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What could have been. The Royal Rumble is one of the most important matches of the year as WWE gets ready for the Road To Wrestlemania. The match can launch someone up to the next level in a way that is all but guaranteed to work. Various wrestlers have done exactly this in recent years, but now we know something else about how WWE changed plans to help someone get a big rub.

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Former WWE writer Chris Dunn appeared on the Public Enemies podcast and talked about the planning for the 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble. The original plan for the match called for Charlotte to win, with Bianca Belair being eliminated in the middle. Then WWE writer Ryan Ward said that with the original plan of Edge and Charlotte winning the Royal Rumble, no new stars were being made. As a result, Belair was swapped in as the winner instead of Charlotte. Belair went on to win the SmackDown Women’s Title in the main event of WrestleMania 37 Night One.

The Rumble was pretty awesome. Check out some of the 2021 edition:

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Opinion: This is the kind of change that needs to take place every so often as it makes a lot more sense to have Belair go over than the already established Charlotte. The Royal Rumble can do a lot of good for an up and coming star and Belair is a great example of how something like that can happen. What matters is that WWE made the right call and hopefully they can do it again in the future.

What did you think of the change? Who do you have winning the 2023 Royal Rumbles? Let us know in the comments below.

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