When is WWE Greatest Royal Rumble? Live stream details, full card and more
WWE is heading to Saudi Arabia to hold a mammoth show including the first 50-man Royal Rumble match in its history.
The American sports entertainment giant will host 10 matches in an epic six-hour pay-per-view in the Middle Eastern country.
Disappointingly, none of the company’s female performers will be in action due to strict laws in the conservative, Arab state.
However, every men’s title in the promotion will be on the line, while legends past and present will clash in a series of mega match-ups.
Here is all you need to know ahead of the massive event.
When is WWE Greatest Royal Rumble?
WWE Greatest Royal Rumble will be broadcast live from the King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah on Friday, April 27. It gets underway from 7pm local time and from 5pm in the UK.
Where can I watch it?
The pay-per-view event is available for £14.95 on Sky Box Office with either a live or repeat viewing.
You can watch it on the WWE Network, through the following devices/websites:
PS3 or PS4
Xbox 360 or Xbox One
Sony Internet-connected TVs
Samsung Smart TVs
Panasonic Life+Screen Smart TVs
Kindle Fire or Amazon Fire TV
iOS enabled devices
Android enabled devices
If you don’t have access to these channels, you can follow the action with Mirror Sport, who will be live blogging throughout the show.
What about The Kickoff pre-show?
The Kickoff pre-show panel, featuring host Byron Saxton standing in for Renee Young because WWE won’t have any women working the show, will comprise of Hall of Famers Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, and Booker T. They will discuss all the action to come from 6pm local time and at 4pm in the UK. You can watch it on the WWE Network, WWE.com, the official WWE App, YouTube and several other devices/websites. The Kickoff pre-show will likely involve at least two matches.
What is the main event?
Roman Reigns has a shot at claiming the Universal Championship from Brock Lesnar, the man who pulverised him in the headline bout at WrestleMania 34 . Everyone expected Reigns to leave New Orleans as world champion, but WWE had other ideas and Lesnar left him a bloody mess. This time they will clash inside a steel cage, which surely suits Brock, a former UFC Heavyweight Champion.
What about the Greatest Royal Rumble?
The Greatest Royal Rumble match itself will feature 50 superstars including some of the biggest names in the history of WWE. This includes current Raw general manager Kurt Angle, six-time world champion Chris Jericho, the comeback king Daniel Bryan and high flying legend Rey Mysterio. The Monster Among Men Braun Strowman will take some beating, as will behemoths Mark Henry and The Great Khali. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn better watch out for Shane McMahon, recent rivals Randy Orton and Bobby Roode could come face to face again, amd tag team trio Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods of The New Day could join forces to help eliminate the likes of Apollo Crews, Titus O’Neil, Elias, Goldust, Mojo Rawley, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, Chad Gable, Shelton Benjamin and Sin Cara.
Will there be tag team title matches?
Yes, two! At WrestleMania 34, The Bludgeon Brothers defeated The Usos and The New Day in a triple threat tag team match to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Harper and Rowan now defend their newly-acquired gold against Jimmy and Jey Uso. Meanwhile, Braun Strowman and 10-year-old fan Nicholas relinquished the Raw Tag Team Championship they won from The Bar, aka Cesaro and Sheamus, in a farcical scenario at the Show of Shows. The newly-formed duo of ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt then won a tournament to earn the right to face The Bar for the vacant titles in Jeddah. But in an unexpected twist, Cesaro and Sheamus have since been transferred to SmackDown in the Superstar Shake-up.
What are the other key matches on the card?
Two titans in WWE history will collide when Triple H faces John Cena for the first time since 2010. Between them they have shared 30 world titles, Big Match John having gained a record-equalling 16 (drawing him level with the iconic Ric Flair) and The Game only behind that pair with 14.
Meanwhile, the ring legend Cena lost to at WrestleMania, The Undertaker, returns to action to battle Rusev in a Casket Match. Due to reasons not entirely clear, Rusev was temporarily replaced by Chris Jericho, but eventually reinserted back into the match.
AJ Styles successfully defended the WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura at Mania, when the Japanese fan favourite turned heel by attacking AJ with the first of many subsequent low blows. Now the former friends clash again over the most prestigious title in WWE.
New Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins will defend the title he won from The Miz against Finn Balor in a triple threat match at WrestleMania against those two men, but also Samoa Joe, in a ladder match. Since then both Miz and Joe have been drafted to SmackDown, while Rollins and Balor have remained on Raw.
At WrestleMania 34, Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, and Rusev in a fatal-four way match to win the United States Championship. Mahal was then traded to Raw and lost the championship to Jeff Hardy a week later, before Hardy was traded to SmackDown. Now the Modern Day Maharajah gets his rematch.
Cedric Alexander defeated Mustafa Ali to capture the vacant WWE Cruiserweight Championship on the WrestleMania 34 pre-show. Now he faces the winner of a gauntlet match to determine the new number one contender, which proved to be former champion Kalisto.
Are there likely to be any surprise appearances?
Plenty! WWE bookers need to fill 50 spots in the huge Royal Rumble match so there will no doubt be more than a few surprises in that contest. We know at least one local performer, from a group who were successful in try-outs in Jeddah, will be included. But there should also be some more familiar names making their way to the ring when the famous buzzer sounds.
Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Kalisto – Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Jinder Mahal – Singles match for the WWE United States Championship
The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The Usos – Tag team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy vs. Cesaro and Sheamus – Tag team match for the vacant WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Finn Bálor vs. Samoa Joe vs. The Miz – Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
The Undertaker vs. Rusev – Casket match
John Cena vs. Triple H – Singles match
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – Singles match for the WWE Championship
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns – Steel Cage match for the WWE Universal Championship
Greatest Royal Rumble match – 50-man Royal Rumble match
Watch WWE Greatest Royal Rumble live on the WWE Network or on Sky Sports Box Office at 5pm on Friday, April 27.
You can follow all the action as it happens in the Mirror Sport WWE Greatest Royal Rumble Live Blog.
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