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Daniel Bryan to face The Fiend in strap match at WWE Royal Rumble


WWE has added a stipulation to The Fiend and Daniel Bryan's Universal Championship match at the Royal Rumble.

The Fiend will now defend his Universal title against Bryan in a strap match at the pay-per-view. The stipulation was set up by a challenge that was issued by Bryan on tonight's SmackDown.

Tonight's show opened with an appearance by Kane. As he was cutting a promo about the Royal Rumble, he was interrupted by Bray Wyatt on the video screen. The segment led to the lights going out and The Fiend coming through the ring and trying to attack Kane.

But it was revealed that Kane and Bryan had set a trap for The Fiend. Kane (who was now outside of the ring) asked The Fiend what took so long. Bryan then ambushed The Fiend and hit him with the running knee. He tried to fight with The Fiend, but The Fiend escaped back through the ring. Bryan pulled out one of The Fiend's dreadlocks as he escaped.

In a backstage interview, Bryan challenged The Fiend to the strap match. Bryan said the match was his idea for how to beat someone who disappears every time he's in trouble.

Bryan said one end of the strap would be tied around each of their hands. And while he understood that The Fiend would try to whip the flesh off his body and try to rip his arm out of his socket, Bryan is done with the mind games.

The Royal Rumble is taking place at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on January 26. Here's the updated card for the PPV.

  • Men's Royal Rumble match
  • Women's Royal Rumble match
  • Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch defending against Asuka
  • Universal Champion "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt defending against Daniel Bryan in a strap match
  • SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley defending against Lacey Evans
  • Roman Reigns vs. Baron Corbin in a falls count anywhere match
  • Sheamus vs. Shorty G