2023 WWE Royal Rumble: Match schedule, predictions, rumours, and start time for the 2023 WWE Royal Rumble

We are currently travelling to the first WrestleMania without Vince McMahon in charge.

The best season of the year is here! With Royal Rumble 2023, the WWE's Road to WrestleMania officially begins.

Neither the Royal Rumble nor WrestleMania are just any old events.

After Vince McMahon temporarily stepped aside, his son-in-law Triple H took over and made some significant adjustments that had both supporters and detractors sipping Kool-Aid.

That was also true with Survivor Series WarGames, which was not only a tonne of fun but also did a great job of laying the groundwork for the next wrestling season.

Not only is the Bloodline rising, but it is also united. Bianca Belair and Ronda Rousey are shoving aside rivals, but Damage CTRL hold the tag gold.

In the meantime, Gunther and Austin Theory are competing for the secondary championships in very different ways.

The apparent return of Mr. McMahon has undoubtedly created a lot of uncertainty, but it is unclear how much influence he will have on how the business is managed on a daily basis.

However, everything is ready for Royal Rumble 2023, which starts at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Saturday, January 28, 2023, in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas (1am on Sunday, January 29 27 in the UK).

At 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, a one-hour kick-off programme begins (Midnight in the UK).

What's the full match card and predictions for WWE Royal Rumble 2023?

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs Kevin Owens

Over the past couple of years, there have undoubtedly been some uncomfortable situations for the Head of the Table, but we have never truly believed that he is in danger of losing his hard-won position.

That doesn't mean it hasn't been entertaining to watch who is vying for the next turn (and how they got there).

"Who's Next?" It's Kevin Owens, who has repeatedly squared off against Roman Reigns in recent years, building layers upon layers to their tale. And that's before you take into account the fact that Sami Zayn, who was Kevin Owens' Fight Forever Best Frenemy, is now firmly a part of the Bloodline.

Speaking of Zayn, Roman agreed to put his championship on the line at the first PPV of the year after KO and a victorious John Cena defeated the tag team of Reigns and SZ.

Will he regret it later in life? In our opinion, Reigns will triumph, and Zayn will be a crucial factor in that outcome. 

Prediction: Roman Reigns

WWE Raw Women's Championship: Bianca Belair (c) vs Alexa Bliss

This would be a fierce competition even if it were a one-on-one contest. The always-dangerous Alexa Bliss, who is currently on a roll, will go up against the EST of the WWE.

But this contest is more than simply a contest for the top title.

Alexa Bliss' present state of insanity is a result of Uncle Howdy's haunting, protection, and stalking of her as well as the shadowy presence of Bray Wyatt.

Bianca Belair will make an effort to ignore all of these antics and will be sure that she can ignore them so that her power and ability may be used to advantage.

However, we believe that Alexa will have a dark edge and be able to win the crown thanks to the combination of her own outstanding pedigree and the supernatural powers that are coming to her help.

Prediction: Alexa Bliss

Bray Wyatt vs LA Knight [Pitch Black Match]

Since his explosive return to the WWE, Bray Wyatt has been talking the talk, but he hasn't yet put down a marker inside the squared circle.

He's been defeating Jinder Mahal at live events that weren't shown on television, but this is the real deal.

A Bray and LA Knight Pitch Black bout (no, we didn't)

The true issue is who is Uncle Howdy, how will he make his presence known, and in whose corner will he fight. These two men have a lot to give to make this a compelling match-up.

Although Bray Wyatt is difficult to fully believe, we believe that he is now being honest, or at least that he believes he is, and that Uncle Howdy will cost him this victory.

Prediction: LA Knight

Women's Royal Rumble Match

Confirmed Entrants:

  1. Liv Morgan
  2. Candice LeRae
  3. Rhea Ripley
  4. Raquel Rodriguez
  5. Shayna Baszler
  6. Zelina Vega
  7. Emma
  8. Bayley
  9. Dakota Kai
  10. Iyo Sky
  11. Lacey Evans
  12. Xia LI

Rumoured Entrants

  1. Asuka
  2. Becky Lynch
  3. Dana Brooke
  4. Nikki Bella
  5. Brie Bella
  6. Doudrop
  7. Mia Yim
  8. Nikki Cross
  9. Tamina
  10. Charlotte Flair
  11. Naomi
  12. Sonya Deville
  13. Tegan Nox
  14. Zelina Vega

The Royal Rumble winner prediction is frequently a fool's errand, but that's what we're here for! The choice appears to be Rhea Ripley based on the verified names (still only 12 out of 30 by the morning of the Rumble, which is much less than half).

