Friday, April 27, 2018

Braun Strowman Breaks Roman Reigns Record, GRR Sumo Wrestler To Join Shinsuke Nakamura On SmackDown?, Rey Mysterio

Braun Strowman Breaks Roman Reigns Record, GRR Sumo Wrestler To Join Shinsuke Nakamura On SmackDown?, Rey Mysterio
- Below is backstage video of Rey Mysterio after his run in the 50-Man Match in Saudi Arabia today. Rey says 2018 has been his year now that he's competed in two Rumble matches.

Rey says he feels honored and blessed to be a part of the first-ever Greatest Royal Rumble. Rey also talks about paying respects to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the loyal fans with the custom ring gear he wore for the match. Rey's name in Arabic was included on the front of his gear.



- Greatest Royal Rumble winner Braun Strowman set a record of 13 eliminations in a Royal Rumble match for his big win. The previous record of 12 eliminations was set by Roman Reigns in the 2014 Rumble match. WWE announced the following to congratulate The Monster Among Men:
Braun Strowman breaks record for most Royal Rumble Match eliminations

Braun Strowman made history in more ways than one at the first-ever Greatest Royal Rumble event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Not only did The Monster Among Men outlast 49 other Superstars to become the Greatest Royal Rumble Champion, but he also set a Royal Rumble Match record by eliminating 13 Superstars in a single bout.

Strowman's list of victims is as follows:

1. Babatunde
2. Dan Matha
3. Big E
4. Heath Slater
5. Tye Dillinger
6. Titus O'Neil
7. Curt Hawkins
8. Great Khali
9. Shane McMahon
10. Bobby Lashley
11. Chris Jericho
12. Kevin Owens
13. Big Cass

Braun broke the record previously held by Roman Reigns, who eliminated 12 Superstars in the 2014 Royal Rumble Match.

Of course, Reigns' Rumble bout included only 30 Superstars while Strowman had a whopping 50, but who's going to quibble with The Monster Among Men?
- As seen on tonight's GRR event, Sumo wrestler Hiroki Sumi entered the 50-Man Greatest Royal Rumble match at #7 and was eliminated in less than one minute by 2018 WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry. WWE's website reports that Sumi is a former Sumo wrestler who used the name Hishofuji for 12 years. His career was highlighted by a 22-match winning streak.

WWE announced the following on Suki and teased a WWE future for him:
Who was Greatest Royal Rumble Match entrant Hiroki Sumi?

Among the many surprises in the historic 50-Man Greatest Royal Rumble Match, the one with, perhaps, the least explanation was the emergence of Hiroki Sumi.

Entering at No. 7, Sumi's impressive size, coupled with the overall mystique of who this guy was, immediately earned attention. And although he only lasted in the match for less than a minute — thanks to WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry — Sumi's entry into the match was still of interest to the WWE Universe long after he was gone.

What's known about Sumi is that he's a former sumo wrestler who competed under the name Hishofuji for 12 years — a career that was highlighted by a 22-match win streak. At the height of his sumo prowess, Sumi was said to weigh in at nearly 500 pounds.

The most interesting thing, though, may be that Sumi's Twitter avatar features a photo of him alongside SmackDown LIVE Superstar Shinsuke Nakamura.

Was Sumi's appearance a one-time only thing? Or will we see him in the corner of Nakamura on SmackDown LIVE someday? Either way, the reemergence of Sumi will be hard to miss.


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