Ronda Rousey Vs. Becky Lynch And The 5 Best Options To Main Event WWE WrestleMania 35


WWE fans can usually see the WrestleMania main event coming from a mile away, but this year has been the exception to that rule.

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Roman Reigns’ shocking leukemia announcement reportedly threw all initial WrestleMania 35 plans “out the window,” including a potential blockbuster match between Reigns and The Rock, while a slew of other circumstances also forced WWE to make even more significant changes to the rumored card for its biggest pay-per-view of 2019. Becky Lynch’s untimely injury in route to Survivor Series made WWE revert to Plan B, a dream match between Ronda Rousey and Flair that was once slated for WrestleMania 35, while Triple H’s pectoral injury and subsequent surgery likely insured that we won’t get Batista vs. Triple H on the grandest stage of them all.

So, here we are just a couple of months away from The Royal Rumble, the first official stop on the road to WrestleMania 35, and there is no ‘Mania main event set in stone the way it was last year when Reigns was quite obviously on a collision course with Brock Lesnar. While some within and outside of WWE may view that as a problem, it could actually be a major blessing in disguise that gives the company its first non-Reigns WrestleMania main event in five years and presents the creative team with a major opportunity to elevate another star.

Whether WWE does that remains to be seen, but with a Reigns match likely no longer in the running and no clear WWE or Universal title matches etched in stone, these five bouts would, for very different reasons, be fantastic choices to main event WrestleMania 35.

The Rock Vs. Brock Lesnar

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If you’re looking for a WrestleMania 35 main event that will be used to ignite a massive push for a budding star, The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar certainly isn’t it. If you’re looking for a bout that would have more star power than any other, however, “The Beast” vs. “The People’s Champion” absolutely is.

Now the betting favorite to headline WrestleMania 35, The Rock vs. Lesnar is the true definition of a dream match that, although it wouldn’t please diehard fans who are fed up with part-timers, would likely garner WWE more mainstream media attention than any other. That’s likely why this bout was considered for WrestleMania 30 in 2014 as a battle between two of the most polarizing figures in wrestling history, a pair of all-time greats whose star power has grown exponentially just over the past few years. With The Rock ascending to the top spot as Hollywood’s highest paid actor and Lesnar considered to be perhaps WWE’s biggest draw (not to mention one of the top draws in UFC history), it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why WWE would consider this match for its flagship pay-per-view.

The Rock, whose WrestleMania 28 match against John Cena was the most purchased pay-per-view in WWE history, equals exposure. Lesnar equals exposure. Together, they equal, you guessed it, exposure.

Their nearly unparalleled drawing power, even in an era when individual stars seem to draw less than ever before, is enough for WWE to utilize this match as its clear WrestleMania main event, even though Lesnar’s monstrous push is already frustrating his fellow wrestlers and fans alike. Especially with The Rock wanting to work a match at WrestleMania 35, don’t be surprised if he gets his wish, which he said just last year was a bout with “The Beast.”

The Miz Vs. Daniel Bryan For The WWE Championship

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Daniel Bryan is now the heel WWE Champion, and The Miz is rumored to be in line for a potential babyface turn in the very near future, even working a dark match as a clear fan favorite this past week. See where we’re going here?

What a wild turn of events it would be for a dream match that was pegged as an early betting favorite to headline WrestleMania 35 to get the opportunity to do just that. After Bryan ended AJ Styles’ impressive reign of 371 days, it seems likely that he will now hold the WWE title until WrestleMania 35, at which point a potential match with The Miz, perhaps via a Royal Rumble win, awaits. Given the way that the Bryan vs. Miz rivalry has dominated SmackDown for much of the last two and a half years, there would be perhaps no more fitting main event for the blue brand than a feud nearly a decade in the making getting top billing at its flagship pay-per-view.

Fans are clearly emotionally invested into the newly heel Bryan while The Miz, though a more natural antagonist, has earned the respect of fans for all of his hard work over the years and would be a fantastic choice for a pseudo babyface turn that results in him winning that oh so elusive second world title on the biggest stage possible. Not only would this let the tremendous Miz/Bryan come full circle, but it would put the WWE Championship around the waist of a deserving performer whose character would benefit in a major way from headlining WrestleMania.

Likewise, it’s a very simple story to tell: The Miz was right about Bryan all along, and the once detested heel can prove that to the WWE Universe by finally getting a clean win over Bryan as the climax of one of the longest-running feuds in WWE history.

Universal Championship: Drew McIntyre vs. Braun Strowman

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There are rumblings of backstage heat on Braun Strowman, who is also undergoing elbow surgery this week, and likewise, there are reports that he will not face Lesnar for the Universal title at WrestleMania 35, with “The Monster Among Men” vs. “The Beast” likely to take place at Royal Rumble instead.

