Bully Ray has revealed that he wasn’t a big fan of Asuka’s big return on Monday Night Raw, explaining that he “hated” her initial interaction with Becky Lynch.
The careers of Becky Lynch and Asuka have become somewhat intertwined in recent years. When Lynch announced that she was taking time away from the ring to have a baby in May 2020, the Irish star handed her Raw Women’s Title to Asuka. The former NXT Champion had won the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match the night before.
Fast-forward to April 25th 2021 and the two women found themselves standing across the ring from each other once more. This time it was Asuka making her return to WWE television after missing eight months of action through injury.
In the segment, Lynch was cutting a promo about how she had fallen on hard-times after losing her Raw Women’s Championship to Bianca Belair at WrestleMania 38. She was then interrupted by Asuka who flicked her on the nose, before a brawl was teased and Lynch escaped out of the ring.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Bully Ray reflected on the segment, explaining that he wasn’t a fan of how the confrontation was laid out.
“I will give you an example of how much I hated the flicking of the nose. First of all, it got no reaction. They had no reaction; people didn’t even realize what was happening. Whenever I see two men in the ring and they are within enough distance to touch each other, if you are close enough to touch me, I am close enough to hit you. Roll my hand up in a fist and punch you in the mouth. I hate it when guys push each other.”
The WWE Hall of Famer continued on, commenting that the moment looked terrible to the live audience as no one was able to really see what was going on.
“Why did you flick her nose? Just give her a back kick. I don’t know what that did; I don’t know why it was a good idea. I don’t know who thought of it. I am trying to put myself in that moment like somebody would have said, ‘Hey, how about Asuka flicks Becky in the nose?’ I would’ve just sat there and gone, ‘What, why, what are we getting out of this?’
First of all, it’s small. Nobody in the arena saw it. They are not playing to the people in the arena, and they are playing to the 2 million people watching at home. But I can guarantee you that 2 million people watching back at home didn’t go like, ‘Oh my god, Asuka just flicked Becky in the nose.’ To me, everything about the segment was flat.”
Asuka hadn’t been seen inside a WWE ring since Money In The Bank on July 18th, 2021. While there had been no official confirmation from WWE regarding the reason for Asuka’s absence, it was been reported that the Japanese star was dealing with an injury.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.