News on Rousey vs. Banks & Plans for WrestleMania Triple Threat Match


-- The original plan for Royal Rumble was for Ronda Rousey to face Charlotte Flair, but this was suddenly changed to Rousey vs. Sasha Banks seemingly out of nowhere. The reason for this is because Vince McMahon has accepted the arguments to get Flair into the big WrestleMania women's match that includes Rousey and Becky Lynch, making the new plan a triple threat match, notes the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

-- As a result, the company did not want to "compromise" that match and decided that Rousey shouldn't face Flair at the Rumble but all ideas are still up in the air, especially with Fastlane and Elimination Chamber still to take place before WrestleMania. It's possible that Rousey vs. Charlotte could still happen at one of those two events, if Vince changes his mind again.

-- The two biggest arguments for including Charlotte in the WrestleMania match is that it will give her (along with Becky) the distinction of being in what is likely going to be the main event for WrestleMania - the first time that a women's match will headline the biggest PPV of the year. Second, including Charlotte in the match will also no doubt increase the chances of the match being better.