WWE Royal Rumble returning to San Antonio in 2017

UPDATE: In a press release, the WWE has confirmed that the 2017 Royal Rumble will be held at the Alamodome on January 29, 2017. Tickets will go on sale Friday, October 14 at 10 a.m. Central through all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

According to multiple reports, including Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer, the WWE Royal Rumble will return to San Antonio in 2017.

It's the 20th anniversary of the 1997 Royal Rumble in which the main event wasn't the rumble, itself. Breaking tradition, the WWE had Shawn Michaels defend the WWE Championship against Sycho Sid in the main event, which saw Michaels win in front of a hometown crowd at the Alamodome.

No word yet if the event will be held at the Alamodome or the AT&T Center.

Traditionally, WWE pay-per-view events have been held at arenas, with the exception of Wrestlemania, which has been held at football stadiums each of the past 10 years, with AT&T Stadium in Arlington hosting more than 100,000 people this past year.

If the 2017 Royal Rumble is held at the Alamodome, it will likely set a new bar as the most-attended Royal Rumble in history. The 1997 Royal Rumble already holds that distinction with more than 65,000 in attendance, but the WWE had to give about 12,000 tickets away to fill up the venue.

That, however, was a different era. In 1997, the then-WWF was losing the "Monday Night War" to WCW. The Attitude Era hadn't yet begun, although Stone Cold Steve Austin won the Royal Rumble in San Antonio that year.

The Rumble, though, featured "Fake Diesel" and "Fake Razor," a poor decision by WWE to continue to use licensed characters even though the people that originated them (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, respectively) had signed with WCW and formed the NWO (New World Order).

The Alamodome can hold a capacity crowd of 77,000 people for a center-stage concern, so if the Royal Rumble returns to that venue, it will likely set a new attendance record for the event.

Expect Shawn Michaels to be involved in the build-up as the San Antonio native is in incredible shape, as he showed at Wrestlemania in Arlington, and has been part of several storylines since his retirement.

Steve Austin is also likely to be involved. The Austin-born, Victoria-raised superstar won the Royal Rumble in San Antonio and his Broken Skull Ranch is located near Tilden, about an hour south of San Antonio.

(© 2016 KENS)


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