WWE may or may not have been planning to have Ronda Rousey wrestle either Becky Lynch or Charlotte Flair at Royal Rumble on Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, at Chase Field, in Phoenix, Arizona, but none of that matters now. They ultimately decided to have Sasha Banks, an opponent she’s long been interested in wrestling, defeat Nia Jax in a number one contender match to earn a crack at the Raw women’s championship.
This comes after Banks was already announced for the women’s Royal Rumble match that very same evening. The question, then, is if she’ll simply work both matches.
As of this writing, she is still listed on the preview page over at WWE.com.
It could very well be that she works both, considering WWE, for all its work on the women’s division over the past couple years, doesn’t currently have 30 active women on the main roster. That means they can’t fill the match, even if they use all four of the women scheduled for the two women’s title matches (Rousey, Banks, Asuka, and Becky Lynch).
Banks went the distance in last year’s Rumble, lasting almost 55 minutes before getting tossed by Nikki Bella. She is, in many ways, built for the match. It would almost be a shame if she didn’t get the chance to defend her Iron Woman crown.