Last Minute Change Made To SmackDown Women’s Championship Match At SummerSlam

Charlotte Flair won her record-tying seventh Women’s Championship at SummerSlam, defeating Carmella and Becky Lynch in a Triple Threat Match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Charlotte’s victory was overshadowed by the “Irish Lass Kicking” that followed it, however.

After coming up short yet again, Lynch was visibly upset. Then, after sharing a hug with Charlotte in the center of the ring, she snapped. Lynch slapped her supposed friend right across the face and continued to unleash her frightening rage. Becky came close to seriously injuring Charlotte by recklessly tossing her over the announcer’s table, then walked away, leaving carnage behind her.

The match result and ensuing attack angle were not planned heading into SummerSlam weekend. At least a few hours before showtime, WWE officials planned for Lynch to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship from Carmella. A last minute change was made for Flair to win instead because WWE’s creative team decided to have Lynch continue chasing the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

In this backstage interview with Cathy Kelley, Charlotte processes Lynch’s unexpected attack by recalling some sobering advice from her father, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.

Lynch, meanwhile, refused to comment on her shocking assault of Flair as she looked for an exit from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

As for Carmella, she tweeted the following on losing the SmackDown Women’s Championship.