Jan. 28 (UPI) — The highway to WrestleMania has begun as WWE hosted the 32nd annual Royal Rumble occasion to find out who will predominant occasion the corporate’s greatest present.
The Royal Rumble featured the Males’s and Girls’s Royal Rumble matches which concerned 30-superstars every from Uncooked, Smackdown and NXT making an attempt to throw one another excessive rope. The final one remaining would earn a championship match at WrestleMania.
The Girls’ Royal Rumble match passed off after Asuka efficiently defended her Smackdown Girls’s Championship towards Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey efficiently defended her Uncooked Girls’s Championship towards Sasha Banks.
Natalya and Lacey Evans began the bout with a brand new competitor getting into each 90 seconds. Xia Li, Kairi Sane, Candice LeRae, Kacy Catanzaro, Io Shirai and Rhea Ripley have been among the many shock entrants within the match.
Lynch, regardless of dropping earlier to Asuka, inserted herself into the Girls’s Royal Rumble after entrant No. 28 Lana was unable to stroll to the ring after injuring her foot. Lynch was among the many closing 4 superstars left together with Charlotte Aptitude, Nia Jax and Bayley.
Lynch received after it got here down to only herself and longtime rival Aptitude. The Man, regardless of affected by an injured knee, was capable of punch Aptitude out the ring after dodging a kick.
The Males’s Royal Rumble match began with Elias and WWE Corridor of Famer Jeff Jarrett who was rapidly eradicated after Elias struck him with a guitar. Corridor of Famer Kurt Angle, Johnny Gargano, United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunn, Aleister Black and Jax have been among the many shock entrants.
Jax joined the match after she knocked out No. 30 entrant R-Reality out as he began to make his solution to the ring. Jax, the fourth girl ever to compete in a Males’s Royal Rumble, dominated at first and eradicated Mustafa Ali. Jax was despatched out of the ring herself after she acquired a Superkick from Dolph Ziggler, a 619 from Rey Mysterio and an RKO from Randy Orton.
Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Andrade and Ziggler have been among the many closing 4 remaining. Rollins, regardless of being put by means of a desk by Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley, got here again to win the Males’s Royal Rumble after he eradicated Strowman final by delivering a Curb Stomp to the Monster Amongst Males on the ring apron.
Lynch and Rollins will get to decide on which champion they wish to face at WrestleMania 35 which takes place on April 7.
Additionally on the Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar defended his Common Championship towards Finn Balor. Lesnar was harm early within the match after he was pushed twice into a pointy nook of the announcer’s desk.
Balor took full benefit of Lesnar’s harm and was capable of counter The Beast’s signature F-5 maneuver right into a DDT. Balor would put on Lesnar down with quite a few high-flying strikes earlier than he delivered the Coup de Grace from the highest rope.
Balor tried to pin Lesnar for the three rely with the champion kicking out at two. Lesnar then rapidly grabbed Balor and locked within the Kimura Lock, forcing Balor to faucet out.
Different moments from the Royal Rumble included Uncooked Tag Workforce Champions Bobby Roode and Chad Gable efficiently defending their titles towards Rezar and Scott Dawson; Shinsuke Nakamura defeating Rusev to grow to be the brand new United States Champion; Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy efficiently defending his title towards Kalisto, Akira Tozawa and Hideo Itami; Shane McMahon and The Miz defeating The Bar to grow to be the brand new Smackdown Tag Workforce Champions; and WWE Champion Daniel Bryan efficiently defending his title towards AJ Kinds with assist from Rowan.
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