The WWE Royal Rumble is still my favorite PPV event in the industry. This year’s show happens on Sunday in Houston, Texas at Minute Maid Park.
Let’s take a look at the event including the viewing info, the confirmed Rumble entrants, odds and more.
How To Watch
- Date: Sunday, January 26
- Time: Pre-show at 6pm ET, Main Card at 7pm
- TV: PPV via local cable provider
- Live Stream: WWE Network and YouTube for the preshow
Who’s In, And What’s the Story?
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- Brock Lesnar (No. 1) – The WWE Champion will enter at No. 1, and whatever happens with him will almost certainly lead into his next feud, and the featured attraction at WrestleMania 36.
- Roman Reigns – It appears his long-standing feud with King Corbin might be coming to an end soon. Don’t be surprised to see Reigns win the match now that fans seem to finally be behind him.
- King Corbin – He’s been outstanding as a heel tormenting Reigns, Shorty G, and others. If the feud with Reigns is ended soon, one can only wonder who’s next on Corbin’s list.
- Dolph Ziggler – He’s been a member of the King’s Court for the past month or so, and predictably solid in the role. Don’t expect anything too special, even though he’s fully capable.
- Erick Rowan – He’s been doing fairly well with his mysterious cage bit, but it’s time for him to get involved in some sort of meaningful feud. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him do really well in the Rumble, perhaps with the most eliminations, but he won’t win. Still, a strong showing might be used to elevate him on the food chain.
- AJ Styles – The former champion has faded to the mid-card, and I doubt he does anything more than squabble with Randy Orton in the Rumble. The two are already scheduled to face each other on Monday’s episode after the PPV.
- Randy Orton – See above.
- Elias – His recent resurgence and commitment to a babyface role might be good news, but then again, he’s a much more natural heel. He deserves a push, I’m just not sure it happens at the Rumble.
- Rey Mysterio – Because his career is clearly winding down, seeing Mysterio do well in the Rumble wouldn’t be shocking. However, I don’t see any chances of him being booked to win. Instead, this will probably begin the push toward what might be a retirement match at WrestleMania.
- Ricochet – His mic work is horrible, but his in-ring talents are nearly unmatched. It sounds like a perfect setup for a great performance in the Rumble. Ricochet can pull off some of the more memorable moments because of his athleticism. He won’t win, but I believe he’ll shine.
- Drew McIntyre – It makes so much sense for McIntyre to win on Sunday, which is probably why he won’t. He’s definitely getting a push, but it feels like one of those WWE pushes that is only meant to troll fans who desperately want a talent to be elevated. I’d be all in for Lesnar vs. McIntyre at WrestleMania. If it’s going to happen, the road will begin on Sunday.
- Otis – I love the angle he’s currently in with Mandy Rose, but you can bet he’s just going to be in the Rumble for comic relief.
- Tucker – See above.
- Rusev – I hate the Rusev-Lana-Lashley-Liv thing, and I want it to end. However, Rusev is still a strong character. That said, he definitely isn’t going to win amidst the cloud of ridiculous that is his current feud.
- Bobby Lashley – See above.
- Aleister Black – Black is another guy positioned to have a great performance in the Rumble, even though this won’t be his year to win. He just vanquished Buddy Murphy in a three-fight series, and is being pushed as an elite force. WWE could put him over even more with a strong showing in the Rumble.
- Buddy Murphy – The smartest thing WWE has done in the past couple of weeks is place Murphy with Seth Rollins and AOP. I didn’t like Murphy losing all three matches to Black because I thought it weakened him a little too much. However, his presence with Rollins and Co. is strong and there is a legitimate future and path for him to higher ground–especially now that he’s one half of the Raw Tag-Team Champions with Rollins. That said, he will do nothing but sacrifice himself to help Rollins in the Rumble.
- Braun Strowman – Every time he’s in one of these, he’ll be on a shortlist of potential winners. However, he’s likely headed for a program with the Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, so it would be purposeless to have him win the Rumble this year. He’ll still be a force, but he won’t win.
- Shinsuke Nakamura – See above.
- Seth Rollins – Last year’s winner feels like a Final Four participant again this year, and a potential winner. He doesn’t currently have a singles title, but he’s obviously still operating as one of the biggest stars in the promotion. His group is the subject of a major storyline, and putting him in a position to be a part of the main event of WrestleMania is logical.
- Kevin Owens – KO and Samoa Joe are locked into a feud with Rollins and Co., and that will likely take precedence over any sort of WrestleMania main event concepts. Owens and Joe will either be the thorn in Rollins’ side, or they will be double-crossed in some way that spills into Monday as their foe has a chance to repeat as RR winner.
- Samoa Joe – See above.
