Sasha Banks is scheduled to defend the SmackDown women’s championship against Bianca Belair on night one (Apr. 10) of WrestleMania 37.
Banks and Belair have both made it known that they want to be in the main event match on that night, and plenty of fans support that concept as well. The main obstacle in their way is the WWE championship match pitting Bobby Lashley against Drew McIntyre. Lashley has been booked as an unstoppable badass for roughly nine months, which has helped his championship match feel like a big deal. Drew McIntyre is hoping to get the big championship winning moment in front of an actual audience this year, and there’s no bigger moment than closing out the night as the new champion.
The other factor working against Banks and Belair is that their storyline revolves around a wine sommelier named Reginald. Banks and Belair have also accrued multiple pay-per-view losses during the build up to their championship match at WrestleMania. Nothing written in this paragraph describes a feud that seems destined for a WrestleMania main event spot. The primary reason why Banks and Belair are still in this conversation is because WrestleMania 37 is a two night event, which means only half of the roster is in their way for a main event match.
But there’s one obvious way to turn their chances around, and that’s by adding Charlotte Flair to their match.
There will be a lot of groans at the suggestion that Flair could be added to their match. We’ve already been there and done that with Flair two years ago when WWE awkwardly inserted her into what should have been a singles match between Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 35; it turned the entire storyline into a convoluted mess. But let’s face it, this current wine sommelier story between Sasha and Bianca isn’t much better than Edge and Booker T fighting over a Japanese shampoo commercial at WrestleMania 18. The story can actually be improved by removing Reginald and adding Flair. Unless, of course, WWE does something crazy like having Flair immediately win the SmackDown women’s championship before the event takes place.
The reason why I’m linking Flair to Belair and Banks is because of the rumors surrounding Flair’s status for WrestleMania 37. She’s been dealing with COVID, and there are mixed signals about what that means for her availability at WrestleMania.
Flair’s health is the priority here, and a full recovery from COVID takes precedence over any hypothetical WrestleMania booking scenarios. But in the case where she does return very soon, it’s plausible that she could show up on SmackDown and immediately find herself booked for WrestleMania.
The only two SmackDown matches that make sense for The Queen would be a three way with Banks and Belair, or a singles match with Bayley. After all, Bayley is a top star who also has nothing obvious lined up for WrestleMania, and that just seems wrong.
But if Banks and Belair really do want to be in the main event of WrestleMania 37, the most likely way to get there is to add a previous WrestleMania headliner to their match, and that’s Charlotte Flair.
To be clear, I’m not advocating for WWE to do this. If Charlotte is available for WrestleMania, I’d book her against Bayley. I’m trying to think along with Vince McMahon, and given the way he has booked Sasha and Bianca so far, I think it is unlikely that they get the main event spot over McIntyre and Lashley without a major change to their story.
If Charlotte Flair ends up being cleared in time for WrestleMania 37, what do you think is the best way to book her for the event?