Big E def. Titus O’Neil to retain his Royal Rumble Match spot

Big E vs. Titus O'Neil: Raw, Jan. 16, 2017

Big E defends The New Day's spot in the 2017 Royal Rumble Match against the opportunistic Titus O'Neil.

Ladies and gentlemen, it all comes down to this: Having decided after consecutive losses to Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston that he’d rather replace The New Day than join it, Titus O’Neil convinced Big E to put his Royal Rumble Match spot on the line. But it came with the caveat that if Big E won, O’Neil would never speak to The New Day again.

Well, good news for the former Raw Tag Team Champions, then, because Big E came through in the clutch despite a very impressive performance from The Big Deal. O’Neil didn’t just take control of Big E late in the match; he mimicked the former champion’s maneuvers in the process. Unfortunately, that just fired Big E up, and the big man quickly turned the tables to administer a lowercase-B big splash and a capital-B Big Ending.

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