Charlotte Flair will be in the main event for WrestleMania 35. Everyone has had some time to process the substantial change to the overall equation that was created when Vince McMahon suspended Becky Lynch. That change included making Flair the most ideal opponent for Ronda Rousey in the women’s championship in Raw on 7 April in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the MetLife Stadium.
This will undoubtedly lead to a triple-threat match between Flair, Lunch, and Rousey in what is lining up as one of the most historic moments in WWE. This could be the first time that a women’s match closes a WrestleMania event. There are both negatives and positives to including Flair in this match. We, therefore, decided to break things down to see what the six-time women’s champion in the WWE brings to the table.
There’s plenty of narrative and history when it comes to Charlotte Flair. There’s the endless story between Lynch and Flair, from their partnership and friendship in Four Horsewomen from NXT to the triple-threat match during the women’s championship at WrestleMania 32 along with the SummerSlam event in 2018. There’s also Lynch relying on Flair to fight against Rousey during the Survivor Series and the breakdown from Flair when she destroyed Rousey with just a kendo stick.
Flair will provide loads of experience when she enters the ring and will be able to relieve a few key aspects for Rousey. Rousey is no longer taking the heat from fans of Lynch. Therefore we are more likely to see a butt-kicking, confident Rousey we witnessed on the microphone towards the end of her Royal Rumble event where she confronted Lynch.
With Flair and Lynch in the ring, there are two veteran wrestlers who have the power to shut down WrestleMania and provide Rousey with several opponents in this match. This remarkable change will also provide more narrative before the fight takes place on the 7th of April.
There is also plenty of time available for Flair to feed off that hate and anger. She has the ability to point out that she should have won the women’s Royal Rumble as Lynch arrived in the match only on the judgement and whim of Fit Finlay. Between suspension talk and injury concerns, Flair can easily sew insecurities among fans. As we draw closer to WrestleMania without having Lynch in the match, the more bitterness will be sent to Flair by fans.
Rousey will need to find a balance between the phenomenal fighting champion she wants to portray and the destroyer persona that perfectly suits her in the WWE world. The best way to achieve this is by simply adjusting on the fly, on a week by week basis. However, now with more opponents in the scenario, there will be more than enough time for Rousey to eventually hit that pocket.