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5 Women who could realistically win the Royal Rumble to challenge Becky Lynch

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Becky Lynch and several other top WWE Superstars will wrestle at the 2022 Royal Rumble event on January 29.

 

 

As usual, 30 men and women each are set to compete in their respective Royal Rumble matches to earn a world title shot at WrestleMania. Assuming that Lynch retains her championship on January 29, the winner of the multi-woman contest could challenge her at The Grandest Stage of Them All.
Thus far, more than 15 participants for the Women’s Royal Rumble bout have been announced, making it somewhat easier to predict which names could challenge Big Time Becks if they win. Some entrants — not yet announced — might be gunning for the RAW Women’s Championship as well.

In this listicle, let’s take a look at five women who could realistically win the 2022 Royal Rumble to lay down a WrestleMania challenge for Becky Lynch.

#5. Lita vs. Becky Lynch has been a long-awaited dream clash
Throughout WWE’s Road to WrestleMania, legends often return to attract more attention toward the company’s biggest event of the year. While some are usually one-off appearances, one can only hope that Lita’s confirmed in-ring comeback leads to a significant storyline.

In October 2021, a writeup by Sportskeeda’s own Pranay Rangra ignited a dream match tease between Lita and Lynch. Both women had the following exchange via Twitter.
WWE has officially announced Lita as a 2022 Royal Rumble match entrant. Hence, a potential win would most likely pit her against the RAW Women’s Champion at WrestleMania 38.

Both women have never crossed paths in singles competition, so the possibility of their one-on-one bout has always existed in the dream match category. Moreover, there are other compelling reasons why Becky Lynch vs. Lita should happen.

Not only do Monday Night RAW ratings need a boost, but it would also be a missed opportunity if WWE doesn’t capitalize on the hype of their dream match tease.
For a company that’s all about seeking the most profitable decisions, Lita vs. Becky Lynch promises to be a money feud.
#4. Shayna Baszler would re-establish herself as a dominant force by challenging Becky Lynch
Shayna Baszler and Becky Lynch have an intriguing history with each other. Before her pregnancy announcement in 2020, the RAW Women’s Champion had her last match at WrestleMania 36 against Baszler.

While Lynch emerged victoriously on that occasion, the top star later stated that she originally wanted to lose the title back then. Here’s what she said while appearing on The Bellas Podcast two years ago:
“I actually thought I was going to lose the title at WrestleMania, which I also pitched, but that was the end of it. Plans change,” Becky Lynch revealed.

#3. Liv Morgan vs. Becky Lynch could finally lead to a different outcome at WWE WrestleMania 38

As part of their latest rivalry, Liv Morgan and Becky Lynch have fought twice in one-on-one competition, with the latter emerging victoriously both times.

Even then, Morgan could still earn a rematch against the RAW Women’s Champion soon for this year’s Royal Rumble event. Whether or not that turns out to be the case, the former Riott Squad member might enter and win the Women’s Royal Rumble to increase the stakes for her feud against Big Time Becks.
WrestleMania isn’t called The Grandest Stage of Them All for no reason. It’s the most significant spotlight under which WWE Superstars’ dreams come true. As a result, WrestleMania seems a more fitting stage for Liv Morgan to reach the top of the mountain.

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One could argue that a rematch between her and Becky Lynch won’t be the freshest creative direction moving forward. However, speculation indicates that Morgan will dethrone her rival at some point, making another contest a realistic outcome.

Winning the Royal Rumble would certainly solidify Liv Morgan as the real deal on this year’s Road to WrestleMania.

#2. Bianca Belair’s Royal Rumble victory would help bring her feud with Becky Lynch full-circle

Apart from Liv Morgan, Bianca Belair is another name who could soon be challenging Becky Lynch for the RAW Women’s Championship. And just like Morgan, it would be significantly better to see Belair dethrone Lynch at WrestleMania instead of the Royal Rumble.

Regardless of her positioning on the card, The EST of WWE has consistently impressed audiences with her in-ring performances. However, fans are unlikely to forget her 26-second loss to Big Time Becks at SummerSlam 2021 anytime soon.

