Back in 2018, Sasha Banks strode to the ring as the first entrant into the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble. Speaking to Complex Sports, she has stated how her role in the event proves she’s the greatest.
‘The Boss’ recalled how she played the role of ironwoman in the 2018 Rumble, participating in the match for almost an hour. WWE booking agents entrusted The Mandalorian star to carry the load with a host of legends mixing it up with the current roster:
“To go into rehearsals and see all these legends and to be pulled aside and being told: ‘You’re going to be the girl to lead this and do all these things’ – it’s more than being a performer and putting on a good show for [the fans]. It’s making sure I show up for all these women and women who haven’t been in the ring for how many plus years and new women who haven’t been in a WWE ring. It’s a lot of pressure, and being in front of a Philly crowd, it’s more than one thing and more than what you guys really understand. If you guys only knew, but that’s why I’m the greatest. It’s my favorite Royal Rumble.”
Sasha Banks clearly coped with the pressure well as she lasted to the final four before being ousted by the Bella Twins. The 2018 event was eventually won by Asuka, who took on Charlotte at WrestleMania.
The Boss will defend her Smackdown Women’s Championship against Carmella. As reigning champion, she is unlikely to be participating in the Rumble. However, as always, anyone can show up – such is the power of the Rumble.
Here at Inside the Ropes, we have collated all the announced participants so far. You can also find information for the show on our website. Inside The Ropes will provide live coverage of the 2021 Royal Rumble when the show kicks off at midnight GMT on February 1st.
H/T Fightful for the transcription