Minute Maid Park
January 26, 2020
“Then. Now. Forever.” The
WWE video leads us into the show.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin narrates a video hyping up tonight’s
Royal Rumble event.
Falls Count Anywhere
Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin
King Corbin takes his time getting off his throne, so Roman Reigns
attacks the security. Corbin blindsides Reigns, officially
starting the match. They brawl at ringside until Reigns sends
Corbin into the ring steps. Reigns gets him in the ring and starts
the 10 punches in the corner. Reigns goes for a Samoan Drop, but
Corbin slides off and exits the ring. Reigns grabs Corbin from the
ring, but Corbin punches him in the face. Corbin tries to go into
the crowd, but Reigns pulls him back and punches him. Corbin
slowly gets to his feet, and Reigns gets him in the ring. Reigns
hits a back suplex/powerbomb combo for a near fall. Reigns sets up
in the corner for a Superman Punch. Corbin sidesteps a Superman
Punch and connects with a Deep Six for a near fall.
Corbin throws Reigns out of the ring and drives him hard
ribs-first into the barricade. Corbin grabs the steel steps and
drives them into Reigns’ head. Corbin goes over to the Spanish
announce table and clears it off. Reigns is down on the mat at
ringside. Corbin gets him to his feet and pulls him over to the
commentary tables. Reigns fights Corbin and bounces him off the
table. Corbin quickly goes into the crowd to escape. Reigns
follows him into the crowd and starts throwing right hands. Reigns
punches him through the crowd, and Corbin is knocking over the
collectible chairs at ringside. Reigns beats him over to the
timekeeper’s area. Corbin quickly hits Reigns in the ribs with the
ring bell before giving him a chokeslam on the table, which
doesn’t break. Corbin covers for a near fall. Corbin pulls him up,
but Reigns fights back. Reigns goes for a Superman Punch, but
Corbin sidesteps it and hits a chokeslam through the Spanish
announce table for another near fall.
Corbin drags Reigns by his vest at ringside. Corbin knocks him
into the crowd and punches him around. Corbin knocks him over to
an equipment area and bounces him off some crates. Reigns comes
back with a desperation Samoan Drop through a table! Reigns and
Corbin slowly get up, and Reigns hits another Samoan Drop through
another table in that equipment area! Reigns covers for a near
Reigns stands over Corbin and punches him. Corbin quickly powers
Reigns into a wall and starts to crawl away. Reigns follows, and
all of a sudden Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler attack Reigns. They
double-team Reigns until The Usos come out to make the save.
Ziggler throws Jimmy Uso over some crates. Jey Uso fights back at
Roode, so Ziggler superkicks him. Roode and Ziggler set up a metal
barricade bridge on two crates. Roode and Ziggler pull Jey over to
the contraption, but Jimmy comes out of nowhere with a cross-body
block off a ledge on them! Corbin quickly chokeslams Jimmy on the
barricade! Reigns then comes up and hits Corbin with a Superman
Reigns hits a second Superman Punch to send Corbin staggering back
in the crowd. Reigns sends Corbin into some road crates before
driving him into some porta potties. Reigns opens the door and
throws Corbin into it before slamming the door on his head. Reigns
starts to wheel the porta potty and tips it over with Corbin
inside! Reigns poses for the crowd.
Corbin emerges from the potty, and Reigns punches him through the
crowd at ringside. Reigns punches him over to the Houston Astros’
dugout. Corbin quickly hits Reigns with a steel chair and throws
him onto the roof of the dugout. Corbin slams the chair off
Reigns’ back. Reigns quickly mounts a comeback and connects with a
Superman Punch. Reigns spears Corbin on top of the Houston Astros’
dugout for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Roman Reigns
Kevin Owens is backstage with Samoa Joe. Owens says he’s excited
for tonight and mentions he won his first Intercontinental
Championship in Houston. Joe says if Owens gets in his way, he’ll
take him out.
Kayla Braxton is backstage with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville.
Deville says there’s no partnership tonight in the Royal Rumble.
In memory of Kobe Bryant: 1978-2020.
30-Woman Royal Rumble Match
No. 1: Alexa Bliss
No. 2: Bianca Belair
The bell rings, and Bliss charges Belair. Belair quickly scoops
Bliss up to try to slam her over the top rope. Bliss gets out, so
Belair hits a handspring shoulder block. Belair puts Bliss on the
top rope, but Bliss punches her back. Bliss ducks a right hand and
goes for a head-scissor takeover, but Belair holds on to her.
Belair hits a backbreaker and a handspring standing moonsault.
No. 3: Mighty Molly
Molly kicks Bliss and sends Belair over the top rope, but Belair
lands on the apron. Bliss and Belair send Molly into the ropes.
Molly ducks and hits a double clothesline on Bliss and Belair.
Molly goes to the top rope and hits a cross-body block. Molly
tries to throw Belair over the top rope.
