Royal Rumble Results

Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View Results

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Drew McIntyre wins the men's Royal Rumble. Photo Credit: WWE

Liv Briggs, Opinions Editor

  Royal Rumble is one of the most anticipated pay-per-view events in WWE. The Royal Rumble is a 30-man/woman match where contestants are entered every 90 seconds. To be eliminated, you must put an opponent over the top rope and both of their feet must touch the floor. The winner is the last one standing, and as a result of winning, they get to challenge someone for a championship at WrestleMania! Along with the Royal Rumble main event, there are also title matches for womens and mens divisions. It can be either the Smackdown Women’s Championship, or the Raw Women’s Championship. It can also be for a title like the Universal Championship, or the United States Championship. Either way, winning the Royal Rumble or a championship match can have a tremendous payoff. The attendance of the 2020 royal rumble was 42,715 patrons!

    Men’s Royal Rumble and Edge’s Return! – Edge is one of the most decorated wrestlers in WWE history. He has won 31 Championships in WWE. He won 11 World Championships, five Intercontinental Championships, one United States Championship, fourteen Tag Team Championships, and one of only three wrestlers who has won every male championship in WWE. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012. You can imagine the surprise everyone had when he returned to the ring after nine years away! “It was spectacular to see Edge make such a surprising comeback after all his injuries and retirement from the sport. It was truly a medical marvel that he was cleared after the many surgeries he had.” says WWE fan Dominic Comfort. 

   Drew McIntyre eliminates champion Brock Lesner – Men’s Champion Brock Lesner entered the Rumble ranked number one, and eliminating 13 consecutive entrants in a row. He tied the record number of eliminations with Braun Strowman, who was also in this year’s Royal Rumble. McIntyre entered at number 16, and even took out ‘The Beast’ and Men’s Champion Brock Lesner. This was a huge surprise to the crowd, and Lesner’s manager Paul Heyman, who had a look of disbelief after the shocking elimination. McIntyre went on to eliminate five other men and win the Rumble. The next day on Monday Night Raw, McIntyre announced he would face Lesner for his title at “The Grandest Stage of Them All ”, WrestleMania in April.

   Daniel Bryan v. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt in a Strap Match (Universal Championship Match) – Daniel Bryan and “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt have had a long rivalry over the years, coming to points like ripping out each others hair, and now, whipping each other with a strap. In a strap match, the challenger and the champion are connected to each other with a strap. Bryan’s reasoning for the match was that he was “sick of The Fiend running away”, and he “wouldn’t have anywhere to run”. Well, it may have not been the most wise choice for Bryan to make, as The Fiend whipped him repeatedly with the strap. However, it’s not to say that Bryan didn’t have any good moves, as he did take down Wyatt several times. In the end, Bryan lost via pinfall, and ended with many marks on his back from The Fiend.

   Women’s Royal Rumble – The Women’s Royal Rumble was very eventful, as we saw returns from Naomi, Molly Holly, Kelly Kelly, and Tamina. Naomi has been missing from WWE since around summer 2019. Her husband Jimmy Uso, who has a tag team with his brother Jay, has recently returned to help their cousin Roman Reigns, who won a Falls Count Anywhere match with their help earlier in the night. Molly Holly, or Mighty Molly, disappeared into retirement in about 2005. Kelly Kelly left in 2012 with a neck injury, and Tamina, who went on a hiatus a couple years ago due to injury, and has been in and out. Naomi returned to Friday Night Smackdown on January 31st to challenge Bayley for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Bianca Belair from NXT lasted over 33 minutes, entering at the number two spot, eliminating seven girls before being eliminated by Charlotte Flair. Flair won after she eliminated the former NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Bazler,who entered at 30 and had eight eliminations. Flair lasted over 27 minutes in the match, and after her victory, pointed at the WrestleMania sign and said that “this is her division”. 

   Becky Lynch v. Asuka for the Raw Women’s Championship – At last year’s Royal Rumble, Asuka defeated Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship, and she’s looking to do it again. Asuka is the only woman to repeatedly beat Lynch, although she has cheated several times. Asuka made Lynch submit last year, and Asuka won the Championship. Lynch eventually won it back, but she announced that she wouldn’t sign another contract with the company until she collects her ‘one last debt’ – beating Asuka. Lynch put her championship on the line in order to collect the debt of Asuka. In the past, Asuka has blinded many superstars with her green mist, which she sprays from her mouth, and blinds her competitor. It usually gives her the win, as the opponent cannot see. On Monday Night Raw on January 13th, Asuka used the mist during their contract signing leading up to the Rumble. During the match, Asuka went to use the mist, but Lynch saw it coming, and used a kick to the stomach, which made the msit fly into the air. Lynch took her down, and used her signature submission move, the Dis-Arm-Her to make Asuka tap out. Lynch retains the title, and has finally collected her last debt. 

   Sheamus v. Shorty G – Sheamus returned to Friday Night Smackdown in January, and upon his return, he has had a bit of a rivalry with Shorty G, repeatedly calling him out and calling him a rat. After some time of back in forth, Shorty G got Sheamus in a crucifix pinning attempt, but Sheamus kicked out, and hit Shorty with his finisher, and took the win after a 1-2-3 count.

   Roman Reigns v. Baron Corbin in a Falls Count Anywhere Match – Corbin and Reigns have had a long-standing rivalry, after Corbin has insulted him and his family several times. In December, he handcuffed Reigns to the post and poured dog food over him, hence Reigns’ nickname “The Big Dog”. Corbin had help from his sidekicks, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode, but weeks ago, Reigns cousins’ Jimmy and Jay Uso, who form the legendary tag team, The Usos, returned to help him out. Reigns and Corbin started attacking each other before the bell rang to officially start the match, and quickly moved outside of the ring. Reigns hit Corbin with a couple Superman punches and his signature spears. Corbin hit Reigns with a chair, but he bounced back. Reigns speared Corbin on top of the dugout while the Usos took out Roode and Ziggler. Roman Reigns won in the end, but overall, good defense from both Corbin and Reigns.