Reason Why WWE’s PPV Deal With ESPN Fell Through, Becky Lynch vs Shayna Baszler Was Booked A Year Ago

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Last month, ESPN was reported as the frontrunner to buy WWE’s pay-per-view rights despite Amazon being the favorite to clinch the deal. ESPN’s $1.5 billion 5-year deal to stream UFC on ESPN+ had seemingly influenced Vince McMahon‘s judgment and it could be his greed that caused the promising deal to fall through.

On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed WWE’s deal with ESPN to air WrestleMania – both parties have failed to reach an agreement due to McMahon demanding an outrageous figure that’s far greater than ESPN’s deal with UFC.

“I’ve heard that they’re far apart on money. Vince wants a figure and I don’t know if it’s accurate — they are in negotiations — but, the figure I heard, and again, I don’t know if it’s accurate and I’m not giving the number, but it was way higher than the UFC number and I thought, ‘Well, there’s no way that they’re paying that,’ and maybe it’s like a first number or Vince actually believes that his pay-per-views are worth more than UFC’s and again, is ESPN gonna jump into a big financial thing?”

The coronavirus situation forced WWE to change their plans on the Road To WrestleMania but despite the pandemic, the billion-dollar promotion has managed to put together a decent card for April 4th and 5th. However, there’s one match that was already a lock long before the ‘Mania season began and the coronavirus took the world by storm.

Meltzer revealed that Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler for the RAW Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 36 was already decided “a year ago”.

“The only match that wasn’t changed, because they did have Roman Reigns and Bray – which they changed, but the only other match, because of Brock Lesnar and Drew that was still in January, that was still being decided between Drew McIntyre and Aleister Black, and the Royal Rumble was going to go to Roman Reigns, and Drew was going to win the Chamber that never happened, and but, the only one was Shayna Baszler and Becky Lynch. That was actually decided a year ago probably, but certainly months ago. But everything is just makeshift. You know Bill Goldberg and Roman Reigns have had one confrontation and one quick thing and it’s not like overdone and if anything, all these matches are coming way too soon.”