As the calendar flips to a new year, the wrestling world buzzes with anticipation for WWE's Royal Rumble 2024. In a dramatic reveal during the WWE 2024 Preview Special on Peacock, "WWE Raw" superstars Shinsuke Nakamura and Becky Lynch have officially thrown their hats into the ring for the iconic Royal Rumble matches.
They join an elite list of wrestlers, including CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Nia Jax, and Bayley, marking an early yet formidable lineup for this prestigious event.
Rumble Rivalries Intensify
Nakamura and Lynch aren't just any entrants; their participation is steeped in rich narratives and rivalries that promise to elevate the stakes of the Royal Rumble.
Nakamura, known as the "King of Strong Style," has been locked in a heated feud with Cody Rhodes. His declaration for the Rumble came with a bold proclamation, echoing Rhodes' own words by vowing to "finish his story," a nod to his unfulfilled quest for the WWE Championship since his 2018 Royal Rumble victory.
This rivalry has been simmering since November, when Nakamura launched a surprise attack on Rhodes following his Rumble announcement. The tension is set to escalate in their upcoming rematch on the January 8 episode of "Raw," a follow-up to their December clash that ended controversially.
Becky Lynch, a fan-favorite and trailblazer in women's wrestling, brings her own compelling story to the Royal Rumble. Her recent loss to Nia Jax on "Raw," which left her injured, is reminiscent of their infamous 2018 encounter where Jax broke Lynch's nose.
This setback only fuels Lynch's determination, as she recalls her triumphant return in the 2019 women's Rumble, leading to her historic double championship victory at WrestleMania. Lynch's resilience and quest for redemption add a gripping layer to her Royal Rumble journey.
Set to take place at the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on January 27, this year's Royal Rumble is already shaping up to be an event brimming with intense rivalries, personal vendettas, and high-stakes drama. As more superstars join the fray, fans can expect a thrilling spectacle that only WWE can deliver, where careers are made, legends are born, and the road to WrestleMania begins.