This morning (Sept. 27), WWE announced their plans for next year’s Royal Rumble PPV event. News about one of the most popular events of every year is always exciting, and there are a few aspects of this particular announcement that are noteworthy.
One, like this year’s SummerSlam, the 2022 Royal Rumble will happen on a Saturday. The pro wrestling/sports entertainment business seems to be trying to shift their PPV business away from being exclusive to Sundays, but the issue is finding Saturdays not already booked by UFC or other big combat sports events.
In this case, the competition WWE is avoiding is the NFL Conference Championship games. Royal Rumble often falls in between the NFC and AFC title contests and the Super Bowl, but with the next edition of the latter not happening until Feb. 13 given the League’s new 17 game regular season schedule, Vince McMahon & team apparently opted not to bump their show to February to stick to that model.
After two shows in baseball stadiums (and one ThunderDome version), the Rumble will also move to a building designed for football. St. Louis’ 66,000+ seat The Dome at America’s Center was the home of the NFL’s Rams before they moved to Los Angeles. It will also be the biggest building a Royal Rumble has ever taken place in.
Here’s the press release, which includes ticket information:
As first reported by the St. Louis Dispatch, WWE today announced that Royal Rumble will take place from The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis on Saturday, January 29, 2022, marking the largest venue to host the event in its illustrious 30+ year history.
Tickets will go on sale Friday, October 15 at 11 am ET/10 am CT via Ticketmaster. Fans interested in an exclusive Royal Rumble presale opportunity can register at https://www.wwe.com/rumble2022.
“WWE has a rich history in St. Louis and we are excited to bring Royal Rumble to the Dome at America’s Center, a venue that has hosted countless large-scale sports and entertainment events,” said John P. Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President of Special Events. “We look forward to giving the WWE Universe an opportunity to experience all that St. Louis has to offer.”
“The City of St. Louis is thrilled to host Royal Rumble at the Dome at America’s Center in January,” said St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones. “St. Louis has the best sports scene in the country, and Royal Rumble will enhance it even more. This event is an incredible opportunity for our city, bringing WWE fans from across the nation to St. Louis and helping keep our downtown vibrant during the winter season.”
Royal Rumble will stream live at 8 pm ET exclusively on Peacock in the United States and WWE Network everywhere else. The event will be headlined by two 30-men and 30-women Royal Rumble matches, with the winners of both receiving a Championship match opportunity at WrestleMania in Dallas.
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