Royal Rumble (2019)
|Royal Rumble (2019)|
Promotional poster featuring various WWE wrestlers
|Date||January 27, 2019|
|WWE Network event chronology|
|Royal Rumble chronology|
Royal Rumble (2019) is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands. It will take place on January 27, 2019, at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. It will be the thirty-second event promoted under the Royal Rumble chronology.
As is tradition, the winner of the men's and women's Royal Rumble matches will earn a world championship match of their choosing at WrestleMania 35. The men will have their choice of either Raw's Universal Championship or SmackDown's WWE Championship, while the women can choose either the Raw Women's Championship or the SmackDown Women's Championship.
The card 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, 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) to win the second season of Mixed Match Challenge. Their prize for winning was each getting the #30 spot in their respective Royal Rumble matches at the pay-per-view. In the weeks following TLC, multiple wrestlers were announced for both Rumble matches.
At Crown Jewel, Brock Lesnar defeated Braun Strowman to regain the then vacant Universal Championship, thanks in part to then-Acting Raw General Manager Baron Corbin. At TLC, Strowman defeated Corbin in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, thus stripping Corbin of his authoritative power and earning a Universal Championship match against Lesnar at the Royal Rumble. On the January 14 episode of Raw, Corbin confronted Strowman and insulted him, leading to a chase to the parking area where Corbin hid in a limousine. Strowman shattered the glass and broke the door off, only for WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to appear, revealing that was his limo. McMahon then fined Strowman $100,000. Strowman then argued with McMahon, who then cancelled his match with Lesnar. An angry Strowman proceeded to flip over the limo. Later that night, John Cena, Drew McIntyre, Corbin, and Finn Bálor expressed their interests in facing Lesnar at the Royal Rumble. Mr. McMahon scheduled a fatal four-way match where the winner would face Lesnar, which Bálor won after defending his spot earlier in the night against Jinder Mahal. Bálor would later be removed from his spot in the Royal Rumble match.
At TLC, Daniel Bryan defeated AJ Styles to retain the WWE Championship. On the January 1, 2019 episode of SmackDown, Styles earned another opportunity against Bryan at the Royal Rumble by defeating Randy Orton, Mustafa Ali, Rey Mysterio, and Samoa Joe in a fatal five-way match.
At TLC, Asuka defeated Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in a triple threat Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to win the SmackDown Women's Championship. On Raw the following night, the McMahon Family (Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Shane McMahon, and Triple H) announced that they would now be running both Raw and SmackDown and announced that former champions would no longer have automatic rematch clauses, meaning that Lynch would not automatically receive a rematch for the title and would instead have to earn one. After pleading their cases to Triple H on the January 1, 2019 episode of SmackDown, a triple threat match between Lynch, Flair, and Carmella was scheduled for the following week to determine Asuka's challenger at the Royal Rumble, which was won by Lynch.
On the TLC pre-show, Buddy Murphy retained the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Cedric Alexander. On the December 26, 2018 episode of 205 Live, General Manager Drake Maverick scheduled Murphy to defend the title at the Royal Rumble in a fatal four-way match with his opponents to be decided in qualifying matches. The following week, Kalisto and Akira Tozawa qualified for the match by defeating Lio Rush and Drew Gulak, respectively. Hideo Itami won the final spot by defeating Alexander.
At TLC, Ronda Rousey retained the Raw Women's Championship against Nia Jax. On the January 7, 2019 episode of Raw, Rousey appeared on Alexa Bliss' new show, "A Moment of Bliss", and mentioned that she wanted to face Sasha Banks next. Jax interrupted, stating that she wanted a rematch against Rousey. Banks came out, humbled by Rousey's comments, and challenged Jax to a match in which the winner would earn a championship opportunity. Banks then defeated Jax to earn a Raw Women's Championship match against Rousey 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 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 15, 2019 edition of SmackDown Live, it was announced that Nakamura would get his championship rematch against Rusev at the Royal Rumble.
Men's Royal Rumble match participants
18 of the 30 entrants have been announced as of January 17, 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
16 of the 30 entrants have been announced as of January 17, 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|
|Dana Brooke||January 17, 2019||Announced during a WWE.com exclusive backstage interview|
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