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Power Ranking The Women’s Royal Rumble Entrants



With the Rumble fast approaching, Kevin takes a look at the competitors we know of, and Power Ranks them all! Let’s see who number 1 is!

I’m baaaaack!

Last week, as you may recall, I did a column power ranking the participants in the men’s Royal Rumble by who had the best chance of winning, in my eyes.

But we don’t have just ONE Royal Rumble match to dissect. That’s right, for the second consecutive year, the women of RAW and SmackDown will compete in their very own Rumble match!

So, in the spirit of the season, I’ve decided to break down the women’s Rumble in the same way, taking each of the announced competitors and ranking them in terms of who I think has the best shot of taking the whole thing, and punching their ticket to WrestleMania.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Wild Cards: Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss

So just to be brief: Becky Lynch is competing for the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Asuka at the PPV, but every inch of me believes that she will lose that match, and enter the Rumble at #30 to a wild crowd pop.

Charlotte Flair, while many (including myself) expect her to enter the Rumble, hasn’t officially declared her entry into the match at the time of this writing, and Alexa Bliss may be unable to compete due to her recent concussions. Still, if any of these three women make it into the match, I think they would all be considered among the favorites. As it stands, none of them are official, and therefore ineligible to make the official list.

15. Zelina Vega

While Vega has made huge waves as the business partner/manager of Andrade Cien Almas (that will always be his name, I refuse to conform), she hasn’t really been presented as a credible in-ring competitor yet. I think she’s going to have a busy WrestleMania season, but as a manager, not as a competitor for a women’s championship.

14-13. Billie Kay & Peyton Royce

It’s a shame, really, because I think these two have found a nice little niche for themselves over on SmackDown. Unfortunately, that niche seems to be that they’re always getting beat up after running their mouths, but hey, whatever gets you on TV, right?

These two just seem like they’re destined for a short stint in the Rumble, I’ll give the edge to Peyton Royce over Billie Kay just because I think she’s a better overall competitor.

12. Alicia Fox

Poor Foxy, she just doesn’t have much of a chance in this field. Still, I’ll give her a slight advantage over her competitors because she’s crazy, and also has a veteran’s experience and has been in this situation before, unlike a competitor like Vega, who wasn’t in last year’s Rumble.

11-10. Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan

I have a feeling that we might see some intriguing story work out of these two in the match. Do they work together? Does one turn on another? Do they team up on Ruby Riott? Does Riott turn on them? None of the above? It’s pretty enticing.

But as far as actually winning the match goes, I don’t see that in the cards for Morgan or Logan – at least not this year.

9. Mickie James

I’ll use the same veteran argument that I used for Foxy here for Mickie James. She’s been around a long time, she knows how to handle high-pressure situations, she was in this last year, etc.

But I could actually envision storylines that have Mickie James pulling this one out. I don’t think it will happen, but there are plenty of fans out there who would love to see James get one last push, and where better to start that at the Rumble? A pipe dream maybe, but nonetheless, she gets a spot in the Top 10.

8. Naomi

I have a feeling Naomi gets dumped by Mandy Rose here, since they’re so dead set on continuing this highly questionable love triangle story with Jimmy Uso, and that seems like a good way to further the feud, maybe even toward WrestleMania.

So no, I don’t think that Naomi will win. However, she’s got a good history in Battle Royals, winning last year’s WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal, and a potential Naomi-Asuka WrestleMania match would make sense in story, and also would be an absolute banger of a match.

7. Natalya

Another crafty veteran, but one that’s been involved in or around the title picture in recent weeks. We already got Natalya-Rousey on RAW a couple of weeks ago, but wouldn’t it be even better with a few weeks of proper build? Don’t count out the Queen of Harts.

6. Mandy Rose

Like I mentioned earlier, I think that Mandy Rose will get the jump on Naomi and send her packing from this year’s Royal Rumble. But again, I think that Naomi-Mandy should get the WrestleMania treatment, although I wish the storyline were about two women who just flat-out hated each other, rather than a woman trying to break up a marriage just for kicks. That’s kinda messed up.

But Mandy is clearly someone who Vince is high on, and therefore she has to be seen as at least a fringe contender to bring the whole thing home.

5. Carmella

Carmella’s been flirting with the main event scene again for the first time in a few months, just narrowly missing out on the chance to challenge Asuka for the Women’s title, so instead she’ll be competing in the Rumble match to try ad fight her way into a title match at WrestleMania.

But Carmella does, by way of winning the Mixed Match Challenge, have an advantage over the rest of the field: The coveted #30 entry. She’s going to be the freshest competitor in the whole match, and that should play to her opportunism quite well. She’s also been doing quite well as a fan favorite, and would probably get a decent-sized pop if she won, which is important.

4. Bayley

I don’t think she’s going to win. She hasn’t exactly been presented as a threat recently, even though she did pick up a pinfall victory in six-woman action on RAW. But could you imagine if Sasha wins the RAW Women’s Championship, and Bayley wins the Rumble, then we could FINALLY get that Sasha-Bayley WrestleMania dream match that we all deserve.

But, while we will see that match someday, it’s not going to be at WrestleMania. Sorry, everyone.

3. Sonya Deville

I may be stretching out on a limb here, but I’m a HUGE fan of Sonya Deville. I think she’s pretty close to the total package, and should be in line for a push. The best place to start a push is the Royal Rumble, isn’t it?

Even if she doesn’t win, which I don’t think she actually will, she should put on a star-making performance, solidifying herself as one of the top dogs in the SmackDown Women’s division.

2. Ruby Riott

Another superstar who’s basically just waiting on a chance to burst out and become one of the top women in the company. I could actually genuinely see her winning this match, to tell you the truth, one of two women outside of the wild cards that I actually could believe will win.

What will inevitably stand in her way, besides 29 other competitors, is her tie-in with the Riott Squad. I think Ruby either lasts until the Final 4, or takes a surprise exit courtesy of Liv Morgan and/or Sarah Logan. Plenty of interesting ways that story could flesh out.

1. Ember Moon

Give Ember Moon a title shot already! She’s one of the most exciting competitors to watch on either show regardless of gender, the fans love her, and yet she wasn’t even on RAW this week. I actually have a feeling we won’t see her again until the Royal Rumble, giving the fans somewhat of an element of surprise.

But I want her to win. More than Becky and Charlotte and Alexa, who don’t need it to stay in title contention. More than Ruby or Sonya, who may be a year away. Ember Moon is ready for superstardom NOW. Catapult her to the gosh darn moon, have her eliminate six or seven competitors and win the whole thing, going on to WrestleMania to challenge Rousey or Banks or Asuka (!!!). It’s what the people want, and it’s what I want!

There you have it, guys and girls! That’s my list, Do you love it? Did you hate it? Do you wish to have my head examined? Drop a comment!

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AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21

AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?



As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.

Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!

#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time

There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…


I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.

#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic

Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.

People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.

I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.

#3- Overuse of Certain Moves

This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…

Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.

If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.

How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.

That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!

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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?



With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass

Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed

The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!

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