One of the most anticipated event in WWE history will take place on Sunday, January 27 into Monday, January 28 at Chase Field Phoenix, Arizona and the events start time is Midnight. A Pre-Show starts one hour earlier at 11pm on Sunday, January 27.
This year Royal Rumble match marks its 32nd installment of the event, and the 2nd Women's Royal Rumble Match.
This event represents the path to the biggest event in WWE history, The WRESTLEMANIA. As in tradition, the winner of the men and women matches will earn a World Championship Match of their choice at Wrestlemania.
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Fixtures for the Event and Preview.
WWE Championship Match: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles.
AJ styles succeeded and earn another shot at the WWE Champion Daniel Bryan after defeating the likes of Rey Mysterio, Mustafa Ali, Randy Orton, and Samoa Joe in a Fatal-Five-Way encounter.
The "New Daniel Bryan" like he is been called had left his YES movement and forsaken his fans in favor of new mentality. This new him had helped him won the title and retain it up till date.
It feels hard to predict, because both superstar are stronger and filled with charisma to endure pains. The New Bryan has been going and getting stronger, but AJ might feel his killer instinct and claim back his championship.
Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Finn Balor.
Braun Strowman lost an amazing opportunity to contend for the Championship match against Brock after the damages he caused at the Backstage. He was initially fined a $100,000 for destroying the General Manager's Limo. When Braun tried to push back against the fine, Vince followed it up by removing him from the Championship encounter with The Beast.
Vince announced a Fatal-4-Way match to determine the new challenger between John Cena, Drew McIntyre, Finn Balor and Baron Corbin. Luckily for Finn, he became victorious and was endorsed by John Cena to win the title from Lesnar.
One thing I have learnt in WWE history is, The Beast Incarnate defeat smaller guys but Balor could be tougher.
United States Championship Match: Rusev (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura.
Nakamura, the previous winner of Royal Rumble 2018 will get a shot to earn back the U.S title after losing it to Rusev recently. It's only been since he lost the title to The Bulgarian that he's really come alive, and we are surprised by just how much we are looking forward to this rematch.
On the other hand, Rusev feels confidence and ready to take the challenge. His companion, Lana might be involved in the fight, possibly as distraction.
Cruiserweight Championship Fatal-4-Way Match: Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Hideo Itami vs. Kalisto.
Murphy's request was granted when he demanded for a serious challenge at the Royal Rumble event. Drake Maverick, the 205 Live Manager fixed a Fatal-4-Way bout for the title holder.
Akira and Kalisto were once WWE cruiserweight title holder some years ago and both are hunger for more gold.
Hideo had been the fans favorite to win this challenge. Since his arrival at NXT, he had battled with injuries which have hindered his growth in WWE. His appearance this year makes it his fifth appearance at the Royal Rumble event without title or glory.
All eyes on him I think.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The Bar (c) vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon.
While the entire WWE universe were expecting the likes of The Usos, The New Day, Gallows & Anderson or Sanity to challenge the tag team title holders, this new pair, Shane and Miz decided to challenge the champions.
Shane and Miz became close friends after Shane took over at the WWE World Cup from Miz due to an untimely injury. After Miz saw Shane's victory, he decided to team up with him to pursue the SmackDown Tag Team Titles.
Lets hope the Bar maintain the title because the new pair seems to understand each other and they are loving their new team up.
Raw Women's Championship Match: Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks.
Ronda made her first debut last year WrestleMania 34 along with Hall of Famer, Kurt Angle against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon and came out victorious. She also claims the Raw Women's Title at Summer slam and up till date still undefeated. She had defended her title against Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss etc.
Sasha's victory against Nia earned her a title contending match. There's always a chance that Sasha could shock the WWE universe and defeat the undefeated title holder, but its unlikely that moment happens at the event.
SmackDown Women's Championship Match: Asuka (c) vs. Becky Lynch
The first ever Women Royal Rumble winner, Asuka and presently the champion claims the SmackDown Women's title at the TLC Triple Threat Match.
Lynch the contender, also got the shot at Asuka with a Triple Threat victory over Charlotte Flair and Carmella on SmackDown.
With Champions advantage, we hope Asuka will retain her title.
30-Men Royal Rumble Match.
Still collating the list, here are confirmed entrants at the Men's Category
R-Truth, Drew McIntyre, Big E, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Jeff Hardy, Dean Ambrose, Bobby Lashley, Samoa Joe, John Cena, Elias, Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal, Apollo Crews. Andrade 'Clen' Almas, Mustafa Ali, Rey Mysterio.
30-Women Royal Rumble Match.
Still collating the list also, here are confirmed entrants at the Women's Category
Carmella, Ember Moon, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Morgan, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Alicia Fox, Zelina Vega, Naomi, Mickie James, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce.
For more updates on other entrants, visit the WWE official site
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