Welcome to Ringside News live coverage of the 2019 Royal Rumble event!
Tonight’s show features the two iconic Royal Rumble matches, one between 30 men, the other with 30 women. As always, it’s really anyone’s guess who will come out in either match. Obviously there are frontrunners in each category but my money is on Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch, in their respective Rumble matches. Although Braun Strowman was announced today as being John Cena’s replacement in the match, which surely puts him as a high contender as well. Let us know who you think will come out on top in each match!
Speaking of Lynch, she faces Asuka tonight for the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship. Needless to say, I think Lynch will lose by hook or crook, then enter the women’s Rumble and win the whole darn thing. That would in turn set-up a three-way at ‘Mania between Lynch, Rousey, and Charlotte. Or, and no-one is calling this one, perhaps Ronda loses to Sasha thanks to interference from Lynch, then she wins the Rumble and challenges Lynch, who beats Asuka. There are lots of ways to get to this match at ‘Mania, and tonight should be the catalyst.
Also happening tonight is Finn Balor Vs. Brock Lesnar in a David Vs. Goliath match-up, and AJ Styles Vs. Daniel Bryan. These are the two Championship matches tonight and they’re sure to be barn-burners but entirely different match types, which is exactly what one wants in a huge PPV like this and from the two different brands.
There’s also Shane McMahon & The Miz Vs. The Bar, a Cruiserweight Fatal 4-Way match between Buddy Murphy, Hideo Itami, Akira Tozawa, and Kalisto, and Rusev Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the United States Championship. As you can tell, it’s a huge card, it’s going to be many hours long, and we’re ready to dive in with the Kick-Off Show at 5 PM EST!
That’s the preview for tonight’s show. Let us know what matches you’re excited for and who you want to win, by downloading the Ringside News app and following us on Instagram. Enjoy the show!
The Royal Rumble kick-off show begins with the panel of The Coach, Beth Phoenix – in Phoenix, Arizona – Booker T, and Jerry Lawler. The panel run-down the entire card.
They cut to Charly Caruso and JBL, standing on the ramp. The show a hype video for Sasha Banks Vs. Ronda Rousey for the WWE Championship. JBL says Ronda coming in the way she has, rubbed some of the current Superstars the wrong way. JBL says both women are great wrestlers, but he thinks the difference will be Ronda’s strength. Back with the panel, Coach asks what they think will happen. Phoenix says there is no doubt that Ronda has blown the doors off and she is an incredible athlete, but she’s known Banks since she was 16 and she thinks she is hungrier. Lawler says he is surprised by Phoenix’s prediction, because he thinks Ronda will be far too much for Banks. Booker T says he agrees and thinks Ronda has more than proven herself time and again.
Coming up on the Kick-Off Show, Rusev Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the United States Championship, as well as the Fatal 4-Way for the Cruiserweight Championship. We see Mandy Rose and Sonya Devile backstage, and Rose says she is more than a pretty face, killer body, gorgeous smile, and incredible hair. She admits to trying to trick Jimmy Uso into chasing her. She wants to win the Rumble and become famous, and have that face everywhere. Sonya Deville tightens her hair and says it’s time to square up. Then Rose says it’s nice to know at least one woman in the match will have her back, but Deville says “until she doesn’t”.
It’s announced that Scott Dawson of The Revival and Rezar of Author’s of Pain will have to team together, and if they win, both their respective teams will get title shots down the line. We get one of those statistics video about the Rumble, which explains the rules of the match and reveals some stats – like there have been 1010 competitors in Rumble history, while only 26 have won the match.
Discussing the women’s Rumble match, Coach reckons Charlotte Flair will be a front-runner, considering she didn’t compete last year. Booker agrees but says a betting man should put his money on Nia Jax. Coach asks Beth Phoenix what it was like to prepare for the match. She says so much of it is up to chance, there’s only so much training you can do in regards to strength and conditioning. Just then she’s interrupted by R-Truth and Carmella. Truth says that he and Carmella are both #30 in their Rumble matches, and Carmella says, after they win, they will have the biggest dance break yet at WrestleMania. Coach asks Carmella if she has an advantage, and she reminds them that she is money, that they should be betting on her.The fans behind them call for a dance break, so they give them one.
We see an interview with Alexa Bliss backstage, in which she said she’s very excited to get back in the ring, and she can’t wait to be in the Rumble for the first time. We then see Samoa Joe sitting backstage, and he says his eyes do not lie; they tell a story about a man filled with anger, rage, and no conscience. He has the perfect combination of size and speed, and will not be moved by anyone. He says he will destroy all opponents, including Randy Orton, who attacked him on SmackDown Live. He says his eyes tell the story of a man built to win the Royal Rumble.
There’s a hype video for Finn Balor Vs. Brock Lesnar, then the panel discuss the big match. Booker says Finn Balor is incredible and he will show it tonight. Lawler says that he doesn’t know anyone who would relish the chance to face Brock Lesnar, however the price is big. Coach asks Beth if Brock will overlook Balor tonight, to which she says Balor has the heart of a lion. That said, she doesn’t think Brock overlooks anyone, he just eats them alive.
They cut back to JBL and Charly Caruso to discuss the SmackDown Live Championship match. JBL says AJ Styles is this generations’ Shawn Michaels. And in Daniel Bryan he has an opponent who can match him in every aspect. JBL likens this to Steamboat Vs. Flair! After a video package for the match, JBL says he doesn’t know who this Daniel Bryan is. He says Bryan doesn’t care about the fans chanting for him anymore, and tonight’s match is a coin flip, but he thinks Bryan will win. We see a video of Bryan from earlier today, where he’s sitting in the stadium by himself. He says soon, the stadium will be filled with fans, cheering for AJ Styles, but those fans live empty lives. He says they fill themselves with meaningless social media likes, toxins, and more. He holds up the Chase Field Burger, which is full of pork, onions, and cheese, and topped with mac and cheese wedges. He says the burger is empty calories, just like their lives. And those fans won’t be satisfied after eating that burger, so they will try to live vicariously through AJ Styles, but he can’t wait to destroy it – then he stomps on the burger.
It’s time for in-ring action. The entrance to the ring is ground level, because this is a baseball stadium, and it’s shaped like an L towards the ring, quite unique. We’re starting things off with Chad Gable and Bobby Roode – during their entrance a cameraman fell over.
Scott Dawson and Bobby Roode start things off. Dawson takes a side headlock but Roode shoots him off. Dawson looks for a hip toss but Roode prevents it and tags Gable. They hit a double team Poetry In Motion/monkey flip combo on Dawson. Gable rolls-up Dawson for a near-fall, then the two exchange pin attempts in a rather messy sequence. Gable looks for a dropkick but Dawson grabs the ropes to avoid it, then tags Rezar.
