WWE Royal Rumble Results – January 28, 2018
Welcome to the WWE Royal Rumble pre-show, and we are live on the WWE Network. Renee Young, Jerry Lawler, David Otunga and Peter Rosenberg consists of the panel.
Kickoff Show: Kalisto, Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik def. TJP, Gentleman Jack Gallagher & Drew Gulak
Kickoff Show: The Revival def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Kickoff Show: Bobby Roode (c) def. Mojo Rawley to retain United States Title
Welcome to the Royal Rumble PPV! We get an intro video package to hype the matches that will be taking place tonight. Our opening contest is…
WWE Title Handicap Match: AJ Styles © vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Styles and Owens started things off. However, after a quick lock up, Zayn was legal. They locked up and Owens was back in. Keeping each other fresh by Owens and Zayn. Styles caught Zayn with a drop kick and Owens was tagged in. This led to Owens and Zayn beating down Styles in a slow and pacing way. Styles and Zayn exchanged chops until Zayn connected with a back body drop for 2. Owens was in and he sent Styles hard into the corner then followed up by launching him into the barricade. After a few minutes of a beatdown, Styles knocked Zayn off the top rope and Owens was tagged in which led to Styles hitting a head kick. Zayn went for a big boot but Styles caught him with one of his own then hit a springboard reverse DDT that popped the crowd. Styles hit two back elbows and then a hurricanrana to Zayn. Styles locked in the Calf Crusher on Owens but Zayn broke it up. Styles tossed Zayn to the floor and Owens rolled him up for 2. Styles sent Owens shoulder first into the ring post. Zayn went for a powerbomb but it was blocked by the champ only later to be head kicked by Owens that allowed Zayn to hit the move for a near fall. Zayn with several hard slaps but Styles fought back and hit the springboard forearm to Zayn for the win. Zayn and Styles exchanged strikes in the middle of the ring. Styles got the better of it and launched Zayn to the floor. Owens with a superkick and Styles reversed the powerbomb by rolling up Owens for the win.
Winner: Styles – Still WWE Champion
SmackDown Tag Team Title Two Out of Three Falls Match: The Usos © vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin
Jey and Benjamin start things off. Benjamin attempted to end the first fall quick as he went to his finisher, but Jey got out of it and tagged in his brother. This led to The Usos going for a double superkick, but Gable got out of the way. Jimmy landed a big uppercut on Gable for 2. Benjamin got the blind tag, which allowed Gable to take out the left leg of Jimmy from behind. The challengers worked over that injured leg for a few minutes. Jey got the hot tag and cleaned house by hitting a series of strikes to Benjamin. Gable was tagged in but closes lined outside of the ring. Jey hit Benjamin with an outside dive and then to Gable. Things are heating up. Jey with a crossbody off the top rope onto Gable for 2. Jey with a backsplash in the corner followed up by him going up to the top rope and missing a dive. Gable rolled him up for 2 twice. Gable with a tiger suplex for 2. Benjamin was tagged in, and they went for their finisher, but Gable had to take out Jimmy. Benjamin powerbombs Jey then hits Pay Dirt for 2. Benjamin connected with a head kick to Jey and tagged in Gable, who hit a moonsault onto The Usos at ringside. Jey with a super kick to Gable and Jimmy with one to Benjamin. Jey with a splash off the top rope to Gable for 2. Benjamin knocked Jey off the top rope, but Jimmy hit a superkick to him. Jimmy was caught with an armbar by Gable. Jey hit a superkick and Jimmy as well to Gable for the first fall.
First Fall: The Usos
Benjamin knocked Jey down then sent him into the ring post. Benjamin power bombed Jimmy on the floor. Gable with a head kick then Benjamin was tagged in who went for a powerbomb, but Jey rolled him up for the quick win.
