WWE Royal Rumble 2022 participants: all the superstars announced for the matches

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WWE legend Randy Orton at the Royal Rumble

Randy Orton will be part of the men’s Royal Rumble, but who else? (Image: WWE)

The Royal Rumble is hours away with WWE stacking the men’s and women’s matches with an impressive roster of stars.

Current champions, returning legends and Jackass star Johnny Knoxville are among the already announced entrants for the two iconic bouts, which promise big upsets and high stakes.

The winner of the respective 30-man and 30-woman matches will earn a world title shot at WrestleMania 38, so there’s plenty of line for everyone to get between the ropes.

Of course, the rest of the card is stacked as well, with Hall of Famers Edge and Beth Phoenix teaming up to take on The Miz and Maryse, while Becky Lynch will defend the Raw Women’s Championship against Doudrop.

There’s also the small matter of a dream match for the first time between WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and his challenger Bobby Lashley, while Roman Reigns puts his Universal Title on the line against former Shield tag team partner Seth Rollins.

You can check out our full Royal Rumble preview as we outline the rules below, and here are the lists of everyone WWE has already confirmed for the two main matches.

Participants of the WWE Men’s Royal Rumble 2022

  • Austin’s theory
  • dominik mysterio
  • Mistery King
  • Montez Ford
  • Angelo Dawkins
  • Sheamus
  • crazy moss
  • corbin happy
  • kofi kingston
  • sam zayn
  • donkey star johnny knoxville
  • United States Champion damien priest
  • AJ-styles
  • big e
  • Kevin Owens
  • Robert Roode
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Raw Tag Team Champion chad gable
  • Raw Tag Team Champion Otis
  • Enigma
  • Randy Orton
  • omos
  • Bounce
  • Rick Boogs
  • Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura

WWE Women's Royal Rumble 2022 poster featuring Sasha Banks, Lita, Liv Morgan, Charlotte Flair, Mickie James and more

It’s a stacked lineup (Image: WWE)

Participants of the WWE Women’s Royal Rumble 2022

  • shotzi
  • Aliyah
  • summer ray
  • Shayna Baszler
  • Tamine
  • IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts World Champion mickey james
  • Natalie
  • dana brooke
  • kelly kelly
  • michelle mccool
  • WWE Hall of Fame litta
  • Queen Zelina
  • Carmela
  • WWE Hall of Fame nikki bella
  • WWE Hall of Fame beautiful brie
  • nikki ash
  • Rhea Ripley
  • Naomi
  • SmackDown Women’s Champion charlotte style
  • liv morgan
  • sonia deville
  • bianca belair
  • sasha banks

What are the Royal Rumble rules?

Pretty simple actually, let’s break it down.

Each match has 30 Superstars, with two entering early on, followed by another every 90 seconds until everyone is involved.

If you are thrown over the top rope and both feet hit the outside ground, you are eliminated from the match, and this can happen at any time, regardless of whether all 30 stars have already entered or not.

The mysterious nature of the match means no one really knows who’s coming next, and it’s a night WWE likes to surprise fans with returning or debuting stars.

The last man or woman standing at the end of the respective matches is declared the winner and will fight for a world championship in a main event at WrestleMania 38.

The stakes are high, with former winners like ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, Asuka, Becky Lynch and last year’s duo Edge and Bianca Belair.

WWE Royal Rumble airs Saturday, January 29 at 1 a.m. on WWE Network and BT Sport Box Office.

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