The anticipation and hype leading up to the first ever women’s Royal Rumble match continues tonight on the first Smackdown of 2018.

Below is WWE.com’s preview of tonight’s show:

“Royal Rumble 2018 is on the horizon and will feature the traditional Men’s Royal Rumble Match as well as the ground-breaking, first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble Match. Last night on the red brand, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle made it clear that the same rules that have always applied to the Men’s Royal Rumble will also apply to the Women’s free-for-all, as 30 female Superstars will compete for a championship opportunity at WrestleMania 34.

Former SmackDown Women’s Champions Naomi and Natalya, as well as Ruby Riott, have entered the Royal Rumble Match for the blue brand. After five Raw Superstars joined the undefeated Asuka from Raw, who will be the next to step up and make history on SmackDown LIVE?”

Discuss the show in the comments!

  • Dylan Gutierrez

    Another tag match I’m guessing.

    • Neutral

      Teddy Long is proud.

  • I don’t know about you, but at this point I believe Raw is the better brand. It still has many flaws, but there were some moments from 2017 post Superstar Shake-up I will remember for a long time (Gauntlet Match, Paige’s return, Emma’s returns) but the only thing I will remember from SD was that great match Becky and Charlotte had in the summer on a random episode of SmackDown Live. There was nothing captivating, nothing that stands out. It was just meh.

    • Dylan Gutierrez

      Well RAW likes to rob talent SmackDown makes from scratch and thus they’re forced to start over. It didn’t help the MITB angle robbed Naomi a good chance to defend her title. Lana’s arrival was pretty well received until her wrestling skills showed she wasn’t ready to the extent they were pushing her. The Ellsworth drama was not needed and the rematch was unnecessary. Then Nattie won the title and pretty much was another repeat of Naomi where the title wasn’t the focus. The Riot Squad would be better received if it wasn’t a carbon copy of Absolution.

      The multi-woman go to matches they’ve done have also grown stale that even if a shake up happens the writers that wrote for the majority of 2016 moved elsewhere that now it’s like Charlotte, Naomi and to an extent some of the heels are the only ones with some sort of development right now while Riot Squad and others feel faceless with no direction.

      • Trishlita

        Yes I agree in all of this. Lana received such a good reaction because she’s a great heel persona they should of had her Play of this using heel antics acquiring backup instead of just focusing on her wrestling.

        • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

          Exactly. Like why isn’t Lana leading a stable ??

    • Tina

      I’ve always preferred Raw. Just feels bigger

    • txistedbliss

      well tbh I feel like the Shake-Up was done to make Raw better bc the beginning of 2017 it was all Smackdown

    • A?.

      I agree. Raw is not amazing, but it’s way better than Smackdown. At least they aren’t getting one minute matches (Well that’s if you ignore Asuka vs Dana)

    • You’re so right! Except I don’t even remember that singles match between Charlotte and Becky. I’m one of the few people who really did enjoy the MITB matches, especially the one on SD the next day.
      SD was a lot more entertaining before the shake-up and now Raw is better afterward.

    • Phenomenally AWESOME

      SD went down when they moved Miz and Alexa to raw. Two superstars that made SD watchable and then they tried to build jinder and it crashed and burned

    • Typical Heel

      I’ve always considered Raw the better brand since the Sable vs Jaqueline days lol (i don’t even think Smackdown had existed until a couple years after that though) lol

  • MiguelAngl
    • Tina

      Dang it, I wanted to say it first ??

    • A?.

      It’s just because they’re in Orlando and half of the NXT roster is backstage, I’m not getting my hopes up

    • #FlairfortheGold

      How do you know??? Don’t play with my emotions!!!

  • Neutral

    Ok I was NOT expecting to see Beth Phoenix as one of the commentators along with Michael Cole and Corey Graves in the Mixed Match Challenge, lets see how it goes.

    • Gerg

      I wished mickie was in the challenge so Beth could put her over on commentary. We all know the general audience don’t remember mickie and Beth holding it down during the diva era.

  • Tina

    This better mean Billie and Peyton are debuting?? Although it would make things a little cramped

    • #FlairfortheGold

      Wait where did y’all see this

      • Tina

        I saw it on Bleacher Report!

  • A?.

    What is the point of the women announcing their participation in the RR when we know that they will all be in except for the champions? Pointless. Also, I’m not even excited for Smackdown, it’s been trash lately and we’re probably getting a 2 minutes match as usual. A shame.

    • ???

      Last week’s match didn’t even last one minute long lol

  • DayOneISH!

    I’m gonna need torrie Wilson to be a surprise entrant for this rumble.
    5…4…3…2…1
    https://sportsmusicwomen.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/j4.gif

    • Dylan Gutierrez

      Didn’t she leave because of her back?

      • DayOneISH!

        Yeah I believe so maybe she can just do a couple of stinkfaces and then get thrown out gently.

