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SPOILERS: More Names Confirmed For Men's And Women's 'WWE Royal Rumble' Matches

With 2018 nearly in the books, WWE looks ahead to the annual Royal Rumble PPV, which kicks off not only 2019, but the road to WrestleMania 35 in New Jersey.
Following this past week’s WWE TV tapings for episodes of Raw and Smackdown Live airing on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, respectively, the card for the Royal Rumble PPV is beginning to take shape, with more bouts confirmed and new names set for the two big over-the-top-rope Royal Rumble matches.
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The first names confirmed for both Rumble matches were R-Truth and Carmella, when each Superstar earned the right to enter the matches at the coveted number thirty spots after winning season two of the WWE Mixed Match Challenge.

RelatedBackstage News On Who The Winner Of The 2019 WWE 'Royal Rumble' Will Be
Also confirmed for the men’s Rumble match is Drew McIntyre and all three members of The New Day. The women’s Rumble match will also feature Natalya in addition to The Princess of Staten Island.
Last year’s Royal Rumble match winners were Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka, both representing the Smackdown Live brand, and Nakamura went on to lose his title shot against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 34, and Asuka was handed her first defeat on the WWE main roster when she challenged Charlotte Flair and was defeated by the “Queen” of the women’s division.

FULL MATCH: to six years ago and relive the 2012 #RoyalRumble Match! https://t.co/5fO34OQS3W
— WWE (@WWE) December 30, 2018

Below is the updated card for next month’s WWE Royal Rumble PPV, taking place on January 27th in Phoenix, Arizona.
WWE Universal Championship Match:
-Brock Lesnar (c) vs Braun Strowman
WWE Championship Match:
-Daniel Bryan (c) vs AJ Styles
Fatal Four Way Match for the WWE Cruiserweight Title:
-Buddy Murphy (c) vs Kalisto vs Akira Tozawa vs TBA
-The Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumble matches, with the winners earning a title shot at WrestleMania 35 in April, 2019.
With the Royal Rumble PPV now featuring a women’s Rumble match in addition to the traditional men’s match, it’s likely only a couple more matches might be added to the PPV, which will feature a four hour main card and a two hour Kickoff show, as the Royal Rumble is considered to be one of the “big four” PPV events in WWE.


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Major Update On Whether Braun Strowman Will Compete At 'WWE TLC'

Braun Strowman, unfortunately, had his momentum thwarted due to being forced to have surgery on his elbow. Along with knee issues, reported by the Wrestling Observer, Strowman needed some time to recover from nagging injuries, which was why he was written off by being attacked by Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley.
As of now, Strowman is booked to compete against Corbin at the TLC pay-per-view this Sunday. If Strowman wins, he will compete against Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble. However, if Corbin wins, he will be the permanent General Manager of the Raw brand.

RelatedHuge Injury Update On WWE Star Braun Strowman
Although Strowman is still out recovering from injury, WWE is still promoting his TLC match against Corbin.

The stakes are HIGH for both Superstars as @BraunStrowman battles #GeneralManager-Elect @BaronCorbinWWE THIS SUNDAY at #WWETLC! #RAW pic.twitter.com/ReLsF9aFiG
— WWE (@WWE) December 11, 2018

Despite promoting Strowman for TLC, it does appear that he will be competing. According to WrestleVotes, Strowman most likely will not be competing against Corbin at the show.
“Braun Strowman is still not likely to compete Sunday at TLC. So much so, that on the holiday tours, John Cena will wrestle in his place. Strowman will still appear at the holiday tour shows, just won’t work. So I can’t see him working a TLC match.”

The countdown to my return and your end starts now. #TickTock pic.twitter.com/FedLhQ3HEz
— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) November 28, 2018

Although Cena is not confirmed to make a surprise appearance at TLC, he is scheduled to return on December 26 and will be competing on non-televised events until his next film, which he will start airing in Vancouver on January 20.
As promoted on Raw, Corbin is expecting to win by forfeit and become the permanent GM. However, with Vince McMahon appearing on Raw, there could be some interesting scenarios that come out of TLC. With Strowman likely out, Corbin either could actually win by forfeit, or someone else could come in the stead of Strowman and defeat Corbin. This could lead to Vince firing Corbin on Raw and doing the Superstar Shake-up on the show.


