It was an historic night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania tonight (Jan. 28) at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV). They hosted the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match and closed the show with it.
In the end, it was Asuka who took the victory and will forever be able to claim she won the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble.
The final four was Asuka, the Bella Twins, and Sasha Banks. This turned into a 3 on 1 beatdown on the Empress. But when the Boss was going for her corner knees, the Bellas tossed her over the top rope.
This left Asuka and the Bellas. The Empress delivered some wicked kicks to both Bellas. Brie found herself on the apron when her sister elbowed her to the floor.
The fresher Nikki took it to Asuka, dumping her over the rope onto the apron. She ran at the Empress, who landed a kick and then wrapped her feet around Nikki’s head and pulled her to the apron with her. A battle ensued and Asuka knocked Nikki to the floor, winning the match.
Following the Rumble…. She tried to throw us off the scent with some social media work today but in the end, she was at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania tonight (Sun., Jan. 28, 2018) after all.
That’s right, folks, Ronda Rousey has made her WWE debut.
She didn’t do so in the Royal Rumble match, instead making her way out after Asuka emerged victorious. They were in the middle of a ceremony that would see Asuka decide if she was going to challenge Charlotte for the SmackDown women’s title or Alexa Bliss for the Raw women’s championship.
She attempted to shake hands with Asuka, who pushed her away.
Then she went and shook hands with Stephanie McMahon ringside.
The men’s 30-man over the top battle royal came earlier than expected. The match placed third on a stacked card. But it didn’t disappoint.
WWE played it mostly straight, with few surprise entrants. The biggest name of the bunch was Rey Mysterio, who made a memorable return and put forth a decent showing.
In the end, however, it came down to WWE’s current young stars…Well, and John Cena. The final four featured Cena, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura and Roman Reigns.
The four-way dance was quite the spectacle, with each man getting a chance to shine. Cena eliminated Balor, allowing the Philadelphia crowd to believe that Cena or Reigns would walk away the winner, something seemingly no one wanted.
But Nakamura was up for the task, eliminating Cena then Reigns to earn a shot at the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 34 in April.
Nakamura being locked into that post almost certainly means fans will get a dream match between the Japanese star and AJ Styles, who retained his belt earlier in the night.
It’s something fans have been craving since Nakamura joined NXT/WWE two years ago. No we’ll get to see it on the biggest of stages April 8 in New Orleans.
Full Royal Rumble 2018 Results:
1. Kalisto, Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado defeated Jack Gallagher, Drew Gulak and TJP. Kalisto won the match for his team by hitting a Salida del Sol on TJP.
2. The Revival defeated Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Dash Wilder pinned Anderson after a chop block.
3. United States Championship Match: Bobby Roode (c) defeated Mojo Rawley. This was a United States Championship open challenge match. Rawley answered the challenge, and was pinned following a tornado DDT.
4. WWE Championship Handicap Match: AJ Styles (c) defeated Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn Styles countered a pop-up powerbomb into a roll-up on Owens to retain the Championship. Despite this, it appeared that Zayn was the legal man and had not tagged Owens in.
– Owens and Zayn confronted Shane McMahon about the finish backstage, claiming he couldn’t let another referee screw them out of the championship. When asked if he’d seen the finish, McMahon smiled and answered, “yep.”
5. Smackdown Tag Team Championship 2-out-of-3 Falls Match: The Usos (c) vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin The Usos won the first fall with a double superkick on Gable. Jey Uso quickly rolled up Benjamin in a small package to win the match in two straight falls.
6. Shinsuke Nakamura won the men’s Royal Rumble Match. Surprise entrants included NXT Champion Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas, Sami Zayn (after Zayn and Owens attacked #10 entrant Tye Dillinger), The Hurricane, Adam Cole and Rey Mysterio. The final four was Shinsuke Nakamura, Finn Bálor, John Cena and Randy Orton. Cena eliminated Bálor. Nakamura was able to eliminate Cena with a Kinshasa, and was able to toss Roman Reigns to the floor to win the match.
– During a post-match interview, Nakamura announced that he’d be challenging AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.
7. Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The Bar defeated Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan (c). Jordan was injured with an apparent (worked) concussion after being thrown into the ring post. Rollins had to fight The Bar alone, and Sheamus was able to connect with a Brogue Kick to win the match and regain the Tag Team Championship.
8. WWE Universal Championship Triple Threat Match: Brock Lesnar (c) defeated Braun Strowman and Kane. In a chaotic match that included Lesnar and Strowman shooting on each other, Lesnar hit Kane with an F-5 to retain the Universal Championship. After the match, Strowman stood in the ring screaming “YOU DIDN’T BEAT ME” at Lesnar.
9. Asuka won the Women’s Royal Rumble Match (in progress) Surprise entrants included Lita, Kairi Sane, Torrie Wilson, Molly Holly, Michelle McCool, Vickie Guerrero, Kelly Kelly, Jacqueline, Ember Moon, Beth Phoenix, the Bella Twins and Trish Stratus. The final four were Sasha Banks, Asuka and the Bellas. The Bella Twins teamed up to eliminate Banks, then Nikki betrayed Brie and forearmed her to the floor. Asuka was then able to kick Nikki off the apron to win the match and become the winner of the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match.
– When the match was over, Ronda Rousey made her return to WWE and pointed at the WrestleMania sign.