Reports: Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair had a ‘heated’ argument after WWE SmackDown
On WWE SmackDown, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair traded their respective WWE Women’s Championships, and it appears that fans weren’t the only ones who were dissatisfied with the segment.
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, Lynch and Flair had a backstage brawl following the show, with the dispute arising from the champions’ title swap. According to Johnson, Flair “voiced concerns” about the trade prior to WWE SmackDown; she reportedly didn’t want to appear weak, and she was also afraid that the switch would hurt her title reign’s perception. Nonetheless, WWE proceeded with the segment as planned.
Johnson then pointed out that Flair flung the belt to the ground during the changeover, which was not in the screenplay; similarly, Lynch throwing her title at Flair was not in the script.
During the Championship Transaction segment, Flair was supposed to hand the belt to Becky but instead ripped it away and flung it on the mat, which was not how the exchange was supposed to proceed.
Despite the fact that the segment was re-started and completed as planned, Johnson stated that Flair and Lynch had a backstage brawl due to Flair allegedly insulting Lynch by “trying to make her look bad,” according to a source. While the debate was “heated,” Johnson noticed that it did not become physical.
In a further report, Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT gave more specifics; according to his sources, in the sequence, Flair was intended to play “cat and mouse” with the title, and Lynch was supposed to touch the title, but a “timing error” led the belt to fall to the floor.
McCarthy mentioned that Lynch, Flair, and Sonya Deville, the (storyline) WWE official who moderated the swap, were all dissatisfied with the situation. He also revealed that WWE executives were “concerned” about the subsequent backstage brawl between the two champions, before stating that their bond had been “strained” for some time.
Furthermore, McCarthy claims that Vince McMahon was irritated when Flair left gorilla position without speaking to him. Overall, McCarthy noted that “no one involved” was pleased with the title changeover part; despite being discussed throughout the day, it went forward as scheduled.