Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage of the WWE Royal Rumble 2020.
That’s right folks, we’re officially on that long and winding road to WrestleMania. Honestly, even the most hardened and jaded wrestling fan loves the Rumble because it’s such a fun and unique event. And the men’s Rumble will feature and extra twist tonight as the WWE Champion, Brock Lesnar, will himself take part in the match from number 1. Brock has vowed to eliminate 29 other Superstars and win the whole show, but he has a lot to overcome, including Cain Velasquez, the favourite Roman Reigns, and several surprises.
As for the women’s Rumble match, we’re going to see 30 women compete for the chance to face Becky Lynch/Asuka for the Raw Women’s Championship, or Bayley/Lacey Evans for the SmackDown title. The favourite for the match right now is the unannounced Shayna Baszler, who many think is destined to face Lynch at WrestleMania since dropping her NXT title. However a Ronda Rousey return would write itself. That said, I’m predicting Nia Jax to return and win, thus setting up that revenge story with Lynch.
As for the rest of tonight’s card, we have Daniel Bryan Vs. The Fiend for the Universal Championship, Andrade Vs. Humberto Carrillo for the United States Championship, Roman Reigns Vs. Baron Corbin in a Falls Count Anywhere Match, and Sheamus Vs. Shorty G.
And that’s the preview for the 2020 Royal Rumble event. The show will begin at 5 PM EST with the Kick-Off Show, and the main card will begin at 7 PM. We have a long night of fun and surprises ahead of us, so follow along on the Ringside News app, or on Twitter and Instagram. Enjoy the show!
The Royal Rumble kick-off show The Coach welcoming us to the show, and introducing his panel of Charly Caruso, Christian, and David Otunga. Coach asks what the key is to win the Royal Rumble, and Christian says the best strategy is to stay low and don’t go near the ropes, while Otunga says forming an alliance.
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Coach sends us to Renee Young, Sam Roberts, and Booker T on the ramp. Sam says this is his favourite PPV of the year because anything can happen. Roberts says to think about the legends that have won the Rumble, from Shawn Michaels to John Cena. And we see a video package all about the numbers of the Rumble; 1070 competitors have entered the Rumble; Braun Strowman holds the record for most eliminations at 13; Rey Mysterio holds the record for longest time in a Rumble at 62:12 (excluding the Greatest Royal Rumble); Santino Marella holds the record for quickest elimination at 1 second; Stone Cold Steve Austin is the only Superstar to have won the Rumble 3 times; the PPV event has been viewed more than 64,000,000 times on the WWE Network, etc.
Natalya has joined the panel and she holds the record for longest time in the women’s match at 56 minutes. Nattie says she’s already planning her win tonight. Christian asks what her plan is, if she does win, and Natalya says she would love a singles match against Bayley at WrestleMania. David Otunga asks who Nattie thinks will cause a problem and she says Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, but she also guarantees she will win.
The panel talk a little about Seth Rollins and how his partnership will possibly help him win the match tonight. They mention that there are 27 confirmed entrants for the men’s match, meaning there’s little room for surprise entrants.
Bayley is interviewed backstage and asked if she’s concerned and Lacey Evans tonight. Bayley says she has been all over the world playing the inspirational shtick, it doesn’t work. Tonight she shows Lacey her dream isn’t coming true, and she hopes her brat daughter is at ringside to watch.
Sheamus Vs. Shorty G
The match begins and there’s an odd blue lighting to everything. Sheamus shoves Chad across the ring. Gable gets up and tries to take the back but gets shrugged off like a fly. Gable grabs the arm and tries to wear Sheamus down but gets cracked with a right forearm. Shorty manages to take Sheamus down but the big man quickly gets back up and punches him into the corner.
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Sheamus tries to shoulder Shorty in the corner but nobody’s home, then Short tackles Sheamus over the ropes to the floor. They get back inside and Short attempts a roll-up to no avail. Sheamus drops Shorty, then stomps on his hand over and over. Sheamus continues to attack the hand of Gable as we go to a short break.
Back from the break and Sheamus drops Gable with a forearm. Sheamus then bends the fingers back and Gable fights it. Shorty gets knocked from the ring and Sheamus attacks him on the apron with the beats of the Bodhran for a lot more than ten. Shorty falls to the floor and Sheamus goes after and beats him down.
