The women of the WWE made history on Sunday when they competed in the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble match. After 30 years, the female talent had never had a rumble dedicated to them, and by many accounts, the match exceeded the men’s Royal Rumble match. To prove the WWE is just getting started, ladies like Sasha Banks, Asuka, Nia Jax, Bayley and others will get a chance for another first.
WWE confirmed on Monday the women will compete in the first-ever Elimination Chamber match on the Raw exclusive pay-per-view.
— WWE (@WWE) January 30, 2018
WWE.com wrote the following regarding the match:
“Two Superstars will start the bout while the remaining four are enclosed in pods. At specified intervals, a pod will open at random, enabling a Superstar to enter the match. This will continue until all six competitors have been released. A Superstar can be eliminated at any time via pinfall or submission, and the last woman standing will be declared the winner and the Raw Women’s Champion.”
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While the news is extremely exciting for the women of the WWE and, in many ways, the fans of the WWE Universe, this isn’t all positive. First, this is a huge disadvantage for current champion Alexa Bliss. If she remains the champion heading into the event, she’ll have to compete against multiple other women in a ruthless match that does not provide an advantage to the champion. Unlike the men’s match where the winner will move on to face Brock Lesnar and challenge for the title, the women’s winner will move on to WrestleMania 34 to defend the title. She has a lot to lose.
Second, WWE has a lot of talent on SmackDown Live and it appears these women won’t be included in the match. Charlotte, Naomi, the Riott Squad and others will not be included and their involvement could have made the match even more special than it’s already slated to be.
WWE seems to see 2018 as the year to make history. With another first for the women, in under a month, the company is off to a good start.
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