It's the last weekend of January, which means it's time for an annual BHGP tradition: The Royal Rumble liveblog. Festivities began at 7:00 on pay-per-view, but Iowa basketball had to go and play for more than two hours, so we're starting a bit late. For the uninitiated, the Royal Rumble is a full-on PPV extravaganza that culminates in the Royal Rumble match, an over-the-top-rope battle royal which starts with two participants and adds another participant every couple of minutes until everyone is in the ring. Traditionally, there were 30 men in the Rumble. Last year, it jumped to 40. It was supposed to return to 30 this year, but WWE has been blatant in their announcement that "every Superstar is eligible" so the actual number of participants is unclear and could include actual sitting champions.
A couple of things:
1. This is the first step on the "Road to Wrestlemania" so they're going to have the hypnotic sign in the rafters as always. There will be a lot of staring and pointing by winners tonight. Be forewarned.
2. CM Punk is facing Dolph Ziggler, which might make the internet implode.
3. Chris Jericho is back, he's wearing a light-up jacket, he's definitely in the Royal Rumble match, and he's promising tonight will be the end of the world as we know it. I don't know about you, but that makes me feel fine.
4. No kidding on this one: No illegal streams in the comment section. We know they're out there, but you can't share them here. Publishing an illegal stream is an automatic banhammer. Also, all other normal open thread rules apply.
There are a lot of questions to answer: Who will win the Triple Threat Match for the Heavyweight Championship? Who's going to take the Rumble? Which commenter is going to throw a hissy fit about how we cover professional wrestling more than college wrestling and cancel their account? Tune in and find out!