It’s almost as if she has been waiting all this time to defeat Becky Lynch at some point. So even though Bianca Belair won the Women’s Royal Rumble last year, a consecutive victory in the multi-woman contest would only solidify her long-term storyline with the RAW Women’s Champion.

Then at WrestleMania 38, Belair could repeat her success from 2021 to conclude her feud with Lynch.
Interestingly, both stars, in this case, are the only women in history to win WWE WrestleMania main events. The larger-than-life aspect of their potential showdown could not be more obvious.

#1. Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch are destined to fight forever

From being friends to becoming foes, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair’s saga is one of the most popular storylines in modern-day WWE.

Their most recent feud incorporated real-life heat between both women, leading to an excellent one-on-one encounter at Survivor Series 2021. While Lynch won on that occasion, Flair now has a way of seeking revenge through another singles clash.

The SmackDown Women’s Champion is part of the 2022 Women’s Royal Rumble and can pick her challenger if she wins the battle. Given that WWE has often showcased Flair as someone who doesn’t like to lose, Lynch would realistically be on her radar.
Although we have seen this encounter transpire several times before, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair have a specific on-screen chemistry that’s genuinely unique to them.

Moreover, the real-life element of their latest feud only elevated the stakes for their future matches. With that in mind, perhaps fans deserve to witness a clash of such magnitude on a grand stage like WrestleMania.

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Tennis Phenom Leylah Fernandez Shares Her Love For Soccer

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Leylah Fernandez had a stellar 2021 and bagged her first-ever trip to a Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open. In addition to her superb play at Flushing Meadows last September, Fernandez started the 2021 season off right.

 

 

In March 2021, she sailed through her first four matches at the Monterrey Open to reach the final there. In the final at the Monterrey Open, Fernandez dominated Swiss player Viktorija Golubic, 6–1, 6–4, which gave Fernandez her first-ever WTA career title at age 18. In defeating seven total competitors, Fernandez was also the youngest player in the main draw, and she marked the extraordinary feat of reaching the final without dropping a set.

Currently, the Canadian-born Fernandez is ranked No. 24 in the world. Just before the New Year, she was named the 2021 Canadian Press Athlete of the Year.

Yet, while Fernandez is squarely focused on continuing her ascent in the tennis world, she will tell you that picking up the tennis racket wasn’t her first foray into sports as a youngster.

“I started sports by playing soccer. It was my first sport and in some ways my first love,” Fernandez said, in a recent Zoom interview. “I remember watching (Canadian soccer legend) Christine Sinclair at a young age, and taking in her commitment and dedication, watching her as a player throughout the years.”

Fernandez adds that it was Sinclair’s devotion and work ethic—and perhaps Sinclair’s remarkable 188 in 30 games as a Canadian international– that helps inform Fernandez’s own approach to tennis now.

And of course, Fernandez says she was ecstatic when her home country took the Olympic gold medal in women’s soccer last summer in Tokyo.

“Seeing the Canadian women win the gold was heartwarming. When they finally won, I was jumping for joy, just like every other Canadian soccer fan.”

Leylah Fernandez had a stellar 2021 and bagged her first-ever trip to a Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open. In addition to her superb play at Flushing Meadows last September, Fernandez started the 2021 season off right.

In March 2021, she sailed through her first four matches at the Monterrey Open to reach the final there. In the final at the Monterrey Open, Fernandez dominated Swiss player Viktorija Golubic, 6–1, 6–4, which gave Fernandez her first-ever WTA career title at age 18. In defeating seven total competitors, Fernandez was also the youngest player in the main draw, and she marked the extraordinary feat of reaching the final without dropping a set.

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Currently, the Canadian-born Fernandez is ranked No. 24 in the world. Just before the New Year, she was named the 2021 Canadian Press Athlete of the Year.

Yet, while Fernandez is squarely focused on continuing her ascent in the tennis world, she will tell you that picking up the tennis racket wasn’t her first foray into sports as a youngster.

