There’s no WWE update today due to a lack of time and it’s late in the day, so I’ll just pile everything into tomorrow’s update. However, I did want to do an update on the lineup for the WWE Royal Rumble on January 28. The event takes place in Philadelphia with a start time of 7pmET/4pmPT and there’s a two-hour kickoff show before that starting at 5pmET/2pmPT.
Here’s what we know so far.
Men’s Royal Rumble match with 30 competitors – The 10 names announced so far are John Cena, Finn Balor, Randy Orton, Elias, Shinsuke Nakamura, Baron Corbin, Matt Hardy, Bray Wyatt, Rusev and Aiden English.
I noted this in my Smackdown Review, but worth mentioning here too: It was noticeable that there’s no Samoa Joe pictured in the men’s Royal Rumble match (see photo above) even though he said on Raw he was in. As I covered in yesterday’s news update, Joe has a foot injury and is likely going to miss some time. The timeline on his injury isn’t officially known yet, though.
Since WWE has taken him off the graphic I think Joe may be out of the match, but after checking WWE.com, Joe is still there. There are still 18 days to go, so Joe is questionable for the Rumble at this point.
Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. Kane vs. Braun Strowman
WWE Championship: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Women’s Royal Rumble match with 30 competitors – The 17 names announced so far are Asuka, Natalya, Ruby Riott, Naomi, Paige, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Lana, Tamina, Mickie James, Nia Jax, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan, Becky Lynch and Carmella.
The only two women in WWE right now that aren’t current champions and aren’t listed for the Rumble are Alicia Fox and Dana Brooke, so that puts the number at 19 when they are added. That means the other 11 spots will be women from the past and NXT women.
Raw Tag Team Championships: Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
Smackdown Tag Team Championships 2/3 Falls: The Usos vs. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable
Finals of US Title tournament
That’s all for now. I’ll be back tomorrow with a news update.