Rod Zapata fined

According to a report from Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, referee Rod Zapata was fined following the controversial finish at WrestleMania 35 when it appeared that Ronda Rousey’s shoulder was up during the final pinfall of the match.

Zapata was pulled aside by Vince McMahon at Monday Night RAW who discussed the situation with him and subsequently fined him.

WWE officials are taught to call the matches as if they are real fights and to only count when a wrestler’s shoulders are pinned to the mat. Zapata went against this rule fearing that Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey would struggle to regain their footing since this was the finish of the match. McMahon told him if the women struggled following that, it would be on them.