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WWE Royal Rumble 2019 Women's Rumble: How Every Elimination Happened

Becky Lynch stole the headlines, but her triumph wasn't the only big story.

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The first women's Royal Rumble was a triumphant journey through the division's past, present, and future, closing with a crowd-pleasing triumph from one of WWE's most beloved babyface ass-kickers.

2019's similar finish is where any likeness ends between volumes one and two. While 2018 brought 10 old names back from the past, this year's saw WWE eschew nostalgia for potential, filling their free spots with swathes of developmental talent. That there wasn't a single returning face was disappointing, but it's hard to argue with the company's decision to showcase the stars of today and tomorrow over Kelly Kelly and Michelle McCool.

The women's Rumble, like the men's, was a victim of expectations. A slight step back from 2018, it was fine, and delivered the right winner in Becky Lynch, but it was low on highlight reel-worthy moments ('The Man's' arrival aside, of course). A shame, though the strength with which this group has been booked lately means WWE have earned our trust when it comes to delivering an effective follow-up.

It wasn't a grand shake-up, but the division didn't need one anyway. Regardless, what went down in the women's Royal Rumble will shape where these 30 participants go next...

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