The next pay-per-view (PPV) on the WWE schedule is the Royal Rumble event set to take place on Sun., Jan. 26, 2013, at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company's annual beginning of the year showcase that will crown the next number one contender to the WWE world heavyweight championship.
We're still a full four weeks out from showtime and only one match on the card is official. There aren't many rumors either, but there's a general idea.
- Royal Rumble
Card subject to change, of course, but if nothing else WWE has confirmed that this year's Rumble match will feature the traditional 30 participants. No entrants are official for the match at this time but with Batista's returning happening at the go home edition of Monday Night Raw on Jan. 20, it's almost a lock that he's in. Basically every other big name is expected.
- Randy Orton vs. John Cena*
This would be a rematch from their encounter at TLC, though there have been rumors circulating that this could also feature Daniel Bryan in a triple threat. Either way, Orton is expected to walk out the champion, at least as of right now. This one is still just a rumor, however, and the direction could change at any time.
Elsewhere, expect title defenses from the other champions on the roster (Big E. Langston, AJ Lee, Rhodes Bros).
That's the card, Cagesiders. You buying?