WWE Royal Rumble Live From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sunday, January 28th, 2018
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Booker T, and Corey Graves
If you missed last night’s NXT Takeover: Philadelphia, you can click here WWE NXT Takeover: Philadelphia Live Results 1/27/18 (Almas Vs Gargano for NXT Championship)
Match Number 1: AJ Styles (WWE Champ) Vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a 2-On-1 Handicap Match for the WWE Championship
History was made, sort of. AJ Styles defeated Sami and Kevin. Sami was in the ring, AJ threw him over the top rope, like it’s the Royal Rumble. But before this happened, Owens tried to reach a tag, and they just missed each other, but the ref allowed it to be legal. Owens tried to attack AJ, and nail a Pop-Up Powerbomb, but AJ rolls it up, and covers Owens for the win. In other words, we are continuing this story.
Winner, and STILL WWE Champion: AJ Styles, by pinfall
Backstage Segment: Sami, Kevin, and Shane
Once again Kevin screams at Shane saying a referee screws him at a title match. Did he even see the match? Something needs to be done about this, did he even see the match? The answer? Yep, and Shane walks away.
Match Number 2: The Usos (SD Live Tag Team Champs) Vs Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable for the SD Live Tag Team Championship In A 2 Out Of 3 Falls Match
The first fall took place for a long time, back and forth finish. The Usos win the first fall with a Double Superkick, pinning Gable.
Winner Of 1st Fall: The Usos
Benjamin and Gable had The Usos beat down, but Jey rolls up Shelton before Gable was able to save his partner, and The Usos win in a clean sweep.
Winner Of 2nd Fall, and STILL SD Live Tag Team Champions: The Usos, by pinfall
Match Number 3: 30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Royal Rumble Commentator: Jerry “The King” Lawler
Entrant Number 1: Rusev, it’s Rusev Day for everyone!!
Entrant Number 2: Finn Balor
Entrant Number 3: Rhyno
Entrant Number 4: Baron Corbin
Elimination: Rhyno, by Baron Corbin
Elimination: Baron Corbin, by Finn Balor
Corbin takes out both Balor and Rusev
Entrant Number 5: Heath Slater
Corbin takes out Slater too, so all 3 men are laying.
Entrant Number 6: Elias
Elias gives us an in-ring concert, saying we won’t see the clock until he is done singing. The clock continues on.
Entrant Number 7: Andrade “Cien” Almas
Entrant Number 8: Bray Wyatt
Entrant Number 9: Big E
Entrant Number 10: Tye Dillinger
Owens and Sami attack Dillinger backstage, and Owens tells Sami he got this. But Sami enters instead.
Entrant Number 10: Sami Zayn
Entrant Number 11: Sheamus
Elimination: Sheamus, by Heath Slater
Elimination: Heath Slater, by Bray Wyatt
Entrant Number 12: Xavier Woods
Entrant Number 13: Apollo Crews
Entrant Number 14: Shinsuke Nakamura
Elimination: Sami Zayn, by Shinsuke Nakamura
Entrant Number 15: Cesaro
Entrant Number 16: Kofi Kingston
Elimination: Apollo Crews, by Cesaro
Entrant Number 17: Jinder Mahal
Elimination: Xavier Woods, by Jinder Mahal
Elimination: Big E, by Jinder Mahal
Entrant Number 18: Seth Rollins
Elimination: Cesaro, by Seth Rollins
Kofi was on the verge of elimination, but Xavier helped him, Kofi’s foot was on Xavier, so New Day had a plate of pancakes, and flip him over.
