By Kevin Gray
Usually when Stephanie McMahon hits the ring something big is about happen. Many times she comes to the ring to degrade a superstar that she deems isn't best for business or to just flat out fire them. Other times, like tonight, she is there to make announcements that change the future of the WWE forever.
After tonight's Raw main event broke down into a full brawl featuring the entire Raw Women's roster, Steph's music hit and everything came to a halt. When she stepped into the ring she had nothing but praise for the women, not just on the Raw roster but SmackDown Live as well. After listing all the things they have accomplished, she asked her roster if they wanted to make history again. Then Steph made it known that on January 28, for the first time ever, there will be an all-women Royal Rumble match.
Last night at Final Battle, ROH confirmed that the first-ever Women of Honor Champion will be crowned in 2018 following a tournament that is set to begin in January. The WOH division has been largely non-existent in comparison to WWE and TNA over the last few years, but it seems as if Ring of Honor is finally starting to take steps in the right direction.
WWE is bringing the action of the squared circle to Facebook Watch. The Facebook exclusive show will feature only mixed tag team matches which means every team will consist of a man and a woman.
The 12-episode series is designed as a single-elimination, tag-team tournament pitting male and female stars from its Raw and SmackDown Live rosters — and will let fans get in on the action by voting on certain elements of the matches.
Each 20-minute live episode of “Mixed Match Challenge” will be produced in a way that’s optimized for mobile viewing and social interaction, according to WWE. Fans will have the opportunity to vote on Facebook for the final competitor from the Raw roster, as well as which tag-team member of The New Day will be added to the SmackDown Live team.
WWE is slated to announce the tag-team partners for the show Jan. 4. The “Monday Night Raw” roster includes Alexa Bliss; Alicia Fox; Asuka; Bayley; Braun Strowman; Enzo Amore; Finn Bálor; Nia Jax; Goldust; Sasha Banks; and The Miz.
From “SmackDown Live,” the lineup includes Becky Lynch; Bobby Roode; Carmella; Charlotte Flair; Jimmy Uso; Lana; Naomi; Natalya; Rusev; Sami Zayn; Shinsuke Nakamura; and the fan-voted member of The New Day (which will most likely be Xavier Woods).
The show will stream live in the U.S. exclusively on Facebook’s Watch platform on Tuesday nights, starting Jan. 16 at 10 p.m. ET, following “SmackDown Live” on USA Network.
One of the greatest things about sports is it brings people together. I doesn't matter if it's baseball, football, soccer or professional wrestling, when different people come together to enjoy a sport, something magical happens. Often times that magic leads to barriers being broken and history being made, this was the case during the WWE recent tour stop in Abu Dhabi. For the first time ever, the fans were treated to a live women's wrestling match.
Last year when the WWE toured Abu Dhabi and the rest of the Middle East, women wrestlers were not allowed to compete in the ring. On Thursday (Dec. 7), that all changed as fans in Abu Dhabi got to see "The Boss" Sasha Banks take on "The Goddess" Alexa Bliss in the first women's wrestling match in the region. While the look of the match was a little different that what we are used to seeing, both competitors wore full bodysuits instead of their usually ring gear, the action and excitement was clearly there as both women received huge pops when their music hit.
After the match backstage, Sasha Banks was overcome with emotions and cut a great promo on what the moment meant to her.
During the Wednesday's episode of NXT, a teaser video was shown promising an "ominous force" making their way to NXT. The video didn't offer many clues, but it did show the word "soon" with the o's replaced by spades. Many people have speculated on who this could be, but Dave Meltzer is reporting that this is leading to the debut of former Trifecta member (Shimmer) and MMA star, Shayna Baszler.
Baszler, who also goes by "Queen of Spades" was last use on TV during the finals of the Mae Young Classic, where she lost to Kairi Sane. Baszler has been used on NXT live events in Florida, but has yet to make her television debut. It has been reported that she did play an on-screen role during the last set of NXT tapings on November 29th, so her debut should take place sometime in December.
The next set of NXT tapings are scheduled for January 4th at Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta.