At Royal Rumble 2014, a swarm of WWE Superstars seek a victory that promises a spot on the WrestleMania marquee.
The battles begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Jan. 26 on a night that features championship matches, behemoths colliding and the 30-man battle royal the pay-per-view is named after.
Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., hosts the 27th edition of the event, the first WWE pay-per-view of 2014.
Randy Orton seeks to escape with his championship still in hand. Daniel Bryan faces the leader of The Wyatt Family. CM Punk, Batista and Roman Reigns all enter the Rumble match with hopes of assuring their spot in WrestleMania XXX.
What surprise appearances will the night bring?
What partnerships will crumble in a match where allegiances no longer matter?
Dig into a Royal Rumble preview that features info on how to watch the event and a look at all of pay-per-view's matches.
Live Stream Info
On Feb. 24, the way fans watch pay-per-view will change forever with the launch of the WWE Network. For now, the event costs just under $50.
The options for legally streaming the event are plentiful.
The Royal Rumble will be available via the WWE App, Google Play, the Amazon app store or similar programs for viewing on smart devices. The Playstation Network, Samsung Smart TVs and XBOX consoles are alternative ways to catch the action.
For an exhaustive list of ways to stream the Rumble, visit WWE's "how to watch" section.
A panel of former Royal Rumble winners converge to discuss the biggest storylines of the event. Ric Flair is joined by Shawn Michaels, the man who retired him at WrestleMania XXIV, as well as the winner of the first Rumble ever, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan.
Great to b at WWE ROYAL RUMBLE and part of a panel with Flair and Shawn!— Hacksaw Jim Duggan (@OfficialHacksaw) January 21, 2014
The 30-minute pre-show is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust will face The New Age Outlaws with the WWE Tag Team championship on the line. Thanks to a distraction from Vickie Guerrero, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn defeated the champs on the Jan. 17 edition of SmackDown.
The Rhodes brothers will look for redemption and to extend their title reign. The New Age Outlaws will attempt to become tag champs for a sixth time.
Catch the championship bout and the panel on YouTube, Facebook, the WWE App and a host of other options.
- Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan
- Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show
- Randy Orton vs. John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
- 30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Bryan broke free from The Wyatt Family, but they aren't done with him. Wyatt now hungers to hurt Bryan after what he felt was an act of treachery.
The former WWE champ explained that he only joined the clan to try and destroy them from the inside out.
He now has to face an enraged monster who has two bearded brutes lurking in his corner. Bryan is no stranger to playing the underdog, though, and will use his submission prowess and damaging kicks to try to fend Wyatt off.
WWE officials will have to reinforce the ring when Lesnar takes on Big Show.
The two powerhouses collide in what should be a hard-hitting match with more brawling than wrestling.
Lesnar has been unable to take down "The World's Largest Athlete" as of late. Big Show has sent Lesnar flying each time he has come at him.
Can he continue that dominance or will Lesnar kickoff 2014 with a major victory?
The WWE title will then be the prize for the victor of Orton vs. Cena—a rivalry that goes back to their days at WWE developmental continues to grow in intensity. Orton attacked Cena's father, resulting in a trip to the hospital. Cena responded by chasing "The Viper" out of the arena.
Orton will have a furious challenger to deal with when he tries to keep his championship.
He will not have the advantage of using handcuffs, ladders and tables as he did at TLC 2013. He is on his own against his longtime rival.
Striving for a shot at that championship and a spot in the WrestleMania main event, 30 men will battle in the Rumble match.
Alberto Del Rio, Batista, the tag champs and The Shield are among the Superstars already announced for the match. Alliances will mean nothing once the bell rings—brothers, partners and friends will all be clashing.
Punk will be the first entrant, thanks to a confrontation with Kane.
The bout will deliver its share of surprises in who follows him.
A number of unexpected entrants will enter the fray. It could be Evan Bourne, Jake Roberts or Sheamus who look to become the last man standing against a collection of Superstars all vying for a place at "The Showcase of the Immortals."