“I started sports by playing soccer. It was my first sport and in some ways my first love,” Fernandez said, in a recent Zoom interview. “I remember watching (Canadian soccer legend) Christine Sinclair at a young age, and taking in her commitment and dedication, watching her as a player throughout the years.”

Fernandez adds that it was Sinclair’s devotion and work ethic—and perhaps Sinclair’s remarkable 188 in 30 games as a Canadian international– that helps inform Fernandez’s own approach to tennis now.

And of course, Fernandez says she was ecstatic when her home country took the Olympic gold medal in women’s soccer last summer in Tokyo.

“Seeing the Canadian women win the gold was heartwarming. When they finally won, I was jumping for joy, just like every other Canadian soccer fan.”

At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo last July, the Canada women’s national soccer team went 1-2-0 in the group stage and then eeked out a win over Brazil on penalties in the first knockout round. Then, after beating the United States USM -2.9% 1-0 in the semifinals, Canada went on to win the gold medal over Sweden, beating them 4-3 on penalties, August 6, 2021.

Now on top of being perhaps Canada’s biggest soccer fan, Fernandez has also gotten involved in promoting what Pelé himself once called “the beautiful game.”

Youth Athletes United, a multi-brand youth sports franchisor behind such ventures as Soccer Stars, Amazing Athletes, TGA Premier Sports, and JumpBunch, announced a new partnership with Fernandez, just this week. Youth Athletes United promotes youth sports not only for the fun of it but also considers soccer and other sports such as tennis and basketball as a means to which kids all across North America can use sports to develop character and learn life lessons.

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THE SOCIAL SLICE: LEYLAH FERNANDEZ MAKES IT BIG WITH GOOGLE PARTNERSHIP

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Every week, dozens of tennis players from around the world post on their social media. From funny videos to training updates, there are simply too many accounts to keep track of. That’s why we do the work for you by selecting the best posts from across the world of tennis.

Welcome to the Social Slice:

Leylah Fernandez
You may have heard of Leylah Fernandez. The 19-year-old reached the final of the US Open last year alongside Emma Raducanu, making her a teenage sensation overnight. Now, the Canadian is making it big with sponsorships, sharing her latest commercial with Google. She showed off her table tennis skills in the company’s latest commercial for the Google Pixel 6.

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‘Classic Complaint’: Serena Williams’ Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Takes Daniil Medvedev to Task Over On-Court Remarks Against…

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Round 4 of the Australian Open saw top seed Daniil Medvedev take on American Maxime Cressy. Even though on paper, the match should have been a breeze for the Russian, that wasn’t the case.

 

 

In fact, Medvedev seemed to lose his demeanor today completely, yelling frustratedly throughout. He even admitted to trying to get into Cressy’s head by calling him lucky on his serves.

Now, Patrick Mouratoglou, known for coaching Serena Williams and Stefanos Tsitsipas, has some words for Medvedev about his behavior.

The Coach does not approve of Daniil Medvedev’s objections
At one point in the match, Daniil Medvedev had yelled “this is so boring!” owing to his opponent’s playing style. Cressy, at 6’6″, seems to be heavily reliant on the serve-and-volley style. So much so that the American played no other way throughout the four-setter today.

Then, Medvedev resorted to mental tactics, trying to offset Cressy by yelling about his serve, and how he was simply getting lucky by staying inside the line on his explosive serves. Moreover, he also complained to the umpire about the time Maxime was taking in between serves.

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Thus, when he called his Amerian opponent’s playing style “boring”, famous French coach Patrick Mouratoglou had some words for the Russian. He called Medvedev’s objections a “classic complain(t) of the baseliners.”

Medvedev himself is a player who prefers staying near the baseline, seldom coming close to the net, during rallies or returns. Mouratoglou called it a complaint of all such players “when they play vs Serve and Volley players.”

In his interview after his victory, Medvedev called his tussle with Cressy “a great match”. However, he admitted that “during the match, (he) got a little bit crazy.” Then, he addressed his vocal frustrations on court.

“I tried, you know, to say something in the air, but getting to his (Cressy’s) mind a little bit,” the World No. 2 admitted. Thus, he hoped that this way, “maybe he (Cressy) is gonna miss some shots.”

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