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February 3, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Royal Rumble review, WM 36 takes shape


With the Royal Rumble in the books, which saw Drew McIntyre win the men’s match and Charlotte Flair taking the women’s bout, the top of the WrestleMania card is taking shape.

The 4/5 show at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa is currently planned to have Brock Lesnar vs. McIntyre for the WWE title, Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal title, Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler for the Raw women’s title, Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair for the NXT women’s title and Edge vs. Randy Orton as the top bouts. Right now Undertaker is not booked on the card, but the sides are in discussions regarding his participation.

What’s notable is that in all the plans until the last week, Reigns and Baszler were scheduled as the Rumble winners. Vince McMahon changed his mind about a week ahead of time. We don’t know exactly when, but significant money came in on Flair to win on 1/19, so that’s a pretty good hint.

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