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Roman Reigns (L) will have to fight against the Big Show and 28 other WWE stars in order to retain his World Heavyweight Championship title.IANS

One of the most anticipated fights in the WWE any year is the Royal Rumble match. The wait for the fans is nearly over, as the big match will get going on Sunday evening at the Amway Centre in Orlando, Florida.

WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon had promised Roman Reigns that he will not leave Royal Rumble as the World Heavyweight Champion, which led to the Royal Rumble fight turning into the title match, with Reigns having to overcome 29 other superstars in order to retain his crown.  

The rules of this match are unique. There will be no pin or tap out, with the fighters having to throw their opponents over the top rope of the ring. The superstar who stands in the ring in the end will be considered the winner of the Royal Rumble fight. 

Along with the main fight, several other bouts have also been announced. The New Day and The Usos will face each other in a Tag Team Championship match. 

Superstar Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens will lock horns in a Last Man Standing match for the Intercontinental Championship. 

Calisto will have to face the big Alberto Del Rio in the United States Championship match.

And finally, Charlotte and Becky Lynch will take on each other in a Divas Championship match. It will be interesting to see whether Charlotte retains her championship title againsy Lynch on Sunday.

Apart from the these four fights, a kick-off Fatal Fourway Tag Team match has also been announced. In this match, The Dudley Boyz, The Ascension, Jack Swagger and Mark Henry, and Darren Young and Damien Shadow will battle each other. The winning team of the Fatal Fourway Tag Team match will get an entry into the Royal Rumble match.

Meanwhile Triple H fans will be excited, as the veteran announced his return to the ring for the Royal Rumble match. The fans are also expecting Randy Orton to make an entry.

Royal Rumble 2016 match participants so far

Roman Reigns, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Sheamus, Chris Jericho, Stardust, Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan, Luke Harper, Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, Big Show, Curtis Axel.

(More names will be announced via Wild Cards during the match).

WWE Royal Rumble 2016 Match Card:

Kick-off Match – Fatal Fourway Tag Team Match: The Dudley Boyz vs. The Ascension vs. Jack Swagger and Mark Henry vs. Darren Young and Damien Sandow. 

1. Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day (c) vs. The Usos

2. Last Man Standing Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Kevin Owens

3. United States Championship Match: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Kalisto

4. Divas Championship Match: Charlotte (c) vs. Becky Lynch

5. Royal Rumble Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship 

Venue: Amway Centre, Orlando, Florida. 

Date: 24 January, Sunday.

Timings: 8pm local time (ET), 6:30 am IST and 1 am GMT.

TV listings: Ten Network (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal & Bhutan), Sky Sports 3 (UK) and USA Network (USA) will broadcast WWE Royal Rumble 2016 on 24 January, Sunday (Monday morning in the Indian subcontinent).

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