Or so we thought.
Judging by the continued confrontations between Flair and Lynch on SmackDown Live since the Rumble, it looks more likely now than at any stage over the last few months that the WrestleMania 35 main event will be a Triple Threat match with “The Queen” and “The Man” challenging Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women’s Championship.
Lynch often mentions how her former best friend ends up competing in high-profile matches without earning the opportunity, recently giving her the nickname ‘Shoehorn Charlotte’.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at five occasions when Flair was shoehorned into the big-match spotlight when, in many people’s opinion, she did not deserve it…
#5 WrestleMania 33
The first sign of Charlotte Flair shoehorning her way into big matches came when she faced Bayley, Sasha Banks and Nia Jax in a Fatal 4-Way elimination match for the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 33.
Flair defeated long-term rival Banks to become a four-time Raw Women’s champion at Roadblock: End of the Line in December 2016, with the stipulation stating that “The Boss” would not be allowed another chance at the title if she lost.
Ten weeks later, Flair had lost her title to Bayley on Raw before losing a rematch at Fastlane 2017, bringing an end to her 16-match PPV winning streak.
The following night, Banks began to stake her claim to face Bayley for the title at WrestleMania 33 when Flair appeared and demanded that she be given another opportunity instead.
Despite already losing her rematch, Stephanie McMahon agreed with Flair and gave her a title match against Bayley at ‘Mania, while Banks and Jax were later added to the mix.