Welcome to the WWE Royal Rumble pre-show, and we are live on the WWE Network. Jonathan Coachman, Beth Phoenix, Booker T and Jerry “The King” Lawler consist of the panel.
- Bobby Roode and Chad Gable defeated Scott Dawson and Rezar (with Drake Maverick)
- Shinsuke Nakamura defeated WWE United States Champion Rusev – Pre Show Match
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy defeated Kalisto vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Hideo Itami – Fatal 4-Way Pre-Show Match
Welcome to the Royal Rumble PPV! We get an intro video package to hype the matches that will be taking place tonight. Our opening contest is…
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
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bar vs. Shane McMahon & The Miz
Shane speared Sheamus right out of the gate and then landed a series of strikes. Miz and Cesaro are now legal and Miz rolled him up for 2. Miz tried to fight out of the heel corner but the champions got the better of him with a series of strikes. Shane came in to break things up. Miz with a series of strikes in the corner to Sheamus. Cesaro attacked him from behind and they clear one of the announce tables where they attempted to send Miz through it but Shane made the save. Shane went for an elbow drop off the top rope but Sheamus stopped it and Shane took him out with a dive. Cesaro with a major league uppercut to Shane then tossed him into the barricade. Cesaro and Sheamus with a double team move to Miz in the ring. For the next few moments, they beat down Miz until he manages to make a comeback. Shane got the hot tag and hit a series of strikes to Sheamus then a flying elbow and a DDT for 2. Cesaro tagged himself in but ate a back elbow. Shane went to the top rope for the coast to coast but Cesaro caught him and did the giant swing. Shane for a triangle choke off his back but Sheamus broke it up with a knee strike. Miz took out Sheamus but eventually ate a clothesline. Sheamus and Cesaro hit a double white noise for 2. Shane went to the top rope and hit a shooting star press for the win.
Winner: Shane McMahon & The Miz – NEW Champions
WWE RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks
Rousey went straight for the armbar but Banks got out. Rousey tossed her and taunted her then landed a series of knee strikes to the gut. Rousey with a series of suplexes until Banks with the back stabber. Rousey went for the armbar but Banks got to the ropes. Banks slapped Rousey, who responded with a kick to the gut. Rousey missed a right hand and hit the ring post. Banks with a dive through the ropes to take out the champion. Banks with a series of knee strikes to Rousey in the corner. Rousey walked right into a big boot and Banks missed a dive off the middle rope and Rousey with a running elbow strike for a near fall. Banks with a series of strikes then a running knee strike to the dome for 2. Rousey went for Piper’s Pit but Banks reversed and locked in an armbar then the Bank Statement but Rousey rolled out. Rousey hit Piper’s Pit then used the top rope to her advantage. Banks knocked her off the top rope and hit a superplex for 2 and followed up on the right arm. They brawled to the floor and Rousey locked in the armbar where Banks tapped but it didn’t count. Back in the ring, Rousey and Banks traded right hands. Rousey with a knee strike to the face of the challenger fo a near fall. Banks reversed Piper’s Pit and locked in the Bank Statement then transitioned into an armbar but Rousey got out of it and hit a powerbomb followed by the Piper’s Pit for the win.
