Triple Threat or no, WWE is reportedly going with the Raw Women’s championship as the main event of WrestleMania 35 in New Jersey on April 7. Ronda Rousey said so herself when she confronted Becky Lynch last night (Feb. 4) and blamed The Man’s “unprofessional” actions for “robbing the Women’s Evolution™ of our first main event at WrestleMania”.
So why, later in the same episode of Raw, was Michael Cole calling Seth Rollins vs. Universal champ Brock Lesnar the main event of ‘Mania?
Here’s Dave Meltzer on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio (subscription required and recommended):
“… they’re gonna call both of them main events. That doesn’t mean – I’m presuming the women’s match will be last, but – it’s Vince, so I also presume that decision won’t be made until the week of the show, because you know, that’s usually when they make those decisions. But it’s not, even though Becky said main event… that’s not a lock they’re going on last just yet.”
This isn’t the first time WWE has played this marketing game: the first NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn and Hell in a Cell 2014 come to mind as past instances of pay-per-view (PPV) shows with a “double main event”. The semantics probably won’t matter to most people as long as Ronda & Becky (and probably Charlotte) are the last match of the night/early morning in MetLife Stadium.
If they’re not? The words “main event” aren’t going to satisfy a lot of people, nor should they.
We’ve got plenty of time to worry and debate about it, though. If Meltzer’s right, a decision is still weeks away. We’ll see if the “new era” of listening to fans is more than just lip service.