Dawson hits Gable with a catapult into Rezar, who chokeslams him. Rezar puts Gable over the ropes and hits some crossface forearms. Dawson tags himself in and Rezar isn’t happy. Dawson tries to ground Gable and slow the pace as he applies a headlock. The fans will Gable to his feet and he hits a sunset flip on Dawson, but not before the latter could tag Rezar.
One half of AOP pounds on Gable. He whips him chest-first into the ring post and headbutts him before tagging Dawson back in. Dawson hits a snap suplex for a two count. Dawson and Gable exchange shots in the middle, before accidentally colliding. Rezar tags in again and lifts Gable for another chokeslam but Gable reverses into an armbar over the top rope. Gable finally makes the tag to Roode, who comes in hot with clotheslines, a shoulder tackle to Rezar, and a spinebuster to Dawson. Gable hits Rezar with a blockbuster, but Dawson rolls-him up with the tights for a near-fall. Rezar grabs holds of Roode and Dawson looks for a dropkick but he inadvertently hits Rezar! Gable and Roode then shove Rezar out of the ring and the Tag Champions hit their neckbreaker/moonsault finish on Dawson for the pinfall.
Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley interrupt Charly Caruso and JBL. Rush asks them if they know what it’s like to be almight, what it’s like to be Champions. He reminds JBL that Lashley beat him for the US title some years ago. He says this is Lashley’s time and they walk off.
Next up for discussion is Asuka Vs. Becky Lynch for the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship. JBl says Asuka proved herself in losing last year and bouncing back the way she has done. Caruso says the odds are in Becky’s favour and JBL says momentum is everything and Lynch has that.
WWE Hall of Famer, Shawn Michaels, and David Otunga have joined the Kick-Off Show. Coach asks HBK what it takes to win, to which he says he has no idea. He says everything has changed. Back then he had been in the ring with everyone, now you don’t even know who’s coming out. He jokes that he has never been one for thinking much.
The match gets underway and Rusev scoops Nakamura and slams him into the corner, delivering repeated shoulder tackles. He then kicks Nakamura down for a one count. Rusev drops an elbow on Nakamura, then a second, and scores another one count. Rusev hits the Artist with a suplex, and a second, before clotheslining him from the ring.
Rusev comes out and tries to toss Nakamura into the steel steps but he jumps on top of the steps, then leaps off and knees Rusev in the head. Nakamura tosses Rusev into the barricade, before getting him on the apron and delivering a running knee. Back inside the ring, Nakamura chokes Rusev in the corner with Bad Vibrations, before setting Rusev on the top turnbuckle and hitting a running knee for a two count.
Nakamura delivers a knee to the head of Rusev, before applying a front headlock. Rusev gets up and throws Nakamura off, before catching him with a dropkick. Rusev lands some right hands and a fallaway slam. He then tackles Nakamura and hits a spin kick for a two count. Rusev stomps in the corner, wanting The Accolade but Nakamura rolls to the outside. Rusev runs for a suicide dive but Nakamura kicks him before he can dive through the ropes. Rusev catches Nakamura with a kick to the head but the former Champion follows up with several axe kicks. Nakamura looks for Kinshasa but Rusev floors him with a double axe handle. Rusev hits the Machka Kick, then a swing slam but Nakamura transitions into an armbar. Rusev tries to fight out but Nakamura switches to a triangle. Rusev stands up and suplexes Nakamura to break the submission.
Both men are down but it’s Rusev who gets to his feet first. He tosses Nakamura to the corner and lifts him up top. Rusev climbs up but Nakamura slips down and trips him up, before hitting Landslide for a near-fall. Nakamura goes to the corner and starts untying the turnbuckle pad, so Lana gets on the apron and yells that he is cheating. Nakamaura gets in her face and Rusev accidentally knocks her from the apron. Rusev is horrified by what he did, staring at his wife while leaning on the ropes, so Nakamura connects with Kinshasa to the back of the head and scores the win!
Nakamura is once again the United States Champion!
We’re back with the panel, less than 40 minutes from the show, and they discuss the men’s Rumble again. They discuss the significance of Braun Strowman replacing John Cena tonight. Nikki Cross cuts a promo backstage, in which she says nobody know who will win the women’s Rumble match, but she knows.
We get a video package of highlights from last night’s incredible NXT TakeOver. They announce that next Sunday, during the Super Bowl, they will air NXT Half Time Heat on the WWE Network. That show will see Aleister Black, Velveteen Dream, and Ricochet face Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano, and Tommaso Ciampa!
The bell rings and we have a Mexican stand-off. Itami rolls from the ring, allowing the other three to bicker in the ring. They exchange pin attempts, and Murphy uses his power to toss them around. Tozawa applies a tilt-a-whirl-armbar but he too gets thrown off my Murphy. Kalisto catches Murphy with a hurricanrana, then Tozawa dropkicks him off the apron.
Kalisto attempts to senton onto Murphy on the floor, but the Champion catches him in mid-air for a suplex. Itami gets back in the ring and stands with his arms folded, waiting for Murphy to join him. As he does, Itami clips him with a forearm, then they hit snapmares and kicks to each other, before Itami floors Murphy with a slap.
Itami stands on the middle rope to try and suplex Kalisto into the ring but Murphy grabs Kalisto on the outside for a powerbomb, but Tozawa suicide dives through Itami’s legs to knock Kalisto off of Murphy’s shoulders, which also sent Murphy into the barricade. Crazy spot. Kalisto is lying on the apron and monkey flips Tozawa up into the air and he lands flush on Murphy on the floor!
Kalisto is the first back into the ring to take on Itami and he hits him with a springboard spinning headbutt, followed by a rolling fireman’s carry for a near-fall. Murphy lawn-darts Kalisto into Itami in the corner, then Tozawa hits a missile dropkick to Murphy. Snap back suplex, followed by a shining wizard from Tozawa for a near-fall. Tozawa catches Itami with a weird hurricanrana that planted him face-first on the mat. Then follows-up with a suicide dive. Meanwhile Murphy back body drops Kalisto over the ropes and onto both of them, before hitting a huge tope of his own onto all three of them. Murphy is in charge.
Kalisto is the first back into the ring and he spikes Murphy with a hurricanrana as he was getting back into the ring. Kalisto takes to the top rope but Murphy grabs him and hits a huge sit-out powerbomb for another near-fall. Tozawa hits a crossbody to Murphy, but he rolls through and lifts him up onto his shoulders. However Tozawa hits a reverse frankensteiner. Itami tries to capitalise and pin the Champion but Kalisto hits him with Salida Del Sol for a two count!
All four men get to their feet and exchange shots in the middle of the ring. All of them get knocked down with huge kicks at some point, with Murphy taking out Tozawa and Kalisto with leaping knees. He hits Itami with two, then hits Murphy’s Law for the win!
