January 28, 2018

1st Ever 30-Woman Royal Rumble Match Recap

Below is a recap of the 1st Ever 30-Woman Royal Rumble Match from our live play by play coverage at Wrestlingattitude.Com. Full results are at this link.

1st Ever 30-Woman Royal Rumble Match

Maria Menounos is introduced as the special guest ring announcer. The crowd does not have much love for Maria. She introduces the special guest commentator, Stephanie McMahon, who also is not greatly beloved.

Alexa Bliss makes her way out as well, followed by Charlotte Flair, as it looks like both Champions will be sitting ringside for the Rumble.

Sasha Banks is introduced as #1, and she makes her way out to a nice reaction from the fans.

#2 is Becky Lynch, who also gets a great reaction as the fans sing along with her theme song on her way to the ring.

The bell rings and both women circle each other before locking up. Becky clamps on a headlock, and Sasha tries to push her off over the top rope. Sasha tries for the backstabber, but Becky holds on to the ropes. Becky connects with a couple of arm drags and an arm bar, but neither woman is able to maintain an advantage. Both women clothesline each other, and both end up on the mat.

Entrant #3 is Sarah Logan.

Logan immediately begins stomping away on Lynch before dropkicking Sasha. Becky tries to fight back a bit, but Logan connects with a big clothesline on Becky. Sarah tries to eliminate Becky, but Sasha comes in to prevent that from happening. Sasha eats a head butt from Sarah. Sarah works over Becky in the corner while the clock counts down.

Entrant #4 is Mandy Rose.

Entrant #4 is Mandy Rose.

Mandy goes right for Sasha, trying to press her over the top rope, but Sasha will not go out. Mandy connects with a big knee to Sasha's chest for a big pop from the crowd. Mandy attempts to push Sasha up and over the corner turnbuckle, but Sasha fights it off.

Entrant #5 is Lita.

Lita comes out to a huge pop, and she stands across from Becky and Sasha. Sasha and Becky double kick Lita in the stomach. Lita responds with a double clothesline. Mandy comes in from behind, then she blasts Lita with a couple of big forearms. Mandy slams Lita's head into the top turnbuckle. Sasha sends Sarah out to the apron, but Sarah is able to fight back into the ring. Mandy connects with a knee to the side of Lita's face, but Lita is able to respond by eliminating Mandy by pushing her off the apron.

Entrant #6 is Kairi Sane.

Kairi goes right to work and chops Lita across the chest before stomping across the ring and charging in with a nasty falling forearm. Kairi takes out Sarah, then Sasha with a neckbreaker. Kairi heads to the top rope and she hits her amazing elbow drop on Sasha to a huge pop.

Entrant #7 is Tamina, who enters while Kairi hits another elbow drop on Becky.

Tamina kicks Kairi, then Sasha, then Becky, but she ends up eating a twist of fate from Lita. Lita connects with a twist of fate on Sasha and Becky as well. Lita heads up to the top rope and she launches herself off with a double moonsault, hitting both Becky and Sasha. Lita low bridges Tamina, but Becky comes in and eliminates Lita in turn, getting a lot of heat from the crowd.

Entrant #8 is Dana Brooke.

Dana comes in and shakes off a couple of kicks to the back from Becky. Dana takes Kairi into the corner and she seats her on the top rope. Kairi tries to kick her away, but Dana shoves her out to the floor and out of the match.

Entrant #9 is Torrie Wilson.

Torrie hits a facebuster on Dana before sending Sasha and Becky into the corner, and eating a dropkick from Sarah. Sarah tries to eliminate Torrie in the corner, but Sasha stops her. Dana charges Torrie, and she's back dropped to the apron. Torrie baseball slides Dana's feet and knocks her to the floor.

Entrant #10 is Sonya Deville.

Sonya goes right for Sasha and Becky. Becky ducks a kick from Sonya, and Sonya tosses Becky to the apron, but she's able to avoid elimination. Sonya is able to send Torrie to the apron, and she connects with a kick that sends Torrie falling to the floor.