Winner: WWE RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey
30-Woman Royal Rumble Match: Carmella (at #30), Ember Moon, Natalya, Bayley, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Alicia Fox, Zelina Vega, Mickie James, Charlotte, Naomi, Tamina, Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Dana Brooke, Lana, Nia Jax, and Nikki Cross
Lacey Evans is out first and cut a promo to introduce herself. Natalya is second. They do some back wrestling tactics and teased Evans being eliminated early. Mandy Rose is out next and cleared house. Natalya applied the sharpshooter on both talents. Liv Morgan is out at #4 and as soon as she was in the match, she was eliminated that quickly by Natalya. Evans stacked them in the corner and hit a bronco buster. Mickie James is out at #5 and landed a series of strikes to Evans. Ember Moon is #6 and Billie Kay at #7, who was sitting at ringside while waiting for Peyton Royce. Nikki Cross is out at #8 and got a nice pop as she ran to the ring. She took out Kay at ringside then took out everyone in the ring with a crossbody. Cross with a bull dog to James and a reverse DDT to Rose. Peyton Royce is out at #9 and went right after Cross. Tamina is next at #10. Out at #11 is Xia Li while Mickie James is eliminated. Li with a series of kicks to Tamina then strikes. She landed some more kicks to the other talents. Sarah Logan out at #12 and took out Natalya with a running knee strike then a powerslam to Moon. Kay and Royce tossed out Moon who landed hard on the apron. Charlotte Flair out at #13 and once in the ring, everyone attacked her. Evans pushed out Kay and Royce. Flair with a big boot to eliminate Li. Kairi Sane is next at #14 and Flair eliminated Tamina with a clothesline. Sane with a series of chops to Flair. Sane with a big elbow drop off the top rope to Logan then eliminated her. Maria Kanellis is next at #15 and got the attention of Flair, who then hit a series of shoulder blocks. Flair speared Maria. Naomi out at #16 and hit a jaw breaker to Rose. Naomi and Rose brawled over the top rope for the elimination. Flair tossed out Evans for the elimination. Candice LeRae is next at #17 and hit Sane with a drop kick. Alicia Fox travels down to the ring at #18 and hit a series of drop kicks to Flair, Moon, and Sane. Maria tried to be Fox’s friend and they were until Maria stepped on Fox’s hat and Fox started throwing a fit. Kacy Catanzaro is next at #19 and landed some shots until Natalya tied her up in the corner. Fox with a back breaker to Kacy. Zelina Vega follows at #20 and traded right hands with LeRae. Ruby Riott appears at #21 with help from Morgan and Logan to attack Flair outside of the ring after pulling her under the bottom rope. Vega hid under the ring. Riott tossed out Fox for the elimination. Logan and Morgan hit a powerbomb to Candice, who was then eliminated by Ruby. Dana Brooke was out next and hit a big powerbomb to Kacy. Ruby tossed out Sane and Io Shirai was next at #23 to make the save for Sane by attacking Ruby then hitting an outside to take out the Riott Squad. Rhea Ripley is next at #24 as the first NXT UK star enters the ring. Brooke eliminated Kacy with a drop kick but Kacy’s feet never touched the ground and she got back into the ring. Rhea tossed Kacy to the floor in order to eliminate her. Sonya Deville enters at #25 but was taken out by Dana. Rhea drop kicked Dana to eliminate her. Vega mocked Dana for it while under the ring but Hornswoggle popped up from under the ring and chased her into the ring where Vega was eliminated. Swoggle then chased Vega to the backstage area. Alexa Bliss follows at #26 to make her in-ring return and went right after Moon where she hit a knee drop. Bliss eliminated Deville with a right hand. Out at #27 was Bayley and landed a series of right hands to various talents and clotheslines her to the floor. Ripley is also gone. Lana out at #28 and limping down to the ring. She sold her left ankle after an angle earlier in the night. She stopped at the entrance way as doctors checked on her. Nia Jax enters at #29 and attacked Lana on her way to the ring. Jax caught Li and tossed her to the floor. Carmella enters at #30. Becky Lynch walked down to the ring and demanded to be added to this match as Lana was checked on. Fit Finlay agreed and told Lynch to get into the match. Flair tried to eliminate Lynch but Lynch stayed in. Lynch with a drop kick to Jax off the middle rope. Bliss with a knee strike to the back of Moon to eliminate her. Carmella with a bronco buster to Bliss in the corner then a super kick. Bayley with a powerbomb to Bliss in the corner and tossed her to the floor. Jax with a double clothesline to Bayley and Carmella. Flair with a big boot to Jax then they all teamed up on Jax. Carmella went to the top rope and hit a crossbody to Flair. Carmella with an up kick to Flair then a few to Jax before Flair hit a big boot to eliminate Carmella. Bayley with a big knee strike to Flair. Jax with a back body drop to eliminate Bayley. The final three stars are Jax, Flair, and Lynch. Flair tried to eliminate Jax but it wasn’t enough. Jax went to the apron and Lynch pulled her off. We’re down to two stars. Jax ran over Lynch outside of the ring and Lynch sold her left knee. Back in the ring, Lynch welcomed Flair to a fight. Flair went right after the left knee of Lynch. Flair missed a big boot and Lynch clotheslines her to eliminate her.