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There was something about the debut of wwe_embermoon on SmackdownLive that I overlooked at the time, but since Hulu still hasn't loaded the latest episode of Smackdown, I rewatched this one.
Anyone who is a dedicated viewer of wwenxt knows the incredible rivalry between wwe_asuka and EmberMoon highlighting Ember's chase of the NXTWomensChampionship. There have been a few moments where their decorated matches have been referenced in matches with subtlety.
However, Ember coming out to challenge BeckyLynchWWE aka Becky2Belts for her titles, then to be followed by itsmebayley, and, yes, you know where this went.
The IICONICS came out mocking Bayley (still clueless as to why Montreal booed her), Paige arrived to announce her tag team she promised, and Fire N' Desire interrupt. sonyadevillewwe and mandysacs asked for Absolution, and that reunion quickly became Disillusioned.
But then, The Imperial Pirates (my name for them) Asuka and KairiSane appear, charge the IIconics, and Holla Holla Holla! We got ourselves a Smackdown eight woman tag match, playa!
And that brings us to Ember and Asuka standing side by side. I suppose I expected a bit of healthy tension between them. There wasn't, at all. But there was tension, just from an unexpected spot.
Bayley, of all folks, gets a little dickish tagging herself in over Ember, so that was a very interesting wrinkle to me. Could the Snickers commercial be coming to fruition? Could The Hugger simply not give another hug about anything?! Is Heel Bayley on the way or more perhaps, Total Dick Bayley?! I will smile wide for Bayley tripping folks.
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