WWE WrestleMania 36 is upon us. You know what that means, wrestling fans?
It’s time for your favorite wrestlers – young and too old alike – to walk
the full length of a football field to the ring for a match on the biggest stage of them all at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida The WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. In a move that’s been coming for a long time, WrestleMania 36 is going to be divided up over two nights, Saturday, Apr. 4 and Sunday, Apr. 5.
Wrestling fans, we live in a post-WrestleMania 35 world. After 35 years, three of the most talented athletes in professional wrestling – Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey – were given the opportunity to main event the Super Bowl of wrestling.
In a stunning display of physicality, Becky Lynch was able to defeat both Rousey and Charlotte, capturing the WWE RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championships. Becky Lynch cemented her position as not just one of the most talented wrestlers in the WWE landscape, but as a standout, charismatic superstar. One of the most popular acts of the modern day.
Meanwhile, in the ranks of WWE NXT, Shayna Baszler has been dominating the women unfortunate enough to call themselves her competitors, becoming the first two time WWE NXT Women’s Champion in history – a history that includes such wrestlers as Asuka, Bayley, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Paige and more.
In a post-WrestleMania 35 world, can we really justify not letting a women’s match main event one of two nights that this colossal event will take place on? Absolutely not.
Representation matters, folks, and the women of WWE have come too far for this to not be a main event. This is a return match for Becky, not fighting, scraping to prove her worth, but Becky rather represents a final boss, to use some video game terminology.
Becky may not have the UFC lineage that Baszler has, but she can trade blows and submission holds with best of them, and come out on top.
Baszler is a challenger, gloves on and eyes locked on the former Becky Two-Belts. Like Rousey and Lesnar before her, Shayna’s style is rooted in MMA coming from UFC. Baszler hasn’t just dominated the other up-and-comers in WWE NXT, but the very best that the WWE Women’s Division has to offer.
She secured her contendership by surviving against veterans Natalya, Ruby Riott, one of the other most dominant wrestlers in the world, Asuka, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan at WWE Elimination Chamber. What better way for Shayna to secure her spot amongst the greats than by competing in a main event at WrestleMania?
Regardless of the winner, this match has all the potential to be an instant classic. This match is so much more than just a singles match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship, this is a battle between two of the most prevailing wrestling talents in the WWE facing off for one of the top prizes in the company.
Let’s give these matches the providence and attention they so sorely deserve.
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