We’ll follow WWE’s lead here and call this the “first” WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal, even though it’s not the first one at all. We’ll also only note briefly that this match already experienced its fair share of controversy thanks to being dubbed The Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal before some very valid fan backlash led it to being renamed last month.
Aside from those two things, this match was a lot of fun! Things kicked off with Beth Phoenix and Paige joining the event as guest commentators, and then the entrances began.
.@KairiSaneWWE and @DakotaKai_WWE are in the battle royal!— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) April 8, 2018
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Becky Lynch arrived first, followed by the rest of the women’s superstars as a group including Peyton Royce (but no fellow Iconic Duo member, Billie Kay) and then Bayley, who got an individual entrance as well. To cap things off, Sasha Banks showed off for the crowd a bit and danced her way into the ring.
Money in the Bank briefcase holder Carmella was the first eliminated, even after she tried to hang on to the ropes for another few seconds. The women didn’t actually opt for the “every woman for themselves” strategy until after Dana Brooke got tossed over the side. The NXT ladies found superiority early by banding together.
Bianca Belair did a 450 splash on Dakota Kai and then Sonya Deville was dispatched, thereby ending Absolution’s representation in the ring.
.@BiancaBelairWWE in the house!— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) April 8, 2018
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The Riott Squad had things under control after not too long, and Belair looked dominant when she was using her hair as a weapon. Unfortunately, Becky Lynch took care of her and her awesome hair.
Becky got eliminated by Sasha Banks right afterwards though, with Mickie James and Sarah Logan getting into it in one corner. Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan took care of Peyton Royce together in a little bit of a Riott Squad team up, kicking her right off the edge.
Natalya, Liv Morgan, and Ruby Riott all had their dreams ended one after the other, and things ended up with friends on the outs Sasha Banks and Bayley facing off in the ring as the final two.
Bayley appeared to have won after getting rid of Sasha, but unbeknownst to her Naomi had never actually been eliminated. The look on her face when she turned around and realized her predicament said it all, and Naomi took care of things without too much issue. She celebrated by dancing in the middle of the ring before going over to embrace the trophy as the first Women’s Battle Royal champion.