To me, there is no more exciting WWE pay-per-view event than the Royal Rumble, and “finally” it’s that time again.
Tonight’s card looks good on paper, and there’s only a few matches announced for the PPV itself.
Here’s the card:
United States Champion Antonio Cesaro defends against The Miz. (This will be a pre-show match)
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No defend against Team Rhodes Scholars.
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio defends against Big Show in a Last Man Standing Match.
WWE Champion CM Punk defends against The Rock.
The 30-Man Royal Rumble Match
The following superstars are confirmed by WWE as being in the Rumble match:
- John Cena
- Randy Orton
- Dolph Ziggler (has to choose between No. 1 or No. 2)
- 3MB (Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre)
- United States Champion Antonio Cesaro
- Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett
- The Miz
- Bo Dallas, winner of the NXT Tournament
- Tag Team Champions Team Hell No
- The Great Khali
- Kofi Kingston
- The Prime Time Players
That’s 18 of the 30 superstars. The Shield will be in it as well, and that’ll put us up to 21. You have to believe that Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow will be in it, and that’ll put us up to 23. You can probably add Santino and Justin Gabriel to the list too, and that would give us 25. That would leave five spots open, of which there are spoilers claiming that two former superstars will be returning to the company tonight, and that two more are in the area and may be used. If all of four of those are true, that would only leave one. Could be Mark Henry, but we don’t know and that’s the way I like it.
The plan is to have LIVE results going tonight. Note that I’m going to be paying $45 to watch this event, my favorite PPV of the year (usually), and so I definitely won’t be breaking from our standard of only posting updates pertaining to who wins the matches this time around. The reason I don’t do play-by-play is because I’m trying to watch the event, not watch and describe what’s going on. As soon as a match is over (and they could be lengthy; I expect the WWE Championship to be around 30 minutes, and the Rumble will easily go past an hour), I’ll update the Live Results post to say who won the match.
The US Championship Match will air for free on WWE’s website and YouTube, and of course we’ll carry the LIVE stream for the Royal Rumble pre-show below. Check back to this post at 6:30pm CST and the stream should begin.