Last week on WWE SmackDown, Adam Pearce won the chance to face Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble with a whole lot of help from Reigns and Jey Uso. Tonight, on SmackDown, Paul Heyman and Reigns decided this match needed a stipulation.
Heyman modified the contract, and in a segment with Adam Pearce, announced the match is now a No Disqualification Match. Later on, Roman Reigns told Paul he never asked for no DQ and wants a last man standing match instead.
Roman demanded a contract signing in the middle of the ring. Pearce obliged.
— WWE (@WWE) January 16, 2021
However, after both men had signed, Pearce smirked and walked away with a limp. As he got to the top of the ramp, he announced he wouldn’t be medically cleared. All contracts have card subject to change and as a WWE Official, he can choose a replacement.
Pearce then brought out his replacement. Kevin Owens will now be taking on Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship in a Last Man Standing match at The Royal Rumble.