With the WWE calling up five female NXT superstars this week to the main roster, the promotion is slowly putting the pieces together to build a legitimately stacked women's Royal Rumble.
Until now, the women's divisions on "Raw" and "SmackDown" were never deep enough to support the idea of an all-female "Rumble." The red brand relied on a handful of ladies to carry the load, with Alexa Bliss leading the way in front of the likes of Sasha Banks, Nia Jax and Bayley. Let's be real: There was never more than six or seven ladies on the "Raw" roster who were worthy of pay-per-view time.
"SD Live" had similar depth issues, as there wasn't much high-level female talent there behind Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Carmella and Natalya. The show had a major drop-off in talent behind those four. However, the recent emergence of Asuka, plus the hotly-anticipated return of Paige, changed everything.
Asuka made an immediate impact on "Raw," getting over with fans in a way that hasn't been seen among female competitors since A.J. Lee was still competing. And not surprisingly, Paige was welcomed back with open arms the night after Survivor Series -- jumping onto the "Raw" roster with incredible ferocity.
The big twist was that the goth sensation returned with her own faction, comprised of Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville of NXT fame. Suddenly, "Raw" was infused with much-needed new blood for its women's division.
And the following night on "SmackDown," three more NXT stars -- Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan -- made their debut for the blue brand. With the likes of Shayna Baszler, Ember Moon and Peyton Royce waiting in the wings in NXT, the WWE's female roster is stronger than ever. It can finally support an all-female Royal Rumble. Hopefully the promotion will consider pulling the trigger on the idea in 2018.