On Monday, Raw commissioner Stephanie McMahon made a huge announcement that the very first female Royal Rumble would take place at next month’s pay-per-view in Philadelphia.
The announcement obviously caught much of the WWE Universe by surprise, but the female superstars too. According to Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet, none of the female wrestlers knew about the all-female Royal Rumble plans beforehand. This was done so that the superstar reactions would be more genuine.
Satin also noted that only a few people were aware of the plans, prior to Stephanie’s announcement. This was so they could prevent any spoilers from being leaked to the fans. Mission accomplished.
It has yet to be announced about how many women will compete in the female Royal Rumble, though there is speculation that there will be more than 15 participants. WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus has already hinted at wanting to join, and there are strong rumors about Ronda Rousey appearing, though nothing has been confirmed yet.
The Royal Rumble will take place at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 28, 2018, so you can expect a large quantity of the participants to be named soon. Charlotte and Alexa Bliss, the SmackDown and Raw Women’s Champions, respectively, are not eligible to compete – unless their titles change hands.
It would be a surprise if top talents like Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax, Carmella, Naomi, and Natalya weren’t involved. If WWE is planning to have 20-plus women, we probably can expect a handful of surprise entries, which could include some Hall of Famers like Stratus and Lita.
WWE continues to make history as the women’s division prepares to set yet another first. Last year, Charlotte and Sasha Banks competed in the very first women’s Hell in a Cell match, which was the pay-per-view’s main event.
History is just a month away now. Keep counting down those days.
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