Charlotte Flair Admits She’ll Be Disappointed Not To Main Event WrestleMania 39
The subject of the night one WrestleMania 39 main event has been hotly debated in recent weeks but Charlotte Flair has questioned why the women’s Royal Rumble winner isn’t guaranteed a main event slot when the men’s winner just about always is.
Charlotte Flair will defend the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 39 against women’s Royal Rumble winner Rhea Ripley but that match is not guaranteed a main event slot.
The story of Sami Zayn and The Bloodline has been the talk of WWE for the last six months and many fans want to see him finish his story in the main event slot as he and Kevin Owens challenge The Usos for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship.
However, there has been no question about which match will headline night two of the event as men’s Royal Rumble winner Cody Rhodes challenges Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Title.
Now, speaking on the Out of Character podcast, Charlotte Flair has questioned why the women’s Royal Rumble winner wouldn’t be guaranteed a main event slot although she understands the arguments being made for Zayn, Owens, and The Usos:
“How do I word this politically correct? [laughs]. I understand that the best story should close the show. I understand that, but does the men’s title and whoever wins the men’s Royal Rumble, are they always guaranteed a main event spot? Are they always? 99.9 (percent). The women, last year, last minute, didn’t happen. This year, toss up because of story?
“You could argue, whoever closes, say it is the tag match, I’m a huge fan. I’ve known Sami and Kevin since I started. I could not be bigger fans, but fighting for Rhea and Charlotte, I just go, ‘that story has been a year in the making, this story has been three years. Three years in the making.’ I get it. I get top story. I look at it from a fact standpoint instead of who deserves because no one deserves anything. I
“do not deserve the main event, I’m not saying that. I’m just saying, if you look at it from a factual standpoint; whoever wins the men’s Royal Rumble, they are always, 99.99999 (percent), the main event. If we have two nights, how does that work? If we don’t close, am I going to be disappointed, sure, but is it going to take away from the match and the moment and how we feel?
“No. I just go, how do we as women know, why is theirs guaranteed and ours isn’t? That’s my question. Say the Usos, Sami, and Kevin close. So proud. Especially Sami. Seeing this run and turning it into what he has. I’m just talking from the standpoint from the women. If they’re guaranteed, why is the women’s Royal Rumble not? That’s the fact. It’s a question due to facts. Either way, whoever is where on the card, it’s WrestleMania. Good weekend, good vibes. Rhea and I will steal the show.”
Since the Royal Rumble winner was guaranteed a WrestleMania title shot beginning in 1993, 19 out of the 31 men’s Royal Rumble winners have gone on to headline WrestleMania. While only two out of five women’s Royal Rumble winners have done the same, whether Rhea Ripley makes that three out of six at WrestleMania 39 remains to be seen.