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Greatest Royal Rumble is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event promoted by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brands. The event is scheduled to be held on April 27, 2018, at the King Abdullah Sports City's King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The event is scheduled for 7:00pm local time, however it will air live in the United States at 12:00pm eastern time, with a pre-show starting at 11:00am. The event will feature all men's main roster championships being defended, in addition to the first ever 50-man Royal Rumble match.

Background

Since its creation in 1988 by Hall of Famer Pat Patterson, the Royal Rumble has been an annual event held by WWE and is typically shown on pay-per-view (PPV). The event is highlighted by the Royal Rumble match, a battle royal whose participants enter at timed intervals.

On March 5, 2018, WWE and the Saudi General Sports Authority announced the Greatest Royal Rumble, a live event to be held on April 27, 2018, at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The event is a part of a 10-year strategic multi-platform partnership between WWE and the Saudi General Sports Authority in support of Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia's social and economic reform program.

On March 19, 2018, WWE scheduled seven championship matches for the event: the WWE Championship, Universal Championship, Intercontinental Championship, United States Championship, Raw Tag Team Championship, SmackDown Tag Team Championship, and Cruiserweight Championship. On March 26, WWE announced three matches for the event: a ladder match between The Miz, Seth Rollins, Finn Bálor, and Samoa Joe for the Intercontinental Championship, a tag team match between Cesaro and Sheamus and The Hardy Boyz (Jeff and Matt Hardy) for the Raw Tag Team Championship, and John Cena against Triple H.

As revealed on March 22, 2018, the event will broadcast on the WWE Network in the United States and on pay-per-view via Sky Box Office in the United Kingdom.

Storylines

On April 9, Brock Lesnar, who had renewed his WWE contract, was scheduled to defend the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns in a Steel Cage match, as a rematch from WrestleMania 34. On Raw following WrestleMania 34, Reigns expressed frustration about not being told about his future matches and opponents, singling out the steel cage match with Lesnar. Reigns alleged that there was a conspiracy against him. Samoa Joe, who had been out with an injury since January, came out and warned Reigns that Lesnar would beat him again.

On March 26, WWE scheduled a four-way ladder match between then-champion The Miz, Seth Rollins, Finn Bálor, and Samoa Joe for the Intercontinental Championship. At WrestleMania 34, The Miz lost the Intercontinental Championship to Rollins, thus making Rollins the defending champion.

On March 26, WWE also scheduled Cesaro and Sheamus to defend the Raw Tag Team Championship against The Hardy Boyz (Jeff and Matt Hardy). At WrestleMania 34, Cesaro and Sheamus lost the titles to Braun Strowman and 10-year-old Nicholas. The following night on Raw, Strowman and Nicholas relinquished the titles due to Nicholas being a fourth grader. Cesaro and Sheamus demanded their titles back, but Raw General Manager Kurt Angle instead scheduled them to face the winner of the four-team Tag Team Eliminator tournament for the vacant titles at the Greatest Royal Rumble.

At WrestleMania 34, The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan) defeated The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) and The New Day's Big E and Kofi Kingston in a triple threat tag team match to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. On the following SmackDown, The Usos defeated The New Day to face The Bludgeon Brothers for the titles at Greatest Royal Rumble.

A match between John Cena against Triple H was also scheduled on March 26.

On April 11, after defeating John Cena at WrestleMania 34, The Undertaker was scheduled to face Rusev in a casket match, but he was replaced by Chris Jericho. This was explained with Rusev's wife Lana pleading with WWE officials to remove her husband from a dangerous casket match.

At WrestleMania 34, Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, and Rusev in a fatal-four way match to win the United States Championship. Eight days later, on the April 16 episode of Raw, Mahal was traded to Raw in the Superstar Shake-up and lost the championship to Jeff Hardy. After the match, Mahal immediately invoked his rematch for the Greatest Royal Rumble. Hardy was then traded to SmackDown the following night.

At WrestleMania 34, AJ Styles successfully defended the WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura. After the match, as Nakamura was showing his respect to Styles, Nakamura attacked Styles with a low blow and a Kinshasa, turning heel. On April 17, after repeated attacks on Styles by Nakamura, it was announced that Styles would defend the title against Nakamura in a rematch at the Greatest Royal Rumble.

Match Preview

50-man Royal Rumble match Preview
WWE Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match Preview
John Cena vs. Triple H Preview
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns Preview
The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The Usos Preview
The Undertaker vs. Rusev Preview
Jeff Hardy vs. Jinder Mahal Preview
Cesaro & Sheamus vs. Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt Preview
A.J. Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura Preview

Matches

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

Tag Team Eliminator bracket

  First Round
Raw (4/9)
    Semifinals
Raw (4/16)
    Finals
Greatest Royal Rumble (4/27)
                           
  The Revival
(Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson)
Pin  
  Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson 3:35         Cesaro and Sheamus  
          The Revival Pin       Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt  
          Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt 5:35  
  Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt Pin    
  Titus Worldwide
(Titus O'Neil & Apollo)
5:07  


Greatest Royal Rumble match participants

18 of the 50 entrants have been announced as of April 21, 2018. Bray Wyatt was originally announced as one of the participants, but he was later removed due to him teaming with Matt Hardy to face Sheamus and Cesaro for the Raw Tag Team Championship. Kane was also originally announced as one of the participants, but was later removed.

    Raw
    SmackDown
    Free agent
    NXT
     – Winner
Name Date Announced
Daniel Bryan April 2, 2018
Big Show April 2, 2018
Braun Strowman
Kurt Angle April 9, 2018
Apollo Crews
Titus O'Neil
Elias
Goldust
Mojo Rawley
Dolph Ziggler
Baron Corbin
Chad Gable
Big E April 9, 2018
Kofi Kingston
Xavier Woods
Shelton Benjamin
Sin Cara
Chris Jericho

Royal Rumble match entrances and eliminations

     – Raw
     – SmackDown
     – NXT
     – Free agent
     – Winner
Entrant Eliminated by Time Eliminations
1
2

External links

  • Wwe2014 WWE Greatest Royal Rumble Official Website
  • WWE Network New Logo [ WWE Greatest Royal Rumble kickoff show on WWE Network]
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  • WWE Network New Logo [ WWE Greatest Royal Rumble (ES) on WWE Network]
  • WWE Network New Logo [ WWE Greatest Royal Rumble (HI) on WWE Network]
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  • WWE Network New Logo [ WWE Greatest Royal Rumble (ZH) on WWE Network]
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  • WWE Network New Logo [ WWE Greatest Royal Rumble (FR) on WWE Network]
  • WWE Network New Logo [ WWE Greatest Royal Rumble (DE) on WWE Network]
  • Cm logo [ WWE Greatest Royal Rumble Kickoff show at CAGEMATCH.net]
  • Cm logo WWE Greatest Royal Rumble at CAGEMATCH.net
Greatest Royal Rumble previews

Greatest Royal Rumble MatchA.J. Styles vs. Shinsuke NakamuraIntercontinental Championship Ladder MatchJohn Cena v Triple HBrock Lesnar v Roman ReignsBludgeon Brothers v The UsosUndertaker v RusevJeff Hardy v Jinder MahalCesaro & Sheamus v Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt

2018 World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-views

NXT TakeOver: PhiladelphiaRoyal RumbleElimination ChamberFastlaneNXT TakeOver: New OrleansWrestleManiaGreatest Royal RumbleBacklashNXT TakeOver: Chicago IIMoney in the BankExtreme RulesNXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IVSummerSlamHell in a CellTLC: Tables, Ladders, & ChairsNXT TakeOver: Los AngelesSurvivor SeriesClash of Champions