All you need to know about Royal Rumble 2018 – including live stream and card

If there’s one thing Royal Rumble promises, it’s action.

But this year, WWE is making history with the five-hour event.

For the first time in its 30 years, 30 women will battle it out in the over-the-top rope challenge in a bid to secure a title shot at Wrestlemania 34 in April.

The rest, we imagine, will stay true to form, with plenty of madcap action, drama and trash talk.

Familiar faces including Randy Orton, John Cena and Shinsuke Nakamura will take part, while the women’s battle will feature the likes of Sasha Banks, Sarah Logan and Paige.

But when does Royal Rumble 2018 take place? Here’s everything you need to know…

When is Royal Rumble 2018?

Make sure you keep this evening free. The main card starts at midnight (GMT) but the kickoff show gets under way at 10pm.

Where will Royal Rumble 2018 be held?

The action will take place inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

How can I watch Royal Rumble 2018 on TV and online?

A pay-per-view event, Royal Rumble will be aired live on Sky Sports Box Office and the WWE Network.

You can either pay a one-off fee of £19.95 to watch the action on Sky Sports Box Office or subscribe to the WWE network for a monthly charge of £9.99 to live stream it.

The kickoff show gets under way at 10pm – and the good news is that it’s completely free to watch, for everyone.

It’ll be streamed on, the WWE app and WWE’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Who will compete at Royal Rumble 2018?

Confirmed to take part in the men’s royal rumble are: John Cena, Finn Balor, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, Elias, Baron Corbin, Matt Hardy, Bray Wyatt, Aiden English, Rusev, Titus O’Neil, Apollo Crews.

Confirmed for the women’s Rumble are: Asuka, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Bayley, Naomi, Natalya, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, Mickie James, Tamina Snuka, Lana, Carmella, Becky Lynch, Dana Brooke, Alicia Fox.

Elsewhere, the Universal Championship will be: Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman vs Kane.

The WWE Championship will be: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a handicap match.

The Raw Tag Team Championship will be: Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan vs The Bar.

The SmackDown Tag Team Championship will be: The Usos vs Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin.

Who might compete at Royal Rumble 2018?

Rumours are rife that Roman Reigns will take on The Miz in the Intercontinental Championship, while Bobby Roode may battle Dolph Ziggler in the United States Championship.

In the women’s Rumble, UFC legend Ronda Rousey is rumoured to have signed up to compete after making the switch to sports entertainment.

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