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 had been the primary to enter the ring in that inaugural occasion, earlier than practically two dozen WWE Superstars one after the other took to the ring. The Boss fought and battled for practically 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 gained the primary Rumble, Banks says not rather a lot 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 take a seat again and watch these 30 incredible women had a battle for the spot to face me. I don’t want no further hype for that.”
On Wednesday, Banks, together with final yr’s Royal Rumble winner Charlotte Flair, Natalya, and Mickie James will talk about 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 take a seat down with the legends.”
Along with the Ladies’s Royal Rumble, held this yr at Fort Lauderdale’s Thunderdome at Tropicana Area, WWE Royal Rumble may even characteristic 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 towards Kevin Owens, in addition to WWE champion Drew McIntyre placing his belt on the road towards WWE legend Goldberg.
Alongside along with her title reign, the 2021 model of Sasha Banks, she says, is greater quicker and stronger, due to the work put in with coach Marcus Steele. She’s additionally added a brand new ingredient to her regimen, yoga and meditation, which made her extra tranquil however removed from much less assured and Banks says this yr’s rivals received a break along 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 prime of my recreation.”
Banks success has additionally led to different desires being fulfilled, together with her position on the Disney Community smash hit The Mandalorian” (“I all the time had a giant dream of being extra and larger 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, if in case you have a dream, go after it with every part in your coronary heart, and most significantly, you need to have enjoyable and you need 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 everyone.”