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Someone Already Booked The Perfect WWE Women’s Royal Rumble

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While many took issue with the way WWE announced the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble, few can argue with the significance of the match we’ll see in late January.

Seriously, few…as in, a few have tried to complain about this match taking place. Pay them no mind.

The Women’s Royal Rumble is getting the treatment it deserves: speculation about surprise entrants, discussion about the potential and rightful winners, and more.

Well, all that can end, because Twitter user Christina (@idontlovethat) has already booked the perfect WWE Women’s Royal Rumble. You all can go home now.

The Chairshot spoke to Christina, and the Royal Rumble scenario you’re about to read is the product of much consideration—which explains why it makes total sense and is booked like a Royal Rumble should be. Vince should consider giving this woman a job.

Let’s set the stage for Christina’s train of thought.

“I’m basing this off a traditional 30-person Rumble meaning no women’s titles are on the line that night in singles competitions (to save time and include everyone possible in this historic event). I know there is a lot of talk of it being a 20-person Rumble which I feel would be a great disservice to these women and would absolutely make the entire thing less exciting with less returns and debuts.”

We’ll get to more of her comments, as well as our own, as we move along through her amazing Women’s Royal Rumble scenario. Enjoy!

#1 – Bayley

Bayley is the perfect first entrant. A fan favorite nearly everywhere she goes, she’ll elicit a great reaction when the Women’s Royal Rumble kicks off. As will her dance partner.

#2 – Asuka

A great bit of early storytelling as Asuka enters against the person she defeated when she won the NXT Women’s Championship.

#3 – Natalya

#4 – Dana Brooke

#5 – Nikki Bella

And there you go, the return of Nikki Bella! The Women’s Royal Rumble does seem like the perfect place for Nikki to make her return to a WWE ring.

#6 – Lana

#7 – Brie Bella

We’re not going to “@” you, Christina, we’re going to applaud you.

Christina told The Chairshot that she almost didn’t include Brie, which would have been a mistake.

“I almost didn’t include Brie Bella in the list but I think it’s a perfect introduction to getting her back in the ring and setting up for a mania match with Nikki. I set them up to enter close to one another, so they could team up.”

#8 – Liv Morgan

#9 – Tamina

#10 – Kelly Kelly

Absolutely brilliant entrant here. Everyone is waiting for Trish Stratus and Lita to enter the match, making this the perfect troll job early in the match.

#11 – Sarah Logan

#12 – Nikki Cross

The first NXT talent to make her WWE debut in the Women’s Royal Rumble, and it could be even better if Eric Young shows up in the men’s version later in the night.

#13 – Becky Lynch

Our own Greg DeMarco’s pick to win the first Women’s Royal Rumble, by the way.

#14 – Mickie James

#15 – Carmella

#16 – Shayna Baszler

Another NXT entrant, and Christina gives a perfectly reasonable explanation. But that must be saved for later.

#17 – Mandy Rose

#18 – Ruby Riott

#19 – Sasha Banks

#20 – Kairi Sane

#21 – Naomi

Naomi is our choice to enter #1, just so we can see her neon entrance.

#22 – Sonya Deville

#23 – Alicia Fox

#24 – Peyton Royce

#25 – Lita

Now you see why Kelly Kelly entering at #10 was so perfect? And it soon gets better.

#26 – Dakota Kai

You might notice quite an influx of Mae Young Classic talent, and that was indeed intentional.

“I specifically wanted to include some Mae Young girls. I very consciously choose Dakota Kai to include a competitor from New Zealand as well as Peyton to cover Australia. I would have loved to include more Mae Young competitors like Abbey Laith, Kavita Devi, Bianca Belaire who made it through 3 revisions before ultimately being dropped and Tessa Blanchard specifically but I think it would have been ‘too many’ surprises.”

#27 – Trish Stratus

You have to figure Trish and Lita will have an opportunity to go one-on-one, even briefly, in the match they paved the way for, right? Christina agrees, at least with that second part.

