Royalty of the Ring: Round 1 – Nikki Cross vs Mia Yim

What a match we had last week, with Bianca Belair really keeping to that name of being the EST of WWE, or the EST of the Royalty of the Ring… Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it? Anyway, we’re onto our second match, so let’s look at the tale of the tape!




I picked Nikki Cross because she is beautiful, sexy and gorgeous.  She is a fantastic wrestler, fun to watch and a little deranged.  She is a slightly fluffy woman and not some blonde bimbo of the week like we used to get in the WWE.  She has a great sense of style and her ring gear really show’s her figure off to its best.  She has the potential to be very big in this business if the powers-that-be pay attention and push her the way she deserves.

I picked this match because it pitted her against her “best friend” and showed emotion, her skills and she (and Alexa) got a shot in on Bayley and Sasha that took them by surprise.



Mia Yim, at first glance, might look like a typical Asian wrestler, but she’s American through and through and it shows in both her ring work and her mic work. Half Korean and half African American, she’s so much more than the sum of her parts. She developed her style, ring, mic, and gear, early and has grown and perfected those things in the eleven years she’s been wrestling. Yim has been in the ring with so many greats, including Eddie Kingston, Mickie James, MJF, Gail Kim, Keith Lee, and Athena (before she became Ember Moon), just to name a few, and that was all before joining WWE. Somehow Yim hasn’t reached the pinnacle of her career, but she’s stepping closer with each week, and has many great years ahead of her as she’s only 31 years old. So much greatness in that touch chick from LA.

The reason I picked this match, rather than the first ones I had planned to go with (Yim vs Athena, or the Four Way Match involving Blanchard, MJF, and Wheeler YUTA), is because Yim had absolutely developed her character and her ring work to a level that she was ready for the big leagues. Going against someone as strong in the ring as Tessa Blanchard in a one on one match is massive for any wrestler, but Yim showed that she’s just as good as the third-generation wrestler, can beat her, but still have fun out there and showed her beautiful heart at the end. It would be better without all the talking before the match, but that is easily skipped to get to the downright amazing ring work between the two women.


Only one can advance to the semi-finals, it’s time to cast your vote. Please vote based on only what you’ve read and seen here. Let’s make this a fair tournament! (Poll ends Friday October 16th, at 8pm ET).

Nikki Cross vs Mia Yim

  • Mia Yim (52%, 11 Votes)
  • Nikki Cross (48%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

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