flair defeated Asuka for the SmackDown Women's Title on the Mar. 26 episode of SmackDown. Asuka has become a fan favorite in the WWE Universe while Charlotte's support has turned into some resentment as she's been labeled "The Chosen One" and is already an eight-time Women's Champion. After the bout, Charlotte praised Asuka on social media, which led to fans voicing their displeasure, believing Asuka had been "buried."
Speaking to Sporting News, Charlotte was asked about Asuka and her absence from the WrestleMania main event.
"Here’s the thing — last year, when I wrestled Asuka to break her streak at WrestleMania 34, all I could think about is making her proud. I mean, she’s wrestled all over the world. She had this incredible streak that no one had seen in the history of the business," said Charlotte. "So, for me, wrestling her … everyone had so much hype for this match, so it was really living up to the expectations and cementing my legacy. And then, obviously, having the title match out of nowhere with her [on SmackDown last month], in my opinion, will only open up more doors for people to see the magic that Asuka and I could make and that’s the bigger picture."
She continued, "People will regard [Asuka’s omission from the main event] as a negative, but no. This is a story. People want better. This just has the opportunity just to get better for people to see just how much further Asuka and I could take each other in the ring and entertainment-wise. There’s no other woman that I’d rather do that with than Asuka because people have already seen us have two — well, three now — matches and I know what we could do."
Some believed that Asuka would be added to the WrestleMania main event as part of Stephanie McMahon's announcement on Monday. Instead, Stephanie announced that the triple threat bout between Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Ronda Rousey would be a "Winner Take All" bout with both the Raw and SmackDown Women's Titles on the line.