Monday Night Raw commissioner Stephanie McMahon made history by announcing the very first all-women's Royal Rumble - set to take place at this Sunday's pay-per-view. Fittingly enough, McMahon will also provide commentary at the Royal Rumble show:
Stephanie shared the news on her Twitter page:
Announcing the first-ever women's #RoyalRumble match was one of my all-time favorite moments in @WWE... And now I'm proud to share that I'll be joining the Announce team for this historic match this Sunday! #RumbleForAll #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/ehovcuGCXG— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) January 24, 2018
McMahon has had some experience in announcing for the WWE, calling some of real-life husband Triple H's matches during The Attitude Era. With her strong microphone skills and excellent heal authoritative personality, she should shine as a commentator for the Royal Rumble.
Stephanie does have announcing blood in her blood, as father Vince McMahon was the lead play-by-play commentator for the WWF in the early '70s, and kept the role until 1997. He then introduced the villainous Mr. McMahon character and clashed with the likes of 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and D-Generation X.
So far, 18 women have been confirmed for the first all-female Royal Rumble. The list includes Sasha Banks, Bayley, Asuka, Mickie James, Carmella (aka Ms. Money in the Bank), Nia Jax and Naomi, among others. It's widely believed that a number of past WWE female stars will return. Trish Stratus and Michelle McCool are among the names who've expressed interest in entering.
With no more Raw or SmackDown Live shows taking place before the Rumble this Sunday, there are bound to be a handful of surprise entries. Triple H also teased a possible Ronda Rousey appearance for the WWE, which could take place this Sunday, for all we know.
Interestingly enough, the women superstars weren't aware that Stephanie's announcement was coming. The creative team opted to have her announce the first women's Royal Rumble on the spot, in order for the ladies to bring more shocked and surprised reactions.
History is bound to be made this Sunday, and Stephanie will rightfully so get to provide commentary. We'll see if she can do it in style the way her father did.