Randy Orton, Edge to Kick Off 2021 WWE Men's Royal Rumble as 1st 2 Entrants

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJanuary 31, 2021

FILE- In this Sunday, April 3, 2011 file photo, WWE Superstar Randy Orton celebrates defeating CM Punk (not pictured) during WrestleMania XXVII at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia on. World-famous WWE wrestlers such as John Cena, Shaemus and champion Randy Orton are in Saudi Arabia for three days of matches in the capital Riyadh. (Paul Abell/AP Images for WWE, File)
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Randy Orton and Edge will be the first two entrants in this year's men's Royal Rumble match, which is set to take place Sunday evening at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The news was announced on WWE Backstage:


BREAKING NEWS: As announced on #WWEBackstage, the #1 entrant in the 2021 Men's #RoyalRumble will be @RandyOrton and the #2 entrant will be @WWE Hall of Famer @EdgeRatedR! šŸ”„šŸ”„šŸ”„ https://t.co/sfLH3OtonW

Orton will officially be the No. 1 entry, and Edge will be No. 2.

Per WWE.com, other competitors include AJ Styles, Big E, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Lashley, Jey Uso, Cesaro, The Miz, John Morrison, Otis, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, Dolph Ziggler and Mustafa Ali. Thirteen other wrestlers have yet to be named.

Natalya was also announced as the No. 30 entry for the women's Royal Rumble.

Orton and Edge have a feud that started in 2020 at last year's Royal Rumble.

Edge knocked out his old tag team partner in the match, and Orton responded by attacking the former Rated RKO member the next night on Raw.

A score needed to be settled, and Edge beat Orton in a Last Man Standing match at WrestleMania 36.

Orton bounced back with a win over his rival in the main event of Backlash last June in a bout dubbed "The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever."

Unfortunately, Edge suffered a torn triceps during Backlash. He had successful surgery, and his return to the ring January will be his first action since losing to Orton.