2023 WWE Royal Rumble Map, Matches, Predictions, Start Time, Rumors, Matchcard, Location, Date

2023 WWE Royal Rumble Map, Matches, Predictions, Start Time, Rumors, Matchcard, Location, Date

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The WWE Universe will have a lot to count at the Royal Rumble. The popular battle royale event returns for its 35th edition when WWE hits the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, January 28th.

The modern version of the Royal Rumble offers two matches: a men’s and a women’s match, each with 30 participants. Two Superstars begin the match, with participants arriving one after the other at timed intervals. Superstars are eliminated as soon as they are thrown over the top rope and both feet touch the ground. The winner is only known when all 29 opponents have been eliminated. In general, winners of the rumbles are guaranteed a world championship match against their champion of choice at the upcoming WrestleMania. The matches generally feature surprising participants: returning Superstars, debutants, one-off appearances by retired wrestlers, and celebrity guest appearances.

Expectations for this year’s event are relatively high following last year’s abysmal men’s Royal Rumble, which was among the worst in the company’s history. WWE has undergone one Change in creative leadership since last year’s game, but the future is unpredictable after the news of Vince McMahon’s return from a brief retirement.

Take a look below for the confirmed matches for the 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’ throw-in in Survivor Series WarGames put him on a path with Reigns. Owens was moments away from defeating The Bloodline at Survivor Series, but Sami Zayn betrayed his friendship with Owens to fully join the faction. Owens continued to position himself as Reign’s number one threat on the final SmackDown of 2022. Owens signed John Cena to a win over Reigns and Zayn in a tag team match. Owens stirred up an emotional Reigns into a title match the following week.

Men’s Royal Rumble: 30 male Superstars will fight for the right to challenge the World Championship currently being 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 earn his place in the Rumble.

Women’s Royal Rumble: 30 women will compete at WrestleMania 39 for the Raw Women’s Championship or SmackDown Women’s Champion. The reigning titleholders – currently Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair and SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair – are usually disqualified from the match. Occasionally a championship is at stake, or a champion may include himself in the match like Flair did last year. Liv Morgan was the first Superstar to announce his participation in the match.

Bray Wyatt vs. LA Knight (Pitch Black Match): Wyatt and Knight have traded barbs on the mic since Wyatt’s return to the WWE program at Extreme Rules in October. The boastful knight has been repeatedly attacked backstage in recent weeks and suspects Wyatt to be the culprit. Wyatt’s staunch denial led to the revelation that Uncle Howdy is not Wyatt’s alter ego, but a completely separate entity. Knight challenged Wyatt to a match at the Royal Rumble. Wyatt accepted, choosing an unusual pitch black match as the condition.

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