REVIEW: Asuka Wins The Royal Rumble

Rapid Recap:

  • Asuka defeated 29 other women to win the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble
  • Ronda Rousey arrived

Rumble Rundown:

After Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair came down to watch the competition from ringside, we were introduced to the first two entrants. At 1…it’s Sasha Banks! Here comes number 2…it’s Becky Lynch! To save everyone from reading an unnecessary summary, I will list below all 30 entrants, who they were eliminated by, and in what order they were eliminated. I’ll also round up all the big moments that happened.

Entrant spot | Eliminated by | Eliminated at

  1.  Sasha Banks | Bella Twins | 27th
  2. Becky Lynch | Ruby Riott | 14th
  3. Sarah Logan | Molly Holly | 7th
  4. Mandy Rose | Lita | 1st
  5. Lita | Becky Lynch| 3rd
  6. Kairi Sane | Dana Brooke | 4th
  7. Tamina Snuka | Lita | 2nd
  8. Dana Brooke | Torrie Wilson | 5th
  9. Torrie Wilson | Sonya Deville | 6th
  10. Sonya Deville | Michelle McCool | 8th
  11. Liv Morgan | Michelle McCool | 9th
  12. Molly Holly | Michelle McCool | 10th
  13. Lana | Michelle McCool | 11th
  14. Michelle McCool | Natalya | 13th
  15. Ruby Riott | Nia Jax | 17th
  16. Vickie Guerrero | Michelle McCool, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Ruby Riott | 12th
  17. Carmella | Nikki Bella | 21st
  18. Natalya | Trish Stratus | 25th
  19. Kelly Kelly | Nia Jax | 16th
  20. Naomi | Nia Jax | 18th
  21. Jacqueline | Nia Jax | 15th
  22. Nia Jax | Bella Twins, Natalya, Bayley, Trish Stratus, Asuka | 23rd
  23. Ember Moon | Asuka | 20th
  24. Beth Phoenix | Natalya | 19th
  25. Asuka
  26. Mickie James | Trish Stratus | 22nd
  27. Nikki Bella | Asuka | 29th
  28. Brie Bella | Nikki Bella | 28th
  29. Bayley | Sasha Banks | 24th
  30. Trish Stratus | Sasha Banks | 26th

Big Moments:

  • Returns of Lita, Torrie Wilson, Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, Molly Holly, Jacqueline, Vickie Guerrero, Beth Phoenix, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, and Trish Stratus
  • Debuts of Kairi Sane and Ember Moon
  •  Trish/Mickie James, Beth Phoenix/Natalya
  • Sasha eliminating Bayley and Nikki eliminating Brie
  • Naomi’s eccentric elimination save
  • Michelle McCool having the most eliminations
  • Trish and Sasha having a stare down
  • Final Four: Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Sasha Banks, Asuka

After Asuka and both champions stood in the ring, we were awaiting Asuka’s decision on who she will face come WrestleMania. However, Ronda Rousey came out! Ronda went to shake hands with Asuka, but ‘The Empress’ slapped her hand away. Rousey pointed at the WrestleMania 34 sign, signaling what’s to come. She then visited Stephanie McMahon and shook her hand.

Rumble Review:

All I can say is holy hell. That may be my favorite women’s match ever. It obviously wasn’t the best in-ring as far as performances, but the fact 30 women main evented a Big Four PPV and got to partake in the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble is beyond incredible. The match itself was amazing too. Sure, there were tiny mess ups, but it’s what is expected in Royal Rumbles. All the returns looked great in the ring and really got to cement their legacy one last time. Nikki going far was amazing, and the rest of it was just everything I needed. I would change a few things, but I’m more happy and proud than anything.

My only issue was Alicia Fox not being able to compete. Not anyone’s fault, but it breaks my heart seeing everyone get to put on an incredible performance and she’s just sitting in the back. Also, Paige. Injuries happen and get to the best of us. I just hope both are healthy and get ready for next years!

What did you think of Royal Rumble and the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble Match?