The first big title change of the year for the year in WWE happened during the Royal Rumble pre-show.
Charlotte Flair and Asuka defended the Women’s Tag Team Championships against Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax.
The finish of the match came about after plenty of interference from Ric Flair and Lacey Evans.
As Charlotte Flair was on top, ‘The Nature Boy’ came to ringside to distract his daughter.
There was one failed attempt at interference when Charlotte had the Figure 8 locked in and Evans pulled her arms out to break the hold.
This didn’t end the match – but a weapon shot from Evans after she’d been handed it by Ric was enough for Nia Jax to come in and get the pin.
It is maybe strange that this big change was part of the pre-show – but has set the tone for a lot of action during the evening.