It was the twenty-seventh annual Royal Rumble, the first to be held in the city of Pittsburgh and the first WWE pay-per-view in 2014.The event featured four professional wrestling matches and one pre-show match, two of which were for championships.
20 wrestlers were officially advertised for the match where the winner would receive a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestle Mania XXX.The remaining 18 wrestlers advertised were Alberto Del Rio, Rey Mysterio, Tag Team Champions Goldust and Cody Rhodes; Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston, Kofi Kingston, The Miz, R-Truth, Xavier Woods (who eventually did not participate), Fandango, United States Champion Dean Ambrose and his Shield teammates Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns; The Wyatt Family's Luke Harper and Erick Rowan; Damien Sandow and The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso); Bad News Barrett was originally advertised but later removed from advertisements.The main event was the Royal Rumble match, a battle royal in which wrestlers enter the ring at regular intervals.Batista won by last eliminating Roman Reigns to become a two-time Royal Rumble winner.The event received 467,000 buys, down 8.8% from the 512,000 buys for the previous year's event.
As is tradition at this yearly event, the card was highlighted by the 30-man Royal Rumble match - a battle royal with wrestlers entering at 90 second intervals.
On the December 30, 2013 episode of Raw, a seemingly beaten-down Bryan announced he would join the Wyatt Family.
However, on the January 13, 2014 episode of Raw (after Bryan and Bray Wyatt were defeated by The Usos in a steel cage match), Bryan betrayed Wyatt and attacked him, culminating with Bryan hitting his flying knee finishing maneuver on Wyatt.
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When the show first premiered, it was broadcast from the Manhattan Center in New York.