No. 4: Nikki Cross
Cross attacks Molly and Belair. Bliss and Cross team up and put
Molly and Belair on the apron. They hug in the ring. Molly and
Belair attack them. Molly slams Bliss before Belair gives Cross a
KOD onto Bliss. Cross soon dropkicks Molly, and Belair spears
Cross. Bliss hits Code Red on Belair, and Molly hits a neckbreaker
No. 5: Lana
Lana has a microphone as she makes her way to the ring. She calls
herself the greatest WWE Superstar in the world. It’s a new year
and new her. She’s better than all the pathetic losers in Houston.
She’ll win the Royal Rumble for her hot, hot husband, her Bobby
Lashley. Lana gets in the ring and starts attacking everyone. Lana
puts Molly over the top rope, but Molly hangs on.
No. 6: Mercedes Martinez
Martinez boots Molly and gives Cross a spinebuster. Martinez
attacks Bliss and slams Belair. Lana attacks her from behind, but
Martinez quickly comes back with a butterfly suplex. Martinez puts
Lana on the apron, but Lana fights her back. Lana is down on the
apron, and Martinez tries to kick her off.
No. 7: Liv Morgan
Morgan charges down to the ring and shoulders Lana off the apron
to eliminate her!
Lana has been eliminated.
Lana screams in fury at ringside. Martinez knocks Morgan over the
top rope, but she lands on the apron. Morgan goes to the top rope
(she never got back in the ring), and Lana pulls her off the top
rope to the floor.
Liv Morgan has been eliminated.
Lana and Liv brawl at ringside before the referees separate them.
No. 8: Mandy Rose
Mandy shoulder blocks Cross down before kicking her in the face.
Mandy slaps Cross before hitting a front suplex onto the apron.
Cross fights Mandy back and dropkicks her back. Cross gets in the
ring and takes her jacket off before attacking Mandy.
No. 9: Candice LeRae
LeRae dropkicks Martinez before booting Cross and kneeing her.
LeRae hits a Lionsault on Cross. Belair sends Molly over the top
rope and eliminates her!
Mighty Molly has been eliminated.
Bliss sends Mandy over the top rope, but she lands on the apron.
Mandy rolls off to the floor, seemingly being eliminated… but she
lands on Otis! Mandy stands on his stomach and gets in the ring.
Her feet never touched the floor!
No. 10: Sonya Deville
Deville punches everyone down and hits a sliding knee on Cross.
Deville sends Cross to the apron, but can’t eliminate her. Mandy
and Deville team up to try to eliminate LeRae. LeRae holds onto
the ropes to avoid being eliminated. Deville and Martinez get into
a big brawl in the middle of the ring, exchanging stiff punches.
Martinez takes her down and goes for a suplex, but Deville gets
out. Deville kicks Martinez, and Mandy joins in. They hit a chop
block/knee to the face combo before eliminating her.
Mercedes Martinez has been eliminated.
No. 11: Kairi Sane
Sane fends off Bliss and Cross with the umbrella before spearing
them. Sane hits a head-scissor takeover before hitting a
blockbuster on Mandy. Sane counters a suplex from Belair into a
suplex of her own. Sane then flattens LeRae with an Alabama Slam.
No. 12: Mia Yim
Sane hits an InSane Elbow on LeRae. Yim gets in the ring and hits
Sane with a neckbreaker. Yim connects with Protect Ya Neck on
Cross. The commentators incorrectly calls it Eat Defeat. Belair
military presses Bliss, but Cross pulls her down. Cross jumps on
Belair’s back, so Belair dumps her over the top rope. Cross lands
on the apron. Bliss attacks Belair from behind, but Belair fights
back. Belair picks Bliss up and uses her to hit Cross to eliminate
Nikki Cross has been eliminated.
Belair puts Bliss on the apron, but Bliss pulls the hair to avoid
elimination. Mandy is put on the apron, and Deville accidentally
hits her. Mandy falls into Otis’ arms. Belair then sends Deville
over the top rope into Mandy and Otis, eliminating them both.
Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville have been eliminated.
No. 13: Dana Brooke
Brooke runs over everyone, hitting Yim with an enzuigiri and
clotheslining LeRae. Yim quickly beats Brooke down and tries to
eliminate her. Sane attacks Yim from behind. Belair then press
slams Belair out of the ring!
Candice LeRae has been eliminated.
That’s Belair’s fifth elimination, tying the record for most
eliminations in the Women’s Royal Rumble. Bliss then knocks Sane
off the top rope to the floor.
Kairi Sane has been eliminated.
No. 14: Tamina
Tamina superkicks Brooke down before uppercutting Yim. Tamina
punches Bliss down. Belair sidesteps a superkicks from Tamina and
stands off from her. Belair talks trash, and they get into a
brawl. Tamina knocks her back, but Belair quickly gives her a back
body drop over the top rope to eliminate her!
Tamina has been eliminated.
Bianca Belair now holds the record for most eliminations in the
Women’s Royal Rumble.
