WWE Greatest Royal Rumble airs live on WWE Network this Friday (yes, Friday) at noon EST (yes, noon), and there’s even an hour-long pre-show before it. WWE’s first major show from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, features a blockbuster card and, as advertised, the “greatest” Royal Rumble ever, bumping the number of participants up from 30 to 50. There are also seven championship matches, a casket match, and more. Here’s the complete Hashtag WWE GRR card as we know it.
WWE Greatest Royal Rumble Card:
1. WWE Universal Championship Steel Cage Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns
2. WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
3. 50-Man Greatest Royal Rumble Match
4. WWE Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: Seth Rollins (c) vs. The Miz vs. Finn Bálor vs. Samoa Joe
5. WWE United States Championship Match: Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Jinder Mahal
6. Raw Tag Team Championship Match: Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy vs. Sheamus and Cesaro
7. Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The Usos
8. Triple H vs. John Cena
9. Casket Match: The Undertaker vs. Rusev
10. WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Kalisto
This is technically a pay-per-view — the third in less than a month, counting Backlash on May 6 — so we’ve put together a complete rundown of the card, featuring analysis and predictions for all ten matches. We’ll also be here on Friday with a live thread (for anyone not working, I guess) and results (for anyone that is).
Here’s what we think will happen. As a quick note, there’s not a lot of “story” to most of these matches, so please forgive our brevity if we don’t have three dense paragraphs about why the Undertaker’s definitely not spending more than five minutes on Rusev.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Kalisto
What Should Happen: Cedric should definitely retain here, and they shouldn’t be tempted to do an early show title change just because they don’t really care that much about it. Cedric vs. Kalisto could be great, though, even if I still think Mustafa Ali should’ve gotten the spot and the win here.
What Will Happen: That, I think. I just hope they don’t end up on the pre-show again.
Emily Pratt – Cedric retains.
Robby Kalland – Cedric Alexander.
Bill Hanstock – Well, we all sort of assumed this match would be against Mustafa Ali, so Kalisto’s a bit of a surprise, but it’s not like it’s an unwelcome change or anything. They’ll have a good match, and Alexander will get to look strong in retaining before Buddy Murphy skips a meal and ruins his entire life at Backlash.
Scott Heisel – Cedric retains, and we find out if Saudi Arabia cares about cruiserweights or not.
Elle Collins – I love both of these guys, and this will surely be a great match. I’m picking Cedric to win though. He just got that belt after it was vacant for so long, and he needs a decent run with it right now, for the good of both him and the belt itself.