With automatic championship rematches gone, SmackDown needed a way to figure out who should challenge Women’s champ Asuka at Royal Rumble on Jan. 27. They opted to go with a Triple Threat between the wrestlers the Empress of Tomorrow defeated in a TLC match last month to win the title and the one she couldn’t take the belt from all summer long.
The Triple Threat we’ll see on Tues., Jan. 8 between Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch & Carmella was set-up with a backstage segment on the New Year’s Day edition of the blue brand, and announced over the weekend. It’s being built to, of course, on social media.
It started with this Sunday declaration from The Man:
I’m not blond, I’m not legacy, I didn’t parachute in from another sport. I am Becky Lynch, and the only insurance policy I have in this industry is to be so undeniably the best, they can’t ever sink me again. pic.twitter.com/iQyYA1BvUU— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) January 7, 2019
Mella and Charlotte followed that template with their own versions:
Silver spoon? Yup. Legacy? You’re damn right.— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) January 7, 2019
I had a head start. I’ve also ran with the weight of this legacy on my back.
Figure out how to make yourselves better, as opposed to talking about how I got here. I’m not slowing down.
•not blonde— MELLA I$ MONEY (@CarmellaWWE) January 7, 2019
•didn’t come from a legacy
•was the LAST overall draft pick
•not one of the 4 horsewomen
•no famous parents
•didn’t parachute from another sport
I’ve been overlooked and underestimated since day one. But I’m out here doing the damn thing! PERIODDDTTTT! pic.twitter.com/1FKzkq1n4i
Perhaps because it’s too easy (she was blonde for most of her WWE career, her dad was a WWF undercard wrestler and maybe cheerleading/dancing isn’t “another sport”, but wrestling wasn’t her first career choice), Carmella has yet to earn a retort from Lynch.
Her old nemesister Flair, though?
My god, she’s moved on to stealing other people’s bodies now. pic.twitter.com/UQ6eLT2Yjp— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) January 7, 2019
See you tomorrow night!