Live from St. Louis, Missouri, the WWE presents the 2022 Royal Rumble!
One of the tent pole WWE PPV events of the year is here. The classic 30-entrant match on both the men’s and women’s side takes place on Saturday night inside The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri, as the promotion’s second PPV of the new year. The show also kicks off the official “Road to WrestleMania” as WWE begins its build toward the massive spectacle set to take place in April.
In addition to the traditional Royal Rumble matches, WWE champion Brock Lesnar, universal champion Roman Reigns and Raw women’s champion Becky Lynch will all be in action in title defenses. FInally, The Miz and Maryse will meet Edge and Beth Phoenix in a mixed-tag match featuring four former champions.
With all that in mind, there’s a lot that could happen on Saturday night and almost all of it with huge ramifications for WrestleMania.
Let’s take a closer look at who our CBS Sports experts predict will come out on top at WWE Royal Rumble, which begins at 8 p.m. and streams live on Peacock following a kickoff show one hour earlier.
Saturday night marks the start of WrestleMania Season with the annual Royal Rumble event. One of the biggest and most popular events of the year, the Royal Rumble features an opportunity for one man and one woman to punch their tickets to a championship match at WrestleMania.
In addition to the men’s and women’s Rumble matches, three world titles will be on the line Saturday night in St. Louis, Missouri. Brock Lesnar will defend the WWE championship against Bobby Lashley, Seth Rollins will challenge Roman Reigns for the universal championship and Raw women’s champion Becky Lynch will put her title on the line against Doudrop.
Also at the event, The Miz and Maryse will team in mixed tag action against rivals Edge and Beth Phoenix.
The build to Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins at the Royal Rumble got deeply personal on the go-home edition of WWE SmackDown. The final Friday night before the 2022 Royal Rumble added a layer of emotional stakes to its universal title match and welcomed back Sasha Banks from injury.
Reigns and Rollins were held until the night’s closing segment, tasked with adding levity to their championship program. Rollins finally managed to get under Reigns’ skin, leaning into their shared history as part of The Shield. At the opposite end of the card, Banks made her return 26 days after suffering a heel injury and seemingly stamped her entry into the Royal Rumble match.
As a service to fans who have a general interest in WWE but might not have watched a match since Survivor Series in November, or even WrestleMania 37, you’re in luck. We’re happy to provide this FAQ as a guide to Royal Rumble 2022, scheduled for Saturday night at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis.
And even if you’re a regular WWE viewer, this guide to the Royal Rumble should serve as a valuable refresher — or at least a lighthearted break in the action.
The road to WrestleMania once again begins with the WWE’s annual over-the-top-rope battle royal. The winner of both the men’s and women’s Rumble matches will receive a championship opportunity at The Show of Shows. Last year, Edge won the men’s Rumble, while Bianca Belair was the last one standing in the women’s bout. This year’s event is as unpredictable as it gets. While Big E, AJ Styles, Charlotte Flair, Bianca Belair, Sasha Banks, and Lita are potential favorites, you can’t count out someone like Brock Lesnar or a returning Ronda Rousey (or maybe Bayley?) winning the match.
The 2022 Royal Rumble event also features a slew of title bouts as Bobby Lashley challenges Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship, Roman Reigns defends his Universal Title against his former Shield buddy Seth Rollins, and Doudrop and Becky Lynch collide for the Raw Women’s Championship.
From start time to live stream information, here’s how to watch the 2022 Royal Rumble live on Peacock and the WWE Network.
Tonight’s Royal Rumble live stream holds a key position on the wrestling calendar when it comes to WWE’s plans. And in some breaking news, SmackDown delivered two new entrants for the women’s Rumble: Sasha Banks and Sonya Deville. We’ve now got the full Rumble entrant lists below. WrestleMania is a few months away, and the two Royal Rumble matches each set up one of the main events for the two-night showcase. And this year’s Rumbles look awfully interesting, thanks to a big leak.
There are two big questions going in. The first one is simple: will Roman Reigns or Brock Lesnar lose their championship defenses (to Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley, respectively)? Everyone expects the two to meet at WrestleMania, and since a title unification match doesn’t seem likely at this stage, one of them may need to lose now or at February’s Elimination Chamber event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The other thing on everyone’s mind is the shadow of Ronda Rousey, as multiple popular wrestling journalists are reporting WWE wants her at the Rumble. Ronda winning the women’s Rumble makes some sense, but she could be main eventing one night without that.
Elsewhere on the card, Edge and Beth Phoenix seem likely to beat The Miz and Maryse, and Becky Lynch is a lock to defend her Raw Women’s Championship against Doudrop.
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