One of the biggest moments in the 2023 Royal Rumble was Rhea Ripley’s incredible victory in the Women’s Rumble Match.
The Judgment Day star entered at Number 1 and went on to outlast 29 other women to earn a title match of her choosing at WrestleMania 39.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for the star though, as the Number 2 entrant, Liv Morgan, also went the distance to reach the final three alongside Asuka, who has seemingly rediscovered her dark past as Kana.
Towards the end of the bout, all three women ended up on the apron. Asuka attempted to hit Ripley with mist, but Ripley ducked, so Morgan got the full blast and was temporarily blinded.
From here, Ripley spun into the ring while kicking Asuka to eliminate her. She followed this with an impressive Head Scissors on Morgan, flipping her out of the ring to the floor.
Rhea Ripley set two Royal Rumble records
With her victory, Ripley set two huge records for the Women’s Rumble. She is not only the first woman to ever win the event from the Number 1 spot, but her Iron Woman performance saw her last longer than any other woman in the history of the event at 60 minutes and 3 seconds.
Ripley wasn’t the only person to set a record on the night, as Gunther became the longest-lasting entrant in the Men’s Rumble. Also entering at Number 1, the Intercontinental Champion lasted for 71 minutes and 40 seconds, smashing the previous record of 62 minutes and 15 seconds set by Rey Mysterio in 2006.
Unfortunately for Gunther, he fell just short of victory. He and the man who drew Number 30, Cody Rhodes, were the final two in the match and fought for several minutes before the American Nightmare hit him with the Cross Rhodes before throwing him over the top rope to stamp his ticket to the main event of WrestleMania 39.