As seen on the October 22nd 2021 edition of Friday Night Smackdown, former RAW women’s champion Charlotte Flair and former Smackdown women’s champion Becky Lynch swapped their titles. Charlotte is now the Smackdown women’s champion and Becky is now the RAW women’s champion.
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, Charlotte was involved in a backstage confrontation with Becky after Smackdown went off the air.
Charlotte had reportedly voiced concerns about the title swapping segment with Becky. Johnson noted that Charlotte “was voicing that she didn’t want to look weak nor did she want her title reign to look weak during the segment.”
Johnson explained that things didn’t go exactly as planned during the segment…
“There was a moment where Flair was to hand the belt to Becky but instead pulled it away and threw the belt on the mat, which was not the way that exchange was expected to go.
At that point, Sonya Deville demanded Flair retrieve the belt and hand it to her, which Flair did. Deville then asked for Becky’s title but instead Lynch threw her title belt at Flair, which was also not part of the plan.”
Alex McCarthy of TalkSport.com also had a story of what happened…
“Sources tell talkSPORT that Flair was meant to be trying to play ‘cat and mouse’ with the title and Lynch was meant to get her hand on it before she pulled it back. The timing error between the pair led to the title dropping to the floor, but whatever the reason, obviously the title wasn’t meant [to] go to ground.”
Backstage, Johnson wrote that Becky and Charlotte apparently had a heated (but not physical) confrontation…
“We are told at that point, there was a confrontation between Lynch and Flair over Flair allegedly disrespecting Lynch by ‘trying to make her look bad’, as one source stated, during the segment and there were loud words between the two.”
According to McCarthy, the belief was that nobody involved was happy about the title swapping segment which was said to have been debated throughout the day.
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com confirmed the report…
“I’m working on getting more, but PWInsider’s report is in line with what I’d heard late Friday. There were disagreements with how the segment was going to go, they hadn’t planned on the belt being thrown down, and there were some words exchanged backstage.
Fightful learned a giant portion of the roster, including officials, producers, refs had already left the venue and also heard second hand what happened. After a busy travel week, many were trying to head out early. Within an hour, word made its way around to people who were gone.”
Charlotte’s fiancé Andrade sent out the following tweet on Friday night…
Fu… WWE !!!!!
— “EL IDOLO” ANDRADE (@AndradeElIdolo) October 23, 2021