When Ronda Rousey strode out at the end of the women’s Royal Rumble – pointin’ and smilin’ – it seemed like the beginning of a new chapter. The ‘Women’s Revolution’, as it has been enthusiastically branded by WWE, is certainly at a crucial stage here – especially since we’re on the verge of the first all women’s pay-per-view, WWE Evolution.
At the time, the introduction of Rousey generated widespread fear that she would be pushed as an unstoppable force, making the rest of the roster look weak and ineffective by comparison. Alexa Bliss has proven that to be false already.
We see WWE give monster pushes all the time (just look at fellow former UFC Champion Brock Lesnar) but there’s a particular reason this one for Rousey was met with such opposition – before it had even happened!
The feelings of many were that should Rousey dominate all those who stand before her, her rise could be seen as discrediting all the women who made her arrival possible. There would be no revolution for Rousey to crash were it not for the work of the Four Horsewomen, Asuka, Natalya, and other fantastic talents in recent years – some of whom will unquestionably be remembered as some of the greatest women’s wrestlers of all time.
Eight months later, the way WWE have dealt with Rousey – plus her stellar performances in ring and improving ones with mic in hand – have put most fears fans had to bed.
While personally I don’t think Rousey’s introduction was too clear a harbinger of doom (at least she wasn’t in the Rumble itself, right?), I did understand people’s fears. WWE love a mainstream star, and Ronda certainly is that.
With that said, it’s important to remember how we reached this point in the first place. Let’s take a look back at the 10 best matches of the Women’s Revolution – from landscape-shifting NXT showdowns to main roster milestones.
10. Women’s Royal Rumble – Royal Rumble 2018
Where better to begin than with January’s biggest talking point? The inaugural women’s Royal Rumble caused a stir even before the first entrant when, midway through the PPV, it became apparent that the bout was going to headline the show.
Thankfully, the match more than surpassed expectations. It had everything that makes a good Rumble, from interlocking storylines to surprise entrances, all topped off by a popular winner in Asuka.
It was very cool to see old feuds reignited – especially Trish vs. Mickie and Nikki vs. Brie – but even more exciting to see new torch-bearers interact with the women who opened the door for them.
Ultimately, the ending of the match was a very satisfying one, as Asuka dropkicked Nikki’s feet out from under her and sent her tumbling from the apron. Yes, Ronda Rousey’s immediate debut may have taken the spotlight somewhat, but it’s Asuka’s name that will remain in the history books.