- We go live to Cleveland. Roman Reigns is out first to kick off the show. Reigns enters the ring and has a mic in hand. The shark cage Chris Jericho will be placed in at the Royal Rumble this Sunday is in the middle of the ring. “In six days the Royal Rumble rolls through the Alamodome.” Reigns talks about over 40,000 people going nuts and in the middle of that storm will be Jericho locked inside a shark cage. He predicts he will be the one holding the WWE Universal Championship over his head this Sunday.
WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens interrupts and has something to say.
Kevin asks Roman if he is okay because he sounds delusional. Maybe there is something that happened that has confused you. Last week, he did something that Roman had coming for a long time. For years, you have been power bombing people through that announce table. From Seth Rollins, to Kane, to John Cena, to Daniel Bryan, and even the Undertaker. How many can say they single handedly power bombed Roman Reigns through that table. The answer to that question is ONE. Only one, and Kevin says he is the one.
Roman says that Kevin is about to be the one who is about to get his ass whipped in front of the world and his best friend.
Chris says that Roman is making a lot of predictions and he asks if Roman is Nostradamus. He says that Roman is a stupid idiot. Chris says it is a laugh for Roman that he will be hanging above the ring like a salami in a deli. What was hilarious was him hitting a Codebreaker a few weeks ago to become the United States Champion. Chris says that even though he will be hanging above the ring at the Royal Rumble, today is not Sunday and nothing is stopping him from knocking those chiclets down your throat and teaching you another lesson.
Roman wants to know if Chris was giving him a rematch. He says that Chris should teach him a lesson and give him a rematch tonight.
Kevin says he has this. You want a United States title rematch tonight? You got it. Kevin tells Chris he is going to beat him. He tells Roman not to plan any post match celebrations because Kevin says he has a strong feeling, maybe a psychic vision, that Roman Reigns will be in that shark cage.
Roman says he has a feeling that he is going to win the United States Title in Cleveland and he will beat Kevin at the Royal Rumble for the Universal Title. He says he is something that Kevin will never be... THE GUY. We go to commercial.
- We are back we are also told that Sheamus and Cesaro will defend the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson on the Royal Rumble Kickoff show this Sunday night. Two referees will be assigned to the match as a result of what went down last week on RAW.
Cesaro (with Sheamus) vs. Luke Gallows (with Karl Anderson)
Cesaro catches Gallows with a corkscrew springboard uppercut early. Cesaro showed his power lifting Gallows off the mat and powering him back down. Gallows with a high back body drop on Cesaro. Anderson with a distracting allowing Gallows to hit a big boot. Back to commercial.
Back live, Cesaro connects with a big vertical suplex on Gallows. Cesaro with big uppercuts to Gallows in the corner. Cesaro somehow pulls off a tornado DDT from the corner. Gallows pushes Sheamus at ringside. Sheamus stops himself from hitting Gallows to avoid a DQ. Cesaro catches Gallows with a boot on the ring apron. Sheamus with a clothesline to Gallows on the outside with the referee distracted. Cesaro gets a Sharpshooter applied on Gallows back inside the ring. On the outside, Anderson takes out Sheamus with a big kick. Gallows is tapping with the referee distracted by Anderson. Gallows breaks free and levels Cesaro with a superkick and a facebuster off his shoulder. Gallows gets the pinfall.
Winner: Luke Gallows
Mick Foley is talking to Stephanie McMahon on a speakerphone. She is surprised Foley granted Roman Reigns a rematch for the United States Championship. Sami Zayn interrupts and wants a word with Foley apologizing to Stephanie. Zayn wants to know when he will be formally announced for the Royal Rumble match. Foley is about to grant it when Stephanie interrupts and tells Sami he has to defeat Seth Rollins tonight to earn his spot. Stephanie wants to be taken off speakerphone. Foley says he will deliver the message to Seth even though he doesn’t want to do it. We go to commercial.
- We are back and it is time to go to pre-recorded interviews with Bayley and Charlotte.