Winners: The Usos – Still Tag Team Champions (2-0)
30-Man Royal Rumble Match: Roman Reigns, John Cena, Finn Balor, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, Elias, Baron Corbin, Matt Hardy, Bray Wyatt, Aiden English, Rusev, Titus O’Neil, Apollo Crews, Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods, Tye Dillinger, WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz, TBA
Rusev is the first competitor followed by Finn Balor at number two. Rusev tried to eliminate Balor to start things off but Balor held on. Balor did the same thing. Rusev with a shoulder block but Balor landed a drop kick. Rhyno came in at #3 and went right after Rusev. Rhyno hit a spear in the corner then a front body suplex and same goes for Balor. There was an ECW chant going. Rusev hit Rhyno from behind to cut off the momentum and landed a heel kick. Baron Corbin was in at #4. And tossed Balor around the ring then hit a big boot to Rhyno. Corbin with a big clothesline to Rusev. Rhyno with a belly-to-belly suplex to Corbin then went for a GORE but Corbin hit Deep Six and tossed him to the floor. Balor tossed Corbin out after that. Corbin pulled Balor under the rope and tossed him into the barricade then hit End of Days to Rusev on the floor. Balor and Rusev are STILL in the match. Heath Slater came in at #5. Corbin took out Slater with a clothesline as Slater made his entrance. Elias is #6 and he sang a song for us to kill some time. Andrade Almas came in at #7. Almas kicked Slater on the ramp then started brawling with Elias and landed a back elbow followed by running knees in the corner. Almas went for his finisher but Elias got out of it and hit a big clothesline. Bray Wyatt was #8 and sent Slater into the barricade then hit a powerslam to Elias. Balor attacked Wyatt from behind but Wyatt cut him off with a clothesline. Big E was #9 and gave Slater some pancakes. Elias hit a big boot to Big E but Big E was able to hit a suplex to him. Rusev with a head kick to Big E. Tye Dillinger came in at #10 but he never made it to the ring as Owens and Zayn beat him down in the backstage area. Zayn replaced Dillinger and got into the match by beating down Balor. Sheamus was out at #11 and tossed Slater in the ring but as soon as he did, Slater clotheslines Sheamus out of the ring for the elimination. Wyatt hit Slater with Sister Abigail and eliminated him. Xavier Woods was #12. Woods went right after Wyatt and attacked him. Woods and Big E hit a double team move to Zayn then to Elias. Apollo Crews was #13 and went right after Wyatt. Wyatt went for his finisher on Balor but Balor reversed and hit a double footstomp. Shinsuke Nakamura was #14 and hit Zayn with a kick then a series of strikes to Wyatt. Nakamura eliminated Zayn with a knee strike to the gut. Cesaro was in at #15 and started hitting everyone with uppercuts. Kofi Kingston was in at #15 and he ran into an uppercut right out of the gate by Cesaro. Cesaro hit Crews with an uppercut to eliminate him. Jinder Mahal walked out at #17 and hit a suplex to Woods then a knee strike. Mahal would then eliminate Woods and Big E with a big boot. Seth Rollins walked out at #18 with new ring gear and hit a springboard forearm then a series of strikes to Balor. Cesar tried to eliminate Rollins but it was Rollins who eliminated Cesaro. Mahal tossed Kofi out but Kofi’s right foot landed on Woods then Big E put pancakes under Kofi’s foot. Kofi launched off Big E and Woods back into the ring. Kofi head kicked Mahal out of the ring. Almas hit his DDT finisher to Kofi to eliminate him. Matt Hardy came in at #19 and had a stare down with Wyatt. Rusev attacked him from behind. Hardy and Wyatt teamed up to eliminate Rusev. Hardy hit the side effect to Almas then started brawling with Wyatt that led to their eliminations at the same time. John Cena was out at #20 and everyone attacked him as soon as he got into the ring. Elias went for his finisher but Cena blocked and tossed Elias to the floor for the elimination. The Hurricane came out at #21 and went right to Cena, who tossed him to the floor immediately. Aiden English was #22 and Adam Cole was #23. Cole had his ribs taped up but went on a kicking part to Balor and English. Balor kicked English off the top rope for the elimination. Randy Orton was #24 and hit a series of