As if there weren’t enough matches on the Royal Rumble card as is, WWE has added three more bouts to the pay-per-view this Sunday. All three are in an effort to warm fans up to the main action that will be taking place after the Royal Rumble Kickoff, which streams live on Sunday with a special start time of 5 ET/2 PT.
To go along with a celebrity-filled panel of stars talking about the night’s action, WWE.com has announced that Bobby Roode will defend his newly-won United States Championship in an Open Challenge match. After winning the title in a tournament, Roode has his hands full with Jinder Mahal, but on Sunday anyone can answer the challenge and try to win Roode’s glorious title. Will Mahal enter the arena as the next challenger? Will a new face join the WWE and give Roode all he can handle, or will someone from the tournament look to right a perceived wrong by taking advantage of another opportunity?
In addition, the WWE has announced Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson will take on The Revival after butting heads on the 25th anniversary of Raw this past Monday. Gallows and Anderson got the upper hand with Finn Balor and D-X in their corner but will The Revival have the last laugh?
Finally, in the wake of Enzo Amore’s release from the WWE, things have changed a bit in the Cruiserweight Division. With no champion to speak of, fans will be treated to a six-man tag match.
Kalisto, Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik will square-off against TJP, Gentleman Jack Gallagher & Drew Gulak in what is sure to be a fast-paced affair that gets the crowd pumped up.
Whether or not any of these competitors will return later in the evening to join the already announced members of the Royal Rumble match is uncertain, but with so many competitors on the card and a number of spots still open for the taking, one would have to think a few competitors will be pulling double-duty.
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