By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
WWE officially announced the Raw Women’s Championship as the closing match of WrestleMania 35.
For the first time in WWE history, a women’s match will be the main event of WrestleMania as the Raw Women’s Championship featuring Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch will take place on Sunday, April 7 in front of a capacity crowd at MetLife Stadium and streaming live on WWE Network around the world.
Ronda Rousey is the current Raw Women’s Champion, Olympic medalist, the first female UFC Champion, and the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. She is also an actress and New York Times bestselling author. Charlotte Flair is a seven-time Champion in WWE, a former Division 1 volleyball player, philanthropist and author. She is the daughter of two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair. Becky Lynch is the 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble winner, a two-time SmackDown Champion and was named Wrestler of the Year by both Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports in 2018. She was also the first woman ever to top ESPN’s WWE Power Rankings.
At WrestleMania 32 in 2016, WWE re-branded the Divas Division the Women’s Division and unveiled a new Women’s Championship title. Since that time, the women’s evolution has placed a greater spotlight on WWE’s female performers, including more prominent storylines and deeper character development that showcases their athleticism, charisma and star power.
Last October, WWE held its first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view event, Evolution, in front of a sold-crowd and millions more watching on WWE Network.
Powell’s POV: While WWE likes to tout several WrestleMania matches as main events, the press release seems to be confirmation that Rousey vs. Lynch vs. Flair will close the biggest show of the year. There has been buzz since WrestleMania 34 weekend that a women’s match would headline WrestleMania 35. Here’s hoping that WWE can do a strong job creatively this week and next week to make the match as hot as the once advertised Rousey vs. Lynch match felt coming out of the Royal Rumble.
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