We see Drew McIntyre backstage and he says every man will tell you he would endure any pain to become cemented in history. They lie. He, on the other-hand, has hurt a lot of men on his journey to the top. He asks where Ziggler is, where Kurt Angle, The Shield, or John Cena are, implying he took them out. He says he is the King of the Raw jungle.
The panel rundown the entire card once more before we head to the official Royal Rumble show. Shawn Michaels predicts Drew McIntyre as the winner, Otunga reckons Bobby Lashley will come out on top, and Beth Phoenix says she thinks Natalya will win the women’s Rumble. And that’s it for the kick-off show!
The 2019 Royal Rumble from Phoenix, Arizona, kicks-off with the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Match! And out first is the challenger, The Man, Becky Lynch!
The match gets underway and they start things off with an aggressive lock-up. Becky hits a shoulder tackle but Asuka fires right back with a dropkick that floors The Man. Lunch gets back to her feet and punches the Champion in the mouth. Lynch yells at Asuka to fight her. Asuka connects with some kicks and a snapmare. She shoves the face of Lynch, who gets angry and delivers some stiff elbows to Asuka’s face, as well as a flying forearm.
Asuka rolls from the ring to regroup. Becky chases her outside but Asuka slides back in, then knocks Becky from the apron with a hip attack. Asuka gets onto the apron and Lynch meets her there and connects with a kick to the chest to knock the Champion to the floor. Becky slams Asuka’s head into the apron, but then Asuka fires back and does the same to her. Asuka tosses her into the barricade, then the ring LED board. Lynch then counters with a Bexploder into the barricade.
Lynch gets Asuka back in the ring for a two count. She hammers on the Champion in the corner until the referee stops her. A suplex from the challenger for a two count. Lynch begins to work on the arm to prepare the Dis-Arm-Her. Asuka looks for a hip attack against the ropes but Becky moves, leaving Asuka hanging there, however the Champion grabs her and applies the Asuka Lock through the ropes! She is forced to break the hold at 4. Lynch then dodges Asuka, sending her shoulder-first into the ring post, so Lynch grabs the arm and applies the Dis-Arm-Her over the top turnbuckle. Again the referee count stops it.
After kneeing Becky in mid-air, Asuka starts to fire up and hits a dropkick from the top rope, as well as a German suplex. A hip attack scores a two count. Asuka takes to the top rope for another dropkick but this time Lynch moves, and hits a Bexploder for a two count. Asuka grabs Becky from out of nowhere with an armbar, but as Becky tries to escape, she transitions to the Asuka Lock. Rope break from Lynch and both women are now on the apron. Asuka gets Becky trapped in the ropes and unloads with forearms to the back. Lynch looks for the Bexploder on the apron but Asuka fights it off. Asuka grabs Becky and hits a twisting fisherman suplex to the floor but she didn’t full commit to the spin and they both landed on their sides.
Lynch just beats the count before 10 but Asuka kicks her in the head for a two count. Both women get to their feet and unleash slaps on each other, until Asuka connects with a roundhouse kick for another near-fall. Becky hits Asuka on the top turnbuckle and hits a super Bexploder! Asuka kicks out! Becky drags Asuka over to the ropes and climbs up top,looks for a senton but Asuka moves. Asuka gets Becky in the Dis-Arm-Her but Becky escapes and gets the Champion in the Asuka Lock! They separate and Becky finally gets the Dis-Arm-Her on but escapes, they exchange reversals, then Asuka gets the Asuka Lock in and Lynch taps!
Lynch sits on the apron afterwards, looking angry with herself. Asuka celebrates with her title.
A trailer for Fighting With My Family, the movie based on Paige’s life and career, is shown.
The next match features the best in the world, Shane McMahon, and his protege, The Miz!
We kick things off with Shane and Sheamus, and McMahon levels Sheamus with a spear right out the gate! Sheamus rolls from the ring to regroup with Cesaro.
Sheamus tags out, as does Shane. Miz attempts some pins on Cesaro to no avail, then looks for Skull Crushing Finale, but the Swiss Superman slides away. Cesaro kicks Miz as he feigned the lock-up. Miz dodged a stray punch from Sheamus, and hits a back elbow, only for Sheamus to pull him back by the shirt and Cesaro deliver a European uppercut in the corner. Sheamus tags back in and knocks McMahon from the apron.
Sheamus scoops Miz off his feet and plants him against the ropes, where Cesaro chokes him. Sheamus and Cesaro attempt to put Miz through an announce table, like they did on SmackDown, however Shane prevents it. They then put Cesaro on the announce table and Shane wants to drop the big elbow but Sheamus prevents it. That doesn’t stop Shane from leaping off and onto Sheamus anyway. Cesaro follows-up with a huge European uppercut to Shane, then tosses him into the barricade.
Back inside the ring, Cesaro and Miz are the legal men and the former is in control. Sheamus tags in and drops a knee from the middle rope for a two count. Sheamus drapes Miz over the ropes and hits the Ten Beats of the Bodhran, before Cesaro tags in and they hit a double team suplex. Shane is back on the apron, while Cesaro holds Miz down with a rear chin lock.
Miz finally catches Cesaro with a back body drop and tags Shane, while Sheamus comes in. Shane unloads punches in bunches to Sheamus in corner, before hitting a flying back elbow, and a float-over DDT for a near-fall. Shane puts Sheamus in the corner and stomps on him. Cesaro tags himself in and Shane hits him with some punches, and he falls against Sheamus. Shane climbs up top and looks for Coast-to-Coast on both men, but Cesaro caught him in mid-air and hit The Swing for about a minute!
Shane desperately grabs Cesaro with a triangle choke and Cesaro fades, but Sheamus breaks it with a knee drop from the middle rope. Miz returns and boots Sheamus from the ring. On the outside, Sheamus takes out Miz with a clothesline, then tags into the match. Sheamus and Cesaro hit a double-team White Noise but Shane kicks out. Sheamus looks for a Brogue Kick but inadvertently hits Cesaro, then Miz hits him with a Skull Crushing Finale and they roll from the ring. Shane goes up top and hits Cesaro with a shooting star press for the win!
Winners and New Tag Team Champions: The Miz & Shane McMahon
Miz and Shane celebrate their big win, and we see Miz’s father celebrating at ringside. Miz, his dad, and Shane hug and pose at ringside.
The Boss, Sasha Banks, is interviewed backstage by Charly Caruso, who asks Banks if her emotions will get in her way tonight. Banks says her passion is the only reason she is where she is. She has never been handed anything and tonight she will prove why she is the best in the world. Banks makes her way to the ring – it’s actually her birthday today!
The bell rings and both women talk trash to each other. Sasha looks to slap Ronda but the Champion grabs the arm and flips her over, however Sasha has her scouted and rolls right through! She looks at Ronda with a smirk.
