The women’s revolution is in full swing in the WWE, with Stephanie McMahon’s announcement of the first women’s Royal Rumble marking the latest milestone.”The first ever women’s Royal Rumble match will mark a significant moment in the evolution of WWE,” said Stephanie McMahon on the latest episode of RAW.”WWE’s female performers are role models, inspiring and empowering women and girls to be confident and strong. They deserve their own match at Royal Rumble,” she said.At WrestleMania 32, WWE unveiled a new Women’s Championship title belt and re-branded the Divas Division to become the Women’s Division. Since then, WWE has placed a greater emphasis on its female superstars including recruitment of female talent from around the world, as well as the recent signings of the first female recruits from the Middle East and India.This year, WWE created the first ever women’s tournament, Mae Young Classic, which included 32 of the top female competitors from 16 countries, underscoring the breadth and international diversity of women in sports entertainment. In addition, earlier this month, WWE Superstars Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss took part in the first-ever women’s match in the Middle East. This year also marked the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank ladders match too, which Carmella won.Raw General Manager Kurt Angle also made the announcement that Brock Lesnar would be defending his WWE Universal title against both Braun Strowman and Kane in a Triple Threat Match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.Drew Gulak, member of The Zo Train, lost his number one contender’s match, to WWE Crusierweight Champion Enzo Amore’s title, against Cedric Alexander.advertisementThree years after Finn Balor had made his very first NXT appearance as Hideo Itami’s partner against The Ascension, the Japanese Superstar repaid the favour. He came to aid of Balor in the latter’s match against The Miztourage.After Seth Rollins defeated Jason Jordan in the opening match of RAW, Kurt Angle’s son, Jason Jordan, was forced to team up with Rollins and Dean Ambrose (of the Shield) against The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) and Samoa Joe. ‘The Lunatic Fringe’ seemed to have injured himself in the brawl, as the trio of Cesaro, Sheamus and Samoa Joe escaped with the victory.Asuka’s undefeated streak continued with another easy win over Alicia Fox, as ‘The Empress of Tomorrow’ looked in no mood to step off the pedal. Raw’s tag team division received a boost as The Revival made a surprise return and made quick work of the team of Heath Slater and Rhyno.The wild ramblings of “Woken” Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt continued. With Wyatt comparing his feud with Matt to a game of chess, and calling him a “more than a deranged jester with a funny laugh”. Hardy returned the favour in a hilarious promo where he indulged in a game of chess with a fish in a bowl. He said that their “Great War” would only lead to Wyatt being “Deleted”.
Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and other Team India members including the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav attended a glittering wedding reception hosted by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Nupur Nagar in New Delhi.Bhuvneshwar had taken a break from international cricket after the Eden Gardens Test where he bagged the man-of-the-match award. He got married to Nupur on November 23 as India decimated Sri Lanka in Nagpur and took the upper hand in Delhi.Kohli and his other Indian team colleagues were seen enjoying themselves in the star-studded party. Dhoni, who had retired from Test cricket in 2014, also made it to the reception.Bhuvneshwar and Nupur got engaged on October 4 in a ceremony in Greater Noida, which was a closed affair and was attended by family and friends.Bhuvneshwar will soon join the Indian team when it departs for a tour of South Africa later this month. The Uttar Pradesh seamer will be key to India’s overseas success over the next year.