5 Reasons it doesn't matter that Shayna Baszler didn't win the WWE Royal Rumble
- Shayna's still a badass, even without winning the Rumble
#4. Charlotte needed the win to help Rhea Ripley and NXT
In case you hadn't heard, winning the Royal Rumble match - no matter your gender - is a pretty big damn deal. You know, title match at WrestleMania and all that. It's a little bit more prestigious than, say, getting a championship match at... well... Elimination Chamber, for example.
I may be way off base, but it feels to me that having the winner of the Rumble match challenge for the NXT Women's Championship is also a pretty big damn deal. Especially if it's from a star such as Charlotte Flair who, in case you hadn't heard, has won a few titles of her own over the years. Becky Lynch might be the most over star in the women's division (or the whole damn company, for that matter), but Charlotte has the championship history to help make new stars.
Point is, if Shayna wins the Rumble match, there's no Rhea Ripley in a WrestleMania match. Sure, they could write some convoluted story to make the story happen, but it wouldn't have nearly the same impact. Flair using her hard fought Rumble victory to go after the NXT Women's Championship elevates both the title and her opponent. And, it makes their match that much more special.