Elimination: Jinder Mahal, by Kofi Kingston
Elimination: Kofi Kingston, by Andrade “Cien” Almas
Entrant Number 19: “Woken” Matt Hardy
Elimination: Rusev, by Hardy and Wyatt
Elimination: Hardy and Wyatt, by each other
Entrant Number 20: John Cena
Elimination: Elias, by John Cena
Entrant Number 21: The Hurricane
Elimination: The Hurricane, by John Cena
Entrant Number 22: Aidan English
Entrant Number 23: Adam Cole BAY BAY
Elimination: Aidan English, by Finn Balor
Entrant Number 24: Randy Orton
Elimination: Andrade “Cien” Almas, by Randy Orton
Entrant Number 25: Titus O’ Neil
Entrant Number 26: The Miz
Entrant Number 27: Rey Mysterio
Elimination: Adam Cole, by Rey Mysterio
Entrant Number 28: Roman Reigns
Elimination: Titus O’ Neil, by Reigns
Elimination: The Miz, by Reigns and Rollins
Elimination: Seth Rollins, by Reigns
Entrant Number 29: Goldust
Entrant Number 30: Dolph Ziggler
Elimination: Goldust, by Ziggler
Elimination: Dolph Ziggler, by Balor
Final 6: Reigns, Orton, Mysterio, Balor, Nakamura, and Cena
Elimination: Randy Orton, by Balor
Elimination: Rey Mysterio, by Balor
Final 4: Cena, Nakamura, Balor, and Reigns
Elimination: Finn Balor, by John Cena
57:34 for Finn Balor tonight, entered at number 2.
Elimination: John Cena, by Shinsuke Nakamura
Final 2: Roman Reigns and Shinsuke Nakamura
Elimination: Roman Reigns, by Shinsuke Nakamura
Winner of 30-Man Royal Rumble Match: Shinsuke Nakamura
In-Ring Interview: Shinsuke Nakamura
Renee Young congratulates Shinsuke on winning, and she wants to know if he has made up his mind on who he is facing at Wrestlemania? AJ Styles
Backstage Segment: Daniel, Shane, Kurt, and Stephanie
The SD Live people are giddy over Nakamura winning Royal Rumble, there is more to come tonight. And Stephanie said we are ready for a big surprise.
Match Number 4: Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan (Raw Tag Champs) Vs The Bar for the Raw Tag Team Championship
Cesaro took out Jason Jordan earlier in the match, threw him into the ring pole. Jason seemed to have a concussion. So this match was Rollins taking on The Bar. Jason makes the tag, then tags right back in. The Bar becomes 4-time Tag Team Champions, nailing their double team move, after a Brogue Kick, and Cesaro pins Rollins.
Winners, and NEW Raw Tag Team Champions: The Bar, by pinfall
Match Number 5: Brock Lesnar (WWE Universal Champ) Vs Kane Vs Braun Strowman In A Triple Threat Match For The WWE Universal Championship
3 broken announce tables, 2 broken tables, 2 Powerslams, 2 F-5’s, 6 or 7 trips to Suplex City, Brock Lesnar retains his Universal Championship, pinning Kane. Strowman screams at Brock that he did not beat him, but Brock is still the champ.
Winner, and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar, by pinfall
February 25th: Elimination Chamber
Maria Menonous as Special Guest Ring Announcer, and Stephanie McMahon as Special Guest Commentator
Match Number 6: 30-Women Royal Rumble Match
Entrant Number 1: Sasha Banks
Entrant Number 2: Becky Lynch
Entrant Number 3: Sarah Logan
Entrant Number 4: Mandy Rose
Entrant Number 5: Lita
Elimination: Mandy Rose, by Lita
Entrant Number 6: Kairi Sane
Entrant Number 7: Tamina Snuka
Elimination: Tamina Snuka, by Lita
Elimination: Lita, by Becky Lynch
Entrant Number 8: Dana Brooke
Elimination: Kairi Sany, by Dana Brooke
Entrant Number 9: Torrie Wilson
Elimination: Dana Brooke, by Torrie Wilson
Entrant Number 10: Sonya Deville
Elimination: Torrie Wilson, by Deville
Entrant Number 11: Liv Morgan
Entrant Number 12: Molly Holly
Elimination: Sarah Logan, by Molly Holly
Entrant Number 13: Lana
Entrant Number 14: Michelle McCool
Elimination: Sonya Deville, by Michelle McCool
Elimination: Liv Morgan, by McCool
Elimination: Molly Holly, by McCool
Elimination: Lana, by McCool
Entrant Number 15: Ruby Riott
Entrant Number 16: Vickie Guerrero
Elimination: Vickie Guerrero, by Sasha, Ruby, Michelle, and Becky
Entrant Number 17: Carmella
Vickie nails Carmella with her briefcase.
