The 2018 WWE Royal Rumble Kickoff pre-show opens with Renee Young, David Otunga, Peter Rosenberg and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler inside an empty Wells Fargo Center.
– Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were shown backstage. They will answer the absolute worst of the questions submitted by fans in the social media lounge later in the show.
– A video package aired on the women’s Royal Rumble match.
– Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss joined the panel. Renee Young noted that the winner of the Rumble matches will be able to challenge the champions of their choosing at WrestleMania. Bliss picks best friend Nia Jax to win the Rumble but says at least she would have time to prepare for Asuka this time if she wins. Bliss talks more about the Rumble and WrestleMania 34 as Lawler gives her props. Bliss sends a warning and says it doesn’t matter who wins the Rumble because they will have the pleasure of losing to her at WrestleMania. The panel runs down tonight’s card after Bliss leaves.
– Backstage, Jason Jordan was telling Seth Rollins that Kurt Angle knew what he was doing when he put them together. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin entered the room. Gable told Jordan he never knew he was such a daddy’s boy. Gable laughed and then he and Jordan hugged. Rollins left the room. Jordan introduced himself to Benjamin and noted that he and Gable were so good that they were going to call them the World’s Greatest Tag Team. Benjamin took offense. Gable stepped in and said that was before Jordan dumped him for his singles career on Raw. Gable asked how his singles career was going and said he still can’t make it on his own. Jordan pointed to his title belt and said it seemed to be going better for him than it was for Gable. Jordan wished Gable well with the Usos and then left the room. “That was your partner?” Benjamin asked. Gable responded by asking, “Can you believe that?”.
– The panel discuss tonight’s Tag Team Title matches and give Sheamus props for looking as good as he does at 40.
– Renee sends us to a video looking back at the very first Rumble match, with comments from WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan. We get a backstage Twitter video from Bayley next. The panel sends us to the ring.
Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik vs. TJP, Jack Gallagher and Drew Gulak
We go to the ring and Vic Joseph is with Byron Saxton on commentary. Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik hit the ring. TJP is out next with Jack Gallagher and Drew Gulak.
Gulak takes control after a slow start with Kalisto as he’s not happy with the chants. Kalisto turns it around on the mat but in comes Gallagher. Kalisto tags in Metalik to go at it with Gallagher. They trade holds and Metalik rolls him up for a 2 count. Gallagher goes to the floor for a breather and some trash talking. Gallagher tags TJP in. TJP goes at it with Lince as he tags in. Lince takes control and tags Kalisto back in for more offense on TJP. Kalisto with a quick pin attempt. Kalisto and TJP run the ropes and go at it but Kalisto nails a dropkick. Lince comes off the top for a double team on TJP. Lince with chops now.
Lince unloads on TJP and hits a standing moonsault for a 2 count. TJP ends up on the apron but Lince dropkicks him to the floor. The masked cruiserweights hit a big triple team move from the top to their opponents on the floor. We go to a break.
Back from the break and TJP dropkicks Lince out of mid-air, allowing the heels to take control and take turns on Lince. Gallagher comes in and keeps focusing on the leg. Gulak tags in and knocks Metalik off the apron. Gulak takes over on Lince now and works him over in the corner. TJP comes in and double teams the leg with Gulak. Fans try to rally for Lince as TJP keeps him grounded for another 2 count, and two more while they’re on the mat. Lince comes back with a pin attempt of his own. TJP blocks a tag and sends Lince out to the floor. TJP brings it back in the ring for a 2 count.
Gallagher tags back in and keeps Lince down. Gallagher wastes time on the second rope and ends up falling on his face. Gulak tags in as does Metalik. They go at it. Metalik unloads and goes to the top. Metalik walks the rope and nails a big elbow drop for a 2 count as Gallagher breaks the pin. Kalisto tags in and nails Gulak and Gallagher with a kick. Lince nails a double springboard stunner on them next. Metalik runs the ropes and hits a big dive on Gulak and Gallagher. Kalisto covers Gulak for a close 2 count.
TJP tags in as Kalisto kicks Gulak out of the ring. Kalisto counters the Detonation Kick. They trade moves and roll-ups. Kalisto nails Salida del Sol for the pin.
Winners: Lince Dorado, Gran Metalik and Kalisto
After the match, Greg Hamilton announces the winners as they celebrate on the ramp. We go to replays. TJP argues with his partners in the ring as we go back to the panel.
– Charlotte joined the panel and bumped Jerry Lawler. Charlotte said she wished she could be in the women’s Rumble match. She said she’d like to win and then challenge Bliss for her title and then win both titles at WrestleMania. She indicated that she will be sitting at ringside during the women’s Rumble match. She was asked who she would like to see win. She mentioned Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, and Sasha Banks. She noted that Lynch knows all of her strengths and weaknesses. Charlotte said there’s no one she wouldn’t want to face. She said she wished she could be the first entrant and would win the match. She said she wants to break Asuka’s winning streak. Rosenberg noted that the match is a possibility now that the winner can challenge for the title of their choosing.
– Classic footage aired of Ric Flair winning the great 1993 Royal Rumble
– Owens and Zayn checked in from their locker room (not the social media lounge). They mocked a fan for using “u” rather than writing “you” and another fan for misspelling Zayn’s last name. Young fed them bad questions. Owens and Zayn mocked Rosenberg and everything else. Owens said KO Mania would begin with him and Zayn becoming co-champions. Both men answered a question in French.
– A Rumble flashback focussed on Shawn Michaels winning the match in 1995.
The Revival vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
We go to the ring as Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined by WWE Hall of Famer Booker T and Corey Graves. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are out first, followed by The Revival.
Anderson starts off with Dash and they go right to the corner for a tag to Dawson. They go at it and Dawson looks to take control but Anderson dropkicks him. Anderson works on the arm and tags in Gallows for a double team backdrop. Dawson rolls to the floor to regroup with Wilder. Gallows waits and in comes Wilder off a tag. Dash distracts the referee while Dawson comes in and rakes the eyes of Gallows. Dawson sends Gallows into the knee of Dash and tags him in. Dash unloads in the corner but Gallows rocks him and comes out of it. Gallows no-sells another shot and launches Dash into the corner for big body shots. Gallows keeps control as we go to a break with The Revival regrouping on the floor.
Back from the break and Dawson takes control of Anderson after Anderson doesn’t see a tag. Dawson keeps control until Dash comes in to keep the assault going. Anderson breaks out of a hold but Dawson tags back in and goes right to work on him, still focusing on the leg.
