First Royal Rumble Entrant Revealed

19 December, 2017, 10:53 | Author: Miranda Cannon
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"They deserve their own match at Royal Rumble", said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer.

The sheer amount of women performers on the WWE roster at the moment means the company will be able to hold the match with anywhere from 20 to 30 competitors, which is a far cry from the measly 30-second tag matches the company was affording women on TV just two years ago.

The event will also be headlined by the 30-man Royal Rumble where the victor gets a title shot at WrestleMania 34.

If WWE surprised everyone with a Ronda Rousey debut in the Women's Royal Rumble match and gave her the victory, it could set up a logical match with Charlotte Flair vs Ronda Rousey as suggested by the rumour mill.

There are now 22 female competitors on Raw and SmackDown, meaning if the event is to include 30 people - as is the case with the men's match - then some non-main roster talent must be used.

As it has been for the last couple of decades, the victor of the Royal Rumble will earn a world title match, either facing the Universal or WWE champion at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans.

In addition, earlier this month, WWE Superstars Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss wrestled in the first women's match in the Middle East, and this summer in partnership with Mattel, WWE unveiled the first Fashion Doll line featuring its female Superstars. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience.

In recent years, WWE has made women more important as part of their programming.

The Royal Rumble takes place on January 28th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and airs live on WWE Network.

WWE will be at the Amalie Arena in Tampa for a SmackDown house show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, and tickets are also on sale.



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