Last night on SmackDown Live, WWE continued building on the Royal Rumble pay-per-view booking another great championship match for the show on January 28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Before SmackDown on Tuesday night, WWE had booked four match for the Royal Rumble so far. These include the men’s and women’s matches of Royal Rumble, the final match of the tournament for the United States Open Championship, and the triple threat match between Brock Lesnar, Kane and Braun Strowman for the Universal title.
Before SmackDown Live came off the air, Daniel Bryan booked a shocking WWE Championship match for the Royal Rumble, a match inspired by the verbal frustration of AJ Styles after his main event in the show against Sami Zayn.
AJ Styles had a match against Zayn in the main event of SmackDown, and Bryan, Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens were ringside to watch. Owens saved Zayn from a count of three during the match by distracting the referee. Interference led KO to be thrown from ringside, but then Bryan attacked McMahon for attacking KO afterwards.
The Prizefighter jumped on the platform of the ring only to be hit by The Phenomenal One, but then The Underdog of the Underground rolled Styles after a Helluva Kick to win the match. Once the dust subsided, the WWE Champion grabbed a microphone and ranted.
The styles took pictures of Owens and Zayn for constantly getting involved in each other’s matchs to help each other win, while also focusing on Bryan and Shane for always arguing with each other. Then, in a joking tone, he suggested putting himself in a 2-on-1 handicap match against Owens and Zayn.
The general manager of SmackDown would then go on to book Styles to defend his WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble against Zayn and Owens in a 2-on-1 handicap match when the show went off the air.
— WWE (@WWE) January 3, 2018
This is a very interesting match at the Royal Rumble, since The Phenomenal One will not only have to defend its title against two superstars, but also who will mark the WWE champion to win the title if the opportunity presents itself.
This match could lead to the separation of the friendship of Owens and Zayn, since they return to be rivals after they could not decide who should win the title, which allows Styles to immobilize one of them in an unexpected way while the other look. Either that or Owens and Zayn are going to start using Freebird’s rule for their team so they can both be WWE Champions.