Naomi had to relinquish her SmackDown Women's Championship this past Tuesday due to injury, an injury that will keep her out of action for several weeks.
She was scheduled to be part of an 8-Woman Tag Match at the Smackdown Live Event at Madison Square Garden on March 12, and now her bum knee will force her to pull out.
Luckily, it seems that WWE has found a more than suitable replacement.
Currenly undefeated NXT Women's Champion Asuka will wrestle in Naomi's stead, joining forces with Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch and Tamina against Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, Natalya and Carmella.
James Ellsworth will no doubt be at ringside to support his "boo" Carmella, and the chinless one has a habit of trying to get involved in her matches, so it's possible that we might see the Empress of Tomorrow slap the Asuka Lock on James Ellsworth.
Which alone would be worth the price of admission.
Here is the full card for the event:
WWE RETURNS TO THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS ARENA JUST 3 WEEKS BEFORE WRESTLEMANIA!
Special Appearances by AJ STYLES and SHANE MCMAHON!
JOHN CENA VS. BRAY WYATT-WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH-
BROCK LESNAR (WITH PAUL HEYMAN) VS. KEVIN OWENS-SPECIAL ATTRACTION WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH-
DEAN AMBROSE VS. BARON CORBIN VS. THE MIZ (WITH MARYSE)-TRIPLE THREAT MATCH FOR THE WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP-
LUKE HARPER VS. RANDY ORTON
AMERICAN ALPHA VS. THE USO’S-WWE SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH-
APOLLO CREWS VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER
NIKKI BELLA, BECKY LYNCH, TAMINA & ASUKAVS.ALEXA BLISS, MICKIE JAMES, NATALYA & CARMELLA (WITH JAMES ELLSWORTH)
RHYNO, HEATH SLATER & KALISTOVS.BREEZANGO & CURT HAWKINS
View the discussion thread.