The female Superstars of WWE have headlined events, seen their likeness inspire Mattel fashion dolls, had the first Hell in a Cell and Money in the Bank, stolen the show. They’ve competed in new venues, broken many boundaries, and overall, changed perceptions. No doubt there have been countless milestones and a big one comes in 2018. That’s when the company will host the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble on Sunday, January 28. Just like their male counterparts the winner of the unique battle royal receives a championship opportunity at WrestleMania 34 in April.
Stephanie McMahon made the historic announcement this week on Monday Night Raw on USA Network.
“The first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match will mark a significant moment in the evolution of WWE,” said McMahon in a release. “WWE’s female performers are role models, inspiring and empowering women and girls to be confident and strong. They deserve their own match at Royal Rumble.”
At WrestleMania 32, WWE unveiled a new Women’s Championship title belt and re-branded the Divas Division to become the Women’s Division. Since then, WWE has placed a greater emphasis on its female performers, including recruiting female talent from around the world, as well as the recent signings of the first female recruits from the Middle East and India.
This year alone, WWE created the inaugural women’s tournament, Mae Young Classic, which included 32 of the top female competitors from 16 countries, underscoring the breadth and international diversity of women in sports entertainment. In addition, earlier this month, WWE Superstars Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss took part in the first-ever women’s match in the Middle East.
After the news came out, fans and performers were buzzing about the Royal Rumble. Will we see those from the past who laid the foundation of this new era of the women’s revolution return? Will someone from the outside of WWE debut? Who from the main roster will enter? Will NXT Superstars get to participate? So many questions to get answered in the coming weeks. It’s definitely a good time to be a women’s wrestler and women’s wrestling fan. Let’s get ready to RUMBLE!
The Royal Rumble airs live 7/6c Sunday, January 28 on Pay-Per-View and WWE Network.