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Raw General Manager Kurt Angle announced the rules of the Women’s Royal Rumble Match

MIAMI — It’s a new year, and Raw General Manager Kurt Angle’s first order of business rang in 2018 with good tidings for the WWE Universe: Announcing that the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble Match would be contested under the exact same rules as the longstanding Men’s match. That means 30 entrants, eliminations occur when Superstars go over the top rope and both feet touch the floor, and the winner gets a championship match at WrestleMania.

After that, however, it was back to business as usual, with Cesaro & Sheamus protesting Angle’s decision to pair his son Jason Jordan with Seth Rollins last week — an impromptu union that led to The Bar losing their Raw Tag Team Titles — and demanding a rematch. Angle turned them down on that front, but the confrontation did bring out Jordan and lead to a match between the young titleholder and Cesaro. At that point, Rollins arrived to even the odds and, more importantly, dispel some wisdom.

In The Architect’s eyes, Jordan had a lot to learn about being a teammate, specifically to avoid rushing into a 2-on-1 disadvantage without thinking how such a decision could impact the team. Rollins dished out some tough love to a chastised Jordan, saying while he would be at ringside for the sake of his partner and their titles, he didn’t have high hopes for the “self-absorbed” Jordan's chances against Cesaro. As if to illustrate Rollins’ point, The King of Swing attacked Jordan from behind and sent him careening out of the ring, kicking off their match in earnest.