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Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor set for WWE Royal Rumble


WWE's first Universal Champion is getting another shot at the title.

Finn Balor won a fatal four-way match in the main event of Monday's Raw, becoming Universal Champion Brock Lesnar's new challenger for the Royal Rumble. Balor pinned John Cena to win the fatal four-way match. The finishing sequence saw Cena hit the Attitude Adjustment on Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre give Cena a Claymore Kick, and Balor take out McIntyre with a DDT. Balor then hit the Coup de Grace on Cena to get the win.

Cena got on the microphone after the match and put over Balor. He told Balor that he believes in him and said to give Lesnar hell at the Royal Rumble. The storyline leading into the fatal four-way included Balor saying in a promo earlier in the night that Vince McMahon never believed in him, but the fans do.

Balor also defeated Jinder Mahal on Raw, with Balor's spot in the fatal four-way on the line during their match.

Balor became the inaugural Universal Champion by defeating Seth Rollins at SummerSlam 2016, but he suffered a shoulder injury during the match and had to relinquish the title the next night.

Braun Strowman was originally announced as Lesnar's challenger for the Royal Rumble. Strowman was pulled from the title match at the pay-per-view as part of an angle where he destroyed Vince's limo.

This year's Royal Rumble PPV is being held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona on January 27.