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WWE Will Host First Ever Women’s Main Event at Flagship Event, WrestleMania 35

The world of professional wrestling is one that has long withstood the test of time in the United States of America. WWE has been the leading organization in the sport, referred to as sports entertainment, and has been largely successful for over forty years due to the success of stars like Hulk Hogan, The Rock, John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Since its inception, men have been the focal point of the company’s market and appeal. Though there were brief periods in the company’s legacy where women’s wrestling received recognition, such as 2001-2006 for the successful Golden Era defined by female athletes the likes of Chyna, Trish Stratus, and Lita, women have never been the centerpiece of the company, especially at the biggest show of the year: WrestleMania.

All of the previous 34 WrestleMania events have been headlined by matches featuring male wrestlers. The event hosts over 50-100,000 wrestling fans a year in attendance, and millions worldwide tuning in via pay-per-view. This year’s event, however, will make even more history as it will officially be headlined for the first time by a women’s match as the main event of the biggest wrestling show of the year.

WWE’s developmental brand, NXT, began receiving acclaim for a profound women’s wrestling division highlighted by a group of women known as the Four Horsewomen, an ode to the faction known as the Four Horsemen. Two of those women, Becky Lynch and daughter of arguably the greatest wrestler of all-time Ric Flair, Charlotte, will join forces with the most popular female athlete in the world, Ronda Rousey to close out the biggest show in professional wrestling history.

Charlotte Flair spoke with Sporting News about her reaction to getting the main event news and how the women holding down WrestleMania’s prime spot came organically.  Photo via Sporting News

Since 2014, women’s wrestling has stolen the show on any given night with the opportunity. Notably, the battle between the other two members of the Four Horsewomen, Sasha Banks and Bayley, was voted as the best match of 2015. To this date, the match is regarded as the greatest women’s wrestling match of all time. Since then, women have continued to make strides in sports entertainment.

In 2016, the Diva’s Championship was renamed the Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 32 in a classic match between Lynch, Banks, and Flair. Women main evented their first pay-per-view inside of a Hell in a Cell Cage in October of that year that featured the then-champion Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair. The pair would also become the first women to main event Monday Night Raw the first time in 12 years; outdoing themselves by doing it twice and having the feud of the year. Since then, women have competed in several gimmick matches previously only catered to men including cage matches, street fights, chamber fights, tables matches, ladder matches, and the company’s greatest gimmick match, The Royal Rumble.

The main event of WrestleMania 35 implodes, six nights before The Show of Shows.

At the first ever Royal Rumble match for women, Ronda Rousey made her WWE debut from UFC and has been one of the most talked about performers in the company ever since. Her ongoing feud with the company’s chosen star, Charlotte Flair, and the rebellious popular fan favorite, Becky Lynch has risen interest in the women’s division to recently unparalleled heights. The first step was giving women their own pay-per-view for the first time ever in October, which was arguably the greatest WWE show of 2018. This was followed up with the company creating tag team championships for its women, currently held by Sasha Banks and Bayley. And on a night where the team will leave a legacy for the first title defense of the belts at a WrestleMania, two of their sisters and the first female UFC Hall of Famer will take center stage in a Winner Take All match for both of the company’s top female championships.

WrestleMania 35 takes place this Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Met Life Stadium. The event will kick off at 5:00 PM, with the official show starting at 7:00 PM.

April 4, 2019

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