Paul Heyman talks about how Brock Lesnar will destroy Goldberg, describing the outcome using a multitude of adjectives. Goldberg interrupts him and asks Heyman if Lesnar was going to actually do anything. He asks Lesnar to face him. Lesnar circles the ring and steps inside.
Heyman says that Goldberg could come up against Randy Orton, Braun Strowman or even The Undertaker at the Royal Rumble match. He then says that depending on the draw Goldberg could even come up against The Beast Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar then comes out.
Goldberg proceeds to talk about the Royal Rumble, with the cut on his head still bleeding. He says that he will stop at nothing to win the Royal Rumble. Paul Heyman comes out and talks about the possibilities inside the Royal Rumble.
Cedric Alexander is interviewed backstage. He talks about beating Neville tomorrow. Alicia Fox interferes and screams at Cedric. She says that Cedric would never achieve anything without her. Cedric then pushes Dar down after Dar asks him if they were "good".
After the match, Dar calls out Neville, referring to him as not a king but a "jester" instead. Neville responds by coming out. Neville then gets halfway into the ring as Swann continues to challenge him. Neville retreats but Swann connects with a Suicide dive and puts Neville into the ring. Neville slides out and manages to leave.
Back from the commercials, Swann has the upper hand as he lands a series of clotheslines on Dar and ends up connecting with a knee to Dar's face. Dar gets on the middle turnbuckle and sits on the top one as Swann takes him out with a somersault move.
Swann then connects with a Rich Kick on Dar and pins him for the win.
Swann ends up kicking Dar in the face as Alicia screams at him. Back in the ring, just as Swann is about to enter, Dar kicks him in the face. Dar goes for the pin on Swann but Swann kicks out. We cut to commercials.
The two shake hands as Rich Swann starts off strong by taking Dar down with a Hip toss. After a series of high flying athleticism displays, Swann takes Dar out with a double dropkick. He then attempts to go for a topa suicida but Dar hides behind Alicia.
Sasha hits Nia Jax with her crutch and ends up using her own momentum against her to take Nia Jax out to the ringside. Sasha then proceeds to jump on Nia from over the top rope and taunts her as she exits.
After the match, Nia Jax dedicates her victory to the recently deceased career of Sasha Banks and then she goes on to talk about how Sasha Banks has fallen from grace. Sasha Banks interrupts her trash talking and walks to the ring with a crutch.
Back from commercials, Kevin Owens is informed that not only will Jericho be suspended above the ring at Royal Rumble during his match against Roman Reigns but the match will also be a no disqualification match.
Jericho and Owens are irate and storm out angrily after Owens complains about unsafe working conditions. The two call for the match to be cancelled.
Before Owens could lock the cage in, Reigns comes to and smashes Owens' head against the cage. He then does the same with Jericho. Reigns then puts Owens inside the cage and locks him in. The cage gets raised, Jericho tries to hold on to it but Reigns hits him with a Superman punch.
Jericho kicks out of the pin attempt and Roman Reigns subsequently connects with the Superman punch. Before Reigns could do anything else, Kevin Owens interferes and proceeds to beat Reigns down. Owens gets the cage lowered and puts Reigns inside of it.
Reigns gets the upper hand and sets up for the Superman punch. Jericho ends up dropkicking Reigns yet again and pins him. Reigns kicks out. Jericho goes for the Codebreaker but Reigns ends up powerslamming him to the mat instead.
Reigns connects with a series of clotheslines on Jericho. Jericho counters a running Reigns with a boot to the face. Jericho then tries to pin Reigns but it gets broken due to Reigns being too close to the ropes.
After Reigns powers out, Jericho connects with a double drop kick. Jericho then gloats and slaps Reigns as Reigns gets up and connects with a couple of uppercuts. Jericho reverses the momentum and heads to the top turnbuckle but Reigns connects with another uppercut. Jericho pushes Reigns away and dives on to him but Reigns connects with yet another uppercut.
Back from the commercials, Chris Jericho has the upper hand on Roman Reigns as he beats Reigns down and attempts a pin. Reigns kicks out. Jericho then locks in a choke and Reigns struggles to power out. Meanwhile, Kevin Owens has joined the commentary.
The match begins and Reigns immediately hits Jericho with an uppercut. He then tosses Jericho outside and drives him into the barricades. Owens tries to distract Reigns but Reigns continues the offence as he drives Jericho into the apron and then into the barricade. Reigns then connects with a drive-by and confronts Owens at ringside as we cut to commercials.
Enzo is the legal man in the ring as Braun Strowman tags himself in. After a brief burst of energy by Enzo, Braun takes out Enzo and pins him for the win. Big Show interrupts Braun's celebration by making his entrance.