Entrant #11 is Liv Morgan.

Liv comes in and stomps away at her opponents before slamming Sasha face first to the mat, then double stomping her back. Sarah and Liv team up, sending Sasha to the apron, but Becky comes in to break things up.

Entrant #12 is Molly Holly.

Molly gets a great pop as she makes it into the ring, suplexes Becky, and slams Sarah over the top rope and to the outside. Molly heads to the top and she connects with the front flip senton to wipe out Sasha. Sonya takes out Molly, then Becky connect with the Bexploder on Sonya.

Entrant #13 is Lana.

Lana gets ganged up on by Liv and Sonya right off the bat. Lana stands and slaps Sonya before grabbing Liv by the hair and slamming her head against the mat.

Entrant #14 is Michelle McCool.

Michelle blasts Lana and Liv with big kicks before she connects with a running hip in the corner on Sonya. Michelle seats Sonya on the top turnbuckle and drops her to the floor. Michelle tosses Liv over the top, then Molly comes in from behind, only to be tosses out by Michelle. Michelle squares off with Lana, and she tosses her over the top rope.

Entrant #15 is Ruby Riott.

Michelle tosses Riott out to the apron, but she's not able to send her to the floor. Sasha also sends Riott to the apron, as does Becky, but Ruby won't go down.

Entrant #16 is Vickie Guerrero.

Vickie screams 'EXCUSE ME' at all of her opponents, telling them they need to listen to her. Vickie tries to buddy up with Michelle, then she tries to crawl out. Vickie is picked up by her opponents, and tossed out to the floor, where she fumes and screams.

Entrant #17 is Carmella.

Vickie grabs Carmella's briefcase and hits her with it on her way to the back. Becky tries to connect with a leg drop on Ruby, but she's unable.

Entrant #18 is Natalya.

Natalya is stopped cold by Carmella, who finally makes it into the ring and begins destroying everyone.

Entrant #19 is Kelly Kelly.

Kelly is almost immediately eliminated, but she hangs on. Michelle McCool is eliminated.

Entrant #20 is Naomi.

Naomi hits the rear view on most of her opponents in quick succession. Becky hits the Bexplex. Becky is eliminated.

Entrant #21 is Miss Jacqueline

Jackie runs through everyone, and she tries to eliminate Kelly Kelly, but she's not able to get her over the top.

Entrant #22 is Nia Jax.

Nia heads in and immediately tosses Jackie and Kelly over the top rope and to the outside. Nia backs up Natalya, then eliminates Ruby by sending her to the floor. Nia dumps Naomi out to the apron, then knocks her into all the recently eliminated, allowing her to fall to the apron without touching the floor.

Entrant #23 is Ember Moon.

Ember comes in with a series of kicks to slow down Nia, but she's stopped pretty quickly. Naomi uses a ringside chair to make sure she's able to make it to the ring, and she leaps from the top rope, but Nia makes sure she's eliminated.

Entrant #24 is Beth Phoenix.

Beth Phoenix makes her way out, and she squares off with Nia. Nia pushes her away, and Beth tries her best to fight off Nia, even trying to shoulder her at one point. Nia is able to fight off Beth, but Natalya jumps in the ring too and teams up with Beth to knock Nia out of the ring and to the floor. Natalya slaps Beth across the face, then sends her crashing to the floor.

Entrant #25 is Asuka.

Asuka comes in and wipes out all of her opponents quickly. Ember Moon is back in, and she squares off with Asuka, eventually hitting the Eclipse on Asuka. Asuka is able to dump Ember out to the apron, then wrap her arm over the top rope, forcing her to fall to the floor.

Entrant #26 is Mickie James.

Mickie heads to the top and wipes out Asuka with a flying seated senton. Mickie is sent out to the apron, but she makes her way back in fairly shortly. Mickie tries to send Natalya over the top, but she's stopped by Sasha.

