WWE advertisement reveals Asuka was originally scheduled to team with Shayna Baszler at Payback

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Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax are set to challenge Bayley and Sasha Banks for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships at tonight’s Payback 2020 pay-per-view event.

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Asuka was initially scheduled to team with Shayna Baszler at tonight’s WWE Payback 2020 pay-per-view event.

It was announced on this past Monday’s edition of RAW that rivals Baszler and Jax will be teaming up in a bid to capture the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles. The news caught fans off-guard as it appeared the WWE was building towards Asuka teaming up with Baszler to challenge for the belts.

It appears the WWE’s original plan was for Asuka to team with Baszler at tonight’s event. In a sponsored advertisement by the WWE which has been spotted on social media, Asuka has been featured in the official promotional graphics for the match. Take a look below.

Dave Meltzer spoke about the advertisement on the most recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio.

So evidently, that was the original plan.” he said.

Co-host Bryan Alvarez added “Of course that was the original plan, they shot the angle for it. Then they just didn’t do it.

WWE Payback 2020 takes place tonight (Sunday August 30, 2020) from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The event will air live on pay-per-view and the WWE Network from 7pm ET.

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