WWE fans were excited to find out on SmackDown Live that Becky Lynch would be returning to in-ring action next month at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs.
The Man will be defending her SmackDown Women's Championship on the pay-per-view in a triple threat TLC match against Charlotte Flair and Asuka after the latter won a Battle Royale on the blue brand show to earn her spot.
Most fans have therefore assumed that Lynch has been cleared to compete despite suffering a concussion around two weeks ago following a punch from Nia Jax during SmackDown's invasion of Monday Night Raw before Survivor Series.
However, Becky hasn't been involved in physical activity in the ring since her alteration during SmackDown's invasion, so some have found it quite odd that WWE would book her in a dangerous match like a TLC straight away.
Dave Meltzer has explained in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via Cageside Seats, exactly why Lynch was cleared from her injury and why WWE made her first match back is specifically a triple threat TLC.
He said: “The three-way women’s title match will be the first women’s TLC match. While some would question putting Lynch in such a match coming off a significant concussion that has kept her out of action for several weeks, in WWE, the rule of thumb is that if you are cleared, you are cleared.
"The three-way makes sense because it gives them ways out of the finish without having to compromise Lynch or Flair, and without any of the three having to do a job, given that Flair likely first, and later Lynch, are slated for high profile matches early next year with Ronda Rousey.”
So, not only does WWE want Lynch to be part of the first-ever women's TLC match in WWE, but they are also looking to protect her by making it a triple threat, meaning she doesn't have to be pinned to lose the title if that's the booking direction WWE goes in.
It's unclear as to who will win the triple threat at TLC, but most likely, Asuka will be the one that eats the pin in order for Flair or Lynch to win.
Most WWE fans, however, will just be hoping that the company isn't bringing The Man back to in-ring action too soon following her concussion.
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