More back and forth between the two teams. Anderson finally nails a Spinebuster on Dash but he kicks out. Gallows ends up on the floor with Dawson. Gallows runs into the ring post after Dawson ducks. The Revival double teams Anderson and takes his knee out for the pin.
Winners: The Revival
After the match, Anderson sells the injury in the ring as Gallows stands with him while The Revival stands tall on the ramp. We go back to the panel.
– JBL replaced Jerry Lawler as a panelist for the second hour of the show. The hosts delivered some Rumble hype and also noted that next month’s Elimination Chamber event will be a Raw exclusive show…
– Young set up a video package on the great NXT Takeover: Philadelphia sow from the night before (check out John Moore’s full review of this event here.
– Rusev and Aiden English checked in from backstage. English hyped it was the Rusev Rumble and noted that it’s Rusev Day.
– Alundra Blayze (a/k/a Madusa) joined the panel. She said every era of women’s wrestling meant something. She said she would have loved to have had a Royal Rumble back in her day. JBL praised her as a pioneer. Blayze said she feels a sense of pride, but she also credited the women who came before and after her. She said she’d like to be in the match herself. She said she’d like to beat Asuka’s ass. The rest of the panel got worked up and she was apologetic. Blayze was asked for a winner. She was amazed by the winner getting to pick who they wrestle at WrestleMania. JBL kept pushing her to predict a winner. She mentioned Nia Jax and then hesitated. “WrestleMania is going to come around before you pick a winner for the Royal Rumble,” JBL said. She still didn’t answer. She eventually said she’s a big fan of Nia Jax.
– Sam Roberts checked in from the crowd and set up a video package on the WWE Universal Championship match. The panel discussed the match. David Otunga questioned whether there would be any alliances within the match. Young noted that the U.S. Title match was coming up shortly…
– A Rumble flashback showed Steve Austin winning in 1998 as Mike Tyson watched “Cold Stone” from a luxury box.
– We go to the ring and Tom Phillips welcomes us. He’s joined by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. Out comes WWE United States Champion Bobby Roode for the first-ever Glorious US Open Challenge. Roode cuts a promo and kicks off the challenge, asking who’s going to jump on the golden opportunity. Out comes Mojo Rawley to answer the challenge.
WWE United States Title Match: Mojo Rawley vs. Bobby Roode
They lock up and Mojo sends Roode to the mat. Roode charges and Mojo knocks him down. Fans chant “Mojo sucks” now. Mojo works over Roode in the corner but Roode fights out. Mojo charges out of the corner but Rode hits an inverted atomic drop and a side Russian leg sweep for a 2 count. Mojo comes right back and nails Roode. Mojo dodges a Glorious DDT and sends Roode out to the floor on his feet. Roode tries to come back in but Mojo knocks him off into the barrier. Mojo charges and sends Roode back into the barrier. Mojo talks some trash and brings it back into the ring for a 2 count. We go to a break.
Back from the break and Mojo is still in it. Roode manages to get an elbow up as Mojo charges in the corner. Mojo catches a Blockbuster attempt but Roode slides out of a slam. Roode with a forearm and a clothesline now. Roode with a corner clothesline and a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Roode keeps control and hits the Blockbuster. He calls for the DDT but Mojo blocks it and drops him for a 2 count. Mojo plants Roode into the mat and covers for another 2 count.
Mojo mushes Roode around and talks some trash. Roode catches Mojo with a spinebuster for a close 2 count. Mojo blocks the DDT once again with a backdrop. Mojo launches Roode into the ring post. Mojo charges into the corner with the big punch but Roode blocks it. Roode with an awkward DDT out of the corner for the pin.
Winner: Bobby Roode
– Ric Flair joined the panel and said he’s always happy to be with the company. He said it was a big week for him having also appeared at Raw 25. Flair spoke about his 1993 win. Flair recalled saying “with a tear in my eye” and said sorry to the boys in Atlanta but he was in the big time. Flair addressed the Universal Championship match and said he doesn’t wish Brock Lesnar on anybody. Flair picked Lesnar to win the match. Flair also spoke about being a big fan of AJ Styles and said the guy in the best condition will win that match. He called Styles the current version of Shawn Michaels. “He’s that good,” Flair said. He also talked up the Smackdown Tag Title match. Meanwhile, the crowd was counting down Rumble style whenever the clock would count down to a new minute. Flair cracked that it was Royal Rumble night and he was in Philly, but he couldn’t drink.
-The panel ran through the lineup and delivered a little final hype including Flair putting over Philadelphia.
WWE Royal Rumble Opener:
The show opens with a video package highlighting tonight as the beginning of the Road to WrestleMania. Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman vs. Kane is highlighted right away, along with AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, and of course both the men’s and women’s Royal Rumbles are featured.
WWE Championship Handicap Match
AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
In the arena, Tom Phillips welcomes us to the arena, and the fans are ready as Sami Zayn’s music hits, and the skanking superstar comes dancing his way to the ring to a fairly nice pop from the Philly crowd. Kevin Owens is out next, and Owens also gets a fairly warm welcome from the crowd.
AJ Styles is out next, and the WWE Champion gets a good pop, but it seems as though the fans may be more solidly behind the heels tonight.
After formal ring introductions, we’re ready for the match.
The crowd immediately begins chanting for AJ Styles, and it looks like Owens will be kicking things off, while Sami will start on the apron. Kevin immediately walks off and tags out to Sami, who struts in and teases locking up before tagging back out to Owens. Styles is able to send Owens into the ropes, but Owens grabs the ropes and stops himself before walking over and tagging out to Sami. Sami and AJ lock up and AJ goes behind and rolls up Zayn for two. Sami tags out to Owens again, and Owens slowly climbs into the ring. AJ goes behind Owens and the two men fight for the advantage. Owens reaches for the tag, but AJ prevents it. Styles is able to connect with a quick headscissors out of nowhere that allows him to put himself in between Owens and Sami. Owens bails from the ring, runs around AJ, and makes it to his corner to tag out to Sami.
Sami comes in and locks AJ in a headlock that AJ quickly fights off. AJ sends Zayn into the ropes and connects with a dropkick, but it’s not long before Sami tags back out to Owens. Owens jaws with the ref before connecting with a quick boot to AJ stomach, backing him into the corner, and slugging away at the champ. Owens takes AJ into the corner where Zayn is standing so he can make the tag. Sami comes in and stomps away at AJ in the corner before picking him up and chopping him hard against the ropes. AJ fights back with a chop of his own, but Sami is able to fight back with a back body drop. Owens tags back into the match and he sends AJ crashing into the corner hard. Owens sends AJ out to the floor where he sends him crashing into the barricade. Owens brings things back into the ring for a two count. Owens leaps into the air and crashes down on Styles with a nasty double stomp to the chest. Sami tags in and stomps AJ before burying his knee in Styles’ back and wrenching back with a rear chin lock.
