It was almost Charlotte Flair winning the Royal Rumble, not Bianca.

Charlotte Flair originally booked to win Royal Rumble 2021

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Many remember that Bianca Belair won the Women’s Royal Rumble in 2021. This victory led her to what some considered the best match at WrestleMania, her battle against Sasha Banks. Writer, Chris Dunn spoke on the Public Enemies podcast explaining how Charlotte Flair almost won.

This is what Chris Dunn said about Charlotte Flair potentially winning, “I was in a Tampa Hotel room and we were watching some sort of football game and an assistant had just left the Royal Rumble [2021] night-before meeting and they changed the finish and Charlotte [Flair] was going to go over and they rehearsed Charlotte going over and Bianca [Belair] was going to get eliminated like midway through the match and it got changed to Bianca going over and I think a lot of people voiced it but this guy, Ryan Ward, he’s been there for like 14 years, he was Cena’s writer and probably, for my money, I think has had the biggest hand in the women’s revolution.”

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Charlotte Flair almost became a 2-time back to back Royal Rumble winner.


Chris Dunn explains Ryan’s reasoning for Bianca over Charlotte Flair. “He was lead writer in the golden days of NXT with Kevin [Owens] and Sami [Zayn] and The Four Horsewomen, all that stuff. From my understanding, what I heard, he kind of said something to Vince [McMahon] to the effect of, ‘Vince, if you look at the Royal Rumble tomorrow, you have Edge winning and Charlotte winning. We’re not making any new stars’ and I think that really resonated and Bianca was on such a roll where it kind of made sense and she also had to, again, right after that match, really nail that post-match promo and she did it and she was just awesome and great.”

It’s interesting to imagine how different things might have been. Charlotte Flair would have been a 2-time back to back Rumble Winner.

What do you think? Did the right person win in 2021?

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