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By Richard Trionfo on 2019-01-14 23:00:00

Vince McMahon makes his way to the ring.

John Cena interrupts Vince before he can speak.  

John says he knows what Vince wants to say.  You just lost a Universal Title Match on the biggest show on the Road to Wrestlemania.  John says Vince is going to tell someone to step up.  When everyone left this guy high and dry 20 years ago.  Steve Austin, The Rock, and Brock Lesnar . . . see you Vince.  You didn't know what to do.  You looked at a crew of misfits and reject and told them to step up.  John said to Vince, you give me a chance and I won't let you down.  You gave me more chances.  He missed birthdays, weddings, and funerals for this.  Stepping up is making this your life and loving every minute of it.   John asks Vince for a chance and he will not let Vince down.  The Royal Rumble will be unforgettable.  He will walk into the Royal Rumble, beat Brock Lesnar and become the 17 Time WWE Champion.  

John says he has what no other WWE Superstar has . . . RUTHLESS AGGRESSION.

Drew McIntyre says no and comes out.  

Drew tells John how dare you.  Drew says he does not care if you talk about your 16 championships or your new movies or whatever book you are writing.  How dare you stand there in this ring with a straight face and claim that you still have Ruthless Aggression.  Drew tells Vince this is what Ruthless Aggression looks like.  Drew tells John his time is up and his time is now.  Just like Stone Cold, the Rock, and Lesnar, you can leave.  

Baron Corbin comes out and he says earlier tonight, his life was threatened by Braun Strowman.  He is not the type of person who had a lawyer on speed dial, but if he was, they can both agree what is best for business is give him a Universal Championship match against Brock.

Finn Balor comes out and he says he has to be honest.  He is a little tired of being left out of these conversations.  You three can make claims to a lot of things, but Finn is the only one who has ever been Universal Champion.  

Vince says maybe one day you will again, but there is a lot of beef in there.  Vince says you've got it all, but against Brock Lesnar and all of this beef . . . you are a great competitor, but I don't know.  

Finn says you never believed in him, but the people do.  Finn says that he knows that Vince is stubborn and nothing he says will change his mind.  Why doesn't he show him.  Balor punches Corbin while Drew punches Cena.  Drew with a Claymore to Balor and then he hits Cena with a Claymore.  

Vince says he likes this.  Let's find out who is going to face Brock Lesnar.  How about doing it tonight in a Fatal Four Way Match.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Vince McMahon is walking in the back and Jinder Mahal stops him.  Jinder praises Vince on his suit and he says he is a little offended he did not get considered for the Number One Contender Match.  He is a former WWE Champion, he was in the finals of the Mixed Match Challenge, and his match with Brock last year was curtailed.  He says he would have been out there but he was caring for Sunil.  

Vince tells Jinder he can pick any of the four in the match and he can get their spot in the Royal Rumble if he can beat him.  Jinder picks Balor.

Michael Cole mentions that before the six new faces choose a brand, they will appear on both shows.

Match Number Three:  Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan versus Natalya, Bayley, and Nikki Cross

Bayley and Logan start things off and Nikki looks like she wants to tag in but she shakes the ropes Warrior style.  Nikki is tagged in and she applies a sleeper but Sarah with a snap mare.  Nikki with a drop kick and Liv tags in.  Nikki blocks a forearm and sends Liv to the mat.  All six get in the ring and Nikki tells Bayley and Natalya to stand back.  Nikki goes after Ruby and then they fight to the floor.  Nikki is sent into the apron and Bayley and Natalya with baseball slides.  

Nikki goes under the ring and pulls Ruby into the ring skirt and connects with forearms as we go to commercial.

We are back and Logan slaps Bayley in the head.  Bayley with a cross body for a near fall.  Logan sends Bayley to the mat and hits a knee drop to the back.  Bayley goes to the floor and Logan kicks Bayley.  Bayley with a rollup for a near fall.  Liv tags in and Logan sends Bayley into Liv's knee and Liv with a bulldog for a near fall.  Liv chokes Bayley in the ropes and Ruby with a kick from the apron.  Liv gets a near fall.  Liv pulls Bayley into her corner and tags in Logan.  Sarah kicks Bayley in the midsection and then applies a Cobra Clutch.  Logan with an Irish whip and she kicks Bayley.

Logan with another Irish whip and she is hot shot into the turnbuckles.  Bayley tags in Natalya and Natalya with a drop kick and German suplex.  Natalya with a discus clothesline and a wheelbarrow gourdbuster for a near fall.  Ruby breaks up the cover and Bayley with a knee to Ruby.  Liv tags in and she hits a head scissors on Natalya but Nikki breaks up the cover.  Liv misses a punch and Nikki screams and scares Liv.  Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter but Liv kicks her away and Nikki tags in and they hit a Hart Attack and she punches Liv.  Nikki with a kick to Sarah and then a bulldog on Ruby.  Nikki with a monkey flip to Logan and Natalya hits a drop kick.

Nikki goes to the apron and hits a cross body onto Ruby.  Liv sends Nikki into the ring and Nikki blocks a kick.  Liv with a matrix and rollup for a near fall.  Bayley tags in and Nikki hits the hanging swinging neck breaker.  Bayley with an elbow drop for the three count.

Winners:  Nikki Cross, Natalya, and Bayley

Finn Balor walks in the back and we see Lacey Evans talking to Mickie James and Dana Brooke.

Dean Ambrose is in the back and he talks about right versus wrong.  Right is him all the time about everything.  Wrong is defending the title in a Triple Threat Match.  Wrong is Seth Rollins weaseling into the match.  Wrong is Bobby Lashley weaseling into the match.  Wrong is defending the title in Memphis.  It does not matter what the odds are, he is not losing the title tonight.

Match Number Four:  Jinder Mahal (with Samir Singh) versus Finn Balor in a Winner Goes into the Main Event Match

Mahal attacks before the bell when Samir distracts Balor.  Mahal Irish whips Balor into the ringside barrier.  Mahal sends Balor into the apron and then back into the ring.

The referee checks on Balor to see if he can go.

The match starts and Balor runs into a thrust kick and Mahal gets a near fall.   Mahal with crossfaces to Balor.  Mahal with a reverse chin lock.  Mahal goes for a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick.  Balor blocks an attempt for a belly-to-back suplex on the apron and Balor kicks Mahal.  Balor goes for a running kick but Mahal blocks it and sends Balor face first into the apron.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Mahal with knee drops and he chokes Balor.  Mahal with a hard Irish whip.  Mahal with an elbow to the bridge of the nose and then he applies a rear chin lock.  Mahal goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Balor counters with a lateral press and he gets a near fall.  Mahal with a reverse chin lock.  Balor with a jawbreaker and punches.  Mahal with an elbow but Balor with a Pele Kick.  

Balor with boots to Mahal followed by a running forearm.  Balor with another running forearm and a double leg take down followed by a double stomp.  Balor goes for Slingblade but Mahal blocks it.  Balor kicks Samir off the apron and then back drops Mahal over the top rope.  Balor with a plancha onto Mahal and Singh.  Balor sets for Slingblade and hits it.  Balor with a drop kick to send Mahal into the turnbuckles.  Balor goes up top and hits Coup de Grace for the three count.

Winner:  Finn Balor

Lio Rush says in order to step up, you have to suffer.  That is something they have learned over the last few weeks.  Now it is time for Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose to find out.  Bobby Lashley is a fighter and he will become the Intercontinental Champion whether you like it or not.  You better come correct or don't come at all.  

We go to commercial.

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