The WWE’s second biggest pay per view of 2017, Royal Rumble which is often seen as a precursor to the matches we can expect at WrestleMania, returns to the Alamo dome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual pay per view is scheduled to take place on the 29th of January, and tickets for the event are expected to go live on the 15th of October.
For starters, the last time the event was conducted at the Alamo dome, was in 1997, the year Stone Cold Steve Austin won the Royal Rumble and Shawn Michaels won the WWE championship. The event created history with viewership standing at 60,477, a number which still is the attendance record for the Royal Rumble. The last time the Royal Rumble took place in Texas was in 2007, when Texas’ own Undertaker won the Royal Rumble by eliminating Shawn Michaels at the AT&T Center.
The WWE would definitely want to break the viewership record this year, with a card featuring active superstars from both brands. Also, Royal Rumble is the most unpredictable night of the year, where you never know who can show up. With WWE going all forces to pull in as many former superstars as they can, we may see Taker at the event, since it is from his hometown, Texas. Shawn Michaels may also make an appearance. WWE might just save Stone Cold Steve Austin’s appearance for WrestleMania 33 from Orlando, Florida. The Rock is expected to be present for next year’s event as well.
With WWE going all guns on giving the fans what they want, this might be a new way to reach a new milestone in terms of record attendance. Triple H posted on his Twitter handle, saying, ’20 years in the making, you never know who is going to make an appearance’, with a picture of himself winning the Royal Rumble last year.
Irrespective of the venue, as long as the WWE puts in a great card, records and viewership should not be a concern for the WWE at the moment.