Iron Man matches, hell in the cells, street fights, Money in the Banks. What do all of these have in common? Up until recently only men competed in these types of matches. Today though we live in a different time and now more than ever it is clear that women can wrestle just as good, if not better then the men. It’s clear that these women are leading a change and after last night there’s still no sign of slowing down.
Last night on Raw Stephanie McMahon made the announcement that on January 28th we will witness the first ever all women’s Royal Rumble. It was clear by not only the reaction of the superstars in the ring but the crowd as well that this has been a long time coming. We here at Wrestling News Blog are over the moon excited about this announcement and we are proud that we get to live to see it happen. Everyone knows the Royal Rumble always has surprises so the possibilities are endless, but one thing is for sure the Road to WrestleMania is Paving out to be an epic one.
WWE issued the following press release on the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match, featuring comments from Stephanie McMahon:
FIRST-EVER WOMEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE® MATCH SET FOR JANUARY 28STAMFORD, Conn. – For the first time in history, WWE’s female Superstars will perform in a Royal Rumble match on Sunday, January 28, where Superstars will go head-to-head with the winner receiving a championship opportunity at WrestleMania® 34 this April. This milestone was announced tonight by WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon during Monday Night Raw® live on USA Network.
The women’s Royal Rumble marks another milestone in WWE’s women’s evolution, which has placed a spotlight on its female performers, involving them in more prominent storylines, with deeper character development and longer matches.
“The first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match will mark a significant moment in the evolution of WWE,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “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, WWE created the first-ever 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, and this summer in partnership with Mattel, WWE unveiled the first-ever Fashion Doll line featuring its female Superstars.