The Road to WrestleMania 35 took a detour for Royal Rumble winner Becky Lynch on Monday night.
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon acted unilaterally to suspend The Irish Lass Kicker for 60 days, a stretch that extends beyond WrestleMania on April 7. He then announced Charlotte Flair will challenge Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women's Championship instead.
Earlier in the night, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon told Lynch she would have to apologize for striking them last week if she wanted to remain on the WrestleMania 35 card. The Man offered a half-hearted apology, which was apparently enough for The Authority.
Vince McMahon, however, had other ideas.
After Lynch announced she would take on Rousey at WrestleMania, Wrestling Observer Radio's Dave Meltzer (h/t Robert Gunier of Wrestling Inc.) reported WWE planned to make the Raw women's title match a Triple Threat affair with Lynch, Rousey and Flair all involved.
While plenty of fans will justifiably argue Lynch and Rousey would be perfectly fine in a singles bout, the storyline could be headed in an interesting direction.
Rousey may have an intimidating aura, but her feud with Lynch has exposed her limitations on the microphone. The Lass Kicker has also routinely roasted the former UFC star on social media.
Now, Flair can be the clear heel heading into WrestleMania, a role with which she'll be more than comfortable. McMahon said The Queen will be the next women's champion as well, which seemingly teased he'll go out of his way to ensure that happens.
By pitting Lynch against Rousey, WWE would have risked having one of its biggest angles losing steam. The two can face off only so many times before the dynamic grows stale.
Now, Lynch not only has to overcome Rousey but also McMahon, the best villain in wrestling history, and his hand-picked champion, Flair.