On January 28, San Antonio, Texas, will host the WWE Royal Rumble for the fourth time in WWE history. Due to its 30th anniversary, the Alamodome will serve as the venue.
Each year, this event is one of the most talked-about and well-attended WWE shows of the year. There will be 30 contestants in the men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches, respectively. Winners of both Rumbles will compete for championships at WrestleMania 39 in April.
Cody Rhodes will return to the men’s Royal Rumble bout after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right pectoral tendon in June 2022. Who knows if both Royal Rumbles will have any unexpected participants?
Roman Reigns defends the WWE Universal Title against Kevin Owens outside of the Royal Rumble. This will be the third time these two have faced off in a Royal Rumble. Owens triumphed over Reigns in 2017, but Reigns turned the tables in 2021. Also, RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair faces Alexa Bliss in a title defence.
The Pitch Black bout between Bray Wyatt and LA Knight, presented by Mountain Dew, has finally arrived.
Find the start time, the current match card, and more for WWE Royal Rumble 2023 right here!
WWE Royal Rumble Date and Time
On January 28, WWE Royal Rumble will be held. The main card will start at 8 p.m. ET, with the pre-show beginning at 7 p.m.
How to watch WWE Royal Rumble 2023 Live
Viewers around the world can watch the action live on the following channels and here for free:
Live Broadcast: WWE Royal Rumble 2023 Live
WWE Royal Rumble matchups in 2023
WWE’s Universal Title, Never Before Questioned — Match Results: Roman Reigns (c) vs Kevin Owens The participation of Owens in Survivor WarGames sparked his relationship with Reigns. Owens was about to defeat The Bloodline in Survivor Series, but Sami Zayn betrayed his bond with Owens by totally joining the group. On the last SmackDown of 2022, Owens solidified his place as Reigns’ biggest threat. Owens and John Cena defeated Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn in a tag-team match via pinfall. Owens provoked a vulnerable Reigns into a championship bout the next week.
The wrestling match for the Raw Women’s Championship is Bianca Belair (c) vs Alexa Bliss. Bliss earned a crack at the championship by winning two bouts in a single night. After standing with Belair against Bayley and Damage CTRL, she promptly turned on her, threatening to strike the champion with Sister Abigail (her apparent shift to the evil side in the aftermath of Bray Wyatt’s return) and striking Belair with a vase during an interview. Bliss claimed she had won the bout against Belair on Raw despite being disqualified. Having had enough of Bliss, Belair issued a challenge for a Rumble match between the two.
At the WrestleMania 39 Men’s Royal Rumble, thirty of the world’s greatest male athletes will battle for the opportunity to confront Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight and Universal Heavyweight titles. As the first A-lister publicly proclaimed his participation, Kofi Kingston set the bar high. On SmackDown on January 6, Ricochet qualified for the Rumble by defeating Top Dolla.
WrestleMania 39 will include a Women’s Royal Rumble match, with 30 women competing for a chance to face either the Raw Women’s Champion or the SmackDown Women’s Champion at the upcoming WrestleMania. The current champions of both brands are not included in the bout: Raw women’s champion Bianca Belair and SmackDown women’s champion Charlotte Flair. On rare occasions, as last year when Flair included himself in the match as champion, the title itself may be at stake. For her part, Liv Morgan was the first major talent to declare her intention to compete.
Pitch Black Match: Bray Wyatt vs LA Knight Ever since Wyatt’s return to WWE programming at Extreme Rules in October, the two have spat insults on the microphone. The brash Knight has been attacked several times backstage in recent weeks, and Wyatt is held responsible. Wyatt’s intransigent denial eventually leads to the discovery that Uncle Howdy is not Wyatt’s alter ego but rather a completely different person. During the Royal Rumble, Knight challenged Wyatt to a bout. Wyatt agreed, and he stipulated a unique Pitch Black bout.
WWE Royal Rumble Match Cards 2023
- Royal Rumble Match for Men
- Royal Rumble for the ladies
- The championship match is Roman Reigns (c) vs Kevin Owens (d); Wrestling Entertainment’s World Championship.
- Alexa Bliss (l) defends her WWE RAW Women’s Title against Bianca Belair (c).
- Mountain Dew Pitch Black: Bray Wyatt vs LA Knight