On the first Smackdown of the 2K18 Universe Mode, The Brian Kendrick defeated United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in a grueling match, fighting to survive his last chance at greatness. It was later announced on Twitter that Smackdown General Manager Greg Valentine had arranged for Nakamura to defend his United States Championship against Kendrick. Kendrick's career may or may not be on the line as well, as it is his last chance. The two continued going at one another over the weeks prior to the Rumble, with Nakamura beating Kendrick in a rematch on the second week, and the two brawling following Nakamura's victory over Mr. Perfect on the third week. Nakamura once again defeated Kendrick on the last show before the Royal Rumble, and after the match continued to assault him, culminating in him putting Kendrick through a table in declaration of their match being a tables match.
On the third episode of Smackdown, No Relevance Jose defeated the WWE Champion Chad Gable and is now considered a #1 contender but on the fourth episode, No Relevance Jose was defeated by Sawyer Fulton. Also on the same episode, Chad Gable was once again defeated, this time by the undefeated Brock Lesnar. So Greg Valentine announced on the nL Twitter that Chad Gable will defend his title No Relevance Jose & Brock Lesnar, the 2 men that beat him and Sawyer Fulton, the person that defeated No Relevance Jose.
On the fourth episode of Raw, it was announced that the main event match on that episode will be the #1 Contender for the Universal Championship, which was won by Samoa Joe, who defeated Killian Dain.
|-||Samoa Joe cut a promo with Shane McMahon||
It's a promo
Samoa Joe taught everyone what a microphone is.
Joe called out Shane McMahon for his title match right god damn now. AND HERE COMES SHANE!
Joe thinks Shane McMahon's day is over, Shane is freaking out now.
Also there's pie.
A GROWN MAN WHO MAKES ROOSTER SOUNDS!
Joe then mic'd him and they brawled.
|1||Carmella (c) def. Becky Lynch||Single's match for the Raw Women's Championship||Carmella submit Becky with the Cone of Silence|
|2||Charlotte won by last eliminating Asuka||8 Women Royal Rumble match for the Smackdown Women's Championship||
According to Greg Valentine, entrance doesn't matter since they all start at once
Elimination order can be found on the table below
|3||The Brian Kendrick def. Shinsuke Nakamura (c)||Tables match for Nakamura's United States Championship and Kendrick's career||Kendrick hurricarana'd Nakamura through a table to become the new champion and keep his career|
|4||Vader def. Rusev||Singles match||
Vader pinned Rusev after a Vader Bomb
Vader attacked Rusev after the match
Vader came from Heart Surgery just for this event
This match is to determine if it's Rusev Day or Vader Time
|5||Samoa Joe def. Shane McMahon (c) via countout||Singles match for the Universal Championship||Joe let Shane get counted out.|
|6||No Way Jose def. Chad Gable (c), Brock Lesnar and Sawyer Fulton||Fatal 4 Way for the WWE Championship||
Jose pinned Gable with the No Way!
MR. IRRELEVANT IS THE TOP CHAMP! WHY DOES THIS KEEP FUCKING HAPPENING?
|-||Rob Van Dam cuts a promo||It's a promo||
Rob Van Dam wants into the Rumble, but can't get in.
|Main Event||Mike Awesome won by last eliminating Noam Dar||30 Man Royal Rumble match||THE RECENT WINNER OF THE BRAWL 4 ALL WINS THE RUMBLE!! WHICH CHAMPION WILL HE CHOOSE TO FIGHT AT WRESTLEMANIA?!?!
There are rumors that Mike Awesome could possibly face The Miz (Please!)
Smackdown Women's Royal Rumble Entrance and Eliminations Edit
|Draw||Wrestler||Elimination Order||Eliminated by|
|1||Ruby Riot (c)||5||Mickie James Ellsworth|
|3||Mickie James Ellsworth||6||Charlotte|
|5||Sasha Banks||2||Mickie James Ellsworth|
|6||Nia Jax||3||Billie Kay|
|8||"Bad Ass" Billie Kay||4||Ruby Riot & Mickie James|
Royal Rumble Entrance and Eliminations Edit
|1||Reverend D-Von||1||Jeff Jarrett||Free Agent|
|2||Sin Cara||6||Killian Dain||Smackdown|
|3||Jeff Jarrett||5||Braun Strowman||Free Agent|
|4||British Bulldog||3||Nick Miller||Free Agent|
|5||Titus O'Neil||2||The Miz||Raw|
|6||Gran Metalik||4||Braun Strowman||Smackdown|
|7||The Miz||7||Andre the Giant||Smackdown|
|8||Nick Miller||9||Killian Dain||Raw|
|9||Braun Strowman||16||Darren Young||Smackdown|
|10||Killian Dain||20||James Ellsworth||Raw|
|11||Bray Wyatt||10||Andre the Giant||Raw|
|12||Andre the Giant||13||Rezar||Raw|
|13||Curt Hawkins||8||Braun Strowman||Smackdown|
|14||Seth Rollins||12||Andre the Giant||Raw|
|15||Baron Corbin||11||Seth Rollins||Smackdown|
|16||Aleister Black||17||Tyson Kidd||Smackdown|
|17||Darren Young||18||Tyson Kidd||Raw|
|18||Kevin Owens||14||Braun Strowman||Raw|
|19||Tyson Kidd||19||Mr. Perfect||Raw|
|21||Mr. Perfect||21||Tyson Kidd||Smackdown|
|22||Jack Gallagher||22||Zack Ryder||Raw|
|23||Mike Awesome||Winner||-||Free Agent|
|24||Matt Hardy||23||Greg Valentine||Free Agent|
|25||Zack Ryder||24||Greg Valentine||Smackdown|
|26||James Ellsworth||28||Mike Awesome||NWA|
|27||Greg Valentine||25||James Ellsowrth||Smackdown|
|28||Lars Sullivan||26||Mike Awesome||Raw|
|29||Noam Dar||29||Mike Awesome||Raw|
|30||Chris Jericho||27||Mike Awesome||Smackdown|
The Dave Meltzer of this Universe Mode, YouTuber Blonic 2k17 rated the Royal Rumble Match a 5 out of 5 calling it Incredible, while he didn't think that the Smackdown Women's Rumble would be that great "as most big fusterclucks are", saying that the ending between Asuka & Charlotte were mind blowing, rating it 4 out of 5.
He rated the Universal Championship Match 2 out of 5 saying that it was "A sadly lackluster championship contest" and was disgusted on the way they protected Shane McMahon. He rated the Fatal 4 Way for the WWE Championship match 2 and a half out of 5 calling it another Mehish title match but kinda felt good on No Way Jose getting the title. He gave the US Championship table match a 3 out of 5 calling it a quality match, saying that they were more or less delivered. And according to our calculations, his overall rating for this PPV was 3/5.