Opinion: Adding Charlotte Flair to the RAW Women's Championship Match at WrestleMania was a smart idea
Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the author and not Sportskeeda's
In the closing segment of last night's RAW, Vince McMahon came out to suspend Becky Lynch again, even after she apologized to Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, thus removing her from the RAW Women's Championship Match at WrestleMania. He also announced that Charlotte Flair would be taking her place in the match. It is clear that Lynch will be reinstated to the match down the line, but adding Charlotte to the match at WrestleMania is a smart idea.
First off, Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch, even though Lynch's new attitude has been watered down a bit lately, are both babyfaces. Meanwhile, Charlotte being added to the match, especially by Vince McMahon himself, adds a true heel to the match which was missing. Although the vast majority of the fans are behind The Man and want her to win, a case can be made that some fans wouldn't mind Ronda winning either. On the other hand, not many would want Charlotte to win, especially since she has been in the title scene so many times and is already a seven-time champion. You can't deny that Charlotte is an amazing heel. Just looking at her social media posts and comments prove that heel Charlotte just adds fire to an already hot storyline.
Charlotte also adds name value to the match. Many fans outside of WWE know who Ronda Rousey is from her UFC days. They most likely also know who Ric Flair is, and by association, know he has a daughter named Charlotte who wrestles. Let's be honest here, outside of WWE fans do you think any casual fans who seldom watch wrestling, or just WrestleMania, know who Becky Lynch is? I doubt it. That is no slight to Becky, who is amazing and is the hottest act in WWE at the moment, but it's most likely true. By adding Charlotte to the match, it adds more name value and will draw more attention to what will likely be the main event of WrestleMania, and the first ever Women's WrestleMania main event.
Lastly, Charlotte and Rousey still have unfinished business of their own. They have been in the same building, but not in the same ring since Survivor Series, when Charlotte destroyed Ronda with a kendo stick. Rousey got her revenge at TLC the next month by costing her and Becky the Smackdown Women's Championship in the Tables, Ladders, and Charis match. Becky, Charlotte, and Ronda have basically been intertwined since late last year so what better place to resolve this once and for all than on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
I know a lot of fans are upset because they wanted Becky vs Ronda to be a one on one match, and I understand that. However, fans are talking which WWE wants and it is also making fans root for Becky more as she has to overcome one more hurdle on her way to the top, much like Daniel Bryan in 2014 at WrestleMania 30. This is exactly what WWE wants and they are getting it, even if the way we get there isn't ideal.