- Kofi Kingston – He’s great in the match every year, and this time probably won’t be an exception. We’ll have to see if Kingston passes the torch to Ricochet as the man in a position to thrill crowds with their athleticism at the Rumble. Also, the feud between The New Day and The Miz and John Morrison will likely heat up, and it’s possible it leads to a WrestleMania match for the Smackdown Tag-Team Championship.
- Big E – See above.
- The Miz – He’s always strong, but I’m enjoying his reuniting with John Morrison. Expect his presence to be the flipside of the New Day’s situation.
- John Morrison – Yes, he’s connected to The Miz and New Day, but he’s also a major star who was recently reacquired by WWE. I can see Morrison as a Final Four guy who won’t win, but is being steadily elevated for what could be a quick rise to the top.
The Women’s Rumble
- Charlotte Flair – The Queen has nothing special going on at the moment. She’s always a strong bet to do well in the Rumble, but while she wouldn’t be a horrible choice to win, creative needs to have a ready-made story that explains her path to challenging for a title at WrestleMania. However, with so few female talents on the main roster, the pickings are slim.
- Alexa Bliss – Her teaming with Nikki Cross seems to have her functioning a tier below the top women in WWE. That could change, and if it does, it might mean a heel turn that has her flip on Nikki.
- Nikki Cross – The less wild and more refined Nikki doesn’t have as high of a ceiling. She seems destined to be more of a sidekick than a lead act at the moment. Perhaps a heel turn against Alexa at the Rumble could change things. Don’t bet on that, though.
- Natalya – The legend won’t win, but her presence is necessary and appreciated.
- Sarah Logan – It felt like something is building between her and Charlotte, but I can’t say it has a great deal of potential. Perhaps she’ll eliminate the Queen to add some validity to the angle.
- Mandy Rose – She has everything she needs to be a star heel, but she hasn’t quite gotten the push that is needed. Don’t look for it to happen at the Rumble.
- Carmella – She won it in 2018, but ever since, she’s been in secondary roles. I can’t see that changing on Sunday.
- Dana Brooke – I’d love to see Dana get a push. She deserves it and is far more talented than she’s had a chance to show on a regular basis. I’m expecting her to remain a pawn in the story, but more would be better.
Reigns is currently the favorite to win the Rumble, per Bovada. Here are the odds.
- Roman Reigns 1/2
- Brock Lesnar 2/1
- Drew McIntyre 9/2
- Cain Velasquez 11/2
- CM Punk 6/1
- Edge 15/2
- Kevin Owens 9/1
- Bray Wyatt 15/1
- Daniel Bryan 18/1
- Finn Balor 18/1
- Keith Lee 18/1
- Aleister Black 23/1
- Braun Strowman 25/1
- John Cena 25/1
- Tyson Fury 25/1
- AJ Styles 33/1
- Ricochet 35/1
- Tommaso Ciampa 35/1
- Randy Orton 40/1
- Samoa Joe 40/1
- Seth Rollins 40/1
- Andrade 45/1
- Big E 45/1
- The Rock 45/1
- Kofi Kingston 50/1
- Lars Sullivan 50/1
- Matt Riddle 50/1
- Adam Cole 50/1
- Rey Mysterio 50/1
- Rusev 50/1
- The Miz 50/1
- Baron Corbin 70/1
- Buddy Murphy 70/1
- Conor McGregor 70/1
- Elias 70/1
- Erick Rowan 70/1
- Humberto Carrillo 70/1
- Johnny Gargano 70/1
- Mustafa Ali 70/1
- The Undertaker 70/1
- Triple H 70/1
- Velveteen Dream 70/1
- Walter 70/1
- Akam 100/1
- Bobby Lashley 100/1
- Cedric Alexander 100/1
- Cesaro 100/1
- Dolph Ziggler 100/1
- Jeff Hardy 100/1
- Pete Dunne 100/1
On the women’s side, an NXT star who isn’t even confirmed for the match is the current favorite. Former NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler is the one oddsmakers expect to win.
Here are the odds:
- Shayna Baszler 1/3
- Charlotte Flair 2/1
- Ronda Rousey 10/1
- Sasha Banks 13/1
- Rhea Ripley 15/1
- Lacey Evans 20/1
- Kairi Sane 23/1
- Becky Lynch 30/1
- Nikki Cross 30/1
- Alexa Bliss 35/1
- Liv Morgan 35/1
- Nia Jax 35/1
- AJ Lee 40/1
- Ruby Riott 40/1
- Asuka 45/1
- Bayley 45/1
- Carmella 45/1
- Mandy Rose 45/1
- Paige 45/1
- Sonya Deville 55/1
- Io Shirai 55/1
- Candice LeRae 65/1
- Dana Brooke 65/1
Potential Surprise Entrants
There aren’t a lot of open slots on the men’s side. With 26 confirmed entrants, there is only room for four surprise entrants. Here are three of the most rumored.
