The next pay-per-view (PPV) on the WWE schedule is the Royal Rumble event set to take place on Sun., Jan. 28, 2018, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the company's annual beginning of the year showcase featuring its most popular gimmick match. It will crown the next number one contender to either the Raw (Universal) or SmackDown Live (World) championship. And this year, the women get a Rumble too!
We're just one week away from the gates opening in the City of Brotherly Love and it looks like we have the complete card.
- Royal Rumble (Men)
Everyone who has declared for the match so far:
- John Cena
- Finn Bálor
- Randy Orton
- Shinsuke Nakamura
- Baron Corbin
- Woken Matt Hardy
- Bray Wyatt
- Aiden English
- Titus O’Neil
- Apollo Crews
- Royal Rumble (Women)
Here is everyone who has declared so far:
- Ruby Riott
- Liv Morgan
- Sarah Logan
- Sasha Banks
- Nia Jax
- Sonya Deville
- Mandy Rose
- Mickie James
- Tamina Snuka
- Becky Lynch
- Dana Brooke
- Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman vs. Kane (Universal championship)
They booked a Strowman vs. Kane top contender match but when that ended in a double countout and the two started arguing with Lesnar over a title shot, they were both granted one.
Last week didn’t add much to it. After Braun Strowman used a grappling hook to pull down the scaffolding and nearly kill Brock Lesnar and Kane two weeks back, General Manager Kurt Angle fired him. That set the Monster off, who wrecked the place until Stephanie McMahon called Kurt and made him reverse the decision. Didn’t stop Strowman from some Cole tossing though.
- AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (WWE championship)
It’s not exactly clear what the handicap stipulation means here but it sounds like Owens and Zayn would share the WWE title if one of the two pins Styles.
Last week didn’t advance the story as the angle was represented via video package.
- The Usos vs. Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable (2 out of 3 falls for the SmackDown tag championships)
Benjamin and Gable thought the had the tag team championships won a few weeks back but then instant replay reversed the decision. They demanded a rematch and Daniel Bryan gave them one: 2 out of 3 falls.
Last week, the challengers attacked the champs backstage.
- The Bar vs. Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan (Raw tag championships)
The Bar are getting their rematch for the titles, as long as Jason Jordan’s rumored lingering injury doesn’t change the plans.
- Enzo Amore vs. Cedric Alexander (Cruiserweight championship)
They had a match for the title on Raw that featured Amore suffering an injury that wasn’t an injury, leading to a count out that allowed him to keep his title. So here they are for another go round.
From last week to this one, the United States title tournament finals were moved off the show and actually happened last Tuesday, with Bobby Roode winning. This is likely it for any impactful matches for the card, and one of these tag matches could easily be moved to the two hour pre-show.