Cass unleashes a torrential barrage of offence on Jinder. The match sprawls into an all out brawl as Enzo gets tagged in and connects with a Badaboom Shakalaka on Jinder. A pin attempt goes awry as Big E connects with a Belly to Belly suplex on Titus O'Neil. Kofi eventually takes all his opponents out at ringside with a suicide dive.
Jinder tags Titus O'Neil in. Titus slams Kingston down and then holds him in a bear hug. Kingston fights out of it. Titus ends up slamming Kingston down but ends up being taken out of the ring by his own momentum. Strowman throws Titus back in the ring. Cass and Jinder get tagged in.
We come back from commercials as the match is underway with Kofi Kingston and Rusev in the ring. Kofi beats Rusev down. Rusev drives him into their corner and tags Jinder Mahal in. Jinder punches Kofi down , bounces off the ropes and connects with a knee to Kofi's face.
Titus gets into the ring and says that there was an 8-man tag team match between Big Cass, Enzo and The New Day vs. the four people on the other side. Xavier Woods says that while everybody would like to see Lana in the match, he wanted to know who was the actual 4th person on the opposing team. Titus points to the titantron as Braun Strowman comes out. We cut to commercials.
Rusev calls Big E and Big Cass "Big Goofs" and says that he didn't understand why they had to put "Big" against their names. Rusev then says that he was handsome but he didn't add "Handsome" in front of his name to show that.
New Day get interrupted by Enzo and Cass' entrance. Cass says that he was going "187" at the Royal Rumble and announces that he would be entering the Royal Rumble. He then gets interrupted by Rusev's entrance. Rusev comes out with Jinder Mahal and Lana by his side.
The New Day make their entrance, giving out Booty O's on their way to the ring. Xavier Woods says that New Day would win the Royal Rumble and main event Wrestlemania. He adds that they would become the Universal Champions.
Nese attempts to go for a springboard moonsault but Perkins moves out of the way. Mustafa Ali gets tagged in by Perkins and Gulak is tagged in by Nese. Mustafa Ali completely dominates Gulak in the ring and pins him as Daivari and Nese interfere. Gallagher and Perkins end up knocking them out with kicks.
Perkins starts off with some high flying offence and connects Gulak in a submission hold but Gulak throws him away. he then tags Tony Nese in. Nese starts beating down Perkins right away. Perkins tries to go on the top rope but Nese takes his legs out from under him and drops him on the mat. Nese then connects with a Gutbuster and puts Perkins in a leg-scissors submission hold.
Gulak and Gallagher start things off as Gulak gets slammed to the mat. Gallagher vertically suspends himself atop the top turnbuckle and the back and forth continues as Gallagher tags Perkins in on his way out as he's thrown by Gulak.
Seth Rollins is seen walking backstage, clearly angry at what just went down. He questions Mick Foley, Mick Foley says that Stephanie or "Someone" was in touch with the production. Seth Rollins storms off as Mick Foley promises to find out who did this.
Seth Rollins is clearly out of the Royal Rumble match.
Zayn hits Rollins with an Enziguri and another Suplex. He then goes for the Helluva kick off the apron but Rollins counters by catching him in a pedigree. The pedigree connects on Zayn (on the apron) as Rollins recovers outside the ring.
Rollins then comes back into the ring and tries to go for the pin. Triple H's music starts playing in the arena as Rollins gets distracted. He then realises it was a ruse to distract him and tries to go back to Zayn. Zayn rolls him up and gets the win. Sami Zayn is now officially in the Royal Rumble.
Rollins runs back into the ring and hits Zayn, who is still on the top turnbuckle. Rollins, after recovering for a moment, tries to set Zayn up for a pedigree off the top rope. Zayn fights back and powers out of it. Zayn then connects with a Sunset Flip powerbomb. Zayn pins Rollins but Rollins kicks out.
Rollins and Zayn get into a back and forth punchout but Rollins connects with a knee to the face of Zayn. He then sets Zayn up for a pedigree but Zayn powers out of it and connects with a DDT instead. Zayn then goes for the Helluva kick but Zayn moves out.
Zayn ends up tossing Rollins out of the ring after Rollins tries to go for another Pedigree. The referee starts counting Rollins out as Zayn takes to the top turnbuckle yet again.
Rollins kicks Zayn a couple of times and goes for a Falcon Arrow. Zayn reverses it and gets out of it. Rollins connects with a superkick and pins Zayn. Zayn kicks out. Rollins connects with the Falcon Arrow and pins Zayn again, Zayn kicks out yet again.
