In a surprising turn of events at WrestleMania 39, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn took center stage on night one as they headlined the event, overshadowing the highly anticipated clash between Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair for the "WWE SmackDown" Women's Championship.
Despite the women excellently displaying athleticism and skill, Ripley, known as "The Eradicator" of The Judgment Day, doesn't believe WWE made the wrong decision that evening. During an engaging interview with "My Love Letter to Wrestling," Ripley candidly shared her thoughts on the controversial decision to have the WWE Tag Team Championship match close the show while expressing her competitive nature.
Ripley Understands WrestleMania Main Event Decision
Reflecting on the tradition of Rumble winners typically headlining WrestleMania, Ripley acknowledged that she and Flair lacked the compelling storyline that the Bloodline and Owens-Zayn had developed leading up to their respective matches.
"I understand why we didn't [main event] because we didn't have that good story build going into it as the Bloodline did with Sami and Kevin," she explained. "So, I 100% agree with that decision. But there was that side where you're like, 'Well, I'm gonna prove a point and be like follow that.'
" Regardless of their placement on the card, Ripley and Flair were determined to leave an indelible mark on WrestleMania 39. Understanding that Asuka and Bianca Belair would deliver an equally exciting showdown the following night, the two women aspired to set an exceptionally high bar on night one.
Their commitment was unwavering, and they were prepared to pour their hearts and souls into their match, showcasing their immense passion for the sport. While the decision to have Owens and Zayn's tag team battle as the main event stirred some controversy, Ripley's acceptance of the situation demonstrates her respect for the storytelling aspect of professional wrestling.
She recognized the captivating narrative woven around the tag team match and the compelling journey that Owens and Zayn had embarked upon. This acknowledgment highlights Ripley's profound understanding of the intricacies of sports entertainment.
Ultimately, Rhea Ripley's belief in the creative decisions made by WWE prevailed, and she took pride in being part of an outstanding WrestleMania event. Although she and Charlotte Flair may not have headlined the show, their awe-inspiring performance, and unwavering commitment left an unforgettable impression on the WWE Universe, solidifying their status as two of the industry's top female athletes