According to a Jan. 26 report from Fansided.com, the worlds of pro wrestling and MMA collide on Jan. 26 as UFC veteran Brock Lesnar battles WWE superstar The Big Show in a key singles bout at the 2014 WWE Royal Rumble in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Lesnar, 36, was recently rumored to be making a return back to the UFC ranks, but that would be quite unlikely if he gets over big with the Pittsburgh crowd on hand for his battle with The Big Show.
The WWE is trying to hype Lesnar for a potential challenge against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 30, and The Big Show is the perfect man to help him gain some momentum.
The Royal Rumble, which kicks off with a WWE Tag Team Championship bout pitting Cody Rhodes and Goldust against The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy, features 30 contestants battling it out for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania XXX.
The event goes down at 8 p.m. at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Penn.
WWE legend Jim Ross says Royal Rumble is a great way for emerging talent to make a name for themselves.
"Every Royal Rumble should elevate multiple talents in a varying number of ways," he said. "Maximize one's minutes and hope that your name's in the playbook or the TV Guide. Who's going to 'break out?' In 2001, that person was Kane, who entered at No. 6 and wasn't eliminated until 54 staggering minutes later. That's mucho minutes of BBQ for a 6-foot-9, 300-plus pound man. Along the way, The Big Red Machine eliminated a record 11 others. Kane turned heads that night with his performance and re-established himself as one of WWE's best all-around talents with a scary IQ."
Following the 30-man Royal Rumble, Randy Orton battles John Cena in a singles match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The winner will only be declared either by pinfall or submission.
Also on the Royal Rumble card, Lesnar fights The Big Show in a singles match, and Daniel Bryant caps the event with a bout against Bray Wyatt.
So far, it has been announced that CM Punk will be first to enter the ring at Royal Rumble, making it highly unlikely for him to win.
There are 10 spots open in the Royal Rumble, so WWE fans should expect plenty of surprise entrances.
Here's a look at the 2014 Royal Rumble contestants announced so far:
- CM Punk
- Alberto Del Rio
- Big E Langston
- The Miz
- Xavier Woods
- Kofi Kingston
- Cody Rhodes
- Rey Mysterio
- Roman Reigns
- Seth Rollins
- Dean Ambrose
- Erick Rowan
- Luke Harper
- Damien Sandow
- Jimmy Uso
- Jey Uso
Here's a look at the lineup set for Royal Rumble 2014:
- Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) - Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
- Royal Rumble Match - 30-Superstar Royal Rumble match for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania XXX
- Champ Randy Orton vs. John Cena - Singles match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
- Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar - Singles match
- Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt - Singles match