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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

WWE Royal Rumble 2018

WWE Royal Rumble 2018

History Of WWE Royal Rumble - The card will comprise of matches resulting from scripted storylines that have results predetermined by WWE on both the Raw and SmackDown brands.
Storylines are produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, and 205 Live, the latter of which is cruiserweight-exclusive.
As is tradition, the card will be highlighted by the 30-man Royal Rumble, in which the winner will earn a world championship match at WrestleMania 34 for their brand's top championship: Raw's Universal Championship or SmackDown's WWE Championship. The event will also host the first-ever 30-woman Royal Rumble, in which the winner will earn a women's championship match at WrestleMania 34 for their brand's top championship: the Raw Women's Championship or SmackDown Women's Championship.
Should a free agent win either match, they would have a choice at which championship to challenge for.

On the December 18, 2017 episode of Raw, Elias was the first wrestler to announce his participation in the men's Royal Rumble match. The following week on SmackDown, Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura announced their participation. On January 1, 2018, free agent John Cena and Raw's Finn Bálor announced their participation in the match on Twitter and Raw, respectively.
This was followed by Baron Corbin's announcement the next night on SmackDown. The following Raw, Matt Hardy, Samoa Joe, and Bray Wyatt announced their participation in the match. However, Joe injured his foot in a match against Rhyno later that night, which ruled him out of the WWE Mixed Match Challenge and the Royal Rumble match. The next night on SmackDown, Rusev and Aiden English announced their participation, followed by Apollo Crews and Titus O'Neil the next week on Raw. The next week just prior to Raw 25, The Miz announced his participation on Twitter followed by Tye Dillinger and The New Day the next day on Twitter and SmackDown, respectively.
After Survivor Series, several women from NXT were promoted to the main rosters of both Raw and SmackDown. On the November 20, 2017 episode of Raw, Paige, who had been out with an injury since June 2016, returned along with the debuts of NXT's Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, forming the heel group Absolution, while similarly on the November 21 episode of SmackDown, NXT's Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan debuted and formed the heel group The Riott Squad. On the December 18, 2017 episode of Raw, with a larger roster of women on the main rosters, Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon scheduled the first women's Royal Rumble match for the 2018 Royal Rumble, with the winner receiving a match at WrestleMania 34 for their brand's top championship: the Raw Women's Championship or SmackDown Women's Championship. Both brands' respective commissioners and general managers agreed that the women's match would have all of the same rules as the men's match, including having 30 participants. Naomi became the first to announce her participation, followed by Asuka, Natalya, Riott, Sasha Banks, Bayley, all three members of Absolution, Carmella, Lana, Tamina, Morgan, Logan, Mickie James, Nia Jax, Becky Lynch,[ Alicia Fox, and Dana Brooke. Due to a neck injury, however, Paige was removed from the match

On the October 16, 2017 episode of Raw, Kane returned from a ten-month hiatus and helped Braun Strowman to defeat Roman Reigns in a steel cage match. Kane was then added to Strowman's team at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in the 5-on-3 handicap Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. During the match, Strowman accidentally hit Kane with a chair, which caused Kane to later turn on him and crush him in the back of a garbage truck; their team ultimately lost.
 Strowman returned on the October 30 episode, and the two feuded over the next several weeks, leading to a match on the December 11 episode to determine the number one contender against Brock Lesnar, who Kane had never faced, for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble, but the match ended in a double countout. Raw General Manager Kurt Angle then decided that Lesnar would defend the title against both Kane and Strowman in a triple threat match at the event.
 Kane tried to bargain with Strowman to team up on Lesnar, but Strowman refused. Lesnar's advocate Paul Heyman said that although Lesnar could lose the title without being pinned, he was not afraid of the challenge. On the January 8 episode, Kane attacked Lesnar from behind, followed by an attack from Strowman. After laying Kane and Lesnar out backstage, Strowman knocked over a lighting rig and crushed both. Lesnar was taken to a medical facility while Kane refused medical attention. Due to his actions, Strowman was removed from the triple threat match and fired by Angle. Strowman went on a rampage backstage, including destroying Angle's office and flipping over a tractor. Before he could do anymore damage, Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon rehired Strowman, putting him back into the Universal Championship match at the Royal Rumble

