The next pay-per-view (PPV) on the WWE schedule is the Royal Rumble event set to take place on Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, 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 for the men, and either the Raw or SmackDown women’s title for the women.
We’re still a month away from showtime, and the card currently looks like this:
- Royal Rumble (Men)
Due to his victory in Mixed Match Challenge, R-Truth will enter from the number 30 position. Drew McIntyre has also declared for the match.
- Royal Rumble (Women)
Due to her victory in Mixed Match Challenge, Carmella will enter from the number 30 position. No one else has officially declared for the match.
- Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman (Universal championship)
This match was made official when Strowman defeated Baron Corbin at TLC in a match designed entirely to get Corbin out of power and give Strowman some time to heal up from an elbow issue. He was always going to get this match.
- Buddy Murphy vs. Kalisto vs. Akira Tozawa vs. TBD
205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick put together qualifying matches to determine who would challenge Murphy for his Cruiserweight championship. Kalisto and Tozawa won theirs, and whoever wins Cedric Alexander vs. Hideo Itami will take the final slot.
Asuka vs. Becky Lynch for the SmackDown women’s title has been talked about but may be off the table after rumors of a reshuffling of the card. We still don’t quite know what that reshuffling is, however.