WWE Royal Rumble 2021: Full Match Card and Preview

Published 01/24/2021, 6:30 AM EST

The first WWE Pay-Per-View of 2021 is scheduled for January 31. Royal Rumble 2021 is the 34th installment in the event’s chronology and will feature two infamous and eponymous Battle Royales.


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We are only one week away from the event, and the major matches have already been announced. Let’s take a look at the scheduled match card (till now), starting from the title matches –

#1 Roman Reigns (C) vs Kevin Owens – WWE Universal Championship Match


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On the last Pay-Per-View of 2020, Kevin Owens suffered a ‘tribal’ beat down from Reigns and his cousin Jey Uso. Yet he was super close to capturing the title and missed it by a bit.

On the SmackDown after TLC, Owens and Reigns got involved in a steel cage match. Even this time, Reigns won after Uso’s help.

Right before Royal Rumble, Reigns tried to manipulate WWE Official, Adam Pearce, into a ‘last man standing match.’ Pearce, who is an NWA Hall of Famer, quickly tricked the ‘Tribal Chief’ and ‘replaced’ himself with Owens.

#2 Drew McIntyre (C) vs Goldberg – WWE Championship Match

After a successful title match at TLC, Drew McIntyre was happy in the Raw the following night. However, WWE veteran Goldberg returned to the ring and challenged McIntyre for the title.

This was Goldberg’s first WWE TV appearance since WrestleMania 36. He said McIntyre is an excellent WWE Champion, but he didn’t have respect.

McIntyre accepted the challenge the following week. Although he had been covid positive, McIntyre will be back next week on Raw.

#3 30-Women Royal Rumble Match

In the fourth ever Women’s Royal Rumble match, the winner will have the chance to challenge a champion of her choice at WrestleMania. As of January 24, WWE has announced 12 out of the 30 women.

Nia Jax, Charlotte Flair, Bianca Belair, Bayley, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Peyton Royce, Alexa Bliss, Shayna Baszler, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott and Tamina are the confirmed participants. The rest can go to legends and surprise entrants.

#4 30-men Royal Rumble match

As the standard Royal Rumble rule goes, the winner of this match will get to choose a champion of his choosing and could headline WrestleMania 37. The pay-per-view serves as the launch pad and return ground for various superstars,


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As of January 24, 12 of the 30 entrants have been declared. They are – Daniel Bryan, Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Otis, The Miz, Jey Uso, Cesaro, Jeff Hardy, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, and Shinsuke Nakamura.

Keeping up with the COVID-19 safety guidelines, WWE Royal Rumble 2021 will be arranged without a crowd. Fans can join in through WWE Thunderdome.

There will be a pre-show for two hours before the event. Fans can see this for free on WWE’s YouTube channel. There will be live streaming of the Royal Rumble on the WWE Network, but it requires a $9.99 per month subscription.


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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.