Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks made history on Sunday by being the first women to compete in a (true) pay-per-view main event. Prior to the show, WWE fell under heavy criticism for advertising a historic main event for their women’s division, yet lumping it in with two additional “main events,” thus negating its importance and seemingly betraying WWE’s confidence that women can headline a PPV event. The decision was (of course) speculated to be at the behest of Vince McMahon, and against the wishes of the creative team and Triple H.
As we now know, that’s not how it all went down at Hell in a Cell. Banks and Flair put their own stamp on the legacy of WWE’s cage match spectacular, and the did it as the true main event. According to Wrestling Observer Radio, this was a last minute change. Also last minute? The decision to have the title change hands:
Vince screwed it up even worse because the original finish was Sasha Banks going over. Why that was changed … I mean, there is a reason. I don’t know the reason other than the decision was made to go with Charlotte and Bayley sooner than later, like sooner than it was originally going to be. Why? I don’t know.
I think we can all agree that putting these two on last was for the best, no matter when the decision was made. Y’know, even if the end result wasn’t exactly a hit with everyone …