      • Typical Heel

        Issa Royal Rumble match, half these girls will only be in it for 3 mins lol

        • Dylan Gutierrez

          Yet this is the same company that won’t clear talent to wrestle if there’s a risk of serious injury.

  • Trishlita

    I hope we see the lesser women in action I’m sick of seeing them as side pieces.

  • ???

    Iconic Duo are backstage! Imagine if they suddenly debut? Wow xD

  • Neutral

    Shayna Baszler is also backstage along with tons of other NXT Superstars, no one is debuting tbh

  • ???

    Oh..

  • #FlairfortheGold

    WWE has to capitalize on the Iconic Duo. They need to make up for the wrong debuts they pulled last November. As much as I love Sonya and somewhat Mandy, they have not done enough in NXT to warrant a MR debut or push. The Iconic Duo has been ready and deserve more than Jobbing to Embore Moon and Bayley’s brother?

  • Mike

    Let’s hope we can get a decent singles match tonight or at least something interesting happens

  • I always love a good triple threat or fatal 4-way!

  • Keeana Tayler
    • Phenomenally AWESOME

      Iconic

    • Carmella Kill Them

      ICONIC

    • Allyn

      Dana is EVERYTHING!!!!!

    • MiguelAngl

      Shes the new Jillian Hall

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  • Phenomenally AWESOME

    Starting off SD with Bryan and Shane is starting to get to the authority levels on raw way back when

  • carmellsworth

    Holy crap, Mojo vs Ryder US tournament match happened before the show….some brilliant stuff right there.

    • #FlairfortheGold

      It still hasn’t happened…

      • carmellsworth

        before the show babe get your facts straight

        • #FlairfortheGold

          The match? It hasn’t happened yet…. they’re still touting it

  • Keeana Tayler

    Usos cannot lose

  • #FlairfortheGold
  • Phenomenally AWESOME

    Love Gable’s wrestling gear… Moose knuckle city

  • Keeana Tayler
  • YonceLuvsDivas

    I swear besides the women’s division I swear I only watch SD! to see my Zaddy’s The Uso’s!!

    • Phenomenally AWESOME

      My zaddies

    • #FlairfortheGold

      Saaaammmmeeee

    • Mike

      #Facts

    • Typical Heel

      Usos and Fin Balor for me, i swear the women have been legitimately the most interesting thing going on, the men’s division has A LOT of problems too

  • Keeana Tayler
  • carmellsworth

    theres a theory that when usos arent wearing their t shirts it means theyre losing the match..

    • YonceLuvsDivas

      Don’t jinx them lol

    • #FlairfortheGold

      *SummerSlam And Survivor Series contradict this

    • YonceLuvsDivas

      Omg why did you do that?

  • YonceLuvsDivas
  • Keeana Tayler

    Sd need to make up for the way they played slayomi and dori(ruby)
    They could’ve had a good match

  • txistedbliss

    omg I thought they were gonna retain

  • Brittany Smith

    Trash it’s cancelled SmackDown is over

  • Neutral

    I knew they were gonna win scream

  • Phenomenally AWESOME
  • txistedbliss

    twin magic LMFAOO

  • Neutral

    Twin Magic screaaaamm

  • Brittany Smith

    Phew

  • Neutral

    Nikki and Charlotte are shaking.

  • Mike

    The usos learning from the Bella’s lmao

  • Keeana Tayler

    They better fix this

    • Brittany Smith

      Our girl made history btw and the usos better win cause

  • #FlairfortheGold

    Match restarted… YEEEEASSSSS

  • Phenomenally AWESOME

    Come thru SD with the creativity… I see u bih

  • Keeana Tayler

    No lie tho i was legit finna cry if they lost

  • YonceLuvsDivas
  • carmellsworth

    sheltons bulge can kill anyone

    • Phenomenally AWESOME

      Gable’s balls are really defined in his singlet too

  • carmellsworth
    • Phenomenally AWESOME

      Wig flew

    • YonceLuvsDivas

      She would look so cute! I can’t wait for the day she gets tired of damaging her hair with that purple dye.

    • A?.

      This would be perfect, she needs to do it omg

    • Tina

      Yess or her darker maroon red hair from NXT

  • #FlairfortheGold

    ICONIC?? We need this on SD tonight! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sLk4xFD49dg

  • carmellsworth

    I see Smackdown’s terrible booking has carried over to the new year. Ah, the glory days of 2016 seem a much distant past now.

  • Brittany Smith

    YASSSSSSSSSSS USOS WIN

  • Keeana Tayler
    • carmellsworth

      lmaoo i miss y’all so much

      • Keeana Tayler

        Miss you too boo

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    Uso’s should be tag team champs forever!!!

  • conan_kun
    • A?.

      Half of the NXT roster was backstage, including Iconic Duo and Shayna. They’re in Orlando.

