This year’s Royal Rumble event was a unique experience for the WWE fans. For the first time ever, there was not one but two prestigious battle royal matches for male and female superstars.
We have seen the first-ever women’s Rumble winner who will get a championship shot at Wrestlemania 34. Plus, two superstars from Japan won the respective matches which were a first in WWE.
From the men’s division matchup, Shinsuke Nakamura was the favorite heading into the match. This was due to the much-anticipated matchup against AJ Styles considering the latter one is the reigning WWE Champion.
Following the Royal Rumble win, the Artist also acknowledged it saying that he wants to face the Phenomenal One, too.
On the other hand, Asuka was the winner for the women’s division matchup. It came down to Nikki Bella and the former NXT Champion where the latter one toppled the former Divas Champion over the top rope to become the last one standing inside the ring.
It was a shocker to see two Japanese superstars winning the contests, consecutively.
The reason for the same was stated in a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. In case of the women’s Royal Rumble match, the creative team came down to only two names while deciding the winners. Nia Jax and Asuka were the two women in the blueprint.
In the end, the undefeated one was chosen in order to face Ronda Rousey with the streak on the line, at some point.
While choosing Nakamura as the winner was an effort to make WWE even more popular in the country of Japan.
With two back to back winners, the attention will certainly be on the biggest pro-wrestling promotion of the world. In case of the Japanese wrestlers, they are not very fond of WWE product.
But, having an AJ Styles vs Nakamura match at Wrestlemania 34 would certainly drag them more into WWE.
Check out the quotes from the source:
“It does change the perception in Japan. While many wrestlers from Japan would have an interest in WWE, most of the major male stars haven’t. Shinsuke Nakamura and Hideo Itami were really the first, and Itami hasn’t panned out. Nakamura was looking flat after a bad program with Jinder Mahal but will come out of the Rumble strong. He’ll probably have his best match so far in WWE with Styles.”
Following this outcome from Royal Rumble, it is certain that Nakamura might be on the path to become the bonafide main eventer in the WWE.