WWE Royal Rumble 2019 will be held on January 27, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona in Chase Field. The following matches have been confirmed so far for WWE Royal Rumble 2019.
2019 Men's Royal Rumble match
30-man Royal Rumble match for a world championship match at WrestleMania 35
2019 Women's Royal Rumble match
30-woman Royal Rumble match for a women's championship match at WrestleMania 35
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman
Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles
Singles match for the WWE Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks
Singles match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship
Asuka (c) vs. Becky Lynch
Singles match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship
The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) (c) vs. The Miz and Shane McMahon
Tag team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo Itami
Fatal four-way match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
The WWE Royal Rumble event is widely considered to be one of the most popular shows in all of professional wrestling. In addition to serving as the official kick-off point for the road to WrestleMania, it also features the always entertaining 30-man WWE Royal Rumble match.
As we all know by now two men start off in the ring, and every 90 seconds another entrant enters until all thirty entrants have been revealed. You eliminate your opponents by throwing them over the top rope, and if you’re the last man standing at the end of the match, then you earn a world championship bout at WrestleMania.
It is one of the ‘Big Four’ pay per view events that WWE runs alongside SummerSlam, WrestleMania and Survivor Series, and starting with the 2018 edition of the show, there will also be a 30-woman WWE Royal Rumble match from this point onwards.
San Antonio, Texas – 3 – 1997, 2007, 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 3 – 2004, 2015, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona – 2 – 2013, 2019
New York City, New York – 2 – 2000, 2008
Orlando, Florida – 2 – 1990. 2016
Fresno, California – 2 – 1996, 2005
Atlanta, Georgia – 2 – 2002, 2010
Boston, Massachusetts – 2 – 2003, 2011
Miami, Florida – 2 – 1991, 2006
Hamilton, Ontario – 1 – 1988
Houston, Texas – 1 – 1989
Albany, New York – 1 – 1992
Sacramento, California – 1 – 1993
Providence, Rhode Island – 1 – 1994
Tampa, Florida – 1 – 1995
San Jose, California – 1 – 1998
Anaheim, California – 1 – 1999
New Orleans, Louisiana – 1 – 2001
Detroit, Michigan – 1 – 2009
St. Louis, Missouri – 1 – 2012
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 1 – 2014
Non-Rumble Main Events
1988: The Islanders vs. The Young Stallions – Tag Team Match
1996: Bret Hart vs. The Undertaker – WWF Championship
1997: Sycho Sid vs. Shawn Michaels – WWF Championship
1998: Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker – WWF Championship
2006: Kurt Angle vs. Mark Henry – World Heavyweight Championship
2013: CM Punk vs. The Rock – WWE Championship
The 2011 Rumble in Boston played host to the first ever 40-man WWE Royal Rumble match, which was won by Alberto Del Rio.
Stone Cold Steve Austin currently holds the record for the most Rumble match victories with three. Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Randy Orton, John Cena & Batista all have two.
Roman Reigns already holds the record for the most runner-up finishes in Rumble history with three, and has also eliminated the most men in a single Rumble with 12 eliminations in 2014.
Nobody has spent a longer cumulative amount of time in the WWE Royal Rumble match than Chris Jericho, who’s total stands at 4 hours and 56 minutes.
Six wrestlers have spent over an hour in the WWE Royal Rumble match – Rey Mysterio, Chris Benoit, Bob Backlund, Triple H, Chris Jericho and Ric Flair.
WWE officially announced last week that on April 27th, 2018 they will host The Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia which will feature the first ever 50-man Royal Rumble match. The event has been arranged in order to build WWE’s growing relationship with the nation, and will include several high profile superstars such as Triple H and John Cena.
There has been no confirmation as of yet regarding how the event will work or what the reward will be for the winner, and it’s not yet been confirmed as to whether or not it’ll air on the WWE Network. What we do know, though, is that it’ll take place at King Abdullah Sports City which is a stadium that has a capacity of more than 60,000.
In terms of the future for the actual WWE Royal Rumble event, the January spectacular’s destination in 2019 has been confirmed as Phoenix, Arizona. It’ll mark the second time that Phoenix has hosted the Rumble PPV, with the first being in 2013 when John Cena won the 30-man battle royal and The Rock defeated CM Punk to capture the WWE Championship.
The specific venue will be Chase Field, marking the first time the WWE Royal Rumble has been held at a baseball stadium. The confirmation of Chase Field likely means that we’ll be seeing many big stars appearing in the Rumble match next year, in a similar fashion to what happened back in 2017 when WWE visited the Alamodome and had The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and Goldberg all featuring in the contest.
It’d be a safe bet to assume that the likes of Triple H, Kurt Angle and other part timers of that nature will be popping up in Phoenix, as WWE continues down the path of turning the Big Four pay per views into weekend-long spectaculars.
It seems like the WWE Royal Rumble will only continue to get bigger, too, with the Alamodome, the Saudi Arabia show and the 2019 event all signalling that WWE is putting their trust in the Rumble to be held in a stadium, unlike SummerSlam and Survivor Series which are almost exclusively held in arenas.