One of the most memorable pay-per-view shows in WWE history took place on Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The night couldn’t have ended more perfectly, as Asuka won the very first all-woman Royal Rumble, and will get a championship match against Charlotte or Alexa Bliss at WrestleMania 34.
Oh, and UFC women’s star Ronda Rousey also came in after the match to offer Asuka congratulations while pointing at the WrestleMania sign. Throw in Shinsuke Nakamura winning the 30-men Royal Rumble, and you have yourself one of the most epic shows in WWE history.
Asuka won the match after last eliminating Nikki Bella – who betrayed sister Brie and sent her out of the ring before. She did not yet announce if she would face Charlotte or Alexa Bliss, but we will find out soon enough.
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A perennial NXT star, Asuka joined the main event roster on Raw back in September, and has quickly gotten over with the crowd. With her mysterious and quiet persona and excellent in-ring abilities, she has all the tools to be the next major star in the women’s division. Asuka is a well-deserving winner of the very first women’s Royal Rumble, and it’s hard to be critical about this booking decision.
Asuka held the NXT Women’s Championship once, but has yet to capture any title gold on the main roster. The two-time Female Competitor of the Year has more than proven her all-around abilities as a top star, and will put on a great match at WrestleMania 34 – no matter the opponent.
This feels like a major win for the WWE, who finally listened to the fans and gave them a Royal Rumble outcome they were pleased with. We’ve been waiting a while for Nakamura and Asuka to get pushes, and they got them. We now look forward to seeing who Asuka wants to face on the Grandest Stage of Them All.
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