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WWE Royal Rumble 2018: Preview, rumors, spoilers, start time, streaming info

The 2018 Royal Rumble takes place from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sunday, January 28.

The 2018 Royal Rumble takes place from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sunday, January 28. The event is expected to start at 6:30 p.m. ET and will broadcast live on the WWE Network.

To purchase tickets, go to WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com.

The Royal Rumble is expected to include WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, WWE Champion AJ Styles, Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns and other top WWE stars from both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live.

2018 WWE Royal Rumble matches:

WWE Universal Championship match: Brock Lesnar vs. Kane vs. Braun Strowman

Royal Rumble Match

  • Entrants: Elias

Women's Royal Rumble Match

  • Entrants: Naomi

2018 WWE Royal Rumble rumored matches:

Matchup involving Brock Lesnar

There have been plenty of rumors involving what exactly Lesnar will do at the Royal Rumble.

According to the Wrestling Observer, current plans for Lesnar include the champion at the very least appearing on the show. Anything aside from that is currently up in the air, including him defending the title or wrestling in a non-title match.

Originally slated to have Lesnar defend the belt against Finn Balor at the event, that apparently is no longer the case.

Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer noted that Vince McMahon made the change after coming to the conclusion that Balor wasn't "over enough" — aka popular enough — for a match against Lesnar.

The current WWE plan still appears to be for Lesnar to face Roman Reigns for the title at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans.

30-man over-the-top-rope Royal Rumble for a spot in the main event at WrestleMania

The safe pick would be Reigns winning yet again to set up a match at WrestleMania. Another option could be Shinsuke Nakamura, who is rumored to battle Styles for the WWE title at 'Mania.

Possible entrants:

Finn Balor, Bobby Roode, Apollo Crews, Fandango, Kevin Owens, Kofi Kingston, Jeff Hardy, Curt Hawkins, Big E, Dolph Ziggler, Bo Dallas, Mike Kanellis, Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins, Sheamus, Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura, Chad Gable, Elias, Jason Jordan, Jinder Mahal, "Woken" Matt Hardy, Randy Orton, Sami Zayn, Rusev, The Miz, Titus O'Neil, Xavier Woods and other NXT/WWE superstars.

Possible women's over-the-top-rope Royal Rumble

As WWE focuses even more on the women's division, there's been growing speculation that they'll finally get a battle royal of their own at the annual event. This may not be the year, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer. We'll see in the coming month if WWE actually gives this any thought.

2017 Royal Rumble results:

  • Naomi, Nikki Bella & Becky Lynch def. Smackdown Women's Champion Alexa Bliss, Mickie James & Natalya
  • Monday Night Raw Tag Team Championship: Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson def. Cesaro & Sheamus
  • Nia Jax def. Sasha Banks
  • Monday Night Raw Women's Championship: Charlotte def. Bayley
  • WWE Universal Championship: Kevin Owens def. Roman Reigns
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Neville def. Rich Swann
  • WWE Championship: John Cena def. AJ Styles
  • Randy Orton won WWE 30-man Royal Rumble

The 2018 Royal Rumble will be the 30th anniversary of the event, originally held in January 1988 at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, California.

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