Thursday, 6 October 2016

Royal Rumble returns to Alamodome for the first time in 20 years

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WWE announced that the Royal Rumble 2017 will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This marks the return of Royal Rumble to the Alamodome for the first time since 1997. It marks the 20th anniversary the event was held in San Antonio. WWE is commemorating the milestone by having its second-biggest event of the year (right behind WrestleMania) inside the Alamodome.

Royal Rumble is one of WWE’s biggest pay-per-views of the year and officially kicks off The Road to WrestleMania. The event will be highlighted by a 30-man over-the-top-rope Royal Rumble Match featuring WWE Superstars from both Raw and SmackDown LIVE, where the winner will receive a title opportunity to headline WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida on April 2, 2017.

The Alamodome previously hosted the 1997 Royal Rumble, where more than 60,000 fans witnessed WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin win the Royal Rumble Match and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels win the WWE Championship.

Forgoing a traditional arena in favor of a venue that seats more than 60,000 signals that WWE is looking to set a new Royal Rumble attendance record. Back in 1997, the event drew an estimated 65,000, though there are reports that indicate the figure was closer to 60,500.

The 1997 Royal Rumble is one of the few times where the rumble match itself was not the main event. Breaking tradition, the card had Sycho Sid defending his WWE Championship against San Antonio native Shawn Michaels. The Heartbreak Kid was victorious, winning his second world championship in the process.

Considering WWE’s growing popularity with rising stars (Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayan, Finn Balor) and amazing athleticism (the cruiserweights), the company could easily sell the building out and set a new record.

Monday, 19 September 2016

The Shield Reuniting at Royal Rumble 2017?

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A few years ago, one of WWE's prized factions broke up. The Shield, a sort-of revolutionary entity, became a dominant force in the ring, plowing through the likes of Triple H, Randy Orton and the Undertaker. They were mostly branded as heels throughout their run, but the WWE Universe enjoyed their presence.

That all changed when Vince McMahon decided these men need an individual push. They have been chasing and winning championships ever since, albeit facing different adversities. With their storylines beginning to align once again, however, it looks like the Hounds of Justice are being built up for a reunion.

WWE is reportedly looking to reunite the former members of The Shield following their breakup in 2014. Dean Ambrose is currently on SmackDown, while Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are on the Raw brand.

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the trio could make a return as a group at Survivor Series or the Royal Rumble, which are the next two shows that will feature WWE superstars from both Raw and SmackDown.

Considering Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose are currently positioned as babyfaces, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter says there is talk of doing a big spot with all three former Shield members at a WWE PPV, a report said.

A reunion for the three would be a refreshing angle for their characters, making them talk less and work more on dismantling WWE's competitive roster. In fact, the plan may reportedly take place at Royal Rumble 2017, or Wrestlemania 33. It could either be a match pitting them against each other, or a return to their roots at the end of Rumble.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Brock Lesnar challenging for WWE Universal Championship at Royal Rumble?

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Brock Lesnar will be going up against the Viper Randy Orton at Summerslam. The expectation by many is that Lesnar will win the match, as he may not be seen again until early 2017, i.e, the build up to Royal Rumble 2017.

It is reportedly not yet set in stone who is going to win the inaugural WWE Universal Championship, Finn Balor or Seth Rollins, but either way, whoever is champion by next year will be facing The Beast Incarnate at the Royal Rumble.

According to the rumors, it is being reported that, “The early plan for next year’s Royal Rumble event is reportedly for Brock Lesnar to challenge the holder of the WWE Universal Championship.
“Apparently, Brock Lesnar will be challenging whoever holds the title at the Royal Rumble, which is going to be pivotal to establish RAW’s biggest feuds heading into Wrestlemania 33 in Orlando.”

If this is the plan moving forward, then Lesnar is a for-sure winner at SummerSlam over Randy Orton, who is doing some of the best work of his career. While his segment at WWE Payback with Chris Jericho was a success, his true RKO Outta Nowhere is what put him over the hump with the WWE Universe. He’s always been a semi-controversial figure in the WWE, and the jump from heel to face was consistent over the years.

This time feels different, much like Jericho’s current run. It has a special type of aura surrounding it. Randy Orton is no longer the controversial figure in this feud, as it is Brock Lesnar and the negative press that has engulfed his name in the mainstream media. In an earlier report by the Inquisitr, it was rumored that WWE superstars weren’t happy with Lesnar after he was found not guilty to the WWE Wellness Policy.

If this is true, then this is definite that the match will play a pivotal role in the road to Wrestlemania 33 in Orlando next year.

Also, by 2017, WWE would definitely be hoping that all the backlash and negative publicity Brock Lesnar is receiving from USADA will cool down so that they don’t get backlash themselves for putting Lesnar in a coveted spot on the card without having appeared much throughout the rest of this year.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Taking Place In Los Angeles

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WWE announced this weekend during a Live Event last Saturday that the Royal Rumble 2017 will be held in Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on January 22nd, 2017.

Royal Rumble 2017

A tickets pre-sale will kick-off on August 28th and last until September 3rd with the code LA2017.

All remaining tickets thereafter will go on sale to the general public on November 19th.

This is going to be the first Royal Rumble after the announced Brand Split which will happen after SmackDown goes live on July 19th. It will be interesting to see if WWE will bring back the old stipulation for the winner of the Royal Rumble match. Previously the winner of Royal Rumble was allowed to face any champion of his choice at the biggest annual PPV of WWE- WrestleMania. This stipulation was removed when WWE combined the World Heavyweight Championship to the WWE Championship.

Also see:- WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Live Stream

WWE Royal Rumble 2017 will be the first time the annual 30 man extravaganza has ever taken place in Los Angeles, though certainly not the first to have taken place in the state of California. Back in the 90s, it was a regular haunt for the Rumble event with the 1993 show (Sacramento), 1996 (Fresno), 1998 (San Jose) and 1999 (Anaheim) all taking place there but since the 2005 edition from Fresno, the Rumble has been California free.