More details are emerging around the controversial finish of the WrestleMania 35 main event with Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful Select reporting that the referee for the match, Rod Zapata, was fined.
“Zapata was pulled aside by Vince McMahon, who discussed the situation, and Zapata was subsequently fined for the main event finish.”
With referees being instructed to call matches as if they are a shoot, Zapata was reprimanded for not starting his count when Ronda Rousey’s shoulders were actually flush on the mat as she was in the crucifix pinning position by Becky Lynch. This is also reportedly why Rousey appeared to be upset following the finish of the match.
The same report also mentions that referee Dan Engler was fined for an incident in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
There have been conflicting reports around the WrestleMania 35 main event with some saying it went to plan, and others mentioning it being botched.