Finn Balor defeated John Cena, Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin in a Fatal 4-Way Match during last night’s episode of Monday Night RAW to become The New #1 Contender for Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal Title. Balor, The First-Ever WWE Universal Champion, will get his title shot at The WWE Royal Rumble PPV Event.
As previously reported, Braun Strowman was removed from The WWE Universal Title Match at the upcoming WWE Royal Rumble PPV Event with WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar earlier in the show after an angle with WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. The segment saw Strowman destroy Vince McMahon’s limousine, not knowing who it actually belonged to. Strowman had been searching for Corbin, who was hiding in the limousine. Vince originally fined Strowman $100,000 but Strowman argued with him and said that the limousine wasn’t worth that much. Vince then removed Strowman from The WWE Universal Title Match at Royal Rumble because Strowman argued with him and got loud with him. There is no official word yet on why Strowman was pulled but it is likely due to the elbow injury he recently underwent surgery for. @Wrestlevotes Official Twitter Account recently reported that Strowman is still not 100% healed from the injury.
The 2019 WWE Royal Rumble PPV Event takes place on January 27th from Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Below is the updated card coming out of last night’s RAW:
WWE Universal Title Match
– Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Finn Balor
WWE Title Match
– Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles
RAW Women’s Title Match
– Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks
SmackDown Women’s Title Match
– Asuka (c) vs. Becky Lynch
SmackDown Tag Team Title Match
– The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro) (c) vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon
WWE Cruiserweight Title Match (Fatal 4 Way Match)
– Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Kalisto vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Hideo Itami
30-Woman Royal Rumble Match
– Carmella (at #30), Naomi, Zelina Vega, Natalya, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Ember Moon, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Alicia Fox & Others TBA
30-Man Royal Rumble Match
– R-Truth (at #30), Rey Mysterio, Mustafa Ali, John Cena, Andrade “Cien” Almas, Apollo Crews, Elias, Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal, WWE Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods, Jeff Hardy & Others TBA
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