Winner Takes All
Considering that winning the Royal Rumble is supposed to guarantee a title shot at WrestleMania, Becky Lynch’s road to the to MetLife against the RAW Women’s Champion, Ronda Rousey, has been about as bumpy as it gets. Nevertheless, after a turbulent few weeks that have included a suspension, and the addition of new SmackDown Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair, in the mix, Lynch found her way into a Triple Threat match with not one but two titles on the line at WrestleMania 35.
Charlotte Flair arrived to the ring via a helicopter and a red carpet, while Joan Jett and The Blackhearts performed Ronda Rousey’s theme song, “Bad Reputation,” live.
It’s a good thing that MetLife Stadium doesn’t have a roof, because it might have blown off during the ovation for Lynch. Her straightforward entrance only served to show how focused the fighting Irish woman really was. This focus was further evident when Lynch dropkicked Rousey to the spine, forcing the former UFC star to take a nasty thud on the floor.
Rousey came back and attempted to place an armbar on both of her opponents simultaneously. When this was reversed, The Baddest Woman on the Planet found herself on the wrong end of a powerbomb.
Lynch’s first attempt at her Dis-Arm-Her finisher on Ronda failed, as did a modified version on the top rope. Charlotte tried to capitalize by attacking both women, and punished Rousey with a Figure-Four Leg Lock using the ring post as an aid. This was seriously competitive stuff, testing the will of all three girls. At one point, “The Man” reached for a table, but Rousey took it out of play only for Charlotte to bring it back. Flair may have regretted that move when she was slammed into it herself. This took her out of the match, and so Rousey quickly jumped on Becky and looked certain to put her away with the Piper’s Pit. But everything was reversed, and Becky Lynch took home the spoils. And so ended one of the more emotional WrestleMania’s in the event’s rich 35-year history.