Zayn takes to the top rope but Rollins runs up to catch him. Zayn pushes him away but Rollins avoids the dive. Rollins then connects with a Blockbuster on Zayn off the top rope and pins him, Zayn kicks out.
Rollins punches Zayn but Zayn kicks him away and connects with a flying crossbody. Rollins reverses it into a pin attempt but Zayn kicks out. Michinoku driver by Sami Zayn connects as he pins Rollins yet again but Rollins kicks out.
Back from the commercials, Sami Zayn and Seth Rollins are battling it out in the ring as Rollins pushes Zayn to the turnbuckle. Rollins then attempts a flying knee but Zayn moves out of the way. Zayn connects with a Blue Thunderbomb and pins Rollins but Rollins kicks out.
Zayn tries to go for a dive through the ropes and runs to bounce off the ropes to gather momentum. Rollins quickly gets into the ring and spears him down. Zayn gets out of the ring and this time its' Rollins who ends up hitting Zayn with a topa suicida/suicide dive instead. We cut to commercials.
Rollins gets back up and starts punching Zayn. Zayn retaliates by taking Rollins down and punching him instead. Rollins reverses the momentum by doing the same back to Zayn but Sami punches him, causing Rollins to roll out of the ring.
After locking horns again. Rollins tries to go for another wrist lock but Zayn ends up twisting Rollins' arm. Rollins jumps in an attempt to get out of it but Zayn reverses it into a pin attempt. Rollins kicks out this time.
The two lock fists as Rollins gets Zayn in a side headlock. Zayn tries to fight back and pushes Rollins to the ropes. Rollins bounces off and shoulder-tackles Rollins to the mat. Rollins rolls Zayn up again but Zayn kicks out.
Sami Zayn comes out next to kick off the match. The two lock horns in the middle of the ring, before Rollins gets a wrist lock on Sami Zayn. Zayn tries to get out of it but Rollins keeps it locked in. He then rolls up Sami Zayn for a pin. Zayn kicks out.
Foley then informs Rollins that if Sami Zayn won he would take Rollins' spot in the Royal Rumble, adding that he didn't agree with the stipulation but that's how Stephanie McMahon wanted it to be. Rollins says that he understood what was going on, that we would beat Sami Zayn and that he would also exact his revenge against Stephanie's husband (Triple H)
Seth Rollins is backstage with Mick Foley. Foley informs Rollins that he was going to face Sami Zayn next. Rollins asks why was the match being made when they were teammates just last week. Foley says that it was probably to emphasise the "every man for himself" aspect of the Royal Rumble.
Stephanie McMahon then says something to Mick Foley after Zayn exits. The phone was taken off speakerphone by Foley for this message. Foley says that he didn't agree with whatever Stephanie was saying but that he would do it. We cut to commercials.
Backstage, Mick Foley is talking to Stephanie McMahon on the speakerphone. Sami Zayn walks in and asks Foley how he should go about announcing his entry into the Royal Rumble. Stephanie McMahon interjects and says that Zayn would have to earn his way into the match and that he would be facing Seth Rollins for the same.
Sheamus does end up punching Gallows after all, as the referee is distracted by Cesaro. Back in the ring, Cesaro locks in the sharpshooter on Gallows. Gallows taps out but the referee is distracted by Karl Anderson, who runs in, takes out Sheamus and attempts to get into the ring, distracting the referee in the process.
During the commercials, Anderson got involved in beating down Cesaro but Sheamus chased him out. Gallows attempts a pinfall but Cesaro kicks out. Gallows then tries to go for a vertical suplex but can't get Cesaro up despite multiple attempts. Cesaro reverses it and connects with a vertical suplex of his own.
Gallows Irish whips Cesaro and hits him with a Big Back-body drop. Cesaro makes it back into the match and connects with an uppercut. Anderson distracts Cesaro momentarily, allowing Gallows to regain momentum with a big boot to Cesaro's face. Gallows then pins Cesaro but Cesaro kicks out. We cut to commercials.
Gallows and Cesaro kick off their singles match. An uppercut from Cesaro sees a pin attempt from him on Gallows. Gallows kicks out in two, Cesaro then slams Gallows down to the mat and ends up trying to pin him again. Gallows kicks out yet again.
A flashback to last week is shown when Gallows and Anderson almost won the Tag Team titles but the match had ended in a disqualification. Gallows and Anderson make their entrance as a promo poster for the Royal Rumble kickoff show is displayed. A match between Gallows/Anderson and Sheamus/Cesaro will be taking place on the kickoff show with two referees being assigned to the match.
Cesaro makes his entrance, draped in a suit. Sheamus comes out next. Cesaro tears off his suit as a part of the entrance. The two don't seem to be having differences anymore as they fist-bump each other and walk towards the ring for their match.
