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Reigns set to defend his title in the Royal Rumble.

Mr McMahon makes a very historic change to this year's Royal Rumble match

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The Royal Rumble is one of the most anticipated matches on the WWE calendar, but 2016's version could be one of the most memorable.

In 2015, we saw the superstars booed out of the arena after the crowd in Philadelphia were unhappy with Roman Reigns emerging victorious.

History to repeat itself?

Reigns won last year's event and as the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, he will have to win a second straight one in a row now.

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His current feud with the Authority and Mr McMahon has really exploded now as McMahon has revealed who Reigns will defend his title against at the Rumble.

Rather than facing one man, Reigns will have to face 29 other men in the Royal Rumble as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is on the line.

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Rather than a place in the main event at WrestleMania up for the grabs, the title itself will now be the prize for winning the Rumble.

This marks only the second time in history that the title will be the prize for winning the Royal Rumble and the first since Ric Flair won the title IN 1992.

With the added incentive, there comes added names to the match so genuine contenders for the title are being added.

It all came from a controversial main event on RAW tonight where Reigns defended his title against Sheamus with Mr McMahon as the special guest referee.

It was revealed on tonight's episode of RAW that WWE legend and former champion Chris Jericho will be in this years match.

Coupled with the news that another former champion will make his return to RAW next week in Brock Lesnar, could this become the most star studded Royal Rumble ever?

What will follow

With the Rumble now deciding the champion rather than the challenger, the question is, what will happen between the Rumble and WrestleMania to find a challenger for the WWE World Heavyweight Champion?

If Roman Reigns can win the Royal Rumble for a second year running, who knows who his challenger will be.

To do that though, Reigns will have to become the first man since 1998 to win back to back Rumble matches and will join an elite group that holds just Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin.

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