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They couldn’t get on SmackDown, but they have a match at Royal Rumble

No, we’re not talking about Sonya Deville and Carmella.

At least United States champion Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura, the man he beat for the title on Rusev/Christmas Day, weren’t advertised for SmackDown Live last night (Jan. 15). So that’s one advantage they have over Carmella & Sonya Deville.

But the ladies were at least already booked for the Women’s Royal Rumble at the pay-per-view (PPV) which gives that bout its name.

Now, Rusev and Nakamura also have a match for Sun., Jan. 27 at Phoenix’s Chase Field. I’d give it a decent shot of being on the Kickoff and not the main card, but...

The build to this rematch (hey! I thought we did away with those?) has consisted of outside-the-ring attacks, including one which “injured” Lana (what’s up with her and the expanding Day family, anyway?). Their U.S. title bout will join this card:

  • Finn Bálor vs. Brock Lesnar (c) for the Universal championship
  • Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles for the WWE title
  • Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s championship
  • Becky Lynch vs. Asuka (c) for the SmackDown Women’s title
  • The Bar (c) vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon for the SmackDown Tag Team championship
  • Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo Itami in a Fatal 4Way for the Cruiserweight title
  • Men’s Royal Rumble match
  • Women’s Royal Rumble match

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