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WWE Announces First-Ever Women's Royal Rumble Match

Will Ronda Rousey make her WWE debut at this historic January pay-per-view battle?
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On January 28, 2018, a full three decades after the first Royal Rumble, the WWE will see another first: An all-female Royal Rumble match. 

Stephanie McMahon made the announcement on Raw Monday night, but first she recounted just how far the WWE's women's division has come in recent years.

January's melee will join a running list of recent firsts for women in the WWE. Fourteen months ago, Charlotte and Sasha Banks squared off in the first women's Hell in a Cell match. 

Then in June, fans saw the first women's Money in the Bank ladder match. Most recently, Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss wrestled in Abu Dhabi, becoming the first women's to wrestle at a live event in the Middle East

Now those superstars will have their very own Royal Rumble and they're psyched. 

There's not much known about the all-women's rumble, and that's how the WWE likes it. The men's version has historically been a chance to surprise fans , from introducing new superstars to having old ones return. 

Stephanie McMahon, Ronda Rousey and Triple H (Photo: Getty Images)

Stephanie McMahon, Ronda Rousey and Triple H (Photo: Getty Images)

And the most likely new superstar to be introduced is Ronda Rousey, the former UFC champ who is unlikely to even get back in the Octagon. Rousey has been connected to the WWE for ages and even though she's yet to strike a deal with the promotion, her arrival in the squared circle is only a matter of time. And what better time than at the Royal Rumble?

Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair and Carmella.

Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair and Carmella.

The other surprise that could be waiting fans at the end of January is the return of some superstars of yesteryear. Trish Stratus, for one, has already hinted at a potential return.