Sasha hits a springboard arm drag but Ronda flips her off and does the Boss taunt. Ronda grabs hold of Sasha and yells at the crowd “you think I can’t wrestle? I’ll show you some wrestling!”, then hits a suplex on Sasha. She holds on though and looks to hit more suplexes, ala the Three Amigo’s. Sasha prevents the third however and looks for the Bank Statement but Ronda grabs the arm and looks to break it but Sasha gets to the ropes.
They get back to their feet and this time Sasha does slap her, and Ronda responds with a kick to the gut that knocked Sasha from the ring. Rousey smacks Sasha’s head on the apron, then unloads some right hands to the body. Sasha dodges a punch and Ronda hits the ring post, knocking off the LED. Sasha gets into the ring and hits a suicide dive, then gets Ronda back inside for a two count. Ronda is selling the right hand now, as Sasha applies a submission in the centre of the ring.
Ronda tries to break the hold, slamming Banks into the turnbuckles, but Sasha hits double knees to Ronda in the corner before going into a straight-jacket submission. Ronda escapes again and hits Banks with a running elbow for a two count. Sasha slaps Ronda repeatedly, then hits an armbreaker with her knees. Sasha drags Ronda by the hair, before slamming her into the turnbuckles, then chokes her with her foot. Sasha looks for double knees again but Ronda dodges it, then lifts her up for Piper’s Pit but Sasha rolls down her back and applies a gnarly arm submission to the Champion. Ronda fights out but Sasha applies the Bank Statement. Ronda rolls through and hits Piper’s Pit!
Rousey grabs Sasha with an armbar over the ring ropes, then heads up top, still selling the arm, but Sasha shoves her feet off and climbs the ropes. Banks grabs Ronda and hits a superplex for a near-fall. Rousey hits Sasha with some Judo throws, then looks for the armbar but Sasha slings her out of the ring. Banks dives through the ropes but Ronda catches her and applies an armbar on the outside! Sasha taps but the referee stops her and says it can’t count on the outside. Ronda sends Sasha back inside and unloads some punches, then a Judo throw. Ronda connects with a big leaping knee for a near-fall. Both women selling their arms now.
Rousey wants a gutwrench but Sasha reverses it and throws Ronda head-first into the bottom turnbuckle. Banks hits a knee to the arm of Rousey. She wants the Bank Statement but Ronda flung her off. Banks counters the spinning Samoan drop and applies the Bank Statement. Ronda tries to reach the ropes but Sasha stomps the hand. Ronda tries to roll out but Sasha applies a Fujiwari armbar and Ronda is struggling. Ronda manages to escape but picking Sasha up for a gutwrench suplex. She hits Piper’s Pit and that’s it!
After the match Ronda grabs Sasha’s hand and holds it, before helping her to her feet. Ronda lowers the bottom rope to help Sasha leave and then she holds her title up. Banks stands on the runway and looks very contemplative. Ronda celebrates by kissing her husband at ringside, which earned some boos. Sasha comes back down and properly shakes Ronda’s hand, before holding up the Four Horsewomen symbol. Ronda looks angry, while Sasha walks away smiling.
It’s time for our first Royal Rumble match of the night, and Beth Phoenix has joined the commentary team!
Our number 1 and number 2 competitors are Lacey Evans and Natalya. Before the match, Evans cuts a promo, in which she announces herself as the only lady in WWE. She’s here to clean up the division.
The bell rings and the two blondes lock-up. They exchange some reversals but Evans messed a few of them up. Natalya clotheslined her over, but she landed on the apron, then hits Nattie with a sunset flip back into the ring. Evans lifts Natalya up for a powerbomb but Natalya reverses with a hurricanrana. Nattie hits a discus clothesline as the clock counts down.
Mandy Rose is the next entrant, and she takes Natalya down with a clothesline and a leaping knee. She lifts Nattie up and attempts to toss her over with a scoop slam but Natalya fights off. Evans attempted a moonsault to Natalya but nobody was home. Natalya grabs both women and applies a sharpshooter to them!
The fourth entrant is Liv Morgan of the Riott Squad. Morgan comes to the ring and all three women are down. Morgan sits for a minute, staring, before running at Natalya and getting tossed right over and out! Liv Morgan Eliminated. Meanwhile, Rose and Evans team together to beat on Natalya. Rose turns to run at Nattie but Evans pulled her back by the hair. She slams Rose against Nattie in the corner, then hits them with a modified bronco buster.
The fifth entrant is Mickie James. The former women’s Champion comes running down and takes out Nattie with a clothesline, then does the same to Rose and Evans. James hits Evans with a neckbreaker, then catches Natalya with a Mick Kick. Mickie tossed Rose onto the apron and a bizarre spot ended with nothing happening and both returning to the ring.
Ember Moon is the next entrant into the match and she storms the ring, hitting a hip attack to Rose, suplex to Evans, and trip-kick to James. We spend the next minute with nothing of note happening.
Next down is Billie Kay, who says she won’t enter until Peyton Royce comes out. She walks around the ring, as the women inside struggle around the ropes. Nikki Cross is the 8th competitor and she runs to the ring like a bat out of hell. However she stops to throw Billie Kay into the barricade, before climbing onto the top rope and wiping out everyone with a crossbody – that’s the fire that this match sorely needed. Cross runs around elbowing everyone as the fans chant her name. Mandy Rose grabs her by the hair, but Nikki shrugs her off and hits a reverse DDT. Billie Kay comes in to get revenge on Cross but she gets taken down.
Now it’s time for Peyton Royce, who runs to her friends rescue. Royce grabs Cross and hits a rolling fireman’s carry. Kay lifts Cross and they double-team her, then we’re back to struggling around the ropes. The clock counts down again and this time it’s Tamina Snuka. The Samoan stomps to the ring and headbutts Mickie James, then lands several Samoan drops. Cross tackled Tamina through the middle rope to the outside, but she came back in and superkicked Cross. Tamina follows-up with a Snuka Splash to Cross. As the clock was counting down, Mickie James was unceremoniously knocked out. Mickie James Eliminated.
Xia Li of NXT is the next woman out and she’s the first Chinese person to ever compete in a Rumble match! Li kicks Tamina several times, before booting just about every other woman in the match. Li and Tamina engaged in a messy spot, that ended with an enziguiri of sorts to Tamina.
Sarah Logan is next and she immediately lasts longer than Liv Morgan. Logan slams Ember Moon before tossing her over the ropes but she lands on the apron. Logan hit Moon and she slid all the way out the ring, minus her feet, which were tucked under the bottom rope! She stays alive in the match. The same cannot be said or Nikki Cross however, as she is tossed out by the Iconics. Nikki Cross Eliminated.
Unlucky number 13 is none other, than Charlotte Flair! The Queen takes her time getting to the ring in her robe – she really does feel a class above all others in this match so far. She gets into the ring and is attacked by just about everyone but she spears Mandy Rose and unloads chops to the rest. Lacey Evans meanwhile tosses both Billie and Peyton over and out. Billie Kay Eliminated. Peyton Royce Eliminated. Charlotte and Xia Li have an exchange of strikes, but Charlotte big boots her off the apron and out! Xia Li Eliminated.
OH! It’s time to set sail, because Kairi Sane is the next entrant, and she gets a big pop from Arizona! Charlotte threw Tamina out as Sane was making her entrance. Sane hits a flying elbow right off the bat, then her and Flair come face to face. Flair asks what she’s got, and Sane unloads a huge chop to her chest. Charlotte asks for more and she gives repeated chops. Charlotte screams at her and then chops back. Sane won’t back down though, until Flair floors her. After a few moments, Sane hits the InSane Elbow to Sarah Logan and throws her out with the help of Natalya. Sarah Logan Eliminated. Good storytelling that Nattie is eliminating the Riott Squad members.
Number 16 is Maria Kanellis! Evans and Charlotte come face to face in the ring and it’s like looking into a mirror. Maria gets in the middle of them and demands attention, but they both kick her. Evans and Charlotte fight over who gets to beat on Maria, then Kanellis hits a double bulldog. Maria hits a jawbreaker to Rose and an X-Factor to Ember. She starts to dance but then Charlotte connects with a big spear.
Naomi is next and she runs to the ring, no dancing. She takes the fight to Mandy Rose and gets her onto the apron and kicks her in the head. Mandy Rose Eliminated. Rose grabs Naomi for a powerbomb but Naomi managed to get her feet onto the barricade. She walks along the barricade and jumps onto the steel steps and just as the fans are cheering, Rose grabs her and rips her down! Naomi Eliminated. Rose attacks Naomi on the floor as referee’s attempt to stop it. Charlotte flips Evans over and onto the apron, then kicks her right off. Lacey Evans Eliminated.
Candice LeRae is next, NXT wrestler and wife of Johnny Gargano! Candice connects with a missile dropkick to Moon, then tries to eliminate her. They brawl back and forth, with Ember hitting a nice gutbuster. The next entrant is Alicia Fox, who dances the whole way to the ring. She gets in and dropkicks a few competitors. Maria tries to arrange a truce with Foxy and it seems to work. They start to beat on Kairi Sane, then Alicia puts her Captain’s hat on Maria’s head. Maria takes it of and stomps on it. Alicia gets mad and throws a tantrum, like a baby.
Kacy Catanzaro, another from NXT, is the next entrant. She hits Ember Moon with a nice hurricanrana right out the gate. Natalya lifts her and tries to powerbomb her over, but she fights off and hits another hurricanrana. She performs some impressive gymnastics to almost eliminate Foxy, but the wily Captain holds on. And now it’s time for Zelina Vega, number 20 – and she’s wearing a Vega from Street Fighter outfit. She comes down and has a staredown with Candice LaRae – former enemies – they butt heads and shoves each other, then unload. Surprisingly little noise from the fans in this match. LeRae and Vega brawl while the others hang over the ropes.
Ruby Riott is the last member of the Squad coming to the ring, and she’s coming with Logan and Morgan! Riott has a new mohawk haircut. They drag Charlotte out from under the ropes and beat her down on the outside. Ruby gets inside, while Morgan and Logan drag Fox out and beat her down as well. Meanwhile Zelina Vega sneaked under the apron! Foxy is tossed back in and Ruby threw her right out! Alicia Fox Eliminated.
The Riott Squad pulled Candice LaRae out from underneath, then powerbombed her against the barricade! They put her back inside and Ruby threw her right out. Candice LaRae Eliminated. Dana Brooke is next out and she powerbombs Kacy Catanzaro right away, but then she’s dragged out by Morgan and Logan. Kairi Sane tries to hurricanrana Ruby from using the ropes, but Ruby just tossed her over and she landed hard on the floor. Kairi Sane Eliminated. Ruby rolled out under the bottom rope and they continue to beat on Kairi Sane, but the next entrant is Sane’s best friend, Io Shirai!
Shirai comes down and dropkicks both Morgan and Logan, before hitting an Acai Moonsault to the Riott Squad, before she even enters the match! And we’re back to waiting for the clock to countdown, and this one is worth it: Rhea Ripley! The former UK Women’s Champion runs to the ring and takes out Ember with an elbow, and a flapjack to Shirai. Dana Brooke tosses Catanzaro out of the ring and onto the floor but her feet didn’t touch the ground. She does a handstand over to the ringpost, then wraps her leg around it and climbs up like a monkey! She leaps off the top rope but is caught by Rhea Ripley, who lifts her up for a suplex and throws her out! Kacy Catanzaro Eliminated.
Sonya Deville is out next and she unloads some nice kicks and knees to her opponents before being taken down by Dana Brooke. Ripley gives Dana Brooke the Riptide over the top rope and onto the apron, then kicks her off. Dana Brooke Elimianted. Zelina Vega pops out from under the apron to mock Brooke, when suddenly Hornswoggle’s head pops out! She screams and runs away and Hornswoggle chases her. Vega gets into the ring, where she’s grabbed and thrown right out by Rhea Ripley! Zelina Vega Eliminated. Hornswoggle chases Vega up the runway.
The next entrant is The Goddess, Alexa Bliss! She comes to the ring and attacks Ember Moon, dropping moonsault knees on her.
Bliss brawls with Sonya Deville and throws her onto the apron, then punches her off. Sonya Deville Eliminated. Bayley is the next entrant and she storms the ring, knocking everyone down, and even knocking Ruby Riott out! Ruby Riott Eliminated. Seconds later, Rhea Ripley is back body dropped out by The Hugger! Rhea Ripley Eliminated.
Lana is entrant number 28, but she can barely walk, with Rusev hurting her by accident on the Kick-Off Show. As Lana limps to the ring, Nia Jax comes out as number 29 and attacks Lana! She beats her down, stomping on her taped ankle, and slams her into the barricade before getting into the ring. Jax attacks everyone and catches Io Shirai in mid-air moonsault, and throws her out. Io Shirai Eliminated.
Natalya tries to fight Nia and even gets her up on her shoulders, but she can’t sustain the weight and Nia throws her out as well! Natalya Eliminated. Natalya was just short of the hour mark. Carmella is the final entrant, which she earned on SmackDown Live. Carmella comes in and hurricanrana’s Nia Jax and dropkicks Ember Moon, then she’s steamrolled by Jax.
Just then, The Man, Becky Lynch comes down and argues with Finlay that she needs to take Lana’s spot in the match! He gives her the go-ahead and the roof comes off the baseball stadium. Lynch comes face-to-face with Nia Jax, first time in a ring since Nia broke her nose. She unloads on her, then Charlotte grabs Becky and tries to throw her out. She sticks around and comes back in. Lynch climbs to the top rope and dropkicks Jax.
