WATCH: One of the Most Iconic Royal Rumble Moments When WWE Legend Beth Phoenix Eliminated the Great Khali

Published 01/28/2021, 9:30 PM EST


WWE has the power to orchestrate some of the most shocking moments inside the ring. In fact, the company chose Royal Rumble 2010, Beth Phoenix, and The Great Khali to show the audience how embracing someone inside the ring can cause devastation.

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At the Royal Rumble 2010 men’s match, Beth Phoenix entered at number six, right after The Great Khali. It was evident that she would not win, but would make an impact, and she did.

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The only two Superstars inside the ring at that point were CM Punk and Khali. Khali hit Punk on the head and was on the ring floor when Phoenix entered. She stood across Khali and both of them glared at each other.

Being a gentleman at heart, he wanted to take it easy on her. Khali tried to gently throw Phoenix out of the ring. However, she pulled him in for a kiss, brought him over the ropes, and he landed ringside, with his feet touching the ground. The audience went wild as she eliminated him.

She didn’t last too long in the ring since immediately after this, CM Punk eliminated her. Regardless, being a woman and eliminating the giant was quite the achievement.

Beth Phoenix reacted to the memorable WWE elimination

In a session with Nia Jax and Natalya on Table for 3, Phoenix revealed that eliminating him felt like a vindication.

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“There was a time in my career where I questioned ‘is what I’m doing going to change anything, is it going to matter?’ And I went through a lot of frustration… There were some tough moments in there where I’m like, ‘god, I’m not making any difference. Do I have a purpose? Is this going to matter?’ And so that moment was a nice vindication for me. I felt like okay, I had a part in this. It felt so good.” h/t CageSideSeats

Considering that there were no Royal Rumble Women’s matches back then, the entire experience was truly noteworthy for her career.

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Eight years later, WWE included the Women’s match in the mix, and Beth Phoenix was a part of that too.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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