No. 15: Dakota Kai
Kai attacks Dana Brooke and big boots her in the corner. Bliss
eliminates Mia Yim.
Mia Yim has been eliminated.
Brooke tries to fight Kai off. Belair attacks Bliss in the corner.
Bliss and Belair have been in this match from the beginning.
No. 16: Chelsea Green
Robert Stone accompanied Green to the stage. Green gets in the
ring and eliminates Kai. Bliss then eliminates Green as she was
Dakota Kai has been eliminated.
Chelsea Green has been eliminated.
Dana Brooke attacks Bliss from behind. Belair all of a sudden
comes up and eliminates Brooke for her seventh elimination.
Dana Brooke has been eliminated.
Bliss and Belair brawl in the ring. Bliss goes for Twisted Bliss,
but Belair gets the knees up. Belair tries to powerbomb Bliss over
the top rope, but Bliss pulls her to the apron. They fight on the
apron before Bliss pulls the long hair. Belair quickly pulls her
into the ring post to eliminate her. Belair stands alone in the
Alexa Bliss has been eliminated.
No. 17: Charlotte Flair
Belair looks physically exhausted. Belair avoids an avalanche, but
Flair quickly hits a backbreaker. Flair chops her around the ring
before hitting an exploder. Flair kips up and lets out a “WOO.”
Belair quickly comes back and takes her down.
No. 18: Naomi
Naomi gets in the ring and hits a hurricanrana on Belair. Naomi
and Flair each miss moves and kip up at the same time. They attack
Belair together and hit a double-team suplex. Flair then chops
Naomi, ending the partnership. Flair chokes Naomi in the corner
with her boot.
No. 19: Beth Phoenix
Phoenix attacks Naomi and punches Flair to the corner. Phoenix
picks Naomi up and puts her on the apron. Naomi fights her back
and hits a springboard cross-body block on Flair and Phoenix.
Phoenix goes to Belair and attacks. Belair quickly clubs her down
and tries to eliminate her. Phoenix fights her back. Flair stomps
Naomi down in the corner.
No. 20: Toni Storm
Storm clotheslines Naomi and Flair. Storm forearms Flair to the
corner and stomps her. Flair fights her back and chops the chest.
Belair kicks Phoenix away from her. Naomi attacks Flair with
kicks. Flair puts Naomi in the corner with Storm and avalanches
them. Flair then knocks Belair off the top rope to eliminate her!
Belair spent over 33 minutes in the match!
Bianca Belair has been eliminated.
No. 21: Kelly Kelly
Kelly gets in the ring and sizes everyone up. Kelly hits a Thesz
Press on Naomi and punches her. Storm attacks Kelly and sends her
into the ropes (Kelly lightly hits the ropes). Kelly comes back
with a big head-scissor takeover on Storm before giving her a
Stink Face. Phoenix sends Flair over the top rope and nearly
eliminates her. Flair is holding on to the top rope with her feet
dangling above the floor.
No. 22: Sarah Logan
Logan makes a beeline for Flair and spears her back. Phoenix and
Storm put Logan on the apron. Flair big boots Logan off the apron.
Sarah Logan has been eliminated.
Flair is nearly eliminated by Kelly, but Flair fights her off.
Flair is bleeding from the nose. Flair then eliminates Kelly
Kelly Kelly has been eliminated.
No. 23: Natalya
Natalya hits a Discus Clothesline on Flair before clotheslining
Naomi. Natalya and Phoenix try to eliminate Flair, but she fights
them off. Natalya and Phoenix hit a double-team powerbomb on
Flair. They then try to eliminate Naomi.
No. 24: Xia Li
Li kicks away at everyone. The back of Phoenix’s head is caked
with blood from the looks of it. Li fights Flair off and takes her
down. Flair soon takes Li down and puts her on the top rope. Li
holds on to the top rope to avoid being eliminated.
No. 25: Zelina Vega
Vega ducks a clothesline from Naomi and hits a big DDT. Natalya is
nearly eliminated by Storm and Flair. Vega hits a flying
hurricanrana on Phoenix. Vega slams Storm headfirst off the mat.
Natalya and Phoenix try to eliminate Flair, but she holds on.
No. 26: Shotzi Blackheart
Blackheart hits Storm with a head-scissor. Naomi is knocked off
the apron, but she lands on the barricade wall! Naomi’s feet never
touched the floor! She pulls herself up to the top of the
barricade. That was unreal strength. Naomi straddles the top and
gets to the commentary tables.
No. 27: Carmella
Carmella hits a wild head-scissor takeover on Natalya. Carmella
sends Natalya into Phoenix and hits a Bronco Buster. Flair hits
Carmella with Natural Selection. Phoenix hits a Glam Slam on
Flair. Phoenix’s head is gushing blood. Natalya and Phoenix sends
Flair into the ring post shoulder-first, and she falls to the
floor. Flair has NOT been eliminated. Naomi is still walking on
the commentary tables thinking about what to do.