suplexes to Cole then went for an RKO to Cena but it was blocked. Almas went for a springboard dive but Orton caught him with an RKO out of nowhere then tossed Almas to the floor. Titus O’Neil was #25 and there was no reaction for him from the crowd. The Miz came out at #26 and hit Rollins with a neck breaker then got out of the AA and hit a DDT to Cena. The Miz hit Skull Crushing Finale to Cena then Rollins with a superkick to Miz. Rey Mysterio came out at #27 and hit a hurricanrana to Miz then sent Cole to the floor. Rey hit the 619 to Miz. Roman Reigns was #28 and hit Cena and Balor with right hands. He took out everyone. Reigns with a series of clotheslines to Miz. Reigns eliminated Titus. Reigns tried to do the same thing to Miz but was saved by Axel and Dallas. Rollins hit the Blackout to Miz then Reigns and Rollins powerbombed Miz out of the ring onto Axel and Dallas. Reigns then eliminated Rollins. Goldust was #29 and hit a series of strikes to Orton. Dolph Ziggler was #30 and went right after Cena. Ziggler with a super kick to Cena then Orton. Goldust cut him off with a slam but Ziggler managed to super kick him out of the ring. Ziggler with a Zig Zag to Nakamura. Moments later, Balor took out Ziggler with a forearm shot. We are down to six – Balor, Orton, Cena, Rey, Reigns, and Nakamura. They all start brawling. Cena with an AA to Balor while Rey hit the 619 to Reigns. Orton hit the RKO to Nakamura. Reigns with a superman punch to Orton for the elimination. Rey went for a 619 to Cena and Reigns and hit it. Rey with a springboard dive but Balor eliminated Rey. We are down to four and they start brawling. Nakamura hit a knee strike to the ribs of Balor, who then caught him with a head kick. Nakamura with some knee strikes but Balor responded with a drop kick to the face. Reigns hit Balor with a clothesline. Cena with some right hands but Reigns hit a samoan drop. Cena with a side slam to Reigns but Balor caught him with sling blade then a drop kick. Same goes for Reigns and Nakamura. Nakamura managed for his finisher but Balor blocked and Cena tossed Balor to the floor for the elimination. Cena tried talking to Reigns about teaming up and they did on Nakamura. Cena turned on Reigns and hit him with his signature moves. Reigns hit Cena with a Superman Punch then went for the spear but Cena blocked and hit the AA. Cena attempted to eliminate Nakamura but Nakamura blocked and hit a knee strike sending Cena to the floor. Nakamura and Reigns are the final two superstars. They exchanged right hands and Reigns hit a Superman Punch and sent Nakamura to the apron. Nakamura with a head kick and locked in a triangle choke suing the ropes. Reigns powered out of it and hit a power bomb. Nakamura blocked the spear with a knee strike and hit another one off the middle rope. Nakamura went for his finisher but Reigns speared him out of nowhere. Nakamura caught him with a running knee and eliminated Reigns!
Raw Tag Team Title Match: Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan © vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
Cesaro and Sheamus beat down Rollins in the early going. The announcers brought up how Rollins may have tired out in the Royal Rumble match. Rollins mounted a comeback but Cesaro sent Jordan into the ring post before he could get a hot tag. Rollins took out Sheamus and Cesaro with an outside dive. Once back into the ring, Cesaro and Sheamus was able to double team Rollins while doctors checked on Jordan at ringside. Rollins went for a springboard move but it was reversed by Sheamus hitting a back elbow. Cesaro was tagged in and landed an elbow drop off the top rope for 2. Sheamus was able to hit a back breaker to Rollins for 2. After more double team, Rollins sent Sheamus into the ring post and Cesaro to the floor. Rollins with a slingblade to Cesaro then an overcastle off the middle rope. Rollins rolled up Cesaro for 2 then the Falcon Arrow and a superkick for another near fall as Sheamus broke it up. Sheamus now legal and hit a series of uppercuts and knee strikes. Jordan tagged himself into the match then out of the match as he is not himself as he holds his head. Rollins tried to fight both men but Cesaro caught him an uppercut. Sheamus hit Rollins with the Brogue Kick then hit their finisher for the win.