Entrant #27 is Nikki Bella.

Nikki comes in with a big clothesline to Sasha and a spear to Natalya. Carmella tries to take out Nikki with a series of stomps in the corner, along with a bronco buster. Nikki catches Carmerlla in electric chair position, but she fights out, onto the apron. Nikki hangs Carmella up, and she falls to the floor.

Entrant #28 is Brie Bella.

Brie comes out to a huge pop from the crowd. She comes in with a running knee to a few of her opponents before giving a high five to her sister. The Bellas hit Nia with a double dropkick that knocks her back to the floor, but she's still in the match.

Entrant #29 is Bayley.

Bayley fights off both Bellas on her way into the ring. Bayley connects with a couple of back elbows on Natalya. Bayley squares off with Asuka, eating a kick to the side of the head.

Entrant #30 is Trish Stratus.

Trish makes her way in to a huge pop. Trish takes out everyone, knocking them down one by one. Trish hits a double Stratusfaction on the Bellas. Bayley connects with a boot to the face on Stratus, but she ends up hitting a hurricanrana out of the corner. Trish and Mickie square off to a huge pop from the crowd. Mickie fights off a hurricanrana, but she falls out of the corner and to the floor. Nia knocks down Trish, and then everyone teams up on Nia. Nia fights it off, pushing everyone away at once. Asuka and Trish are able to stun Nia, and the Bellas are helped by everyone else to eliminate Nia. Sasha Banks eliminates Bayley to the crowd's shock.

Natalya traps Trish in the sharpshooter, but Trish is able to fight out of the hold. Trish sends Natalya to the apron, and she kicks Natalya in the side of the head, knocking her out to the floor. Sasha gets in Trish's face and tells her she's the boss. Trish responds with a kick to the gut, but Sasha sends Trish over the top rope and out to the floor. Sasha turns around to see Asuka smiling behind her. Asuka mocks Sasha a bit while the crowd chants that Asuka's going to kill her. Sasha and Asuka look at the Bellas, and Sasha clocks Asuka, allowing the Bellas a chance to stomp away at Asuka. Everyone teams up on Asuka, and Sasha screams that she's ready for Asuka. Sasha is surprised by the Bella's as she's eliminated from the match from behind and pushed over the top rope. The Bella's try to eliminate Asuka, but she's able to kick them away.

Asuka lays into both of her remaining opponents with repeated kicks to the chest. Nikki shoulders Asuka and drops her with a TKO. Nikki stands near her sister, and knocks her from the apron with a big forearm. Nikki charges Asuka, but she's stopped with a shoulder to the midsection. Asuka goes to the top rope and launches herself off with a missile dropkick.

Asuka charges into a back elbow from Nikki, and Nikki follows up with a kick to the face. Nikki shoulders Asuka and sends her out to the apron, but Asuka will not fall. Nikki hits a big forearm. Asuka stops a charging Nikki with a kick to the face. Asuka drags Nikki over the top rope and out to the apron. Nikki hits Asuka with a forearm that drops her to the apron, and Asuka kicks Nikki's legs out from under her.

Winner: Asuka

Asuka stands in the corner and points to the WrestleMania sign as Alexa and Charlotte make their way into the ring. Asuka hops down and she looks at both of her possible contenders and smiles. Charlotte and Alexa both hold their titles high, and Asuka smiles, and 'Bad Reputation' by Joan Jett hits. Rhonda Rousey makes her way out in a hot rod style shirt to a pretty huge pop from the crowd.

Rhonda points at the WrestleMania sign. She reaches out and shakes Asuka's hand, but Asuka slaps it away. Rhonda smiles and she points at the Mania sign again, staring down Asuka the whole time. Rhonda waves and walks off, and shakes hands with Stephanie McMahon. Rhonda is all smiles as she shakes hands with the fans and walks up to the back. The show ends with Rhonda smiling and pointing at the Mania sign one last time before walking to the back.



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