Saturday, March 30, 2019

WWE WrestleMania's main event should be a, "Fatal Four Way" match

With WrestleMania being WWE's biggest show of the year, it's commonplace for the main singles titles for the RAW and SmackDown Live brands to be defended at the event. And that includes the SmackDown Live Women's Championship. Up until this week, Asuka was expected to defend the Championship against the winner of a, "Fatal Four Way" match between Carmella, Mandy Rose, Naomi, and Sonya Deville. Being that Asuka was Champion, she already had earned the reward of being in a title match on this year's WrestleMania card, and since the other four women were booked in such a match to decide her opponent, they all obviously have earned that opportunity as well.

But in the the fast-paced world of pro-wrestling, plans often change. And this situation was no different, as after an originally unplanned title match between Asuka and Charlotte Flair on this week's "SmackDown Live", Flair became the new SmackDown Live Women's Champion. As a result of this change, Asuka, Carmella, Mandy Rose, Naomi, and Sonya Deville are now out of the WrestleMania title picture that they worked hard towards all year. And along with that, since Flair was already scheduled to take part in WrestleMania's main event, "Triple Threat" match with Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey for the RAW Women's Championship, it is very likely that the SmackDownLive Women's Championship itself will also be put on the line in this historical match where a women's match will be the main event for WrestleMania for the first time ever. And it very well should be put on the line, otherwise it will appear to be less valuable than the RAW Women's Championship.

There is a problems with this though. If Charlotte Flair defends the SmackDown Live Women's Championship in the main event, she will be defending it against a woman who was not on the SmackDown Live brand all year (Ronda Rousey) as she has been busy defending the RAW Women's Championship, and a woman who although she earned a shot at the RAW Women's Championship at the Royal Rumble (Becky Lynch), she did not earn a shot at the SmackDown Live Women's Championship. Remember, Lynch had a shot at the Championship in January against Asuka, and was defeated. Meanwhile, it is routine for the former Champion (in this case, Asuka) to receive a rematch. Also, according to the originally planned, "Fatal Four Way" match that was scheduled to take place this week, Carmella, Mandy Rose, Naomi, and Sonya Deville, all four women had equal claim as number one contender for the SmackDown Live Women's Championship.

So how can this situation be resolved in a manner that would be both fair and beneficial? An easy way would be by utilizing the Women’s Battle Royal that will be taking place at WrestleMania, featuring the female Superstars of the SmackDown Live brand, as well as the RAW and NXT brands. I suggest that the winner of this match be added to the main event, making the match a, "Fatal Four Way". Not only would this give Carmella, Mandy Rose, Naomi, and Sonya Deville the number one contender's match that they were scheduled to have but never received, but if Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch are going to wrestle for the SmackDown Live Women's Championship without truly having had earned a shot at it, then the other Superstars from the SmackDown Live and RAW (as well NXT) brands should be given a chance to gain that opportunity as well. Also, adding this stipulation would make the Women's Battle Royal more than, "just a Battle Royal".

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