Meanwhile, Ember Moon and Alexa Bliss have a back and forth, with both women now on the apron. Bliss gives her some sort of STO to eliminate her. Ember Moon Eliminated. Carmella takes the fight to Alexa and connects with a huge superkick, then Bayley gives her a buckle bomb and they throw her out. Alexa Bliss Eliminated. Nia Jax and Becky are back toe-to-toe but Charlotte kicks Nia from behind. Bayley hits Nia with an elbow drop from the top rope. Carmella climbs up top and dives onto Charlotte but Flair rolls through and hits her with a backbreaker. Charlotte goes up top but Carmella meets her there. Charlotte tosses Carmella onto the apron but she kicks Flair and gets back in. Carmella superkicks Nia on the apron, but then Charlotte big boots her off. Carmella Eliminated.
We’re down to four: Charlotte, Bayley, Becky, and Nia. Bayley and Charlotte have a back and forth. Nia lifts Bayley for a Samoan drop but Charlotte kicks Nia and that knocks Bayley over the ropes and out! Bayley Eliminated. Lynch and Flair have a staredown, then brawl with each other but Nia splashes them both in the corner. Jax then grabs Charlotte and tries to scoop slam her over but can’t. Charlotte hits multiple big boots to Nia, before lifting her onto her back and dropping her on her head. Becky is down and out on the floor, but not eliminated. Charlotte lifts Nia again and sets her on the apron, and Lynch sees the opportunity to rip her off and to the floor! Nia Jax Eliminated.
And we’re down to two. Lynch stares at Charlotte as she slowly climbs the steps to get back in. Suddenly Jax shoves Lynch off the steps and she twists her knee on the fall! Charlotte looks happy as can be as Lynch can barely stand and referee’s try to get her to quit. Lynch climbs in but still can’t stand. Charlotte looks pissed as Becky hobbles on one leg and talks trash. Charlotte hits a chop block to the knee, then beats the crap out of her leg. Lynch kicks her off but Charlotte continues the attack, hanging Becky in the tree of woe and kicking her. Flair tries to lift Lynch but the Lasskicker hits an enziguiri. Lynch tosses her onto the apron and tries to punch her off but Charlotte kicks the knee again. Charlotte hits her with an exploder, then runs for a big boot but Lynch ducks it and Charlotte flies over and onto the apron. Lynch elbows her in the face and Charlotte falls to the floor!
Lynch celebrates her huge win after the match. As always, she points to the WrestleMania sign and says “I’m the main event of WrestleMania”. We’re just 70 days away from the showcase of the immortals!
The bell rings and the two veterans have a solid lock-up, with Styles forcing Bryan to the corner. Styles starts unloading shots, so D-Bray slides out under the ropes. He waits to get back in. They lock-up again but this time Bryan uses his superior mat skills to take Styles down and tweak the wrist. AJ fires back with a shoulder block and headlock takedown. Slow start.
Bryan dodges Styles and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Styles rolls from the ring and Bryan runs him into the post, shoulder-first. He gets Styles back in the ring and starts targeting the arm with kicks and holds. Bryan hits him with a double-underhook suplex into an armbar. However Styles holds his hands together and reaches the rope with his foot.
Bryan floors Styles with a right hand, then unloads some mounted punches that bust Styles nose open. Styles fires back with some strikes, followed by a flying forearm in the corner, and aneckbreaker for a two count. Styles punches Bryan on the mat and grabs him, looking for the Styles Clash but Bryan counters into a pin attempt. They exchange several quick pin attempts until Styles hits Bryan with a dragonscrew, then another. He’s beginning to target the leg ahead of the calf crusher.
Bryan catches AJ with a drop toe hold into the turnbuckles. Bryan kicks Styles in the corner, before hitting a running dropkick. Bryan gets Styles in a full nelson, then dumps AJ on his neck with a dragon suplex for a two count. Bryan takes Styles up top and looks for a hurricanrana but Styles holds on and looks for the Styles Clash but Bryan kicks him in the head and AJ falls to the outside. Bryan attempted to shoulder AJ off to the floor but AJ dodged it and Bryan crashed and burned. AJ hit a running knee to the face, then springboards off the barricade with a reverse DDT to Bryan!
Styles gets the Champion back in the ring and looks for the springboard 450 but Bryan got his knees up. Bryan applies the Labell Lock to Styles, who escapes and applies the Calf Crusher. The crowd are completely dead here. Bryan reaches the bottom rope to force the break. Bryan starts to hit the former Yes Kicks to Styles, and he’s just hitting the injured arm. Bryan lifts AJ by both arms and stomps his head. After a few kicks though Bryan’s knee gave out.
Bryan and Styles get on the top rope and fight. Styles looks for a superplex but Bryan slides down and shoves him, thus crotching him. Bryan climbs back up and grabs Styles for a back superplex but AJ landed on his feet! AJ grabs Bryan and applies the Calf Crusher again, as Bryan reaches the ropes though AJ turns it into a pin attempt but Bryan kicks out. AJ and Bryan exchange backslide attempts until Bryan lands on his feet and AJ hits him with a quick brainbuster for a near-fall. Styles gets onto the apron and jumps for the springboard but Bryan kicks out his leg and he crumbles onto the apron. Styles gets to his feet and tries to do the Phenomenal Forearm but Bryan dodges it and kicks him, then Styles hits the Pele kick and both men are down.
Randomly, Erick Rowan makes his way down the ring, wearing civilian clothes, and walks around. Styles and Bryan get to their feet and exchange hands as Rowan watches from ringside. Styles targets the leg of Bryan, but the Champion looks for an enziguiri and hits the referee. Styles hits Bryan with a Styles Clash but then Rowan runs in, grabs Styles, and hits a chokeslam. Bryan pins Styles and that’s it.
Rowan comes into the ring after the match and lifts Styles, so Bryan can hit the running knee. Bryan holds his title up and Rowan holds his arm up. I guess we have a new alliance – or a reunion of former Wyatts.
The bell rings and Finn connects with a front dropkick as Brock is talking to Heyman. Balor unleashes strikes on the corner, then Brock flips him over the ropes onto the apron. Balor hits an enziguiri, then leaps over the ropes with a double foot stomp the back of Lesnar – who still hasn’t fallen.
Balor hits a flying forearm, then a corner dropkick. He looks for another but Brock catches him and hits a belly-to-belly that sends Finn from the ring. Lesnar goes outside and attacks Finn. He tosses him into the LED apron, then into the barricade. A belly-to-belly on the floor from Brock, who then rips the top off of the announce table. Brock lifts Finn onto his shoulder but Balor slides off and shoves Brock into the edge of the table stomach-first. He shoves Brock again into the edge of the table, perhaps hurting Brock who once had Diverticulitis!
