WrestleMania 36

3 Takeaways heading into WWE WrestleMania 36

The Raw Women’s Championship is a top prize

Lately, Becky Lynch has been present at WWE’s major press conferences. So much so, she looks more like the face of the company than the WWE or Universal Champion.

As a matter of fact, the Raw Women’s Championship feels bigger than it ever has thanks in part to the absence of both world titles.

Ronda Rousey also deserves some credit. Before Rousey won the title in August of 2018, the same handful of competitors traded it back and forth for short and meaningless reigns. Alexa Bliss was the first champion to boast a long and successful tenure, but it wasn’t exactly most memorable.

Rousey’s star power helped to legitimize the Raw Women’s Championship. Yes, she also left the brand’s women’s division in shambles, but she did raise the bar for champions to follow. So much so, that when Lynch dethroned her a WrestleMania last year, it felt impactful.

This year, “The Man” will face her toughest challenger to date in Shayna Baszler. Lynch has held the title for close to a year. If Baszler beats her in two weeks, she will look like a massive threat. If Lynch retains, she will look like a world-beater.

Either way, this is good for legacy of the Raw Women’s Championship. Lynch isn’t headlining the event this year, but her feud with Baszler has garnered one of the most anticipated matches on the card.