By announcing the first-ever Royal Rumble match for the women present in the WWE, the focus has turned entirely to the female roster. It is for the first-time ever that the female superstars from the WWE will compete in this over-the-top-rope challenge to earn their opportunity to compete in a championship match at Wrestlemania. This will take the female division, one step closer to the main event at the grandest stage.
In order to keep the benchmark same for both the male and female division, it was declared that fewer competitors will not perform in this match than the original one which makes the number 30. With overall 22 to 23 superstars available in the entire locker room from the main roster, it is evident that there will be a few entries by the NXT superstars.
Till date, 18 female athletes have declared their names to be inserted into the contest. This excludes the champions from both Raw and Smackdown Live. Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair will not be competing in the match as well as not defending their title, too. Check out the list of names officially confirmed,
“Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Ruby Riott, Nia Jax, Mickie James, Natalya, Lana, Tamina, Carmella, Naomi, Asuka, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Paige, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, Becky Lynch, Dana Brooke.”
Recently, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter published a report stating that the WWE officials have met the NXT superstars to inform them that there will be a lot of appearances planned for them. The exact number of spots reserved for them have been revealed to them which was disclosed by the source.
According to them there will be as many as nine NXT superstars who will make their presence felt in the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match,
“NXT talent has been told that nine women on the NXT roster will be in the Rumble but the decision on which nine hasn’t been made.”
It is being assumed that almost 11 or 12 spots will be left excluding the main roster spots. Paige’s appearance is in certain jeopardy after getting injured in a house show which will vacant one more spot. So, even after nine spots, there will be more than a couple of spots left that would be filled with some special appearances made by the likes of Bella Twins, Michelle McCool, Molly Holly and other returnees.