AJ Styles will defend the WWE Championship against both Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens in a handicap match at the Royal Rumble on January 28th.
'The Phenomenal One' challenged the duo after 'The Underdog From The Underground' scored a pinfall win over him following yet more diversionary hijinks from Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan on the Tuesday 2nd January edition of SmackDown Live!
'KO' earning his own victory over AJ the prior week triggered the Champion to offer himself up to the two-on-one stipulation - duly agreed to by Bryan as an incensed McMahon looked on.
The blue brand fleshed out the pay-per-view card overall too, with additions to both Rumble matches as well as advancement in the United States Title Tournament. The updated card is now as follows:
30-Man Royal Rumble Match: John Cena, Elias, Finn Bálor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton, Baron Corbin
30-Woman Royal Rumble Match: Asuka, Naomi, Ruby Riott, Natalya, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Paige, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Carmella, Tamina Snuka, Lana, Natalya
Triple Threat for the WWE Universal Title: Brock Lesnar Vs. Braun Strowman Vs. Kane
2-on-1 Handicap Match for the WWE Title: AJ Styles Vs. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens
WWE United States Title Tournament: Bobby Roode or Zack Ryder or Mojo Rawley vs. Jinder Mahal or Xavier Woods