Three years in the past, WWE made historical past when the primary Women’s Royal Rumble dropped on the wrestling world like a Macho Man flying elbow, immediately lifting the game’s glass ceiling.
Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch have been the primary to enter the ring in that inaugural occasion, earlier than almost two dozen WWE Superstars one after the other took to the ring. The Boss fought and battled for almost an hour, making it to the Rumble Ultimate 4 earlier than being tag-team tossed excessive rope by Nikki and Brie Bella.
Three years later, Banks now Smackdown World Champion, will get to observe from ringside Sunday’s WWE Royal Rumble 2021, because the WWE’s top women battle for this yr’s title. And regardless of historical past being made in 2018, when Asuka received the primary Rumble, Banks says not loads has actually modified.
“We simply carry on doing the identical. We’ll carry on rising,” Banks says of the WWE ladies. “I’m simply strolling in because the champion, extra assured than ever … and I get to sit down again and watch these 30 incredible women had a combat for the spot to face me. I don’t want no additional hype for that.”
On Wednesday, Banks, together with final yr’s Royal Rumble winner Charlotte Flair, Natalya, and Mickie James will focus on the groundbreaking Ladies’s Royal Rumble Match throughout a roundtable televised on WWE Community. “We get to speak and reminisce for the unique Royal Rumble,” Banks says. “It’ll be tremendous to return and recall that magic we created that night time. I get to sit down down with the legends.”
Along with the Ladies’s Royal Rumble, held this yr at Fort Lauderdale’s Thunderdome at Tropicana Subject, WWE Royal Rumble will even function Daniel Bryan headlining the lads’s Rumble. Additionally entered within the packed lineup embody Bobby Lashley, AJ Kinds, Randy Orton, Otis, Jey Uso, Cesaro, Jeff Hardy, and Sami Zayn.
Additionally on the cardboard, champion Roman Reigns defends his Common championship in opposition to Kevin Owens, in addition to WWE champion Drew McIntyre placing his belt on the road in opposition to WWE legend Goldberg.
Alongside together with her title reign, the 2021 model of Sasha Banks, she says, is greater sooner and stronger, because of the work put in with coach Marcus Steele. She’s additionally added a brand new factor to her regimen, yoga and meditation, which made her extra tranquil however removed from much less assured and Banks says this yr’s rivals acquired a break together with her out of this yr’s Royal Rumble.
“If was within the Royal Rumble proper now, I’d be throwing out all these women,” Banks says. “My power is a lot extra my conditioning. I simply actually really feel like this yr, I’m much more on high of my recreation.”
Banks success has additionally led to different desires being fulfilled, together with her function on the Disney Community smash hit The Mandalorian” (“I at all times had a giant dream of being extra and greater than simply the WWE, and that’s what I’m doing,” she says). As each WWE champion and veteran Banks is now able to supply recommendation to different ladies eager to make their desires a actuality in WWE.
“I inform anyone, you probably have a dream, go after it with all the pieces in your coronary heart, and most significantly, it’s a must to have enjoyable and it’s a must to do it for your self,” she says. “You’ll be able to’t do it for anyone however your self. That’s what I inform all people.”