It started out as business as usual as SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan moderated the Royal Rumble WWE Championship Match Contract Signing between WWE Champion AJ Styles and John Cena for their match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
Both Cena and Styles were incredibly passionate, with Styles proclaiming he had no respect for the 15-time World Champion and Cena confidently declaring that he was the more passionate Superstar and would defeat The Phenomenal One at Royal Rumble.
The two Superstars signed the contract without coming to blows, a rarity in WWE … but then out came Baron Corbin. The Lone Wolf announced that he was not only entering the Royal Rumble Match this year, but promising to win it to main event WrestleMania. He then added that he wasn’t pinned in the WWE Championship Triple Threat Match last week either.
Tensions escalated quickly between Cena and Corbin, which allowed Styles to blindside Cena as he was focused on The Lone Wolf. The Phenomenal One then exited and Corbin talked some trash as Cena laid prone on the mat.