It’s time to kick off 2020 with one of the biggest, most iconic WWE events of the year! The 33rd annual WWE Royal Rumble will take place on January 26th at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The main event here is obviously the “Royal Rumble” in which contestants will draw numbers to determine the order in which they enter the ring. They’ll make their way in, one after the other, every 90 seconds or so, to battle it out and try to become the last man standing. There are traditionally 30 participants in the men’s and women’s Royal Rumble, and the winner of each will receive a shot at the top title later in the year (possibly at Wrestlemania). Here’s what we know so far about the 2020 WWE Royal Rumble match card.
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The Men’s Royal Rumble
So far, we only know 13 of the 30 wrestlers who will be competing in the Men’s Royal Rumble. The current list includes the following: Roman Reigns (although he’s also scheduled to fight Corbin that night), Brock Lesnar, AJ Styles, Randy Ortan, Erick Rowan, Ricochet, Rey Mysterio, Drew McIntyre, Elias, Dolph Ziggler, King Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Otis, and Tucker. Since there won’t be a WWE Championship title match at this year’s Royal Rumble, Lesnar decided to enter himself as contestant number one… just to prove how tough he is.
Of course, when it comes to the Royal Rumble, expect the unexpected. Anybody and everybody – including throwbacks like Goldberg, Triple H, and the Undertaker – could show up! Stay tuned to Raw and SmackDown this week when more participants are sure to be revealed…
The Women’s Royal Rumble
We’re a little less certain of what’s going on over here. On the women’s side of things, as of now, we know that Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, and Nikki Cross will be battling it out. Hopefully, the winner will be somebody deserving of a top title match. Again, anybody could show up at the Royal Rumble. The event is often used for Superstars to make their triumphant return, and in this case, we haven’t heard from Ruby Riott or Nia Jaxx in a while. We could also see old school legends like Trish Stratus and Lita join the action. Even Ronda Rousey’s name has been thrown around, but don’t get your hopes up!
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Universal Championship
Daniel Bryan has undergone lots of personality changes over the past couple of years in the WWE. From the “Yes!” man to the angry environmentalist to revealing yet another new look this winter with shorter hair and trimmed beard. After The Fiend defeated Bryan to retain the Universal title back at Survivor Series, he then ripped out his hair in a violent attack and even kidnapped him weeks later. Bryan returned the favor, showing up in a hood, attacking Wyatt, unveiling his new buzz cut.
He then earned yet another shot at The Fiend and the Universal Championship by defeating Corbin and the Miz in a triple threat match. (The Fiend’s Ramblin’ Rabbit tried to tell Bryan the secret to defeating the champion before the puppet was taken away and “murdered.”) According to the WWE, this new Bryan is “refreshed and refocused” so it could potentially be time for a title change. However, with the huge popularity of The Fiend among fans, will the WWE allow him to drop from the top? We feel like Wyatt could make it all the way to Wrestlemania with the title, but who knows if it’ll change hands a few times before then? Anything could happen here.
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Becky Lynch vs. Asuka for the Raw Women’s Championship
This is the women’s match we’ve been waiting for. These two women have arguably the best in-ring presence and skill of anybody in the WWE. After the Kabuki Warriors beat Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair at TLC (just as we expected them to), Lynch commented that she was tired of the tag-team matches. She thinks they’re just a front to protect Asuka from facing The Man alone and losing.
If you’ll recall, Asuka actually defeated Lynch at the Royal Rumble last year by making her tap out, so this is a long-awaited rematch of sorts. Last year, the Irishwoman followed up that loss by talking her way into the Royal Rumble, which she won. Lynch, who has never beaten Asuka, says she hasn’t been herself recently, but then challenged the Empress to a title match at this year’s Royal Rumble. Of course, that challenge was readily accepted. We’ll call this one for Asuka, just to change things up a bit… and because she deserves it.
Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin
Corbin defeated Reigns at TLC thanks to a little intervention by Dolph Ziggler and The Revival. In return, the Big Dog foiled Corbin’s potential shot at the Universal title in that triple threat contest with Bryan and Miz. Reigns initially announced his participation in the Royal Rumble, but on SmackDown last week, Corbin said that Reigns was just too afraid to face him again. In return, Reigns challenged Corbin to a match at the Royal Rumble, and here we are! Give this one to the Big Dog, who will need to redeem himself after all the abuse he’s suffered at the hands of Corbin lately.
The 2020 WWE Royal Rumble kicks off at 7PM EST on January 26th live from Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas with a kickoff show beginning two hours before at 5PM. Order it on PPV, stream it on the WWE Network, or get tickets to see the Royal Rumble live!