This year's Royal Rumble is the most unpredictable in years, which is great news for WWE fans. The event will be broadcast live on Sunday evening via the WWE network and will see two Royal Rumble matches (one for the men, one for the women) and two striking championships. Bray Wyatt defends his Universal Championship against Daniel Bryan in one while Asuka competes in the other for Becky Lynch's Raw Women & # 39; s Championship.
WWE champion Brock Lesnar is on the map, but he will not defend his title. Instead, and unusually, he will participate in the Royal Rumble competition for men. And not only that, he is number one. The person who can eliminate The Beast is probably on track for a WWE Championship shot, whether they win the Rumble or not.
We will update this page with results and analysis when the main map starts ().
The Fiend Bray Wyatt vs.. Daniel Bryan
This could be good. This can be terrible. The strangest game of the night, for the Universal Championship, is the next.
Bayley keeps her SmackDown Women & # 39; s Championship
A thought for these women, who were in the dead zone that had to follow the Royal Rumble. After an OK game, Bayley tied up Lacey Evans after countering a moonsault attempt.
The competition was nothing special, but both women worked hard. The truth is that they never really had a chance, considering what they were following. Admittedly, they have gotten bags from the crowd ̵
Rating: 2 stars. It was fine. Large props for Lacey Evans, which, however, shows a noticeable improvement.
Charlotte Flair wins Royal Rumble for women
This was a very good Royal Rumble competition. Charlotte Flair may have won, but the two big stars were actually from NXT: Bianca Belair and Shayna Baszler.
Alexa Bliss and Bianca Belair were started as number one and two. Halfway through the race, Bliss and Belair were the only women left in the ring. Belair eliminated eight women alone. Major eliminations were Lana, who was quickly eliminated by Liv Morgan, and Liv Morgan, who subsequently became (illegally) by Lana. Mandy Rose was thrown out of the ring, but landed on Otis, with the intention of winning her affection, in a way that her feet never touched the ground. Rose was later thrown out and caught again by Otis. Belair then threw Sonya Deville on Otis and Rose and eliminated both Rose and Deville.
After some back and forth, Belair eliminated Bliss. She was then met in the ring by Charlotte Flair. After a few minutes, Belair was eliminated by Flair. The second half of the game was silent, making the field in the ring thicker after everything was reset halfway through.
Number 30 was Shayna Baszler, who eliminated seven women, including Beth Phoenix. Baszler had a big fire and looked like a star. It came down to Baszler and Flair, with Flair skinning the cat and knocking over Baszler.
The surprising newcomers included Mighty Molly Holly, Beth Phoenix (who became bloody at the back of her head), Kelly Kelly, a recurring Carmella and, uh, Santina Marella.
Rating: 3.25 stars. There were some quiet periods, and some women seemed lost or sloppy on points, but in general this was a well-organized Rumble competition, and most of the time well-executed.
Roman Reigns beats Baron Corbin
These two have been fighting for months now, hopefully this Falls Count Anywhere game has ended. After what felt like a very long game, Roman Reigns spelled Baron Corbin with a dugout on top in the Minute Maid Park arena in Houston.
The competition started in the ring, where Reigns dominated. But it soon turned into a generic fight, with the two sneaking around the arena. There were some nice places: Corbin hit an impactful choke through the ring-side announced tables for a 2, and interference from The Usos, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode led one of the Usos to land a dive from the sound phase to Roode and Ziggler on the concrete floor. At one point, Reigns threw Corbin into a portal and knocked it over. That was … something.
But really, there is nothing about this competition. Both men will be in Rumble later tonight, so the story is likely to continue there.
Rating: 1 star . Long and boring.
Kickoff View Results
Sheamus pins Shorty G: No surprise here, because this is Sheamus' return match. It wasn't a squash, because Gable had an attack, but eventually Sheamus won with a Brogue Kick.
Andrade retains the US championship: These two had a nice, long match, ending with Andrade winning via rollup.