This week's episode of Monday Night Raw featured one of the most unexpected endings in recent memory, when WWE chairman Vince McMahon announced that Charlotte Flair would replace Becky Lynch as Ronda Rousey's WrestleMania 35 opponent.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon told Lynch she would get her shot against the Raw Women's Champion at WrestleMania if she apologized for attacking the both of them last week. Lynch did apologize and was thus granted her match against Rousey, but the celebration didn't last long.
At the last minute, Vince came out and told Lynch she was being pulled from the bout, and was thus replaced by Charlotte. And with that, this year's Royal Rumble winner has lost her spot in the big match -- for now.
After the surprise announcement, The Queen took to Twitter and had this epic response:
It had been rumored for a while that Charlotte would also be added to the Rousey-Lynch Raw Women's Championship match at some point. For now, The Irish Lass Kicker has been pulled from the card, but we can absolutely expect her to be reinserted at some point. Perhaps Triple H and/or Stephanie will overrule Vince's decision and make it a triple threat match after all.
Charlotte has already endured some major success at WrestleMania, having defender her title against Lynch and Sasha Banks on the Grandest Stage of Them All three years ago. And at WrestleMania 34, she defeated Asuka to retain her SmackDown Women's Championship - ending the latter's undefeated streak.
WWE has spent a while building up a Lynch vs. Rousey match, but for now, it's going to be The Queen vs. The Baddest Woman on the Planet. We'll see what happens for Lynch between now and WrestleMania, and how WWE will insert her back into that match.
What This Means
It was certainly an interesting way to close out Raw, but Vince's decision obviously isn't going to hold up. There's no reason to believe Lynch won't wind up competing for Rousey's title. Now, we anxiously await what Lynch's response will be next week, but we're sure "The Man" won't be so kind to the McMahon this time around.