– Bobby Roode and Jinder Mahal have both qualified for the second round of the new United States Championship tournament after winning their first round matches on tonight’s episode of WWE Smackdown Live.
The tournament was announced after Daniel Bryan declared Dolph Ziggler had ‘voluntarily relinquished‘ the United States Championship, and said the new tournament would kick off on tonight’s show.
Bobby Roode defeated Baron Corbin, and Jinder Mahal defeated Tye Dillinger in the two matches that took place tonight. No other participants or tournament details have been announced at this time.
– Tonight’s WWE SmackDown saw Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura and Ruby Riott announce their spots for the Royal Rumble matches at the upcoming Rumble pay-per-view in January. No official word yet on if Ruby’s Riott Squad partners Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan will be in the match but we will keep you updated.
The 2018 Rumble pay-per-view takes place on January 28th from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Below is the updated card coming out of the final SmackDown of 2017:
30-Man Men’s Royal Rumble Match
Elias, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, TBA
Women’s Royal Rumble Match
Asuka, Naomi, Ruby Riott, TBA
WWE Title Match
TBD vs. AJ Styles
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