As WWE Royal Rumble 2017 approaches, the urgency on both Raw and SmackDown Live is heightened. As such, both shows felt more pressure this week to deliver strong episodes of their weekly programs.
The red brand featured a huge six-man tag team main event pitting Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn and Roman Reigns against Braun Strowman, Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens—not to mention Brock Lesnar's return to television.
SmackDown Live countered with a Steel Cage match between Becky Lynch and women's champion Alexa Bliss and a showdown between Randy Orton and intercontinental champion Dean Ambrose.
The twists and turns on the road to the Jan. 29 pay-per-view led to an entert...
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