As most wrestling fans will tell you, women’s wrestling hasn’t had it this good, what with the likes of Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, and Alexa Bliss having established themselves on WWE television. But could the so-called “women’s revolution” include a women’s Royal Rumble match at the pay-per-view of the same name, marking a historical first in the event’s long history? That’s what the WWE rumor mill seems to be suggesting right now.
According to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via WrestleZone), WWE has some big plans for the coming year, plans that may include a women’s Royal Rumble match at next January’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Details are lacking and discussions are reportedly still in the early stages, but this WWE rumor tells us that the company’s female talents may finally get to do what the men have generally been doing for close to three decades — taking part in an over-the-top-rope battle royal with timed entrances, as has always been the case in Royal Rumble‘s titular main event.
As noted by Forbes earlier this year, only three women have entered the otherwise all-male Royal Rumble match since its inception in 1988 — Chyna, WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix, and Kharma, aka Awesome Kong in the former TNA Wrestling. All three of these women were impressively-built females for their time, but if WWE does introduce a women’s Royal Rumble match in 2018, this could be an opportunity for WWE’s female wrestlers, regardless of size or build, to mark another first in women’s wrestling history.
Details of WWE’s rumored women’s Royal Rumble match may not be plentiful at this point, but WhatCulture wrote that this isn’t the first time such an idea has been thrown around. Earlier this year, former RAW Women’s Champion Bayley told the Piledriver podcast (quotes via Cageside Seats) that a women’s Rumble match would be a good idea, but only if more women were involved to make the match look interesting.
“We don’t have many girls. Even if it was RAW and SmackDown combined, I don’t think it would make it 20. If we had more girls brought in, maybe like NXT girls, that would be really cool and I think it would be a lot of fun.”
Last month, inaugural SmackDown Live Women’s Champion Becky Lynch chimed in with her thoughts as she spoke to Amarillo.com, predicting that a women’s Rumble match may be a “year or two away,” due to the increased attention WWE is giving to its female wrestlers.
Would you like to see WWE keep pushing its women’s revolution forward with a women’s Royal Rumble match? Got any ideas on whom you believe would make a good inaugural winner for this rumored match?
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