Report sources also say the female champion of Raw is probably one of the few Superstars to worry about her efforts after the removal of Paul Heyman as executive director of Raw. A source reportedly said: “There [Vince] is still high on Asuka, she won’t be hurt with Heyman missing. ”
In addition, the report notes that the end of the Asuka vs Jax match at Backlash resulted in a double plus tally to protect Jax’s character rather than potentially injuring Asuka. Earlier this week, Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that this was not the end originally planned. The finish was apparently changed because WWE still didn’t want Asuka to go through Jax and still wanted tomorrow’s empress to keep the belt.