Royal Rumble has been one of wrestling’s greatest annual events since the first competition aired on the USA Network in 1988, and next year’s event will be historic.

WWE First Women’s Royal Rumble 2018 News

On Monday night, WWE announced that the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble will take place on Jan. 28, 2018 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The company has yet to announce how many women will compete in the match.

“I think that it’s long overdue. There’s been an incredible movement that’s been happening in our business that started nearly three years ago,” Stephanie McMahon, chief brand officer of WWE, proudly told ESPN.com on Monday.

The women’s rosters on Raw, SmackDown and NXT have grown in both size and stature over the last four years, achieving several milestones along the way.

“They’ve been regularly headlining television and pay-per-view events, including their first-ever Hell in a Cell match and first-ever women’s Money in the Bank match,” McMahon said of the big steps forward. “Now, for the first time ever, we’re going to have a women’s Royal Rumble match.”

“Every time our women have had the chance to perform and headline, they have over-delivered, and I have absolutely every confidence that they will do the same thing at the Royal Rumble on Jan. 28. I think that it will be incredibly memorable, I think that they will over-deliver, and I think that fans will get more than their money’s worth.”

The first-ever Mae Young Classic in September featured 32 women from all over the world.

See several famous women’s reactions to the news about the women’s Royal Rumble:

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 18: Sasha Banks arrives for WWE RAW at 02 Brooklyn Bowl on April 18, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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