TJR WWE News 01/02/18: Smackdown Lineup Tonight, Updated Royal Rumble Card

The first edition of WWE Smackdown Live takes place tonight in Orlando, which is a city where a lot of WWE talent lives because that’s where the Performance Center is. Here’s what is advertised for the show from

– AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn in a non-title match

Styles lost to Owens non-title last week. I don’t think Styles should lose non-title again, but this is WWE and they love doing that. I think Zayn might win to set up Styles vs. Owens vs. Zayn for the WWE Title at the Royal Rumble although the Raw guys are doing a triple threat match already.

– The Usos vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin for the Smackdown Tag Team Titles

A title change is possible simply because WWE loves booking title changes like on last week’s Raw. I also think the Rusev/English team (who are about to become faces if they aren’t already) is catching fire, so having the heel team of Gable/Benjamin winning the gold and then dropping the titles to Rusev/English shortly after makes sense. I love The Usos as champions too, so if they hold on that’s fine too.

– There will be two matches in the US Title tournament: Xavier Woods vs. Aiden English and Zack Ryder vs. Mojo Rawley as the Hype Bros continue to explode, brother.

I think the finals will be Jinder Mahal over Bobby Roode, so these results don’t matter that much. I’ll pick Woods and Rawley, though.

That’s four matches. The other part of the preview just mentions that wrestlers will declare for the Royal Rumble, which isn’t that exciting.

There’s also WWE 205 Live tonight at 10pmET on WWE Network with Hideo Itami facing Jack Gallagher.


Updated Royal Rumble Lineup

The Royal Rumble takes place on Sunday, January 28. Three matches that we know of at this point.

Men’s Royal Rumble match with 30 competitors – The names announced so far are John Cena, Finn Balor, Randy Orton, Elias and Shinsuke Nakamura.

Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. Kane vs. Braun Strowman

Women’s Royal Rumble match with 30 competitors – The names announced so far are Asuka, Natalya, Ruby Riott, Naomi, Paige, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, Sasha Banks and Bayley.

I think Asuka will be taken out of the Rumble match and she’ll win the Raw Women’s Title from Alexa Bliss at the Rumble.

More names will likely be announced on Smackdown tonight.



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