Entrant Number 18: Natalya
Entrant Number 19: Kelly Kelly
Elimination: Michelle McCool, by Natalya
Entrant Number 20: Naomi
Elimination: Becky Lynch, by Ruby Riott
Entrant Number 21: Jacqueline
Entrant Number 22: Nia Jax
Elimination: Jacqueline, by Nia
Elimination: Kelly Kelly, by Nia
Elimination: Ruby Riott, by Nia
Entrant Number 23: Ember Moon
Elimination: Naomi, by Nia
Entrant Number 24: Beth Phoenix
Elimination: Beth Phoenix, by Natalya
Entrant Number 25: Asuka
Elimination: Ember Moon, by Asuka
Entrant Number 26: Mickie James
Entrant Number 27: Nikki Bella
Elimination: Carmella, by Nikki Bella
Entrant Number 28: Brie Bella
Entrant Number 29: Bayley
Entrant Number 30: Trish Stratus
Elimination: Mickie James, by Trish Stratus
Elimination: Nia Jax, by everyone
Elimination: Bayley, by Sasha
Elimination: Natalya, by Trish
Elimination: Trish Stratus, by Sasha
Final 4: The Bella Twins, Sasha, and Aksuna
Elimination: Sasha Banks, by The Bella Twins
Elimination: Brie Bella, by Nikki Bella
Final 2: Nikki and Asuka
Elimination: Nikki Bella, by Asuka
30-Women Royal Rumble Winner: Asuka
Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss who was watching at ringside comes into the ring, holds both of their Woman Titles up in the air. And now here comes Ronda Rousey. Ronda points at Wrestlemania sign, she holds out her hand to Asuka, the Rumble winner slaps it away. She points to the Wrestlemania sign, tells Charlotte she will see her there. Then shakes the hand of Stephanie McMahon to seal the deal. We end the show still asking questions about what all of this means.
Well, we know now why the Women’s Rumble main evented tonight. I think it means the prediction I had made last summer will come true. Charlotte Vs Rousey at Wrestlemania. It gives WWE news, and I was very impressed with how well Michelle McCool had looked. Trish and Lita showed they still had it. Vickie Guerrero screamed. Overall, this was good match to end the show, and now we will get to see Alexa Bliss Vs Asuka, and Ronda Vs Charlotte.
But the Men’s Royal Rumble is going to give us Styles Vs Nakamura, which will be incredible. I didn’t see their match they had with New Japan, but I know it was an instant classic. Nakamura eliminating Reigns was also noteworthy too. Roman will more than likely compete in Elimination Chamber, and get his match with Brock at Mania. So everyone wins.
The Road to Wrestlemania has officially begun, and now I am looking forward to seeing Raw tomorrow night. What were your thoughts on the show? Send them to me here.
WWE Royal Rumble Kick-Off Show
Sunday, January 28th, 2018
Commentators: Renee Young, Peter Rosenberg, David Otunga, and Jerry “The King” Lawler
Social Media Lounge: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Sam is spewing about nothing, but he brings up the first ever 30-Women’s Royal Rumble match, which leads us to….
Video: 30-Women’s Royal Rumble Match
Alexa Bliss Joins the Panel
Alexa is ready for tonight’s historic match. She is excited to see who wins. It’s official, the winner of the 2 Royal Rumble matches can choose which champion to go after at Wrestlemania. Alexa is a fighting champion, so she will face anyone. She has proven she does whatever it takes to win. Is there anyone she does not want to face at Wrestlemania? No, she will do the impossible at Wrestlemania. Alexa loves how the women’s division has taken such a big step, and to have all of the women come together for this one match is huge.
Royal Rumble Kick-off Match: Bobby Roode’s US Title Open Challenge
Royal Rumble Kick-Off Match: The Revival Vs Gallows and Anderson
Royal Rumble Kick-Off Match: 6-Man 205 Live Match
Backstage Segment: Jordan and Rollins
Jason tells Seth he is proud to be Seth’s partner. His dad knew they were going to be such great champions. With his athleticism, and Seth’s intelligence, they can beat any team. Gable and Shelton show up. Jason and Chad embrace a moment, but then they start ribbing each other. Chad tells Jason he moved on to Raw, with a singles career. So how is that singles career going? Well, Jason has gold, so he is doing better now. He also tells Shelton they were going to call he and Gable The World’s Greatest Tag team. Jason is making friends very quickly.
