The Royal Rumble is finally here! While most wrestling geeks like myself countdown the days until the Royal Rumble or some people who watched the event as kids tune in every year to watch WWE’s most beloved match stipulation, I’m sure some of you out there who will be in attendance at KSBar tonight who probably have no idea what’s going on.
No need to fear, I’ve got you covered.
Let’s start with the pay-per-view itself. First things first you need to know the run time for this show is a doozy. The pre-show will likely begin around 6:00 pm sprinkle in some championship matches that could go from about 15-30 minutes, then two royal rumbles that last about an hour to an hour and a half each, you’ll be watching wrestling for near five to six hours. Despite the long run time, it’s enjoyable throughout and trust me the time flies by.
Tonight you will see the likes of Rhonda Rousey taking on Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s championship, Brock Lesnar taking on Finn Balor for the Universal title, and AJ Styles fighting Daniel Bryan for the WWE championship. Shane McMahon will also be fighting in a tag match before the Royal Rumble.
Now the Royal Rumble match itself. The Royal Rumble is a match where 30 wrestlers compete at one time, and the goal is to stay in the ring and outlast 29 other wrestlers. Each superstar enters at a different time throughout the match. So entrants one and two will start the match, and they have a minute and a half before the next wrestler enters the match. If you were competing in this match, which some of you will be by drawing a number at KSBar, you would want to pull a number in the 20-30 range.
The only way to be eliminated from the Royal Rumble is if a wrestler is thrown over the top rope with both feet landing on the floor. Essentially, throw your opponents out of the ring — a simple concept, but incredibly fun.
Another component that makes this match, so fun is you never know who the next entrant will be. It’s essentially random for the viewer at home so you never know who could enter the match. It could be anyone from John Cena to Hulk Hogan, or it could be someone who is debuting in the WWE for the first time. Those surprises are what make this match unique, it gives people a taste of nostalgia when legends return while keeping it fresh with new superstars popping up seemingly every year.
The winner of the Royal Rumble goes on to main event Wrestlemania in a World Heavyweight Championship match. So, high stakes are on the line.
For the just the second time in history and presumably for the rest of the future, WWE will be holding two Royal Rumbles. One for the women and one for the men.
Since the women main evented last year’s Royal Rumble, the men’s match will likely be the main event tonight. At KSBar to win one of the coveted five belts, the drawing will be based off the Men’s match as well. So for the sake of punctuality, let’s just break down the Men’s Rumble.
The Favorite: Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins has been deserving of a victory like this for a long time. Competing in a match for over an hour last year on Monday night Raw, having a match nearly every single night (sometimes two), Seth Rollins is the clear workhorse for the WWE. He has the physical attributes and fan popularity to win the rumble tonight, so if you draw Seth Rollins’ entrance number, you’ll likely be walking out of KSBar with a championship belt.
Who else will be in the Match?
As of this moment, there are 19 confirmed entrants in the royal rumble match. Those entrants include John Cena, Dean Ambrose, Samoa Joe, Drew Mcintyre, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Lashley, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Jinder Mahal, and Rey Mysterio. There are a few mid carders sprinkled into the mix as well, but those are the names you need to know.
Who could show up?
With 11 more spots to be filled in the rumble, anyone could show up, but who? It’s almost for sure that Braun Strownman will show up and he’s on the main roster so that would bring us to ten more spots. It is rumored to believe that Kurt Angle, The Undertaker, and Bray Wyatt may all make an appearance in this match and I assume there will be a few NXT superstars as well. Velveteen Dream I feel like is a lock to show up, and Paducah’s Ricochet may make an appearance. It’s all just speculation.
If you do go to KSBar tonight for the Royal Rumble, it will be an absolute blast. Be a kid for a little while, and enjoy one of the most fun nights in wrestling.