Styles begins fighting back, but Sami is able to tag Owens in who stops AJ cold. Styles fights back against Owens as well with a big boot in the corner, but when he goes to the middle turnbuckle, Owens pulls AJ out in electric chair position and he drops AJ down to the mat face first. Owens continues to wear down Styles with a rear chin lock, and Styles struggles to make it to his feet. Styles tries to fight out of the hold, but Owens throws him down to the mat. Owens tries for the cannonball in the corner, but Styles moves and Owens crashes into the corner. Sami tags in and he goes right to work on AJ in the corner. Sami tries for a tornado DDT, but AJ stops him and connects with a hurricanrana from the top rope instead. Zayn tags out to Owens who charges right into a Pele kick from Styles.
Zayn is back in and he charges into a boot to the face from AJ. Styles connects with a moonsault reverse DDT out of the corner to drop Sami to the mat. Zayn tags out to Owens again. Owens charges into a rear elbow in the corner. Zayn comes in and eats another rear elbow. Owens tosses AJ away and he hurricanrana’s Sami out of the ring in the process. AJ traps Owens in the calf crusher and wrenches back, but Sami is able to make it into the ring to break things up. AJ connects with a wicked clothesline on Sami before sending him out of the ring. Owens rolls up AJ for a two count, but AJ tosses Owens into the ring post shoulder first immediately upon standing. Sami tags himself into the match and Owens hits a superkick from the apron which allows Sami to connect with the Blue Thunder Bomb for another two count. Zayn props up AJ in the corner and chops him hard before seating him on the top turnbuckle. Sami attempts a superplex, but Styles drops down between Sami’s leg and pulls him down face first into the top turnbuckle. Styles fights off Owens on the apron and connects with the Phenomenal forearm on Zayn, but when he makes the pin Owens is still able to break things up just in time. Both AJ and Sami are slow to make it to their fee. AJ blasts Sami with a big forearm, and Sami responds in kind. Both men trade forearms until AJ backs Zayn away. Sami tries to make the tag, but he can’t connect. Styles tosses Sami from the ring, and Owens is in from the apron. He superkicks Styles and he tries for the pop-up powerbomb, but Styles counters into a rollup for three.
Winner and STILL WWE Champion: AJ Styles
After the match, Zayn tries to argue with the ref, letting him know that he never tagged Owens while the two men walk angrily to the back. Styles celebrates with his title as the WrestleMania banner is shown hanging from the rafters.
Owens and Sami are arguing with Shane backstage about the legitimacy of AJ’s win. Owens says he was just checking on his partner, and the ref cost him another title shot. Sami asks if Shane saw that. Shane says ‘yep’, then walks away.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship
2 of 3 Falls Match
The Usos vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin
We cut right back out into the arena for Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin to make their way to the ring to almost no reaction.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos are out next. They cut promos on their opponents from ringside and throw the mics down. They hit the ring and face off.
The bell rings and Shelton and Jey kick things off. Shelton looks to go for a piledriver, but Jey backs out of it and Gable tags into the match. Jey and Chad fight for position, and Jimmy tags in. The Usos go for a double superkick, but Gable is able to bail from the ring in time to avoid the move. Gable is slow to make it back into the ring, and he goes right for Jimmy’s leg, picking him up and slamming him to the mat before Jimmy is able to seek shelter in the corner. Jimmy controls things in the corner, chopping Gable repeatedly before catching him with a nasty right hand to the chin. Benjamin makes the blind tag and the distraction allows Gable to hit a chop block. Shelton grabs Jimmy’s leg and wraps it around the ring post before slamming it against the ring apron. Shelton brings things back into the ring and continues the assault with a low kick to Uso’s leg before grabbing Jimmy’s ankle and wrapping his leg in knots.
Gable drives his knee into Jimmy’s leg a couple of times before wrenching back hard, looking for the submission. Jimmy stands on one leg, and Gable drives him back down to the mat with a dragon screw. Shelton tags in and screams at Jimmy that this is what he asked for before he elbow drops Jimmy’s knee and pulls back. Jimmy kicks Shelton away, but Shelton stops him before making the tag, pulling him back to the opposing corner to tag out to Gable. Gable comes in and works on Jimmy in the corner. Jimmy tries to fight back with a couple of chops, but Gable drives him to the mat with another dragon screw before tagging out to Bejamin. Shelton and Gable connect with a double kick and double knee to Jimmy before they knock Jey from the apron as well. Shelton gloats for the crowd before continuing the assault, but Jimmy is able to catch his breath after a quick enzugiri. Jey is finally able to make the tag, and he goes to work on Benjamin quickly sending him from the ring. Gable makes the blind tag, but Jey clotheslines Gable over the top and to the floor. Jey dives to the outside on top of Shelton, then heads into the ring and dives to the outside on top of Gable. Jey bring things back into the ring and he heads to the top rope for a huge cross body to Gable. Jey hits a running hip thrust in the corner, and he rolls up Gable for a two count. Gable is quick to respond with a roll up of his own. Gable lands a tiger suplex, bridging into the pin, but he’s only able to get a two count.
Gable and Benjamin try for the double team powerbomb, but they’re not able to connect. Shelton is able to connect with pay dirt on Jey, but Jey will not stay down for a three count. Jey heads out to the apron, and Shelton kicks him out to the floor. Jimmy comes to check on his brother, and Gable connects with a moonsault from the top rope out to the floor onto both of his opponents. Gable sends Jimmy back into the ring, but he turns around into a huge superkick from Jey. Jey hits a frog splash from the top rope, but Gable will still not stay down for three.
Things break down into a melee with all four men, and Gable finds himself caught up in a flurry of superkicks. Gable is pinned for three.
Winners of the first fall: The Usos
Benjamin goes right to work throwing one of the Usos into the ring post shoulder fist. Benjamin and Gable take out the other Uso on the floor and hit the double team powerbomb. Back in the ring, Gable and Benjamin try for the double powerbomb, but Jey is able to roll up Shelton for a quick three count.
Winners and STILL Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The Usos
After the match, The Usos hit the ramp with the titles as Gable and Benjamin look on shocked in the ring. We go to replays. The Usos stand tall on the stage with the titles in the air.
