The 32nd edition of the WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view takes place on Sunday, Jan. 29 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the second time the Royal Rumble will be held in Phoenix; the first time this event was held in this city, in 2013, The Rock defeated CM Punk to win the WWE championship in the main event -- setting up a WrestleMania main event between The Rock and Royal Rumble match winner John Cena.
This is the first time a Royal Rumble pay-per-view will be held inside of a baseball stadium. Previously, WWE held WrestleMania events at four stadiums that housed major league baseball teams -- WrestleMania VI (Toronto's Skydome), WrestleMania X-Seven (Houston Astrodome), WrestleMania XIX (Safeco Field in Seattle) and WrestleMania XXVIII (Sun Life Stadium, previously Joe Robbie Stadium and now Hard Rock Stadium in Miami).
For the second consecutive year, there will be a men's and women's Royal Rumble match, with the winner of each match guaranteed a world title shot at WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium in April.
2019 Royal Rumble card Universal championship
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Finn Balor WWE championship
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles SmackDown women's championship
Asuka (c) vs. Becky Lynch Raw women's championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks Men's Royal Rumble match
Announced participants: R-Truth, Drew McIntyre, Big E, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Jeff Hardy, Dean Ambrose, Bobby Lashley, Samoa Joe, John Cena, Elias, Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal, Apollo Crews, Andrade 'Cien' Almas, Mustafa Ali, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Kalisto Women's Royal Rumble match
Announced participants: Carmella, Natalya, Bayley, Ember Moon, Sasha Banks, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Alicia Fox, Zelina Vega, Naomi, Mickie James SmackDown tag team championships
The Bar (c) vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon Cruiserweight championship
Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo Itami NXT TakeOver: Phoenix card NXT championship
Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Aleister Black NXT women's championship
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