WWE officially announced their next pay-per-view event in the form of Royal Rumble 2022, last night. Before the fatal-5-way main event match at the Day 1 PPV event, the WWE commentators plugged in that the second PPV event for the calendar year 2022 will take place inside The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri on January 29.
It should be noted that Royal Rumble 2022 will be held on a Saturday night, just a day before the NFL’s AFC and NFC Championship Games to determine the Super Bowl matchup, to prevent any sort of competitions from the mainstream sporting event. So for two consecutive occasions, a WWE Network Specials will take place on a Saturday night instead of WWE’s original slot of a Sunday. This appears to be another step to WWE moving more into the mainstream genre in the near future.
Jackass star Johnny Knoxville will be heading into the WWE Royal Rumble 2022 pay-per-view event. Knoxville initially took to Instagram to announce that he wants to win the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match later this month. Knoxville also mentioned that he’s not impressed with the current WWE roster, taking shots at the former WWE Champion Big E and WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
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“Training starts today, not that I will need a lot of it because I have seen the WWE’s current roster and it’s laughable to think anyone can throw me over the top rope. LAUGHABLE! I will be channeling my wrestling heroes like @therock, Abdullah the Butcher, and the great Gorilla Monsoon. The way I’m looking at it I am giving myself a %100 chance of winning,” an excerpt from Knoxville’s post on Instagram stated around Royal Rumble 2022.
— WWE (@WWE) January 2, 2022
Knoxville also noted on the Jackass World Twitter account that winning the Royal Rumble 2022 Match is one of his New Year’s Resolutions for 2022. WWE then aired Knoxville’s video during the inaugural Day 1 pay-per-view, and seemingly confirmed him for the pay-per-view scheduled for later this month. The movie star also appeared to be the first confirmed participant of the upcoming melee.
Knoxville’s Royal Rumble 2022 appearance appears to be another promotional crossover for the Jackass Forever movie, which will be released on Friday, February 4. Knoxville previously appeared on the December 10 edition of SmackDown on FOX.