30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Nearly three decades ago, the dream of modern-day WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon was made manifest with the birth of the squared circle’s most celebrated spectacle, WrestleMania. More than a quarter of a century later, 30 Superstars will have the ultimate opportunity to realize their dream of performing in the World Championship main event match on The Grandest Stage of Them All at WrestleMania 29.
But first, one man will need to surpass the efforts of 29 opposing competitors with the same aspiration in the 2013 Royal Rumble Match.
3MB (Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre)
A test of endurance, athleticism and survival at all costs, the Rumble Match is the definitive Battle Royal, where each Superstar’s prime objective is to propel their opponents over the top rope and to the floor. Two competitors begin the melee, then every 90 seconds, another elite ring warrior with a randomly selected Rumble entry number joins the fray. Though luck of the draw can be a critical factor in such a high-stakes situation (entering at No. 30 like 2007 winner Undertaker and 2008 victor John Cena), past Rumble winners have included Superstars who kicked off the battle at No. 1 (as seen in 1995 with Shawn Michaels). If anything’s been proven since the first Rumble Match in 1988, it’s that, with bodies being tossed out every moment and fresh foes coming in at such a rapid pace, it’s really anyone’s match.
No alliances, no friendships; only rivalries at a heightened frenzy for the opportunity of a lifetime. In the end, the last Superstar standing can officially punch a gold-embossed ticket to New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium where they will contend for a World Title of their choosing at WrestleMania 29.
As the saying goes, however, “you have to be in it to win it.” Tune in to WWE programming and stay logged on to WWE.com as entrants are named for the 26th annual Royal Rumble Match. Then be sure to witness this historic event live on pay-per-view on Sunday, Jan. 27, as the 2013 Royal Rumble emanates from the US Airways Center in Phoenix. (HOW TO WATCH)