Sheamus usually does well in Royal Rumble matches, but I think Cesaro will probably be used as a chew toy for one of the giants in the match, which is too bad. At Roadblock, defeated in overtime of a 30-minute to win her fourth , as well as ending their long feud. Reigns later retained the United States Championship against Owens after Rollins attacked an interfering Jericho. However, as replays showed that Charlotte had her shoulder up before the three count, Charlotte had Bayley's win struck from the record the following week; Charlotte faced Bayley in another non-title match, but this time with as guest referee, who gave a fast three count to give Charlotte the victory. Some waiting periods will probably last longer than 90 seconds because why not? The following week, Strowman was scheduled to face Reigns at on March 5, and Jericho retained the United States Championship against Zayn.
Reigns and Rollins attacked both by performing Double Powerbombs on Jericho and Owens through broadcast tables. James Ellsworth seems like perfect fodder for someone like Goldberg, Lesnar, Strowman, or Undertaker. Also on Raw, Bayley, Cesaro, and Sheamus teamed up to face Charlotte Flair, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson in a six-person mixed tag team match where Bayley pinned Charlotte. On the January 24 episode of SmackDown, won a 10-man battle royal to qualify for the match. Enzo and Cass defeated Cesaro and Sheamus on the February 20 episode to become the number one contenders at Fastlane. On the January 2, 2017 episode, Bayley defeated Nia Jax due to a distraction by Sasha Banks to become the number one contender for the Raw Women's Championship at the Royal Rumble. In the end, Charlotte performed a Natural Selection on Bayley onto the ring apron and pinned her to retain the title.
Reigns performed a Superman punch on Owens, causing Owens to fall through chairs stacked outside the ring, which was followed by a powerbomb through an announce table to Owens. Chris Jericho also faced Sami Zayn in a non-title match and lost. Wyatt tried to maintain peace between his family, but Harper attacked Wyatt and Orton. Sheamus and Cesaro went to work on Gallows in the corner as they traded tags. Mark Henry is pretty much a requirement for this match if the goal is to. If a were to have won, they would have had a choice at which championship to challenge for. Headline by the likes of The Undertaker, Goldberg, and Brock Lesnar, you know this Rumble is going to be massive.
Goldberg appeared the following week and accepted Lesnar's challenge. Also on the card, retained the against in a , retained the against , and defeated for the. Maybe Shelton Benjamin is a better fit for that spot this year. The following week, Rollins faced Strowman in a rematch, ending in a double countout. On the January 17 episode, Styles faced The Miz with Cena on commentary. After the match, appeared and attacked both Swann and Perkins, turning. On the January 2 episode of Raw, defeated Cesaro.
One flying crossbody later, Cesaro covered Anderson for a 2-count. Brock Lesnar entered as the twenty-sixth entrant, executed F5s on Orton and The Miz, and eliminated Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose the twelfth entrant , Dolph Ziggler the twenty-fourth entrant , and the twenty-seventh entrant. A match between the two teams for the titles with two referees was scheduled for the Royal Rumble pre-show. Backstage the following week, Charlotte and Nia attacked Bayley and Sasha and later defeated them in a tag team match. I have no clue what to say about Mojo Rawley. On the January 17 episode of SmackDown, stated that he, , and would enter the match. Raw General Manager Mick Foley then scheduled the match, which ended in no contest when Reigns interfered and attacked Strowman.
The following week, Cena and Styles had a face-to-face confrontation about their Royal Rumble match. Next, Cesaro and Sheamus defended the Raw Tag Team Championship against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson with two referees assigned to the match. Bliss came out, not to accept the challenge, but to insult Naomi. Sheamus then got tagged back in and he was all over Gallows. Later that night on Raw, challenged The New Day for one of their spots. The following Raw, Neville attacked Swann before his match with Nese, and Nese joined Neville in the attack.
This continues until all 30 Superstars have entered the bout. On 205 Live, Neville defeated Swann in a non-title match, and proceeded to attack Swann again. Owens and Jericho attempted to put Reigns in the shark cage, but Reigns retaliated and locked Owens in it, had it lifted above the ring, and then performed a Superman Punch and a spear on Jericho. After the first referee was accidentally knocked out by Sheamus, another referee came out and called the winning pinfall for Gallows and Anderson. Reigns again defended the United States Title, this time in a against both Jericho and Owens. After the match, Owens powerbombed Reigns through a broadcast table.
The winner of the massive melee, now in its 30th year, will go on to challenge for a World Championship in the main event of WrestleMania this April. Triple H showed up and called out Rollins. We got new Raw tag-Team Champions Cesaro attempted two pin attempts early in the match on Karl Anderson. The two then had a match with Ziggler's title shot on the line, but it ended in a double count-out. Cena then defeated Corbin the following week. This resulted in Owens turning on Jericho on the February 13 episode and hospitalizing him. The following week, Sheamus defeated.
You can bring someone new in or return someone from injury and you never know who is going to win. On the January 16 episode, Cesaro and Sheamus defended the Raw Tag Team Championship against Gallows and Anderson. Afterwards, it was announced that the match at Royal Rumble would be a. However, the original referee reversed the decision and made it a disqualification win for Gallows and Anderson, thus Cesaro and Sheamus retained the titles. Goldberg and Brock Lesnar are on a collision course for a potentially headlining rematch at WrestleMania 33, and for that match to have appropriate main event stakes, it would make sense for one of those men to win the Royal Rumble match. Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, Natalya Naomi pins Bliss. Styles performed a Phenomenal Forearm on Cena for a near-fall.