As hard as WWE are trying to convince us otherwise, barring any last-minute hiccups, the main event of WrestleMania 35 will be a triple-threat match between Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch for the RAW Women’s Championship.
Putting her old rival, suspension and a knee injury in Lynch’s path to MetLife Stadium will only make ‘The Man’s’ inevitable coronation that much more satisfying but, however successful the payoff might be, this is not the story that fans were wanting WWE to tell.
On the back of Lynch’s Royal Rumble victory, there was a massive demand for WWE to revisit the singles match with Rousey initially booked for Survivor Series, one that we were denied by a wild swing of Nia Jax’s fist. ‘The Irish Lasskicker’ had done an outstanding job of keeping that fire stoked in the preceding months with her Grade A social media bantz, and there was certainly enough intrigue and narrative to keep this feud one-on-one.
But WWE were not prepared to let this milestone in women’s wrestling pass by without having Charlotte share that spotlight; a one for you, one for us, type of deal.
If Charlotte is the unwanted third wheel in this scenario, there have also been instances in WrestleMania past when WWE have missed opportunities to transform the fortunes of underwhelming singles title matches by making them a triple threat.
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