Every year, the WWE throws its biggest party of the year with this now-annual event. It can be hard for newcomers to know what they’re getting into, so let’s break down the basics of this wrestling spectacle, shall we?
What is the Royal Rumble
The Royal Rumble is a professional wrestling event that takes place every year in January. It is the third oldest major wrestling event after WrestleMania and the SummerSlam.
Thirty wrestlers enter the ring at one time, and can be eliminated by being thrown over the top rope by the other wrestlers, bumped down to the floor below, or by being eliminated via pinfall or submission.
The last wrestler standing in this match will go on to participate in that year’s WrestleMania event.
The history of the Royal Rumble
The Royal Rumble was first created by Pat Patterson, who wanted to create a grander entrance for the then World Champion, Hulk Hogan. Patterson used the pay-per-view market as an attempt to sell more tickets and broaden WWE’s appeal.
The original concept was for a battle royal, with Bundy as the victor. However, it wasn’t until 1988 that the WWF finally began to use the Royal Rumble idea.
The very first match was won by André The Giant from WrestleMania IV and also from WrestleMania V.
The first pay-per-view of the year is usually one of the most acclaimed. Last year’s Royal Rumble was an enormous success, with Triple H emerging victorious to compete in that year’s WrestleMania event.
Who will be there?
Some of the confirmed names for this year’s Royal Rumble include:
- Randy Orton
- Shinsuke Nakamura
- AJ Styles
- Brock Lesnar
- Braun Strowman
- Triple H
- John Cena
- The Undertaker
- Kevin Owens
- Chris Jericho
- Sami Zayn
- Finn Balor
- Seth Rollins
- Roman Reigns
A lot of these names have already fought each other, so it’ll be interesting to see who actually makes it all the way. We could even see a few surprise returns.
When is the WWE Royal Rumble 2017
The Royal Rumble 2017 is on the 29th of January in Pittsburgh at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The WWE Royal Rumble 2017 will air on the 29th of January, 2017 at 9pm EST. The WWE Network subscription is required for viewing.
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Due to the fact that we haven’t received any information about who will be competing in the Royal Rumble, all that we can really do at this point is make predictions. My prediction is that John Cena will enter the ring last and then go on to win the match.
However, the WWE do often go against what their fans want. This is part of what makes it interesting to see if last year’s winner will be able to retain his title through another year. We’ll just have to wait and see on the 29th!
So who’ll you be rooting for this time around?
The Royal Rumble is an excellent opportunity to get in the ring and wrestle your way to victory. It’s a spectacle that newcomers can’t afford to miss, so we hope this article helped you understand more about how it all works!