First Ever Women's "Royal Rumble" Match Announced

Posted December 19, 2017

This announcement will mean way more than just an exciting addition to the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in January because it will also add a new story leading into WrestleMania showcasing the women this time around.

Stephanie said: "The first-ever women's Royal Rumble match will mark a significant moment in the evolution of WWE".

It's been a long-time coming - can't wait for the FIRST EVER WOMEN'S Royal Rumble!

The main event match of the annual show - now approaching its 31st iteration - is a sprawling, 30-person over the top rope Royal Rumble battle royal (say that ten times quickly) with a championship match at WrestleMania going to the victor.

Ever since the Women's Revolution happened on "Raw" in 2015, female superstars have been taking WWE by storm and revolutionized the wrestling industry.

The 31st anniversary of WWE's famed Royal Rumble will be a special affair on Sunday, Jan. 28 as the company announced Monday night there will be not one but two versions of the match held at the pay-per-view, the second being contested by female wrestlers.

The event will also be headlined by the 30-man Royal Rumble where the victor gets a title shot at WrestleMania 34. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com.

WWE SmackDown Live will be broadcast on the USA Network beginning at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, Jan. 2 from the Amway Center in Orlando.