WWE Announces First Ever Women's Royal Rumble for 2018

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"They deserve their own match at Royal Rumble".

As reported by WWE.com, Stephanie McMahon made the monumental announcement on Raw this past week.

Any wrestling fan worth their salt will tell you that January is the greatest month on the calendar. The pair contested another first on the tour, with the country having never hosted a women's wrestling match of any kind before that point.

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

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We will provide more details on the match as they become available to us. It's a far cry from the type of matches we received during the "Divas" era.

However, things began to change as a new group of women in NXT, essentially the minor-league system for WWE that constantly puts on better shows than the main roster, began to put people on notice that they weren't going to be second-class citizens any longer.

The statement said: "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 victor receiving a championship opportunity at WrestleMania® 34 this April". The favorites to win the men's match are either Roman Reigns or Shinsuke Nakamura. A subsequent WWE announcement provided to 411 noted that the victor will get a championship opportunity at WrestleMania 34.

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