Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch: The First Last Women Standing

Kimberly Schueler

Since their friendship turned to rivalry when Becky Lynch attacked Charlotte Flair after the SmackDown Women’s Championship match at SummerSlam, the two have faced off for the title at Hell in a Cell and the Super Show-Down. Lynch, more aggressive than ever before in her career won the title, at HIAC and retained in Australia under dubious circumstances – getting herself intentionally disqualified.

When the hard-hitting championship match on this week’s episode of SmackDown between these two women ended in a double count-out, this exciting feud ensured it would make its way into the wrestling history books. SmackDown General Manager Paige announced at that at WWE’s all-women PPV event, Evolution, Lynch will again defend her title against Flair, this time in the promotion’s first-ever Last Woman Standing match.

Both of these women have played key roles in the WWE Women’s Revolution since they were half of the Four Horsewomen of NXT and moved up to the main roster in the summer of 2015. Flair’s Hell in a Cell match against Sasha Banks in 2016 was the first women’s match with this stipulation and the first women’s match to headline a WWE PPV. Later the same year, she, along with Banks, became one of the first women to main event Raw since 2004.

Lynch was the first SmackDown Women’s Champion and wrestled in the first women’s Royal Rumble match. Both she and Flair also competed in the inaugural women’s Money in the Bank ladder match.

With the intensity of their feud and the quality of their wrestling, it’s clear that Flair vs. Lynch at Evolution won’t be a match to miss, and it’s cool to see such deserving wrestlers get this kind of opportunity.

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