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Original WWE Plans For Dean Ambrose Heel Turn Revealed

After many weeks of teasing his departure, Dean Ambrose turned his back on Seth Rollins following their Raw Tag Team Championship victory by defeating Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. Shockingly, even though they just won the tag team titles, Ambrose viciously attacked his Shield brethren, then proceeded to walk up the crowd section into the hallway.
Although the way the turn happened was shocking, the actual turn itself was expected by many. In fact, there was a strong speculation that Ambrose was going to turn against Rollins at the end of 2017 when they had the tag team titles, but Ambrose was injured and shelved for eight months.
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With the unfortunate announcement of Roman Reigns leaving the ring and forfeiting his Universal Championship due to battling leukemia, this reportedly made plans change regarding the direction of Ambrose’s heel turn.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the Ambrose heel turn was sped up due to the emotion of the night, as this method was considered to be more effective than taking the weekly twists and turns to eventually get to that moment.
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It was also reported that Ambrose’s turn was slated to lead to a title program with Roman Reigns. The expectation was for Ambrose to initially feud with Rollins, since that was supposed to be the plan last year heading into this year’s WrestleMania in New Orleans. However, with the report of a Reigns vs. Ambrose title feud, it looks like the Ambrose turn would have led to another twist.

RelatedSeth Rollins Reveals Which Member Of The Shield Is Most Likely To Turn Heel
As we recently reported, The Shield was scheduled to compete as a unit on the Raw go-home show in Washington, D.C. leading into WrestleMania 35. However, with Reigns’ announcement, The Shield as a trio was forced to disband, and plans changed regarding the course of Ambrose’s turn. Even if a reunion occurred before WrestleMania, it would not make much sense now, since Reigns will be shelved for the foreseeable future.


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WWE News: Top Heel Slated For A Major Long-Term Babyface Turn

As a result of the shocking announcement made by Roman Reigns that he is once again battling leukemia and is forced to relinquish his WWE Universal Championship, the main event for the Crown Jewel event has now been changed to a singles match between Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman for the now-vacant title.
For the past couple of months, Strowman returned to being a heel after becoming one of the most cheered people on the roster. However, to opposite The Shield, Strowman aligned with Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler in an attempt to take out the Hounds of Justice.
At the Melbourne, Australia Super Show-Down event, The Shield was able to best the Dogs of War. However, Strowman, McIntryre, and Ziggler were able to gain some momentum on a following Raw episode, but eventually, again be one-upped by The Shield. The Dogs of War trio dissolved after the dissension between Strowman and the then-Raw Tag Team Champions McIntyre and Ziggler become feverish, with Strowman powerslamming Ziggler, followed by a Claymore kick to Strowman from McIntyre.
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Following the Reigns announcement on Raw, Paul Heyman came out to cut a promo to both show his respect to Reigns, as well as transition into the Crown Jewel main event. The feud between Strowman and McIntyre escalated as Strowman caught yet another Claymore kick.

[email protected] just found his monster. #RAW pic.twitter.com/yS515pvJqL
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2018

While it is evident that Strowman is once again a babyface and McIntyre remains one of the top heels of the company, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Radio revealed future plans for McIntyre.
“Drew [McIntyre]’s long-term is gonna be as a babyface. I think that’s pretty clear.”
Right now, WWE is looking for another face of the company, since Reigns has clearly been the heir apparent to John Cena. Meltzer added that McIntyre could be groomed to be the new face of the company, since Strowman is “one-dimensional.”
“[Strowman] could be the stop-gap guy,” said Meltzer. “I don’t see him as the long term, but, perhaps he will be. He’s the most popular guy right now, so he’s back as a babyface.”
Please be sure to credit Wrestling Observer Radio with a h/t to The Floor Seat if any quotes are used.


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