It looks like Becky Lynch truly is “The Man” in WWE right now.
As noted, there have been rumors of a possible big stipulation for the WrestleMania 35 main event being added, possibly this coming Monday night on the WrestleMania 35 “go-home” edition of RAW.
Currently, the WrestleMania 35 main event features RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey against Becky Lynch and new SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair in a Triple-Threat Match, with the RAW Women’s Championship on-the-line.
Our own Marc Middleton (@this_is_marc) reported the following here at LordsofPain.net on Thursday:
“There could be a ‘Winner Takes All’ stipulation for the match, or they could give it the ‘All On the Line’ name, according to Dave Meltzer (@DaveMeltzerWON) on Wrestling Observer Radio. This stipulation would mean that Flair or Rousey could become a dual champion, which seems unlikely for Rousey if she really is taking time off shortly after WrestleMania. Alternatively, Lynch could end up with one of the titles.”
“… The change could be confirmed on Monday’s WrestleMania 35 go-home edition of RAW.”
In an update, Tom Colohue (@colohue), a freelance writer for PWTorch.com, is reporting that one of the reasons the stipulation could be added is to keep options for Lynch open during the upcoming WWE Superstar Shakeup.
As Colohue’s source informed him, “Vince always stays quiet around Shakeup time. He likes to keep his options open, and this means Becky can stay on SmackDown.”
Regarding the potential outcomes in the WrestleMania 35 main event, and why it needed to be a triple-threat match instead of a one-one-one showdown between Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch.
“If it’s one-on-one, Rousey taps and Becky goes to RAW, or Becky’s dead in the water,” a second source told Colohue, in reference to the options to keep Lynch strong coming out of the biggest show of the year at a point where her personal stock is at the highest it has ever been. “Vince doesn’t like either of those options, adding another title as well adds better options.”
Additionally, Kristen Ashly (@KristenAshly) of Diva-Dirt.com is reporting that Vince isn’t convinced yet that he wants Lynch to move to RAW right now due to the move of SmackDown Live from USA Network to FOX in October.
If she were to win a match where only the RAW Women’s Championship is on the line, she would end up moving to the brand to defend the title. The other option, obviously, would be that she comes up short in the historic first-ever women’s WrestleMania main event.
With Rousey rumored to be on the way out of WWE, “The Man” would be the talent in the match that WWE would want to protect and promote the most.
As far as Asuka getting trampled in the process of building the WrestleMania 35 main event, losing her title to Charlotte on this past Tuesday night’s episode of SmackDown Live, it looks like it could actually lead to some opportunities for the former title-holder. As noted, it was a very late change in plans earlier this week before the show went on the air.
Colohue is also reporting that WWE creative are “very happy with the fan response to Asuka losing the SmackDown Women’s title.” He claims that the fans continuing to prove their support for her will continue to lead to more championship-level opportunities for Asuka, even if the original plan was for her to defend the title at WrestleMania 35, possibly against Mandy Rose.
Ironically enough, Asuka also lost via submission to Charlotte when her undefeated streak of 914 days was ended just under one year ago at WrestleMania 34 on April 8, 2018. With the win, Charlotte also captured the SmackDown Women’s Championship from her, making this past Tuesday night the second time she has ended a big reign for the Japanese Superstar.
Featuring the historic women’s triple-threat match between Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, WrestleMania 35 is scheduled for next Sunday, April 7th, live on pay-per-view and via the WWE Network from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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