Corey asks Bayley to tell him what word best describes her match on Sunday. She says 'WOW'. She has always wanted to be a WWE Superstar. She worked small venues in the San Jose area and now she is in the WWE. Corey asks why does Charlotte use her fandom as a negative. Bayley says that is what got her to this point and it brought her some of her best memories. Memories with her dad and brother. Watching her favorite matches. Now her brother and dad get to watch her wrestle for the Raw Women's Championship. She is asked what does it mean to be seen as a role model. She says she is just Bayley. She remembers the feeling when she was on the other side of the barricade and a wrestler would interact with her. The people in the crowd make her feel that she can do anything. Corey asks if Bayley can win on Sunday. Bayley says a lot of people don't think she can do it. She is not Charlotte Flair. They have trained together and wrestled in the Performance Center. She has two victories over Charlotte and she will beat her again on Sunday.Backstage:
Mick Foley talks with Seth Rollins and talks about getting off the phone with Stephanie McMahon. Foley said she wanted to inform him that he has a match next against Sami Zayn. He brings up this will be Sami’s qualifying match for the Royal Rumble, but adds that if Sami wins he doesn’t just get a spot in the Rumble, he takes Seth’s spot. Foley adds he doesn’t like it. Rollins isn’t blaming him and says he will win this match tonight and go on to win the Rumble so he can throw it in Triple H’s face.
Sami Zayn vs. Seth Rollins
If Sami Zayn wins, he takes Seth Rollins’ spot in the Royal Rumble Match
Rollins works on the left arm of Zayn early. Rollins slows Zayn down with a side headlock, shoulder tackle and roll up for a two count. Now Zayn starts to work on the left arm of Rollins. Rollins with a big elbow to Zayn. Zayn with a tackle and right hands to Rollins. Rollins mounts Zayn and gets in rights of his own. Zayn with a big clothesline. Rollins cuts off a suicide dive catching Zayn with a shot inside the ring. Rollins tosses Zayn out of the ring and then connects with a suicide dive of his own. Back to commercial.
We are back and Rollins with a top wrist lock. Zayn with punches and an Irish whip. Rollins is sent to the apron and connects with an enzuigiri. Zayn avoids the springboard knee to the temple and Zayn with a Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall. Rollins runs into an elbow from Zayn and Zayn with a boot and a cross body but Rollins rolls through and gets a near fall. Zayn with a Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Zayn goes up top and Rollins leaps to the turnbuckles and goes for a superplex but Zayn pushes Rollins off. Rollins goes to the turnbuckles and hits a Blockbuster for a near fall.
Rollins with knees to the midsection and he goes for a suplex but Zayn lands on his feet and gets a rollup. Rollins rolls through and hits a super kick for a near fall. Rollins with a Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Rollins picks up Zayn and connects with a forearm. Zayn fires back. They go back and forth with Zayn gaining the advantage. Rollins with a jumping knee followed by Slingblade. Zayn escapes the Pedigree attempt and Zayn with a tornado DDT. Rollins moves when Zayn tries for the Helluva Kick. Zayn with a back body drop that sends Rollins over the top rope to the floor.
Zayn goes up top and Rollins with an enzuigiri and Zayn is groggy on the turnbuckles. Rollins goes for a modified Pepsi Plunge but Zayn with forearms as he escapes the hold. Zayn with a sunset flip power bomb for a near fall. Zayn goes for the half nelson suplex but Rollins with an enzuigiri. Zayn with an exploder into the turnbuckles and Zayn sets for the Helluva Kick and Rollins goes to the apron. Zayn sets for the Helluva Kick on the apron but Rollins with a thrust kick and Pedigree on the apron but Rollins falls to the floor. Rollins pushes Zayn into the ring and Triple H's music plays.
Rollins forgets that he is in a wrestling match while no one comes to the ring. Zayn with an inside cradle for the three count.
Winner: Sami Zayn
After the match, Zayn rolls out and celebrates. Seth Rollins is not happy. Rollins leaves the ring and heads up the ramp very angry.
- We are told that Shawn Michaels will be on the Kickoff Show and we see footage of HBK winning the Royal Rumble at number one. We go to commercial.