Roman Reigns walks out to the ring to a mixed ovation of cheers and boos, for the first time in a while without a championship belt around his shoulder. The shark cage is in the middle of the ring.
Roman Reigns talks about his match at the Royal Rumble and says that since Chris Jericho would be suspended above the ring in the shark cage, he will be defeating Kevin Owens to become the Universal Champion.
Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho come out. Owens calls Roman Reigns delusional and accuses him of having an over-active imagination. Owens then reminds Reigns of what him and Chris Jericho did to him last week. Owens then says that Reigns had been putting people through tables and it was now his turn to get it back. Owens says that he will be the one to defeat Reigns conclusively.
Reigns says that Owens will be the one to get humiliated in front of the whole world.
Jericho interjects and says that Roman Reigns should stop with the predictions and that it was "hilarious" when he beat Reigns with the Codebreaker and won the United States Championship.
Chris Jericho then says that being suspended over the ring like a "very sexy Pinata" would stop him from beating Roman Reigns down. Roman Reigns asks the crowd if Jericho just gave him a rematch, the crowd responds with resounding "Yes" chants. Jericho looks bewildered but Kevin Owens says that he had "got this".
Owens then tells Reigns that if he wanted a rematch for the US Championship, he just got it. Chris Jericho looks distraught but Kevin Owens hypes him up. Reigns closes the segment by saying that he would beat Jericho and that Owens was next. Reigns then says that he was "The Guy", something Owens would never be.
Goldberg already accomplished the insurmountable feat of pinning Brock Lesnar in less than two minutes at Survivor Series. Therefore, it’s not hyperbole to state that he’s an – if not the – odds-on favorite to win this year’sRoyal Rumble Match.
Yet before he faces The Beast Incarnate and 28 other game Superstars – including The Undertaker and the hulking Braun Strowman – Goldberg will make one last stop on Monday Night Raw, live in Cleveland. Will any of his Royal Rumble Match opponents succumb to the Spear before entering the Alamodome?
Will more Royal Rumble Match participants be revealed?
In the Royal Rumble Match, it will be friend vs. friend, foe vs. foe, every man for himself. But just who remains to be revealed as a competitor in the 30-Superstar melee? We’ve just learned that Raw Tag Team Champions Sheamus & Cesaro will enter the fray, as will SmackDown LIVE’s demented Wyatt Family, but more spots remain unclaimed.
Just six nights before the over-the-top-rope extravaganza guarantees one intrepid Superstar a chance at immortality in WrestleMania’s main event, Raw will no doubt play host to more revelations. How many more Superstars will announce their place in the Royal Rumble Match?
How will Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn attain retribution?
Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn not only suffered defeat at the hands of WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, U.S. Champion Chris Jerichoand Braun Strowman in this past Monday night’s six-man main event; all three fan-favorite Superstars were left battered at the hands of their foes after the bell, with The Prizefighter’s powerbomb to The Big Dog through the announce table serving as a sickening punctuation mark to the brutality.
Reigns, Rollins and Zayn are down, but they certainly aren’t out. Expect payback against Owens, Jericho and Strowman this Monday night in Cleveland, less than one week before Owens defends the WWE Universal Title against Reigns while Jericho hangs above the ring in a shark cage at Royal Rumble.
What’s going through Alicia Fox’s mind?
You don’t just “break up” with Alicia Fox. She breaks you right back. AfterCedric Alexander spurred Alicia’s advances this past week, Fox threw a tantrum on WWE Network’s 205 Live, and then looked on as Noam Dar andDrew Gulak double-teamed Alexander. As a result, the hobbled Alexander would lose his bout with The Human Torture Device, much to Dar’s – and perhaps Alicia’s – delight.
Speaking of The Scottish Supernova, Dar’s attempt at using Alexander’s loss to curry favor with Alicia earned him a surprising slap across the face, but something tells us the creepy Cruiserweight didn’t exactly mind the abuse. What tangled web is Alicia weaving, and who will ultimately be caught in it?
Can Bayley’s poetic prophecy come true?
Bayley is a lifelong member of the WWE Universe, and her incredible passion for sports-entertainment is undeniable. Yet, this past Monday night, Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair saw fit to use The Huggable One’s longtime devotion to WWE against her, claiming that Bayley is “an average fan” and even going so far as to mock Bayley’s childhood poetry.
However, The Queen’s cruel mind games didn’t seem to faze Bayley all that much, who revealed some new poetry about her Raw Women’s Championship Match against Charlotte at Royal Rumble:“You've called me a child/And you say I don't deserve to walk down that ramp/Well, in two weeks, you can call me/Your new Women's Champ!”