A lot of people are thinking about the potential Royal Rumble winners for the men’s and women’s matches on Saturday night (January 28) in San Antonio at the Alamodome.
Will Cody Rhodes returns to WWE and walks straight to a WrestleMania Main event, will WWE go with a hot hand for Sami Zayn, or will Dwayne Johnson secretly be in the building for a big surprise?
Will Rhea Ripley finally win the women’s match this year, or will she be one of the 23 currently unnamed participants?
Sometimes the Rumble winner is subject to change until the night before the event. during an interview on Public Enemies Podcastformer WWE writer Chris Dunn claims that Bianca Belair was not originally going to win the 2021 women’s Royal Rumble match:
“I was in a Tampa hotel room, and we were watching a soccer game. And one of the assistants had just left the Royal Rumble before the meeting. And they changed the ending.
Charlotte was going, and they rehearsed for Charlotte to come back. And Bianca was going to walk out like midway through the match. It has changed back to Bianca. I think a lot of people expressed it, but this guy Ryan Ward, who’s been there for 14 years, was the Cinna writer, and for my money he had the biggest hand in the women’s revolution… from my understanding, from what I’ve heard, he kind of said to Vince [McMahon] Something poignant,” Vince said if you look at the Royal Rumble tomorrow, we have Edge winning and Charlotte winning. We’re not making any new superstars.
And I think that really resonated with me, and Bianca was in such a place where it kind of made sense. And then, right after that match, she also had to really prove that post-match promo. And she did. It was just amazing and wonderful.”
Charlotte Flair won the 2020 Royal Rumble match, so the idea that Vince wanted to come back to her for another win in 2021 is… well, that just sounds like Vince’s first instinct, right?
Fortunately, Belair went on to win the 2021 Royal Rumble match and the first title WrestleMania 37 against Sasha Banks. Bianca has been the strongest babyface in WWE for the past two years, and it all started with a Royal Rumble win.
What do you think of Dan’s story, Kagesiders?