The 2020 Royal Rumble card has just grown by another match, with WWE announcing that Andrade will defend the United States Championship against Umberto Carillo this Sunday in Houston.
— WWE (@WWE) January 21, 2020
Last night’s go-home episode of Monday Night Raw, from Wichita, Kansas featured some forgettable moments, and a lot promo work, but lost in all of the Bobby Lashley/Lana/Rusev/Liv Morgan trash-drama, and possibly the end of Matt Hardy’s tenure in WWE, was a very spectacular Ladder match between Rey Mysterio and Andrade for the United States Championship– read MikeCuri’s review of it here— that that may have already been the match of the early year. And while the match itself was very good, it was what occurred after Andrade had successfully defended his title that has booked a new feud for the champion.
Umberto Carillo made his return, stopping Andrade from hitting Rey with a Hammerlock DDT on the exposed concrete under the ring mats. The two starred each other down– remember, it was Andrade who did the very same thing to Carillo that has (kayfabe) kept the young wrestler off of Raw for over a month– before they started throwing fists.
So now Carillo gets a shot at Andrade’s title, in perhaps a renewed effort by Paul Heyman and co. to reboot Carillo’s character a bit, and this time gain a little more traction with fans. There is no doubt that the up-and-comer is athletic and talented, but his pure whitemeat babyface gimmick during his initial run left something to be desired, not to mention that management did him little favours by giving him mic-work straight away, so hopefully a bit of an aggressive edge to his character will go over better.
The Royal Rumble card does already feature the two Royal Rumble matches, both of which should go for close to an hour, a singles match between Shorty G and Sheamus (likely either pre-show fodder or cooler match), a Falls Count Everywhere match between Roman Reigns and King Corbin, and three other championship matches– Bayley vs. Lacey Evans for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, Becky Lynch vs. Asuka for the Raw Women’s Championship, and “The Fiend” vs. Daniel Bryan for the Universal Championship– so with an increasingly stacked card, it will be interesting to see of this match gets the Sunday Night Heat treatment or gets some time on the main show.
We’ll find out this Sunday 26 January at 5pm EST on the WWE Network and PPV