This Sunday is the Royal Rumble PPV, featuring the second ever Women’s Royal Rumble match. The first women’s Rumble last year was really good, although it featured a large number of returning legends to fill out the 30 spots. With 23 women already announced, this year’s match seems like it will be less of a legend-fest and more of a storytelling opportunity for the current women of WWE. First of all, here are the women who are already officially in the Rumble, in roughly the order they joined or were announced:
That leaves seven spots for surprise entries. I’ve picked 12 women who seem likely to fill those spots, and I’d bet money that we’ll see at least five or six of them on Sunday, even if there are also some surprises that I haven’t forseen (and don’t get me wrong, I hope there are). I’ve put them vaguely in order from least likely to most likely, but some of the positioning along the way is pretty arbitrary.
The Bella Twins
At least one Bella Twin seems inevitable, right? They’re always around when WWE is talking about the importance of women’s wrestling, and they were both in the final four of last year’s Rumble, with Nikki making it to the final two before being eliminated by Asuka. Plus with the Women’s Tag Team Championships being awarded at Elimination Chamber, now seems like just the time for Nikki and Brie to show up and get involved again. However, Ringside News is reporting that Dave Meltzer says not to expect the Bella in the Rumble. Meltzer says there’s no plan for them to be included, and that they haven’t been discussed backstage at WWE for months. That news moved Nikki and Brie to the bottom of this list, but it didn’t knock them off entirely, because Meltzer is wrong more often when talking about the women’s division, and this seems like one of those times WWE might just be working him to create a surprise when Nikki Bella comes in at 28.