Preview: Royal Rumble Philadelphia

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Royal Rumble returns to the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia for the first-time in three-years later this month.

The Royal Rumble was last at the Wells Fargo Center on January 25th, 2015. It was also there on January 25th, 20004.

AJ Styles, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn (Photo by the WWE)

AJ Styles, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn (Photo by the WWE)

This is the first WWE pay-per-view in Philadelphia since WWE Battleground on July 23rd, 2017.

Right now, not all of the matches for the pay-per-view are set. However, here is the landscape, as it is set at the moment.

There will be a 30-man Royal Rumble match. The traditional match will give the winner a world championship match at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

There is speculation online that Finn Balor would win this match then set up a match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. It is just speculation, as they could change the winner even at the last second.

Lesnar will face Kane and Braun Strowman in a triple threat match for Lesnar’s WWE University Championship.

There will also be the inaugural 30-women Royal Rumble match. The winner of this match will receive a women’s championship match at WrestleMania 34.

AJ Styles is slated to face off against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. This is a 2-on-1 handicap match for Styles’ WWE Championship.

It was the 2015 Royal Rumble match, where Styles made his WWE debut in Philadelphia.

Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan are expected to defend their WWE Raw Tag Team Championship against The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus). The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) will put their WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship on the line against Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin.

There is also expected to be a tournament fine for the vacant WWE United States Championship. Dolph Ziggler won the championship, but then vacated it.

Right now, the semifinals are Bobby Roode vs. Mojo Rawley and Jinder Mahal vs. Xavier Woods. The two winners of the semifinal matches will face off at the Royal Rumble.

In the last Royal Rumble in Philadelphia, The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) defeated The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg Jesse James) in tag team action. In another tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, The Usos retained the belts over Damien Mizdow and The Miz.

The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie Bella) defeated Paige and Natalya. Lesnar won a triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship match over Rollins and John Cena.

Roman Reigns then won the 30-man Royal Rumble match. He then faced Lesnar in the WrestleMania 31 main event.

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