No. 28: Tegan Nox
Nox hits a butt bump on Phoenix before giving Vega a chokeslam.
Phoenix hits Nox with a Glam Slam. Storm head-butts Natalya down.
The color on Phoenix’s head is incredible.
No. 29: Santina Marella
Santina is back, and Phoenix, who was partnered with her (?) years
ago, doesn’t look happy. Phoenix looks furious. Santina shows her
up a bit and talks some trash. Santina turns around and sees
Phoenix’s former tag partner Natalya behind her. Santina puts the
Cobra on and uses it to eliminate herself.
Santina Marella has been eliminated.
No. 30: Shayna Baszler
Baszler grabs Flair at ringside and sends her headfirst into the
ring steps. Baszler floors Natalya with a forearm before hitting
Phoenix with one. Baszler eliminates Xia Li easily.
Xia Li has been eliminated.
Baszler then scoops Nox up like she’s nothing and dumps her out of
the ring. Baszler then applies the Kirifuda Clutch on Vega to
Tegan Nox has been eliminated.
Zelina Vega has been eliminated.
Blackheart tries to eliminate Baszler like she did a few weeks ago
on NXT, but Baszler eliminates her.
Shotzi Blackheart has been eliminated.
Naomi uses the top of the commentary table as a bridge to get in
the ring. Baszler eliminates Carmella and Storm in short order.
Carmella has been eliminated.
Toni Storm has been eliminated.
Naomi attacks Baszler, but Baszler throws her over the top rope.
Seven eliminations for Baszler!
Naomi has been eliminated.
Phoenix and Natalya hit the Hart Attack on Baszler. Phoenix then
stuns Natalya by eliminating her!
Natalya has been eliminated.
Baszler tries to eliminate Phoenix until Flair sneaks up from
behind and puts them on the apron. Baszler and Flair square off.
The final three are Baszler, Flair, and Phoenix. Phoenix puts
Flair on the apron. Baszler then eliminates Phoenix.
Beth Phoenix has been eliminated.
Baszler charges Flair, but Flair holds on. Baszler has Flair on
the ropes and dumps her over, but Flair skins the cat. Flair then
hits a head-scissor over the top rope for the win!
Winner: Charlotte Flair
Flair poses on the ropes and points at the video screen showing
the WrestleMania sign. Pyro goes off.
Charly Caruso pops up out of nowhere to interview Charlotte Flair.
She asks for Flair’s plans for WrestleMania. Flair says since day
one she has been a diamond cut to last. Whether anyone wanted her
to win or lose, tonight she reminded all of them that this is her
division. Flair lets out a “WOO."
King Corbin is interviewed backstage. Corbin says Roman Reigns
needed an army to beat him. It won’t happen in the Royal Rumble.
SmackDown Women’s Championship
Bayley (c) vs. Lacey Evans
Before the match begins, Lacey Evans embraces her daughter at
The bell rings, and Evans attacks Bayley. Evans throws Bayley
across the ring and knees away at her. Bayley soon takes her down
and starts to loosen the top turnbuckle pad. Evans sweeps Bayley’s
legs before hitting a slingshot elbow. Bayley quickly takes Evans
down and hits a flying elbow drop off the top rope for a near
fall. Bayley attacks Evans some more and chokes her on the ropes.
Bayley works over Evans for a while. Evans mounts a little
comeback, but Bayley explodes out of the corner with a clothesline
for a near fall. Bayley talks trash, so Evans fights back. Evans
hits the ropes, but Bayley back elbows her down. Evans soon comes
back, culminating with a moonsault on Bayley. Bayley quickly rolls
her up with the tights for the win.
Winner by Pinfall and still SmackDown Women’s Champion: Bayley
Video Package: WWE Universal Championship Strap Match
WWE Universal Championship – Strap Match
Daniel Bryan vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (c)
This Strap Match can only be won by pinfall or submission.
The bell rings after they are attached by 13-foot strap. They have
done away with the red light. Bryan puts him in the corner and
punches away at him. Wyatt quickly powerbombs him down and starts
whipping him hard with the strap. Wyatt soon charges him, but
Bryan sidesteps him out of the ring. Bryan attacks and goes for a
suicide dive, but Wyatt catches him. Wyatt sends him into the ring
post and continues to whip him in the back and chest with the
strap. There are welts all over Bryan’s body. Wyatt puts him on
the top rope and viciously whips the back. Wyatt puts him in the
tree of woe and whips the chest a few times. Bryan sits up to try
to avoid it, but Wyatt keeps hitting. Bryan falls to the mat in
pain. Wyatt takes him down and snaps the neck. Wyatt then whips
him again. Wyatt poses in the corner.
