This year’s Royal Rumble is right around the corner. The first WWE pay-per-view of the year, one of the Big Four, and a major, MAJOR stop on the Road To WrestleMania.
Not only that, but the January extravaganza plays host to not one, but two of the most exciting matches of the wrestling calendar as 30 men and women enter their respective Rumble matches to battle their way to a championship opportunity on the Grandest Stage of Them All.
But how do you watch along? When does the pay-per-view start? And what other matches are on the card?
Well, here at Inside The Ropes, we have you covered.
When is the Royal Rumble?
This year’s Royal Rumble takes place on Sunday, January 31st and will emanate from the WWE ThunderDome at Tropicana Field in Florida.
The “main show” will begin at midnight in the UK. However, there will be a ‘Kickoff’ show on for two hours first from 10pm, which will be shown for FREE on WWE’s YouTube channel, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
How can I watch the Royal Rumble?
The Royal Rumble Kickoff will also stream at 10pm UK time on the WWE Network, with the pay-per-view starting immediately after at midnight.
The WWE Network costs £9.99 per month for subscribers, and can be cancelled at any time. There is a free tier of the WWE Network available, however pay-per-views require a paid subscription – which unlocks all content on the Network.
Elsewhere, BT Sport Box Office will be showing the event LIVE in the UK.
What is the match card for the Royal Rumble?
Six matches are confirmed for the pay-per-view thus far. The Men’s and Women’s over-the-top-rope elimination matches are joined by four title matches.
- Last Man Standing Universal Championship Match between Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens
- Drew McIntyre defending the WWE Championship against Goldberg
- Charlotte Flair & Asuka defend the Women’s Tag Team Championships against Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
- Sasha Banks defends the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Carmella
One other rumoured match is United States Championship Bobby Lashley defending against Riddle, although it hasn’t yet been confirmed whether that will take place on this pay-per-view specifically.
You can see a full list of competitors here.