SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
Carmella (C) vs. Asuka
The Dream: Asuka defeats Carmella so soundly that Paige immediately comes out and announces a gauntlet match involving every performer on the roster. After quickly working through everyone, only her and Braun Strowman remain. At which point, Asuka and Braun fight all over Metropolis.
The Nightmare: Asuka gets hurt. Outside of that, there’s really nothing horrifying or terrible in this match that could happen which we haven’t seen already. Minus, like, children being separated from their parents by white supremacist elves.
The Hope: The ability to enjoy this match without having concern over whether or not it means something definitive in any way for Asuka, even if it involves her losing a relatively uninteresting match. Even moreso than Nakamura, Asuka represents hope for a better and more diverse future for the company.
The Reality: Asuka as world champion is a dream unto itself, but given that it’s highly unlikely they’d knock Money Mella off her pedestal this early, one assumes that a little chinless bird is going to show up and take all of our joy away from us.