I had a feeling throughout the day that the Women’s Royal Rumble match was going to go last on the card. No, I did not have any insider info about it. It was just that gut feeling.
So I went on Facebook and Twitter and asked all our social media followers what would they think. Should the Women’s Royal Rumble go on last on the card? I was surprised actually by the reaction. An overwhelming no.
It baffled me. It’s history. There’s only a first once. And it was a big deal for the women, and a big deal for WWE. It HAD to go on last, regardless if Ronda was there or not. For history’s sake, it had to.
There’s a reason why certain women’s title matches went on last on Raw and Smackdown. And a reason why the Hell In A Cell match between Sasha and Charlotte main evented that pay-per-view. I was bummed that the first-ever Money In The Bank ladder match didn’t main event that PPV, but after seeing how it finished, I’m kinda glad it did not.
But this is the Royal Rumble. The first women’s Rumble in 31 years. 31 freakin years. It’s a long time coming, and they deserved it. The talent is there. It’s always been there, just in the previous years, WWE thought the women were better flaunting their tits and asses rather than showcasing their real talent in the ring.
Can you imagine if Legends like Lita, Trish, Michelle McCool, Molly Holly, Victoria, Kelly Kelly, Torrie Wilson, Jacqueline, Maryse, and others were wrestling with this crop of generation of women? THEY deserved THIS kind of respect that women’s wrestling is getting. Some of them were lucky to be part of it yesterday and they all showed us that they still got it.
Now, if you tell me, if Ronda wasn’t a part of the ending, would the women’s Rumble still go on last? I don’t know. I’d like to think yes. Asuka winning the first-ever women’s Rumble is a big deal anyway. Adding Ronda Rousey to the mix was an excellent idea. Yes, she’s probably still green. But so was Trish Stratus, and looked how she turned out. It was smart to debut her the way she did and not part of the Rumble match. It was more effective, although some might think that her debut devalued Asuka’s win and people left with Rousey on their mind, rather than Asuka who had just made history.
The female Rumble was well done. It gave us some cool face offs between those from the past and present. We got to see some nice returns. And no wonder Sasha Banks wore that Wonder Woman outfit. She was the “iron woman” in this one. It’s really interesting to see that when she’s the champion, they pull the plug on her quickly, but when it comes to something like this or a gimmick match first for the women, who’s the first one picked? Sasha Banks.
I’m happy this Rumble went on last. It would have been hard to top it with the men’s Rumble. Just the surprises alone were enough.
Next target: main event WrestleMania. It’s not a matter of if, but when.