Asuka Returns To WWE TV, Quickly Resumes Feud With Bianca Belair

Bianca Belair made history earlier this week by becoming the longest reigning "WWE Raw" Women's Champion after holding the title for over 400 days and counting. While she looked to celebrate that monumental accomplishment in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee during Friday's edition of "SmackDown", things didn't quite go according to plan.


Asuka returned to WWE programming and headed down to the ring before "The EST" could start the party. She offered Belair her hand, and Belair shook it only to be met with quite a shock after Asuka spit her signature blue mist in her face.

The pair have encountered one another in the squared circle a multitude of times over the years, with their most recent televised bout seeing Belair successfully defend her aforementioned title against "The Empress of Tomorrow" during night two of WrestleMania.

Despite the series of recent matches between the two competitors, fans on social media are particularly excited about a heel version of Asuka stepping up to Belair, as they believe it could lead to a more riveting rivalry. Although Asuka spraying Belair with her blue mist isn't exactly a heel turn, an earlier report from PWInsider Elite suggested that WWE has made an internal pitch to turn Asuka heel as she settles into her new home on the blue brand.


Both Belair and Asuka were moved from "Raw" to "SmackDown" during the recently-concluded WWE Draft. However, Belair and "SmackDown" Women's Champion Rhea Ripley have yet to exchange titles, as was previously expected. Ripley — who defeated Charlotte Flair for the blue brand's women's title at WrestleMania 39 — and the rest of the Judgment Day were retained as members of the red brand roster during the Draft.