The Road to WrestleMania 34 officially kicks off with the 2018 Royal Rumble pay-per-view. This year's event is even bigger than usual thanks to the first women's Royal Rumble match.
Let's take a look at everything we know about Sunday's PPV.
Venue: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia
Start Time: 7 p.m. ET (main show), 5 p.m. ET (Kickoff)
How to Watch: WWE Network and select cable and satellite providers.
Royal Rumble Card
In addition to the two titular Royal Rumble matches, WWE.com confirms seven additional bouts for Sunday's show. Here is a full breakdown of the event.
- Bobby Roode U.S. Championship open challenge
- Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. The Revival
- Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik vs. TJP, Jack Gallagher and Drew Gulak
- The Usos vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin (SmackDown Tag Team Championships, Best of Three Falls)
- Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins vs. The Bar (Raw Tag Team Championships)
- Brock Lesnar vs. Kane vs. Braun Strowman (Universal Championship)
- AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens (WWE Championship)
- Men's Royal Rumble
- Women's Royal Rumble
PPV Live Stream
A select few cable and satellite providers still carry WWE PPVs, but for the most part, people will be watching The Royal Rumble on the WWE Network. Here is a list of the devices that support the streaming service, according to WWE.com:
- Apple TV
- Kindle Fire
- Amazon Fire TV
- PlayStation 3 and 4
- Sony Internet TV
- Xbox 360 and Xbox One
- Android devices with the WWE app
- iOS devices with the WWE app
- Panasonic Smart TV
- Samsung Smart TV
- Sony Blu-ray devices
- Windows 10 devices
Kickoff Live Stream
The Royal Rumble will have an extended two-hour Kickoff special before the PPV goes live. Here is a list of places where you can stream the pre-show other than the WWE Network:
- WWE app
- Google Plus
Bleacher Report Writers' Thoughts and Predictions
The writing team here at Bleacher Report has been analyzing and offering predictions for The Rumble all week leading up to Sunday's show:
- Kevin Berge looked at who was most likely to win the Rumble after Raw 25.
- Aaron Bower examined Superstars who deserve a long run in this year's Rumble match and the most likely surprise entrants.
- Erik Beaston offered the best outcomes for each match.
- Tom Clark looked at possible WrestleMania 34 implications.
- A panel of Bleacher Report writers gave predictions for every match.
Other Royal Rumble Thoughts
The annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view is a highlight for many fans, with some looking forward to it more than WrestleMania.
This event usually offers 30 Superstars a chance to compete in one of the biggest matches of the year, but now, we have 60 Superstars getting a shot at glory with the addition of the women's Royal Rumble.
The great thing about the Rumble is the amount of speculation going on among the fans in the WWE Universe. Even if the results feels predictable, WWE can always throw us a curveball.
Some might assume Roman Reigns will win so he can challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania, but he could still get that match if someone else wins and decides to go after the WWE title instead.
The women's match has even more room for speculation due to the number of potential surprise entrances we may see. The main roster doesn't have anywhere near 30 female Superstars right now, so we are guaranteed to see a few legends and NXT talents.
As far as the rest of the card is concerned, a few of the bouts listed have the potential to be show-stealers. Both top title matches are three-man contests with different sets of rules due to the circumstances.
Roode's U.S. open challenge is an opportunity for management to give someone a quick boost in a title match against someone as talented as the champ. Anyone from Tye Dillinger to Drew McIntyre could answer the call.
With so many possible outcomes, WWE is sure to upset some fans who don't see their favorites walk away with a title shot at WrestleMania, but as long as the matches are fun and exciting, most people will be happy no matter what.
Who do you think will win the men's and women's Royal Rumble matches?