There were a few things I did not enjoy about the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble. I didn’t enjoy Stephanie McMahon’s commentary. I didn’t think Naomi’s Kofi Kingston routine was necessary. And as I’ve said many times, I hate hearing the WWE try and make the women’s revolution all about themselves.
That said this was a history making night, and a delightful first ever Women’s Royal Rumble.
The match had a terrific mix of new stars and old. I was always a big fan of Lita, Beth Phoenix, and Trish Stratus, and though I was never crazy about Michelle McCool, she had an outstanding run in the Rumble. I was thrilled to see Sarah Logan get the #3 spot and a long run before being eliminated by my old crush, Molly Holly. But it was Vicky Guerrero who put the biggest smile on my face. I’m just sorry she was eliminated so quickly (and carefully) because I have a feeling she had something to say.
Some of the head-to-head matches were a real treat as well. Seeing Beth Phoenix stare down Nia Jax for one, and the Trish Stratus-Mickie James slug fest was quite a rush. I was glad they held Ronda Rousey’s debut until after the Rumble rather than during, and I was very happy that in the end, the right woman won.
No, the WWE did not light the fire of the women’s revolution. This revolution belongs to the ladies who made people take women’s wrestling seriously – first in the independents, and now in the WWE.
This was a history making night. Congratulations to the 30 women who made it so memorable.