WWE Royal Rumble 2018, The Review

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Robbie Radford

Robbie covers NJPW, Lucha Underground and a few other promotions as well as various other articles. He is also a co-host of the PuroLads podcast. Robbie lives in Leeds, England.
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WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn (2-On-1 handicap)
Adopting smart tactics to frustrate Styles early on, Zayn & Owens continually tagged in and out to try confuse Styles in the early stages with the pair finding comical ways to do so. The numbers game advantage was very apparent early on, Styles was trapped in his opponents corner for minutes at a time and it meant Zayn/KO never really got into second gear as they wore down Styles. The defending champion did a smart job of targeting the leg of Owens whenever he could, only for Zayn to come to the rescue many times. Zayn hit a blue thunder bomb for a very near fall. After some good back and forth action, Styles won via roll up on Owens. Not bad but not great.

2-out-of-3-falls WWE Tag Team Championship: The USO’s vs Gable & Benjamin.
Targeting the leg of Jimmy Uso from the beginning, Gable and Benjamin found plenty of ways to damage the left knee, effectively cutting off Jimmy from his corner in the process. Jey eventually got the hot tag. There was plenty of near falls prior to the first pinfall, which The USO’s eventually got following a double super kick on Gable. In a very unusual fashion, the USO’s got the second pinfall just minutes after the first when Jey got a roll up pin on Benjamin. Solid tag match, good for the CV of the USO’s!

30 man Royal Rumble:
No complaints that this was on early, mixed up the card.
For the purpose of this review I’ll list the 30 entrants and the eventual winner.

1.   Rusev
2.   Finn Balor (Debut Rumble!)
3.   Rhyno
4.   Baron Corbin
5.   Heath Slater
6.   Elias
7.   Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas
8.   Bray Wyatt
9.   Big E
10.   Tye Dillinger (replaced by Sami Zayn)
11.   Sheamus
12.   Xavier Woods
13.   Apollo Crews
14.   Shinsuke Nakamura (my pick)
15.   Cesaro
16.   Kofi Kingston
17.   Jinder Mahal
18.   Seth Rollins
19.   Matt Hardy
20.   John Cena
21.   The Hurricane!
22.   Aiden English
23.   Adam Cole (baybay!)
24.   Randy Orton
25.   Titus O’Neil
26.   The Miz
27.   Rey Mysterio Jr!
28.   Roman Reigns
29.   Goldust
30.   Dolph Ziggler (hahahaha     

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura!

RAW Tag Team Championship: Rollins and Jordan (c) vs The BAR (Sheamus & Cesaro)
The fans didn’t really care for this match considering it was after a fantastic Rumble, however the 4 tried their best to re-engage the fans into this bout. Jason Jordan initially hurt his head and seemed dazed, he tagged in and immediately tagged out, all a work to further Jordan’s constant mistakes. The BAR picked up the victory and the RAW tag team championships after Cesaro pinned Rollins. Skip it.

WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Kane vs Braun Strowman
This was great fun, even the moments where Brock and Braun seemingly got legitimately pissed at each other early on in the match. Braun put Brock through a table with his running power slam before Kane somewhat assisted Braun through a table seconds later. This was really fun, everyone got put through tables, it was hilariously sloppy, everyone was having a good time! Braun hit 2 PowerSlams on Brock before Kane hit Strowman with an array of chair attacks, taking him out of the equation. Brock capitalised on this by hitting Kane with an F5 for the victory.

Women’s Royal Rumble:
1.   Sasha Banks
2.   Becky Lynch
3.   Sarah Logan
4.   Mandy Rose
5.   Lita
6.   Kairi Sane  
7.   Tamina
8.   Dana Brooke
9.   Torrie Wilson
10.   Sonya DeVille   
11.   Liv Morgan
12.   Molly Holly   
13.   Lana  
14.   Michelle McCool  
15.   Ruby Riott  
16.   Vickie Guerrero  
17.   Carmella  
18.   Natalya  
19.   Kelly Kelly  
20.   Naomi  
21.   Jacqueline   
22.   Nia Jax
23.   Ember Moon   
24.   Beth Phoenix   
25.   Asuka    
26.   Mickie James
27.   Nikki Bella
28.   Brie Bella  
29.   Bayley
30.   Trish Stratus

Winner: Asuka!

After the match, former women’s UFC Champion Ronda Rousey came out, confronting Asuka, Charlotte & Alexa Bliss in the process.

Final word: Both the inaugural women’s Rumble and the men’s Rumble were fun for different reasons, satisfying to see that the WWE picked a great choice for the men’s rumble, something they’ve not done for years. Overall, a fun show, some forgettable stuff but very enjoyable from first Bell to last Bell.

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Robbie covers NJPW, Lucha Underground and a few other promotions as well as various other articles. He is also a co-host of the PuroLads podcast. Robbie lives in Leeds, England.

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