We are back and Seth Rollins is looking for 'him'. He wants answers. Mick Foley says he did not know. He says it may not have been Stephanie but someone talked to someone in production. Seth says it is a conspiracy. Mick says he will get to the bottom of it.
- We have a video package about Mustafa Ali.
Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak, and Tony Nese versus Jack Gallagher, Mustafa Ali, and TJ Perkins
Gallagher and Daivari start things off but Gulak is tagged in. Gallagher with a side head lock take down. Gallagher with a headstand on the turnbuckles and he floats over. Gallagher with a side head lock. Gallagher slides to the floor and tags in Perkins who hits a springboard cross body. Perkins with an octopus. Gulak with a head butt to the midsection and a boot. Nese tags in and he runs into the corner but Perkins floats over and hits a neck breaker. Perkins with a shoulder to Nese and a thrust kick to Daivari on the apron. Nese kicks Perkins on the turnbuckles and then hits a gutbuster and punches Perkins. Nese with a body scissors.
Gulak and Ali tag in and Ali with a head scissors and kick. Gulak with an Irish whip and he runs into the turnbuckles but Ali moves. Ali with a kick and a slingshot rolling neck breaker. Perkins and Gallagher take care of Daivari and Nese. Ali goes up top for the inward 450 splash and the three count.
Winners: Jack Gallagher, TJ Perkins, and Mustafa Ali
- The New Day are in the back as we go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and The New Day make their way to the ring and they feed the fans Booty-Os. They talk about being rudely interrupted the last few weeks on RAW. Woods talks about how New Day is going to win the Royal Rumble and become your W…W…E… Universal… interrupt time.
Out comes Enzo Amore and Big Cass. Cass says he is officially entering the Royal Rumble match this Sunday. Interruption time again.
Rusev, Lana and Jinder Mahal are out next. Rusev calls Big E and Big Cass “big goofs.” He wonders why they have to put “big” before the name. A loud “USA” chant breaks out. Rusev says this isn’t about USA and instead about stupid names. He announces he is also officially entering the Royal Rumble match.
Here comes Titus O’Neil. Xavier Woods lets out a loud, “Oh my god.” Titus doesn’t want to come out here to cause any trouble. He points out how he isn’t in the Royal Rumble match. Big E cuts him off with a, “Hold up sucka!” He says Titus promised to never annoy them again. Big E says nobody cares. This sets up a four man tag team match tonight. Woods wants to know who will join Titus, Rusev and Mahal. Out comes Braun Strowman. Back to commercial.
Titus, Rusev, Strowman and Mahal vs. The New Day and Enzo & Cass
The match is joined in progress and Kofi with a cross body on Rusev for a near fall. Kofi with a punch but Rusev with a boot and he sends Kofi into the turnbuckles. Jinder Mahal tags in and he punches Kofi and hits a back elbow. Jinder with a leaping knee drop for a near fall. Titus tags in and kicks Kofi. Titus with a slam for a near fall. Titus with a bear hug. Titus keeps Kofi from going through his legs to make the tag and he sends Kofi face first to the mat. Titus barks and he knocks Big E off the apron. Titus goes over the top rope to the floor. Strowman throws Titus back in and Jinder is tagged in.
Colin tags in and he connects with a boot and punches in the corner. Colin with a biel and a Stinger splash into the corner and a running boot. Enzo tags in and they hit the Rocket Launcher but Titus breaks up the cover. Big E with a belly-to-belly suplex to Titus and he sends Rusev to the apron> Rusev with a knee to Big E when he goes for the spear. Colin with a boot to knock Rusev off. Kofi with a plancha onto everyone on the floor.
Enzo with a rollup for a near fall followed by an enzuigiri. Strowman tags in and it makes Enzo go crazy but Strowman with a shoulder that spins Enzo. Strowman picks up Enzo but Enzo with punches and a boot in the corner. Enzo comes off the turnbuckles but Strowman catches him and hits a running power slam for the three count.
Winners: Braun Strowman, Rusev, Titus O'Neil, and Jinder Mahal
After the match, Big Show's music plays and he makes his way to the ring to confront Braun Strowman. Strowman looks at Big Show across the ring from him and Strowman walks away. Big Show and the New Day then show up at the announce table. Show tells everyone that he is back. We go to commercial.
