This will be Lesnar’s first WWE Title defense since winning the strap at Saturday’s WWE Day 1 pay-per-view in the Fatal 5 Way main event with Big E, Lashley, Owens and Rollins. The Lashley vs. Lesnar match has been referred to as a dream match by fans for a few years now.
Edge and Beth Phoenix will take on The Miz and Maryse. WWE is billing the match as The IT Couple vs. The GRIT Couple.
Edge has been feuding with The Miz and Maryse for several weeks now. Saturday’s WWE Day 1 pay-per-view saw Phoenix make her return to the storylines, chasing away Maryse and providing a distraction that allowed Edge to defeat The Miz in singles action. The Miz and Maryse then ranted about what happened on tonight’s RAW, but were interrupted by Edge and Phoenix. The Hall of Famers issued a challenge to The A Listers, and Miz accepted but that did not sit well with his wife. The segment ended with Phoenix knocking Maryse down, then Maryse storming off to the back as Miz begged her to relax.
This will be Maryse’s first match since teaming with The Miz for a win over Daniel Bryan and WWE Hall of Famer Brie Bella at Hell In a Cell 2018. Phoenix has not wrestled since the 2020 Royal Rumble. Her last standard match was the Fatal 4 Way for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania 35 in 2019, where The IIconics won the titles from Sasha Banks and Bayley, Phoenix and Natalya, and Tamian Snuka and Nia Jax.
WWE has also announced the first entrants for the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match.
On RAW, Montez Ford, Angelo Dawkins, Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio announce their spots for the 30-Man Royal Rumble. Austin Theory is also confirmed for the Men’s Royal Rumble Match. His spot was announced by WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.
The 2022 Royal Rumble will take place on January 29 from The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. Below is the updated announced card, along with related shots from RAW:
30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Johnny Knoxville, Austin Theory, Rey Mysterio, Dominik Mysterio, Montez Ford, Angelo Dawkins, 24 Superstars TBA
30-Woman Royal Rumble Match
30 Superstars TBA
WWE Title Match
Bobby Lashley vs. Brock Lesnar (c)
The IT Couple vs. The GRIT Couple
Edge and Beth Phoenix vs. The Miz and Maryse