WWE Royal Rumble 2019: Preview, Predictions & Tickets
Started back in 1988, the WWE Royal Rumble has been a yearly wrestling event, one that’s rivals WrestleMania in terms of fan hype and excitement. 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 the WWE. In late January, the phenomenal event is back for its 32nd iteration.
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming event.
When and Where is the 2019 Royal Rumble?
On January 27 @ Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.
Royal Rumble Tickets
Royal Rumble tickets are currently on sale. You can get them on SeatGeek, with the current lowest get-in price starting at around $30. Click here to browse listings and explore the venue map, or view select tickets below.
What is the Royal Rumble?
The Royal Rumble main event is modeled after wrestling’s classic battle royale match format. In the Royal Rumble, 30 wrestlers enter the ring to try and be the last one standing. That last person wins the match and a shot at a world championship during WrestleMania 35.
In the battle royale format, wrestlers are eliminated when they are tossed over the ropes and out of the ring. When both feet touch the floor, that wrestler is officially 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 a lottery system that assigns numbers to each wrester at random (to determine what order they enter the ring), the Royal Rumble has virtually no rules, making for a crazy, intense match featuring some of the world’s best.
Are There Other Matches Besides the Men’s Royal Rumble?
Absolutely! Along with the men’s match, there is a women’s Royale Rumble with the exact same rules and prize. The winner of the 30-woman match will compete for a women’s championship at WrestleMania 35.
Royal Rumble Matchup Schedule
Outside of the battle royale matches, there will be some other exciting matches. These include:
*Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman (Singles match for WWE Universal Championship)
*“The New” Daniel Bryan vs. “The Real” AJ Styles (Singles match for WWE Championship)
*Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks (Singles match for WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
*Asuka vs. Becky Lynch (Singles match for WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship)
*Cesaro and Sheamus vs. The Miz and Shane McMahon (WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
*Buddy Murphy vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs.Hideo Itami (Fatal four-way match for WWE Cruiserweight Championship)
Who’s in the 2019 Royal Rumble?
20 participants have been announced for the men’s Royal Rumble, while 13 have been announced for the women’s match.
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 “Cien” Almas, Mustafa Ali, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton
Carmella, Ember Moon, Natalya, Bayley, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Sasha Banks, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Alicia Fox, Zelina Vega, Naomi
Predictions and Rumors for 2019 Royal Rumble
Currently, there’s buzz surrounding two of the WWE’s most legendary women wrestlers. According to Bleacher Report, there’s a solid chance that we’ll see both Trish Stratus and Lita – who each competed in last year’s match – in the Royal Rumble.
On the men’s side, we should expect to see a recent NXT call-up or two. There’s a chance some combination of EC3, Lars Sullivan, Heavy Machinery, Otis Dozovic, and Tucker Knight could appear in the main event, although nothing has been announced as of this writing.
As far as predictions go, there’s no telling who will win the men’s Royal Rumble. Last year’s favorite, John Cena (3/1 odds), was eliminated by the eventual winner Shinsuke Nakamura. This year, recent odds have put Drew McIntyre at 2/1 to punch his ticket at the Wrestlemania 35’s main event.