Wyatt chokes Bryan, so he kicks him in the head. Wyatt fights back
and goes for Sister Abigail, but Bryan gets out. Bryan kicks him
and hits a Busaiku Knee Kick for a near fall. Bryan sends Wyatt
over the top rope and jumps off the top rope to the floor with a
cross-body. Wyatt soon pops up and sends Bryan into the ring
steps. Bryan quickly comes back by getting himself under the
bottom rope to the other side of the ring to drive Wyatt into the
ring post over and over again. Bryan sends Wyatt into the
barricade with a knee off the apron, but Wyatt immediately turns
him inside out with a clothesline. Wyatt viciously smacks the back
with the strap. Wyatt clears off the commentary table and puts
Bryan on top of it. Wyatt stands over him, so Bryan low blows him
twice before hitting a DDT on the table. Bryan balls up the strap
and viciously beats Wyatt with it. Bryan gets him in the ring and
hits a missile dropkick. Bryan starts kicking and whipping Wyatt
before hitting a big kick to the head. Wyatt quickly pops up and
begs to be hit. Bryan obliges him with more kicks and holds the
arms to stomp the face. Bryan sizes him up in the corner and
charges, but Wyatt counters with Sister Abigail… but Bryan kicks
out! Wyatt is stunned.
Wyatt beats Bryan with the strap a bit, but Bryan slaps him back.
Wyatt slaps him to the corner and applies the Mandible Claw. Bryan
pulls himself over the top rope to stretch Wyatt’s arm. Wyatt
drags him into the ring and takes him down. Bryan fights out of
the Mandible Claw and applies the LeBell Lock using the strap! The
Fiend manages to turn Bryan over and viciously punches away at
him. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail, but Bryan counters into a
roll-up for a near fall. Bryan ducks a clothesline and hits a
Busaiku Knee Kick for a near fall! Bryan gets himself pumped up,
and the crowd is buzzing for him. Wyatt simply gets to his feet,
and they stands face-to-face. Bryan whips him, but Wyatt doesn’t
budge. Wyatt applies the Mandible Claw, but Bryan fights it. Wyatt
viciously slams him down while keeping the Mandible Claw applied
for the win.
Winner by Pinfall and still WWE Universal Champion: “The Fiend”
The lights go out, and The Fiend disappears. Daniel Bryan is given
assistance, but he sends them away and pulls himself up. His back
is absolutely covered in welts. Bryan pulls himself to his feet
before falling down. The crowd is quiet as he is helped to the
WWE has set a Minute Maid Park attendance record for an
entertainment event with 42,715 people in the building.
Video Package: Raw Women’s Championship
Raw Women’s Championship
Asuka w/ Kairi Sane vs. Becky Lynch (c)
The bell rings, and they circle the ring a few times. Lynch hooks
a front facelock, but Asuka gets away. Lynch hooks a side headlock
and takes her over, but Asuka gets out. Asuka rolls her up for a
two count. Asuka immediately goes for a kick, but Lynch gets away.
Asuka rolls her up for a one count. Asuka sidesteps her, hits the
ropes, and goes for a dropkick, but Lynch avoids it. Lynch then
takes her down, so Asuka rolls out of the ring to recover. Asuka
catches a baseball slide, spins her on the apron, and kicks her in
the arm. Lynch avoids a running hip attack, kicks Asuka off the
ropes, and hits a missile dropkick for a two count. Asuka quickly
gets on the apron and uses the ropes to hit a neckbreaker. Asuka
gets her in the ring and holds the arm while kicking her. Lynch
fights back and sends her to the corner, but Asuka pops out of the
corner with a missile dropkick for a near fall.
Asuka knocks her back and hits a shining wizard for another near
fall. Asuka applies a neck cravat. Lynch fights her off and hits a
back elbow. Asuka blocks a boot, but Lynch forearms her back.
Lynch then gets double knees up to avoid an avalanche. Lynch
connects with a bulldog followed by a dropkick for a two count.
Lynch puts Asuka in the corner and charges, but Asuka drops her on
the apron. Lynch avoids a shoulder and kicks her in the chest.
Lynch goes for a Bexploder off the apron, but Asuka fights it.
Asuka goes for a German Suplex off the apron, but Lynch holds the
ropes. Lynch then hits a front suplex off the apron! Asuka hits
the floor hard!
Lynch comes off the apron with a dropkick. Lynch connects with a
Bexploder into the barricade. Lynch puts her in the ring and hits
a leg drop off the second rope for a near fall. Asuka goes for a
backslide, but Lynch kicks out. Asuka quickly knees her in the
face and picks her up. Asuka strikes away at her. Lynch tries to
counter with a Bexploder, but Asuka blocks it. Asuka slams her on
her tailbone for a near fall. Asuka gets her on the apron for a
slam, but Lynch fights out. Asuka then hits a running hip attack
into the ring post. Asuka bounces her off the top turnbuckle.
Asuka gets on the ropes, but Lynch ties her up. Lynch leaps onto
the ropes, takes a while to get herself set up, and hits a sambo
suplex for a near fall. Asuka soon connects with double knees for
a near fall. Asuka immediately transitions into an arm bar, but
Lynch turns over for a near fall. Asuka then applies the Asuka
Lock, but Lynch quickly gets a foot on the bottom rope.