At Clash of Champions, SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan both refereed a tag team match pitting Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn against Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura, where Owens and Zayn would be fired from WWE if they lost. During the match, there was controversy between Shane and Bryan, which resulted in Bryan giving a fast count for Owens and Zayn to win. Tensions between them continued over the next couple of weeks. On the final SmackDown of 2017, Bryan scheduled Owens to face WWE Champion AJ Styles in a non-title match in the main event, much to the disapproval of Shane, who felt that Owens should not be in the main event, or facing the WWE Champion. That match ended when Zayn interfered, allowing Owens to win. The next week, Zayn would then defeat Styles in another non-title match after interference from Owens. Enraged at back-to-back losses, Styles requested a handicap match against Owens and Zayn, which Bryan granted and scheduled for the Royal Rumble with the added stipulation that Styles would defend the WWE Championship against both men. On the January 9 episode of SmackDown, Styles revealed that although it was unfair, he was confident that he would win; Owens and Zayn interrupted and claimed that they would become the first-ever co-WWE Champions. Shane sympathized with Styles, but stood by Bryan's decision. He then put Owens and Zayn in a handicap match that night against Styles, Randy Orton, and Shinsuke Nakamura. Owens and Zayn were disqualified after Owens used a chair, but Shane restarted the match under no disqualification rules and the two lost. On the January 23 episode of SmackDown, Styles defeated Owens by submission, but lost to Zayn.

On the December 18, 2017 episode of Raw, Seth Rollins' tag team partner and Shield mate Dean Ambrose was injured by Samoa Joe, following a six-man tag team match that pitted Ambrose, Rollins, and Jason Jordan against Joe and Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus. The following week, despite both wanting to take on Joe to avenge Ambrose, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle instead had his (storyline) son, Jordan, and Rollins team up to face Cesaro and Sheamus for the Raw Tag Team Championship; Jordan and Rollins defeated Cesaro and Sheamus to win the championships, marking Rollins' third reign, Jordan's first reign, and making Jordan the first Superstar to hold the Raw Tag Team, SmackDown Tag Team, and NXT Tag Team Championships. After the former champions confronted Angle about their contractual rematch, Angle scheduled it for the Royal Rumble. On the January 15 episode, Jordan caused a distraction, allowing Titus Worldwide (Apollo Crews and Titus O'Neil) to again defeat Cesaro and Sheamus in a rematch from the previous week, which Rollins disapproved of as he did not like Jordan acting on his own. Cesaro and Sheamus would try and return the favor during Rollins' match against Finn Bálor, but it backfired, resulting in Rollins winning, and Cesaro and Sheamus brawling with Bálor Club members, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, at ringside.

At Clash of Champions, The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) retained the SmackDown Tag Team Championship in a fatal-four-way match against Rusev and Aiden English, The New Day's Big E and Xavier Woods, and Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin. On the following episode of SmackDown, Gable and Benjamin got a clean win over The Usos in a non-title match, and they were awarded with a championship match on the first SmackDown of 2018, where they defeated The Usos to initially win the titles after pinning Jimmy Uso; however, Jimmy Uso was not the legal man, and thus the match was restarted and The Usos retained their championships. The following week, Gable and Benjamin confronted SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan over the incident. After questioning if they should have to defeat The Usos twice in the same night, Bryan decided that at the Royal Rumble, The Usos would defend the SmackDown Tag Team Championship against Gable and Benjamin in a two-out-of-three-falls match. On the January 16 episode, Gable and Benjamin attacked The Usos during a backstage interview and vowed to win the titles. On the January 23 episode, Gable defeated Jey Usos.


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