Backstage News on Asuka's Undefeated Streak; Reason Banks/Bayley Isn't on WM Card

-- Asuka and The Miz are now strong favorites to win the WWE Mixed Match Challenge and according to a source in WWE, this was "always the plan", likely due to the fact that Asuka's undefeated streak is on the line. Once WWE extended the streak to include matches in the MMC, it was a foregone conclusion that her team would have to win. According to this same source, Asuka may stay undefeated until she faces Ronda Rousey, which could be pushed all the way out to WrestleMania 35.

-- The reason that Sasha Banks vs. Bayley was not included as a singles match according to a source in WWE is simply due to time constraints and the Women's battle royal needing some star power. With 14 matches already scheduled and the announcement of the inaugural women's battle royal, WWE felt the Sasha/Bayley story could be furthered with them being two of the stronger talent who will appear in the battle royal, especially with Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, Asuka, Charlotte and Ronda Rousey booked in other matches.