“I had to include the participation of legends such as Trish Stratus and Lita who made women’s wrestling look bad ass in a time when it was mostly fluff.”

#28 – Paige

All six of the women who invaded Raw and Smackdown are now in the match, potentially providing another showdown everyone wants to see.

#29 – Nia Jax

It’s highly likely Nia Jax will clear plenty of competitors out, setting the early standard for most eliminations in a Women’s Royal Rumble. Maybe she’ll break Roman Reigns’ record one day?

#30 – Ronda Rousey

“I felt like I had to include Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey in order to set up a Four Horsewomen feud at mania. I’d rather not see either of them but it seems likely at least one enters.”

Note that this was before speculation that Ronda won’t be in the match (we still think she shows up) or the “news” about the Horsewomen feud not happening (we still think it does, just not at WrestleMania).

Final Summary

Anecdote:

That, of course, is Candace LaRae, the wife of NXT star Johnny Gargano and one who should honestly already be on NXT herself, if not the main roster.

So you see there’s fantasy booking, and then there’s legit booking done by someone who just happens to not be employed by WWE. This isn’t fantasy booking, it’s legit booking. If the actual WWE Women’s Royal Rumble goes anything like Christina booked it, it’ll be an event to remember. And if it falls short, you’ll always be able to come back and see “what could have been.”

This goes without saying, but we fully recommend giving Christina a follow on Twitter, and follow The Chairshot if you haven’t already!


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Top 5: WWE Raw Superstars That Should Go To Smackdown In 2018

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The brand split has given us two distinct rosters with their own faults. While both shows could stand to mix the rosters up, today we look at five Raw superstars that should come to Smackdown Live within the next year.

WWE Apollo Crews Smackdown

5. Apollo Crews (Titus Brand)

Since coming to RAW, Crews was able to find a mentor in Titus O’neil, and did get a few wins under his belt. With Reigns and Lesnar holding both singles titles, the best opportunity for gold lies with the tag team championships, and that doesn’t seem probable at this point. A switch to Smackdown Live, not only for Crews, but Titus Brand, would open up opportunities. Smackdown’s tag team division is the best it has been in a while, and with a new U.S. champion getting crowned Crews can be a viable challenger for the victor.

WWE Superstar Bayley Smackdown

4. Bayley

With both Asuka and Paige top contenders for Alexa Bliss’ Woman’s Championship, and Sasha and Nia waiting in the wings, Bayley doesn’t have much she can do. Smackdown Live’s Woman’s division is in need of new competition, with Becky Lynch and Ruby Riott being the freshest competitors to challenge Charlotte. Reports are coming out that WWE is giving up on Bayley, but a switch to the blue show could open up

WWE Superstar Samoa Joe Smackdown

3. Samoa Joe

Unless he wins the Intercontinental Championship, there doesn’t seem to be anything for Samoa Joe to do on RAW until Roman eventually gets the Universal Championship. Even then the likely candidate to be a worthy challenge to the Big Dog is Braun Strowman. A move to Smackdown Live would give the main event scene a big player heading into WrestleMania and could provide for some memorable dream matches. Joe is one of the few NXT call-ups that still has a good bit of his aura still intact, but moving to SmackdownLive could provide much more prominent role.

WWE Superstar Bo Dallas Curtis Axel Smackdown

2. Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel

While a trade to the blue brand might not do much for the Miztourage, a change of scenery could do them justice. Bo and Axe are two talents most fans believe to be underutilized, as Axel is the son of Curt Henning and Bo is a former NXT Champion. The Smackdown Live tag division is flourishing at the moment, and while the two may not be challenging for the titles, at least Harper and Rowan can have another team to destroy outside of Breezango.

