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WWE stars removed from Royal Rumble matches

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WWE has removed a few stars from the men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches at this upcoming pay-per-view event. For the men’s match, Finn Balor and Kalisto have been removed. Balor will challenge WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar while Kalisto will compete in the WWE Cruiserweight Title Fatal 4-Way Match with Buddy Murphy, Akira Tozawa and Hideo Itami.

Regarding the women’s match, Sasha Banks has been removed. She’ll challenge Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey at this show. Thus, now, there are now 12 open spots for the men's match while 18 spots are left for the women’s match.

The Royal Rumble pay-per-view event takes place on Sunday, January 27, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona at Chase Field. Here is the updated Royal Rumble card:

WWE Universal Championship

Brock Lesnar (Champion) vs. Finn Balor

WWE Championship

Daniel Bryan (Champion) vs. AJ Styles

2019 Men’s Royal Rumble Match

Announced so far: R-Truth (at #30), Rey Mysterio, Mustafa Ali, John Cena, Andrade, Apollo Crews, Elias, Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal, WWE Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods, Jeff Hardy

2019 Women’s Royal Rumble Match

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Announced so far: Carmella (at #30), Zelina Vega, Natalya, Bayley, Ember Moon, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Alicia Fox, Mickie James

WWE Raw Women’s Championship

Ronda Rousey (Champion) vs. Sasha Banks

WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship

Asuka (Champion) vs. Becky Lynch

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship

The Bar (Champion) vs. Shane McMahon & The Miz

WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Buddy Murphy (Champion) vs. Kalisto vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Hideo Itami

WWE United States Championship

Rusev (Champion) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura