As Dirty Sheets readers know, we were the FIRST and ONLY website to exclusively report that WrestleMania 35 will be headlined by Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair, the first EVER women’s WrestleMania Main Event. Therefore, having reported that, Asuka losing to Charlotte wasn’t a huge surprise to us.
Whilst the likes of Dave Meltzer were blindly guessing that it would be Asuka vs Rousey, in a streak vs streak match, we always knew that, that wasn’t the plan.
We have been told that Vince McMahon made the final decision to have Charlotte go over, as his booking philosophy is to book backwards from Mania to Mania. McMahon believes that fans will look at the previous WrestleMania when the next one comes along, and didn’t feel like it was a good idea to put a loss on Charlotte, as she is in the Main Event next year.
The feeling within in the company is that losses don’t really matter and are quickly forgotten, however, WrestleMania losses do matter, based on the increased number of casual and new fans who watch WrestleMania. The WWE decided to go with Rousey vs Charlotte, as Charlotte is far more marketable and suitable to deal with all the mainstream media that will surround the first ever women’s WrestleMania Main Event next year.