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WWE Superstars Reveal Which Past Royal Rumbles They'd Love to Participate In

Rhea Ripley and Chelsea Green Confess Which Past Royal Rumbles They'd Love to Time Travel To

By Chris Phelan
Rhea Ripley

With the 2024 Royal Rumble only a few days away, the biggest Superstars in WWE are getting into the appropriate mindset as they begin preparations to travel down the Road to WrestleMania!

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Cameras recently caught up with the Women's World Heavyweight Champion, Rhea Ripley, and former Women's Tag Team Champion Chelsea Green and asked one simple question: If you could go back in time, which Royal Rumble would you enter as a participant?

That's a loaded question, for sure. With over 35 years of Royal Rumbles to choose from, the two Superstars have plenty of options. Would they decide to go back in time and battle the likes of Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair in the early 90s? Would they want to rewrite history and re-enter previous Royal Rumbles in which they weren't personally victorious? Both athletes had eyebrow-raising answers to this pressing question.

Which Past Royal Rumble Would Chelsea Green Enter?

Seemingly insulted by the question, Chelsea quickly responded with the 2018 Women's Royal Rumble match, which marked the first time in WWE history that the women's locker room had an opportunity to compete in the annual match.

"I would be the most iconic winner," Chelsea stated matter-of-factly. 

Of course, the first-ever women's Royal Rumble match was won by Asuka, which led her to a title showdown against Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania – although Asuka failed to become champion, becoming another example of WWE Superstars failing on the Grandest Stage of Them All after winning a Royal Rumble.

From the sounds of it, Chelsea feels like she has what it takes to go back in time and be better than Asuka in 2018. If you ask us, that sounds like a hypothetical that could easily take place in 2024 – so let's see it happen! We'd be down for Chelsea Green vs. Asuka sooner rather than later!

Which Past Royal Rumble Would Rhea Ripley Enter?

Rhea Ripley in the ring

Rhea Ripley is all about setting the standard in the WWE women's division these days. To savvy members of the WWE Universe, Mami's choice for which Rumble she'd go back in time to compete in is unsurprising. Rhea revealed she would time-travel 25 years in the past to the 1998 Royal Rumble with one goal in mind: To usurp Chyna as the first woman to ever compete in a Royal Rumble match!

"I would go back in time and enter before Chyna to make even more history – because Mami is always on top," she told WWE cameras.

WWE Superstars like Rhea have made careers out of carving their names into the history books, and the thought of Mamia and Chyna facing off during the Royal Rumble is a dream match we never knew we desperately needed until Rhea mentioned it!

However, Rhea – clearly caught up in the fantasy of tossing Chyna over the top rope – technically has her dates mixed up. 

Although Rhea Ripley mentioned wanting to go back in time to participate in the 1998 Royal Rumble so she could steal Chyna's thunder, the Ninth Wonder of the World actually made her Rumble debut the following year, during the 1999 Royal Rumble:

We don't blame Mami for getting her history mixed up – we would never accuse the reigning Women's World Heavyweight Champion of being wrong about anything – but nevertheless, a Rhea Ripley appearance in the 1998 Royal Rumble would still make her the first-ever female entrant in Rumble history, predating Chyna by a full year.

If anything, we can picture Rhea Ripley entering the 1998 Royal Rumble and tangling with the likes of Vader, Faarooq, Ahmed Johnson, and other larger-than-life Superstars of the Attitude Era.

Who knows, Mami's presence could have derailed Stone Cold Steve Austin from winning the entire thing, effectively changing the course of WWE history. It's wild to think about, isn't it?

You can tune in to Peacock to watch WWE's Royal Rumble on January 27. In the meantime, catch up on all things WWE Universe on Peacock.

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