At one point today, WWE tweeted out that we would learn who Asuka will be defending the women’s championship against at the upcoming SummerSlam Premium Live Event scheduled for Sat., Aug. 5, 2023, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, on tonight’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown. A short time later, they deleted all mention of that.
Then, the SummerSlam account simply tweeted it out:
BREAKING: WWE Women's Champion @WWEAsuka will defend her coveted championship against @BiancaBelairWWE AND @MsCharlotteWWE in a Triple Threat Match as #SummerSlam live at @fordfield in Detroit!— WWE SummerSlam (@SummerSlam) July 21, 2023
️ TICKETS: https://t.co/dMdhQwemLy pic.twitter.com/eVMNUZXNt0
Well, there ya go!
This is what television has been building to, of course, with Belair costing Flair the championship weeks ago and Flair returning the favor. Asuka, despite being champion, has taken a backseat to the issue between the two challengers but she’ll be an active participant in this one.
Here’s the updated SummerSlam card, or at least what’s been made official so far:
- Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs. Bianca Belair vs. Charlotte Flair
- World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Finn Balor
- Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar