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|Fantasy Booking A Womens Royal Rumble|
I'm a longtime lurker who occasionally posts a bit of wrestling-related content on my personal blog (ricksilvawriting.blogspot.com), which is
generally not wrestling-related (I mostly cover writing/travel/parenting).
I recently made did this (somewhat long) bit of fantasy booking and thought it might be worth sharing here. Apologies if it's a bit on the long
side. Turns out that a Royal Rumble match takes a fair amount of writing to describe. Also, apologies in advance to anyone who feels like I go for too
obvious an outcome. I considered that, but decided that what I have here would make sense in terms if this being the first-ever match of its kind, and
in terms of setting up the likely match at Wrestlemania.
With that said...
We saw Bayley and Sasha Banks in a 30-minute ironman match. Now we've seen Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair in Hell in a Cell and a falls count
anywhere match, plus a tables match with Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss.
So why not a womens Royal Rumble?
Here's how I'd put it together.
The idea is that this match would open the show at the Royal Rumble PPV. It's open to Raw, Smackdown, and NXT talent, with the possibility of
adding a few non-contracted women, or a debut or two. I was originally going to go with a smaller field than thirty, but I managed to come up with a
reasonable list of 30 participants (including three "unlikely" surprises that I felt were in the realm of possibility, as well as a couple of other
talents not currently under WWE contract, but who have worked for WWE recently).
The winner gets a shot at the title of her choice (Raw, Smackdown, or NXT) at Wrestlemania. One advantage of the brand split is that it means that
champions don't need to be held out of the match. If the Raw Womens Champion wins the match, she can go to Wrestlemania and challenge for the
Smackdown title, and so on.
I'm assuming all current champions still hold their titles at the Royal Rumble, but the match still works pretty much the same if, for example,
Charlotte and Sasha switch the title again.
My participant list is probably going to miss out on some great talent from the indy circuit and from Japan. Sorry, I'm not able to keep up with
every promotion out there.
So, are we ready? Let's get ready to Rumble!
"Ladies and gentlemen, the following is the Womens Royal Rumble Match! Two superstars will begin the match, and approximately every 90 seconds an
additional superstar will enter the ring. In order to be eliminated, a superstar must be thrown over the top rope, and BOTH FEET must touch the floor!
The last superstar remaining in the ring will be declared the winner of the Womens Royal Rumble Match, and will receive a championship opportunity of
her choice at Wrestlemania! And now, let's bring out the superstar who drew number one!"
Entrant #1 is WWE Smackdown Womens Champion Alexa Bliss.
"And now introducing the superstar who drew number two!"
Lights go out for the entrance of Entrant #2, Naomi.
Alexa attacks Naomi from behind as she's finishing her entrance and the lights come on. The ref rings the bell and we are underway. Naomi
regains the advantage with high-flying offense, and knocks Alexa down with the Rear View as the clock counts down.
Entry #3 is Cameron.
Funkadactyls reunion? Nope. Cameron goes right after Naomi, but gets caught against the ropes with a massive spinning heel kick from Naomi to become
the first participant thrown out.
Cameron is elimination #1.
Meanwhile Alexa Bliss is recovering as the clock counts down.
Entry #4 is Carmella.
Carmella goes right after Naomi, who is soon doubleteamed by Carmella and Bliss. Carmella hits the bronco buster on Naomi and drags her out of the
corner, signalling for Bliss to go up to the top rope. Bliss climbs the ropes and sets up to hit Twisted Bliss, when Carmella turns on her, hitting
her with a dropkick that sends her down to the ring apron, where she just manages to catch herself and avoid elimination.
Entry #5 is Billie Kay.
Bliss rolls back into the ring and Carmella puts the boots to her as Billie Kay squares off against Naomi.
Lights go out as Eric Young accompanies Entry #6, Nikki Cross of Sanity to the ring. Refs order Young back to the locker room area as Nikki attacks
everyone in the ring in rapid succession. A big boot from Billie Kay finally puts her down, but she clings to the ropes and rakes Kay's eyes to
avoid elimination. As the countdown begins, she jumps on Naomi from behind and they tumble over the top rope to the floor.
Naomi is elimination #2.
Nikki Cross is elimination #3.
Entry #7 is Bayley, to a massive pop. Bayley is attacked by Bliss and Kay, but fights them off. Jumping elbows for each of them. When they recover and
attack Bayley again, Carmella jumps in to help Bayley, teasing the return of the "Baymella" team. It proves short-lived. Carmella turns on Bayley
and tries to throw her out from behind. Bayley blocks the attempt and puts Carmella down with the Bayley-to-Belly. Bliss and Kay doubleteam Bayley as
we count down.
Entry #8 is Peyton Royce. Peyton Royce immediately teams up with Billie Kay to go after Bayley. Bayley fights back, but loses out to the numbers game.
She holds on when they try to toss her, however, and they are in turn attacked by Bliss and Carmella. Royce and Kay regain the upper hand and a big
boot from Kay sends Carmella over the top.
Carmella is elimination #4.
Entry #9 is Alicia Fox. At this point the team of Royce and Kay are in pretty solid control. They are beating down Bayley and Bliss with tandem
offense. Alicia comes in a proverbial house o' fire, but when she hits her northern lights suplex on Royce, she gets a stiff stomp in the head
from Kay. She's hauled up, thrown against the ropes, and eliminated with a double big boot.
Alicia Fox is elimination #5
Entry #10 is Mickie James. Alexa Bliss immediately gets in her face, and they go at it while Royce and Kay continue their assault on Bayley. Bayley
ducks under a double clothesline from the Aussie team, and hits both of them with a double clothesline of her own. She walks into a superkick from
Alexa Bliss, who hits her handspring double knees to the gut, but then springs back up right into a Mick Kick, that send out over and out.
Alexa Bliss is elimination #6.(Possibly setting up Mickie James vs. Alexa Bliss on a future Smackdown).
Bayley and Mickie James form a momentary alliance against Billie Kay and Peyton Royce.
Entry #11 is Natalya, who goes after Mickie James, as Bayley is again left fighting Billie and Peyton.
Entry #12 is Nikki Bella, who goes after Natalya. Billie Kay and Peyton Royce have beat down Bayley in the corner and then start doubleteaming Mickie
Entry (unlucky; for everyone else in the ring, that is) #13 is Nia Jax. As Jim Ross would say, "Business is about to pick up". Everyone stops
fighting as Nia stares down everyone in the ring. Nikki Bella charges and gets flattened with a clothesline. Natalya tries her luck and runs right
into a Samoan drop. Kay and Royce send Nia into the ropes. She clotheslines both of them out.
Billie Kay is elimination #7.
Peyton Royce is elimination #8.
Nikki Bella squares off against Bayley while Mickey James takes on Nia Jax.
Entry #14 is Emmalina, who is a bit hesitant to get into the ring. When Nia Jax has Mickie James against the ropes, Emmalina sneaks up and pulls
Mickie James is elimination #9.
Nia clotheslines Nikki Bella, and Emmalina is there to toss her over as well.
Nikki Bella is elimination #10.
Nia picks up Natalya and press-slams her out of the ring to land on Nikki Bella.
Natalya is elimination #11
Emmalina has a brief moment of cheering for Nia. She offers her hand to form an alliance. Clothesline. Samoan drop. Legdrop. Nia tosses Emmalina over
Emmalina is elimination #12.
Entry #15 is Aliyah.
Aliyah and Bayley attempt to doubleteam Nia. She holds them off at first, but finally a jumping elbow from Bayley combined with a chop block from
Aliyah takes Nia off her feet. Aliyah runs the ropes and hits a Warrior splash. Acting on instinct/inexperience, she covers for the pin. Nia kicks out
and throws her over the top rope in the process (a la Yokozuna and Randy Savage in Royal Rumble 1993).
Aliyah is elimination #13.
Bayley jumps on Nia from behind and locks on a sleeperhold. Nia stumbles and they fall through the ropes (neither eliminated).
Entry #16 is Blue Pants, who finds herself in an empty ring as Nia puts Bayley through the Spanish announce table. Blue pants has a brief moment of
soaking in the adulation of the crowd. Then she turns around to see Nia back in the ring. Clothesline. Samoan drop. Legdrop. Nia tosses her over the
Blue Pants is elimination #14.
Entry #17 is... "From Concord, California, comes the most exotic, most sensuous, most alluring superstar ever to set foot in a WWE ring, Eva Marie...
Is not able to compete tonight due to a sudden case of the flu."
Nia goes out of the ring to continue the beating on Bayley.
Camera cuts to Mick Foley backstage. "I need a number 17 entry! And you're the only person I've got on the roster! Get out there right
now!" Camera pans to... Rusev? No, apparently the #17 entry is going to be Lana, who looks terrified, but receives a quick peptalk from her husband.
"Lana. CRUSH!" Lana heads to the ring accompanied by Rusev who encourages her to get in there and fight, as Nia gets back into the ring to stare her
Lana yells "Lana crush!" and unleashes a series of forearms which have no effect on Nia. Clothesline. Samoan drop. Legdrop. Nia tosses Lana who is
caught by Rusev. Her feet did not touch the floor. Rusev puts her back on the ring apron as she clearly does not want to get back into the ring. As
she argues with Rusev on the apron, Nia hits her with a massive shoulder tackle, and this time when she lands on Rusev, they both tumble to the
Lana is elimination #15.
Entry #18 is Liv Morgan. Liv tries to use her speed to outmaneuver Nia. She ducks a couple of moves and hits some dropkicks, which barely move Nia.
Clothesline. Samoan drop. Legdrop. Toss. At this point the announcers are speculating that Nia Jax may be unstoppable and wondering if there is anyone
who could possibly throw her out of the ring.
Liv Morgan is elimination #16. More than half the competitors gone.
Entry #19 is Kharma. All of a sudden, Nia Jax is faced with the prospect of picking on someone her own size, as the shocked announcers note that
Kharma is the only competitor in the field who has actually participated in a Royal Rumble match. Massive staredown as Kharma approaches ringside, but
instead of getting in to face Nia, she goes after Bayley, who is still out on the floor (and still in the match). Kharma hits her implant buster on
Bayley on the floor, then gets into the ring to square off with Nia. Display of power from the two powerhouses with neither of them getting the
advantage. They hit the ropes and collide hard, both going down.
Entry #20 is Charlotte Flair. Natural Selection on Jax. Natural selection on Kharma. Big boot as Kharma gets up to her knees, but now Nia Jax is up.
Flair tries for another big boot, but Nia ducks it and catches Flair in a Samoan drop. Kharma and Jax form an alliance and look on the verge of
forcing Charlotte over the top rope when Bayley comes off the turnbuckle with a double axehandle to Jax, saving Charlotte. Jax and Kharma overpower
Charlotte and Bayley and bodyslam them in the middle of the ring and hit a pair of massive legdrops in stereo.
Entry #21 is Dana Brooke. Ever the loyal henchwoman for Charlotte, Brooke taunts Jax and Kharma to lure them away from Flair. They beat her down in
the corner, but it allows enough time for Bayley and Charlotte to recover and throw Jax and Kharma over the top rope from behind.
Nia Jax is Elimination #17. She leaves having set the bar for number of eliminations in a Womens Royal Rumble Match with 8.
Kharma is elimination #18.
Dana Brooke goes right after Bayley, and manages to knock her off of the turnbuckle. Bayley lands hard on the ring apron, but when Dana tries to knock
her off with a clothesline, Bayley ducks it, and catches Dana in the Bayley-to-Belly, suplexing her over the top rope and out.
Dana Brooke is elimination #19.
Bayley, who has taken a relentless beating for the entire time she's been in the match, staggers into the ring and collapses. Charlotte hits
Natural Selection on her. Then just to be a jerk, she sits her up and hits it again. She stands over Bayley yelling "I'm the Queen!" as the
announces speculate that with Kharma and Nia Jax out, Charlotte looks to be unstoppable. Charlotte thinks about trying to eliminate Bayley, who is
basically dead weight when Charlotte goes to pick her up, but the countdown starts, and Charlotte turns to face the next entrant instead.