– A video package runs hyping tonight’s 30 Man Royal Rumble match up next…
30-Man Royal Rumble Match
We get a recap of the rules of the Royal Rumble match, and the reward, a Championship match at WrestleMania. Jerry Lawler is introduced as the special guest commentator, and Lawler makes his way down to the ring to a nice pop from the crowd.
Entrant #1 is announced. Aiden English is out and he asks the crowd what day is today, and gets an overwhelming ‘Rusev day!’ from the crowd. English confirms the crowds suspicions, that it is indeed Rusev day, and he brings the Bulgarian Brute into the arena to a huge pop from the crowd.
#2 is Fin Balor, who comes out with a big smile on his face, and the crowd is very happy to see him as well.
The bell rings and both men circle each other before Rusev simply picks up Balor and tries to dump him over the top. Balor lands on the apron, and makes his way back into the ring quickly. Rusev flips Balor over to the mat and drops a big elbow on Balor’s chest. Rusev shoulders Balor, but Balor stops him and blasts Rusev with a couple of big forearms. Rusev stops Balor with a running splash, and Balor responds with a running dropkick. The clock counts down and the next man is introduced.
Rhyno is entrant #3.
Rhyno and Rusev square off with Rhyno suplexing Balor across the ring. Rhyno catches Balor with a belly to belly suplex as well to a big ‘ECW’ chant. Rhyno catches Balor with a short-arm clothesline before trying to take him over the top rope. Rusev stops Rhyno from eliminating Balor and takes him out with a spinning heel kick. The clock counts down again.
Baron Corbin is entrant #4.
Corbin comes in and immediately begins hip tossing competitors before wiping out Rusev with a big clothesline.
Rhyno goes for the gore on Corbin, but he’s caught by the Deep Six instead. Corbin dumps Rhyno over the top rope. Corbin is eliminated by Finn. Corbin goes nuts, pulling Finn out, tossing him into the barricade. Baron pulls out Rusev to the floor as well, taking him out before continuing the assault on Balor with a big backbreaker.
Heath Slater is entrant #5.
Slater makes his way down the aisle and he’s immediately wiped out by Corbin. Everyone is recovering on the floor when the clock counts down.
Elias is entrant #6.
Elias makes his way to the ring playing guitar, kicking Slater on the way. He asks the crowd who wants to walk with Elias before he makes his way into the ring. He says time is an illusion and the only thing real is the light within him. The clock will not stop until he gives the performance of the year. He tells the crowd to silence their phones and shut their mouths. He sings a song saying when he wins the Rumble, he’ll get respect. He’ll walk up to the Rocky status and spit in it’s face. It’s Elias’ night. The clock counts down once more.
Andrade Cien Almas is entrant #7.
Almas is able to take out Elias in the corner with a running knee to the face. Almas teases the hammerlock DDT, but Elias is able to fight out and he wipes out Almas with a big clothesline.
Bray Wyatt is entrant #8.
Bray comes out and Slater is still attempting to crawl to the ring, and he’s thrown into the barricade by Wyatt. Bray heads into the ring and takes out Elias with a urunage. Balor breaks up a sister Abigail, but Wyatt is able to recover and he wipes out all of his competitors in the ring. Bray keeps Rusev out of the ring, much to the crowd’s dismay, as the clock counts down.
The New Day’s music hits, and Big E is entrant #9.
Big E pulls some pancakes out of his trunks for Slater before heading into the ring and getting taken out by Wyatt. Things begins to slow down as everyone pairs off. Tye Dillinger’s music hits, but he’s nowhere to be found. Owens and Zayn are shown backstage assaulting Dillinger, and Sami Zayn ends up making his way to the ring instead.
Sheamus is entrant #11
Slater has finally climbed into the ring, and he’s able to clothesline Sheamus out of the ring almost immediately, to everyone’s shock. Wyatt is able to almost immediately eliminate Slater from the match.
Xavier Woods is entrant #12
Woods makes his way to the ring and teams up with Big E to assault Sami Zayn and Elias with some quick double team work. Wyatt makes Sami and Woods hit face to face. Almas works on Balor in the corner.
Apollo Crews is entrant #13
Crews goes at it with Wyatt. Rusev tries to dump Sami. Crews dropkicks Wyatt. Elias fights off Big E and Woods at the same time. Almas has Balor down in a corner. Balor turns it around. Rusev works on Crews.
Shinsuke Nakamura is entrant #14
Nakamura hits the ring and drops Sami, then fights off Rusev and Wyatt as fans continue to sing his theme song. Nakamura works several Superstars over as fans cheer. Nakamura with knees and Good Vibrations to Elias in the corner. Fans chant for Nakamura now as he avoids a Helluva Kick. Nakamura eliminates Sami.
Cesaro is entrant #15
Cesaro has uppercuts for several Superstars. Wyatt works over Woods now. Rusev has Crews down. Cesaro works on dumping Balor but Almas hits Cesaro from behind. Rusev sends Crews to the apron but he hangs on. Woods rocks Wyatt against the ropes. Nakamura and Elias go at it. Rusev almost eliminates Cesaro. Rusev and Cesaro trade big shots in the middle of the ring now. T
Kofi Kingston is entrant #16
Kofi comes in but gets dropped on his head, apparently but Rusev. Crews lifts Cesaro high in the air but can’t eliminate him. Crews also hangs onto the ropes from the apron as he and Cesaro go at it. Cesaro eliminates Crews.
Entrant #17 is Jinder Mahal.
Jinder comes in and quickly suplexes Kofi, and he’s able to send Woods over the top rope and out to the floor. Big E sends Jinder out to the apron, and Jinder drags Big E out over the top rope. Jinder kicks Big E square, sending him crashing out to the floor.
Entrant #18 is Seth Rollins
Rollins comes in with a flying clothesline on Wyatt before hitting a sling blade on Elias and then Balor. Cesaro comes in with a clothesline to the back of Rollins’ head. Rollins is able to springboard Cesaro up over the top rope and out to the floor. Jinder tries to eliminate Kofi, but Kofi fights back. Jinder is able to send Kofi over the top rope, but Woods catches Kofi’s foot and makes sure it doesn’t hit the floor. Big E places a plate of pancakes under Kofi’s foot. Jinder plays defense, trying to make sure Kofi can’t re-enter. Big E and Woods launch Kofi up and over Jinder, back into the ring. Kofi is able to connect with a kick that sends Jinder crashing out to the floor. Almas surprises Kofi from behind and launches him out of the ring and out to the floor.
