An Unpopular Opinion But... #7 Submitted by Tom O'Hare on 11/17/2018 at 02:30 PM
Becky Lynch missing Survivor Series is a blessing in disguise.
In this week’s column where by your’s truly gives an opinion that ultimately may be unpopular among those reading (hence the header), I’m going to look at why Becky Lynch’s injury & subsequent withdrawal from tomorrow night’s pay-per-view may be the best thing that could’ve happened to her & her fans alike.
It was during the final segment of Monday night’s Raw where the Smackdown woman’s champion was injured at the hands (or rather hand) of fellow female combatant Nia Jax. The incident has been a hotly debated topic online as to the nature of the injury & the apparent carelessness of Jax. This writer is not going to go down that route & discuss this matter however, rather I will let people make their own opinion & judgment of the situation.
What I will write about is the fall out from said injury & what implications that has on both Survivor Series and, potentially, Wrestlemania 35. Many were eagerly anticipating the show down between Ronda Rousey-Becky Lynch (including myself) & thus were left bitterly disappointed when it was revealed on Tuesday’s Smackdown that the match would be cancelled & a replacement for Becky would be announced later in the show.
The replacement; None other than Charlotte Flair.
The rumours of a Ronda-Charlotte match had been rife seemingly ever since Rousey’s debut in the WWE at the Royal Rumble earlier this year. There had been whispers that it would take place at next year’s showcase event (being Wrestlemania of course) & that WWE were even considering placing it last on the card - In turn making it the first all-female bout to headline a Wrestlemania since its inception in 1985.
Those plans may seemingly have gone awry with the announcement that the Rousey-Flair match would instead take place at this year’s 32nd annual Survivor Series. As exciting as this will surely be, many of us were left with a tinge of disappointment due to the obvious absence of Becky Lynch. This though is where I believe that Becky’s injury may actually help her cause & (if it’s even possible) make her a bigger star & presence on television than she already is & has been for the last 3 months.
The sudden change in circumstances has forced WWE’s hand & allows a slower, steadier build for any potential future Rousey-Lynch match. The fact Ronda is facing Charlotte at tomorrow night’s event will surely decrease the chance of it happening at Wrestlemania, given that it is something fans will have already seen once before thus taking the gloss & anticpation away from this “first time spectacle”. Becky, however, can use this injury to further elevate her stock in the industry & create the idea that she truly can be the one to dethrone Ronda Rousey as WWE’s “alpha female”.
Ronda Rousey is to Raw is what Becky Lynch is to Smackdown; Seemingly peerless & head & shoulders above every other female on their respective brand. If WWE play their cards right they could have a huge main event on their hands come April the 7th inside MetLife Stadium. If people were excited for this match with 4 weeks of build, just imagine how much they’ll be anticipating it with 4 months worth of build. It may not be the Wrestlemania main event WWE had in mind but by pure chance they have stumbled across it & have a real opportunity to satisfy fans all over the world who are firmly behind Becky Lynch & her path to stardom.
If WWE wanted it so, they could even give it the branding of “Champion vs. Champion” should they decide to have Lynch hold the Smackdown woman’s championship until then. If they choose to go in another direction however, they could decide to have Becky drop the title between now & January’s Royal Rumble before entering the pay-per-view’s namesake match, winning the entire contest & choosing to face Ronda at Wrestlemania.
There are many different paths the WWE could go down & to this author they should all be with the intention of arriving at one particular destination:
Raw vs. Smackdown
Rowdy vs. Straight Fire
The Woman vs. The Man
Rousey vs. Lynch
My name is Tom O’Hare & this has been my unpopular opinion. Thank you for reading.
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