The knock on the Raw Women’s title feud for WrestleMania 39 was that the build didn’t give champion Bianca Belair or challenger Asuka much to work with.
It didn’t stop the match from having a big fight feel, thanks in large part to the wrestlers’ entrances at SoFi Stadium on Sun., April 2...
@WWEAsuka is WHOLE mood!#WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/ORPVImbHDD— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) April 3, 2023
...especially The EST coming out with the Divas of Compton, a leadership program for young women in the Los Angeles area.
#WWERaw Women's Champion @BiancaBelairWWE delivers an EST entrance at #WrestleMania alongside the Divas of Compton! pic.twitter.com/7KQuSZb2SW— WWE (@WWE) April 3, 2023
There wasn’t much of a feeling out process for this one, with Asuka throwing a little bit of everything at the champ while Belair tried to quickly end things with a power move. Both strategies were on display during an exchange on the floor, where Bianca countered as Asuka Lock attempt into a thunderous powerbomb.
#WWERaw Women's Champion @BiancaBelairWWE is looking ready for @WWE_Asuka at #WrestleMania! pic.twitter.com/tPnUBBAxiD— WWE (@WWE) April 3, 2023
It was a pattern that continued in the ring as Asuka & Belair went all out to live up to the standard set by Charlotte Flair & Rhea Ripley in Saturday night’s SmackDown Women’s title classic. It had the crowd in Los Angeles’ attention, as every nearfall got “oohs” and “ahhs” and dueling “Let’s Go Asuka” and “E-S-T” chants could be heard.
No one was in their seats when Bianca dodged Asuka’s mist, barely survived an arm bar...
#WWERaw Women's Champion @BiancaBelairWWE & @WWE_Asuka bring their very best at #WrestleMania! pic.twitter.com/CoW3qIQZCT— WWE (@WWE) April 3, 2023
...and somehow pulled off an amazing spot, squatting the Empress of Tomorrow from her the mat for a match-ending K.O.D.
The EST retains at #WrestleMania!@BiancaBelairWWE pic.twitter.com/nUnKYn47D4— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) April 3, 2023
Who needs a great build when you can add another BANGER to the ‘Mania history books?
Get complete WrestleMania 39 results and coverage of all the matches on night two right here.