Charlotte Flair
Charlotte Flair (L) will replace Becky Lynch in WrestleMania 35's main event to face Ronda Rousey. In this picture, WWE wrestling stars Sasha Bank (R) and Charlotte Flair (L) fight during a WWE women's fight at the Olympic hall in Munich, southern Germany, Nov. 3, 2016. CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images

The World Wrestling Entertainment fans, more commonly known as the WWE Universe, were left in shock when CEO Vince McMahon suspended Becky Lynch for 60 days denying her the opportunity to headline WrestleMania 35 and face Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women’s title.

The Irishwoman is the most popular character in WWE at the moment and the fans were enraged after she was replaced by her friend-turned-foe Charlotte Flair in the main event. McMahon’s decision came immediately after Lynch had apologized to Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, whom she had assaulted in last week’s episodes of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown respectively.

Lynch earned her place at WrestleMania 35 by winning the 30-woman Royal Rumble event in the year’s first pay-per-view. And her clash with Rousey, the current Raw Women’s champion was the most highly anticipated leading up to WWE flagship pay-per-view.

While the WWE Universe was caught unawares with the management’s decision to suspend Lynch and replace her with Flair, pro-wrestling insider Dave Meltzer claims that it was a storyline that was planned long before the occurrence of recent events.

“The interesting thing here is that a lot of people think that Vince is doing this because he is playing off the internet feeling that Charlotte is the company person and all that to get heat with people in that way. But in fact, that’s not the case,” Meltzer said, as quoted on Wrestling News. “It was just the way the story was written before any of that stuff happened. So it wasn’t even that they were expecting it, it just worked out in their favor. This has been basically laid out from a long time back.”

It is believed that Flair’s induction into the match is to take some of the heat away from Rousey, who was losing her support from the Universe in the face of Lynch’s emergence as the rebellious figure going against the establishment. She was being booed in recent segments and the Flair, who has turned heel, could balance the effect leading up to WrestleMania.

However, the collective views of multiple WWE experts is that come April the WrestleMania clash between Flair and Rousey will become a triple threat match with Lynch wiggling her way into it. The only questions remain how it will be done.

Wrestling News’ report claims that the Irishwoman could force her way in by beating Flair at Fastlane – a pay-per-view event prior to WrestleMania – where they are expected to face each other. Another angle being offered is Lynch’s involvement in Ric Flair’s 70th birthday celebrations in a couple of weeks.

Either way, the former WWE SmackDown women’s champion is expected to be part of WrestleMania and the triple threat match which will main event the flagship event. It will be a historic night for the women’s division as it will be the first time the ladies will be the main attraction.

Meanwhile, the emergence of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) is still causing concern to the WWE and the latter are busy ensuring none of their superstars are tempted to jump ship and join the rival promotion.

New contracts are being offered to all the athletes entering their final year or two years of their deals. is reporting that the tag-team division is being given priority at the moment in terms of getting new deals and more television time with securing The Usos said to be one of the top priorities of the company.

Jimmy and Jey Uso are five-time tag-team champions in the WWE and with their contract expiring in April the company is keen to tie them down to new deals. AEW is certain to be circling as the duo’s capture will give their tag division a serious boost.