Change to the WWE Universal Championship match at Royal Rumble

Jan 15, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

A new Royal Rumble opponent has been named for WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.

As noted, Reigns previously forced WWE official Adam Pearce into being his new #1 contender for a title match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. It was noted on tonight’s SmackDown that the match would be a No DQ match, but then the stipulation was changed to Last Man Standing. The show-closing segment saw Pearce and Reigns sign their contract in the middle of the ring. However, Pearce pulled a swerve on Reigns and declared that he was dealing with a knee injury after the contract was signed. Pearce then brought out the new challenger, Kevin Owens.

Owens then signed the contract and taunted Reigns as SmackDown went off the air. Owens vs. Reigns is now official for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in a Last Man Standing match.

The 2021 Royal Rumble pay-per-view will take place on January 31 from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. Below is the current card:

WWE Title Match
Bill Goldberg vs. Drew McIntyre (c)

Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Universal Title
Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns (c)

30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Daniel Bryan, WWE United States Champion Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Otis, The Miz, Jey Uso, 23 Superstars TBA
Winner earns a title shot at WrestleMania 37

30-Woman Royal Rumble Match
Nia Jax, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Bianca Belair, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, 24 Superstars TBA
Winner earns a title shot at WrestleMania 37

2 Responses

  1. Mark says:

    Before the swerve my line of thinking was what are the chances that Kevin Owens (or someone else or multiple people) would help Adam Pearce win the WWE Universal Title by taking out Jey Uso at Royal Rumble and laying out Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble PPV.

  2. Rob Dam Van! Shirt Typo! says:

    ….I’m super sad now cause I wanted to see Adam Pearce challenge for a big WWE title. Dude deserved way bigger spots in his career. One of the best NWA champs of the 2000s.

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