Three Matches and Panelists Announced For Royal Rumble Kickoff

Bobby Roode

WWWE has announced that the two-hour Royal Rumble Kickoff this Sunday will feature three matches, as well as analysis from two current World Champions and two WWE Hall of Famers.

On the Royal Rumble Kickoff, there will be a United States Championship Open Challenge issued by Bobby Roode. Roode won the title by defeating Baron Corbin, Mojo Rawley, and Jinder Mahal in a tournament after the storyline where Dolph Ziggler walked out and voluntarily gave up the championship in December.

Two tag team matches are also set for the Royal Rumble Kickoff. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson will team against The Revival’s Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, while Kalisto, Gran Metalik, and Lince Dorado will face Drew Gulak, TJP, and Gentleman Jack Gallagher.

In addition to the in-ring action, Royal Rumble Kickoff will also feature a star-studded array of panel guests, including Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss, SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, WWE Hall of Famer Alundra Blayze and WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.

The Royal Rumble Kickoff streams live this Sunday on the WWE Network at a special start time of 5 ET/2 PT and can be seen on a free stream on, the WWE App, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.