For the first time in history, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will be defended in the Royal Rumble match. Roman Reigns puts his title on the line Sunday night in Orlando at the first WWE pay-per-view of 2016.
Reigns won the title from Sheamus in December, and he’s one of the favorites to end the night as WWE’s top champ. His biggest competition is expected to come from Triple H and Brock Lesnar, who won the Royal Rumble in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Reigns won the 30-man battle royal last year.
The Royal Rumble winner usually wins a chance to fight for the title in the main event at WrestleMania, and Sunday’s winner will likely defend the belt at WrestleMania 32. After winning the 2015 Royal Rumble, Reigns fought Lesnar for the title at WrestleMania 31.
Every championship will be defended at the Royal Rumble. The battle royal is expected to close the show, and a few former WWE wrestlers could make their return to the ring as surprise entrants in the Royal Rumble match.
The event starts at 8 p.m. ET on the WWE Network, and the pre-show gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET. It costs $9.99 per month to subscribe to the WWE Network, though new subscribers can watch the Royal Rumble with a live stream online for no charge, since the first month is free. Fans who choose to order the event on pay-per-view will have to pay $49.95.
Below is the updated match card for the 2016 Royal Rumble.
30-Man Royal Rumble (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match)
Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens (Intercontinental Championship Last Man Standing Match)
The New Day vs. The Usos (Tag Team Championship Match)
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kalisto (United States Championship Match)
Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch (Divas Championship Match)
Darren Young & Damien Sandow vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Ascension vs. Mark Henry & Jack Swagger (Fatal 4-Way Kickoff Match to qualify for the Royal Rumble Match)