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Royal Rumble (2016)
WWE Royal Rumble 2016 2nd Promotional Poster.jpeg
Promotional poster featuring Roman Reigns holding the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Sponsor(s) Chex Mix
Date January 24, 2016
Venue Amway Center
City Orlando, Florida
WWE Network event chronology
NXT TakeOver: London Royal Rumble (2016) Fastlane (2016)
Royal Rumble chronology
Royal Rumble (2015) Royal Rumble (2016)
Royal Rumble (2016) is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE. It will take place on January 24, 2016, at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, and will be the 29th event in the Royal Rumble chronology. This will be the fifth Royal Rumble to be held in the state of Florida (1990, 1991, 1995, and 2006) and the first pay-per-view event at Amway Center since it opened in 2010.
At the event, Roman Reigns will defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the Royal Rumble match. This will be the first time that a reigning champion has defended his title during the match and the second time (after the 1992 event) that the title is the prize for winning the match.
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The Royal Rumble will consist of professional wrestling matches that involve wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds or storylines that play out on WWE's primary television programs, Raw and SmackDown. Wrestlers will portray heroes or villains as they follow a series of events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.
Traditionally, the winner of the 30-man Royal Rumble match is awarded a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania. However, as a culmination of his attempts to deprive WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns of the championship (for attacking his son-in-law Triple H and overall disrespecting the McMahon family), WWE owner/chairman/CEO Vince McMahon decided on the January 4, 2016 episode of Raw that Reigns would defend his title in the match.
At TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship. In the following weeks, there were various altercations between Ambrose and Owens, including slamming each other through tables. On the January 7, 2016 episode of SmackDown, Ambrose and Owens fought to a double countout for the Intercontinental Championship. On the January 14 episode of SmackDown, Ambrose challenged Owens to a Last Man Standing match for the Intercontinental Championship at the Royal Rumble, which Owens accepted.
On the January 11 episode of Raw, The Usos defeated The New Day. The following week on Raw, it was announced that The New Day would defend their tag team titles against The Usos at the Royal Rumble.
On January 20, a fatal four-way tag team match between Darren Young & Damien Sandow, The Dudley Boyz, The Ascension, and Mark Henry & Jack Swagger was scheduled for the Royal Rumble pre-show, with the winning team getting two spots in the Royal Rumble match later in the night.
No. Matches Stipulations
1P Darren Young and Damien Sandow vs. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) vs. The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) vs. Mark Henry and Jack Swagger Fatal four-way tag team match to qualify for the Royal Rumble match
2 2016 Royal Rumble match 30-man Royal Rumble match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
3 Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Kevin Owens Last Man Standing match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
4 Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Kalisto Singles match for the WWE United States Championship
5 Charlotte (c) (with Ric Flair) vs. Becky Lynch Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship
6 The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and/or Xavier Woods) (c) vs. The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
P – indicates the match will take place on the pre-show
Announced Royal Rumble Match Participants
Entry Date Announced Notes
Big Show December 28 (Raw)
Curtis Axel January 1 (WWE.com)
Bray Wyatt January 4 (Raw)
Roman Reigns (c) #1 Entry
Brock Lesnar January 11 (Raw)
Stardust January 13 (WWE.com)
Sheamus January 14 (SmackDown)
Kickoff Match Winner #1 January 24 (Kickoff Show)
Kickoff Match Winner #2
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