The 31st edition of the WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view takes place Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. It's the third time that the Royal Rumble has taken place at the Wells Fargo Center (formerly the Wachovia Center), after visits in 2015 and 2004.
How to watch the 2018 Royal Rumble Sunday, Jan. 28
7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
WWE Network / Pay-per-view
The first WWE pay-per-view of the year features the annual Royal Rumble match, with the winner set to receive a guaranteed world championship match at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and for the first time ever, there will be a women's Royal Rumble match with the same prize.
Here's what we know about the show so far.
2018 Royal Rumble card (c) -- denotes defending champion Confirmed participants: Elias, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, John Cena, Finn Balor, Baron Corbin, Matt Hardy, Samoa Joe, Bray Wyatt, Rusev, Aiden English, Apollo Crews, Titus O'Neil Confirmed participants: Naomi, Asuka, Ruby Riott, Natalya, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Carmella, Tamina, Lana, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Mickie James, Nia Jax, Becky Lynch, Dana Brooke Royal Rumble news The Ultimate Royal Rumble Highlight Bobby Roode takes center stage as new United States champion (SmackDown, Jan. 16) Goldust's continued presence only intensifies cruiserweight division's flaws (205 Live, Jan. 16) Braun Strowman gets fired, destroys everything and get his job back (Raw, Jan. 15) Paige pulled from women's Royal Rumble due to neck injury Braun Strowman retains top spot in ESPN WWE Power Rankings VIDEO: Is Rousey the next WWE crossover star? Rousey to WWE speculation continues to grow after Triple H meeting Cheap Heat: Jason Jordan and a Raw 25 preview SmackDown settles into holding pattern heading into Royal Rumble (SmackDown, Jan. 9) Positioning for the Rumble, WrestleMania and beyond (205 Live, Jan. 9) The Miz returns and Balor Club is back in force (Raw, Jan. 8) Cheap Heat: Omega-Jericho, RAW 25 and New Year's resolutions Styles stumbles into handicap match for WWE title at Royal Rumble (SmackDown, Jan. 2) An ill Enzo Amore leaves a void for the cruiserweights (205 Live, Jan. 2) Will 2018 be the year of Samoa Joe? (Raw, Jan. 1) Cheap Heat: The third annual Majie Awards Owens, Gable and Benjamin win big to close out 2017 (SmackDown, Dec. 26) Cruiserweight title takes back seat as 2017 comes to a close (205 Live, Dec. 26) Christmas edition of Monday Night Raw leaves plenty of questions to be answered in 2018 (Monday Night Raw, Dec. 25) Post-Clash letdown with little resolution between Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon (SmackDown, Dec. 19) Raw sets the stage for the Rumble on historic night (Monday Night Raw, Dec. 18) Cedric Alexander steps into the title picture (205 Live, Dec. 19) WWE announces first ever women's Royal Rumble match 2017 Royal Rumble pay-per-view results Full coverage of the 2017 Royal Rumble Royal Rumble: By the Numbers Remembering the Rumbles: AJ Styles makes his debut in 2016 Remembering the Rumbles: John Cena returns from injury to win in 2008 Remembering the Rumbles: Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker clash in 2007 Remembering the Rumbles: Vince McMahon gets the best of Stone Cold Steve Austin in 1999 Remembering the Rumbles: Ric Flair wins the WWE championship in 1992 Cheap Heat: Royal Rumble preview and SGG vs. TBC II Making the case for 11 potential 2017 Royal Rumble winners It's time for a women's Royal Rumble Cheap Heat: A special edition as Brian Campbell interviews Roman Reigns Life on the road with Eric Young: NXT TakeOver: San Antonio The long (and enlightened) path of Rick Titan, the man behind 'fake' Razor Ramon Roman Reigns rolls with the Falcons, wants Romo for the 49ers and doesn't mind if you boo him After Survivor Series win, Goldberg isn't ready to walk away WWE Royal Rumble makes return to Alamodome after 20 years Off the Top Rope: 2016 Royal Rumble aftermath Off the Top Rope: Best Royal Rumble moments Cheap Heat: The Ellsworth Era! Cheap Heat: WWE No Mercy, Royal Rumble and more Royal Rumble history
Year Location Winner 2017 San Antonio, Texas Randy Orton 2016 Orlando, Florida Triple H* 2015 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Roman Reigns 2014 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Batista 2013 Phoenix, Arizona John Cena 2012 St. Louis, Missouri Sheamus 2011 Boston, Massachusetts Alberto Del Rio 2010 Atlanta, Georgia Edge 2009 Detroit, Michigan Randy Orton 2008 New York, NY John Cena 2007 San Antonio, Texas The Undertaker 2006 Miami, Florida Rey Mysterio 2005 Fresno, California Batista 2004 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Chris Benoit 2003 Boston, Massachusetts Brock Lesnar 2002 Atlanta, Georgia Triple H 2001 New Orleans, Louisiana Stone Cold Steve Austin 2000 New York, New York The Rock 1999 Anaheim, California Vince McMahon 1998 San Jose, California Stone Cold Steve Austin 1997 San Antonio, Texas Stone Cold Steve Austin 1996 Fresno, California Shawn Michaels 1995 Tampa, Florida Shawn Michaels 1994 Providence, Rhode Island Lex Luger & Bret Hart^ 1993 Sacramento, California Yokozuna 1992 Albany, New York Ric Flair* 1991 Miami, Florida Hulk Hogan 1990 Orlando, Florida Hulk Hogan 1989 Houston, Texas Big John Studd 1988 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Hacksaw Jim Duggan * - The WWE world championship was on the line ^ - Luger and Hart were eliminated simultaneously NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia card NXT championship: Andrade "Cien" Almas (c) vs. Johnny Gargano NXT women's championship: Ember Moon (c) vs. Shayna Baszler NXT tag team championships: Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish (c) vs. The Authors of Pain Extreme Rules match: Adam Cole vs. Aleister Black NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia news NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia comes into focus as Authors of Pain and Shayna Baszler secure title shots (NXT, Jan. 17) Undisputed Era causes a ruckus, Shayna Baszler makes a statement (NXT, Jan. 10) Johnny Gargano becomes new No. 1 contender, Shayna Baszler debuts (NXT, Dec. 27)
Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish bring tag team gold to the Undisputed Era (NXT, Dec. 20)