There was once a time when the winner of the annual Royal Rumble match would go on to main event the biggest show of the year, but it appears that times have definitely changed.
Fans have spotted a pattern over the past few years since Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble back in 2017 but wasn’t part of the main event of WrestleMania last year that instead saw Roman Reigns take on The Undertaker.
Last year saw the same story as Shinsuke Nakamura won the Royal Rumble and opted to fight AJ Styles at WrestleMania, but their match wasn’t considered to be the main event since Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar instead collided over the Universal Championship in the biggest match of the night.
It appears that WWE has changed up the wording of their pitch ahead of the Royal Rumble match in order to keep with these changes and now reportedly state that the winners will be given a Championship opportunity of their choice and will be part of “one of the main events.”
Wade Keller mentioned on the PW Torch RAW audio earlier today that WWE has switched this up to keep it as vague as possible.
“It’s interesting they’re making very clear the winner of the Rumble gets to face either champion, a champion of their choosing […] and it’s a main event at WrestleMania, not the main event,” he said via Ringsidenews.
This means that whether a superstar wins the Royal Rumble match or not, WWE will have final say on which match main events WrestleMania moving forward and given the fact that there is more than one Rumble each year now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.