Women's wrestling has come unbelievably far over the past few years, especially in WWE. From Hell In A Cell to Money In The Bank matches, there is a long list of firsts that just continues to grow as time goes on. 2017's Mae Young Classic felt like the pinnacle of all the hard work put in by WWE's female Superstars, past and present, however, the latest announcement may have trumped even that, a female Royal Rumble. On Jan. 28, 2018, in Philadelphia, there will be two Royal Rumble matches and for the first time ever one of them will exclusively feature women. There has been almost endless talk about who will be the first winner, but which of the likely participants stand next to no chance of standing tall after everyone else has fallen?
5. Alicia Fox
While the new generation of women in WWE are being praised and deservedly shoved into the spotlight, what can't be forgotten is those who paved the way for where they are today. Some of those women who were around before have lasted through the changes and adapted, and one of those women is Alicia Fox. Sadly though, both before and after the women's revolution Fox hasn't really gotten the recognition she deserves. Even when Absolution first invaded Raw a few weeks ago, she ran away and hasn't even been much of a part of that angle which basically involves every woman on the show. She will be in the Royal Rumble but don't count on her lasting until the very end.
4. Sarah Logan
Five women were recently called up to Raw and SmackDown Live and in all honesty, it's very unlikely that any of them will be winning the Royal Rumble match on Jan. 28, 2018. Of all five, however, the woman who is least likely to win is probably Sarah Logan. Logan hasn't had much to do on SmackDown Live so far but when she has been handed the reigns things have gone a little awry. There was one night in particular where The Riott Squad member cut a promo on Daniel Bryan and questioned whether he had ever hunted or eaten game meat. It was as peculiar as it sounds and that part was the only sentence that we could understand. Logan needs a lot more practice before she enters the title picture.
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3. Mickie James
Mickie James latest run on Raw has likely led many fans to forget how impressive a history she has in WWE. James has been a Women's Champion an incredible six times, the only woman with more reigns than that is WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus. Right now though, James has probably never been further from equaling that record while being a WWE employee. A lot of the time, it feels as if the veteran is merely there to make up numbers. Much like Alicia Fox, Mickie James will undoubtedly be included in the Royal Rumble match—especially if there are going to be 30 competitors—but she won't be standing tall come the end of it.
Carmella's introduction to the main roster was a curious one. For her first few appearances, the fans just didn't react to her at all, as a face nor a heel. Nevertheless, WWE powered through and now The Princess of Staten Island is Miss Money In The Bank. That's exactly why Carmella won't be winning the first ever women's Royal Rumble match. Not only did she win the first ever female Money In The Bank, but she still has the briefcase in her possession. Carmella already has a guaranteed shot at the Women's Championship whenever she likes so she doesn't need another. If she wants to be in the title match at WrestleMania 34 then she can be by cashing in her contract.
1. Nia Jax
The choice to include Nia Jax on this list might be a confusing one for many fans reading this. Jax is the biggest woman on the roster, an unmitigated powerhouse, surely a favorite to win the whole thing on Jan. 28, 2018. Well no, probably not. Historians of the Royal Rumble match will know all too well that it is rarely the biggest guy in the bout that ends up winning the whole thing. That's why the likes of Big Show and Kane have never won one. Instead, they are used in a spot during the match where multiple Superstars work together to eliminate them. That will more than likely be Jax's fate in the first-ever women's version of the match.