WWE United States Championship
Chris Jericho (c) vs. Roman Reigns
We get ring introductions for the challenger Roman Reigns and champion Chris Jericho.
The bell rings and Reigns with a shot early on Jericho. Reigns sends Jericho to the outside and sends him right into the ring barricade. Reigns catches Jericho with a drive by dropkick against the ring apron as Owens looks on at ringside. Commercial Break.
We are back and Jericho chokes Roman in the ropes and Jericho with a splash to the back as Owens makes his way to the announce table to join on commentary and torment Byron Saxton. Jericho with a reverse chin lock. Roman with punches but Jericho with a drop kick for a near fall. Jericho kicks Roman in the midsection and slaps him in the ead. Jericho with more slaps and Reigns is not impressed. Roman with a punch but Jericho with a kick. Reigns sends Jericho over the top rope and Jericho goes up top and Reigns with an uppercut. Jericho comes off the turnbuckles and is met with an uppercut from Reigns.
Reigns with clotheslines followed by a flying clothesline. Reigns runs into a boot from Jericho and Jericho tries to roll up Reigns but Reigns gets to the ropes. Jericho with kicks. Reigns with a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Reigns looks around and he punches the mat but Jericho with a drop kick for a near fall. Jericho sets for the Codebreaker but Reigns blocks it and he sends Jericho into the corner. Reigns has Jericho up for a power bomb and hits it but Jericho kicks out.
Owens gets up from the announce table and Reigns sets for a spear but Jericho with a leap frog. Reigns with a Superman punch and Owens enters the ring and attacks Reigns. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Roman Reigns (by disqualification)
After the match, Owens continues the attack on Reigns and they call for the shark cage to be lowered. Reigns is put in the cage and Owens is about to lock it but Reigns sends Owens into the cage and he does the same to Jericho. Reigns kicks Owens and then Reigns kicks Jericho and Owens is put in the cage and Reigns locks it. The cage is lifted above the ring and Jericho tries to climb on but Reigns with a Superman Punch. Reigns with a spear to Jericho. We go to commercial.
We are back with and Owens is finally lowered to the ring and Jericho helps him out of the cage. Owens and Jericho attack the cage door. Charly Caruso walks up and informs them that the WWE Universal Championship match this Sunday at the Royal Rumble will now be under No DQ rules along with Jericho being placed inside the shark cage above the ring. Kevin yells about how Jericho is being put in a shark cage while being afraid of heights and now he has to defend his title against someone he beat in a No Disqualification Match. Owens demands the match be cancelled and then he attacks the cage door some more.
- It is time for comments from Corey's interview with Charlotte earlier today.
Charlotte is asked about what it means to defend her title on Sunday. She says her earlier memory is watching her father win the 1992 Royal Rumble. Her family dominates the Rumble. Bayley's family watches from the couch. She will surpass her legacy on Sunday. Charlotte admits she grew up privileged. Her dad made a phone call. Is there anyone in the WWE complaining. She says she is the greatest in WWE history. Bayley is lucky to be here.- Nia Jax walks in the back as we go to commercial.
Corey asks Charlotte about her attempts to embarrass Bayley. Charlotte says she did not intend to embarrass her. She wanted the WWE Universe to know who they are getting behind. Bayley was the face of NXT. Charlotte says you do not look at her title. She is the Queen of Pay Per View. Charlotte says Bayley is not in the same league as her.
Corey mentions that Bayley is confident. Charlotte says every eye in the Alamodome will have their eyes on her. She will hand the title belt to the referee, knowing she will get it back after the match. She will punish Bayley for thinking she can compete with her. Charlotte says she will continue to be the franchise player while Bayley is just a fan.
Nia Jax vs. Ray Lynn
Nia sends Ray into the turnbuckles and hits a splash and then does a seated splash. Nia gets the three count and that's all.
