A lot for WWE‘s gradual season, as the latest episode of Uncooked arrange vital character adjustments for each Alexa Bliss and Asuka. The December 12 version of the present featured lots of setups, from Bobby Lashley’s firing to the information that Matt Riddle can be off tv for six weeks and Kevin Owens delivering a stunner to Elias; there have been lots of threads being woven right here. Maybe essentially the most vital developments got here within the ladies’s division, although, with each Bliss and Asuka teasing on-screen shifts which have severe ramifications for the ladies’s division shifting ahead.
When Triple H took over inventive management, he made his presence felt virtually instantly. He shook up the crimson model’s ladies’s roster throughout SummerSlam, reintroducing Bayley as a heel alongside IYO SKY and Dakota Kai. Rhea Ripley has additionally acquired a serious push as a championship contender since she joined Judgment Day. Nonetheless, that premium dwell occasion was on July 30, and people main shakeups now require additional growth. It will not all occur in a single fell swoop—in all probability?—however this week’s Uncooked set two main gamers up for dramatic shifts in character someplace down the road.
Asuka Will get A Stripped Down Look & New(ish) Demeanor On Uncooked
Asuka wrestled a match towards Rhea Ripley on Uncooked, and the commentators famous that the Empress of Tomorrow had been fairly up and down recently. Her regular over-the-top and goofy babyface act was solely gone for this bout, and he or she walked to the ring with out her regular make-up. Commentary repeatedly identified that she had a extra extreme look about her, which was clear to followers at residence. Asuka labored a powerful fashion akin to her NXT days, throwing out stiff strikes and fast combos.
Whereas wrestling for the black and gold NXT, Asuka established herself as an absolute killer. She went on a Goldberg-Esque run via the ladies’s division in developmental, with an undefeated streak that lasted almost two and a half years. She ultimately misplaced to Charlotte Aptitude on the principle roster, and the bloom got here off the rose a bit for Asuka. She’s nonetheless been a constant risk and has gained championships, however she hasn’t been portrayed as a fearsome buzzsaw in fairly a while. After a number of days of Asuka posting cryptic photographs to her Twitter account, that began to alter on Monday evening. These tweets have been clearly meant to ship a message, as commentary talked about them a number of occasions.
Asuka nonetheless misplaced the match as a consequence of Judgment Day’s numbers benefit, which might push her additional down the rabbit gap. Some have speculated that the 41-year-old might drift nearer to the “Homicide Clown” character she portrayed in Japan. The above tweet from December 7 signifies this as a risk. The mist she used on Mysterio wasn’t pink; her calling card as Kana, nevertheless it was a lighter inexperienced than she used prior to now. There are lots of indicators pointing to a extra vicious model of Asuka coming to the floor on Uncooked within the coming weeks. Nonetheless, she’s not the one one teasing a giant character change.
Uncooked Teases Payoff Of Alex Bliss & Bray Wyatt Connection
Ever since Bray Wyatt made his return to SmackDown, WWE followers have puzzled if Alexa Bliss can be looped again into his storyline. The 2 are on separate manufacturers, however over the past a number of weeks, a number of telltale indicators of Wyatt—or maybe Uncle Howdy—have appeared throughout segments involving Alexa Bliss. His upside-down moth image has been displayed on displays round Alexa, essentially the most outstanding instance occurring this week on Uncooked.
After changing into the No. 1 contender for the Ladies’s Championship, Bianca Belair entered the ring to congratulate Bliss. The EST prolonged her hand for Alexa to shake, and after an eerie hesitation, Bliss opened her arms up for a hug as an alternative. Whereas the 2 embraced, Wyatt’s image flashed on the Jumbotron, and Bliss instantly set Belair up for the Sister Abigail finisher. She snapped out of it earlier than delivering the transfer, however that is essentially the most unambiguous indication that WWE intends to attach Bliss and Wyatt once more.
The 2 by no means actually bought a satisfying finish to their storyline earlier than Bray Wyatt’s launch. It was unlucky on the time, nevertheless it left the door open for WWE to do one thing inventive with it now. Bliss’ stroll to the darkish aspect is much more fascinating, contemplating that Wyatt continues to be portrayed as a face on the blue model. Upon his return at Excessive Guidelines, Wyatt was listed internally as a babyface. He is been appearing as such in his feud with LA Knight. Bliss drilling Belair with a ending transfer in the midst of the ring would have turned her heel, nonetheless. This creates an thrilling dynamic between Bliss and Wyatt. WWE continues to maintain issues contemporary, with Triple H holding the e book. These current developments for Alexa Bliss and Asuka are simply the latest examples of Uncooked remaining fluid and enjoyable.
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