Asuka connects with a German Suplex before kicking away at her.
Lynch appears to be unconscious. The referee backs Asuka up and
checks on Lynch. Lynch grabs the referee’s ankle to stop him from
calling off the match. Asuka kicks Lynch in the head again for a
near fall. Asuka grabs Lynch, but Lynch goes for the Dis-Arm-Her.
Asuka fights out, so Lynch hits a reverse DDT for a near fall.
Both women pull themselves up to their feet. Lynch grabs the arm,
so Asuka sends her into the referee. Asuka sets up for Green Mist,
but Lynch kicks her in the face. Asuka sprays the mist all over
herself. Lynch applies the Dis-Arm-Her for the win.
Winner by Submission and still Raw Women’s Champion: Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch celebrates big time in the ring. She looks at the Raw
Women’s Title before looking at Asuka and saying, “I did it.”
WrestleMania 36 is 70 days away.
The Street Profits are backstage. They put over the Royal Rumble
2-time WWE Hall of Famer and Houston’s own Booker T will be the
guest commentator for the Men’s Royal Rumble.
Michael Cole announces that Rusev and Bobby Lashley will not be in
the Royal Rumble tonight. They got into a big brawl earlier in the
day and cannot compete.
30-Man Men’s Royal Rumble Match
WWE Champion Brock Lesnar makes his entrance. Elias is the second
entrant. While Elias is making his entrance, he says that Lesnar
is a “brain dead gorilla.” Elias says there is an unavoidable
truth that WWE stands for Walk With Elias. Elias is going to sing
a song called for “Sacrificial Lamb.” Elias sing about himself
being the “Sacrificial Lamb.” Lesnar trips getting out of the ring
and chases Elias into the ring.
No. 1: WWE Champion Brock Lesnar
No. 2: Elias
The bell rings, and the Royal Rumble begins. Lesnar viciously
takes Elias down and shoulders him. Lesnar connects with a German
Suplex and stands over Elias. Paul Heyman gives Lesnar the guitar,
and Lesnar slams it on Elias’ back. Lesnar then eliminates Elias
and stands alone in the ring.
Elias has been eliminated.
No. 3: Erick Rowan
Erick Rowan comes to the ring with the cage. Rowan gets in the
ring and charges, but Lesnar ducks a clothesline. Lesnar goes for
a German Suplex, but Rowan gets out. Rowan charges, but Lesnar
gets away and clotheslines him out of the ring. Lesnar is again
standing alone in the ring. Lesnar taunts the crowd.
Erick Rowan has been eliminated.
No. 4: Robert Roode
Roode gets in the ring and punches away at Lesnar. Lesnar sends
him to the corner and charges, but Roode gets the knees up. Lesnar
quickly takes him down and hits an F5. Lesnar grabs Roode and
throws him over the top rope. The crowd is furious. Lesnar takes
the WWE Championship and holds it up.
Robert Roode has been eliminated.
No. 5: John Morrison
Lesnar laughs as Morrison gets in the ring. Lesnar kicks him back
and absolutely launches Morrison over the top rope with a
belly-to-belly suplex. Morrison lasted 8 seconds.
John Morrison has been eliminated.
Lesnar continues to taunt the crowd and waits for the next victim.
Lesnar has had four easy eliminations.
No. 6: Kofi Kingston
Kingston kicks and punches away at Lesnar before Lesnar hits a
belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Lesnar connects with a German
Suplex that spikes Kingston on his head. Lesnar stands over
Kingston and smiles. Lesnar drives Kingston into the corner and
No. 7: Rey Mysterio
Mysterio tries to pepper Lesnar with quick strikes before Lesnar
pancakes him. Lesnar sends Mysterio into Kingston in the corner.
Lesnar pulls them both in for a double short-arm clothesline.
Lesnar smiles as he stares at the carnage. Lesnar turns Mysterio
inside out with a German Suplex. Lesnar is sweating profusely.
Lesnar grabs Kingston and hits a German Suplex.
No. 8: Big E
Big E checks on Kingston and Mysterio at ringside, who rolled out
of the ring to recover. All three get in the ring and triple-team
Lesnar. Kingston hits Trouble in Paradise on Lesnar. Big E then
hits Lesnar with the Big Ending. Mysterio hits a 619 on Lesnar,
and Big E shoulders him. Mysterio jumps off Big E’s back, but
Lesnar grabs him and eliminates him.
Rey Mysterio has been eliminated.
Lesnar jumps off Big E’s back to hit Kingston with a clothesline.
Lesnar then eliminates Big E.
Big E has been eliminated.
Lesnar stands over Kingston and attacks. Lesnar then eliminates
Kingston with an F5 over the top rope.
Kofi Kingston has been eliminated.
No. 9: Cesaro
Cesaro attacks Lesnar with some uppercuts. Lesnar gives him a
suplex and clotheslines him over the top rope to eliminate him.
Lesnar holds up the WWE Championship to boos from the crowd.
