Sunday Jan. 27 brings the WWE’s first pay-per-view of the year, the Royal Rumble. As the first stop on the Road to WrestleMania, this event sets up everything that will happen from now until April 7.
The 30-man over-the-top-rope battle royal started as nothing more than a special on the USA Network and has grown into a pay-per-view that gives every superstar the chance to shine.
Men like “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels have all battled it out and won the match.
The power of the Rumble match itself cannot be denied. Twelve of the 25 winners have gone on to win championship gold at WrestleMania. These are legends of the WWE: Bret Hart, Yokozuna, Michaels, Austin, Triple H and Sheamus.
This year, besides the Rumble, the WWE Universe will be treated to four other title matches. One of these will occur pre-show on YouTube, Facebook and WWE.com.
Here we give a short background and predict the winners of every single match on the 2013 Royal Rumble card.