After the 2019 Superstar Shake-up Kairi Sane was drafted from NXT and joined the SmackDown Live main roster. Sane would team with former RAW brand divas Asuka, Bayley and Ember Moon in an eight-woman tag match held on the April 16 episode SmackDown Live, defeating Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville and The IIconics. Afterwards, Sane and Asuka teamed together during the April 30 episode of SmackDown Live, defeating local wrestlers Jaylee & Queen Aminata. By the following month, Sane and Asuka debuted their team name The Kabuki Warriors. During their debut match on the May 14 episode of SmackDown Live, The Kabuki Warriors defeated former members of team Absolution Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Afterwards, The Kabuki Warriors were congratulated by SmackDown General Manager and former leader of Absolution Paige, who raised the winning team's hands after the match.