Entrant #19 is Woken Matt Hardy
Matt squares off with Bray, but it’s brokenm up by Rusev. Hardy and Wyatt team up and double clothesline Rusev over the top rope. Hardy drops Almas with a side effect, and he and Wyatt lay into each other with repeated right hands. Hardy and Wyatt fight each other over the top rope and out of the match.
Entrant #19 is John Cena
Cena charges into the ring and he’s attacked by everyone all at once. Things break down a bit, and Elias tries to take out Cena, but Cena connects with the AA over the top, sending Elias to the floor. Cena turns his attention to Nakamura in the corner.
Entrant #20 is The Hurricane
The Hurricane makes his way out to a pretty large pop from the crowd. Cena looks stunned. Hurricane ducks a clothesline and teases a chokeslam, but Cena tosses Hurricane over the top rope instead.
Rollins and Cena match up while Balor and Nakamura square off in the corner.
Entrant #22 is Aiden English
English runs down to the ring and he goes right for Seth Rollins straight away. The crowd is very excited for English since Rusev is no longer in the match. English backs away Cena a couple of times while laying into Balor with a couple of stomps.
Entrant #23 is Adam Cole
Cole comes out to a huge pop from the crowd, and he goes right to work on English and Balor.
Entrant #24 is Randy Orton
Randy Orton comes in with clotheslines and a snap powerslam for Cole. Cena pushes Orton away from an RKO, but Almas leaps off the top rope right into an RKO from Orton. Orton sends Almas flying over the top rope and to the floor. Orton shoulders Rollins and seats him on the top rope, but Rollins fight out.
#25 is Titus O’Neil
Titus comes out to a less than excited reaction from the fans in attendance. Action has slowed a bit once more as everyone pairs off.
#26 is The Miz
Miz comes in and goes right to work on all his opponents, but he focuses in on Cena and Rollins with a series of yes kicks. Miz misses a kick to Rollins, but he’s able to connect with the SCF on Cena. Rollins connects with a superkick on Miz out of nowhere.
Entrant #27 is Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio makes his way out to a huge reaction. Mysterio connects with a hurricanrana on Miz and a series of kicks to Cole’s legs. Mysterio sends Cole to the corner, then sends him over the top rope with a hurricanrana to the outside. Mysterio sends Miz into the ropes, and he connects with the 619.
Entrant #28 is Roman Reigns
Reigns makes his way out to a ton of boos, and he begins taking everyone out with right hand after right hand. Roman waits for Miz to turn around before taking him out with a big clothesline, then another clothesline. Roman connects with a series of clotheslines in the corner before he sends Titus over the top rope and out to the floor. Roman tries to eliminate Miz, but he’s stopped by Bo Dallas and Curis Axel. Rollins connects with the Blackout on Miz, and Rollins and Reigns connect with a double powerbomb, sending Miz over the top and crashing out on top of Axel and Dallas. Reigns and Rollins look at each other before Reigns sends Rollins over the top rope and out to the floor.
Entrant #29 is Goldust
Goldust makes his way in with some fire right away. Goldust figbhts off the AA and counters with an inverted atomic drop.
Entrant #30 is Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler makes his way out to a nice pop from the crowd, and he goes right after Cena. Cena blocks a superkick. Ziggler avoids most of the AA, and he connects with a superkick. Orton distracts Ziggler, and gets a superkick for his troubles. Goldust powerslams Ziggler, but Ziggler is able to send Goldust to the apron and knock him to the floor with a superkick. Ziggler connects with the Zig Zag on Shinsuke.
Ziggler tunes up the band, and he tries to superkick Shinsuke, but Nakamura dumps him out to the apron and Balor connects with a leaping forearm to knock Ziggler from the apron. Mysterio, Orton and Cena stand on one side of the ring with Reigns, Balor and Nakamura on the other. Cena connects with an AA on Balor. Mysterio hits the 619 on Reigns, and Orton connects with the RKO on Nakamura. Orton tries to score with an RKO on Cena, but Cena pushes him off and Reigns connects with a superman punch before dumping Orton over the top rope. Mysterio hits a double 619 on Cena and Reigns, but he’s eliminated out of nowhere by Balor.
We’re down to Cena, Balor, Nakamura and Reigns. They all take a breather and look at each other before getting up and facing off in the middle of the ring. Cena taunts Balor but decks Nakamura. Reigns drops Balor while Cena goes after Nakamura on the mat. Reigns and Cena face off next. Fans chant “you both suck” at them. Nakamura and Balor attack them to a pop.
Balor and Nakamura face off now. Balor fights Nakamura into the corner. Nakamura with a high knee in the corner but Balor hangs on. Balor with a kick from the apron. Balor fights back in. They go at it some more. Cena and Reigns come back with clotheslines as fans boo. Cena and Reigns face off again. Fans chant “you both suck” again. Cena and Reigns go at it. Cena hits the shoulder but Reigns comes back with a Samoan Drop. Cena blocks a Superman Punch and drops Reigns. Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Balor stops him with a Slingblade and a corner dropkick. Balor with a Slingblade and a dropkick to Reigns now. Balor with a Slingblade to Cena. Nakamura drops Balor with a kick. Nakamura goes for Kinshasa but Balor double stomps him. Cena eliminates Balor to boos. Cena points at the WrestleMania sign to say no hard feelings.
Cena and Reigns gang up on Nakamura, punching and stomping away on the crowd favorite. Cena ducks a clothesline from Reigns and he connects with a couple of shoulder tackles. Cena puts Reigns down with a belly to belly suplex, and he connects with the five knuckle shuffle. Cena tries for the AA, but Reigns fights out and connects with the Superman punch. Reigns kicks Nakamura out of the way and he goes for the spear. Cena catches Reigns and hits the AA. Nakamura tries for a suplex, but Cena fights it off. Cena teases suplexing Nakamura out of the ring. Nakamura suplexes Cena to the apron, and he’s able to connect with a solid knee to Cena’s shoulder that sends him crashing out to the floor.
It’s down to Nakamura and Reigns, and the crowd has their favorite for sure. Nakamura tells Reigns to come on, and he squares off with forearms and right hands. Reigns connects with the Superman punch, and Nakamura lands on the apron. Reigns walks toward the ropes, right into a big boot to the side of the head. Nakamura locks in a triangle choke over the ropes, and Roman pulls Nakamura up and slams him down inside the ring with a big powerbomb. Both men are slow to get to their feet.
