WWE is bringing the Royal Rumble back to Philadelphia next year.
Though much of this week's focus is on Sunday's show at the Alamodome, Philly.com broke the news on Thursday morning that the 2018 Royal Rumble will take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event will be held on January 28th of next year.
In addition to the Rumble, the arena will also host three other WWE shows that week, with NXT TakeOver taking place on Saturday, Raw on Monday, and SmackDown on Tuesday. Holding four straight nights of shows in the same city is WWE's plan for their "big four" pay-per-views going forward.
“WWE has enjoyed a very special relationship with the city and its fans over decades, and that important heritage made Philadelphia a very natural choice to host this unprecedented four-night celebration,” WWE’s executive vice president of special events John Saboor told Philly.com. “Our decision to place next year’s Royal Rumble celebration in Philadelphia is truly another exciting and important step in the continued growth of WWE’s four largest annual events.”
Philadelphia was last home to the Rumble in 2015, where the fans were vocal in their opposition of Roman Reigns' win in the main event. The city has been in the running to host WrestleMania in recent years, but lost out to New Orleans for 2018's event.