WWE Considering Heel Turn, Night Of Champions Title Match For Asuka

Asuka has been nowhere to be found over the last month and then some. Since losing to "Raw" Women's Champion Bianca Belair at WrestleMania 39, "The Empress of Tomorrow" hasn't shown her freshly painted face on WWE programming. However, she may soon reemerge with a bit of an attitude adjustment from the persona we've grown accustomed to.


According to PWInsider Elite, there has been an internal pitch for Asuka to turn heel as she settles into her new home on "WWE SmackDown." Such a change could also come with a WrestleMania rematch, as WWE has been considering another bout between Asuka and Belair for Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia on May 27.

Leading up to her return at the 2023 Royal Rumble, Asuka suggested that her character may be heading down a darker path. Those inklings then seemed to become a reality as she entered the Women's Royal Rumble dressed in an ensemble similar to her former persona, Kana. Upon winning the Women's Elimination Chamber match in February, Asuka turned her attention to Belair, often attempting to intimidate "The EST" with mind games. Unfortunately, the vicious murder clown iteration of Asuka never fully rose to the surface during their build to WrestleMania.


Asuka's last heel run occurred in late 2019 after she and Kairi Sane captured the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships from Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. During this time, Asuka began showering her opponents in green mist. Shortly after The Kabuki Warriors lost their titles at WrestleMania 36, Asuka began venturing back into singles competition. Asuka went on to win Money in the Bank and was crowned as the new "Raw" Women's Champion after Becky Lynch was forced to vacate the title due to pregnancy. Since then, Asuka has been a steady babyface.