Entry #22 is NXT Womens Champion Asuka. Charlotte with a shocked expression as the crowd fires up an "Asuka's gonna kill you!" chant. Massive
staredown. Asuka gets right in Charlotte's face. Charlotte slaps her. Asuka smiles and hits rapid-fire strikes, putting Charlotte down with a
spinning backfist. Hip attack, followed by a series of kicks, but Charlotte manages to catch Asuka's leg and hit a dragonscrew. She goes to work
on the leg of Asuka, setting her up for the Figure 8.
Entry #23 is Tessa Blanchard, who sees easy prey in Bayley only to discover that Bayley still has some fight left in her. Tessa gets the upper hand,
then turns to drop an elbow on Charlotte, who had the Figure 8 locked on Asuka. That breaks the hold, and the two daughters of the original Horsemen
square off. Charlotte gets the better of that exchange. Meanwhile, Asuka ties up Bayley in the Asukalock.
Entry #24 is Daria Berenato, who goes right after Asuka, forcing Asuka to break her hold on Bayley. They exchange a series of stiff strikes in the
center of the ring while Charlotte manages to dump Tessa Blanchard over the top.
Tessa Blanchard is elimination #20.
Asuka beats down Berenato while Bayley and Charlotte begin to recover. Asuka then goes after Charlotte while Bayley battles Berenato.
Entry #25 is Ember Moon. Asuka is beating on Charlotte in the corner as Ember Moon ascends the opposite turnbuckle. Asuka goes for the Irish whip, but
Charlotte reverses it, sending Asuka across the ring and right into Ember Moon's twisting top-rope stunner. Charlotte immediately hits Natural
Selection on Asuka and a stunned Asuka staggers to her feet and walks right into a Bayley-to-Belly. Ember moon picks up Asuka and runs her to the
opposite ropes, throwing her out and eliminating her.
Asuka is elimination #21.
Charlotte and Bayley are both pretty exhausted at this point, but Berenato is not in much better shape and fails in attempts to get both opponents
over the top rope.
Entry #26 is Mandy Rose, who immediately allies herself with Berenato. The two NXT upstarts go to work on Bayley and Charlotte, who are forced into
their own alliance of convenience.
Entry #27 is Lita. "Holy shit!" chant from the crowd. Lita goes after everybody. Twist of Fate on Rose. Twist of Fate on Berenato. Double DDT on
Charlotte and Bayley. Litasault on Rose. Lita easily dumps Rose. Berenato tries to eliminate Lita from behind. They both go over, but Lita hangs onto
the top rope and pulls herself back in.
Mandy Rose is elimination #22.
Daria Berenato is elimination #23.
Entry #28 is Becky Lynch. "Straight fire from the Irish Lass Kicker!" Bexploder on Lita. Another one on Bayley. Corner dropkick on Charlotte. Lita
goes for the Twist of Fate on Lynch, and Lynch reverses it into the DisarmHer, only to get kicked in the face by Charlotte, who then walks into a
flying back elbow from Bayley. Ember Moon goes up for her Twisting Stunner, but Lynch catches her in midair with a kick that leaves her hanging over
the top rope. Another kick from Lynch sends her over.
Elimination #24 is Ember Moon.
Entry #29 is Gail Kim, who comes in with roundhouse kicks for everybody. Eat Defeat on Charlotte. springboard crossbody attempt on Bayley gets
countered in midair into a Bayley-to-Belly. Gail and Bayley are down as Charlotte and Becky go at it.
Entry #30 is WWE Raw Womens Champion Sasha Banks. Backstabber on Charlotte and into the Banks Statement. Lynch locks the DisarmHer on Bayley as Gail
Kim and Lita square off. Dropkick from Lita. Spinning heel kick from Kim. They run the ropes and both try crossbodys, colliding midair. Sasha releases
her hold on Charlotte and tosses Gail Kim out. Becky Lynch with the same move on Lita.
Gail Kim is elimination #25.
Lita is elimination #26.
Your final four are the original Four Horsewomen of NXT: Bayley, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks.
