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Writing The Book: The 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble Match

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Should Becky Lynch win the WWE Women’s Royal Rumble? Abe gives you his thoughts when he’s Writing The Book! What do you think?

Welcome to “Writing the Book.” This is where I attempt to book wrestling pay-per-views, storylines, and matches in an interesting yet logical matter. This week we have the Women’s Royal Rumble!

This was a tall task because people don’t normally book these kinds of matches alone. However, I decided to challenge myself with that headache. Turns out, it ended up being quite enjoyable. The Royal Rumble is the favorite event of the year for most fans so being able to write out the whole thing was just as fun. I’ll explain a few things before the first entrant walks out.

I’m having this match be the main event just like last year. I’ve written a couple backstage segments that will occur throughout the night. Ronda Rousey vs Sasha Banks will happen one or two matches before the Rumble. After Sasha loses, Triple H meets her backstage. He explains that Billie Kay and Peyton Royce insisted they enter as a single entrant. “That being said, a slot in the Rumble just opened up”, Trips says as he hands her a card with an unseen number. There will be an additional unrelated backstage segment after the opener but you’ll know more about that when you get to Entry #19.

There will be no Trish or Lita this time. They had their moments at the last Rumble and Evolution so I wanted to give the free spots to NXT talent and past superstars that haven’t gotten the chance to make that proper return.

Any number you see along the way in parentheses indicates the order at which someone was eliminated. That will help you keep track since you don’t have the visual of a ring in front of you. All surprise entrants will have a link to the wrestler’s entrance music attached so you can envision the moment.

#1 Alexa Bliss

Alexa enters first, grabs a microphone, and voices her displeasure over drawing the first entrant slot. She goes on to say her new talk show has brought in ratings and even managed the women’s division when called upon by Baron Corbin. Alexa demands better treatment. Then the music for Entrant #2 hits.

#2 Shayna Baszler 

The total antithesis of the image of Alexa Bliss. Shayna doesn’t make excuses and demands fights rather than shying away from them. Michael Cole announces her as a 2-time NXT Women’s Champion and member of Ronda Rousey’s Horsewomen stable (pun intended). I wanted her to squash Alexa in seconds but realized she is a 5-time champion so she gets to stay a while longer.

#3-4 Alicia Fox, Ember Moon 

Alicia Fox enters to help Alexa and helps for a little bit but is no match for Shayna. Baszler eliminates Fox (1) but only tosses Alexa aside. Ember Moon, Shayna’s former rival from NXT, then enters and begins to furiously brawl with Baszler.

#5 Billie Kay & Peyton Royce

They enter together as one entrant because why wouldn’t they. Holding hands while their free hands each wield a microphone. Their promo gets so obnoxious that it makes Moon and Baszler stop fighting. It’s like their entrance at Evolution except they don’t get eliminated right away.

#6-7 Liv Morgan, Toni Storm

Liv enters but doesn’t have her teammates with her so she can’t do much. Toni Storm then makes her entrance with her shiny new NXTUK Women’s Championship. Between her Mae Young Classic win and UK appearances, enough fans should be familiar enough to know she’s a credible threat. As the future of the company, we need as many eyes on her as possible.

#8-10 Sasha Banks, Sarah Logan, Bayley

Two things to notice when Sasha enters: her arm is wrapped from the Rousey match and she goes straight for Shayna. She knows the connection between Baszler and Rousey and wants to take her frustration out. Shayna attacks the arm and neutralizes her immediately. Sarah Logan joins the fray and helps Liv, followed by Bayley who helps Sasha.

There are now three separate tag teams in the ring. The Riott Squad, The IIconics, and Sasha & Bayley. They all circle the ring while the commentators remind us that women’s tag team champions will be crowned at the next pay-per-view. The ring is filling up so let’s clean it out. Sasha and Bayley toss the IIconics (2). Shayna then throws both Sasha and Bayley over simultaneously (3 & 4). Seeds of the MMA vs WWE Horsewomen continue to be planted. Sasha is incredibly frustrated and Bayley has to calm her down.

