Becky Lynch’s injuries from Monday night could turn into a blessing in disguise for “The Man.”
According to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE plans on having Lynch and Ronda Rousey face off at WrestleMania 35. Not only that, but the highly-anticipated encounter is currently slated to be the main event.
Lynch and Rousey were set to square off this Sunday at Survivor Series in a non-title Champion vs. Champion Match, but WWE was forced to cancel the bout after Lynch sustained a broken nose and a concussion due to a stiff punch from Nia Jax during the show-ending brawl on Raw.
After learning of Lynch’s injuries, both Rousey and Vince McMahon decided that the best course of action was to do the match at WrestleMania.
“Unfortunately now everyone knows if someone hauls off and punches you for real, your face implodes. I suggest you keep practicing your tough guys faces in the mirror, should be very effective physical therapy,” Rousey wrote.
Lynch replied on Twitter by referencing Rousey taking a year-plus sabbatical after getting knocked out by Holly Holm at UFC 193 (which took place exactly three years ago today).
Ronnie, TL/DR. When I got my face broke I got up, owned you THEN showed up the next day looking to fight some more. When you got your face broke you hid for a year under your blankie. Your mind is as weak as your jaw, & I’m going to move heaven & earth to come destroy them both. https://t.co/8oDubzNYr4
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) November 14, 2018
During SmackDown LIVE, Lynch chose Charlotte Flair to replace her in the Raw vs. SmackDown LIVE match against Rousey on Sunday. This match had been rumored for WrestleMania 35, and Meltzer noted that while the match was not set in stone, they were not supposed to get near each other during Monday’s brawl.
Rousey said a few weeks ago that it’s time for women to headline WrestleMania.
“I would love to be one of the first women to headline WrestleMania,” Rousey said on The PWI Podcast.
“I think it’s time. But it’s not up to me. Even if it’s just somebody [else], I just think it’s time for any women to be headlining WrestleMania. I don’t own a multimillion dollar company and I don’t make these decisions. And so, maybe my opinion about when it’s time is different somehow. There may be a lot of things I’m not seeing or factors I’m not taking in, but yeah, I think I would love to be one of the first women to headline WrestleMania. But that’s something that is completely out of my control and so I’m not going to invest any of my happiness in whether that happens or not. If it does happen, I’ll be like, ‘Hell yes, this is amazing! Let’s go women! Woohoo!’ But I’m not going to be, like, crying at home for weeks because I didn’t get to headline WrestleMania.”
Rousey added, “If any women get to headline WrestleMania, I will be just as happy for them as I would be for myself because I just think it needs to happen.”