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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.

Background

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.

Storylines

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 TLC, Braun Strowman defeated Baron Corbin in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to earn a Universal Championship match against Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble.

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.

Match Preview

30-man Royal Rumble match Preview
30-woman Royal Rumble match Preview
Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Bálor Preview
Daniel Bryan vs. AJ StylesPreview
Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha BanksPreview
Asuka vs. Becky LynchPreview
The Bar vs. The Miz & Shane McMahonPreview
Buddy Murphy vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo ItamiPreview
Rusev vs. Shinsuke NakamuraPreview

Matches

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

Men's Royal Rumble match participants

8 of the 30 entrants have been announced as of January 18, 2019.

     – Raw
     – SmackDown
Wrestler Date Notes
R-TruthDecember 16, 2018 Won the Mixed Match Challenge tournament to enter the match at #30
Drew McIntyreDecember 17, 2018Announced on Raw
Aired on tape delay on December 24, 2018
Big EDecember 29, 2018Announced on SmackDown Live
Aired on tape delay on January 1, 2019
Kofi Kingston
Xavier Woods
Seth RollinsJanuary 4, 2019Announced during a live event
Jeff HardyJanuary 5, 2019Announced on WWE's Twitter page
Dean AmbroseJanuary 6, 2019Announced on WWE's Twitter page
Bobby LashleyAnnounced during a live event
Samoa JoeJanuary 6, 2019Announced on WWE's Twitter page
John CenaJanuary 7, 2019Announced on Raw
EliasJanuary 7, 2019Announced on Raw
Baron Corbin
Jinder Mahal
Apollo CrewsAnnounced during a WWE.com exclusive backstage interview
AndradeJanuary 7, 2019Announced on Zelina Vega's Twitter page
Mustafa AliJanuary 8, 2019Announced on his Twitter page
Rey MysterioAnnounced on SmackDown Live


Women's Royal Rumble match participants

10 of the 30 entrants have been announced as of January 18, 2019.

     – Raw
     – SmackDown
Wrestler Date Notes
CarmellaDecember 16, 2018 Won the Mixed Match Challenge tournament to enter the match at #30
Ember MoonDecember 28, 2018Announced on Raw
Aired on tape delay on December 31, 2018
Natalya
Bayley
Ruby Riott
Liv Morgan
Sarah Logan
Mandy RoseJanuary 5, 2019Announced on WWE's Twitter page
Sonya Deville
Alicia FoxJanuary 7, 2019Announced on Raw
Zelina VegaJanuary 7, 2019Announced on her Twitter page
NaomiJanuary 8, 2019Announced on SmackDown Live
Mickie JamesJanuary 14, 2019Announced during a WWE.com exclusive backstage interview
Billie Kay January 15, 2019 Announced on SmackDown Live
Peyton Royce


Other on-screen talent

Commentators
Interviewers
Ring announcer
Pre-show Panel
Referees

See also

DVD release

  • Amazon [ Royal Rumble 2019 on DVD]

External links

Royal Rumble 2019 previews

Royal Rumble matchWoman's Royal Rumble matchBrock Lesnar v Finn BálorDaniel Bryan v AJ StylesRonda Rousey v Sasha BanksAsuka v Becky LynchThe Bar v The Miz & Shane McMahonBuddy Murphy v Akira Tozawa v Kalisto v Hideo Itami

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