Kairi Sane, Rhea Ripley, Io Shirai & More NXT Stars Invade Women’s Royal Rumble Match

While the annual Royal Rumble match(es) have seen a long history of wrestling’s greatest legends return to the ring, this year WWE opted to go a different route for the 2019 incarnation of their January classic.

Instead of surprise returns from veteran legends and Hall of Famers, WWE opted to feature several talents from the NXT brand as well as competitors in the 2018 Mae Young Classic who have yet to debut on television.

The list of shocking call-ups includes former NXT Women’s Champion Kairi Sane, who entered the bout at #14 and was closely followed by developmental talent Kacy Catanzaro of American Ninja Warrior fame at #15.

Also involved in the Rumble were former NXT UK Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley who scored three huge eliminations, developmental talent Xia Li, Candice LeRae, and the Japanese phenom Io Shirai.

BEHOLD, @shirai_io! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/geN6MFY0NW

— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 2019

THIS just happened between The #PiratePrincess @KairiSaneWWE & #TheQueen @MsCharlotteWWE, and all we have to say is…

…BRING IT ON!!! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/x8QIO0kfQ1

— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 2019

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