Ric Flair, a legend in the world of wrestling, has voiced his displeasure with WWE for going against tradition and not featuring the winner of the women's Royal Rumble in the main event at WrestleMania 39. The fact that the highly anticipated match between Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair did not conclude the show surprised fans.
Instead, on Saturday night in Los Angeles, the coveted final spot was taken by the emotional storyline in which Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens competed against The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Championship. During an appearance on the To Be The Man podcast, Ric Flair discussed the contentious decision.
The 16-time world champion vehemently argued that Rhea Ripley and his daughter Charlotte Flair should have been in the main event because Charlotte won the women's Royal Rumble. "What should personally occur during the promotion is the topic of our discussion.
After Ashley [Charlotte] and Rhea, Sami, KO, and The Usos could not continue. Just in the WWE," Energy said. "That's not the point," Flair replied when podcast host Conrad Thompson suggested that The Usos vs. KO and Sami had a better story.
We're discussing a solitary Title from a young lady that won the Regal Thunder. Why are we simply breaking tradition for a single night, and for what purpose? Why are we going against the norm for one night?"
WrestleMania Main Event Tradition
Since 1993, 19 out of 31 men's Royal Rumble winners have gone on to main event WrestleMania, with a 61% success rate.
This tradition began with the winner of the Royal Rumble. In contrast, only 33% of women's Royal Rumble champions have achieved the same feat. This discrepancy demonstrates WWE's long history of breaking this custom, particularly in the women's division.
The choice to have the WWE Label Group Title match as the headliner at WrestleMania 39 has worked up a spirited discussion inside the local wrestling area. Social media has been where critics and fans have voiced their opinions, with many supporting Ric Flair's position.
Although the WWE has not officially responded to Flair's remarks, the ongoing discussion could impact the organization's decision-making process for future events. Whether WWE will continue to prioritize storylines and other factors when selecting the show's closing match or return to the tradition of having the Royal Rumble winner's main event after WrestleMania remains to be seen, the debate sparked by Ric Flair's remarks has brought the topic of practice and its place in professional wrestling to the forefront of industry discussions, regardless of the outcome.