They get back in the ring and Shorty starts fighting back and targets the left ankle of Sheamus – the one he uses for the Brogue Kick. Shorty goes up top and looks for a moonsault but Sheamus catches him. Gable counters with a tornado DDT, then goes up top and hits the moonsault for a near-fall. Sheamus hits a running knee but Gable comes back with a rolling German suplex for a two-count.
Sheamus rolls to the apron and yanks Gable’s arm down over the ropes. Sheamus gingerly climbs the top rope and dives at Gable but Shorty ducks it and grabs the ankle to apply an Ankle Lock. Sheamus kicks him off, then attempts the Brogue Kick but Gable ducks and gets him in another Ankle Lock! Sheamus kicks at him but he holds on, so Sheamus must crawl to the ropes to break the hold. G attacks Sheamus in the corner but gets kicked back. Sheamus lifts Shorty but gets rolled-up for a near-fall, then he hits the Brogue Kick and wins.
Back with the pre-show panel and they give another full rundown of the card. They announced that Roman Reigns Vs. Baron Corbin will open the show.
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United States Championship
(C) Andrade W/Zelina Vega Vs. Humberto Carrillo
The match begins with a feeling-out proess until Andrade is knocked from the ring. Carrillo gets on the apron but Andrade swipes his feet. Carrillo kicks Andrade and climbs to the top rope but Andrade shoves him off and into the barricade.
Back in the ring and Andrad slows the pace of the match. Andrade goes to the apron and applies an armbar over the ropes until the referee forces the break. Andrade continues working over the arm in the ring. Carrillo fights back and hits a wheelbarrow arm-drag, but Andrade comes right back with a forearm to put him down.
Andrade chops Humberto against the ropes, then whips him but gets a kick in the face. Carrillo runs for a springboard arm-drag but Andrade just slams him down. Andrade grabs Humberto’s legs for a unique pin, then the arms as well, but Humberto kicks out. Carrillo flips up and over with a sunset flip but Andrade kicks out. Andrade attempts a back drop but Carrillo lands on his feet and delivers a big kick and a springboard crossbody.
Carrillo attempts a rolling moonsault but Andrade gets his knees up. Andrade kicks Humberto in the corner puts him on the apron. Andrade runs and slides but Carrillo dodges it and hits a springboard moonsault to Andrade on the floor. Carrillo gets Andrade back in the ring and they exchange a few pin attempts. Andrade hits two amigoes but Humberto lands the third.
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Carrillo scales the ropes and leaps for the Asai moonsault but Andrade gets his feet up. Andrade sends Carrillo into the buckles, then hits the running knees for a near-fall. Andrade grabs Humberto for the Hammerlock DDT but gets rolled-up for a near-fall. They trade shots in the centre of the ring until Carrillo hits a superkick for a two-count.
Again both men trade shots in the ring and Andrade swings for the discus elbow but misses. Humberto gets on the top rope but Andrade delivers a kick to the head and climbs up himself. Andrade chops Humberto on the ropes but Carrillo hits a hurricanrana and crawls across the ring to pin for a near-fall. Andrade looks for a back suplex but Carrillo counters, and Andrade manages to roll him up for the win.
We’re back with Booker, Renee, and Sam Roberts on the ramp. R-Truth walks up and says he’s entering the Rumble, right now. They try to explain that the show hasn’t even started yet. He says he doesn’t want to go back to Sioux Falls City. Truth rambles on for a while in his usual hilarious way.
Charlotte Flair is interviewed backstage and she says last year she let her emotions get the better of her. She obsessed over winning the Rumble. This year though, that won’t happen. The panel say she is the favourite to win the women’s Rumble tonight.
The panel discuss the men’s Rumble match and ponder what will happen with Brock Lesnar. They theorise on what the best strategy would be for eliminating Brock, if it even can be done. Christian says catching him at an opportune moment is really your only chance. They say perhaps someone like Walter, as surprise entrant, could catch Brock off guard tonight.
Kofi Kingston is interviewed backstage and he says he feels good. Kofi says this is the most exciting time of year and this is a one-way ticket to WrestleMania. He says this time last year he wasn’t even on that road. Tonight you can put all wins and losses aside because it’s a one way ticket. He says as for what happens if he and Big E are the last two men, you may as well ring the bell because The New Day has already won.
The panel are back one last time to give their predictions. Christian predicts Brock Lesnar and Natalya. David Otunga says he’s predicting Braun Strowman and Charlotte Flair. And that’s it for the Kick-Off Show.