Probable Surprise Entrants

Trish Stratus
Odds She’s an Entrant: High
Odds She’ll Win: Medium

Everywhere I’ve gone to look for rumors and predictions on who will be in the Women’s Royal Rumble has her listed as a probable entrant. They all listed her last in their lists, so I’m listing her first. She’s the obvious name, and quite frankly, out of the Hall Of Famers on this list, she’s also the most likely to win. A match between Trish Stratus and either Alexa Bliss or Charlotte Flair could be amazing, as would be the lead-up in the weeks between now and WrestleMania. The odds of her winning are just “Medium” because I haven’t seen anything that makes me think she has any intentions of doing anything more than entering the Rumble, which she definitely mentioned she wanted to do on Twitter.

Lita
Odds She’s an Entrant: Medium
Odds She’ll Win: Low

Lita is one of the most popular Women’s wrestlers in WWE history, and one of the most talented. There’s a reason she has helped train new wrestlers for WWE, most notably in their Tough Enough show. But the fact that she left the business due to neck injuries is why I can’t say the likelihood of her involvement being anything higher than “Medium”. Because of that neck injury, I’d only see this as being a one-time thing and so the odds of her getting the title shot at WrestleMania are virtually ZERO, but because it has been a while since she sustained the neck injury, I can’t completely dismiss it.

Billie Kay and Peyton Royce
Odds They’re Entrants: Medium-High
Odds Either Will Win: Low

If either member of the Iconic Duo is in the Women’s Royal Rumble, they’ll BOTH be in the Rumble, and with their prominence in NXT as it is, I’d be surprised if they’re not part of the match. Actually, I’ll be DISAPPOINTED if they’re not part of the match. They’re great characters and would add quite a bit of personality and storyline to the match. Although either one of them winning could create a situation similar to what Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn might face if they beat AJ Styles for the Smackdown World Title, I don’t think it will happen in 2018. Let’s try again next year for a potential Rumble victory for one (or both) of these two.

Sara Del Ray
Odds She’s an Entrant: Medium-High
Odds She’ll Win: Low

Though many of you either don’t know who she is or forgot she was associated with WWE, Sara Del Ray has considerable importance with WWE due to her role at the Performance Center. She has worked with many of the women who are going to be in the match in one way or another, she’s talented, and this would be a great “Thank You” for all her hard work. She’s under contract, so give her a bonus and bring her in, even if there’s basically no chance she’ll make it onto the WrestleMania card, or any other main roster card in 2018.

Michelle McCool
Odds She’s an Entrant: Medium-High
Odds She’ll Win: Low

She’s a former (Co-?)Women’s Champion, married to The Undertaker (who is reportedly in Philadelphia for The Royal Rumble event), and WWE recently posted a pictorial of her (which they didn’t do for others). I think The Undertaker is just about done making appearances for the company, possibly tonight and a couple times leading up to a POSSIBLE final WrestleMania match. This would be a good time for her to get involved in a historic match, not to impact her legacy, but to give her a final memory of being involved with WWE as a “Thank You” to The Undertaker for his years of service.

Shayna Baszler
Odds She’s an Entrant: Medium-High
Odds She’ll Win: Low

She just had a high profile title match at NXT Takeover Philadelphia, and although she’s incredible in the ring, there is still quite a bit she has left to do in NXT, in terms of feud and progressing in her promo skills. Her inclusion in the Women’s Royal Rumble also allows the announcers to hype up what a great match she had against Ember Moon the night before, which should increase the number of people who check out that event, which should increase the number of people watching NXT weekly. It makes sense for her to be the one to enter the match, not Ember Moon, because that way Moon can sell the “injuries” she sustained in the match, and Baszler can sell her post-match frustration. Not to mention that it could help lead to her next feud in NXT…

Kairi Sane
Odds She’s an Entrant: Medium-High
Odds She’ll Win: Low

She won the Mae Young Classic, she didn’t have a match at NXT Takeover Philadelphia, and although she’s somewhat currently selling an arm injury due to the attack at the hands of Shayna Baszler, I think that’s actually all the MORE reason she will show up, just to eliminate the MMA-fighter-turned-wrestler to get a measure of revenge before they square off at the next NXT Takeover event.

