The Royal Rumble is a professional wrestling pay-per-view event, produced every January by WWE, a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut.The event was created in 1988, with its inaugural event taking place on January 24, 1988 at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario. The event however was not a pay-per-view but was originally shown as a television special on USA Network. The following year’s event was the first Royal Rumble pay-per-view event. The first Royal Rumble match was won by Jim Duggan. The event’s main feature is a Battle Royal-type match, entitled the Royal Rumble. The pay-per-view is a part of WWE’s “Big Four, along with WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series. The Royal Rumble has been classified as being one of WWE’s most popular pay-per-view events.
Professional wrestling is a non-competitive professional sport, where matches are prearranged by the promotion’s writing staff, and is also considered an athletic performing art, containing strong elements of catch wrestling, mock combat, and theatre. Each PPV event features several professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers are portrayed as either villains or heroes in the scripted events that build tension and culminate into a wrestling match or series of matches.
The Royal Rumble is scheduled the weekend before the NFL’s Super Bowl is played. Usually, WWE has had the luxury of hosting this popular PPV while the NFL has a bye week before the Super Bowl game, which can translate into more revenue for WWE while avoiding competition from football for viewership. Expeptions to this rule were in 1991, 1994, 2000 and 2003, where the Royal Rumble took place at the same day as the NFL’s Conference Championship games (2002 is also an exception but the Royal Rumble overlapped the NFL’s Divisional Playoffs that year)