Winners: Sheamus & Cesaro – NEW Champions
WWE Universal Title Triple Threat Match: Brock Lesnar © vs. Kane vs. Braun Strowman
Lesnar went right after Kane and Strowman attacked Lesnar from behind. Strowman with a drop kick to Lesnar then a big boot. Lesnar with a big strike and went for the F5 but Kane stopped it and chokeslammed him. Strowman landed some big strikes to Kane in the corner. Lesnar hit Kane in the back with a chair. Strowman punched the chair out of Lesnar’s hand then tossed him to the floor. Strowman tossed Kane to the floor then went after Lesnar and sent him into the barricade. Strowman hit Kane with the steel steps and then to Lesnar. Strowman placed a table in the corner then inside the ring. Lesnar with a series of german suplexes to Strowman. Strowman no sold it and power slammed Lesnar through the table but Kane broke up the pin attempt. Kane sent Strowman through the other table. Kane with a chokeslam to Strowman for 2 as Lesnar broke it up. Lesnar with an F5 to Kane then covered him for 2 as Strowman hit a german suplex to Lesnar. Strowman tossed Lesnar into the barricade then cleared one of the announce tables for a spot. Lesnar hit an F5 to Strowman through the table. Lesnar picked up the announce table and dropped it on Strowman! Lesnar reversed the chokeslam and hit an F5 to Kane through the third announce table. Strowman tossed the table off of him and got up with Lesnar in shock. They start brawling and back into the ring. Strowman hit his powerslam finisher to the champion twice and Kane hit Strowman with a chair a few times. Lesnar sent Kane into Strowman and hit an F5 to Kane on a chair for the win.
Winner: Lesnar – STILL Champion
Post-match, Strowman stood up and yelled at Lesnar that he didn’t beat him. Lesnar laughs and walks to the back.
Women’s Royal Rumble Match: Asuka, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Bayley, Naomi, Natalya, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, Mickie James, Tamina Snuka, Lana, Carmella, Becky Lynch, Dana Brooke, Alicia Fox, TBA
Stephanie McMahon joins the commentary team while Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair sit at ringside. Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch are #1 and #2. They lock up and exchange head locks. Banks went for the back stabber but it was blocked. Lynch with a series of arm drags then worked over the left shoulder of Banks. Sarah Logan was #3 and stomped out Lynch then hit a drop kick to Banks. Logan attempted to eliminate Lynch but Banks made the save. Mandy Rose was out at #4 and hit a hip toss to Banks then tried to eliminate Banks but couldn’t. Rose with a big knee strike to Banks. Lita came out at #5 to a big pop. Lynch and Banks went after Lita, but she fought out of it and hit a double clothesline to them. Rose knocked her down from behind. Rose caught Lita with a big knee strike but Lita managed to knock her off the apron. Coming in at #6 was Kairi Sane and she hit a series of kicks to Logan then a spear to Banks and Lynch then a running forearm strike to Lita and to Logan. Tamina was #7 and she hit a superkick to Sane, Banks, and Lynch. Lita with a DDT to Tamina then a Twist of Fate to Banks and Lynch. Lita hit a moonsault off the top rope onto Banks and Lynch. Lita sent Tamina over the top rope but Lynch eliminated Lita right afterwards. Dana Brooke at #8 and hit a powerslam to Logan. Sane went to the top rope and Brooke eliminated her. Torrie Wilson came out at #9 and hit a facebuster to Brooke then a clothesline to Banks and a drop kick to Lynch. Logan took her out with a drop kick. Wilson eliminated Brooke with a drop kick. Sonya Deville was at #10 and went right after Banks. Deville tried to get rid of Lynch but Lynch held on. Deville hit Wilson with a knee strike to eliminate her. Liv Morgan was #11 and put the boots to Lynch. Molly Holly was #12 and started hitting a series of kicks and a suplex to Lynch. She eliminated Logan. Holly went to the top rope and hit a front flip side to Banks, who rolled to the floor and was checked on by the referees. Lana came out at #13 to a big pop. She was beat down right away by Morgan and Deville. Lana fired up and