Reigns waits in the corner for Shinsuke to stand. Roman runs right into a big boot to the side of the face from Shinsuke. Shinsuke sets up for the Kinshasa, but Roman counters with a big spear.
Roman pulls Shinsuke up to his feet and shoulders Nakamura. Shinsuke fights back, grabbing the top rope and pushing back. Nakamura connects with a Kinshasa to a running Roman, and he tosses Reigns over the top rope to a giant pop from the crowd.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Nakamura is interviewed in the ring immediately following the ring. He’s asked if he’s made a decision as to who he’d like to face at WrestleMania. He doesn’t hesitate, announcing right away that he wants AJ Styles!
Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon are shown celebrating. Kurt Angle and Stephanie McMahon begrudgingly congratulate their competition. Angle says there’s plenty left for Raw tonight. The Universal title match will be incredible. Stephanie also brings up the Women’s Royal Rumble, saying one of their stars will surely win. Stephanie says tonight is about making history, and she’s sure everyone will be pleasantly surprised. Angle says it’s true, it’s damn true.
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan vs. The Bar
Seth Rollins is the first man to make his way out for the next match. Seth Rollins is the first man to make his way to the ring, and he gets a nice pop from the crowd. Jason Jordan is out next, and Jordan doesn’t get quite as warm a welcome as Rollins.
Sheamus and Cesaro are out next, and The Bar get a nice reaction as Cole proceeds to throw it to introductions for the international announce teams.
The bell rings and Cesaro and Rollins look to kick things off for their respective teams. Cesaro goes to work on Rollins’ arm, but Rollins is quick to fight out of it with a couple of nice arm drags and a backdrop. Rollins sends Cesaro crashing over with a hurricanrana and a quick dropkick. Sheamus tags in and sends a couple of knees into Rollins’ chest until Rollins responds with a flying clothesline. Cesaro tags in and double teams Rollins in the corner with a series of stomps to the chest.
Sheamus pulls Rollins up by his feet, and Rollins struggles to make it to his corner, but Cesaro pulls Jordan off the apron and sends him crashing into the ring post. Rollins is able to send Sheamus out to the floor, and he wipes out Sheamus and Cesaro with a suicide dive, and when he checks on Jordan, Sheamus takes advantage, attacking from behind. Sheamus brings things back into the ring and takes Rollins out with a clothesline from the top rope. Sheamus tags out to Cesaro and the Bar double team Rollins in the corner with punches and kicks. Doctors are apparently checking on Jordan on the outside. Cesaro grinds Rollins into the mat with a rear chin lock, and Jordan is shown waving the doctors away on the outside.
Sheamus slams Rollins to the mat, then drops a big knee across his face. Sheamus traps Rollins in the ropes, but Rollins is able to fight back, dropping Sheamus’ throat across the top rope. Sheamus pushes Rollins into the ropes and distracts the ref, allowing Cesaro to connect with a quick clothesline. Cesaro drops an elbow across Rollins’ chest while Sheamus connects with a backbreaker, but it’s only enough for two.
Cesaro tags in and taunts Rollins in the corner. Rollins tries to fight out, attacking both Cesaro and Sheamus. Rollins avoids a double team powerbomb, sending Cesaro over with a hurricanrana. Rollins sends Sheamus shoulder first into the ring post before sending Cesaro crashing out to the floor. Cesaro charges back in, eating an elbow to the face from Rollins. Rollins connects with the sling blade, and a blockbuster from the middle rope. Rollins connects with a running forearm, then a suplex. Rollins tries for the falcon arrow, but Cesaro fights out. A second attempt, and Rollins hits the falcon arrow, but Sheamus is in to break up the pin with a series of stomps. Sheamus blasts Rollins with repeated uppercuts before seating him on the top rope. Rollins fights off both Sheamus and Cesaro in the corner, hip tossing Cesaro into the ring, then Rollins connects with a double frog splash. Jordan makes his way up in the corner, and he immediately appears dizzy. He tags himself out of the match, and Rollins looks confused. Cesaro pulls Rollins into the ring, and Rollins is able to fight off both members of the Bar for a bit. Cesaro connects with an uppercut, Rollins his the knee, and Sheamus hits the Brogue kick. Cesaro assists with White Noise by jumping from the middle rope for assisted force. Cesaro pins Rollins and this one is over.
Winners and NEW Raw Tag Team Champions: The Bar
After the match, Cesaro and Sheamus stand tall with the titles. Jordan is still sitting on the steps holding his head.
– We get a video package for the Universal Championship match, as it looks like the Women’s Royal Rumble will be closing the show. The promo focuses on all three men involved in the match as unstoppable monsters.
WWE Universal Championship Match
Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman vs. Kane
Braun Strowman is the first man to make his way to the ring, and Strowman gets a very positive reaction from the fans in attendance.
Kane is the next man to make his way out, and Kane doesn’t get much of a reaction.
Lesnar is the last man out, and he gets a very favorable reaction as he makes his way out with Paul Heyman trailing behind.
We get formal ring introductions for each man. Jojo handles introductions from Braun and Kane, and Heyman handles Brock’s introduction of course.
The bell rings and Lesnar backs Kane right into the corner. Strowman attacks Lesnar from behind and he continues the assault on Kane. Strowman connects with a crazy dropkick. Strowman knees Lesnar and Lesnar comes right back with a huge right hand. Kane chokeslams Lesnar, and he tries to chokeslam Strowman, but Lesnar swings a chair at Kane’s back from behind. Strowman punches the chair out of Lesnar’s hands before tossing him to the floor. Strowman tosses Kane to the floor as well. Strowman heads outside and throws Brock into the barricade before grabbing the ring steps and blasting both of his opponents. Braun goes under the ring and he grabs a couple of tables, sliding them into the ring to a big pop from the crowd.
Braun and Kane fight back into the ring and Braun sets up a table angled toward the corner, then props another table up in the opposite corner. Kane grabs Strowman around the throat, and Strowman ends up chokeslamming Kane. Lesnar connects with multiple German suplexes on Braun, but Braun responds almost immediately with a powerslam through the table. Braun goes for the pin, but Kane breaks it up before three. Strowman shoulders Kane, and then Kane fights out and pushes him through the table in the corner. Kane is able to connect with a chokeslam on Braun, but the pin is broken up by Brock. Brock connects with the F5, and he pins Kane, but the pin is broken up when Braun connects with a German suplex that sends Lesnar crashing out of the ring.
