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WWE Report: Referee reportedly fined for WrestleMania 35 main event finish

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.


  • CC

    This makes no sense, and I call BS on this.
    Also, why would Rousey be annoyed by it? She is the one who had to keep her shoulders down for the three count, so if he was a second or so late, it just meant she had to keep her shoulders down a tiny bit longer. If she raised her shoulders before the count was finished, that is on her not the ref.

    All that said, my guess is that is the planned finish so Rousey can claim she was never pinned making her look strong still.

  • jedi

    Very true bud!

  • StoneColdBeckyLynch

    I think Vince would be mad enough to do it. 1st ever women’s main event, Ronda probably flipped cuz she was supposed to remain unpinned. Kind of a big messup. But i ain’t mad at the ref. Must have been a lot of pressure.

  • jedi

    Yeah your telling me I could see from my seat her shoulders were up! Lol He def messed up but still dont believe fine.

  • Matthew Carter

    SummerSlam was the original planned date for the rematch so they could start the 4 Horsewomen of Wrestling vs 4 Horsewomen of MMA fued which would have been the WM 36 Main Event, but when Ronda decided that after WM 35 she was going to take time off to start a family, that made Vince and WWE Creative have to push that back along with his half baked long term plan for Ronda- put the Universal or WWE Championship or both on her.

  • StoneColdBeckyLynch

    Triple Threat main event? Only way to properly end would be with a submission victory. But the ref fucked up history big time.

  • Kayfabe_Is_Dead

    Storyline on Rousey’s return: “I was never really pinned.”

  • David Wells

    Rousey was nothing but a botch in that match, luckily Becky and Charlotte were able to carry the match!

  • gar216

    WM36??? They will be lucky if they don’t have another match by SummerSlam

  • Matthew Carter

    I’m calling bullshit on this. We all know this was planned in advance so we’ll get Rousey vs Lynch at WM 36 and then go into the 4HW vs 4HW fued right after. FOH it was being botched.

  • jedi

    Ref gets a fine? Sounds super fake….