Report on WWE Plans for Charlotte Flair’s WrestleMania Match, Upcoming WWE NXT Appearance

Charlotte Flair won the women’s Royal Rumble match this past Sunday in Houston. Did she really “need” the win? Maybe not, but that’s what happened. On Raw last night in San Antonio, Flair did a promo talking about how she gets to challenge a Women’s Champion for “a championship” at WrestleMania.

There have been reports online about how Flair likely wasn’t going to face Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch again (Becky vs. Shayna Baszler is the rumored plan), nor would she challenge Bayley for the Smackdown Women’s Title. Bayley will likely face Lacey Evans again or perhaps Sasha Banks if one of them turns face. Maybe it will be a multi-woman match. Anyway, Flair isn’t expected to challenge for the Raw or Smackdown title.

The title that Flair is likely to challenge for at WrestleMania 36 on April 5th is the NXT Women’s Title held by Rhea Ripley. That’s according to PWInsider, who reports that Flair is scheduled to be in Orlando this Wednesday for WWE NXT at Full Sail University in Orlando. Flair is not currently advertised for NXT, but PWInsider is reporting she will be there. It was also mentioned on Wrestling Observer Radio that Flair will face Ripley at WrestleMania, so that’s two sources reporting it.

This means some of the expected matches at WrestleMania looks like this:

WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre – This is official already.

WWE Universal Championship: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Roman Reigns

Randy Orton vs. Edge

Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Shayna Baszler

NXT Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

As I said, only one match is official right now and they have over two months to get there, but those are five of the top matches expected to take place.

Analysis: I think Flair vs. Ripley should be an awesome match at WrestleMania. It does feel like a bit of a step down for Flair to be challenging for the NXT Women’s Title that she held five years ago, but it’s also a way to elevate the NXT brand by using one of last year’s WrestleMania main eventers to make people may more attention to NXT. We all know WWE is trying to elevate NXT by making it feel equal to Raw and Smackdown while also trying to beat AEW Dynamite on Wednesday nights, so perhaps the presence of Flair will help for the next couple of months.

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Break It Down: Ranking Every Major Wrestling TV Show (Week Four)

It’s been another action-packed week of wrestling, from shows on a cruise ship to the build towards the WWE Royal Rumble take place. We had amazing wrestling matches and some fantastic storyline development take place by all four brands.

Of course, for WWE things were heated up ahead of tonight’s WWE Royal Rumble and yesterdays WWE Worlds Collide, and that helped all three shows develop nicely. While AEW Dynamite also felt streamlined towards the upcoming AEW Revolution PPV.

We had three title changes this week that has had everyone talking and once again it was another tough week to rank these shows. So, who’s ready to break it down?

4. SmackDown

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Sadly, the blue brand takes the bottom spot once again this week, despite the fact there were some incredibly impressive moments. The opening six-man tag team match between The Bloodline and King Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, and Robert Roode was fantastic.

Taking up the first 30 minutes of the show, the six men told an incredible story. With Jimmy Uso excellently selling his injury to raise the stakes of the entire match. As well as that there was another good showing for John Morrison, but sadly the show did still have many moments that didn’t quite work.

The contract signing at the end of the show produced one of the worst reactions to The Fiend so far, while the segment involving Fire & Desire and Alexa Bliss and her partner, Nikki Cross really was disappointing to see.

3. WWE Raw

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Despite the disappointing way that Matt Hardy was booked this week, WWE Raw was once again absolutely fantastic this week. The show continues to build on the previous week and develop storylines excellently in order to gain as much hype for the upcoming PPV, in this case, tonight’s Royal Rumble.

Even though the match ended in no contest, the bout between Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre was once again solid as the Scotsman continues to be built as a top babyface.

We also had some amazing matches this week with an unforgettable ladder match between Rey Mysterio and Andrade and the surprise moment that saw Buddy Murphy and Seth Rollins become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.

2. AEW Dynamite

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AEW Dynamite just edged out Monday Night Raw this week in my ratings (which was a tough choice), mainly based on just how unique the setting of the entire show was. Taking place on Chris Jericho’s cruise, the look and feel of the show was absolutely incredible.

This week saw some brilliant work take place again on the show, with the storyline between Cody Rhodes and MJF being built well. Things clicked nicely from start to finish this week, and with no Nightmare Collective or Dark Order segments, this episode seemed to benefit.

While the main event match didn’t work for me, with everything feeling a little too slow in pace, it was more than made up for with the opening tag team bout. The first-ever title change in AEW’s history took place and the storytelling that is subtly being done with Hangman Page really is excellent work.

1. NXT

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The black and yellow brand take the top spot this week with another fantastic episode. There was plenty of brilliant moments throughout this show, developing storylines with a great mix of fantastic matches and backstage segments.

Once again we had two fantastic tag team matches to continue the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic that didn’t disappoint. Alongside that there was some solid build towards WWE Worlds Collide as well, helping to make the show as entertaining as possible.

Of course, the main highlight of the episode this week came from the main event when Keith Lee won the North American Championship, defeating Roderick Strong in a great match. This was the most memorable moment to take place in the week of wrestling so far, and it was a huge moment for the Limitless One.

Fourth place=1 point
Third place=2 points
Second place=3 points
First place=4 points

2020 results (each week, the points tally will be added up below):

WWE Raw- 10
WWE NXT- 11
AEW Dynamite- 13
WWE SmackDown- 6

You can have your say and give your thoughts on what the show of the week is immediately following WWE SmackDown on social media every week (@MC_Wilkinson1). Below is how the fans voted this week:

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