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Bianca Belair proved the iron woman as she won the Women’s Royal Rumble from the No. 3 position.

Bianca Belair last eliminated former NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley to win the 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble.

Belair entered the 30-woman battle royal as the third entrant, joining two former WWE  SmackDown Women’s Champions in Bayley and Naomi. The match also featured multi-time champion Charlotte Flair, who won last year’s Women’s Royal Rumble. Also returning were former WWE champions Mickie James and Victoria, as well as Jillian Hall.

NXT fan favorite Shotzi Blackheart also entered at No. 5, complete with her signature tank.

The match’s climax, of course, came down to the final four participants: Belair, Ripley, Flair, and Natalya. The quartet shrunk to a trio after Belair eliminated Natalya over the top rope. Then, she and Ripley worked in tandem to overpower Flair, and later worked together to eliminate her.

Finally, Rhea Ripley and Bianca Belair stood alone. The two just looked at each other before trading jabs and eventually dually skinning the cat, their feet mere centimeters from the ground. Ripley tried for her signature Rip Tide, but to no avail.

Finally, after standing and trading some more, Belair finally overpowered the massive Ripley over the top rope to be the last woman standing.

Next, Belair is likely to challenge SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks at WrestleMania. Stay tuned to ESNY for more updates from the Royal Rumble!

Josh Benjamin has been a staff writer at ESNY since 2018. He has had opinions about everything, especially the Yankees and Knicks. He co-hosts the “Bleacher Creatures” podcast and is always looking for new pieces of sports history to uncover, usually with a Yankee Tavern chicken parm sub in hand.