WWE Royal Rumble 2021 takes place tonight with not one but two rumble contests.
30 men and 30 women will each compete in the famous stipulation bout, when you can only be eliminated by being thrown over the top rope and if both of your feet touch the floor.
And of course, the winner not only takes the acclaim but earns a world championship opportunity at WrestleMania 37.
The action will take place in front of WWE’s virtual fan viewing experience, ThunderDome, rather than a live crowd, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Wrestlers from both Raw and SmackDown will clash and NXT stars may even be present in the rumbles.
Here is all you need to know about WWE Royal Rumble 2021.
When is WWE Royal Rumble 2021
WWE Royal Rumble 2021 will be broadcast live from the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on Sunday, January 31. It gets underway from 7pm local time and from midnight in the UK.
Where can I watch it?
The pay-per-view event is available for £19.95 on BT Sport Box Office 2 with either a live or repeat viewing.
However, you can also watch it through the WWE Network and when you sign up, your first month is completely free.
What makes the deal so attractive is that you can cancel your subscription at any time, if you decide you don’t want to keep watching.
So if you sign up for the WWE Network, you can watch the PPV event without paying a penny, providing that you cancel your subscription inside the first month. A £9.99 per month subscription will then start, unless you cancel.
The deal includes unlimited access to WWE’s premium content – available anywhere, anytime, on any device – and you can cancel without obligation. You can watch 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
– Apple 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?
A panel of WWE greats and pundits will break down all the action to come during the WWE Royal Rumble Kickoff pre-show. No matches have been confirmed for the build-up slot so far, but there is likely to be at least two contests. This will start at 6pm local time and at 10pm in the UK.
What is the main event?
The main event is likely to be the men’s Royal Rumble, which we know will begin with Edge as entrant number one and his bitter rival Randy Orton as entrant number two.
Confirmed for the match so far are Daniel Bryan, Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Otis, The Miz, Jey Uso, Cesaro, Jeff Hardy, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, Shinsuke Nakamura, Big E, John Morrison, Sheamus, Mustafa Ali, Edge, King Corbin, Rey Mysterio, Dominik Mysterio and Braun Strowman.
What about the women’s rumble?
We know Natalya has secured the coveted number 30 slot. She will be joined by confirmed entrants Nia Jax, Charlotte Flair, favourite Bianca Belair, Bayley, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Peyton Royce, Alexa Bliss, Shayna Baszler, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott and Tamina.
What are the other key matches on the card?
Kevin Owens challenges Universal Champion Roman Reigns in a Last Man Standing Match, while last year’s Royal Rumble winner and current WWE Champion Drew McIntyre will defend his title against returning legend Goldberg.
Meanwhile, Carmella challenges SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks.
Will there be a tag team match?
Yes, with WWE’s Women’s Tag Team Champions Asuka and Charlotte Flair battling challengers Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler in what should be a bruising affair, despite the fact all four will later compete in the rumble.
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1 Asuka and Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler – Tag team match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
2 Roman Reigns (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Kevin Owens – Last Man Standing match for the WWE Universal Championship
3 Sasha Banks (c) vs. Carmella – Singles match for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
4 Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Goldberg – Singles match for the WWE Championship
5 Women’s Royal Rumble match – 30-woman Royal Rumble match for a women’s championship match at WrestleMania 37
6 Men’s Royal Rumble match – 30-man Royal Rumble match for a world championship match at WrestleMania 37
Watch WWE Royal Rumble 2021 live on BT Sport Box Office 2 at midnight on Sunday, January 31.
You can follow all the action as it happens in our Mirror Sport WWE Royal Rumble Live Blog.