Here’s the lineup for the WWE Royal Rumble on January 27th at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. There should be over 40,000 people in attendance at the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball stadium.
The big addition from this week’s Smackdown is that Becky Lynch beat Charlotte Flair and Carmella in a triple threat match to earn a Smackdown Women’s Championship match against Asuka. Lynch is the former champion, but there are no more automatic rematches in WWE, so Lynch had to earn it and that’s what she did.
Lynch went to Twitter to begin the trash talk against her Royal Rumble opponent.
.@WWEAsuka, at the Royal Rumble I’m going to slap that paper plate off your face for cooling down my title. Some people like to rescue animals, but I’m a sucker for titles in distress. https://t.co/maRMrlOnom
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) January 9, 2019
Another Smackdown match added to the show earlier tonight is Miz and Shane McMahon challenging Sheamus and Cesaro for the Smackdown Tag Team Titles. Even though Miz and Shane have only teamed up a couple of times in quick matches, they get the title shot since Miz challenged Cesaro and Sheamus, which led to The Bar duo to say yes.
30 Man Royal Rumble Match (John Cena, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Finn Bálor, Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods, Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, Elias, Jinder Mahal, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Lashley, Andrade “Cien” Almas, Rey Mysterio, Mustafa Ali, R-Truth at #30)
30 Woman Royal Rumble Match (Natalya, Naomi, Bayley, Ember Moon, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan, Alicia Fox, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Zelina Vega, Carmella at #30)
WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman
WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles
Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks
Smackdown Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs. Becky Lynch
Smackdown Tag Team Championships: The Bar – Sheamus and Cesaro (c) vs. The Miz and Shane McMahon
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. fourth competitor TBA
That’s all for now. More updates as they come in the weeks ahead.