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Royal Rumble 2017 is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for the Raw and SmackDown brands. It will take place on January 29, 2017, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This will be the 30th event under the Royal Rumble chronology.
The card will include matches resulting from scripted storylines and have results predetermined by WWE on the Raw and SmackDown brands. Storylines are produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, and 205 Live.
As is tradition, the card will be highlighted by the 30-man Royal Rumble match where the winner will receive a world championship match at WrestleMania 33 for either SmackDown's WWE World Championship or Raw's WWE Universal Championship. After defeating Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series in his first match in 12 years, Goldberg declared himself the first entrant in the Royal Rumble match on the November 21 episode of Raw. The following week, Paul Heyman addressed the Survivor Series match, stating that they underestimated Goldberg, and that the match was a humiliation and embarrassment for him and Lesnar. He then stated that Lesnar would also be in the Royal Rumble as Lesnar has something to prove.
At Roadblock: End of the Line on December 18, 2016, Kevin Owens retained the WWE Universal Championship against United States Champion Roman Reigns after Chris Jericho attacked Owens with a Codebreaker, giving Owens the win by disqualification. After the match, Jericho, who lost to Seth Rollins earlier that night, revealed that it was his plan so that Owens would win and retain the title and Owens hugged and thanked Jericho before Reigns and Rollins attacked both by performing Double Powerbombs on Jericho and Owens through broadcast tables, respectively. The following night on Raw, Owens and Jericho celebrated Owens' win, stating their friendship was even stronger now. Raw General Manager Mick Foley then came out and announced that Reigns would get a rematch against Owens for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble, and Jericho would be suspended above the ring inside of a shark cage, ensuring that Jericho would not interfere in the match. Foley threatened that if Jericho does not enter the cage, he will be fired. Both were then put into a tag team match against Reigns and Rollins. The latter two won by disqualification after Braun Strowman came out and attacked both. On the last Raw of 2016, Rollins confronted Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon about her husband Triple H, calling him a coward. Stephanie then scheduled Rollins to face Strowman, but lost by disqualification when Sami Zayn attacked Strowman. Reigns later defended the United States Championship against Owens. The end of the match came when Jericho distracted Reigns and Owens performed the Codebreaker on Reigns for a near fall. Rollins then came out and delivered a Pedigree to Jericho. Owens super kicked Rollins and returned to the ring but was hit with a spear from Reigns, who won the match and retained the title. Rollins then delivered a Pedigree to Owens, and Reigns speared Jericho.
At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs on December 4, 2016, AJ Styles retained the then-WWE World Championship against Dean Ambrose in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. On the December 13 episode of SmackDown Live, Dolph Ziggler defeated Ambrose, The Miz, and Luke Harper in a four-way elimination match to earn a match for the renamed WWE Championship on the December 27 episode. On the December 20 episode, however, Baron Corbin confronted Ziggler, calling him undeserving of a title shot and stated that Ziggler only won because he was not there. The two then had a match with Ziggler's title shot on the line, but it ended in a double count-out. Styles then attacked both Ziggler and Corbin with a chair. SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan then scheduled a triple threat for the WWE Championship between the three for the December 27 episode. That episode, John Cena returned from a near three-month hiatus and challenged the winner for the title at the Royal Rumble. After Styles retained the WWE Championship, Cena came out, looking ready to fight, but instead congratulated him with a handshake. Cena and Styles will have a contract signing on the January 3, 2017 episode.
At Roadblock: End of the Line, Charlotte Flair defeated Sasha Banks in overtime of a 30-minute Iron Man match to win her fourth Raw Women's Championship, as well as ending their long feud. The following Raw, Charlotte declared herself to be the greatest female wrestler of all time, but was then interrupted by Bayley, who reminded Charlotte that she was 2–0 against her. Bayley then pinned Charlotte in an impromptu non-title match. However, replays showed that Charlotte had her shoulder up before the three count. The following week, Charlotte revealed that she worked with her and WWE's lawyers and Bayley's win the previous week was revoked, but Charlotte allowed Bayley to face her in another non-title match, but this time with Dana Brooke as guest referee. Bayley lost after a fast three count by Dana. On the January 2, 2017 episode, Bayley defeated Nia Jax thanks to distraction by Banks to become the number one contender for the Raw Women's Championship at the Royal Rumble.
At Roadblock: End of the Line, Rich Swann retained the WWE Cruiserweight Championship in a triple threat match against T.J. Perkins and The Brian Kendrick. After the match, Neville appeared and attacked both Swann and Perkins, turning heel. The following night on Raw, Neville stated his intention to take out the entire cruiserweight division, and proclaimed himself to be "King of the Cruiserweights". Swann questioned Neville's actions but, was then attacked by Neville and Kendrick, who sided with Neville. Perkins tried to help Swann, but was overpowered by Neville. The next night on 205 Live, Neville and Kendrick defeated Perkins and Swann in a tag team match. The following Raw, after Neville defeated Perkins, he challenged Swann to a match for the following 205 Live. Later, after Swann defeated Ariya Daivari, he accepted the challenge, but was immediately attacked by Neville. On 205 Live, Neville defeated Swann in a non-title match, and proceeded to attack Swann again. On the January 9, 2017 episode of Raw, after defeating Lince Dorado, Neville proceeded to attack Dorado more until Swann came to his aid and fended off Neville. On the following 205 Live, after Swann defeated Tony Nese, Swann called out Neville, but Neville refused to face Swann unless it was for the Cruiserweight Championship. Swann then accepted Neville's challenge for the title at the Royal Rumble. The following Raw, Neville attacked Swann before his match with Nese, and Nese joined Neville in the attack.
|Royal Rumble match||Preview|
|Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns||Preview|
|AJ Styles vs. John Cena||Preview|
|Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley||Preview|
|Rich Swann vs. Neville||Preview|
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Chris Jericho will be suspended above the ring inside a shark proof cage
Royal Rumble match participants
|Goldberg||November 21, 2016|
|Brock Lesnar||November 28, 2016|
|Big E||January 2, 2017|
|Baron Corbin||January 3, 2017|
|Seth Rollins||January 9, 2017|
|The Undertaker||January 9, 2017|
|Dean Ambrose||January 10, 2017|
|Cesaro||January 16, 2017|
|Bray Wyatt||January 17, 2017|
Royal Rumble entrances and eliminations
A new entrant came out approximately every 90 seconds.
Other on-screen talent
- List of WWE pay-per-view events
- World Wrestling Entertainment/Event history
- Event gallery
- Royal Rumble
- Royal Rumble 2017 Official website
- [ Royal Rumble 2017 on WWE Network]
- [ Royal Rumble 2017 kickoff show on WWE Network]
- [ Royal Rumble 2017 Kickoff show at CAGEMATCH.net]
- Royal Rumble 2017 at CAGEMATCH.net
|Royal Rumble 2017 previews|
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|2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015|
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|2017 World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-views|
NXT TakeOver: San Antonio • Royal Rumble • Elimination Chamber • Fast Lane • NXT TakeOver: Orlando • WrestleMania • Payback • Extreme Rules • Money in the Bank • Battleground • NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III • SummerSlam • Backlash • Clash of Champions • No Mercy • Hell in a Cell • NXT TakeOver: Houston • Survivor Series • TLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs • Roadblock