Braun follows out to the floor and sends Lesnar crashing into the barricade. Braun takes apart the German announcer’s table, and turns back toward Lesnar. Lesnar pops up and shoulders Braun, putting him through the table with an F5. Lesnar picks up the neighboring announcers table and he tips it over on top of Strowman. Kane tries to chokeslam Lesnar, but Lesnar fights it off and connects with an F5 through the final remaining announcers table. Braun is shown pushing himself out from under the announcers table. Brock jumps into Braun, but Braun fights immediately back and knocks Brock to the ground. Braun connects with the powerslam on Brock, but he doesn’t go for the pin. Braun stands and eats a chair to the spine from Kane. Braun falls out of the ring and Kane turns his attention to Brock Lesnar. Kane shoulders Lesnar, but Lesnar fights out of it and pushes him into Braun on the apron, sending Strowman crashing to the floor. Brock connects with the F5 and he pins Kane for three.
Winner and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar
After the match, Heyman grabs the title and leaves with Lesnar, who is all smiles. We see Braun recovering at ringside while Kane is down in the ring. Braun enters the ring and yells out at Brock, saying Lesnar didn’t beat him or pin him. Lesnar raises the title on the stage as Braun looks on from the ring.
– After a couple of commercials, we get a video package recapping Stephanie McMahon announcing the first ever Woman’s Royal Rumble, and chalking it up as a natural progression of the Women’s Revolution. We also get a good look at quite a few of the competitors in tonight’s match, although it’ll be interesting to see what legends or surprises might pop up.
1st Ever 30-Woman Royal Rumble Match
Maria Menounos is introduced as the special guest ring announcer. The crowd does not have much love for Maria. She introduces the special guest commentator, Stephanie McMahon, who also is not greatly beloved.
Alexa Bliss makes her way out as well, followed by Charlotte Flair, as it looks like both Champions will be sitting ringside for the Rumble.
Sasha Banks is introduced as #1, and she makes her way out to a nice reaction from the fans.
#2 is Becky Lynch, who also gets a great reaction as the fans sing along with her theme song on her way to the ring.
The bell rings and both women circle each other before locking up. Becky clamps on a headlock, and Sasha tries to push her off over the top rope. Sasha tries for the backstabber, but Becky holds on to the ropes. Becky connects with a couple of arm drags and an arm bar, but neither woman is able to maintain an advantage. Both women clothesline each other, and both end up on the mat.
Entrant #3 is Sarah Logan.
Logan immediately begins stomping away on Lynch before dropkicking Sasha. Becky tries to fight back a bit, but Logan connects with a big clothesline on Becky. Sarah tries to eliminate Becky, but Sasha comes in to prevent that from happening. Sasha eats a head butt from Sarah. Sarah works over Becky in the corner while the clock counts down.
Entrant #4 is Mandy Rose.
Entrant #4 is Mandy Rose.
Mandy goes right for Sasha, trying to press her over the top rope, but Sasha will not go out. Mandy connects with a big knee to Sasha’s chest for a big pop from the crowd. Mandy attempts to push Sasha up and over the corner turnbuckle, but Sasha fights it off.
Entrant #5 is Lita.
Lita comes out to a huge pop, and she stands across from Becky and Sasha. Sasha and Becky double kick Lita in the stomach. Lita responds with a double clothesline. Mandy comes in from behind, then she blasts Lita with a couple of big forearms. Mandy slams Lita’s head into the top turnbuckle. Sasha sends Sarah out to the apron, but Sarah is able to fight back into the ring. Mandy connects with a knee to the side of Lita’s face, but Lita is able to respond by eliminating Mandy by pushing her off the apron.
Entrant #6 is Kairi Sane.
Kairi goes right to work and chops Lita across the chest before stomping across the ring and charging in with a nasty falling forearm. Kairi takes out Sarah, then Sasha with a neckbreaker. Kairi heads to the top rope and she hits her amazing elbow drop on Sasha to a huge pop.
Entrant #7 is Tamina, who enters while Kairi hits another elbow drop on Becky.
Tamina kicks Kairi, then Sasha, then Becky, but she ends up eating a twist of fate from Lita. Lita connects with a twist of fate on Sasha and Becky as well. Lita heads up to the top rope and she launches herself off with a double moonsault, hitting both Becky and Sasha. Lita low bridges Tamina, but Becky comes in and eliminates Lita in turn, getting a lot of heat from the crowd.
Entrant #8 is Dana Brooke.
Dana comes in and shakes off a couple of kicks to the back from Becky. Dana takes Kairi into the corner and she seats her on the top rope. Kairi tries to kick her away, but Dana shoves her out to the floor and out of the match.
Entrant #9 is Torrie Wilson.
Torrie hits a facebuster on Dana before sending Sasha and Becky into the corner, and eating a dropkick from Sarah. Sarah tries to eliminate Torrie in the corner, but Sasha stops her. Dana charges Torrie, and she’s back dropped to the apron. Torrie baseball slides Dana’s feet and knocks her to the floor.
Entrant #10 is Sonya Deville.
Sonya goes right for Sasha and Becky. Becky ducks a kick from Sonya, and Sonya tosses Becky to the apron, but she’s able to avoid elimination. Sonya is able to send Torrie to the apron, and she connects with a kick that sends Torrie falling to the floor.
Entrant #11 is Liv Morgan.
Liv comes in and stomps away at her opponents before slamming Sasha face first to the mat, then double stomping her back. Sarah and Liv team up, sending Sasha to the apron, but Becky comes in to break things up.
Entrant #12 is Molly Holly.
Molly gets a great pop as she makes it into the ring, suplexes Becky, and slams Sarah over the top rope and to the outside. Molly heads to the top and she connects with the front flip senton to wipe out Sasha. Sonya takes out Molly, then Becky connect with the Bexploder on Sonya.
Entrant #13 is Lana.
Lana gets ganged up on by Liv and Sonya right off the bat. Lana stands and slaps Sonya before grabbing Liv by the hair and slamming her head against the mat.
Entrant #14 is Michelle McCool.
Michelle blasts Lana and Liv with big kicks before she connects with a running hip in the corner on Sonya. Michelle seats Sonya on the top turnbuckle and drops her to the floor. Michelle tosses Liv over the top, then Molly comes in from behind, only to be tosses out by Michelle. Michelle squares off with Lana, and she tosses her over the top rope.
Entrant #15 is Ruby Riott.
Michelle tosses Riott out to the apron, but she’s not able to send her to the floor. Sasha also sends Riott to the apron, as does Becky, but Ruby won’t go down.