Tonight: the Usos vs Gable and Benjamin in 2 out of 3 Falls Match for SD Live Tag Team Championship
Video: 1988 Royal Rumble
“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan was the first ever Royal Rumble winner.
Royal Rumble Kick-Off Show Match: Kalisto, Gran Metalik, and Lince Dorado Vs TJP, “Gentleman:” Jack Gallagher, and Drew Gulak
This was a good match here that gave these 6 men time. There will be a new General Manager announced this Tuesday on 205 Live. Kalisto picks up the win for his team, pinning Gulak with a Salinas Del Sol. TJP is irate about the loss, blames both men for the loss.
Winners: Kalisto, Gran Metalik, and Lince Dorado, by pinfall
Tonight: Social Media Lounge
Charlotte Flair Joins The Panel
Charlotte gives us her thoughts about tonight’s 30-women Royal Rumble match.
Video: 1992 Royal Rumble
Video: Royal Rumble: Inside The Numbers
Rusev showed up, and it’s always Rusev Day here.
Social Media Lounge: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens
Sami and Kevin are answering our questions, and they are doing it brilliantly. They are prepared for their big match. One of them gets the pin fall, they are both champions. It won’t matter, 2 side plates, 2 fantastic competitors. They won’t take any questions from Peter, which is hilarious. The WWE Championship match is going to kick off Royal Rumble tonight.
Video: 1995 Royal Rumble
Royal Rumble Kick-Off Show Match Number 2: The Revival Vs Gallows and Anderson
The Revival gets their revenge, after last week’s Raw. They pick up the win working on Anderson’s knee, and wins the match, chopping at Karl’s knee, and pins him for the win.
Winners: The Revival, by pinfall
JBL Joins The Panel
JBL has worked with WWE for 22 years, and he is ready to see what unfolds tonight.
Video: NXT Takeover: Philadelphia
Alundra Blayze Joins The Panel
Alundra is ready to see history tonight. She wishes to be a part of that match, she’d love to face Asuka. She refuses to answer who she thinks will win the Women’s Royal Rumble match. She picks Nia Jax.
Sam Roberts Waste Of Time
He offers nothing to the table, he is just jabbering along among the masses.
Video: WWE Universal Championship In A Triple Threat Match
Next: US Title Open Challenge
Video: 1998 Royal Rumble
Royal Rumble Kick-Off Show Match Number 3: Bobby Roode (WWE US Champ) Vs Mojo Rawley for the United States Championship
Mojo couldn’t unravel the upset win, Roode nails him with a Glorious DDT that wasn’t so Glorious. It seems Mojo didn’t jump at the right time for Roode to land it perfectly. But Bobby retains his title.
Winner, and STILL GLORIOUS and United States Champion: Bobby Roode, by pinfall
Video: 2008 Royal Rumble
Ric Flair Joins The Panel
Flair talks about his moment at the 1992 Royal Rumble match.
WWE Royal Rumble begins now.
WWE Royal Rumble Quick Match Results:
**Kalisto, Gran Metalik, and Lince Dorado def TJP, “Gentleman” Jack Gallagher, and Drew Gulak, by pinfall (Kick-Off Show Match)
**The Revival def Gallows and Anderson, by pinfall (Kick-Off Show Match)
**Bobby Roode (C) def Mojo Rawley by pinfall, to retain US Championship (Kick-Off Show Match)
**AJ Styles (C) def Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, by pinfall to retain WWE Championship
**The Usos (C) def Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable, by pinfall to retain SD Live Tag Team Championships (2-0)
**Shinsuke Nakamura wins 30-Man Royal Rumble Match
**The Bar def Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan (C) to win Raw Tag Team Championship, by pinfall
**Brock Lesnar (C) def Kane and Braun Strowman to retain WWE Universal Championship, by pinfall
**Asuka wins 30-women Royal Rumble Match