Beth Phoenix
Odds She’s an Entrant: Medium-High
Odds She’ll Win: Medium

Her reemergence on the WWE scene in the Mae Young Classic and the Mixed Match Challenge makes the only obstacle to her in-ring return (even if it is just a cameo) would be what shape she’s in, physically, in terms of any lingering injuries or concussion history that we might not know about. She entered the WWE Hall of Fame last year, and this would be a great opportunity to remind the WWE Universe why the former four-time champion deserves that spot. Will she win? Doubtful, but I wouldn’t count it out. A match between she and either of the two current Women’s Champions could be really good, if she’s still in competitive shape.

James Ellsworth
Odds He’s an Entrant: High
Odds He’ll Win: Lowest

Unless he’s injured, I would almost guarantee that Ellsworth gets a brief return to WWE to show up in the Women’s Royal Rumble. In this historic match, he’ll get a huge heel’s ovation when he shows up, as the fans recall the controversial ending to the first Women’s Money In The Bank match, which he essentially won. It will also be a great moment when someone – likely Carmella herself – eliminates him almost immediately. Here’s to hoping he holds the record for the shortest time in a Women’s Royal Rumble for many years to come!
{I tried my hardest not to make any “Premature Evacuation” jokes here!}

Laurel Van Ness
Odds She’s an Entrant: Medium
Odds She’ll Win: Low

Not familiar with Laurel Van Ness? If you tune-in for Impact Wrestling this week, she’ll be the one holding their Knockouts Championship, but not surprisingly for Impact, this week’s show was taped a few weeks ago, and she has already dropped the strap and got her release from the company.

Gail Kim
Odds She’s an Entrant: Low
Odds She’ll Win: Low

Although Gail Kim recently retired from wrestling, the opportunity to appear in the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble is something I would imagine it would be hard for her to pass up, especially while she’s still physically capable of competing in it. That said, she does reportedly currently still work with Impact Wrestling, so that is a hurdle they would have to overcome to make it happen. With the new regime in power there, however, that might not be a stretch of the imagination, especially after things got resolved with the Broken Matt Hardy gimmick.

Nikki Cross
Odds She’s an Entrant: High
Odds She’ll Win: Low

She didn’t have a match at NXT Takeover this weekend, so she isn’t dealing with any potential fatigue from that. They definitely should be dipping into the NXT talent pool to make the most of their contracted talent. Reminding the WWE Universe that she exists would be a good thing for getting more eyes-on-NXT, but she’s still very much needed in NXT, so there’s almost no chance she’ll win the Women’s Royal Rumble.

Ronda Rousey
Odds She’s an Entrant: High
Odds She’ll Win: Medium-High

It has already been announced by several media outlets that Ronda Rousey is working for WWE and training to be a wrestler. And given her background as a fighter, it’s easy to imagine she could be ready to compete in the Royal Rumble here in 2018. She’s easily the most high profile individual likely to be in the match, with global name recognition, which has lead many to think she is the odds-on favorite to get the title shot at WrestleMania. However, that might not be the best idea, given that she still has plenty to learn about being a professional wrestler. Shayna Baszler trained for more than two years to get to where she is with her skills, and Rousey probably needs at least a year before they should consider putting a championship on her. In all likelihood, someone will eliminate her, and she’ll get a feud with that person leading up to WrestleMania.

Wait, that’s more than 30 overall entrants… did I count wrong?

No, I included more than 30 potential entrants because some of them won’t actually be there. Hedging my bets, folks, and giving as much info as I can on where the odds are stacked in terms of who’s going to win.

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