There have been many changes over the Royal Rumble match 2019 for the last couple of weeks. WWE has made a number of fresh announcements regarding championship matches that is the main reason why the card has changed. Subsequently, several names had to be out of the battle royal match since they are already competing in title matches. But there is a certain significance of it, too.
As you can assume, the first name to get removed from Royal Rumble is Finn Balor. He is the new opponent for Brock Lesnar at the upcoming PPV event over the Universal Championship. Previously, Braun Strowman was the original challenger for the beast incarnate at this event that begins the Road to Wrestlemania. But Braun attacked Vince McMahon’s limousine to frustrate him. So The Boss took him off the match.
Finn Balor won a fatal-4-way match in the main event, later the night to earn his spot at the title match. After booking the former and first-ever Universal Champion in a title match, it was just a matter of time that WWE removed Finn Balor from the Rumble match itself. The same goes for another female superstar from WWE Raw i.e. Sasha Banks.
Last week, Sasha Banks competed against Nia Jax in a number one contender’s match for WWE Raw women’s championship. She won the match to earn the right to face Ronda Rousey at Royal Rumble. The direct title opportunity removed Sasha Banks from the melee. It is to be noted that Sasha Banks was the iron-woman of the first-ever women’s Rumble match last year spending the longest time inside it.
However, the case is not the same for Becky Lynch on Smackdown. She will challenge Asuka for the Smackdown women’s title at Royal Rumble. But she is still set to make an appearance in the over-the-top-rope battle. It solidifies the fact that the Irish Lass-kicker is the favorite to win the match and go on to have a Wrestlemania main event.
Additionally, Kalisto from 205 Live is also not on the men’s division Royal Rumble superstars’ list. He will be competing in a fatal-4-way match at Royal Rumble challenging Buddy Murphy for the Cruiserweight Championship. So the superstars who is also a part of WWE Raw will not be able to compete in a match that deals with a lifetime opportunity.
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