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The buzz has been around for a little over a month.
WWE Hall-of-Famer Edge could be headed back to the ring. Expect to see Edge signs and more at the stadium and the crowd will erupt if he does come down the aisle.
I wouldn’t expect him to win, but it’s likely something would be in place for him to have a meaningful WrestleMania match if he is in the Rumble.
There hasn’t been a great deal of conversation about Punk at the Rumble, but he is back working with the promotion in some capacity as a member of the WWE Backstage panel periodically.
If he is in, he’ll be steal the show. It’s a longshot, but if it happens, it will rule social media for the evening and much of Monday.
He has said he’ll be in the Rumble, but his spot hasn’t been confirmed. I’m less excited about the possibility because he has been so terrible anytime a mic has been in his hand. Also, I can think of at least 1,000 things I’d rather see than a continuation of his feud with Lesnar.
The women’s Rumble has tons of room for surprises. Here are four who could have a number.
As you saw with the odds, Baszler isn’t just expected to be in the Rumble, oddsmakers have her as the favorite. It makes sense. She held the NXT Women’s title for what felt like forever, and both Raw and Smackdown are in desperate need of more women on the roster.
It feels like she’s a lock to be there even though her presence hasn’t been confirmed.
Her return from injury is imminent, and after she made such a memorable appearance in last year’s men’s Rumble, it would seem the former Raw Women’s Champion would be ready to make an impact at the women’s match in 2020.
This would be a major needle-mover if Rousey makes her return at the Rumble. The women’s division badly needs a spark as things have fizzled since last year’s feature in the WrestleMania main event.
Rousey’s presence would be a game-changer as it always is wherever she goes.
Like Jax, Riott is scheduled to return from her absence soon. Rumors are swirling that it will happen at the Rumble. I’m inclined to believe it with so many open spots available.
The Complete Card
- Men’s Royal Rumble
- Women’s Royal Rumble
- (c) “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan (Universal Championship strap match)
- (c) Bayley vs. Lacey Evans (SmackDown Women’s Championship)
- Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin (Falls Count Anywhere)
- (c) Becky Lynch vs. Asuka (Raw Women’s Championship)
- Sheamus vs. Shorty G
- (c) Andrade vs. Humberto Carrillo (U.S. Championship)
Other Storylines to Follow
Daniel Bryan’s Battle With the Un-Human Fiend
The feud between Bryan and The Fiend has been strong, but mostly one-sided in favor of The Fiend. I expect The Fiend to retain his title in this match, though Bryan may get off more offense than he has in the past meetings. It’s hard to imagine The Fiend not being the champion heading into WrestleMania.
I do hope they ditch the red light during his matches. It’s annoying.
Seth Rollins’ Faction
Rollins doesn’t have a singles match, but you have to wonder if his group will expand at some point during the PPV, or even the next night on Raw.
A four-man team is strong, but a fifth might make them all the more formidable.
Becky’s Rivalry With Asuka
The women’s division is struggling. Becky and Asuka are charged with energizing it unless they get some help from a returning Rousey, or the new blood in the form of Shayna Baszler.
Becky figures to retain her title against Asuka, with the possibility of a feud with Baszler starting on Raw.
Lacey Evans’ Feud with Bayley and Sasha Banks
I’m hot and cold with this feud, though I love Evans in the ring. She was a little stronger as a heel, but that’s mostly because they’re laying it on a little too thick with her Super Patriot act.
You have to wonder if the Sasha Banks’ turn is coming up so that a match with Bayley at WrestleMania can happen, or if the two will continue to beef with Evans.
John Morrison Factor
Morrison is a complete star.
Whenever he’s on screen, it’s clear. I’m looking for him to be a factor and to do something that is the seed for conversation leading up to Friday Night Smackdown. I’m convinced he’s not back with WWE just to be a mid-carder.
Andrade’s Rise to Become the Face of Mexican Wrestling
The Andrade-Mysterio matches were excellent. I’m not sure he’ll have the same chemistry with Carrillo, who is less polished than Mysterio. Still, I like Andrade’s ascension, though I’d like to see him allowed to feud with people who aren’t Mexican.
It’s as if he’s been restricted to cultural matchmaking at the moment.
Sheamus Is Going to Smash Shorty G
The Sheamus build is going to hit another level on Sunday when he brutalizes Shorty G. In fact, the beatdown will probably transition the Celtic Warrior into his next feud. Be on the lookout for post-event coverage on Sunday night.