How to watch WWE Royal Rumble 2023: where you can catch the big WWE event

WWE Royal Rumble 2023
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The countdown is on for the WWE Royal Rumble 2023, with the frantic wrestling match taking place on January 28 (or on the 29th, depending on where you live). And if you want to see some of the biggest names in wrestling all face off against each other, you're going to need to tune in.

This year's Royal Rumble takes place at the San Antonio Alamodome, a venue which has seen this WWE battle royale event on several previous occasions before. Five matches will take place over the course of the evening, ending in the women's and the men's 30-person royal rumble-style match.

The winner of each bout guarantees themselves a spot at Wrestlemania 39. In fact, the winners of the Royale Rumble each year have reliable track records at going on to win Wrestlemania.

With that in mind, you're probably keen to find out where to watch the WWE Royal Rumble for 2023. Thankfully it's pretty easy to do in the US, UK and anywhere else — just so long as you have an internet connection and don't mind paying.

How to watch WWE Royal Rumble in the US

In the US, Peacock is your one-stop shop for everything WWE, as it's the exclusive streaming partner for WWE content.

That means you can watch the Royal Rumble 2023 if you pay for the $4.99-per-month Premium or $9.99-per-month Premium Plus tier — the latter allows for ad-free viewing if you don't want your experience to be interrupted. The card begins at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT

Peacock also has a large library of WWE content including older Royal Rumbles, documentaries and a host of other live streams.

How to watch WWE Royal Rumble in the UK

In the UK, the WWE Royal Rumble is a little harder to watch, thanks to the card beginning at 1 am UK and running on until the early hours.

You can watch through BT Sport Box Office, where the Royal Rumble costs you £19.95. That's right, this is a pay-per-view event, and you can find it on BT's website here (opens in new tab).

How to watch WWE Royal Rumble in Australia

In Australia, the WWE Royal Rumble takes place at quite a pleasant time: midday on January 29.

Streaming service Binge has exclusive streaming rights to WWE content, including the Royal Rumble, so you need a subscription to that service to watch the matches.

How to watch the WWE Royal Rumble everywhere else

If you're keen to watch the WWE Royal Rumble but you're somewhere the broadcasts aren't easily available, or are traveling abroad, a potential solution to this issue is with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). 

A VPN lets you change your IP address, enabling you to watch shows or sporting events like Royal Rumble from other locations. Our favorite is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), which is the No. 1-rated VPN in the world right now according to our sister site, TechRadar.

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ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to watch what you want from anywhere you want to watch it. 

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How to watch the Royal Rumble pre-show

As well as the main event, WWE is also broadcasting a Royal Rumble pre-show that begins two hours before the main event.

This event is free to watch, so you can get into the spirit of the event if you don't want to pay to watch it, or prepare yourself if you are going to be tuning in.

This pre-show will be live-streamed on the WWE Network YouTube channel, which you can find here (opens in new tab).

Royal Rumble 2023 schedule

  1. WWE Raw Women's Championship Singles match: Bianca Belair vs Alexa Bliss
  2. Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Singles match: Roman Reigns & Paul Heyman v Kevin Owens 
  3. Mountain Dew Pitch Black match: Bray Wyatt v LA Knight
  4. Women's Royal Rumble
  5. Men's Royal Rumble
Tom Bedford
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