The Royal Rumble is my favorite WWE pay-per-view. As an old school wrestling fan, I'm a sucker for a battle royal. The Royal Rumble creates over-the-top action (pun intended) and a healthy amount of intrigue.
It's great speculating and being surprised to see who comes down the aisle every time the buzzer sounds.
Beyond the 30-man battle royal, there is this little title up for grabs called the WWE Championship, and there's this guy who is kind of a big deal named The Rock vying for it.
When The People's Champ takes on CM Punk for the title, it'll be one of the biggest matches—outside of the Rumble itself—to ever appear in the annual pay-per-view.
Even casual fans will genuinely tune in when The Rock graces a WWE ring. Add in the appeal of the Rumble and a group of matches that put every major title on the line, this should be a solid event to start the 2013 WWE pay-per-view season.
In case you can't catch the event on television, you can order and watch it online at WWE.com.
There are usually a few matches added to the lineup on the day of the event. As of now, here are the confirmed matches:
YouTube Preshow: United States Championship Match
(c) Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz
WWE Championship Match
The Rock vs. CM Punk (c)
Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio (c)
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow vs. (c) Kane and (c) Daniel Bryan
30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Confirmed Entrants per WWE.com
- John Cena
- Randy Orton
- Dolph Ziggler (has to choose between No. 1 or No. 2)
- 3MB (Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre)
- United States Champion Antonio Cesaro
- Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett
- The Miz
Sites such as Wrestlezone.com mention 23 confirmed entrants.
- Wade Barrett
The Great Khali
Even with the extended list, there are seven spots unaccounted for in the Royal Rumble match.
We'll have to see who ends up filling the mystery positions. There are several possibilities, but I can't wait to see which superstars past and present round out the field.