Lesnar knocks Balor down and throws him back into the ring. He holds his stomach for a minute and looks in pain, before getting back inside. As he’s climbing in Balor attacks, but Brock shrugs it off and tosses him into the corner like a bug. Another belly-to-belly from Brock, who fell over, holding his stomach. Lesnar with shoulder tackles in the corner, followed by another belly-to-belly. Brock runs at Finn, who kicks his stomach, an follows-up with a slingblade. Balor looks for the corner dropkick again but Brock caught him with a massive clothesline. Brock still clearly hurting, he attempts to life Finn but can’t. He tries again but still can’t lift him.
Finally he lifts Finn onto his shoulders and swings for the F5 but Finn reverses into a DDT! Balor grabs Lesnar’s legs and stomps his gut repeatedly. Balor then knocks Brock from the ring and hits a tope, followed by a second, and a third! Lesnar wills himself back into the ring and rolls into the corner, but Finn hits him with a corner dropkick. Balor goes up top and hits Coup De Grace but Lesnar kicks out. As he kicks out, Brock grabs Finn with a Kimura and Balor taps!
After the match Brock is clearly angry and he attacks Finn, hitting multiple German suplexes. Brock grabs his title and holds it high. His music plays but then he stops and hits an F5 to Finn, before holding his title up again.
And it’s main event time! JBL and Jerry Lawler are guest commentators for this one. The Men’s Royal Rumble match is about to get underway and our first entrant is Elias and. Elias is in the ring before the match with his guitar, he says he’s number 1 in the match and in our hearts. He knows the deck is stacked against him but he will eliminate every other man and show them what WWE stands for.
Before that however, he has a song but he’s interrupted by Jeff Jarrett! JJ comes to the ring and struts before he can begin the match with Elias. He introduces himself, the world’s greatest singer, greatest entertainer, and greatest wrestler. Ain’t he great? Elias says he’s gets interrupted all the time, but it’s nice to be interrupted by someone who brings something to the table. Elias says he knows JJ is out here because he wants to walk with Elias, but he also wants a duet Jarrett agrees but as JJ is introducing himself again. Elias clocks him with a right hand.
The match gets underway with Elias kicking a downed Jarrett. He tries to throw him out but Jarrett fires back with hands. Elias takes him down with a clothesline though, then grabs his guitar and breaks it over JJ’s back and throws him out. Jeff Jarrett Eliminated.
Shinsuke Nakamura is entrant number two. The new United States Champion, and the winner of last year’s Rumble, comes down and takes the fight to Elias. He inflicts Bad Vibrations in the corner but then Elias responds with some hands. Elias takes to the top rope and walks across the ropes like Taker, but he goes to the other side and hits an arm drag.
Kurt Angle is number 4 and the Olympic Gold Medalist goes right for Elias, hitting a German suplex. Then one for Nakamura. He hits Elias with a belly-to-belly, followed by another German to Shinsuke. Then things slow down as we await the next person.
Big E walks to the ring, tossing pancakes as always. Fitting that Big E is number 5. E continues the trend set by Angle, hitting belly-to-belly’s to Nakamura, followed by the Big Splash. Angle then hits Big E with an Angle Slam. Followed by Nakamura setting Angle on the top rope and hitting a running knee that knocks Angle to the floor! Kurt Angle Eliminated.
Number 6 is a match of the year maestro, the North American Champion, Johnny Gargano! His wife was in the women’s Rumble earlier tonight! Johnny Wrestling runs down and takes out Elias and Big E with some dropkicks and whatnot. Elias throws him to the apron and whips him with some right hands, then runs to knee him but Gargano hits the slingshot spear!
The next entrant is Jinder Mahal, flanked by Samir and Sunil Singh. Mahal comes in and hits Gargano with a scoop slam. He then floors Elias and Big E with big boots. Mahal lifts Gargano and tries to throw him out but Gargano knocks Jinder onto the apron and superkicks him off! Jinder Mahal Eliminated. Both Singh Brothers came into the ring for some reason but one was knocked back out by Elias, the other was fed pancakes by Big E and tossed out.
Next is a Royal Rumble debutante: Samoa Joe! The Samoan Bulldozer storms the ring, attacking everyone. Gargano kicks him and attempts a crossbody but Joe just walks away from it and Gargano crashes. Big E grabs Joe for a belly-to-belly but Joe stands firm, then throws Big E out! Big E Eliminated.
Our next Superstar is the favourite to win: Curt Hawkins. He comes in and scopes the landscape, before sliding back out. He runs in to unleash attacks from behind, then back out. Suddenly Joe caches Hawkins with the Coquina Clutch. Elias attacks Joe from behind and he drops Hawkins, who rolls out of the ring and climbs under the apron, like Zelina Vega earlier.
Now for the actual favourite: Seth Rollins! The Messiah comes to the ring and hits a springboard clothesline to Elias, a kick to Nakamura, and a falcon arrow to Gargano. Rollins knocks Elias onto the apron, then the Drifter is holding onto the ring post for dear life but Rollins knocks him off. Elias Eliminated. Titus O’Neil is next, and he crosses himself before making his run down to the ring. He stops at ringside and celebrates that he made it. He then spots Curt Hawkins’ head peeping out from underneath, so he crawls under, chasing him. They come out the other side, both slide into the ring, and Hawkins suckers O’Neil into flying over the ropes and out! Titus O’Neil Eliminated.
Just as Hawkins is celebrating, Samoa Joe throws him out! Curt Hawkins Eliminated. Kofi Kingston is our next entrant and he comes in hot with a springboard elbow to Shinsuke Nakamura. The commentators talk-up Kofi’s amazing moments in Rumble history. Number 13 is Mustafa Ali, who runs down and goes to work with Samoa Joe. He hits a forward roll through the ropes into an X-Factor to Joe! He and Nakamura start brawling and Ali does Nakamura’s own come on taunt. Nakamura goes up top for a Kinshasa but Ali dropkicks him off and out! Shinsuke Nakamura Eliminated.
Dean Ambrose is next and he goes right into throwing hands with Seth Rollins. He gets Rollins into the corner, then tries to throw Kofi out to no avail. Ambrose kicks Kofi to the floor, but, as always, he keeps his feet against the LED board. Kofi rolls sideways all the way over the steps – kinda like the red devil from Cow & Chicken. Anyway, Kofi comes back in. Meanwhile Gargano, on the apron, tries to slingshot spear Dean Ambrose, but the moral compass of WWE catches him in mid-air with Dirty Deeds. Gargano is then tosses out. Johnny Gargano Eliminated.
Number 15 is No Way Jose, accompanied by his entire conga line. Jose gets in but Samoa Joe clotheslines him right back out. No Way Jose Eliminated. After a minute of despair, the conga line resumes partying and dance their way back out. The next entrant is Drew McIntyre, who meets Jose and his conga line on the runway. The Scottish psychopath clocks Jose, then stats beating the entire conga line, minus the women, sexist. McIntyre gets into the ring and knocks a few people down with kicks, then brawls with Samoa Joe. They go at it until McIntyre connects with a flush Claymore Kick.
