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Vince McMahon fined the referee for the botched finish at WWE WrestleMania 35

WWE referee Rod Zapata was fined after the WrestleMania main event.

As many of you noticed, Ronda Rousey had her shoulder up when she was pinned by Becky Lynch. The finish went as planned, except for the shoulder being up.

The news on Zapata’s firing was first reported by Fightful and later confirmed on Wrestling Observer Radio. We had a WWE source confirm the story to us this morning.

The reason why Zapata was fined is because of WWE’s long-standing policy for referees to call the match as a shoot. According to their policy, Zapata should have held his hand up when he realized Rousey’s shoulder was up and they should have come up with a different finish.

Fightful also noted that referee Dan Engler (aka Rudy Charles) was also fined due to an incident during the SmackDown Tag Team Title match at WrestleMania 35. This was a minor issue but Vince McMahon was said to be looking to set an example.


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