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Braun Strowman out of Universal title match at WWE Royal Rumble


Braun Strowman is out of the Universal Championship match at the Royal Rumble.

Monday's episode of Raw featured an angle where Baron Corbin interrupted Strowman at the start of the show. It led to Strowman chasing Corbin and Corbin running away. Corbin hid in Vince McMahon's limo, Elias told Strowman where Corbin was, and Strowman destroyed one of the limo's windows and doors.

In storyline, Vince said he was fining Strowman $100,000. Strowman told Vince the limo wasn't even worth that much, and Vince punished Strowman by taking away his Universal title shot against Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble. Strowman then tipped over the limo.

Vince announced that there will be a fatal four-way match later on Raw to decide Lesnar's new challenger for the Royal Rumble. It will include John Cena, Drew McIntyre, Corbin, and either Finn Balor or Jinder Mahal. There will be a match between Balor and Mahal to determine the final wrestler in the fatal four-way.

Ahead of the angle on Raw, Dave Meltzer wrote about Strowman no longer being in the Universal title match at the Royal Rumble: "It will be reported that it is due to an injury by others. It is not. It was always the plan and we'll explain that on tonight's show if it happens based on how it is explained."

Royal Rumble 2019 is taking place at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona on January 27.