Xavier Woods is the final member of New Day and he comes down but Kofi is knocked off the apron right into the arms of Xavier. Woods helps Kofi back into the match but Kofi’s feet seemed to touch the ground. Regardless, as soon as they get into the match McIntyre clotheslines them back out. Xavier Woods Eliminated. Kofi Kingston Eliminated.
The next entrant is the United Kingdom Champion, Pete Dunne! The Bruiserweight hits Mustafa Ali with a snap German suplex, then kicks Samoa Joe in the head, before manipulating Drew McIntyre’s hand and stomping it. Dunne tosses Ali over and onto the apron, where he bends his fingers but Ambrose stops him. Andrade is number 19 and he goes right after Pete Dunne. He hits Dunne with an incredible tilt-a-whirl DDT before turning his attention to Dean Ambrose.
Former NXT Champion, Aleister Black is the number 20 Superstar! He goes right to work with Pete Dunne, unleashing some hands and elbows. The crowd chants for NXT as Black hits a springboard moonsault to Dunne and Rollins. Ali tries to fight with Black and hits a springboard but gets caught in mid-air with a knee. Black connects with Black Mass to Ambrose and sends him flying over the ropes! Dean Ambrose Eliminated.
Shelton Benjamin is out next but he just joins the fray. Joe has Ali in the Coquida Clutch but Shelton Benjamin hits a shining wizard to Joe, running up Ali’s knee! Ali then shock eliminated Samoa Joe! Samoa Joe Eliminated. The next entrant is Baron Corbin, who comes down and attacks Seth Rollins, then hits Mustafa Ali with Deep Six. Corbin hits Apollo Crews as he attempted to jump from the apron to the ring, and eliminates him. Apollo Crews Eliminated.
Jeff Hardy is next and he storms the ring, attacking everyone in sight. He gets a DELETE chant going as he hits a jawbreaker to Ali and a Twist of Fate to Shelton Benjamin. Hardy hits Whisper in the Wind to several stars. Pete Dunne grabs the hand of Aleister Black and seemingly breaks his fingers, but Black kicks him in the head, then pops them back in! Corbin grabs Black and tosses him out. Aleister Black Eliminated. Corbin tries to throw Dunne out as well but the Bruiserweight grabs his fingers. McIntyre connects with a Claymore to Dunne, then throws him out. Pete Dunne Eliminated.
Rey Mysterio is number 25,and he comes in with a springboard but Baron Corbin caught him and hit a backbreaker. Andrade began attacking Myserio on the mat and lifted him up for a sit-out powerbomb. Next out is the almighty Bobby Lashley, flanked by Lio Rush! The Intercontinental Champion comes in and goes right after Seth Rollins. Rollins pulls the rope down and Lashley runs right over and out! Bobby Lashley Eliminated. Pissed at his quick elimination, Lashley drags Rollins out under the bottom rope and tosses him into the barricade. Lashley pulls the top off the announce table, then takes Rollins up top and chokeslams him through it! The officials are trying to stop Lashley.
Meanwhile, the next entrant is Braun Strowman! The Monster goes right after Corbin and throws him out! Baron Corbin Eliminated. Strowman gets attacked by Shelton Benjamin, but it’s short lived as he then tosses him out as well. Shelton Benjamin Eliminated. The next entrant is Dolph Ziggler, who was not expected to be here! McIntyre looks like he has seen a ghost. McIntyre brawls with Strowman, but then Ziggler comes in and superkicks him out! Drew McIntyre Eliminated.
Randy Orton comes out as Strowman clotheslines Andrade inside out. If Orton wins tonight he matches Steve Austin’s record. Orton and Strowman come face to face and Orton looks for an RKO but Strowman shoves him off and hits a running powerslam. Andrade is trying to superplex Mysterio, but Strowman grabs Andrade on his shoulders, who also has Mysterio up for a suplex, and Ali comes off the top rope with a crossbody to knock all four men down!
R-Truth is the final spot in tonight’s event…however he is attacked from behind by Nia Jax as he made his entrance! Jax has taken his spot. She splashes Ziggler in the corner, then kicks Mysterio and drops an elbow on him. Mustafa Ali says he won’t fight Jax, but she picks him up and throws him out – way to get Ali over. Mustafa Ali Eliminated. Randy Orton slides in behind Jax and looks like he might RKO her, but then stands up and they have a staredown. Orton goes for it but she pushes him off and shoulder tackles him. Jax picks up Rey onto her shoulders but then Ziggler superkicks her! Mysterio knocks her onto the middle rope and hits the 619 and Orton connects with the RKO and the arena has come unglued.
Mysterio and Orton stalk Jax as she attempts to get to her feet, then they toss her out. Nia Jax Eliminated. Mysterio turns around and into an RKO, then he too is gone. Rey Mysterio Eliminated. As Orton is admiring his work however, Andrade scoops him over! Randy Orton Eliminated. So we’re left with Dolph Ziggler and Andrade in the ring, meanwhile Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman are still in the match but down on the outside.
Ziggler and Andrade throw hands and exchange reversals. Ziggler hits a headbutt but Andrade fires back with a chest chop. Strowman then comes running back in and clotheslines them both. Strowman splashes Andrade in the corner, then does the same to Ziggler. Rollins begins to resurface on the outside and Braun notices, so he runs out and shoulder tackles him. Strowman gets Rollins back inside and picks him up for a powerslam but Rollins climbs off. Ziggler superkicks Strowman, Andrade hits him with double knees, Ziggler connects with a Zig-Zag, then Rollins hits a frog splash. Strowman is down and the other three men grab him, but Braun lifts Andrade and runs him over the ropes and out. Andrade Eliminated.
Ziggler and Rollins both grab a leg of Strowman and try to toss him over. Instead he flips them both over but they land on the apron. Strowman hits the ropes and knocks Ziggler off! Dolph Ziggler Eliminated. Rollins knocks Strowman over and onto the apron, but he’s holding onto the rope. Rollins superkicks Strowman but he doesn’t go down. Seth hits the ropes but Braun grabs him by the throat and chokeslams him. Strowman enters the match and taunts the crowd. Strowman lifts Rollins up for a powerslam and sets him over the ropes onto the apron but Rollins holds onto the head and drags Strowman down and onto the apron with him. Strowman tries to powerslam Rollins on the apron, but Seth slides off the back and shoves him into the ring post. Seth kicks him in the gut, then hits The Stomp on the apron and Strowman falls off!
There you have it folks, Seth Rollins is the winner of the 2019 Royal Rumble Match. He’s going to WrestleMania!
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