#11 Lacey Evans

Shayna finally dispatches Alexa Bliss (5). Alexa is exiting up the ramp as Lacey Evans walks down. Lacey mocks and laughs at Bliss. Cole reminds us of their encounter from Monday. Frustrated, Alexa turns around and attacks Lacey from behind. Alexa throws her in the ring right into Ember Moon who is waiting to throw her out (6). Lacey Evans now has her first main roster feud against a babyface Alexa Bliss.

Currently in ring: Shayna Baszler, Ember Moon, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Toni Storm

#12-13 Ruby Riott, Tamina

Ruby Riott completes the Riott Squad trio and Tamina adds some muscle.

#14 Bianca Belair

I want her in this match regardless if she wins the NXT Women’s Championship the night before. She’s too athletic and charismatic to not have multiple title reigns in her future so the casual fans need to be introduced to her.

#15-16 Mickie James, Dana Brooke

After these two make their entrances, Bianca eliminates both of them (7 & 8). It creates instant credibility.

The Riott Squad change their focus to Toni Storm. The three of them try to toss Toni over but Ember saves her by pulling Ruby off. Toni is then able to break free and eliminates Sarah and Liv in the process (9 & 10).

Currently in ring: Baszler, Moon, Storm, Riott, Belair, Tamina 

#17 Rhea Ripley

Just when Toni Storm overcomes the Riott Squad and thinks she has a chance to breathe, Rhea Ripley’s music hits and Toni’s face turns pale. Rhea is not happy about losing that UK Title to Toni and it’s visibly apparent. She’s aiming to clean house.

#18 Zelina Vega

Zelina comes in like a spitfire with her aerial attacks and ranas. Her speed makes Rhea and Tamina flustered and knocks them off their balance. Ripley and Tamina eventually catch her and throw her over together (11). Bianca attempts to capitalize on them having their backs turned but numbers and size aren’t in her favor. She gets tossed after a brief but impressive showing (12).

#19 Nia Jax/Becky Lynch

Allow me a second to explain this one. Have Becky and Asuka open the show. Becky loses. Nia meets Becky backstage after her loss. Remember when Becky punched Nia as revenge after her match at TLC? Nia retaliates at the start of this show. Becky’s face is in serious pain and needs medical attention.

Fast forward to Nia making her entrance at the Rumble. Becky, wearing a face mask for her nose, ambushes her on the ramp while the doctors attempt to get her to stop. Lynch assaults her enough to make the doctors turn their attention to Nia. Becky starts to walk back up the ramp, pauses, looks back at the ring, waits for audience approval, then decides to enter the match as she shoves doctors off of her. She throws Nia’s partner, Tamina, over upon entry (13). Nia Jax never enters.

Currently in the ring: Baszler, Moon, Storm, Riott, Ripley, Lynch

#20 Victoria

This absolutely needs to happen. She wasn’t involved with the inaugural women’s rumble, Evolution, Raw 25, or Smackdown 1000. I don’t understand why. She’s a future Hall of Famer and helped shape this generation’s female superstars alongside Trish, Lita, and Molly Holly. Victoria is also in the final year of her career so she wont get an opportunity like this again. Getting a stare down with Becky Lynch once Victoria enters the ring would be a pretty great moment.

#21 Nikki Cross 

One of the main roster’s newest and brightest stars needs to be among the final group of competitors. Cross indiscriminately begins to pick fights with the current field.

#22-24 Sonya Deville, Natalya, Mandy Rose

Sonya and Mandy are able to team up and Natalya enters as another viable candidate to go deep into the match.

The ring now has eleven entrants so it’s time to filter some out. Rhea completes her mini run by eliminating fan-favorites, Nikki Cross and Victoria (14, 15). Toni Storm takes advantage and gets rid of Ripley (16), thus setting up their inevitable championship rematch. Becky Lynch makes her first big elimination in Shayna Baszler (17), who has been the top performer thus far. This also furthers the horsewomen storyline. Remember, Baszler is the reason Sasha and Bayley got thrown out.

Currently in the ring: Moon, Storm, Riott, Lynch, Deville, Nattie, Rose

#25 Kaitlyn

A former Divas Champion that made her return in the last Mae Young Classic. She didn’t show much signs of ring rust and the fans love her so I’d be open to welcoming her back in the form of a main roster spot. Her experience, strength and championship history make her an immediate problem to the women in the ring.

