Dating back to 1988, WWE’s Royal Rumble has been a yearly event, one that’s second to only Wrestlemania in terms of its anticipation and hype from fans. Thanks to its immediate success as a pay-per-view event, Royal Rumble has increased in size and spectacle, becoming one of the biggest yearly draws for World Wrestling Entertainment. This January, the acclaimed event is back and we at SeatGeek have all the information you need to know about it.

When and Where is the 2018 Royal Rumble?

This year’s Royal Rumble takes place on January 28h at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The home arena of the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers will be transformed for the Royal Rumble, where it will house the WWE ring filled with the pandemonium that is this event.

What is the Royal Rumble?

The actual Royal Rumble main event is modelled after the classic battle royale match format. In the Royal Rumble, 30 wrestlers will enter the ring and the last man remaining in the ring wins the match and a shot at a championship on Smackdown or Raw. Wrestlers are eliminated when they are tossed over the ropes and out of the ring. When both feet touch the floor, a contestant is eliminated from the event.

Participants are assigned entry numbers via a lottery system, which is staged right before the actual event. The match begins with the two wrestlers who drew numbers one and two, and other wrestlers are called to enter the ring based on number every 90 to 120 seconds.

Other than this lottery system as well as the elimination stipulations, the Royal Rumble has virtually no rules, making for a hectic and thrilling match.

Royal Rumble Tickets

Primary tickets to Royal Rumble are sold out. You can get them on SeatGeek for as low as $318. Check them out below.

Who’s in This Year’s Royal Rumble?

In an exciting development announced earlier this month, this year’s event will feature not only a 30-man Royal Rumble match but also a 30-woman match. While neither match has all participants determined, we can tell you the already announced wrestlers.

List of Wrestlers

Men (7/30)
John Cena
Elias
Finn Balor
Randy Orton
Shinsuke Nakamura
Baron Corbin
Matt Hardy
Women (15/30)
Asuka
Naomi
Ruby Riott
Natalya
Sasha Banks
Bayley
Paige
Mandy Rose
Sonya Deville
Carmella
Tamina Snuka
Lana
Liv Morgan
Sarah Logan
Mickie James

Other “Undercard” Matches at Royal Rumble

Along with both Royal Rumble matches, the 2018 event will feature four other exciting matches. First off, we’ll see Kane vs. Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Universal Title. Then, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens will take on AJ Styles in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match for the WWE Title. Next, the WWE United States Title Tournament Finals will feature Bobby Roode, Zack Ryder, or Mojo Rawley vs. Jinder Mahal or Xavier Woods.

Finally, we’ll see a RAW Tag Team Title Match featuring Sheamus and Cesaro against Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan.

Royal Rumble 2018: Predictions/Rumors

As a casual MMA fan, one of the most exciting rumors in my opinion is that former UFC champion Ronda Rousey will make her anticipated debut at this year’s inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble. While no formal announcement of her switch to WWE has been made, there have been rumblings (no pun intended) of her intent to join the wrestling world.

Currently a free agent, not to mention a 16-time WWE champion, John Cena will look to make a splash in this year’s main event. As one of the longest-standing and most recognizable names in the WWE, Cena is a favorite to win the match. Currently, his sportsbook odds sit at 3/1.
Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks to hear more participant announcements for both the men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches. With not one, but two, 30-wrestler matches, the WWE’s 2018 has a chance to get off to an amazing start.

(Cropped image courtesy of Shinya Suzuki via Flickr.)