Political Reasons Behind Ripley And Flair To Headline WrestleMania 39 Night 1 – There’s been a lot of speculation on Rhea Ripley vs. SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair being the main event of WrestleMania 39 Night 1, and that speculation picked up when the “Stranger Things” parody for WrestleMania 39 was released, featuring Ripley and John Cena, which you can see below.
In an update, now the Wrestling Observer reports that the decision was finalized to have Ripley and Flair headline Night 1, and that political reasons were behind the decision. It was reported in February how there was a feeling that it would be good for a women’s match to headline Night 1 due to how men’s matches were the main event for both nights of WrestleMania 38, due to sponsors and political reasons.
For what it’s worth, a new report from Fightful Select notes that at one point the plan was to headline Night 1 with Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens vs. Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos. There have been people within WWE pushing for this to be the main event.
Seth Rollins vs. Logan Paul is also planned for Night 1, and is the only confirmed match for either night as of this writing. Asuka vs. RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair is likely for Night 2, but it was noted that there has been no talk of this match being considered for a main event slot at all. It was reported last month that officials see Ripley vs. Flair as much stronger than Asuka vs. Belair.
Night 2 will be headlined with Cody Rhodes vs. Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
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Political Reasons Behind Ripley And Flair To Headline WrestleMania 39 Night 1