When Charlotte Flair won the Smackdown Women’s Championship from Asuka on the most recent episode of SmackDown Live, it added another layer of complexity to the every-evolving Main Event of WrestleMania.
A storyline that’s featured three of the WWE’s biggest stars in Flair, Becky Lynch
Despite this, this angle should promise to lead to one of the matches of the night and potentially the year. Still, Flair’s inclusion in the match has seemed forced and questionable at best.
On paper, the match appeared to have everything it needed with Lynch and Rousey as the main attraction.
Lynch has the fan appeal as arguably the most “over” wrestler and baby face on the planet while Ronda is set to bring the Women’s Championship and the mainstream hype to the
This all came to a head on Smackdown Live when Becky Lynch basically asked the question that everybody had on their mind; what does Charlotte bring to the match?
While there was no build up or explanation to Flair’s match against Asuka that subsequently led to her winning the Smackdown Women’s title, it led to an angle that could potentially make for the most exciting finish the WWE has seen in years.
Lynch has the entire WWE Universe and wrestling world behind her heading into WrestleMania and is the favorite to leave the Showcase of the Immortals as the Raw Women’s Champion. Adding the Smackdown Women’s Title to the match could make that finish exponentially better and lead to Lynch becoming the first ever WWE Undisputed Women’s Champion.
Akin to what the WWE did years ago when Chris Jericho beat Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Rock on the same night to become the first ever Undisputed Heavyweight Champion in the WWE, Lynch could be the flag-bearer for the company, appearing on both brands and defending both titles each and every month (though, to be clear, this wouldn’t be a unification).
Naturally, Ronda and Charlotte could also both legitimately find themselves winning the match and earning that Undisputed claim instead of Becky, but there’s no doubt that the crowd would be behind Lynch more than either of her opponents.
There’s also the distinct possibility that the WWE could opt to not even include the SmackDown title in the match, effectively using it as a tool to give Charlotte some “legitimacy” heading into the Main Event of WrestleMania. That would be a catastrophic misstep by the company, however, as they can push Lynch to the moon with this win similarly to the way they pushed Daniel Bryan after he won the Main Event of WrestleMania 30.
The WWE has a megastar in Lynch and if they truly want to capitalize on this, they need to push her to the moon while the time is still right. This storyline has been jumbled from the get-go but all of that can be forgiven if Lynch wins both titles and hoists them high above her head in the last scene of the night with fireworks filling the sky.