#26 Naomi

As expected, she makes a b-line toward Mandy Rose. Sonya tries to pull her off and is rewarded with a flurry of forearms. Naomi throws Sonya over, then Mandy (18,19).

#27 Kairi Sane

She replaced an injured Alicia Fox in last year’s rumble and returns once again as a surprise entrant. This time, she enters as a former NXT Champion and is even closer to making the main roster. She needs to be showcased.

After Kairi enters and gets some offense in, Ruby Riott eliminates recent foe, Natalya (20).

Currently in the ring: Moon, Storm, Riott, Lynch, Kaitlyn, Naomi, Sane

#28-30 Lana, Charlotte Flair, Carmella 

Lana enters, and doesn’t do much, so Becky gets rid of her (21). Charlotte enters at 29, making her already great chances even better. As the winner of Mixed Match Challenge, Carmella is awarded with being #30. Thankfully, that’s one less slot I had to worry about. Now we can begin the final sequence.

Final Nine: Moon, Storm, Riott, Lynch, Kaitlyn, Naomi, Sane, Flair, Carmella

Ruby Riott starts a hot streak by removing Kaitlyn and Kairi Sane from the match (22, 23). Toni Storm finally meets her match in Charlotte (24). Storm was in the match for about 45 minutes. Ember is still climbing in the 50s.

Spots and sequences occur for another couple minutes then Charlotte claims another with Carmella (25). Ruby nabs a fourth elimination by overcoming Naomi (26).

FINAL FOUR: Ember Moon, Ruby Riott, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair

Two from Raw and two from Smackdown. Unfortunately, the two Raw ladies have to exit the match. Charlotte gets Ruby (27) and Becky gets Ember (28). Ruby lasted for 45 minutes and Ember hit the hour mark.

Down to Charlotte and Becky. It essentially turns into a mini match. Five minutes of chops, suplexes and trading submissions. The kendo stick Charlotte likes to use also gets involved. Becky locks Charlotte in the Disarm Her. Charlotte tries reaching for the bottom rope so she can escape to the outside. Becky then releases and locks the submission on the arm Charlotte reached with. Becky now attempts to throw Charlotte over.

Charlotte grabs the top rope with one arm and it hurts. She then grabs the rope with the other arm but the pain from the submissions is unbearable. Becky had them locked in for a long time. Because Charlotte cannot use her arms to stop the momentum, she is thrown over (29). Becky Lynch wins the Royal Rumble.

*****

I know to many this is an uninspiring decision. The most pushed star in the company isn’t even in the match but I put her in it and allowed her to win the whole thing. I think the Royal Rumble should be won by the biggest star, though. When Becky Lynch tagged with John Cena a couple weeks ago, the crowd started chanting “We want Becky” when John Cena was in the ring. John Cena is considered by many as the greatest ever yet the fans preferred Becky Lynch. If this was Money in the Bank, Ruby or Ember would have been my winner.

It works as a story too. Nia Jax took away Becky Lynch’s opportunity to face Ronda Rousey, but Becky took it back. Michael Cole and Corey Graves will surely be losing their mind at ringside. Someone not entered in the match just won the Royal Rumble. We’ve seen people get ambushed prior to entering before but we’ve never seen the attacker actually go on to win the whole thing. That will make fans tune in to Raw.

Management will decide that Becky was justified. However, once Nia Jax heals from her “injuries”, Becky Lynch will defend her Wrestlemania spot against her at either Elimination Chamber or Fastlane. Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan did something similar in 2015.

Many are speculating Ronda Rousey to face Charlotte at Mania but that’s not THE match. We’ve seen that already. It was great but now we have the chance to see another dream match for the first time on the grandest stage. Ronda Rousey vs Becky Lynch is the best chance there is to having women headline Wrestlemania for the first time ever. The only other matchup on par with that one would be if Seth Rollins challenged Brock Lesnar. The story is already there. Their first match got cancelled, they started an online feud, then Ronda cost Becky her women’s championship at TLC. I ingrained the WWE vs MMA Horsewomen feud in the Rumble match for that reason. Now that Asuka is champion, I would have no problem with her gaining heel tendencies as Charlotte steps up for a Mania rematch.

