The tag team of Asuka and Kairi Sane was finally given a name on SmackDown Live this week, as their manager Paige confirmed that the duo would be called the Kabuki Warriors going forward. While the name did not go over well with fans on social media, Asuka took to Twitter following the show to try and explain the meaning behind the word Kabuki.
"Kabukimono 傾奇者 Sengoku or Edo-period eccentric who attracted public attention with their eye-catching clothes, peculiar hairstyle, and weird behavior," Asuka said.
Kabukimono 傾奇者— ASUKA / 明日華 (@WWEAsuka) May 15, 2019
Sengoku or Edo-period eccentric who attracted public attention with their eye-catching clothes, peculiar hairstyle, and weird behavior pic.twitter.com/HcdruoYQti
Wild behavior and colorful hair and clothing is certainly one way to describe Asuka, so in that sense the name fits.
In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, Paige explained how she wound up working alongside Asuka and Sane.
"I was sad, because I loved that role," she said about her time as SmackDown's general manager. "I had such a good time with it and it pushed my boundaries a little bit because I had multiple promos in a day and I wasn't used to that. So it really helped me grow creatively and professionally. But I was excited about another role. I was like, 'Okay, no worries,' because I knew the WWE would take care of me. They always do.
"I pitched to manage Ronda Rousey, kind of like the Paul Heyman-Brock Lesnar thing," she continued. "And then also be with Asuka, because Asuka had trouble speaking on the mic sometimes. As much as she's an amazing athlete, an incredible wrestler, and I was like, 'I'll help her, give me the microphone, I'll talk for her.' And then Paul Heyman called me one day and said, 'We have a great role for you. You can be the next me with these two women.' I was like, 'Wow, what a crazy tag team, they're incredible.... Absolutely, I'll take it!'"
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