9 Women's Stars Announced for WWE Royal Rumble 2019 Match Including Charlotte

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2019

WWE wrestling stars Sasha Bank (R) and Charlotte Flair (L) fight during a WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) women's fight at the Olympic hall in Munich, southern Germany, on November 3, 2016.  / AFP / CHRISTOF STACHE        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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WWE announced Sunday nine entrants in the women's Royal Rumble match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on Jan. 27.

Charlotte Flair is the headliner, with former Raw women's champion Nia Jax and former SmackDown Live women's champion Naomi included as well. Tamina, The IIconics, Dana Brooke, Lana and Nikki Cross round out the group.

Over the past month, WWE has slowly revealed the 30-woman field for the Rumble match.

Carmella was the first person added by virtue of winning the Mixed Match Challenge with R-Truth at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in December. She's guaranteed to enter in the coveted No. 30 slot.

At the moment, Flair is arguably the favorite to win the match and earn a title shot at WrestleMania 35.

Becky Lynch would seemingly be the obvious choice since it would allow her to finally have her match with Raw women's champion Ronda Rousey. The Irish Lass Kicker was injured and thus had to pull out of her bout with the former UFC star at Survivor Series in November.

However, Lynch is challenging Asuka for the SmackDown Live Women's Championship, so it's unclear whether she will be in the Rumble match at all.

For the most part, this year's women's Royal Rumble match appears to be up in the air. As much as Flair makes sense to set up a WrestleMania battle with Rousey, WWE could use the event as a launching pad for an up-and-coming star, not unlike Asuka's victory last year. 

That general feeling of doubt should add to the fun leading up to the Royal Rumble PPV.

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