WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions The Kabuki Warriors came out. The Queen of Harts was out next while Asuka and Sane looking on. Natalya paid tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna by handing an arm band to a fan, with the Lakers colors. The bell rang and Natayla and Auska went at it back & forth to start. Natalya fought back out of the corner and hit clotheslines. Natalya ended up taking Asuka down and grounding her. She hit body scissors. Asuka fought up and out and they had words.
Natalya asked Asuka if she wants to shoot on her. Asuka ended up going for an Asuka Lock but Natalya resisted. She avoided a spinning back-fist from Natalya. They tangled some more but Natalya avoided the German suplex. Natalya overpowered Asuka with a spinning sitdown powerbomb in the middle of the ring for a two count. She kicked Natalya’s Sharpshooter attempt away. Asuka scrambled to the floor to regroup. Natalya tried to go out after her but the referee held her back. Asuka recovered on the floor.
They went at it. Natalya tangled but Asuka unloaded with kicks to the chest while she was on her knees. They continued with the aggressive offense as Sane instructed Asuka from the outside. Asuka ended up kicking Natalya right in the face. She applied an abdominal stretch in the middle of the ring. Asuka kept control and delivered a Shining Wizard for a close two count. They went back to the mat and tangled. Natalya resisted a hold but Asuka kept focusing on the arm.
Natalya ended up powering to her feet with Asuka’s guillotine attempt locked. She powered the guillotine into a big suplex for a pop. Asuka kept charging but Natalya fought her off. Natalya caught Asuka but they rolled each other up several times for two counts. She caught Asuka with the discus clothesline right in front of The Pirate Princess. Natalya went for the Sharpshooter and locked it near the middle of the ring. Asuka make it to the ropes and then off the apron but Natalya kept the hold applied as the referee counted. Finally, the referee has to break it up.
Asuka went to the floor for a breather. Natalya brought Asuka back into the ring but Sane grabbed her from behind. She turned back around to stare down Sane down. Asuka took advantage of the distraction and took Natalya down with the Asuka Lock. Natalya tried to resist but eventually tapped out. After the match, The Empress of Tomorrow stood tall. She took the mic and yelled out about RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and a Royal Rumble rematch it sounds like.
The music interrupted and The Man came out to a pop for her entrance. Becky hit the ring and fans chanted her name as she faced off with Asuka. She brought Asuka wanting to fight her again. Lynch said beating Asuka at the Royal Rumble damn near gave her super powers, and if you think she wants to drink from that cup again, you’re damn right. Becky said why would she want to put her title on the line so close to WrestleMania? Because beating Asuka’s ass again will be better than the first. Sane tried to attack from behind but Lynch took her out. Lynch turned back around and flexes, telling Asuka that she does have superpowers. She made her exit with her “Thug Life” glasses on, stopped to taunt Sane at the bottom of the ramp. Lynch then made her exit while Asuka talking trash from the ring.