WWE has yet to officially reveal how many wrestlers will participate in the first ever women’s Royal Rumble match. There is absolutely a way they can get to 30, which is the standard number for the men’s match, but whether they’ll choose to do so is a different story.
For her part, Sasha Banks is hoping that’s what they do, as she told NBC Sports in a recent interview:
“I would hope 30, right? Just like the guys.”
That said, she’s less concerned with the number, and what her own number will be, than with the potential for who she can work with in the match:
“...But no, I haven’t seriously thought about it or had a chance to because I’m still kind of in that shock moment and I’ve been more thinking about what legend could be in the match or if we’ll have girls from NXT be in the match because with [the] SmackDown and Raw [rosters] we don’t have enough to get to that 30 number yet.
The potential of what legend can I work has me more excited than which number I’ll be in the Royal Rumble match, but I think when I get closer to the actual Royal Rumble, that’s when I’ll get more of my nerves. I don’t want to say I’m in shock because I guessed that this would happen, but it’s still so crazy to kick off 2018 knowing that the women are going to have a Royal Rumble match at the Royal Rumble. It’s really cool.”
She would go on to name Trish Stratus, Lita, Molly Holly, Jazz, Jacqueline, Victoria, and Beth Phoenix as legends she would be interested in having in the match. It’s at least possible and one would think downright likely a couple of those names will be in, especially if they go for 30.
Then again, the first men’s Rumble featured 20 wrestlers and that would cut down on the need to feature any legends.
We shall see.