WWE star Charlotte Flair shocked the bookies favourite Shayna Baszler to win the Women’s Royal Rumble… and fans were NOT happy.
The record ten-time champion has now secured herself a WrestleMania match-up for either the Raw or SmackDown Women’s titles.
The 33-year-old was knocked through the ropes by a returning Beth Pheonix and Natalya but shocked Baszler by returning to the ring during the final two to claim the win.
Flair gathered further heat by also eliminating NXT star Bianca Belair, who had set a record for throwing out EIGHT competitors during a heroic run.
Speaking after cashing in her ticket to WrestleMania, she said: “Since day one I’ve been a diamond cut to last.
“And whether any of you wanted me to win or to lose, tonight I reminded all of you that this is my division. Wooooo!”
Whether any of you wanted me to win or to lose, tonight I reminded all of you that this is my division
But fans were left less than thrilled with the result, with one tweeting: “The women’s #RoyalRumble was great until Charlotte got the win.
“She is very talented but isn’t needed in every WrestleMania… wasted opportunity to build the division with a fresh feud.”
Another said: “My take is this… Forget Mania, setting does not matter. We have seen Becky face Charlotte so many times that seeing them fight on frigging Mars doesn’t interest me at this point!”
A third added: “I don’t get why Charlotte need to win; the feud between Shayna and Becky was sitting in their laps.”
However, some fans were pleased with the result, with one arguing: “Charlotte is the best there is, it was too easy giving it Shayna, that’s what everyone thought was going to happen and it would have been a boring finish.”
Charlotte had recovered from being bloodied earlier in the match to claim a first Rumble win following a stiff shot from a returning Kelly Kelly.
She now has a choice between facing Bayley, who retained her title against Lacey Evans, and either current Raw champ Becky Lynch or challenger Asuka.
Naomi and Santino Marella as his “sister” Santina Marella also made their first appearances on WWE television after extended absences.