With 2018 nearly in the books, WWE looks ahead to the annual Royal Rumble PPV, which kicks off not only 2019, but the road to WrestleMania 35 in New Jersey.
Following this past week’s WWE TV tapings for episodes of Raw and Smackdown Live airing on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, respectively, the card for the Royal Rumble PPV is beginning to take shape, with more bouts confirmed and new names set for the two big over-the-top-rope Royal Rumble matches.
The first names confirmed for both Rumble matches were R-Truth and Carmella, when each Superstar earned the right to enter the matches at the coveted number thirty spots after winning season two of the WWE Mixed Match Challenge.
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Also confirmed for the men’s Rumble match is Drew McIntyre and all three members of The New Day. The women’s Rumble match will also feature Natalya in addition to The Princess of Staten Island.
Last year’s Royal Rumble match winners were Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka, both representing the Smackdown Live brand, and Nakamura went on to lose his title shot against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 34, and Asuka was handed her first defeat on the WWE main roster when she challenged Charlotte Flair and was defeated by the “Queen” of the women’s division.
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Below is the updated card for next month’s WWE Royal Rumble PPV, taking place on January 27th in Phoenix, Arizona.
WWE Universal Championship Match:
-Brock Lesnar (c) vs Braun Strowman
WWE Championship Match:
-Daniel Bryan (c) vs AJ Styles
Fatal Four Way Match for the WWE Cruiserweight Title:
-Buddy Murphy (c) vs Kalisto vs Akira Tozawa vs TBA
-The Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumble matches, with the winners earning a title shot at WrestleMania 35 in April, 2019.
With the Royal Rumble PPV now featuring a women’s Rumble match in addition to the traditional men’s match, it’s likely only a couple more matches might be added to the PPV, which will feature a four hour main card and a two hour Kickoff show, as the Royal Rumble is considered to be one of the “big four” PPV events in WWE.