Edge is back and Drew McIntyre is a star. These are two takeaways from Sunday's strong Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Edge was the big surprise of the night, but the winner of the night was McIntyre. Not only did he eliminate Brock Lesnar, he threw Roman Reigns last to win the entire match.
Charlotte Flair won the Royal Rumble ladies elsewhere in the show to earn a Women's Championship competition at WrestleMania. Becky Lynch retained her title by tapping Asuka, and Daniel Bryan was unable to overthrow The Fiend. However, the highlight of the night was the Royal Rumble competition for men ̵
Gentlemen Royal Rumble
This was a study book about building a star. Drew McIntyre has won the competition and seems to be WWE's next big thing.
Brock Lesnar started the competition at number one and decimated. It was great . Elias, Erick Rowan, John Morrison, Keith Lee, Shelton Benjamin, Braun Strowman. All were thrown away by Lesnar, who ended with 13 eliminations.
The Lesnar point would end with McIntyre and Ricochet. When McIntyre entered the ring, he and Lesnar began to stand upright. Lesnar started loosening his gloves, so you know something big was about to happen. Unfortunately, Ricochet struck a low blow to Lesnar from behind and McIntyre eliminated The Beast with a Claymore Kick. The crowd went crazy.
And that was not the last time the crowd went wild, because the number 21 participant was Edge. The recurring Rated R Superstar. He did not win the game and was eliminated by Roman Reigns for the second time. (The crowd, as you would imagine, didn't like that.) He looked good and it looks like he's on his way to WrestleMania for a big game.
The last two were Reigns and McIntyre. Reigns shot for a huge spear, but was cut off by a Claymore Kick and knocked over.
Rating: 4.5 stars . Excellent Royal Rumble competition. Everything that is fun about the Royal Rumble – surprising participants and eliminations, characters from different brands who face each other in seductive ways, the possibility to build a new star – this Rumble is absolutely nailed.
Becky Lynch presents Asuka
A return match from last year's show, Becky Lynch defeated Asuka with a Disarmer-armbar to preserve her Raw Women's Championship. The finish line came as Asuka prepared to spray the green mist into Lynch & # 39; s face, as she had done on Raw for weeks, but Lynch kicked Asuka in the gut, causing Asuka to shoot the mist into the air.
was a very good match that could have been great with a few extra minutes. One of the highlights came at the end, where Asuka hit Lynch with a stiff kick. The referee was about to stop the game, but Lynch literally stopped him. She started when Asuka delivered more kicks, which led to the last part.
Not that every title match should have false finishes, but it felt like the match ended when the two women were about to work towards a crescendo, not quite on the crescendo. Still sharp action and a well-told story.
Rating: 3.5 stars.
The Fiend Bray Wyatt is still Universal Champion
Daniel Bryan is an absolute magician. For the second time he convinced an arena that he could beat Bray Wyatt and win the Universal Championship. But just like Survivor Series, it wasn't like that. The Fiend retained its title in the band match after a slamming claw and pinfall.
It ended up being a great game, but it started slowly. Wyatt worked around Bryan, grabbed him with the belt, and wrapped him around the ring. In the end, Bryan made a comeback, with multiple running knees, a handsome-looking Yes Lock with the belt and, as with any good Bryan match, a well-timed small package. But after hitting a running knee for two seconds, The Fiend turns up, invincible as and addicted to the lower jaw claw for victory.
Rating: 3.75 stars. This was also greatly helped the absence of the infamous red lights of Wyatt.
Bayley retains 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 Lacey Evans pinned 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 – so props for that. And Lacey Evans, although she did one springboard attempt, has shown a huge improvement over where she was just a few months ago.
Rating: 2 stars. It was fine. Many thanks to Lacey Evans, who 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 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 was subsequently (illegally) eliminated 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. Minutes later, 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.
Among the surprising newcomers were Mighty Molly Holly, Beth Phoenix (who became bloody at the back of her head), Kelly Kelly, a returning Naomi and Santina Marella.
Rating: 3.25 stars. There were some quiet periods and some artists seemed lost or sloppy on points. But overall this was a well-laid out Rumble competition, and a usually well-executed as well.
Roman Reigns beats Baron Corbin
These two have been arguing for months now, hopefully this Falls Count Anywhere match has ended. After what felt like a very long game, Roman Reigns spanned Baron Corbin with a spear on top of a dugout 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 stage at 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 in the end Sheamus won with a Brogue Kick.
Andrade retains the US championship: These two had a nice, long competition, ending with Andrade winning via rollup.