 


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6. It is time for Johnny Saint to retire and officially promote Sid Scala to General Manager. Saint is a beloved figure in British wrestling (and a technical in-ring wizard), so I understand why they brought him in. Truth be told, he’s never done much and when he is around he isn’t a strong presence. Scala is there every week and has earned the job. Give Sid the job!

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5. It is only right to send Mr. Saint out with a proper farewell. This is a gem from at least 1985, the last year for the original World of Sport Wrestling. It’s easy to see his influence on British wrestling and safe to say Tyler Bate studied and stole every one of Saint’s moves. Added bonus: some youngster named Dave Finlay has a mullet that would make Eddie Guerrero jealous.
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4. Isla Dawn’s character keeps getting better. For months, she hasn’t cared about winning and losing, only taking trophies from her opponents. This week, she beat Aleah James then returned the hair scrunchie she stole from her. That is a seriously cool twist & one I hope they continue until Dawn returns all her stolen goodies. It’s like she took everything she needed from her opponents in order to build herself up to challenge Meiko Satomura. I don’t know if she’s championship material, but I’d love to see her and Satomura try and top their first encounter.

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3. I like the idea of Teoman’s family, but the execution is lacking. There is no reason for Rohan Raja or Charlie Dempsey to be with him. There’s nothing that ties them together. NXT UK has been running blazing hot this year, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe it works. Maybe it won’t. Either way, Charlie Dempsey is a star. When the time is right, he and Tyler Bate can have the 5 star Heritage Cup match we’ve been waiting for.

WWE on Twitter: "The legendary #NXTUK tag team Moustache Mountain want those @NXTUK Tag Team Titles held by Pretty Deadly! @SamStokerPD @LewisHowleyPD https://t.co/UbWuNohd8q" / Twitter

2. Pretty Deadly versus Mustache Mountain feels like a MOTY in the making. Can the Dandy Highwaymen defeat the forefathers of British Strong Style again and officially claim to be the best tag team in the brand’s history? Can Mustache Mountain finally capture the titles that surprisingly have evaded them since the brand’s inception? If they keep it clean with no outside interference, there is about a 1% chance this match won’t live up to the hype.

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1. Gallus’ theme music is bad ass. That is all.


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Steve Cook’s Fave Five: November 2021

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It’s Thanksgiving week, and you know what that means!

This is the time we give thanks for our favorite professional wrestlers. And other things, I’m sure. Many of you reading this have other things to be thankful for. I don’t know what those are, but I do know which wrestlers I’m thankful for here at this moment. Let’s dive into the Fave Five!

5. Eddie Kingston

As somebody that was into the independent wrestling scene back in the mid-2000s, I’ve been aware of Eddie Kingston’s existence for a long time. I’ve known that the man was a better talker than almost anybody in the wrestling business. I’ve also known that the man was his own worst enemy, much like Buddy Landell was his own worst enemy back in the 1980s & 90s. If Eddie could somehow find the right place and right time, nothing could hold him back.

This seems like Eddie Kingston’s right place & time. He got a spot with AEW, and he kept getting over. His piece with The Player’s Tribune got him even more sympathy than he already had. The feud with CM Punk heading into Full Gear was perfect. It got Punk into the state people wanted him in. The match at Full Gear was great, even if Punk ended up winning. The only issue? The feud isn’t continuing. But that’s AEW. Feuds don’t last long unless they’re on BTE. Punk & King have already moved onto other things, and we can only hope they get back to each other in a year or two.

4. Bryan Danielson

I know that Bryan’s biggest run came when he was the underdog going against The Authority, and many folks took to him as that underdog. I was one of those guys that followed Bryan during his indy career, and his best run came when he was a total dickhead heel in Ring of Honor. Yeah, he was still short or whatever mainstream fans complained about at the time, but he could out-wrestle anybody put in the ring with him, and he was supremely confident about that fact. Not over-confident, supremely confident. He’d tell the referees the rules, because he was the Best in the World.

AEW fans are now getting that side of Bryan Danielson, and fortunately he has the right opponent to do it against. Hangman Adam Page has been accepted as a folk hero by hardcore AEW fans. They won’t turn against the Hangman for anybody, even when it’s really tempting since Bryan Danielson is a pretty amazing professional wrestler. One of the best I’ve seen! He’s getting to be a total dickhead again while he runs through Page’s Dark Order friends, and it’s amazing.