Lesnar is once again alone in the ring.
Cesaro has been eliminated.
No. 10: Shelton Benjamin
Lesnar smiles as his former college roommate comes down to the
ring. Heyman shakes hands with Benjamin and hugs him. Heyman tells
him to get in the ring with Lesnar. Lesnar and Benjamin shake
hands and hug. They high five in the ring and hug again. They set
up and wait for someone else to come down. Lesnar then gives him a
German Suplex and clotheslines his friend over the top rope!
Shelton Benjamin has been eliminated.
Lesnar laughs as he stands alone in the ring. Lesnar is at 9
eliminations so far. Lesnar is sweating like crazy.
No. 11: WWE Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura
Nakamura knees away at him before hitting a kick to the temple.
Lesnar then picks Nakamura up and dumps him over the top rope for
his tenth elimination. Lesnar is three away from tying the record
for eliminations and four from breaking it.
Shinsuke Nakamura has been eliminated.
No. 12: MVP
Montel Vontavious Porter is back. Lesnar dances to MVP’s music as
he makes his entrance. MVP walks around the ring and tries to get
to Paul Heyman. MVP chases Heyman before Lesnar grabs him. MVP
snaps Lesnar off the top rope and punches him. Lesnar kicks MVP
and hits an F5. Lesnar then throws MVP over the top rope.
MVP has been eliminated.
No. 13: NXT North American Champion Keith Lee
Lesnar looks impressed and mouths, “Big boy!” Lee gets in the
ring, and Lesnar is basking in the glory. Lesnar and Lee go
face-to-face. Lesnar knees Lee in the chest before having a whip
reversed. Lee absorbs a shoulder block from Lesnar and viciously
shoulder blocks him down. Lesnar attacks Lesnar in the corner and
hits a running forearm. The crowd is going wild. They then take
each other out with a double clothesline.
No. 14: Braun Strowman
Strowman avalanches Lesnar and Lee before dropkicking Lee. Lee is
knocked under the bottom rope. Lee is not eliminated. Strowman
leaves the ring and hits Lee with a shoulder tackle. Strowman gets
in the ring and clotheslines Lesnar. Strowman scoops Lesnar up,
but Lesnar slides off and hits a German Suplex. Lesnar then gives
Lee a German Suplex. Lesnar hits another German Suplex on Strowman
before spiking Lee on his head with one. Strowman and Lee get to
their feet and go face-to-face. They start brawling before Lesnar
eliminates them both.
Keith Lee and Braun Strowman have been eliminated.
No. 15: Ricochet
Lesnar has tied the record with 13 eliminations! Ricochet goes for
a springboard, but Lesnar catches him. Lesnar throws him down
before sending him across the ring.
No. 16: Drew McIntyre
McIntyre stares a hole through Lesnar as he gets in the ring.
Lesnar removes his gloves and prepares to square up. Ricochet low
blows Lesnar, and McIntyre Claymore Kicks him over the top rope!
Brock Lesnar has been eliminated.
The crowd is absolutely losing it. Ricochet takes McIntyre down.
Ricochet goes for a standing shooting star press, but McIntyre
catches him and throws him over the top rope.
Ricochet has been eliminated.
No. 17: The Miz
McIntyre quickly takes Miz down before counting down and hitting a
Claymore Kick. McIntyre then eliminates The Miz. 16 men have been
eliminated by two individuals in the Royal Rumble.
The Miz has been eliminated.
The crowd is singing a furious Brock Lesnar to the back. Lesnar
has not left yet. McIntyre continues to stare at Lesnar. Lesnar
finally leaves through the crowd.
No. 18: AJ Styles
Styles punches away at McIntyre, but McIntyre sends him back.
Styles goes for a Phenomenal Forearm. McIntyre avoids it and
shoulder tackles him down. McIntyre goes for a suplex, but Styles
gets out and applies a Calf Crusher. McIntyre slams his head off
the mat to get out of the hold.
No. 19: Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler gets in McIntyre’s face and talks trash. Styles chop
blocks McIntyre. Ziggler punches away at McIntyre. Ziggler then
forearms Styles down. McIntyre powers Ziggler to the corner and
sends him across the ring with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex.
McIntyre chops the chest of Ziggler in the corner before chopping
No. 20: Karl Anderson
Anderson attacks McIntyre to save Styles. McIntyre eats a
superkick. Ziggler, Styles, and Anderson try to eliminate
McIntyre, but he fights it. Styles punches Ziggler and sends him
into Anderson for a spinebuster. Anderson tries to eliminate
Ziggler while Styles attacks McIntyre.
No. 21: Edge
Edge has just entered his first match since retiring in 2011! Edge
spears Ziggler before spearing Anderson! Edge sends McIntyre into
the corner before hitting a facebuster. Edge then spears McIntyre.
Edge and Styles go face-to-face. Edge gets out of a strike combo,
but Styles hits an overhead kick. Edge immediately comes back with
a Spear on Styles. This is absolutely surreal.
