It goes without saying that WrestleMania is the biggest night (or nights) on the WWE calendar. However, many WWE fans are likely to say the Royal Rumble when asked what their favourite event of the year is. Not only does it mark the start of the road to WrestleMania, but its two 30-person fights nearly always feature a few potentially major surprises and are high-octane, stunt-filled affairs.
The Royal Rumble event in 2023 is quickly approaching, and although the 30-person contests will certainly be entertaining, there is also a tonne more on the schedule. The 2023 Royal Rumble begins on Saturday, January 28, 8 p.m. EST. US viewers can view the event live on Peacock, while those elsewhere who still have it can watch through the WWE Network. Everything announced for the premium live event so far can be found below.
Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship
Roman Reigns will defend the Universal Championship for the third time in a row at this Royal Rumble, and he will also be defending the WWE Title for the first time. The Tribal Chief is currently confronting Kevin Owens after taking on so many Superstars.
At the close of 2020 and into 2021, KO had a few chances to unseat Reigns. At the Royal Rumble two years ago, he did, in fact, lose to the champion. The Prizefighter will probably suffer the same outcome this time, which is unfortunate. There will be a Reigns defeat, but not to Owens at the Rumble.
The Men’s Royal Rumble Match
Speaking of Reigns’ eventual defeat, it’s highly likely that whoever prevails in the men’s Royal Rumble battle will end up winning one or both of his championships. Kofi Kingston was the first to declare their intention to compete in this year’s match.
The presence of Kingston ensures that the former WWE Champion will perform a classic survival manoeuvre, but he won’t prevail. Cody Rhodes will receive that accolade. The American Nightmare, who has been sidelined with an injury since June of last year, has been promoted on Raw with recovery updates, and WWE even had the audacity to put him directly in the centre of their Rumble poster. However, Brock Lesnar is also present. Just a thought.
The Women’s Royal Rumble Match
The women’s Rumble only began in 2018, although the men’s Rumble has been running for more than three decades. The female version of the battle typically has a few more unexpected entries because there are fewer ladies to pick from than there are for the men, and best of all, thus far no Superstar has won the match twice.
There will probably be a few of those this year, but the match will not be won by a surprise entry. It can be difficult to call who will, though. This year, there is no clear front-runner. Given her current momentum and fan support, Rhea Ripley would make a good option. It is Becky Lynch also an option, making her the first two-time winner if that happens.
Bianca Belair vs. Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship
Thankfully, Alexa Bliss’ stay at the table didn’t start and stop with her championship bout on the first Raw of the year; she is firmly back in the title conversation. Bianca Belair will have another chance to compete in the Royal Rumble since Bliss has tormented her enough.
WWE is at least considering switching the championship in this match, as evidenced by the fact that Bliss is getting a second chance. Although Belair is fantastic, it seems like the Raw Women’s Championship may use some updating. It’s time for a Bliss title reign, so let’s hope it happens here.
Bray Wyatt vs. LA Knight in a Mountain Dew Pitch Black Match
Even though Bray Wyatt has wrestled at a live event since joining WWE again in October, he hasn’t yet been on television. That changes at the Royal Rumble when he competes in a Mountain Dew Pitch Black bout alongside LA Knight. Your best guess is still as good as mine as to what that is specifically.
Although it is an odd decision, Wyatt’s initial feud with Knight has gone well. That’s unusual enough, but putting Wyatt in a contest supported by Mountain Dew is even stranger. Wyatt will triumph in this match regardless of the outcome.