The first-ever women's Royal Rumble match has been officially announced and social media blew up once the announcement was made.
Women's wrestling has come a long way in recent years. WWE has been one of the leaders in making positive steps, and so it should be considering how women have been treated in the company for the majority of its history. For years, they were hired by the company based on physical attractiveness alone. Thankfully, those days are long gone.
Instead, women are a part of WWE because they are terrific in-ring performers. They compete in Hell In A Cell matches, have a Money In The Bank winner, and while closing Raw on Monday night another first was added to the already long list. Stephanie McMahon put a stop to the brawl going on in the ring so that she could tell the women and the WWE Universe that there is going to be an all-female Royal Rumble match next month.
I am so ready for this. EVERY. SINGLE. WOMAN. is ready for this. Get ready for a show, Philly. #RoyalRumble is going to be F-a-b-u-l-o-u-s.— MS Money in the BANK (@CarmellaWWE) December 19, 2017
Of all the firsts WWE's women have been a part of the Royal Rumble may be the biggest, both physically and figuratively. As soon as McMahon announced the bout Superstars both past and present took to Twitter in order to express their excitement. Women from SmackDown Live such as Carmella and Liv Morgan are looking forward to being a part of history, NXT stars such as Peyton Royce are clearly hoping to be a part of the action, and even a couple of Hall of Famers got in on the action.
Both Lita and Trish Stratus congratulated the current women of WWE on knocking down yet another barrier with the Women's Royal Rumble, but Stratus went a step further than that. The seven-time Women's Champion signed off her tweet by insinuating that she will come out of retirement to compete in the marquee match. That would be pretty incredible. Also, you'd have to imagine if the match is going to have 30 competitors then WWE will need certain ex-Superstars to return and make up the numbers.
WOW!!! @WWE women continue to get much deserved opportunities to SHINE! The news of the 1st ever Women’s Royal Rumble match January 28th makes my heart happy! Just sayin’.....my birthday is Jan 25th-what a FLAWLESS gift that’d be! Congrats ladies! 💪🏼— Michelle McCool (@McCoolMichelleL) December 19, 2017
The Twitter mentions above are really just the tip of the iceberg and pretty much every woman who has been connected to WWE in one way or another in the past decade reacted to the Royal Rumble news. Many fans would cite the 30-person over the top rope match as being their most anticipated match of the year. Well, good news folks because now there are going to be two of them.