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The Royal Rumble happens on January 26 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, and the men’s match is almost half filled with confirmed entrants.
Monday’s episode of Raw brought in a handful more to take the total to 18 confirmed. That leaves only 12 unconfirmed spots and you’d have to expect to see some of those filled on Friday during Smackdown.
Don’t expect to see all 30 confirmed before the show as WWE will save room for surprise entrants coming from the legend or NXT ranks.
Here is a look at all of the confirmed entrants for the men’s Rumble match.
Confirmed for the Men’s Match
- Brock Lesnar
- Roman Reigns
- Randy Orton
- Drew McIntyre
- Rey Mysterio
- AJ Styles
- Erick Rowan
- King Baron Corbin
- Dolph Ziggler
- Aleister Black
- Buddy Murphy
- Bobby Lashley
Lesnar will enter the match at No. 1, and few believe he’ll actually win. Only twice in history have we seen the man who enters at No. 1 go on to win. Also, it appears WWE is setting up Lesnar’s WrestleMania feud and this will likely get its start at the Royal Rumble.
A hot name on the confirmed list is Drew McIntyre. His push hit another level on Raw when he won a Triple Threat match over Randy Orton and AJ Styles.
McIntyre as a main-event attraction is long overdue. He may be being propped up as a likely favorite to get fans looking in the wrong direction, but clearly he makes sense as a potential winner.
Also, Aleister Black is on the rise.
After dominating an exciting feud with Buddy Murphy over the past month, Black is primed for an escalation on WWE’s food chain. I’d consider him a dark horse who will at the very least have a significant stay in the match.
There are only four confirmed for the women’s Rumble.
I expect to see Carmella to insert herself into the match as well as Dana Brooke, Sonya Deville, and Mandy Rose. Lacey Evans and Bayley will probably meet in a Smackdown Women’s title match, so there is a lot of room for NXT call-ups to stars like Shayna Baszler, and the inclusion of WWE legends.
Here is a look at the short list of women confirmed for the Rumble.
- Sarah Logan
- Alexa Bliss
- Nikki Cross
I’ll update this list as more entrants are confirmed leading up to the match.