The Royal Rumble is one of my favorite PPV’s of the year. Mainly because it is the beginning of the build-up to WrestleMania, we begin to learn who will be the main players. The other reason I like it is that some of the older wrestlers come to take part and that was certainly true in the women’s match. Let’s take a look at the results of the main matches this year and look at what we have learned.
AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
This was always going to end one way as far as I was concerned, and it did. Styles pinned Owen even though he wasn’t the legal man. Another reason for the whining to continue from Owen and Zayn. The match was actually pretty good, Owens was already injured before the match, but you wouldn’t have realized. Styles is a phenomenal performer, and it’s great that he will hopefully carry the Championship into Wrestlemania. I’m sure this feud will continue, with Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan disagreeing on Owens and Zayn. There has been talk about McMahon and Bryan facing off against each other at WrestleMania, but Bryan hasn’t been cleared to wrestle yet so don’t get too excited about this one!
I’d grade this match a B
Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable vs. The Usos
This match was a 2-out-of-3 falls match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship. A real back and forth match. I was distracted by The Usos and their white wrestling gear. Felt sorry for whoever had to wash them after their matches. Normally these matches go down to the final third fall, but this one was won by The Uso’s 2 falls to 0.
Only a C for me in this match. I’m not an Uso’s fan, and I remember Shelton Benjamin during his first run in the WWE when he defeated Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental Champion.
Men’s Royal Rumble
So looking at this match, I was pretty sure that Roman Reigns would win. Not a fan of his but I was wrong anyway. Shinsuke Nakamura first appeared on Smackdown April 2017 having been in NXT for the previous year. He’s very flamboyant in the ring and deserved the win. I was disappointed by the lack of ex WWE performers that came back for the Rumble. It was great to see Rey Mysterio wrestling in the squared circle again, and I’d forgotten about The Hurricane, although he didn’t last long in the match.
Let’s look at all the Royal Rumble entrants and where they were eliminated.
- Rusev – Eliminated 12th by Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy
- Finn Balor – Eliminated 27 by John Cena
- Rhyno – Eliminated 1st by Baron Corbin
- Baron Corbin – Eliminated 2nd by Finn Balor
- Heath Slater – Eliminated 4th by Bray Wyatt
- Elias – Eliminated 15th by John Cena
- Andrade Almas – Eliminated 18th by Randy Orton
- Bray Wyatt – Eliminated 13th by Matt Hardy
- Big E – Eliminated 8th by Jinder Mahal
- Sami Zayn – Eliminated 5th by Shinsuke Nakamura
- Sheamus – Eliminated 3rd by Heath Slater
- Xavier Woods – Eliminated 7th by Jinder Mahal
- Apollo Crews – Eliminated 6th by Cesaro
- Shinsuke Nakamura – WINNER
- Cesaro – Eliminated 9th by Seth Rollins
- Kofi Kingston – Eliminated 11th by Andrade Almas
- Jinder Mahal – Eliminated 10th by Kofi Kingston
- Seth Rollins – Eliminated 22nd by Roman Reigns
- Matt Hardy – Eliminated 14th by Bray Wyatt
- John Cena – Eliminated 28th by Shinsuke Nakamura
- The Hurricane – Eliminated 16th by John Cena
- Aiden English – Eliminated 17th by Finn Balor
- Adam Cole – Eliminated 19th by Rey Mysterio
- Randy Orton – Eliminated 25th by Roman Reigns
- Titus O’Neil – Eliminated 20th by Roman Reigns
- The Miz – Eliminated 21st by Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins
- Rey Mysterio – Eliminated 26th by Finn Balor
- Roman Reigns – Eliminated 29th by Shinsuke Nakamura
- Goldust – Eliminated 23rd by Dolph Ziggler
- Dolph Ziggler – Eliminated 24th by Finn Balor
Phew! That took me as long to type as the match was. It was a fairly fast paced match. Tye Dillinger was originally the number 10 entrant, but Owens and Zayn attacked him backstage, and Sami Zayn took his spot. After the match, Nakamura announced his match at Wrestlemania would be against AJ Styles. I’m already excited by this match, both men are fast-paced, and it should be pretty explosive.
