• WWE announced an additional championship match for the Royal Rumble PPV. It was supposed to be the culmination of the United States Championship tournament on that night. The series of seven matches commenced on Smackdown Live following an announcement from Daniel Bryan.

    After the Clash of Champions PPV, Dolph Ziggler decided to vacate his US title and walked away from the blue brand. To crown a new champion, the general manager of the show gave the opportunity to some of the deserving candidates of Smackdown who has the capabilities to hold the title.

    A bracket was revealed that suggested the final will get conducted on the first dual-brand PPV of the year 2018. But, this was changed, all of a sudden on the January 16th edition where we saw not only the semi-finals but also the last match that gave us a new champion in the form of Bobby Roode.

    It was previously rumored that the final match would get preponed which turned out to be true. Cagesideseats.com came up with the potential reason behind this decision by the creative team which was a rushed one. According to the source, timing issue was the major factor for Royal Rumble. Hence, this one was shifted.

    There will be four total number of matches on the Royal Rumble show alongside not one but two Royal Rumble matches. Hence, this would consume big times leaving fewer times for one additional title match. Check out the updated match card for the first PPV of 2018,

    Triple Threat for the WWE Universal Title
    Kane vs Braun Strowman vs Brock Lesnar

    2-on-1 Handicap Match for the WWE Title
    Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens vs AJ Styles

    RAW Tag Team Title Match
    Sheamus and Cesaro vs Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan

    2 of 3 Falls for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles
    Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin vs. The Usos

    It is to be noted that the other mid-card title from WWE Raw, i.e. the Intercontinental Title’s fate was also decided on the show itself rather than the Royal Rumble match. Despite Roman Reigns being the champion, the officials did not give him singles match on this major PPV due to timing issues.

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