    • #FlairfortheGold

      Queen Kairi and the help??

      • Gerg

        Shoook lmao

  • Keeana Tayler

    Usos are the only people I’ll never get tired of being champs

  • A?.

    Are we ready for another 30 seconds match ladies?

  • Brittany Smith

    But Charlotte and Naomi aren’t wrestling tonight? The stars……ok

  • #FlairfortheGold

    A tag match again…. how new

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    The Riot Squad look like some weird face bullies in that promo pic.

  • txistedbliss

    instead of having the Bludgeon Brothers squash for the millionth time they could have showcased Charlotte or Naomi

  • A?.

    I miss the good old SD days ugh

    • #FlairfortheGold

      As much as ppl hate to admit it, Alexa was part of the SD 6 that made SD more worth watching than Pam, Banks, and Queen Char on RAW

      • A?.

        Absolutely, but I’m pretty sure creative team changed too or something

    • Brittany Smith

      Don’t we all

    • Keeana Tayler

      https://youtu.be/rKqucUwNJi4
      The only time nattie interested me

      • Typical Heel

        Only this day, her feud w/ Laycool, her match with Beth Phoenix, and when she joined DoD

  • Phenomenally AWESOME

    Hold up they are in Naomi’s home town… I’m ready for Ruby to get rocked with a right hand https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cb551852e327372b72f10c6a826fc12f57088629785e9b8dab6b81be91879220.gif

    • Typical Heel

      Omg both Naomi and Sasha looking extra beautiful here ???

  • Keeana Tayler
  • conan_kun
  • Keeana Tayler

    Poor breezango

  • Phenomenally AWESOME

    Breezango really can just have every inch of me

    • Gerg

      I’d be curious to see every inch of their skills….in the ring.

  • Phenomenally AWESOME

    Okayyy….

  • A?.

    if carmella takes the pin i’ll be so mad, they gotta stop jobbing the hell out of her and build her up as a threat, she’s miss mitb!

    • Tina

      Is she scheduled tonight??

      • #FlairfortheGold

        Yes, Welcoming Committee vs Wiott Squad

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    I miss the old days off WWE where storylines actually progressed instead of wash and repeats on the week to week basis.

  • Bad and Bossy
    • Typical Heel

      Isn’t that Sasha’s move? Lol

      • Bad and Bossy

        Noup

    • Gerg

      When you playing SvR and yo mom come in the room like “I said wash those dishes!!” XD

      • Bad and Bossy

        LMAOOO

  • Keeana Tayler

    I wonder why they picked xavier over kofi in the tournament

    • A?.

      it was fan voted i believe

    • #FlairfortheGold

      Because he’s the weaker one and he’s scheduled to lose lol

    • Phenomenally AWESOME

      I’d actually like if he was US champ.

  • Phenomenally AWESOME

    Mojo has some pretty eyes

  • Phenomenally AWESOME

    So is Dolph gonna come back with new gimmick/look/theme?

  • txistedbliss

    rematch clauses & defending policies get more bizarre over time

  • Keeana Tayler

    I feel like this tournament is kinda predictable, it’s more than likely gonna end up being zaddy roode vs jinder

  • Mike

    Xavier Woods ???

  • Keeana Tayler

    I find woods attractive and i don’t know why

    • Tina

      He’s cute!

    • Mike

      I feel like it’s his personality honestly lol

    • carmellsworth

      after dat leak i agree

  • #FlairfortheGold

    After Alexa’s run on RAW ends, I hope we see this again on SD! again…https://33.media.tumblr.com/cbf2a02275e6f15fc83750e555cfd33e/tumblr_noodvnHJMs1swlf6ho1_500.gif

    • Keeana Tayler

      It would definitely help blake and murphy

      • #FlairfortheGold

        Especially with all the accolades Alexa has accomplished since they split

      • Typical Heel

        It’ll help them but it’ll downgrade Alexa if they’re not good enough imo

  • txistedbliss

    Tamina & Nia at the Rumble should be epic

  • Keeana Tayler

    Lana give it up we know you aint russian

  • Mike

    Nattie look so cute tonight

  • Mike

    And why is Naomi not on the card even though it in her hometown ???

    • txistedbliss

      right, but knowing Smackdown the whole roster will end up at ringside

  • Tina

    Natalya was bearable to listen to there!

  • carmellsworth

    they said we were lucky to get this far…

  • txistedbliss

    I need Carmella pulling double duty at the Rumble, watching the women’s championship matches & wrestling in the Rumble

    • Tina

      They really need to do more with her considering she could dethrone Charlotte at any minute lol

      • Typical Heel

        OR Alexa ? i think that’ll be the real twist

  • Keeana Tayler
    • A?.

