It takes a bold man to step to Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, and few are bolder than Seth Rollins. With WrestleMania 35 on the horizon, the winner of the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match interrupted a Paul Heyman tirade and slugged The Beast Incarnate in the face, making it clear who he wanted to challenge at The Show of Shows. Find out why The Kingslayer might regret this decision.
We officially have a tandem in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match — and, perhaps, a front-runner: The first tag team to qualify for the historic bout will be Nia Jax & Tamina, thanks to a victory over Alexa Bliss & Mickie James. The lion’s share of credit for the win goes to The Irresistible Force, whose dominant stint in the Men’s Royal Rumble Match seems to have reinvigorated her confidence. (She even stepped to a still-stewing Dean Ambrose before the match, expelling The Lunatic Fringe from the ring with an elbow to the back of the head). Bliss & Mickie wisely tried to keep Nia out of the ring, but when she got into the match, she seemed certain put it away. That she did, courtesy of a double Samoan Drop that took out both her opponents and, perhaps, provided a taste of things to come inside the Elimination Chamber.
Speak of The Man, and she shall appear. Despite having been advertised to make her WrestleMania challenge known on tomorrow night’s SmackDown LIVE, Women’s Royal Rumble Match winner Becky Lynch reared her head on Raw to confront Ronda Rousey and issue a challenge for The Showcase of the Immortals.
The reason, among others, was that Becky wanted to settle some unfinished business: Namely, that Rousey never sought her out after Lynch embarrassed her this past November, so Becky decided to take matters into her own hands and target Ronda’s “mystique” in front of the whole world. Finally face-to-face with the opponent who had sought her out for months, Rousey showed no fear in the face of The Man, promising to “own” her challenger at The Show of Shows and storming out of the ring while Lynch remained, a sly smile crossing her face. Here we go.
Seth Rollins didn’t say outright that he was challenging Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, but the winner of the Men’s Royal Rumble Match didn't have to in order to make his point. The Kingslayer charged The Beast in the closing moments of Raw, cutting Paul Heyman short right as he was attempting to convince Rollins that he was better off challenging Daniel Bryan instead. Clearly, the promise of a grappling classic with the WWE Champion didn’t interest Rollins, as he made a beeline for Lesnar and was immediately met with five consecutive F-5’s, the last one atop the Universal Title. Ever defiant, Rollins sat up and screamed “Is that all you got?!,” to which The Beast replied with a sixth F-5 as Raw went off the air. The words weren’t spoken, but the decision was clear. Now come the consequences.
In other action … Seth Rollins def. Dean Ambrose … Baron Corbin def. Kurt Angle … Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley confronted Finn Bálor … The Revival def. Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins … Jeff Jarrett and Road Dogg confronted Elias … and Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey def. Bayley (Open Challenge).