The legendary event – which is famous for its two signature 30-men and 30-women Royal Rumble matches with the winner getting a championship match at WrestleMania – is returning to the city in Texas on Saturday, January 28.
WWE has confirmed with just less than 10 weeks to go, the upcoming event has broken the company’s record for largest gate in the event’s 36-year history.
Over the weekend, Royal Rumble surpassed the $5 million mark, with the previous record holder being the last time the event was held at San Antonio’s AlamoDome in 2017.
WWE added: ‘This carries a 2022 trend into 2023 where WWE set gate records for many of its events, including WrestleMania, Extreme Rules and Crown Jewel.’
At the moment, very little is known about the upcoming event, but fans will be optimistic after a definite improvement in the company’s creative direction since Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque took over earlier this year.
As it stands, Bianca Belair and Ronda Rousey are the respective Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champions, meaning whoever wins that Royal Rumble match could face two dominating stars.
Of course, either star could have lost their title over the next two and half months, with Rousey defending her gold against Shotzi at Survivor Series: WarGames this weekend.
In terms of the men’s Rumble, Roman Reigns is the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, having had one of the unified titles around his waist since WWE Payback in August 2020.
There are plenty of rumours he will face his cousin Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson when WrestleMania 39 goes Hollywood in April 2023, so there’s always a chance the Great One could make a shock return in January and earn his shot that way.
However, some fans have argued that match sells itself without the championships being involved, and so Cody Rhodes, Sami Zayn, Jey Uso and more have been thrown around as potential stars to dethrone the Tribal Chief.
WWE Royal Rumble takes place in San Antonio, Texas at the AlamoDome on January 28, 2022. UK viewers can join in the action via BT Sport Box Office or the WWE Network.
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