She is strong enough, skilled enough, and experienced enough to defeat anyone in that match, but we're going to throw a curveball her way. Hopefully, Bayley will triumph and return to the top of the tree shortly.

Prediction: Bayley

Men's Royal Rumble Match

Confirmed Entrants:

  1. Kofi Kingston
  2. Santos Escobar
  3. Ricochet
  4. Austin Theory
  5. Seth 'Freakin' Rollins
  6. Bobby Lashley
  7. Baron Corbin
  8. Rey Mysterio
  9. Gunther
  10. Cody Rhodes
  11. Omos
  12. Drew McIntyre
  13. Sheamus
  14. Braun Strowman
  15. Karrion Kross
  16. Dominik Mysterio
  17. Xavier Woods
  18. The Miz
  19. Brock Lesnar

Rumoured Entrants:

  1. AJ Styles
  2. Chad Cable
  3. Damian Priest
  4. Dolph Ziggler
  5. Rey Mysterio
  6. Edge
  7. Finn Balor
  8. Johnny Gargano
  9. Karl Anderson
  10. Bad Bunny
  11. Matt Riddle
  12. Otis
  13. Shinsuke Nakamura

Nearly two thirds of the names of the men have been verified, with 19/20 declaring. We anticipate plenty of thrills and spills as well as a better Kofi save than the one from the previous year.

Regarding the victor, for months it appeared like Cody Rhodes, should he make a comeback, had the drive and skills necessary to make this bout — and a WrestleMania main event — his.

But since then, we've seen Sami Zayn rise and rise (and fall and rise) as well as the late arrival of Brock Lesnar, who you can NEVER rule out.

No matter what antics go place during and perhaps even after the match, we're betting that Sami Zayn will wow the world and win it.

Prediction: Sami Zayn

What date and start time is WWE Royal Rumble 2023 in the US?

WWE Royal Rumble 2023 has a start time of 8pm ET/5pm PT on Saturday, January 28.

A one-hour kick-off show starts at 7pm ET/4pm PT.

How do I watch WWE Royal Rumble 2023?

WWE Royal Rumble 2023 takes place in the UK at 1am on Sunday, January 29.

A one-hour kick-off show starts at Midnight.

How do I watch WWE Royal Rumble 2023?

Tickets are currently on sale for the WWE Royal Rumble 2023 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

If you don't want to travel, you can watch on the WWE Network, which we strongly suggest (straight in the UK or through Peacock in the US), or if you don't have a quick and dependable internet connection, you can still purchase a pay-per-view, which is more conventional but also more expensive.

How do I live stream WWE Royal Rumble 2023 on the WWE Network?

To watch the premium tier for live PPVs, which includes WWE Royal Rumble 2023, the WWE Network is priced at £9.99 per month in the UK – first-time subscribers get a month free.

You can access it via the following platforms and devices – click for info on how to access with each app:

  1. Google Chromecast

  2. Kindle Fire/Kindle Fire TV

  3. Android devices

  4. Android TV

  5. Apple TV

  6. iOS devices (iPhone and iPad)

  7. LG Smart TVs

  8. Panasonic Smart TVs

  9. PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

  10. Roku via the WWE App

  11. Samsung Smart TVs (2013 and 2014 models)

  12. Sony Internet-connected TVs and Streaming Blu-ray Players

  13. WWE.com

  14. Windows 10

  15. Xbox One and Xbox 360

In the US, to access the WWE Network you need to subscribe to Peacock after the WWE signed a deal in 2021 to give the NBC service exclusive access. It'll only set you back $4.99, and you get oodles of other content too.

You can sign up for Peacock here.

How do I watch WWE Royal Rumble 2023 on WWE pay-per-view in the UK?

You can buy WWE PPVs in the UK via BT Sport Box Office, after a deal was struck in 2019 that saw

UK broadcast rights for WWE move from Sky to BT Sport starting January 2020.

How do I watch WWE Royal Rumble 2023 on WWE pay-per-view in the US?

You can only watch WWE PPVs in the US via Peacock.

What are your predictions for WWE Royal Rumble 2023?

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