Murphy will defend the title in a Fatal Four Way Match and the opponents will be determined via qualifying matches in the coming weeks.
Next week’s 205 Live will feature the following qualifying matches:
– Kalisto vs. Lio Rush
– Drew Gulak vs. Akira Tozawa
The January 9th episode will feature the following qualifying match:
– Cedric Alexander vs. Hideo Itami
The winners of the three matches listed above will compete in the Fatal Four Way Championship match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
WWE Universal Championship
Brock Lesnar (Champion) vs. Braun Strowman
Men’s Royal Rumble Match
Participants announced: R-Truth, Drew McIntyre
Women’s Royal Rumble Match
Participants announced: Carmella
Other matches that seem likely for the show but have not been announced yet:
SmackDown Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch (Champion) vs. Asuka
Raw Women’s Championship
Ronda Rousey (Champion) vs. Charlotte Flair
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Buddy Murphy (Champion) vs. TBD vs. TBD vs. TBD
The 2019 Royal Rumble will emanate from Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ.