Charlotte Flair ended Asuka's streak and retained the SmackDown Women's Championship at WrestleMania 34 on Sunday in New Orleans, and that result should allow two of WWE's top female performers to take a fresh path moving forward.
Flair forced Asuka to submit in the Figure-Eight Leglock after a grueling match between the pair of former NXT women's champions. Asuka was gracious in defeat:
Another former NXT women's champion weighed in with her opinion of the match, as Sasha Banks was impressed by what Flair and Asuka delivered in the ring:
While The Empress of Tomorrow failed to capture the blue brand's title, a full-time move to SmackDown Live as part of the Superstar Shake-up is likely the best possible move for her.
Since Asuka has already done battle with many of Raw's top female Superstars, shifting over to SmackDown would be a positive development in terms of creating new matchups.
In addition to possibly continuing her feud with Charlotte and getting another shot at the SmackDown Women's Championship, there is one obvious dream match awaiting her on SmackDown Live in the form of Becky Lynch.
Lynch hasn't been at the forefront on SmackDown in recent months, but her talent is undeniable. There is no question that she and Asuka have the ability to put on one of the greatest women's matches in WWE history if given time and opportunity.
That rivalry could also be for the No. 1 contendership to the SmackDown Women's Championship, which would add even more meaning.
Asuka also no longer has the streak hanging over her, and that means there would be a greater feeling of unpredictability in a rivalry with The Irish Lass Kicker.
Natalya and Naomi also reside on SmackDown, and they have yet to stand toe-to-toe with Asuka, which makes them strong candidates to be part of transitional feuds in the near future provided they don't move to Raw.
Charlotte is undoubtedly staying on SmackDown after retaining, so she could use some different opponents in the form of the Superstar Shake-up or call-ups from NXT.
Charlotte already has extensive history with the likes of Sasha Banks, Bayley and Alexa Bliss, so new blood from NXT may be the best option.
One opponent the WWE Universe would salivate over is Ember Moon, who could realistically pose a stiff challenge to Charlotte immediately after getting called up.
Ember appears ready to make the leap to the main roster, and she may be the one woman in all of WWE who comes closest to matching Charlotte from an athleticism standpoint.
Moon and Charlotte have never touched, and building toward a possible championship feud between them makes plenty of sense.
Kairi Sane is another potential call-up who would make sense as Charlotte's next opponent.
Sane is tiny, but she is also explosive and among the most talented women's wrestlers in the entire world. She would be an underdog against Charlotte; however, that could be a positive since it would possibly allow Charlotte to transition into a more natural heel role.
Asuka and Charlotte entered WrestleMania as two of the most talented and accomplished women's wrestlers WWE had ever seen, and now that their match has come and gone, they are both set up for even greater successes over the next year.
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