The 2017 Royal Rumble will take place in San Antonio, Texas according to WrestlingObserver.com‘s Dave Meltzer. There has been a lot of speculation about where it might take place with Los Angeles as a possible venue, but Meltzer noted that he was able to confirm San Antonio after receiving word from “multiple sources” on Thursday.
The official announcement took place this afternoon on WWE.com and confirmed that it will be at the Alamodome.
The date is January 29, so for NFL fans it only goes against the Pro Bowl, which is not a meaningful game.
It’s interesting to note that the 1997 Royal Rumble took place at the Alamodome in San Antonio because that was where San Antonio’s own Shawn Michaels won back the WWE Title. Steve Austin also won a great and controversial Rumble match that year. The show drew drew 60,525 fans, with 48,014 paid (according to Meltzer) and is one of the few non-WrestleMania events to take place in a dome.
The 2007 Royal Rumble also took place in San Antonio at the AT&T Center where the San Antonio Spurs play NBA basketball. The 2007 Rumble had an awesome ending with The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels battling for a few minutes as the final two superstars with The Undertaker winning the match, but Michaels got to headline WrestleMania.
It also shows that WWE must really love Texas because Dallas got WrestleMania this year and is getting TLC in December. Now the Royal Rumble is in San Antonio early next year.