Sunday Sermon: Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 35

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Craig Wilson, Jamie Lithgow, Brian Damage, Benjamin Trecroci and Padraic Toolan

While next Sunday we’ll preview and predict WrestleMania 35, as is typical on the day of a pay-per-view, in today’s Sunday Sermon we look at the announcement that a triple match pitching Raw women’s champion Ronda Rousey against Smackdown women’s champion Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch will close the show.

Craig: In reality, it really isn’t a surprise in the slightest that the WWE have opted for this bout to close the biggest show of the year. Not only from the symbolism standpoint, although that’s got to be high up in the mix as to how this decision was reached, but also in the build-up.

I certainly struggle to recall a programme featuring female performers getting as much attention as this. And it’s been deserved. Rousey is a huge name and an icon, Charlotte is a top class, second generation performer and, in Becky Lynch, the WWE has one of the hottest acts they’ve had in a long time.

Ultimately, a lot of really good things have come together here to create what will be a hot, hot main event at WrestleMania 35. Right?

Brian: Absolutely right! Becky Lynch is red hot and has been so ever since she turned “heel” at Summerslam. Ronda Rousey has really come into her own the last few weeks and has improved dramatically both in the ring and on the mic. Add Charlotte Flair who happens to be perhaps the most gifted female wrestler’s in the world today.

Granted, I think the angle with Becky and Ronda has been a bit overbooked. It still to me resonates as a big-time match that is very deserving of the position it is in at WrestleMania.

This main event for the ladies doesn’t feel forced down our throats because they are women. It feels right because all three have worked extremely hard and truly earned this spot.

Jamie: Jamie: This was an absolute stick-on as far back as at Survivor Series, albeit at that point we were thinking it would be a singles match. In that regard, it had to be the main event. Rollins is facing Lesnar by virtue of his Royal Rumble victory, which is the main driving force behind that match. Kofi vs. Bryan (I assume this gets rubber-stamped this coming week) has come together organically over the last month and a half. The deep seeded issue that has been festering for months is between Becky and Ronda, so it’s a no-brainer to make that the main event. Even with the addition of Charlotte, which has taken the sheen off this match in my opinion, it still stands out as the clear main event match. This is not a knock on Charlotte by the way. Like most wrestling fans, I have been conditioned to view singles matches as the ultimate. Multi-person matches, to me, exist to protect performers. WWE wants to book Wrestler A vs Wrestler B, but don’t want either of them to lose. Thus, Wrestler C (and sometimes D and E) gets inserted to do the job. That may very well not be the case in this match, but it’s my perception that triple threat and fatal four way matches are less than singles bouts.

Benjamin: By the time the bell rings at WrestleMania we are going to forget about all the strange turns it took to get there. But wow what a mess. Basically, the entire women’s division has taken a step back because of this main event.

Asuka was basically a part-timer since she made Becky tap out at the Royal Rumble. It would’ve been so easy to have Charlotte vs Asuka II and Ronda vs. Becky at WM but now it’s going to be a three-way. Just hope it doesn’t become a convoluted “winner gets to choose title” bs where Becky beats Charlotte, but Ronda keeps her Raw title. Yeah, that would be a lame way to end WrestleMania.

Jamie: What are the chances that they unify the women’s titles? I mean WWE only have one set of tag champs, so Sasha and Bayley will have to be dual brand wrestlers. Just a thought because I still don’t feel WWE quite have the depth for two quality women’s divisions. They have a cracking women’s roster, but it has been carved in two. Also, you’ve got Becky showing up on both shows anyway. Is this maybe the road WWE is going down by adding the Smackdown title?

Jamie: What are the chances that they unify the women’s titles? I mean WWE only have one set of tag champs, so Sasha and Bayley will have to be dual brand wrestlers. Just a thought because I still don’t feel WWE quite have the depth for two quality women’s divisions. They have a cracking women’s roster, but it has been carved in two. Also, you’ve got Becky showing up on both shows anyway. Is this maybe the road WWE is going down by adding the Smackdown title?


You can read all previous Sunday Sermons here.


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