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5 things you need to know before Royal Rumble 2019

Thomas Lowson
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Who will win as the Road to WrestleMania begins?
Who will win as the Road to WrestleMania begins?

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Tonight, 30 men and 30 women will compete for the ultimate prize in WWE: a chance to main-event WrestleMania 35 and become the top champion of their respective divisions.

The Royal Rumble pay per view is just hours away, and this year's show is shaping up to be one of the most exciting of all time.

In addition to two huge Rumble matches, the WWE Universe will see the seemingly final showdown between WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles.

And a dream match will hit the Chase Field tonight, when Finn Balor hopes to finally recapture the Universal Championship he held so briefly, but faces a monster challenge against the incumbent Beast, Brock Lesnar.

With plenty more title matches, tonight's show could very well deliver a Match of the Year candidate.

Here are five things you need to know before the 2019 Royal Rumble.

#5 It pays to be #1 (and #2)

The first two women to compete in the inaugural Women
The first two women to compete in the inaugural Women's Rumble will both have title matches tonight

At last year's Royal Rumble event in 2018, the WWE saw for the first time, not one, but two Royal Rumble matches.


And whilst those matches may have been won by Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka, they certainly have developed since last year.

Both the king of Strong Style and the Empress are in title matches tonight, with Nakamura hoping to regain the United States Championship, and Asuka looking to defend the SmackDown Women's Championship.

But interestingly, whilst these winners are now in title matches, so are both the #1 and #2 entrants of both matches from last year.

The men's 2018 #1 entrant Rusev is looking to defend the star-spangled title, whilst #2 entrant Finn Balor is hoping to regain the Universal Championship.

Similarly, women's 2018 #1 entrant Sasha Banks will be hoping to capture her fifth RAW Women's Championship, and #2 entrant Becky Lynch will be hoping to regain the SmackDown Women's title.

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