Could Ronda Rousey's reportedly broken hand have caused WrestleMania 35's bizarre ending?

Jack Baer
Yahoo Sports Contributor
Ronda Rousey punches Becky Lynch during the main event of WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (WWE)

WrestleMania 35 is over. Kofi Kingston is WWE champion, Dave Bautista is retired and Becky Lynch topped Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair in a winner-take-all main-event match.

That last matter was hyped up for months as animosity brewed between the three wrestlers, and it ended with Lynch pulling off an out-of-nowhere pin on Rousey to become both the Raw and SmackDown women’s champion.

The sudden ending was controversial for many fans, with some even assuming that the final sequence had been a mistake. That idea might have been given a little more credence with the news that Rousey was dealing with a broken hand during the pin.

Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting reports that Rousey suffered the broken hand while “she was throwing punches at one point during the match and an accident took place.”

ESPN’s Ariel Helwani also reported the broken hand news.

One of the fight’s performers dealing with a serious injury at the time would make some sense as far as the controversial ending goes, but Meltzer indicated that the controversy might have actually been part of the plan for WWE.

Rousey’s one-year contract commitment ended with Sunday’s show and there’s no doubt WWE planned for her to lose her belt in case she chose to leave the company. However, there was also reportedly a plan to give Rousey a natural way to return:

While it is up in the air if she will appear on Monday night’s Raw show from Brooklyn, as of this morning, it was the final event she is being advertised for. There was no certainty of what her role would be going forward but the finish of her title loss, with the idea Becky Lynch pinned her with a quick cradle with some controversy in a three-way match that also involved Charlotte Flair, was done to keep the story alive for a possible return. The most likely scenario for a return would be a Lynch vs. Rousey singles match. As of right now there is no timing on when that would be, or even if it would happen. But she will retain an affiliation with the company for the next two years and may at some point return to wrestle, whether it be only a few major events, or more extensively, depends upon the type of schedule she wants.

The broken hand added some intrigue to the situation, but who knows what’s true as the WWE tries to figure out what to do with one of its biggest names.

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