The following is from our play-by-play coverage of the WWE Royal Rumble PPV event in Phoenix, Arizona at Chase Field on the WWE Network:
WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka vs. Becky Lynch
They start out slow with some lock ups until Asuka caught her with a drop kick and started talking trash. Lynch fired back with a right hand and avoided a drop kick to allow her to hit a shoulder block. Asuka landed a series of leg kicks then toyed with her until Lynch fought back with her own strikes.
Outside of the ring, Lynch caught her with a big boot then covered her for 2. Lynch put the boots to her in the corner then went for the Disarmer but Asuka fought her way out of it and landed a back kick. Lynch with a series of uppercuts but Asuka applied the submission hold on the ropes and had to let go. Lynch used the top rope to her advantage as well then jumped off the top rope but Asuka landed a knee strike to the face.
Asuka out of the corner with a drop kick then a hip attack followed by a series of strikes and a german suplex and add in a hip attack for 2. Lynch with a rock bottom for 2. Asuka caught her in the Asuka Lock but Lynch got to the bottom rope. Lynch blocked a german suplex off the apron with elbow strikes then Asuka hit a brain buster off the apron to the floor. Lynch barely got into the ring and when she did, she met a stiff big boot for a near fall by Asuka. Moments later, Asuka caught her with a head kick.
Lynch with a suplex off the top rope for a near fall. Lynch missed a leg drop off the top rope and Asuka locked in the Disarmer but Lynch got out and put her in the Asuka Lock but Asuka got out and hit a head kick. Lynch locked in the Disarmer but Asuka got out and rolled her up for 2. They trade pin attempts. Asuka with the Asuka Lock then flipped over to get the tap and the win.
Winner: Becky Lynch