What isn’t clear is whether Strowman or Lesnar will win that match and (presumably) go on to defend the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 35, but if fans had their way, the choice would be clear: Strowman should finally defeat Lesnar after failing to do so on multiple occasions. It really is “now or never” time for Strowman, and WWE needs to pull the trigger on a win for the very popular star before it’s too late and any and all momentum he previously had is completely derailed. Not only would that put the Universal title on a deserving star as well as a budding draw and ensure that Lesnar doesn’t get a third straight Universal title match at WrestleMania 35, but it would set up a fantastic match between Strowman and Drew McIntyre that would be all about the future of WWE.

WWE reportedly “has big plans” for McIntyre, who has all the makings of a perennial main eventer, could be “the guy” on Raw in the absence of Reigns and is the new betting favorite to win the 2019 Royal Rumble. It would make for a much more interesting narrative for Strowman and McIntyre, who’ve had their fair share of beef with one another, to battle for Raw’s most prestigious title at the biggest pay-per-view of the year because fans would realize that, no matter who won the match, WrestleMania would end with a deserving non-part-time champion rather than an absentee part-timer.

At some point, WWE must become more concerned with its future and its ability to create new stars, and a Universal Championship match between Strowman and McIntyre would virtually ensure that one, if not both men, leave the PPV as much bigger stars than when they entered it.

Universal Championship: Seth Rollins Vs. Brock Lesnar

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With Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose set for December’s TLC pay-per-view, it is unlikely, though still possible, that their feud is extended all the way to WrestleMania 35, at least in part because WWE may have even bigger plans in place for “The Architect.”

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestling Inc), WWE’s Universal title picture for WrestleMania 35 will involve both Rollins and Lesnar, and indeed, Rollins vs. Lesnar is now apparently penciled in for the biggest show of the year. Rollins would presumably drop the Intercontinental Championship in the near future if WWE plans on having him face Lesnar for the Universal title at Mania, and hardly any fans would complain about that. Rollins, a top five merchandise mover, is one of WWE’s most popular stars and has a long and storied history with Lesnar that never really got the proper closure.

Rollins and Lesnar have demonstrated that they have tremendous chemistry inside the ring, and with many fans being of the belief that Rollins is one star who should be elevated to the top of the card in the absence of Reigns, there would be far fewer complaints about Lesnar getting the WrestleMania main event again if it meant that he did so in order to put over Rollins. While Rollins is embroiled in a tremendous rivalry with Ambrose, it’s been a long time since he was a staple in the world title picture on Raw, and that should change because he’s arguably the red brand’s best overall performer.

Lesnar works very well with smaller opponents who are good sellers (see: Survivor Series), and Rollins fits that bill perfectly while having the added advantage of being someone who fans would love to see get a run as Universal Champion, perhaps propelled by a Royal Rumble win.

Champion vs. Champion: Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch

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With Becky Lynch’s injury postponing her match with Ronda Rousey and WWE doing Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair instead, that has paved the way for Rousey vs. Lynch to be the first-ever women’s match to main event WrestleMania.

In fact, Lynch vs. Rousey is indeed reportedly penciled in as the headlining match at WrestleMania 35, and it’s not at all difficult to see why that’s the case. WWE views Rousey as its biggest draw, and there isn’t a more popular superstar in WWE right now than Becky Lynch, who is revolutionizing women’s wrestling in a way that no female has since AJ Lee. Lynch is generating organic crowd reactions that most wrestlers can only dream about, and she’s been trading zingers with Rousey on social media that have kept this red hot feud at a boil despite Lynch currently being unable to wrestle.

In today’s era when so many WWE feuds feel forced and fake, it’s extremely rare that a rivalry can do what Lynch vs. Rousey has, which is captivate an audience in a way that makes those fans want to pay big money to finally see “The Man” square off with “The Baddest Woman on the Planet.” Today’s generation of more open-minded fans would be more than accepting of the first-ever all-female WrestleMania main event, and though that spot was once apparently reserved for Flair and Rousey, plans have changed as they should have.

Lynch is over at a level that happens perhaps once in a generation, and WWE must take full advantage of that by pairing her with Rousey in a blockbuster WrestleMania 35 main event that both has a phenomenal story behind it and could be fantastic from an in-ring perspective as well.

Blake Oestriecher is an elementary school teacher by day and a sports writer by night. He’s a contributor to @ForbesSports, where he primarily covers WWE. You can follow him on Twitter @BOestriecher.

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