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In December, Stephanie McMahon, Commissioner of Monday Night RAW, announced that WWE will host the first ever female Royal Rumble match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event on January 28th. This landmark event in the continuing evolution of women’s wrestling has been well received from all angles of the WWE Universe.
WWE have broken many barriers over the past few years. After bringing us the first ever women’s Money in the Bank ladder match, the first ever women’s Hell in a Cell match and the first ever women’s championship match to be hosted in the United Arab Emirates, WWE have shattered many a glass ceiling that could have hindered women’s wrestling.
This is about more than equality. The female talent on the WWE roster is fully deserving of these opportunities. Stars such as Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Bayley have been wrestling at an unprecedented level in recent years.
WWE have confirmed that the female Royal Rumble match will have exactly the same rules as the men’s match. This means there will be 30 entrants and elimination will take place when a competitor is thrown over the top rope and both feet touch the floor.
With approximately 10 female wrestlers on both RAW and Smackdown Live, we can expect some entrants from NXT and the Mae Young Classic—some former wrestlers may even make surprise appearances.
Former stars such as Lita, Trish Stratus, Beth Phoenix and Ivory have been tipped to make appearances, while reports have been flying that UFC star Ronda Rousey could get involved after her cameo appearance at Wrestlemania a couple of years ago.
From Monday Night RAW a lot of people have the Empress of Tomorrow, Asuka, as their favourite to win, while powerhouse Nia Jax poses a threat to be taken seriously.
Over on Smackdown Live, it’s hard to look past the Irish Lass Kicker, Becky Lynch!
The winner of the Royal Rumble match will then go on to challenge their brand champion, whoever she may be, for the Women’s title on the grandest stage of them all: Wrestlemania 34 at the Superdome in New Orleans.