With Christmas and all the other big holidays out of the way, it’s time for the best annual WWE gimmick PPV there is, WWE Royal Rumble 2018. Introduced as a cable special in 1988, Royal Rumble has become one of the most anticipated events on the company’s calendar. Based around the match of the same name, the main event has 30 men fight it out in a free-for-all for a shot at one of the top titles.
This year is a very special one, as it features two – count ‘em, TWO – Royal Rumbles!
WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2018 RESULTS
GRAN METALIK, KALISTO, AND LINCE DORADO VS. DREW GULAK, TJ PERKINS, AND JACK GALLAGHER
Results: TJ Perkins kept doing reversals with Kalisto and tried to roll him up with the tights pulled. Kalisto escaped and turned it into Salida del Sol, finishing off Perkins. After the match, Perkins complained to his partners.
ANDERSON AND GALLOWS VS. THE REVIVAL
Results: Anderson got pinned after suffering a chop block to the leg.
BOBBY ROODE (C) VS. MOJO RAWLEY
United States Championship
Results: Bobby Roode caught Mojo with a boot to the face when Mojo went for his finisher. Roode then did a tornado DDT variation and pinned him.
AJ STYLES (C) VS. KEVIN OWENS AND SAMI ZAYN
Handicap match for the WWE Championship
Results: Sami tried to tag Owens, but couldn’t quite make it. AJ threw Sami to the outside and Owens attacked AJ and threw him across the ropes in preparation for the Pop-Up Powerbomb. AJ reversed it into a roll-up pin and retained, while Owens was yelling that he was not the legal man.
THE USOS (C) VS. CHAD GABLE AND SHELTON BENJAMIN
Best 2 out of 3 falls for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Results: The first fall went to the Usos after sandwiching Gable’s head with superkicks. Gable and Benjamin went for their finisher, but Benjamin got rolled up for a pin. Clean sweep.
MEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH
Winner gets a shot at either the WWE Championship or Universal Championship at WrestleMania
Results: The final four were Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, John Cena, and Roman Reigns. Cena threw out Balor (who was #2), Nakamura kicked out Cena, and they had a lengthy final two until Nakamura stunned Roman with the Kinshasa and threw him out. As Shinsuke celebrated his win, he announced that at WrestleMania, he’ll be facing AJ Styles.
Order of entry:
1. Rusev2. Finn Balor3. Rhyno4. Baron Corbin5. Heath Slater6. Elias7. Andrade “Cien” Almas8. Bray Wyatt9. Big E10. Sami Zayn (after beating up Tye Dillinger)11. Sheamus12. Xavier Woods13. Apollo Crews14. Shinsuke Nakamura15. Cesaro16. Kofi Kingston17. Jinder Mahal18. Seth Rollins19. Matt Hardy20. John Cena21. The Hurricane22. Aiden English23. Adam Cole24. Randy Orton25. Titus O’Neil26. The Miz27. Rey Mysterio28. Roman Reigns29. Goldust30. Dolph Ziggler
JASON JORDAN AND SETH ROLLINS (C) VS. THE BAR
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
Results: Jason Jordan took a nasty hit to the head and acted dazed for the rest of the match, meaning Sheamus and Cesaro were able to put Seth Rollins away with their double-team finisher. They celebrated in the ring while Jordan sat on the steps, staring at nothing.
BRAUN STROWMAN VS. BROCK LESNAR (C) VS. KANE
Triple threat for the Universal Championship
Results: Brock knocked Braun out of the ring and then finished off Kane with the F5. Afterwards, Braun started yelling, “YOU DIDN’T PIN ME!” as Brock walked off.
WOMEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH
Winner gets a shot at either the WWE Raw Women’s Championship or the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania
Results: In the end, it was the Bella Twins, Sasha Banks, and Asuka. Sasha had the Bellas help her beat down Asuka, but the Bellas turned on her and threw her out. Nikki then turned on Brie and threw her out. Finally, Asuka and Nikki fought on the apron and while Nikki knocked Asuka onto her back, Asuka was able to kick Nikki’s legs out from under her. Nikki fell to the floor and Asuka won.
Afterwards, Charlotte and Alexa Bliss entered the ring to see who Asuka wanted to fight at WrestleMania. Suddenly, “Bad Reputation” started playing and Ronda Rousey entered the arena. Ronda pointed at the WrestleMania sign, then reached her hand out to shake Asuka’s hand. Asuka smacked it away, so Ronda pointed back at the sign. She exited the ring and shook hands with a cautious Stephanie McMahon.
The order of entry:
1. Sasha Banks2. Becky Lynch3. Sarah Logan4. Mandy Rose5. Lita6. Kairi Sane7. Tamina8. Dana Brooke9. Torrie Wilson10. Sonya Deville11. Liv Morgan12. Molly Holly13. Lana14. Michelle McCool15. Ruby Riott16. Vickie Guerrero17. Carmella18. Natalya19. Kelly Kelly20. Naomi21. Jacqueline22. Nia Jax23. Ember Moon24. Beth Phoenix25. Asuka26. Mickie James27. Nikki Bella28. Brie Bella29. Bayley30. Trish Stratus
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