WWE News: Update On Lars Sullivan’s Status, Indie Star Joins ‘205 Live’ Roster, Title Match Added To ‘Royal Rumble’

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This week’s episode of WWE 205 Live featured the debut of a new cruiserweight talent, Humberto Carrillo, who answered Champion Buddy Murphy’s open challenge on the show.

Carrillo is best known as Ultimo Ninja, a top independent Mexican star who previously worked for the Crash promotion before signing with WWE.

Carrillo, who hails from Monterey, Mexico, joined the WWE Performance Center back in 2018, and made his NXT live event debut in late August of last year. Carrillo previously wore a mask when he competed as Ultimo Ninja, but he has since dropped the mask in WWE, and is now an official member of the WWE 205 Live roster. You can check out footage of his debut above and below.

Latest On Lars Sullivan’s Status

As noted, Lars Sullivan missed last week’s WWE TV tapings due to a reported anxiety or panic attack, which is why the former NXT star has yet to make his WWE main roster debut.

According to a new report from PWInsider, Sullivan remains under contract with WWE despite him missing last week’s TV tapings. There is no word as to when Sullivan is expected to return to the company, and he was previously scheduled for a big push on the main roster following his debut.

As seen on WWE TV this week, former NXT stars Lacey Evans, Heavy Machinery and EC3 all made appearances on Raw, and according to live reports, EC3 and Heavy Machinery both worked dark matches before this week’s Smackdown Live tapings.

WWE News: Update On Lars Sullivan's Status, Indie Star Joins '205 Live' Roster, Title Match Added To 'Royal Rumble'
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New Title Match Set For ‘Royal Rumble’

Following this week’s episode of WWE Smackdown Live, Rusev vs Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE United States Title can officially be added to the WWE Royal Rumble PPV card. Below is the updated card for the event taking place on January 27th in Phoenix:

Universal Championship Match:
-Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Finn Balor

WWE Championship Match:
-Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4-Way Match:
Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo Itami

Raw Women’s Championship Match:
-Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks

Smackdown Women’s Title Match:
-Asuka (c) vs Becky Lynch

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Title Match:
-The Bar (c’s) vs Shane McMahon and The Miz

United States Title Match:
-Rusev (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Men’s Royal Rumble Match, featuring:

  • John Cena
  • Dean Ambrose
  • Seth Rollins
  • Samoa Joe
  • Finn Bálor
  • Drew McIntyre
  • Kofi Kingston
  • Big E
  • Xavier Woods
  • Apollo Crews
  • Baron Corbin
  • Elias
  • Jinder Mahal
  • Jeff Hardy
  • Bobby Lashley
  • Andrade “Cien” Almas
  • R-Truth, who will enter the match at #30.

Women’s Royal Rumble Match, featuring:

  • Natalya
  • Bayley
  • Sasha Banks
  • Ember Moon
  • Ruby Riott
  • Sarah Logan
  • Liv Morgan
  • Alicia Fox
  • Mandy Rose
  • Sonya Deville
  • Zelina Vega
  • Carmella, who will enter the match at #30.
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