2023 WWE Royal Rumble Map, Matches, Predictions, Start Time, Match Map, Rumors, Location, Date

One of the most tent-poling events on the WWE calendar is here. Typically considered among the “majors” is the Royal Rumble. The annual event attracts many fans as there is always potential for shocking results and participants in the game. It’s all happening Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

The modern version of the Royal Rumble offers two matches: a men’s and a women’s match, each with 30 participants. Two Superstars begin the match, with participants arriving one after the other at timed intervals. Superstars are eliminated as soon as they are thrown over the top rope and both feet touch the ground. The winner is only known when all 29 opponents have been eliminated. In general, winners of the rumbles are guaranteed a world championship match against their champion of choice at the upcoming WrestleMania. The matches generally feature surprising participants: returning Superstars, debutants, one-off appearances by retired wrestlers, and celebrity guest appearances.

Expectations for this year’s event are relatively high following last year’s abysmal men’s Royal Rumble, which was among the worst in the company’s history. WWE has undergone one Change in creative leadership since last year’s game, but the future is unpredictable after the news of Vince McMahon’s return from a brief retirement.

Also, two championship fights have been announced for the Royal Rumble event. Reigns jeopardizes his WWE and Universal Championships to free himself from Kevin Owens. Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair defends her crown against Alexa Bliss. Additionally, Bray Wyatt will participate in his first match since returning to Ascension when he faces LA Knight in a Pitch Black match.

Take a look below for the confirmed matches for the Royal Rumble 2023. Check back for updates and predictions.

2023 WWE Royal Rumble Matches

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship — Roman Reigns (c) vs. Kevin Owens: Owens’ throw-in in Survivor Series WarGames put him on a path with Reigns. Owens was moments away from defeating The Bloodline at Survivor Series, but Sami Zayn betrayed his friendship with Owens to fully join the faction. Owens continued to position himself as Reign’s number one threat on the final SmackDown of 2022. Owens signed John Cena to a win over Reigns and Zayn in a tag team match. Owens stirred up an emotional Reigns into a title match the following week.

Raw Women’s Championship — Bianca Belair (c) vs. Alexa Bliss: Bliss won two matches in one night to earn her title shot. She then immediately turned on Belair, a woman with whom she stood side by side against Bayley and Damage CTRL, first threatening to hit the champion with Sister Abigail – and apparently beginning a turn to the dark side after Bray Wyatt’s return – – and then hit Belair with a vase during a sit-down interview. After being disqualified in a match with Belair on Raw, Bliss said that she had already won by entering Belair’s head. Belair got fed up with Bliss and challenged the two to fight at the Rumble.

Men’s Royal Rumble: 30 male Superstars will fight for the right to challenge the World Championships currently being hosted by Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39. Competitors nominated this year include Brock Lesnar, Kofi Kingston, Intercontinental Champion Gunter, US Champion Austin Theory and many more. But the biggest name to return in the match is Cody Rhodes, who was on a title shot before tearing a pectoral muscle last year.

Women’s Royal Rumble: 30 women will compete at WrestleMania 39 for the Raw Women’s Championship or SmackDown Women’s Champion. The reigning titleholders – currently Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair and SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair – are usually disqualified from the match. Occasionally a championship is at stake, or a champion may include himself in the match like Flair did last year. Liv Morgan was the first Superstar to announce his participation in the match.

Bray Wyatt vs. LA Knight (Pitch Black Match): Wyatt and Knight have traded barbs on the mic since Wyatt’s return to the WWE program at Extreme Rules in October. The boastful knight has been repeatedly attacked backstage in recent weeks and suspects Wyatt to be the culprit. Wyatt’s staunch denial led to the revelation that Uncle Howdy is not Wyatt’s alter ego, but a completely separate entity. Knight challenged Wyatt to a match at the Royal Rumble. Wyatt accepted, choosing an unusual pitch black match as the condition.

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