2019 WWE Royal Rumble matches, card, entrants, date, location, start time, rumors, predictions
Everything you need to know ahead of this year's Royal Rumble event in Phoenix
WrestleMania season is the most exciting time of the year for WWE, and that time has officially arrived now that 2019 has kicked into gear. The Royal Rumble will get us started down the Road to WrestleMania with this year's show taking place in the unique setting of Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Championships will be on the line, and both the men and women will battle it out in the traditional 30-competitor, over-the-top-rope Royal Rumble matches with WrestleMania championship opportunities on the line.
There's still a few more weeks until the Royal Rumble event goes down, but let's now take a look at the card as it's shaping out with two big championship matches already set for Chase Field. Royal Rumble will begin on Jan. 27 with a kickoff show at 5 p.m. ET before the main card starts two hours later at 7 p.m. CBS Sports will be previewing the Royal Rumble over the next few weeks, so be sure to stick with us.
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2019 WWE Royal Rumble matches
Men's Royal Rumble: As is customary, 30 men will step into the ring to take part in the traditional the over-the-top rope affair with the right to challenge either world champion at WrestleMania 35 on the line. Last year's bout brought us a first-time winner in Shinsuke Nakamura, so will this year bring us another competitor adding a Royal Rumble victory to his accolades? Confirmed entrants: John Cena, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods, Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, Elias, Jinder Mahal, Bobby Lashley, Jeff Hardy, Andrade "Cien" Almas, R-Truth (No. 30).
30-Woman Royal Rumble: The women made history last year in Philadelphia as the first female Rumble match in history claimed the main event spotlight, with Asuka emerging victorious. Thirty of the best female talents in the company will again take to the ring vying for the chance to get their WrestleMania moment come April. Confirmed entrants: Carmella (No. 30), Ember Moon, Natalya, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Alicia Fox, Zelina Vega, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Tamina, Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Dana Brooke, Lana, Nia Jax, Nikki Cross.
Universal Championship -- Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Finn Balor: The universal title picture took another swerve on Monday night when Braun Strowman was removed from hiss scheduled match with Lesnar. Balor won a Fatal 4-Way match to determine Lesnar's new No. 1 contender and even got an endorsement from John Cena at the end of the show. Whether this change was made due to Strowman's injury or it was a planned storyline swerve remains to be seen, but Balor being put in this spot is interesting considering he was removed from this exact match one year ago in favor of Strowman and Kane.
WWE Championship -- Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles: There's no more automatic rematches in WWE, at least for now, but Styles is getting his rematch anyway after showing some newfound aggression to win a Fatal 5-Way No. 1 contender's match on New Year's Day.
Raw Women's Championship -- Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks: When we talked about dream matches for Rousey upon entering the company, this was certainly one of them on the list. Banks became the No. 1 contender to the Raw women's title on Raw when she defeated Nia Jax, and now "The Boss" will compete in one of the biggest matches of her career come Phoenix.
SmackDown Women's Championship -- Asuka (c) vs. Becky Lynch: This match was randomly announced for Royal Rumble during an episode of Main Event on WWE Network only for ex-SmackDown general manager Paige to jump on Twitter and explain that it was not actually official. Considering the graphic was made already, one assumes this was in WWE's plans -- and it was. Lynch earned the shot at Asuka with a triple threat victory over Charlotte Flair and Carmella on SmackDown.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship -- The Bar (c) vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon: Although the team has just formed, Miz was not ready to be patient for he and McMahon to get a title shot, and he really didn't have to be. He got a Brogue Kick for his challenge effort, but The Bar were more than happy to accept the challenge of the fresh new duo for Phoenix.
United States Championship -- Rusev (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura: In what may likely be one of the matches presented on the kickoff show, Nakamura will get a shot to earn back the U.S. title after dropping it to Rusev recently.
Cruiserweight Championship -- Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Kalisto vs. Akira Towaza vs. Hideo Itami: Murphy told 205 Live general manager Drake Maverick that he wanted a challenge, so at the Royal Rumble, he'll get just that with a Fatal 4-Way bout. He'll be facing off with three of the best the cruiserweight division has to offer, with Itami recently earning the final slot by defeating Cedric Alexander on an episode of 205 Live.
2019 WWE Royal Rumble predictions
None of these matches have been officially announced at this time.
Raw Tag Team Championship -- Booby Roode & Chad Gable (c) vs. The Revival: If a match is added to the show, this one would make sense. Revival just beat Lucha House Party, while Roode & Gable got their last win via a mistake by the referee. This would make for a good kickoff show match.
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