Winner: Nia Jax
After the match, Nia takes the mic and she says she wants to dedicate her match to the deceased career of Sasha Banks. She was your champion last month but now she is nowhere to be seen. ESPN should do a 30 for 30 documentary. She says that now that she broke the boss... Sasha Banks comes out with a crutch and her knee in a brace.
Sasha hits Nia in the foot with the crutch and then she enters the ring and hits Nia with the crutch. Nia charges at Sasha and Sasha drops down and Nia goes through the middle rope to the floor. Sasha with Meteora onto Nia.
- Rich Swann walks in the back as we go to commercial.
- We are back and Emmalina is coming... at some point... possibly.
Rich Swann vs. Noam Dar (with Alicia Fox)
Swann with an arm wringer and a hip toss. Swann flips over Dar and hits a drop kick. Swann sets for a dive to the floor but Dar puts Fox in front of him. Swann with a back heel kick to Dar from the apron. Swann sends Dar back into the ring and Swann gets distracted by Fox and Dar with a drop kick and he gets a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Dar wtih a chin lock but Swann with punches. Swann with flying clotheslines and a back heel kick. Swann with a double stomp to the back and then he runs into a boot from Dar. Swann with a jumping rana. Swann with a spinning back heel kick for the three count.
Winner: Rich Swann
After the match, Swann wants to know where Neville is. He says you call yourself a king, but you are a jester. We don't have to wait until Sunday. He yells for Neville to come out.
Neville makes his way to the ring and he puts one foot in the ring but he goes to the floor. Swann with a suicide dive and Neville is sent into the ring but he goes to the floor. A referee holds Swann back.
- We see Goldberg's door, what will the man behind the door say? We go to commercial.
We are back and Cedric Alexander is in the interview area. He is asked about his match against Neville tomorrow night. Cedric says this is an opportunity to show who he is. His goal is to be the Cruiserweight Champion.
Alicia Fox and Noam Dar stop by and Alicia screams and says that Cedric will be nothing without her. Noam says he will always be a winner as long as he has Alicia with him. He wants to know if there are any hard feelings since he stole her girlfriend. Cedric says no hard feelings about Alicia but you attacked him last week so he pushes Noam down.
- We have a second match on the Kickoff Show because Nia Jax will face Sasha Banks.
In the Arena:
Bill Goldberg makes his way to the ring through the back and he is on a mission based on his pace.
Bill says we all know the path to the WWE Universal Champion runs through the Royal Rumble Match. This Sunday in San Antonio, there will be 29 other competitors who will be gunning for the same thing he is gunning for. That is to earn an opportunity at Kevin Owens or Roman Reigns. He will stop at nothing to earn that Universal Title. If it means he has to spear and jackhammer 29 people on Sunday, that is what he will do.
Bill tells the 29 guys in the back...
Paul Heyman interrupts and he introduces himself. He says he was compelled to come out to address Mr. Goldberg's observations. Paul says they should rename the Royal Rumble Match as 'The Royal Rumble Match... Imagine the Possibilities' Imagine the dream scenarios in the ring. You could see Goldberg versus Randy Orton. You could see Bill Goldberg versus Braun Strowman. You could see Bill Goldberg versus one of the surprises they pull out of their tuchuses. You could see Bill Goldberg versus the Undertaker. Or, depending on the luck of the draw, you could see Bill Goldberg versus the Beast, the Conqueror, the Goldberg Eating Carnivore BROCK LESNAR!
Brock's music plays and he makes his way onto the stage.
Paul tells Goldberg to behold the object and instrument of your demise. This Sunday in the Royal Rumble match, you will be beaten, victimized, emasculated, embarrassed, eviscerated, humiliated, and conquered. Then and only then will you be thrown over the top rope and eliminated. Eliminated not by anyone on the roster, you shall be eliminated by your subjagator.
Bill asks if he is going to come to the ring or sit there like a dumbass. Lesnar walks to the ring and Paul tries to stop him. Brock gets on the apron and he enters the ring.
A gong sounds and the lights go out. The lights come back on and The Undertaker is in the ring staring at Brock Lesnar and Goldberg! The crowd goes crazy in Cleveland as the show comes to a close.
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