The road to WrestleMania begins Saturday night as WWE produces its annual Royal Rumble event. For the first time since 2020, fans will be attending; they’ll be inside The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis to watch 30 men and 30 women each battle it out to determine who will fight for a world title at WrestleMania.
There is an unpredictability factor to this event, as anything can happen this year. The “Forbidden Door” is open on the women’s side as Impact Wrestling Knockouts world champion Mickie James will enter the Royal Rumble. Will other wrestlers outside WWE make an appearance?
Other matches to keep an eye on are the world title bouts. SHIELD brothers Seth Rollins and Roman Rings will collide for the latter’s Universal title, while Bobby Lashley and Brock Lesnar will clash in a heavyweight showdown for the WWE championship. Either one could enter the Royal Rumble, depending on how the night goes. Another championship fight is “Raw” women’s champion Becky Lynch vs. Doudrop.
Willem Dafoe makes his Studio 8H debut, Peacock gets ready to Rumble and Janet Jackson’s docuseries comes to an end. Here are eight programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.
The men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches can be unpredictable — filled with favorites, surprises and dream entrants that may never make it to the ring.
On the men’s side, will the winner be one of the favorites — Big E, Drew McIntyre, A.J. Styles or Kevin Owens? Or a semi-surprise, such as Brock Lesnar or Roman Reigns? For the women, does Charlotte Flair win it as SmackDown women’s champion and pick her WrestleMania opponent ? Does Bianca Belair go back to back and pay Becky Lynch back for beating her at SummerSlam? Does Alexa Bliss or Ronda Rousey return and steal the spotlight?
A true clash of the titans is set for Royal Rumble! Newly crowned WWE Champion Brock Lesnar will go head-to-head with Bobby Lashley.