Cole and Graves promote tonight’s Gauntlet match to determine Reigns Rumble royal opponent with Sami Zayn, Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, King Baron Corbin and Shinsuke Nakamura. Reigns takes his time entering the ring and stops in the middle as more pyro kicks in. A big “you suck!” The chant breaks out before Heyman can speak. He hands the microphone to Reigns and the boos continue. Reigns says there was a lot of talk about what they did to Kevin Owens last week. Reigns says Owens is a pain in the ass but he loves Owens. He respects someone as ambitious as Owens, who keeps getting up no matter how often he gets knocked over. He says Owens is like a cockroach. Reigns never wanted anything bad to happen to Owens.
Reigns goes on and says he cares about everyone in the back, cares about their family, and that’s why he does what he does. He puts food on everyone’s tables. But now Owens doesn’t have that opportunity, he can’t come to work anymore. Reigns says people try to blame him, but it’s not his fault. Reigns says if you want to blame someone, point the finger at WWE Manager Adam Pearce. The fans boo again. Reigns tells Pearce to bring his ass back here. Heyman yells at the ring announcer to get Pearce out. Pearce finally arrives down the ramp and into the ring.
Pearce asks Reigns what he can do for him. Reigns told Pearce to watch this cute clip they made. A video package plays and shows highlights from two weeks ago when Reigns kept Owens in the steel cage. We also see how Owens convinced Pearce to take part in the match with Uso last week, how Owens beat Uso, and then the post-match attack on Uso that resulted in Reigns and Uso destroying Owens, ending the show in throwing it off the platform across the table. We come back and Uso looks at Pearce down. Pearce asks Reigns what he wants him to say. Reigns wants Pearce to be a man. Reigns recounts the end of the feud and moving on, but Owens went to his friend for another match. Reigns accuses Pearce of not having made the right decision for the well-being of his friend. Reigns continues and he’s not happy with tonight’s Gauntlet to determine his Rumble royal challenger. Pearce says he’s just trying to put the top challengers ahead of Reigns.
Big E (C) vs. Apollo Crews – Intercontinental Championship
At first, Big E and Apollo pin each other. The match starts again and Big E wins with the Big Ending.
Gagnant: Big E
Adam Pearce is on the phone with someone backstage and says he feels damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t. Sonya Deville enters. Pearce welcomes him and says he understands that they will work together. Deville says the last year has been crazy and she’s not proud of what she said or did, but it’s a new year and she wants to put the past behind her. She isn’t bitter that Mandy Rose beat her in the SummerSlam game, leaving for RAW and leaving her career in shambles. She goes on and says she is grateful for this new opportunity and wants to help Pearce. They exchange a few friendlier words and Pearce welcomes him.
– Still to come, our Main Event Gauntlet Match. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Alyse Ashton is backstage with Bianca Belair, who has announced herself for the 30-Woman Rumble royal Meet. Before she can speak, Bayley interrupts and they taunt each other. Bayley also declares her place for the Rumble and says she will win and then take the title at WrestleMania 37. Bayley and Belair continue to talk to each other until Belair leaves.
– We see how Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler recently attacked The Street Profits.
The Street Profits (C) contre Dolph Ziggler et Robert Roode – SmackDown Tag Team Championships
Ziggler and Roode win the titles when Ford is hit with the Spine Buster / Zig Zag combination.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
After the match, Roode and Ziggler send The Street Profits to the ring and continue to celebrate.
Pearce and Deville speak before Heyman arrives. He says he loves her and doesn’t want any hostility. He says he worries about Pearce and he holds him in high regard. He knows why he was chosen for this job, but he says it’s not the path he wants, because he wants to be in the position Roman is in. Paul pulled some strings and Adam Pearce is now in the gauntlet match, courtesy of Roman Reigns. Personally and professionally, Paul is happy and proud of Adam.
Universal Championship Glove Match # 1: Rey Mysterio vs. Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. King Corbin vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Adam Pearce
Mysterio eliminates Zayn with the 619, Nakamura eliminates Mysterio, Corbin and Bryan with the Kinsasha. Roman Reigns and Jey Uso come out, jump Nakamura, super kick Adam Pearce who is last in the glove, and Jey drags Adam over Nakamura for the win.
Winner: Adam Pearce