Natalya Neidhart: Let’s get ready to (Royal) Rumble!
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I remember thinking it was the coolest thing in the world to put Trish Stratus in the Sharpshooter in front of a sold-out crowd. My strategy was to break her down a bit before tossing her over the top rope, but as destiny would have it, it was only fitting that if the Queen of Harts was to be eliminated, it would be from a “Stratusfying” Chick Kick delivered to me by Trish herself. The fan girl inside of me was willing to accept that, as I fell off the apron and onto the floor in defeat. In the words of Legion of Doom, “What a rush!”
My favorite Royal Rumble moment so far, came when my best friend Beth Phoenix entered the Rumble in 2019 and together we took on the unstoppable force, Nia Jax. After tackling Nia through the ropes, Beth and I had a moment that had the entire arena standing still and wondering what was going to happen next. Beth and I were alone in the ring for the first time since she retired in 2012 and we gave each other the biggest hug, then I had to do what i had to do: I attacked Beth and tossed the Glamazon out over the top rope! I eliminated one of the greatest female WWE Superstars of my generation. I smile every time I think about that Rumble moment that Beth and I shared.