      He’s so good, they should hire him

  • Phenomenally AWESOME

    They want Naomi.. the crowd is dead

  • txistedbliss

    I see Liv with that Aj inspo

  • Keeana Tayler

    The crowd just went silent

    • conan_kun

      What do you expect for both heel factions who are barely get reaction

      • Keeana Tayler

        The sad thing is one of them is a future champion

  • carmellsworth

    so now enzo and cass are both no longer with their OG gfs

    • A?.

      cass and carmella broke up?

      • carmellsworth

        yup

        • A?.

          wait when did this happen?

          • carmellsworth

            before thanksgiving

        • Tina

          Oh nooo?

  • txistedbliss

    Tamina got that pop!

    • YonceLuvsDivas

      Ok!! Get it Queen Mina!!

  • #FlairfortheGold

    YAAAASSSSS TaQUEENa!! Finally got that pop

  • Keeana Tayler
  • YonceLuvsDivas

    Lana just killed me doing all that yelling ringside but any other time she wanna climb her butt on the apron distracting the ref! #YouFudgedUpLana #WeNeededYou

  • Keeana Tayler
    • A?.

      well…i have some bad news for you

  • txistedbliss

    14/30 spots confirmed

  • Phenomenally AWESOME

    Ruby does have some damn good mic skills

  • A?.

    how did the match end? i wasn’t watching

    • Super Mateo

      Sarah pinned Tamina after Liv knocked Tamina off the top rope.

  • txistedbliss

    how is Charlotte gonna leave her title backstage lmfaoo tf

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    There should be a spot in the Rumble match where Carmella goes up against someone ultra dominant like Asuka or Nia and she decides to eliminate herself leaving with the briefcase high in the air!!

    • Tina

      Yess Queen Mella don’t need the Rumble

      • YonceLuvsDivas

        That’s what I want her to say! I can see her yelling she don’t need this!

    • txistedbliss

      yess & she can grab the mic & be like “I don’t need this win but you do “

    • Typical Heel

      That makes sense, as the MITB winner, she doesn’t need the win at all whatsoever, she can go to Mania automatically, i would honestly allow Carmella to cash in and beat Alexa for the title asap and join Raw and be with Cass, while the Royal Rumble winner faces Charlotte at Wrestlemania

  • A?.

    is it me or are the finishers getting more basic omfg

    • Brittany Smith

      They’re

      • A?.

        bayley, ruby and now sarah, i wouldn’t be surprised if someone uses a clothesline as a finisher, i mean a slap finished a match

    • Typical Heel

      Right this is worse than 2011, this is Day Of Reckoning bad

  • txistedbliss

    yay Becky

  • Brittany Smith

    YASSSSSSSSS

  • Brittany Smith

    GET EM QUEENS

  • Phenomenally AWESOME

    Don’t let the Queen’s of SD distract u from the fact that Sarah has a trash finisher

    • A?.

      !!

  • carmellsworth

    perfect they giving us time for this match

  • conan_kun

    Royal Glow Fire vs Riott Squad next week?

  • Keeana Tayler
  • carmellsworth

    congrat to Liv going through SDR’s perfomance center drills

  • Keeana Tayler
  • carmellsworth

    scr why they use little mix for the womens rumble

  • Keeana Tayler

    Bartier cardi is a bop

  • conan_kun
    • FlawlessMickie ?

      Charlotte looks amazing

  • The Phenomenal Glow

    They was really trying to play Naomi, but luckily they were in her hometown and they gave her a pop anyway.

    • conan_kun

      And Becky gets chanted in Naomi’s hometown before she comes out.

      • Robann

        Um….she’s one of the only babyfaces and people knows she back. And she’s over. So what’s your point?

      • FlawlessMickie ?

        Orlando so big to be getting a warm hometown welcome anyway. That’s like being from Los Angeles.

  • ???

    Was I the only one who thought Becky will return tonight?

    Anyways it’s weird that Tamina was the only one who got some reaction from her team! It’s nice. The Riott squad got some decent heat, AND LOVE ME SOME RUBY’S MIC SKILLS!

    Another weird thing is that I thought Becky would get bigger pop, it’s still okay I guess?

    Sarah’s finisher? I don’t know she’s more powerhouse to me so she needs a strong finisher like Samoan drop or Glam Slam, her finisher doesn’t even look impactful.

    • conan_kun

      Of course not, Becky already competes live events last few days mean that she can return anytime.

  • A?.

    Li’vs been growing on me, she did good tonight in the ring and her selling is great!

    • ???

      Agree! And people call her the new Rosa Mendes? Seriously? She’s my number one on Smackdown!!

    • conan_kun

      Liv is getting used to get beat up by Iconic Duo.

  • ???

    Just a question, when the next tapings of NXT will be?

  • FlawlessMickie ?

    Any women yet?

  • FlawlessMickie ?

    Well sd is over lol I was thinking it was till 11

  • #FlairfortheGold

    200th comment!