Royal Rumble Opening Reimagines Epic Fight Night As Historical Spectacle

WWE’s newly rebranded Royal Rumble opening sequence reimagines the epic spectacle of fight night as a legend. Reimagining a storied history with grand moments from past events and those yet to take place.

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Hyperrealistic statuettes of wrestling talent were hand sculpted and later shaded to look like marble in Maya.

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An enormous and detailed tableau provides the backdrop and pays homage to the structures of ancient kings to those of robber barons during the industrial revolution. A leitmotif of ornamental detailing weaves itself throughout the piece creating a cohesion that culminates with the apex – a ring that all the competitors aspire to conquer.

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For more on how the piece was made, check out the “making of video” video.

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Creative Credits

Project: Royal Rumble Opening Sequence
Client : World Wrestling Entertainment
SVP Production & Graphics: Chris Siciliano
Senior Managing Director: Kevin Callahan
Art Director: Jacques Broquard
Set Supervisor & Designer: Gib Patterson
Modeler: Jeff Lee
Lead Character Sculptor: Hossein Diba
Character Sculptor: Ebrahim Diba
Character Sculptor: Daniel Peteuil
Character Supervisor: Sean Thorpe
Animation TD: Matthew Thurber
Character Animator: Cilian Tung
Motion Graphics Animator: David Durand
Rigger: Hayden McGowan
Lighting TD: Matthew Gleason
Lighter & Compositor: Paul Wei
Lighter & Compositor: Jason Garrison



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