The plans for the Royal Rumble announcement have been revised for a preview special of WWE Backstage.
On tonight’s SmackDown it was announced that the preview special will now reveal the wrestlers who enter the men’s Royal Rumble match at number one and two. There will also be a WWE Backstage Exclusive match between Natalya and Tamina on the Preview Special, with the winner being ranked number 30 in the Women’s Royal Rumble match.
The preview special was originally scheduled to feature the first and second entrants for the women’s Royal Rumble match and the 30th entrance for the men’s Royal Rumble match.
The WWE Backstage Royal Rumble Preview Special is airing on FS1 at 8 pm Eastern time on Saturday night. It is hosted by Renee Paquet, Booker T and Paige and will also feature “exclusive Fox guests and interviews”.
This will be the first episode of WWE Backstage as the show’s weekly production ended in June of last year. At the time it was noted that the show could return for special episodes surrounding major WWE shows.
The WWE Backstage Preview Special will also air again on FS1 at midnight eastern time and Sunday at 5pm, which is the day of the Royal Rumble.