It’s not every day the WWE goes out of its way to make history, but that’s exactly what happened on Monday night Raw as Stephanie McMahon announced the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match.
WWE has been hitting out a lot of women’s firsts since the start of the women’s revolution. They’ve main-evented Raws, competed in the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, wrestled the first women’s match in the middle east, and that’s just in one year! Now, to cap off 2017, Stephanie McMahon announced to the world that for the first time ever, the Women of the WWE will compete in their own Royal Rumble match.
Earlier in the evening, McMahon appeared out of a stretch limo, leading many to speculate about her inclusion in the night’s events. While she is the commissioner of Raw, she’s been a little hands off when it comes to the show most nights now that Kurt Angle has taken over as General Manager. This created rumblings throughout the last bit of the show, building anticipation as to what McMahon could be up to.
Yet it wasn’t until the closing moments of the show that she made her appearance. The main event was scheduled to be a six-woman tag team match pitting Bayley, Mickie James and Sasha Banks against Paige and her new found friends in Absolution. The bout slowly turned into an all-out brawl as the entire division ran out when things went astray. That’s when McMahon’s music hit. After an empowering speech about how much the Women’s division has grown, the Raw commissioner took it upon herself to announce the Women's Royal Rumble Match, and for a moment, the entire division stopped their bickering and celebrated the news.
So far, there is nothing but pride at stake here. While it hasn’t always been the case, the men’s Royal Rumble match leads to a shot at a world title and the chance to main event WrestleMania. Yet, the inclusion of Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss in this segment suggests the championship won’t be on the line.
Hopefully, more details will come to light, and something will be up for grabs. Until that time, however, superstars and fans alike can rejoice in knowing WWE is going all in when it comes to making the Women’s division on par with the men, and a first like this will only solidify that.