Anyone who watched SmackDown Live will know that Charlotte Flair shockingly won the SmackDown Women’s Championship from Asuka, costing the latter a WrestleMania match.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is also reporting that another SmackDown star was cost her match at WrestleMania due to Asuka losing, and that is Mandy Rose.
Dave Meltzer writes that Rose was originally booked to win the four-way between herself, Sonya Deville, Carmella and Naomi and go on to face Asuka at ‘Mania, but the last minute decision to put the belt on Charlotte cancelled all of these plans.
“The original plan for the show was to have Asuka defend the title against the winner of a match on the 3/26 Smackdown show with Naomi, Carmella, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Rose was booked to win that match and have a rematch with Asuka, who had beaten her at Fastlane. The decision was made on a show already overloaded with matches to remove that match that really had little interest and instead make the main event stronger. There was no indication Rose was winning that match.”
Rose tweeted her displeasure after SmackDown aired, seemingly echoing a general feeling of frustration backstage.
— Mandy (@WWE_MandyRose) March 27, 2019
There’s always next year, I guess.