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WWE: Another key moment in the women’s wrestling movement

Posted By Jim Varsallone

jvarsallone@miamiherald.com

WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon announced on Monday Night Raw on Dec. 18 that the WWE Royal Rumble on Sunday, Jan. 28 will feature the first women’s Royal Rumble match with the winner getting a title shot at WrestleMania 34.
WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon announced on Monday Night Raw on Dec. 18 that the WWE Royal Rumble on Sunday, Jan. 28 will feature the first women’s Royal Rumble match with the winner getting a title shot at WrestleMania 34. Photo Courtesy WWE

For the first time in history, WWE’s female Superstars will perform in a Royal Rumble match on Sunday, Jan. 28, where Superstars will go head-to-head with the winner receiving a championship opportunity at WrestleMania 34 in April in New Orleans.

This milestone was announced by WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon during Monday Night Raw live on Dec. 18 on USA Network.

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The women’s Royal Rumble at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia marks another milestone in WWE’s women’s evolution, which has placed a spotlight on its female performers, involving them in more prominent storylines, with deeper character development and longer matches.

The first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match will mark a significant moment in the evolution of WWE,” WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon said in a release. WWE’s female performers are role models, inspiring and empowering women and girls to be confident and strong. They deserve their own match at Royal Rumble.”

At WrestleMania 32, WWE unveiled a new Women’s Championship title belt and re-branded the Divas Division to become the Women’s Division. Since then, WWE has placed a greater emphasis on its female performers, including recruiting female talent from around the world, as well as the recent signings of the first female recruits from the Middle East and India.

This year, WWE created its first women’s tournament, Mae Young Classic, which included 32 of the top female competitors from 16 countries, underscoring the breadth and international diversity of women in sports entertainment.

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This summer in partnership with Mattel, WWE unveiled the first Fashion Doll line featuring its female Superstars.

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In addition, earlier this month, WWE Superstars Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss wrestled in the first women’s match in the Middle East.

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About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 20 languages.

WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

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

For information on its global activities, go tohttp://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

- Raw in Miami

WWE Monday Night Raw is heading to Miami for New Year’s Day night (Monday, Jan. 1, 2018) at the AmericanAirlines Arena, home to the three-time NBA champion Miami Heat.

Bell time is 7:30 p.m. ET. Raw will broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on the USA Network.

Tickets are on sale.

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- WWE SmackDown Live in Orlando

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.

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- WWE in Tampa

WWE will be at the Amalie Arena in Tampa for a SmackDown house show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, and tickets are also on sale.

WWE Champ AJ Styles, WWE SmackDown Women’s Champ Charlotte Flair, U.S. Champ Baron Corbin, WWE Tag Champs The Usos, Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Natalya, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, Bobby Roode, New Day, Becky Lynch, Rusev, John Cena and more.

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