He’s not lying either. He wrestled the day after he won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania! Bryan Danielson has never lied. Maybe you don’t like what he says, but he’s always been honest. And the second he mentioned WrestleMania, those hardcore AEW fans were ready to jump on him. Bryan didn’t bury WWE like other folks that previously worked for them did. He had his reasons, and this was one of them.

3. The IInspiration

I was asked to be part of 411’s Fact or Fiction this week, since this week was decided to be the blowoff for a tournament from way too long ago where Len Archibald & myself made it to the finals. Bad news for me, as Len is much better with the written word than I am. 411 readers will sacrifice me at the temple of the Tribal Chief that is Len Archibald. I can’t blame them. One of the questions of this particular Fact or Fiction column asks us if underutilized people are better off getting released. Two of the most underutilized people in the history of WWE were Cassie Lee & Jessie McKay. WWE never knew what they had with them. Not the slightest idea. The only time they ever put them over was to spite Bayley & Sasha Banks for reasons. They never followed up on that because they didn’t care.

Cassie was supposed to be the breakout single star, except they never followed through with it. Jessie had the personality, and she had the look too but WWE did the best they could to take the look away from her. It was so weird. That’s why I’m so happy they found a place to let them be them. Impact Wrestling is a strange place. Certain people find their place there. The IInspiration seem to fit like a glove.

2. Dalton Castle

The Party Peacock was somebody that original Ring of Honor fans would have rejected in an instant. Some will try to tell me I’m wrong about that, but they in fact are wrong. The very first segment on “The Era of Honor Begins” featured the Christopher Street Connection getting squashed by Da Hit Squad because their sort of flamboyance wasn’t what ROH was going to be all about. It was 2002, a different time. I remember it well, as I graduated from high school. Way too many things have happened since then and I feel way too damn old.

Dalton Castle would not have been a favorite to original ROH fans in 2002. By the time he came around, he was just what the promotion needed. He had a personality the likes of which hadn’t been seen in pro wrestling for quite some time, which was great because the main knock against ROH was that their wrestlers didn’t have personality. Dalton Castle was ROH’s answer to that criticism. Unfortunately, Dalton’s body broke down at the same time he won the company’s World Championship. He fought through a broken back to have a reign worthy of the championship, but nearly killed himself in the process.

Castle wasn’t the same for a long time afterward. Only recently, we started to see shades of the old Dalton Castle. The man was revitalized by the promise of Television. He wanted to make Ring of Honor the best show on TV, even though he was a very busy man. Very busy. We’re lucky to see him when we do. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with him now that Ring of Honor is letting their people go. If he’s back to being the Dalton Castle we remember from a few years ago, the sky’s the limit. Any company would be lucky to have his talent & personality.

1. Cora Jade

I realize that I am in the minority of people around here when it comes to NXT 2.0. I can’t really say it’s a good wrestling show, but I do find it interesting. You have to know a little bit about my rasslin fan background. I ended up in Louisville during the time when Ohio Valley Wrestling was WWE’s developmental territory. While I never got the chance to attend a show at Davis Arena until years afterward, I enjoyed getting to watch the future stars of WWE on television learning their craft before they made it to Raw or SmackDown. Some were really good in the ring. Some were not. But it was all interesting to me.

Here in 2021, I have more interest in seeing the people that WWE thinks is going to be their future than seeing people I saw in Ring of Honor more than ten years ago having great matches just like they did in Ring of Honor more than ten years ago and having no chance of making it any bigger than “NXT TakeOver main eventer”. Which is fine if you’re into that kind of thing. Me…not so much.

I’m looking for the next big thing. Always have been, always will be. So when I take a look at Cora Jade, the youngest person under WWE contract, I see the potential. I see her work against Mandy Rose, who WWE wants to be the next big thing. I see Cora Jade get over, and I see the future, which is Cora Jade. People will try to tell me I’m wrong. They’ll be proven wrong eventually, but since they’re a lot louder, followers will act like the fools were right all along, even though they had the wrong opinions back in the day. That’s America for ya.


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