Last night we were all witnesses to what was potentially one of the best WrestleMania’s ever, certainly of recent memory.
Seth Rollins started off the night by slaying “The Beast” Brock Lesnar, The IIconics shocked us all winning the Women’s Tag titles, and Kofi Kingston stole our hearts with an emotional win over Daniel Bryan. We also got to see the blow off to a story brewing since SummerSlam last year: Becky Lynch won both Raw and SmackDown Women’s titles in the first-ever women’s main event of WrestleMania in a winner take all triple threat match.
Most enjoyed the match we were given, but everyone, and I mean everyone is talking about how it ended.
The finish we all saw had Ronda Rousey rolling Lynch through to try and hit the Piper’s Pit. Lynch managed to counter that midair to put the Raw Women’s Champion in a crucifix pin. The ref started counting when Rousey’s right shoulder was not down on the mat. He was laying on the other side of Rousey so in all fairness, he might not have seen. After 1, they both almost re-positioned themselves where Rousey manages to get both shoulders up on the mat, something that referee, Rod Zapata, failed to notice. He counted through and to the shock of almost everyone in that stadium, Becky Lynch won the match.
Some of the many dirt sheets have come out and said what they believe, based off of their sources, the finish should have been. Pro Wrestling Torch’s Tom Colohue very quickly came out and said that the original plan was always that Becky Lynch would make Charlotte Flair tap out with the disarm-her. He was quoted saying, “I’ve been told by different people, in different positions within WWE, that that was the plan. It sure looks like they’ve just botched the main event of WrestleMania. Accidents happen. The ref continued a count after a kick out. He hasn’t delayed between the two and three like they’re supposed to and Becky hadn’t let go in time for Ronda to kick out.”
Bryan Alvarez tweeted this, this morning.
The only botch in the main event finish was Ronda's shoulder was supposed to be down. #WrestleMania
— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) April 8, 2019
This suggests that was always the planned finish, it was maybe just executed poorly by Lynch and Rousey.
Others have also come out to say that they believe that was the planned finish, and Vince McMahon wanted to leave the door open to Rousey. Having her pinned in a controversial manner, she can come back to Raw at any time to claim she wants a rematch against Lynch, while using a photo of her shoulders up mid pin.
The sad part of all of this is that I really don’t think we’ll find out the actual planned finish to the main event for a long, long time, if ever. With the conflicting dirt sheet reports, it seems only a close circle of officials in WWE knew what the real finish was. If this is the case, I don’t ever see one of them publicly stating what was supposed to happen.
Everything before the finish in that match was performed well, so I won’t listen to the fans saying, “the women choked when it mattered most”, because they did not. They put on one hell of a show for us to end the night. This was Becky Lynch’s crowning glory, and she really did deserve those titles after the last year she has had.