Ronda Rousey‘s WrestleMania opponent was changed last night on RAW when Vince McMahon suspended Becky Lynch for 60 days and then added Charlotte Flair to the match instead.
Many believe that this was WWE’s way of gaining some heat on Charlotte Flair because she is seen as the company’s chosen one rather than Becky Lynch, but according to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, this isn’t the case.
The growing social media sentiment is that Flair is a ‘company person’ in the storylines and primed to be the corporate champion like what they did with The Rock back in 1998. Perhaps WWE will take the Stone Cold (Lynch) and The Rock (Flair) route but Meltzer says otherwise.
“The interesting thing here is that a lot of people think that Vince is doing this because he’s playing off the internet feeling that Charlotte is the company person and all that, so to get heat with people in that way, but in fact, that’s not the case.”
“It’s just the story that was written before any of that stuff happened, so it wasn’t even that they were expecting it, it just worked out in their favor. This thing has basically been laid out a long time back,” he said via PWMania.com.
The backlash from the WWE Universe ever since the announcement was made has been very negative and it appears that even Rousey herself feels short changed by the fact that her opponent has been changed. The RAW Women’s Champion posted the following Instagram update to state that she isn’t a fan of the way things panned out last night.
Lynch’s suspension was lifted until she decided against apologizing for her recent actions, but this was the thing that seemingly annoyed Vince McMahon enough for him to change the match all together.
It is unknown as to whether or not Becky Lynch will find a way back into the Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania since Elimination Chamber is this weekend and Lynch could still find a way back into the match before April if there is a swerve in the storyline.