I’ve watched this segment at least half a dozen times, and I feel the need to break down why I love it so much.
First, they did a great job setting it up earlier in the night with Triple H stating that Becky Lynch would choose her WrestleMania opponent on SmackDown. Becky is a member of the SmackDown brand, so fans had no reason to expect her on Raw. Triple H subtly reinforced that.
The crowd reaction when Becky’s music plays is incredible. You can hear a big pop and see people in the background losing their minds. Then, the camera cuts to a woman in the crowd with unbridled joy on her face. Everyone bashes Kevin Dunn, but if he did that on purpose, he is a genius. This crowd is so excited to see The Man!
Becky’s promo is amazing. She’s the best, she knows it, and she wants to prove it on the grandest stage in professional wrestling. But Ronda’s promo is also amazing. She doesn’t care how popular Becky Lynch is. She’s Ronda Rousey, the baddest woman on the planet, and she tells Becky and us exactly that. She drops the mic and leaves. She’s the world champion. She doesn’t need our validation.
But look at Becky’s smile. She doesn’t care how badass Ronda Rousey thinks she is. Ronda’s gonna find out at WrestleMania.
I’ve had a lot of negative things to say about Michael Cole’s work over the years, but when he said “Can WrestleMania happen tomorrow?” he said exactly what this wrestling fan was feeling. That’s exactly what a lead announcer is supposed to do.
I haven’t been this excited for a WrestleMania main event since The Rock vs. Steve Austin in 2001.