No. 22: King Corbin
Corbin gets in the ring and hits a chokeslam backbreaker on
Anderson. McIntyre turns Ziggler inside out with a chop. Corbin
punches Edge down in the corner. Edge then eliminates Styles from
AJ Styles has been eliminated.
No. 23: Matt Riddle
Riddle kicks away at McIntyre’s chest before hitting Edge with a
Ripcord Knee. Corbin then grabs Riddle by the hair and eliminates
Matt Riddle has been eliminated.
Riddle is furious. Corbin helps Ziggler up and waves goodbye to
No. 24: Luke Gallows
Corbin hits Edge with a Deep Six. McIntyre then eliminates Corbin!
King Corbin has been eliminated.
Gallows and Anderson grab Edge and hit the Magic Killer. They
stand over him and wait for the next competitor.
No. 25: Randy Orton
Orton gets in the ring and gives Gallows and Anderson RKOs.
Rated-RKO then reunite to eliminate Gallows and Anderson. Orton
and Edge smile at each other.
Luke Gallows has been eliminated.
Karl Anderson has been eliminated.
No. 26: Roman Reigns
Reigns punches and spears Ziggler before eliminating him.
Dolph Ziggler has been eliminated.
Reigns and McIntyre start to square off.
No. 27: Kevin Owens
Owens punches Reigns down before hitting cannonballs on Reigns and
Edge. Owens hits McIntyre with a Pop-up Powerbomb. Owens goes for
a Pop-up Powerbomb on Reigns, but Reigns gets out. Owens then
gives Reigns a Stunner. Orton stalks Owens, but Owens gives him a
Stunner. Owens grabs Edge and goes to eliminate him.
No. 28: Aleister Black
Black knees Owens down before elbowing Edge back and kneeing him.
McIntyre hits Black with a Glasgow Kiss. McIntyre goes for a
Claymore Kick, but Black floors him with a Black Mass!
No. 29: Samoa Joe
Joe and Owens almost immediately come to blows.
No. 30: Seth Rollins
The Monday Night Messiah comes to the ring with Buddy Murphy and
AOP. Joe and Owens go under the bottom rope to attack them.
Rollins and his cohorts take Owens and Joe down. They send Edge
into the barricade before sending Orton over the commentary
tables. Rollins hits McIntyre with a Stomp before hitting Reigns
with a Stomp. Rollins powers Reigns up, but Black knees him in the
back. Black kicks Rollins in the head and goes for a springboard,
but Murphy sweeps the feet. Rollins kicks Black in the head before
Aleister Black has been eliminated.
Owens gives Rollins a Stunner and sends him over the top rope, but
AOP catches him. Owens attacks AOP, so Rollins eliminates him.
Kevin Owens has been eliminated.
Joe grabs Rollins in a Coquina Clutch. Murphy gets involved to
break it up. Rollins eliminates Joe.
Samoa Joe has been eliminated.
Owens, Joe, and Black fight AOP and Murphy up the ramp and to the
back. Rollins is all alone. Edge gets in the ring. McIntyre,
Orton, and Reigns also stand off from Rollins. Rollins tries to
make a truce with Reigns to team up together. Rollins sticks his
fist out for The Shield fist bump. Reigns hits Rollins with a
Superman Punch. Edge grabs Rollins and sends him into Orton for a
scoop powerslam. McIntyre then floors Rollins with a Claymore Kick
before eliminating him.
Seth Rollins has been eliminated.
The final four are Randy Orton, Edge, Roman Reigns, and Drew
McIntyre. Edge and Orton seem to be coming up with a renewed
partnership. They attack McIntyre and Reigns. Orton sends Reigns
into the ring post shoulder-first. Orton and McIntyre square off,
but Orton soon drops him with an RKO. Edge then spears McIntyre
down. They hit McIntyre with a double-team RKO. Orton then stalks
Edge and pretends to strike. Orton then shrugs, leading to Edge
looking at him with some caution. Orton walks ahead of him, so
Edge throws him over the top rope!
Randy Orton has been eliminated.
Orton is not pleased, but he just shrugs it off and leaves. A “You
still got it” chant picks up. Edge and Reigns go face-to-face.
They start trading punches before Reigns uppercuts him. Reigns
connects with a Superman Punch. Reigns sets up for a Spear and
charges, but Edge leapfrogs him and hits a Spear! The crowd is
going wild. Edge throws Reigns over the top rope, but he lands on
the apron. Edge goes for a Spear off the apron, but Reigns moves
and kicks him. Reigns pulls Edge over the top rope, and they’re
throwing punches on the apron. Reigns then head-butts Edge off the
apron to eliminate him.
Edge has been eliminated.
Reigns punches McIntyre back and hits a Superman Punch. McIntyre
avoids being eliminated and gives Reigns a Claymore Kick. McIntyre
then picks Reigns up and eliminates him!
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre celebrates big time in the ring as the pyro goes off
to end the show.