Rating – A
The Bar vs. Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan
Felt a bit sorry for Seth Rollins. First, he was in the Royal Rumble and then he was forced to practically wrestle single-handedly as Jordan was injured. Backstage news is that he actually does have a back injury and this is why he was hardly in the match and also why they lost. Rollins tried his hardest to hold on, but in the end, Cesaro pinned Rollins after White Noise. It wasn’t a great match, but then 3 out of the 4 wrestlers had also been in the Royal Rumble.
My rating, B-
Triple Threat for the Universal Title: Kane vs. Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar
Is there anyone who thought that anyone else would win other than Lesnar? And did anyone expect any exciting moves from Lesnar other than many German Suplexes and F5’s! Yes, Lesnar did win. Yes, there was the odd German Suplex. I don’t get the love for Lesnar. He just has no personality. At least Paul Heyman is there to talk for him! There were chair shots, broken tables, and of course, it was Kane that got pinned. I’m presuming now we’ll have Lesnar vs. Reigns at Wrestlemania when Reigns wins the Elimination Chamber match on February 25.
This was such a predictable match – C
30-Women Royal Rumble Match
This match I was definitely excited about. The first ever Women’s Royal Rumble that was bound to have some faces from the past in it as I couldn’t even name 30 present women wrestlers. With Bliss and Flair at ringside, the match had practically every female wrestler in the same arena. Let’s look at the list of entrants, their position, and when they were eliminated.
- Sasha Banks – Eliminated 27th – Bella Twins
- Becky Lynch – Eliminated 14th – Ruby Riott
- Sarah Logan – Eliminated 7th – Molly Holly
- Mandy Rose – Eliminated 1st – Lita
- Lita – Eliminated 3rd – Becky Lynch
- Kairi Sane – Eliminated 4th – Dana Brooke
- Tamina – Eliminated 2nd – Lita
- Dana Brooke – Eliminated 5th – Tori Wilson
- Torrie Wilson – Eliminated 6th – Sonya DeVille
- Sonya Deville – Eliminated 8th – Michelle McCool
- Liv Morgan – Eliminated 9th – Michelle McCool
- Molly Holly – Eliminated 10th – Michelle McCool
- Lana – Eliminated 11th – Michelle McCool
- Michelle McCool – Eliminated 13th – Natalya
- Ruby Riott – Eliminated 17th – Nia Jax
- Vickie Guerrero – Eliminated 12th – Becky Lynch, Michelle McCool, Ruby Riott, Sasha Banks
- Carmella – Eliminated 21st – Nikki Bella
- Natalya – Eliminated 25th – Trish Stratus
- Kelly Kelly – Eliminated 16th – Nia Jax
- Naomi – Eliminated 18th – Nia Jax
- Jacqueline – Eliminated 15th – Nia Jax
- Nia Jax – Eliminated 23rd – Asuka, Bayley, Bella Twins, Natalya, Trish Stratus
- Ember Moon – Eliminated 20th – Asuka
- Beth Phoenix – Eliminated 19th – Natalya
- Asuka – WINNER
- Mickie James – Eliminated 22nd – Trish Stratus
- Nikki Bella – Eliminated 29th – Asuka
- Brie Bella – Eliminated 28th – Nikki Bella
- Bayley – Eliminated 24th – Sasha Banks
- Trish Stratus – Eliminated 26th – Sasha Banks
This match certainly didn’t disappoint. There were quite a few former WWE wrestlers who pretty much all performed well, especially Michelle McCool. It was great to hear the screams of “Excuse Me,” as Vickie Guerrero made her way to the ring. Nikki Bella eliminated her sister Brie. I did think that a WrestleMania match may follow between them, but this has been done before.
A+ for this match from me.
Then we have a bone of contention as far as I’m concerned. Ronda Rousey appears while Asuka is celebrating in the ring with Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss both in the ring. I felt this took away the fact that Asuka had just made history after winning the first Women’s Royal Rumble. And what was the point of the appearance? She tried to shake Asuka’s hand and pointed at the WrestleMania sign. I have a feeling she will end up being another Lesnar, no personality. I could be wrong, she could be fantastic with the mic, and we already know she is a damn fine fighter.
So there are my thoughts on the Rumble. Let us know what you think below!