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WWE Royal Rumble 2022 – What time does it start? Matches, where to watch

The WWE Royal Rumble is one of the most exciting events of the year. In the titular matches, 30 men and 30 women battle it out to earn a chance to main event Wrestlemania. The winner earns themselves a championship opportunity against the champion of their choosing in the main event of Wrestlemania.

Royal Rumble 2022 – What time does it start?

The Royal Rumble 2022 is just around the corner. It is one of the highlights of the year, and is usually the first pay-per-view of the year. It’s the first pay-per-view (or as WWE now refer to it as, a “Premium Live Event”) out of the “Big Four”, joining Wrestlemania, Summerslam and Survivor Series.

The Royal Rumble takes place in The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis on the Saturday, January 29th 2022. It is the second WWE Premium Live Event to take place on a Saturday in 2022, with WWE rumoured to be permanently moving all their events from Sunday to Saturday for the coming year.

The event will take place at The Dome at America’s Centre, which is the largest venue to ever hold the Royal Rumble event. The arena holds nearly 70,000 fans and will be more akin to a Wrestlemania level crowd. The Royal Rumble 2022 starts at 1am UK time, with a one hour pre-show expected to start at 12am before the main show.

How to watch the Royal Rumble?

The main show, starting at 1am in the UK, will be broadcast live on the WWE Network in the UK. Costing £9.99 a month, the WWE network shows live pay-per-views as well as the entire historical catalogue of WWE, WCW, ECW and many more wrestling events from throughout history. The pre-show, billed as the “Kickoff Show” will be broadcast an hour earlier on Youtube, Facebook and Twitter on the official WWE accounts.

What matches will be on the Royal Rumble 2022?

This year, the Royal Rumble will once again play hose to not one, but two exciting Royal Rumble matches. The titular match is a 30 man over-the-top rope battle royal with staggered entrances. The matches regularly last over an hour and the excitement lies in the surprise entrances that could occur. Anyone, from legends, returning superstars, wrestlers coming back from injuries and even non wrestlers could make their appearance in the Royal Rumble match.

WWE Hall of Famer Sean Waltman looks set to make his Royal Rumble return. He hasn’t wrestled for WWE in nearly 20 years, but seeing X-Pac return in the Royal Rumble looks likely based on his recent comments. Jackass star Johnny Knoxville has also thrown his hat into the ring for a rumble appearance. He previously appeared on WWE TV with his fellow Jackass co-stars getting mauled by Umaga, but 15 years later he could have his first official match in WWE.

Brock Lesnar won the WWE Championship win at “Day 1”, and will defend his Championship at the 2022 Royal Rumble. It was been announced that Brock Lesnar vs Bobby Lashley for the first time ever will take place at the event. Lashley won a Fatal-4-Way match on Monday Night Raw to earn his shot at Lesnar, in a match that has been anticipated by fans since Lashley returned to WWE in 2018.

Match Card

30 Man Royal Rumble Match

30 Women Royal Rumble Match

Brock Lesnar (c) vs Bobby Lashley – WWE Championship

Beth Phoenix and Edge vs Maryse and The Miz in a mixed tag team match