WWE Chronicle: Roman Reigns and Becky Lynch’s Royal Rumble opponents confirmed and Sasha Banks’ premature injury

WWE TALKING POINTS: Mirror Sport took a look at the headlines that have dominated the wrestling world over the past seven days as the match card for the Royal Rumble begins to take shape

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We’re heading into the time of year that all WWE fans love – that’s right, it’s Royal Rumble season!

The first of WWE’s “Big Four” pay-per-views is billed as “the first stop on the road to WrestleMania,” and that couldn’t be more true!

The 30-man men’s and women’s battle royals are two of the most anticipated events on the WWE schedule and we can’t wait to see who will challenge for one of the company’s top belts at WrestleMania.

With the courts for the respective matches still filling up, two of the company’s premier champions, Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns, now know who they’ll be defending their coveted belts against at the Dome at America’s Center on January 29 – who are they?

Roman Reigns’ championships are in jeopardy!







Roman Reigns will face Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble
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Roman Reigns was scheduled to defend his WWE Universal title against Brock Lesnar at the Day 1 pay-per-view on New Years Day.

However, he tested positive for Covid-19 and could no longer compete, which is why Brock was added to the WWE title match at the same event, which he went on to win.

The tribal leader is still champion and returned to SmackDown last Friday, where he delivered a superman punch to Lesnar.

Later that night, official Adam Pierce said he was tasked with picking Reigns’ opponent at the Royal Rumble.

When the show ended, the 36-year-old was in his locker room when someone knocked on the door to the beat of a familiar tune.

Puzzled by what was going on, Reigns waited to see who it was and quickly frowned when former Shield team-mate Seth Rollins walked in and laughed in his face before walking away.

This would foreshadow the news we heard on Monday’s latest episode of Raw, as Rollins confirmed he would be challenging his pal for his Royal Rumble title, before making a bold claim.

“I’m excited for the Royal Rumble because it’s the night I will become the new Universal Champion,” he proclaimed.

“There are certain things in life that are certain – death, taxes and Seth Rollins beats Roman Reigns every time!”

And what about Becky?







Doudrop won the right to face Becky Lynch for the Women’s Raw title at the Royal Rumble
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Raw’s main event saw Bianca Belair, Doudrop and Liv Morgan face off in a triple threat match to determine who Lynch will defend her Royal Rumble title against.

Liv narrowly lost to ‘Big Time Becks’ on day one, and would love to have another chance against the champ.

Belair is still abuzz after losing her SmackDown Women’s Championship to Lynch in just 26 seconds when she returned to the company at SummerSlam last August.

Doudrop, on the other hand, who has never had a championship opportunity, fumed that Becky and Belair were getting their fair share of opportunities.

The Brit was lucky to earn her shot and that’s exactly what she did as she pinned Morgan for a huge win.

Lynch, who was on commentary, denied Belair her chance to win as she interfered in the match, pulled EST out of the ring and threw her over the announce table and out of action.

“The Lass Kicker” will have their hands full with Doudrop at the Royal Rumble as they aim for a first Raw Women’s title.

Sasha Banks unfortunately won’t be at the Royal Rumble







Sasha Banks will not participate in the Royal Rumble due to a foot injury
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The Boss will undoubtedly have been one of the big favorites for the Royal Rumble match, but after recently injuring her foot, she was left out of the event.

Banks is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after his untimely injury, which appears to have taken place at a live event on Jan. 2.

She was working a match with arch-rival Charlotte Flair, when she took a fall and landed awkwardly on her foot before being helped backstage.

Following the news, Banks took to Twitter and snapped, “Enjoy it ladies because when I come back, I come back…for everything. 30 women really lucky!

However, it’s not all bad news as the former Women’s Champion is still scheduled to compete at WrestleMania in April.

WWE enters the forbidden door?







IMPACT kKnockouts Mickie James will compete in this year’s Royal Rumble
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In other news, Mickie James, former WWE star and current IMPACT Knockouts Champion, has been confirmed for the Women’s Royal Rumble, which took everyone by surprise.

WWE tends not to allow stars under contract with other promotions to appear on their shows and vice versa.

They now appear to have changed that for the Royal Rumble and fans are now wondering if stars from other companies will make an appearance in their 30-person matches.

With WWE now seeming to have gone through what’s known as the ‘forbidden door’, will this be something we’ll see more of them in the future?

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David C. Barham