Entrant #16 is Vickie Guerrero.
Vickie screams ‘EXCUSE ME’ at all of her opponents, telling them they need to listen to her. Vickie tries to buddy up with Michelle, then she tries to crawl out. Vickie is picked up by her opponents, and tossed out to the floor, where she fumes and screams.
Entrant #17 is Carmella.
Vickie grabs Carmella’s briefcase and hits her with it on her way to the back. Becky tries to connect with a leg drop on Ruby, but she’s unable.
Entrant #18 is Natalya.
Natalya is stopped cold by Carmella, who finally makes it into the ring and begins destroying everyone.
Entrant #19 is Kelly Kelly.
Kelly is almost immediately eliminated, but she hangs on. Michelle McCool is eliminated.
Entrant #20 is Naomi.
Naomi hits the rear view on most of her opponents in quick succession. Becky hits the Bexplex. Becky is eliminated.
Entrant #21 is Miss Jacqueline
Jackie runs through everyone, and she tries to eliminate Kelly Kelly, but she’s not able to get her over the top.
Entrant #22 is Nia Jax.
Nia heads in and immediately tosses Jackie and Kelly over the top rope and to the outside. Nia backs up Natalya, then eliminates Ruby by sending her to the floor. Nia dumps Naomi out to the apron, then knocks her into all the recently eliminated, allowing her to fall to the apron without touching the floor.
Entrant #23 is Ember Moon.
Ember comes in with a series of kicks to slow down Nia, but she’s stopped pretty quickly. Naomi uses a ringside chair to make sure she’s able to make it to the ring, and she leaps from the top rope, but Nia makes sure she’s eliminated.
Entrant #24 is Beth Phoenix.
Beth Phoenix makes her way out, and she squares off with Nia. Nia pushes her away, and Beth tries her best to fight off Nia, even trying to shoulder her at one point. Nia is able to fight off Beth, but Natalya jumps in the ring too and teams up with Beth to knock Nia out of the ring and to the floor. Natalya slaps Beth across the face, then sends her crashing to the floor.
Entrant #25 is Asuka.
Asuka comes in and wipes out all of her opponents quickly. Ember Moon is back in, and she squares off with Asuka, eventually hitting the Eclipse on Asuka. Asuka is able to dump Ember out to the apron, then wrap her arm over the top rope, forcing her to fall to the floor.
Entrant #26 is Mickie James.
Mickie heads to the top and wipes out Asuka with a flying seated senton. Mickie is sent out to the apron, but she makes her way back in fairly shortly. Mickie tries to send Natalya over the top, but she’s stopped by Sasha.
Entrant #27 is Nikki Bella.
Nikki comes in with a big clothesline to Sasha and a spear to Natalya. Carmella tries to take out Nikki with a series of stomps in the corner, along with a bronco buster. Nikki catches Carmerlla in electric chair position, but she fights out, onto the apron. Nikki hangs Carmella up, and she falls to the floor.
Entrant #28 is Brie Bella.
Brie comes out to a huge pop from the crowd. She comes in with a running knee to a few of her opponents before giving a high five to her sister. The Bellas hit Nia with a double dropkick that knocks her back to the floor, but she’s still in the match.
Entrant #29 is Bayley.
Bayley fights off both Bellas on her way into the ring. Bayley connects with a couple of back elbows on Natalya. Bayley squares off with Asuka, eating a kick to the side of the head.
Entrant #30 is Trish Stratus.
Trish makes her way in to a huge pop. Trish takes out everyone, knocking them down one by one. Trish hits a double Stratusfaction on the Bellas. Bayley connects with a boot to the face on Stratus, but she ends up hitting a hurricanrana out of the corner. Trish and Mickie square off to a huge pop from the crowd. Mickie fights off a hurricanrana, but she falls out of the corner and to the floor. Nia knocks down Trish, and then everyone teams up on Nia. Nia fights it off, pushing everyone away at once. Asuka and Trish are able to stun Nia, and the Bellas are helped by everyone else to eliminate Nia. Sasha Banks eliminates Bayley to the crowd’s shock.
Natalya traps Trish in the sharpshooter, but Trish is able to fight out of the hold. Trish sends Natalya to the apron, and she kicks Natalya in the side of the head, knocking her out to the floor. Sasha gets in Trish’s face and tells her she’s the boss. Trish responds with a kick to the gut, but Sasha sends Trish over the top rope and out to the floor. Sasha turns around to see Asuka smiling behind her. Asuka mocks Sasha a bit while the crowd chants that Asuka’s going to kill her. Sasha and Asuka look at the Bellas, and Sasha clocks Asuka, allowing the Bellas a chance to stomp away at Asuka. Everyone teams up on Asuka, and Sasha screams that she’s ready for Asuka. Sasha is surprised by the Bella’s as she’s eliminated from the match from behind and pushed over the top rope. The Bella’s try to eliminate Asuka, but she’s able to kick them away.
Asuka lays into both of her remaining opponents with repeated kicks to the chest. Nikki shoulders Asuka and drops her with a TKO. Nikki stands near her sister, and knocks her from the apron with a big forearm. Nikki charges Asuka, but she’s stopped with a shoulder to the midsection. Asuka goes to the top rope and launches herself off with a missile dropkick.
Asuka charges into a back elbow from Nikki, and Nikki follows up with a kick to the face. Nikki shoulders Asuka and sends her out to the apron, but Asuka will not fall. Nikki hits a big forearm. Asuka stops a charging Nikki with a kick to the face. Asuka drags Nikki over the top rope and out to the apron. Nikki hits Asuka with a forearm that drops her to the apron, and Asuka kicks Nikki’s legs out from under her.
Asuka stands in the corner and points to the WrestleMania sign as Alexa and Charlotte make their way into the ring. Asuka hops down and she looks at both of her possible contenders and smiles. Charlotte and Alexa both hold their titles high, and Asuka smiles, and ‘Bad Reputation’ by Joan Jett hits. Rhonda Rousey makes her way out in a hot rod style shirt to a pretty huge pop from the crowd.
Rhonda points at the WrestleMania sign. She reaches out and shakes Asuka’s hand, but Asuka slaps it away. Rhonda smiles and she points at the Mania sign again, staring down Asuka the whole time. Rhonda waves and walks off, and shakes hands with Stephanie McMahon. Rhonda is all smiles as she shakes hands with the fans and walks up to the back. The show ends with Rhonda smiling and pointing at the Mania sign one last time before walking to the back.
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