This week’s episode of WWE SmackDown LIVE started with a follow-up to the most controversial moment of the previous night’s RAW, Charlotte Flair replacing Becky Lynch in the RAW Women’s Championship match against Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania. It looks like “The Man”—who’s skyrocketed in popularity over the last few months—will not be the other half of what could be the historic, first-ever women’s main event of WrestleMania, and fans are far from happy.
But you know who doesn’t have to care if wrestling fans are happy? A queen. Specifically “The Queen,” Charlotte Flair.
With an insincere smile on her face, Flair reminded the SmackDown audience that “I told you that this was my destiny.” She sarcastically led a chant for Becky, then claimed that through Lynch’s decisions, she herself chose Flair to take her place against Rousey. “So the myth of ‘The Man’ could continue and ‘The Queen’ could go to battle.”
Flair outlined her own qualifications, claiming that “Mr. McMahon chose me because he made a smart business decision.” According to her, she’s “the backbone of this division,” “a franchise player,” and “a future Hall of Famer,” in contrast to Lynch: “someone who’s had a few good months.”
When fans started to chant “Becky,” Flair taunted them and told them that come WrestleMania, they’ll all be “standing on [their] feet chanting ‘This is Awesome…’ So boo me now. You’re welcome.”
To add injury to insult, Flair ended her speech by dedicating her historic match to her former best friend, Becky Lynch.