Becky takes on Bayley as Sasha and Charlotte renew their rivalry. Sasha ducks a big boot that leaves Charlotte hung up on the ropes, allowing Sasha to
sieze the opportunity to toss her over.
Charlotte Flair is elimination #27.
Becky Lynch has Bayley near the ropes and sets her up for the Bexploder to send her over the top. She loses her balance as she hits the move and they
tumble into the ropes, and Bayley is able to scissor Lynch's head and turn it into a modified hurricanrana to send Becky over.
Becky Lynch is elimination #28.
Down to the final two. An exhausted Bayley is left to fight against a much fresher Sasha Banks. Sasha gets Bayley into the corner. She sets her up for
the double knees, but Bayley escapes. Bayley tries to muscle Sasha over. They climb the ropes and Bayley sets up the Bayley-to-Belly to send Sasha out
of the ring (in what would have been a horrific bump), but Sasha fights out of it. Sasha tries to send Bayley back into the ring with a hurricanrana,
but Bayley catches her and swings her over the top rope, and Sasha tumbles to the floor.
Sasha Banks is elimination #29.
"The winner of the Womens Royal Rumble Match... It's Bayley!"
Bayley will go on to challenge Sasha Banks for the WWE Raw Womens Championship at Wrestlemania.
Order of Entry
1. Alexa Bliss
5. Billie Kay
6. Nikki Cross
8. Peyton Royce
9. Alicia Fox
10. Mickey James
12. Nikki Bella
14. Nia Jax
16. Blue Pants
17. (Eva Marie) Lana
18. Liv Morgan
20. Charlotte Flair
21. Dana Brooke
23. Tessa Blanchard
24. Daria Berenato
25. Ember Moon
26. Mandy Rose
28. Becky Lynch
29. Gail Kim
30. Sasha Banks
Order of Elimination
1. Cameron by Naomi
2. & 3. Naomi and Nikki Cross (by each other)
4. Carmella by Billie Kay
5. Alicia Fox by Billie Kay and Peyton Royce
6. Alexa Bliss by Mickie James
7. Billie Kay by Nia Jax
8. Peyton Royce by Nia Jax
9. Mickie James by Emmalina
10. Nikki Bella by Emmalina
11. Natalya by Nia Jax
12. Emmalina by Nia Jax
13. Aliyah by Nia Jax
14. Blue Pants by Nia Jax
15. Lana by Nia Jax
16. Liv Morgan by Nia Jax
17. Nia Jax by Bayley
18. Kharma by Charlotte Flair
19. Dana Brooke by Bayley
20. Tessa Blanchard by Charlotte Flair
21. Asuka by Ember Moon
22. Mandy Rose by Lita
23. Daria Berenato by Lita
24. Ember Moon by Becky Lynch
25. Gail Kim by Sasha Banks
26. Lita by Becky Lynch
27 Charlotte Flair by Sasha Banks
28. Becky Lynch by Bayley
29. Sasha Banks by Bayley
Longest time in Rumble: Bayley (36:30)
Most eliminations: Nia Jax (8)
Shortest time in Rumble: Blue Pants (0:24)
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| posted on 12-12-2016 at 03:13 AM||
|Nice bit of booking - only thing I'm meh on is having Becky and Sasha both so late in the game, I think you might need to wrap up the empty ring
bit earlier or swap some of the Daria/Mandy stuff. |
I do think you've illustrated how WWE could pull this off. I'm just struggling to think of who goes in Kharma's place assuming she
and Gail are off the table (I'll give you Lita, though she was just cut from a talent contract - call it the Lita-or-Trish spot). Beth Phoenix
looks like she's still in great shape post-baby for a one night deal. Havok seems available in a debut spot though it would lack the pop.
As for Gail and maybe Tessa, Kimber Lee or Heidi Lovelace would fit great in those spots if needed now that they're under contract.
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| posted on 12-12-2016 at 05:50 PM||
|Sara Del Rey could easily fill in a spot, if needed. And it'd be nice to see her in front of a bigger WWE crowd one time.
#GLENNSURVIVESLOL - Cherokee Jack, from TWD Season 6 thread