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Royal Rumble 2022 is the upcoming 35th annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling event produced by WWE. It will be held for wrestlers from the promotion's Raw and SmackDown brand divisions. The event will air on pay-per-view (PPV) worldwide and will be available to stream through Peacock in the United States and the WWE Network elsewhere, which will make it the first Royal Rumble to air on Peacock. It is scheduled to take place on January 29, 2022, at The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Background

The Royal Rumble is an annual gimmick pay-per-view (PPV) and WWE Network event, produced every January by WWE since 1988. It is one of the promotion's original four pay-per-views, along with WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series, originally dubbed the "Big Four", and as of October 2021, it is considered one of the "Big Five" PPVs, along with Money in the Bank. It is named after the Royal Rumble match, a modified battle royal in which the participants enter at timed intervals instead of all beginning in the ring at the same time. The 2022 event will be the 35th event in the Royal Rumble chronology and is scheduled to be held on Saturday, January 29 at The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri. It will feature wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands with a select few NXT wrestlers and WWE veterans expected to appear in both the men's and women's Royal Rumble matches. It will also be the first Royal Rumble to air on Peacock after the American version of the WWE Network merged under Peacock in March 2021.

The Royal Rumble match generally features 30 wrestlers and the winner traditionally earns a world championship match at that year's WrestleMania. For 2022, the men and women can choose which world championship to challenge for at WrestleMania 38; the men can choose Raw's WWE Championship or SmackDown's Universal Championship, while the women can choose the Raw Women's Championship or SmackDown Women's Championship. In September 2021, NXT was rebranded as "NXT 2.0" and reverted to being WWE's developmental territory. While NXT's championships—the NXT Championship and NXT Women's Championship—were also eligible choices for the Rumble winners in 2020 and 2021, it has not yet been confirmed if NXT's championships will remain as eligible choices for the 2022 Royal Rumble.

Storylines

The event will include matches that result from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portray heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results are predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw and SmackDown brands, while storylines are produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.

At Day 1, Brock Lesnar defeated Bobby Lashley, Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, and defending champion Big E in a fatal five-way match to win the WWE Championship. On the following episode of Raw, Big E, Lashley, Owens, and Rollins competed in a fatal four-way match to determine the number one contender against Lesnar at the Royal Rumble. Lashley won the bout to face Lesnar for the WWE Championship at the event.

At Day 1, WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix appeared to aid her husband and fellow Hall of Famer, Edge, while he was being attacked by Maryse while Edge was engaged in a match with Miz; Edge ultimately won the match. On the following Raw, Miz and Maryse berated Edge and Phoenix, with the latter challenging Miz and Maryse to a mixed tag team match at the Royal Rumble. Miz accepted, despite Maryse's displeasure.

At Day 1, Becky Lynch defeated Liv Morgan to retain the Raw Women's Championship. On the following Raw, Morgan confronted Lynch, wanting another rematch. Bianca Belair interrupted, also wanting a championship match due to her unsettled business with Lynch. A brawl then ensued. Later backstage, Doudrop confronted WWE officials Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville and demanded a title match herself as she was tired of Belair and Morgan always receiving opportunities. Pearce and Deville scheduled a triple threat match between Belair, Doudrop, and Morgan for the following week with the winner facing Lynch for the Raw Women's Championship at the Royal Rumble.

On the January 7 episode of SmackDown, as Universal Champion Roman Reigns did not have a challenger for his title at the Royal Rumble, WWE official Adam Pearce informed Reigns that he had selected his opponent. Reigns dismissed Pearce, stating he had already defeated everyone on the SmackDown roster. Later that night, Raw's Seth "Freakin" Rollins confronted Reigns in his locker room, laughing hysterically at Reigns, seemingly confirming he was Pearce's selection. On the January 10 episode of Raw, Rollins confirmed that he would be challenging Reigns for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble in an interbrand matchup.

On the January 7 episode of SmackDown, SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair revealed 18 of the women who would be competing in the women's Royal Rumble match, including WWE Hall of Famers and veterans, and notably, reigning Impact Knockouts World Champion Mickie James—the first time WWE openly acknowledged one of Impact Wrestling's championships. Additionally, Flair declared that she would also be participating in the match, stating that she would be the first reigning women's champion to win the Royal Rumble. While the winner traditionally earns a championship match at WrestleMania, Flair said that her prize would instead be to select her WrestleMania 38 opponent.

Match Preview

30-man Royal Rumble match Preview
30-woman Royal Rumble match Preview
Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley Preview
Edge & Beth Phoenix vs. The Miz & Maryse Preview
Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins Preview
Becky Lynch vs. Doudrop Preview

Matches

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

Announced competitors in the Men's Royal Rumble match

1 of the 30 entrants has been announced as of January 22, 2022.

    Raw
    SmackDown
    Hall of Famer
    Free agent
     – Special guest entrant
Wrestler Date Notes
Angelo Dawkins January 3, 2022 Announced on Raw
Montez Ford
Rey Mysterio
Dominik Mysterio
Austin Theory
Johnny Knoxville January 7, 2022 Announced at Day 1, confirmed on SmackDown
Sheamus January 7, 2022 Announced on SmackDown
Damian Priest January 10, 2022 Announced on Twitter
AJ Styles Announced on Twitter
Big E Announced on Raw
Happy Corbin January 14, 2022 Announced on Twitter
Madcap Moss
Sami Zayn Announced on SmackDown
Kofi Kingston
Kevin Owens January 17, 2022 Announced on Raw

Announced entrants in the Women's Royal Rumble Match

19 out of the 30 entrants have been announced as of January 22, 2022.

    Raw
    SmackDown
    Hall of Famer
    Free agent
     – Special guest entrant
Wrestler Date Notes
Rhea Ripley January 7, 2022 Announced on SmackDown
Nikki A.S.H.
Dana Brooke
Carmella
Queen Zelina
Tamina
Shotzi January 7, 2022 Announced on SmackDown
Natalya
Aliyah
Naomi
Shayna Baszler
Charlotte Flair
Nikki Bella January 7, 2022 Announced on SmackDown
Brie Bella
Lita
Michelle McCool January 7, 2022 Announced on SmackDown
Kelly Kelly
Summer Rae
Mickie James January 7, 2022 Announced on SmackDown
Bianca Belair January 17, 2022 Announced on Raw
Liv Morgan

Royal Rumble entrances and eliminations (Women)

Brand

     – Raw
     – SmackDown
     – NXT
     – NXT UK
     – Free agent
     – Winner
Draw Entrant Brand/Status Order Eliminated by Time Elimination(s)

Royal Rumble entrances and eliminations (Men)

    Raw
    SmackDown
    205 Live
    NXT
     – Unassigned
     – Legend
Draw Entrant Brand/Status Order Eliminated by Time Elimination(s)

See also

DVD release

  • Amazon.jpg [ Royal Rumble 2022 on DVD]

External links

Royal Rumble 2022 previews

Men's Royal Rumble matchWoman's Royal Rumble matchBrock Lesnar v Bobby LashleyEdge & Beth Phoenix v The Miz & MaryseRoman Reigns v Seth RollinsBecky Lynch v Doudrop

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