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Royal Rumble 2019 is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for the Raw and SmackDown brands. It will take place on January 27, 2019, at the Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. This will be the 32nd event under the Royal Rumble chronology.
Royal Rumble will feature professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing feuds, plots, and storylines that played out on WWE's primary television programs. Wrestlers portrayed villains or heroes as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
The card will include matches that result from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portray heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results are predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands, with storylines produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, and the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live.
At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Fabulous Truth (Carmella and R-Truth) defeated Mahalicia (Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal) (with The Singh Brothers) by submission to win the second season of the Mixed Match Challenge. Their prize for winning was each getting the #30 spot in their respective Royal Rumble matches at the pay per view.
At Crown Jewel, Shane McMahon won the WWE World Cup, replacing The Miz in the finals, who was deemed unable to compete due to a pre-match brawl. Following this, The Miz began a pursuit to form a tag team with Shane, claiming that they could be the best tag team in the world. Shane finally agreed to the pairing, and on the January 8, 2019 episode of SmackDown, Miz challenged The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship at the Royal Rumble, and The Bar accepted.
During the SmackDown Live tapings on December 18, 2018, Rusev defeated Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE United States Championship (the match would air December 25). On the Janauary 1, 2019 episode, Rusev and his wife/manager Lana were celebrating the title win, and Nakamura would attack Rusev (with Lana also getting hurt in the scuffle). On the January 14, 2019 edition of SmackDown Live, it was announced that Nakamura would get his championship rematch against Rusev at the Royal Rumble.
|30-man Royal Rumble match||Preview|
|30-woman Royal Rumble match||Preview|
|Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Bálor||Preview|
|Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles||Preview|
|Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks||Preview|
|Asuka vs. Becky Lynch||Preview|
|The Bar vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon||Preview|
|Buddy Murphy vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo Itami||Preview|
|Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura||Preview|
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- 2019 Men's Royal Rumble match for a world championship match at WrestleMania 35
- 2019 Women's Royal Rumble match for a women's championship match at WrestleMania 35
- The Bar (Cesaro & Sheamus) (c) vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
- Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo Itami in a Fatal four-way match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Men's Royal Rumble match participants
8 of the 30 entrants have been announced as of January 18, 2019.
|R-Truth||December 16, 2018||Won the Mixed Match Challenge tournament to enter the match at #30|
|Drew McIntyre||December 17, 2018||Announced on Raw|
Aired on tape delay on December 24, 2018
|Big E||December 29, 2018||Announced on SmackDown Live|
Aired on tape delay on January 1, 2019
|Seth Rollins||January 4, 2019||Announced during a live event|
|Jeff Hardy||January 5, 2019||Announced on WWE's Twitter page|
|Dean Ambrose||January 6, 2019||Announced on WWE's Twitter page|
|Bobby Lashley||Announced during a live event|
|Samoa Joe||January 6, 2019||Announced on WWE's Twitter page|
|John Cena||January 7, 2019||Announced on Raw|
|Elias||January 7, 2019||Announced on Raw|
|Apollo Crews||Announced during a WWE.com exclusive backstage interview|
|Andrade||January 7, 2019||Announced on Zelina Vega's Twitter page|
|Mustafa Ali||January 8, 2019||Announced on his Twitter page|
|Rey Mysterio||Announced on SmackDown Live|
Women's Royal Rumble match participants
10 of the 30 entrants have been announced as of January 18, 2019.
|Carmella||December 16, 2018||Won the Mixed Match Challenge tournament to enter the match at #30|
|Ember Moon||December 28, 2018||Announced on Raw|
Aired on tape delay on December 31, 2018
|Mandy Rose||January 5, 2019||Announced on WWE's Twitter page|
|Alicia Fox||January 7, 2019||Announced on Raw|
|Zelina Vega||January 7, 2019||Announced on her Twitter page|
|Naomi||January 8, 2019||Announced on SmackDown Live|
|Mickie James||January 14, 2019||Announced during a WWE.com exclusive backstage interview|
|Billie Kay||January 15, 2019||Announced on SmackDown Live|
Other on-screen talent
- List of WWE pay-per-view events
- World Wrestling Entertainment/Event history
- Event gallery
- Royal Rumble
- Royal Rumble 2019 Official website
- [ Royal Rumble 2019 on WWE Network]
- [ Royal Rumble 2019 kickoff show on WWE Network]
- [ Royal Rumble 2019 Kickoff show at CAGEMATCH.net]
- Royal Rumble 2019 at CAGEMATCH.net
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