6 Ups And 5 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (Jan 1)

4. 30 Women?

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A quick check of the Raw and SmackDown rosters reveals 22 women on the main roster – including Nikki Bella, who hasn’t appeared since WrestleMania. Back out the two champs and you’re down to 20.

It’s understandable that WWE wants to have some surprise entrants (maybe Brie Bella, Kelly Kelly, Eve Torres, Beth Phoenix, etc.), but as many as 10? Unless they’re adding a few from NXT (after calling up five women in the past month) or the UFC Four Horsewomen, it’s going to be awfully guest-heavy.

Not to mention that recent men’s Rumbles have been poorly booked, and now you’re looking at two 30-person Rumbles on the same night.

None of this is to say that it’s going to be bad or anything, but as an initial reaction, 30 women seems like a lot – and so does two Rumbles of that size. We’ll see how things shake out in the coming weeks, but first blush of the number of entrants (not the idea of the women’s Rumble itself) is a cautious negative.


Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.