attacked both girls. Coming in at #14 was Michelle McCool. McCool cleaned house with a series of kicks. There was chants of Undertaker. McCool eliminated Deville and Morgan. Holly attacked her from behind but McCool sent Holly to the floor and the same to Lana. Ruby Riott was #15 and went after Banks, but she was beat down. Vickie Guerrero was #16 who kept saying “Excuse Me!” as she made her way to the ring and even into the ring. All of the girls tossed her to the floor. Carmella was #17 and talked trash to Vickie, who then grabbed the MITB briefcase and hit Carmella with it. Natalya was #18 and dropped her ring gear on Carmella. This led to Carmella sending her into the ring apron and hitting a series of kicks to McCool. Kelly Kelly was #19 and was almost elimanted by Natalya but Kelly held on. Natalya eliminated McCool right after that spot. Naomi was #20 and hit a hurricanrana to Natalya then several back splash to the other women. Natalya eliminated Lynch. Jacqueline was #21 and landed a series of strikes to Banks then a clothesline to Carmella. Nia Jax was #22 and she took out everyone and eliminated Jacqueline then Kelly Kelly. Jax with a press slam to Riott onto the turnbuckle that eliminated Riott. Jax knocked Naomi off the apron but she was caught by the rest of the girls. Ember Moon was #23 and she had tape on her left shoulder. Moon with some strikes and a springboard kick to Jax. Naomi walked the barricade and used a chair to get back into the ring. Naomi went for a crossbody but Jax caught her and sent her to the floor. Beth Phoenix was #24 and Jax had a staredown. They then started brawling. Phoenix lifted Jax up but couldn’t eliminate her. Natalya and Beth teamed up on Jax who went flying through the middle rope. Natalya slapped Beth and tossed her to the floor. Asuka was #25 and hit a series of kicks to the other competitors. She hit Banks with a devastating knee strike to the face. Moon hit the Eclypse to Asuka but Asuka no sold it and tossed her to the floor by using the top rope to her advantage. Coming in at #26 was Mickie James who took out Asuka and hit a neck breaker to Banks. Nikki Bella was #27 and hit a knee strike to Carmella then a springboard kick to Banks followed by a spear to Natalya. Carmella took her out with a series of kicks. However, Nikki used the the top rope to eliminate Carmella. Brie Bella was #28 and she made the save for her sister. Brie with knee strikes to everyone. Jax gets on the apron and the Bella Twins drop kicked her out of the ring then hit a suplex to Natalya. Coming in at #29 was Bayley. Coming in at #30 was Trish Stratus to a big pop and she took out Natalya then Bayley. Trish hit a double bull dog to the Bellas. Bayley caught Trish with a kick but Trish knocked her off the top rope. Trish and Mickie faced off and exchanged right hands. Mickie went to the top rope but Trish kicked her in the head and eliminated her. Everyone jumped Jax but Jax fought back. Everyone eliminated Jax though. Banks tossed out Bayley to the floor. Natalya locked in the sharpshooter on Trish. This led to Trish getting out and hitting a head kick to eliminate Natalya. Trish went for her finisher but Banks tossed her out. Final four – Asuka, Bellas, and Banks. Banks knocked down Asuka then they all kicked Asuka while she was down. The Bellas eliminated Banks when she was going for her double knee strike in the corner to Asuka. Bellas tried to eliminate Asuka but couldn’t. Asuka with a series of kicks to the Bellas. Asuka sent Brie to the apron and Nikki took down Asuka with a clothesline. Nikki hit her finisher to Asuka. Nikki hit a forearm to Brie for the elimination. Asuka with a drop kick to Nikki. Bella with an elbow then a springboard kick. Asuka caught her with a kick then tossed Nikki out of the ring for the elimination.
Asuka celebrates in the ring to close the show. Post-match, Flair, and Bliss got into the ring and had a staredown with Asuka. Ronda Rousey walked out to the ring and pointed at the WrestleMania sign. She tried to shake Asuka’s hand but Asuka shoved it it away. Rousey pointed at the WrestleMania sign and then shook Stephanie McMahon’s hand. This is how we close the show.