In pro wrestling, you just never really know.
On Tuesday night, SmackDown women’s champion Becky Lynch made appearances in the opening and closing segments of the show. From the eye test and the fact she was booked into a title match with Charlotte Flair and Asuka, most would assume The Man is cleared to return to in-ring competition.
It was just two short weeks ago when Lynch suffered a concussion off a Nia Jax punch gone wrong. Following her injury Lynch was pulled from her Survivor Series match with Ronda Rousey and has yet to get physical on-screen.
From the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required and encouraged) Dave Meltzer explains why Lynch was cleared from her injury and why WWE made her first match back a triple threat.
“The three-way women’s title match will be the first women’s TLC match. While some would question putting Lynch in such a match coming off a significant concussion that has kept her out of action for several weeks, in WWE, the rule of thumb is that if you are cleared, you are cleared. The three-way makes sense because it gives them ways out of the finish without having to compromise Lynch or Flair, and without any of the three having to do a job, given that Flair likely first, and later Lynch, are slated for high profile matches early next year with Ronda Rousey.”
The TLC pay-per-view (PPV) takes place on Sun., Dec. 16, 2018, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
Coming off a head injury, do you think the WWE made the right call in having Lynch defend her title versus both Flair and Asuka? Does this news feed into speculation that The Man may drop the title at TLC?