2023 WWE Royal Rumble Card, Matches, Predictions, Start Time, Rumors, Match Card, Location, Date

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The WWE Universe will have a lot to do at the Royal Rumble. The beloved Battle Royal event returns for its 35th iteration when WWE sets up at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, January 28.

The modern version of the Royal Rumble features two matches: a men’s and a women’s match, each with 30 contestants. Two superstars begin the match with contestants arriving one by one at timed intervals. Superstars are eliminated when they are thrown over the top rope and both feet touch the floor. The winner is declared only when their 29 opponents are eliminated. Usually, the winners of the Rumbles are guaranteed a World Championship match against the champion of their choosing at the upcoming WrestleMania. The matches generally feature surprise entrants: returning superstars, debutants, one-off appearances from retired wrestlers, and celebrity guest spots.

Expectations are relatively high for this year’s event after an abysmal men’s Royal Rumble last year that ranked among the worst in company history. WWE has undergone a change in creative leadership since last year’s match, but the future is unpredictable after news of Vince McMahon is back from a short retirement.

Take a look below at the confirmed matches for Royal Rumble 2023. Check back for updates and predictions.

2023 WWE Royal Rumble matches

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship — Roman Reigns (c) vs. Kevin Owens: Owens’ interjection at the Survivor Series WarGames put him at odds with Reigns. Owens was moments away from defeating The Bloodline at Survivor Series, but Sami Zayn betrayed his friendship with Owens in favor of fully aligning with the faction. Owens further positioned himself as Reigns’ biggest threat on the final SmackDown in 2022. Owens enlisted John Cena in a winning effort against Reigns and Zayn in a tag team match. Owens gave an emotional Reigns a title match the following week.

Men’s Royal Rumble: 30 male superstars will compete for the right to challenge for the World Championship currently held by Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39. Kofi Kingston was the first superstar to officially declare himself a participant. Ricochet defeated Top Dolla on the January 6 episode of SmackDown to secure his spot in the Rumble.

Women’s Royal Rumble: 30 women will compete to challenge for the Raw Women’s Championship or SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 39. Reigning title holders—currently Raw Women’s Championship Bianca Belair and SmackDown Women’s Championship Charlotte Flair—are usually left out of the match. Sometimes a championship will be on the line, or a champion can include himself in the match like Flair did last year. Liv Morgan was the first superstar to announce her participation in the match.

Bray Wyatt vs. LA Knight (Pitch Black match): Wyatt and Knight have been trading barbs on the mic ever since Wyatt returned to WWE programming at Extreme Rules in October. The boastful Knight was repeatedly assaulted backstage in recent weeks, suspecting Wyatt as the culprit. Wyatt’s steadfast denial led to the revelation that Uncle Howdy is not Wyatt’s alter-ego, but an entity all his own. Knight challenged Wyatt to a match at the Royal Rumble. Wyatt accepted and chose an unusual Pitch Black match as the stipulation.

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