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Two more matches confirmed for WWE Royal Rumble


With two additions tonight, the card for the Royal Rumble is now up to seven announced matches.

WWE has announced that SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley will defend her title against Lacey Evans at the pay-per-view. Sheamus vs. Shorty G has also been added to the card for the show.

The SmackDown Women's Championship match was confirmed for the Royal Rumble after Evans defeated Bayley in a non-title match tonight. Evans vs. Sasha Banks had been announced for the episode, but there was an angle where it didn't happen for the second straight week.

Evans attacked Banks and brawled with Bayley backstage until officials separated them. In the trainers' room after, Adam Pearce told Bayley that she would be taking Banks' place in the match.

After Sheamus laid out Gable two weeks ago, there was a backstage interview with Gable on SmackDown tonight. Sheamus interrupted the interview and mocked Gable's height. Gable then attacked him and they brawled until it was broken up.

Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas is hosting the Royal Rumble on January 26. Here's the updated card:

  • 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