In the start there is a little segment between Braun Storwman and Vince McMahon where Vince announces that Stowman is not clear for the Universal Title Match at ROYAL RUMBLE. So, as Vinny was speaking John Cena interrupted as he wants an opportunity for the Universal Title along with Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin and lastly Finn Balor. Vince booked a Fatal 4 Way match between them to get a No 1 Contender for the Universal Title.
Match #1: Ronda Rousey & Sasha Banks def. Nia Jax & Tamina – Tag Team Match:
The Match was okaish clearly Sasha Banks was dragging the whole match and in the end Sasha grab Bank Statement on Tamina and she tapped out. This was a nice little match that Sasha carried all the way through, but Ronda also did very well here. Nia and Tamina aren’t bad, but they do leave a lot to be desired.
Winner: Ronda Rousey and Sasha Banks
Match #2: The Revival def. The Lucha House Party:
The “Top Guys” came to Raw in search of some retribution against three of those Lumberjacks, a team with which they have unfinished business. The match was good overall with Dash Wilder knocking Metalik’s boot off the ropes to nullify a pin break and allow the ref to complete the three-count. Clearly, teams turn their backs on The Revival at their own risk, whether they’re in the match or not.
Winner: The Revival
Match #3: Nikki Cross, Bayley & Natalya def. The Riott Squad:
Nikki Cross debut in the main roaster RAW. Tagged along with Bayley and Natalya in a 6 Women Tag Match against The Riott Squad. This was a fun match that gave Nikki Cross a fine debut. Every-one looked strong, especially Cross, who wrestled like she had to prove to herself that she could do it.
Winner: : Nikki Cross, Bayley & Natalya
Match #4: Finn Balor def. Jinder Mahal to keep him out of the Fatal 4-Way to determine Brock Lesnar’s challenger:
Small build up for a face…..
Winner: Finn Balor
Match #5: Bobby Lashley def. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins to become the new Intercontinental Champion (Triple Threat Match):
This was a fine match that had a bit of an awkward start, but it settled into the greatest hits method of wrestling, which worked well for this title match. At one point, Ambrose tried to work with Rollins, but he wouldn’t have it. Lashley winning was the best outcome for this and I hope that means we’ll see Lashley getting more attention from Vince this year.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Match #6: (Main Event) Finn Bálor def. John Cena, Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin to earn the right to challenge Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble Match:
The Match was real good and the performance of every men in the ring was perfect. Cena looked like an idiot with that new Office Space haircut of his especially when you consider that he was wearing the same kiddy shorts and sneakers like usual. Cena should just shave his head bald while wearing red trunks and tape up his hands like a martial arts fighter so he doesn’t look like JBL during his mid-life crisis. McIntyre was the tough man in the match and still Vince favorite 😉 . Baron is a messy performer but yeah he did good in the ring. This was all about Finn and how much he deserves this match with Lesnar, let alone at the Royal Rumble Pay Per View.
Winner: Finn Balor
So, The match card for the Royal Rumble is changed a little Now Finn Balor is Facing Brock Leasner in the Royal Rumble for the Universal Title.