While Ronda Rousey’s controversial worked shoot angle played out online, the more traditional part of the Raw Women’s championship story took centerstage at WWE’s Mar. 10 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Cleveland.
If an “injured” Becky Lynch could beat her old rival Charlotte Flair, she’d join the WrestleMania 35 title match, making it a Triple Threat. If The Man, who signed a “hold harmless” agreement just to get this opportunity, lost? Her ‘Mania dream would be over, and the match in MetLife Stadium would remain Flair vs. Rousey.
Charlotte was literally licking her lips at the bell, excited at the prospect of inflicting pain on someone who’s been a thorn in her side since last year’s SummerSlam. And that was the story of the match in the early going - Lynch fought back, but often while struggling to stand as Flair targeted her wounded knee.
It was the temptation to hit her signature moonsault that almost cost the Queen. Becky shoved her off the top into the barricade, and even when Flair beat the count, she got caught in an armbar.
That was turned into a Figure Four, but then Rousey got involved. There was no mention of whether this was the champ sticking to the script or “going rogue” as she says she did last Monday on Raw. But Ronnie definitely wanted to make sure she could get her hands on Lynch at ‘Mania, so she ran in to punch Becky while in Charlotte’s submission.
That gave The Man the disqualification win, and we have our Triple Threat.
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