WWE Superstar Finn Balor Smackdown

1. Finn Balor

Like Joe, Balor will have to wait a while before getting the chance at one of the two singles titles on Monday nights. A plethora of challengers awaits Roman Reigns with both his I.C. and Universal Championships, and while Balor could be one of those challengers, it is unlikely he will take one of them. A brand change could open up a possible run at AJ Styles, as Balor has a victory over him. Not to mention, like Joe, the plentiful amount of dream matches that could come of this.


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Official Rundown: The Chairshot 2017 Match of the Year

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NJPW Kenny Omega Kazuchika Okada

All of the voting is done, and we finally know the winner of the Inaugural Chairshot Match of the Year. We’d like to thank everyone who participated across multiple groups, we saw a total of 400 people express their opinion in the results. Each of the five matches brought something a little different to the table, and in most groups we had a difference of merely 3 or 4 votes between first and second place. However, one group tipped the scales significantly for the match that ended up winning.

So let’s see where each of the Top 5 ended up in the final rankings:

 

(t) 5th – The Usos vs The New Day – WWE Hell in a Cell – 17 votes

While many people enjoyed this match, the in ring quality wasn’t quite up to par with the other options, as well as people preferring one of the other matches between these two teams. Given the year both teams had, and how The Usos are most people’s tag team of the year…tying for 5th in this vote isn’t really an insult.

 

(t) 5th – Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Brian Cage – NOAH Summer Navigation – 17 votes

This match suffered from the lack of overall exposure to the general crowd. Brian Cage’s popularity in Lucha Underground helped to put this on some people’s radar but, Japanese companies not named New Japan still have issues garnering more fans. This match showcased a lot of Brian Cage’s ability not seen on Lucha Underground. So the fact it at least tied for 5th, instead of getting no traction, is a small testament for word of mouth still doing work in the social media age.

 

WWE John Cena AJ Styles Match Of The Year

3rd – John Cena vs AJ Styles – WWE Royal Rumble – 56 votes

The WWE’s Match of the Year, finishes third, with a respectable number of votes. A very good match for WWE standards, had the uphill battle of following Wrestle Kingdom 11, and put up a good fight. Cena ties Ric Flair’s record 16 Heavyweight Title reigns with this match, but it sadly didn’t measure up to the caliber of our top two matches this year.

 

WWE Tyler Bate Pete Dunne Match Of The Year

2nd – Tyler Bate vs Pete Dunne – NXT Takeover: Chicago – 91 votes

When this match ended and Meltzer’s ratings gave it less than 5 Stars, the internet wrestling community collectively lost their minds. NXT as a brand is highly beloved since it’s basically the WWE’s version of a Indy promotion, with better production values. The match was quite good and even won the vote in a few of the groups we extended the poll into. Definitely a well deserved Top 5 entrant, but still fell to the match that won over many critics and decisively won our vote.

 

NJPW Kenny Omega Kazuchika Okada Match Of The Year

1st – Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega – NJPW Dominion – 219 votes

Was there really any doubt? These two have put on enough classic matches this year to basically have a Top 10 of matches just including them. Not only did this match surpass their first bout, which was Kim Kardashian’s backside levels of breaking the internet, it immediately drew comparisons to Steamboat vs Flair thanks to the 60 Minute Broadway, which isn’t seen often, much less for the Heavyweight Championship. Regardless of where you lie on your feelings between the best match of the trilogy, or what trilogy is the best, or who the better wrestler is, the main fact is; without these matches capturing your interest, you wouldn’t have a basis for argument in the first place.

This vote caps off 2017 nicely as the year of New Japan. It became more visible to the public even before Jericho’s announcement and gives fans a plausible number 2 to try to rally behind. Would it be nice to see WWE step up their game a little? Yes it would, but it probably won’t happen yet. Should you be hopping on the Japanese Wrestling Hype Train and look into NOAH, Dragon Gate and All Japan? Definitely yes, at times those three companies put on matches that were better than New Japan and have stars that can easily compete with your favorites in NJPW.

Use your internet connection to educate yourself further…and Always Use Your Head.


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