5, 4, 3, 2, 1!
It’s that time of year again! The 2019 Royal Rumble was fun to watch for many people, with debuts from people like Pete Dunne and Aleister Black. Along with news about a woman in the men’s Royal Rumble and even a record for fastest elimination in the Royal Rumble, we got the full results for the 2019 royal rumble here at WGSS GNN.
- Bobby Rhode and Chad Gable vs Rezar (from AOP, Authors of Pain) and Scott Dawson (from The Revival)
Starting off with the kickoff show, Rhode and Gable faced off against Rezar and Dawson. If Dawson and Rezar won, they would have gotten a Tag Team title opportunity for both their teams! Unfortunately for Dawson and Rezar, they were ultimately defeated by Rhode and Gable.
2. US Championship Match, Rusev (Champion) vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Still regarding the kickoff show, Rusev defended his US title against Shinsuke Nakamura. Rusev was dominating most of the match, but he dropped the US title to Shinsuke Nakamura; his 40-day reign as champion is over as Shinsuke Nakamura takes over, with a current reign of 156 days as US champion. However, he dropped the title to R-Truth on Smackdown Live 2 days later. The same night, Rusev turned Heel for the first time in 2-3 years).
3. Fatal 4 way for the CruiserWeight Championship: Buddy Murphy (Champion) vs Hideo Itaim vs Arkia Tozawa vs Kalisto
The last match of the pre-show was for the CruiserWeight Championship. There was so much great action in the ring, as it went back and forth: kick out after kick out, broken up pinfall after broken pinfall. The odds were against Buddy Murphy, but he emerged victorious and retained his title. Buddy Murphy now has a reign of 112 days.
4. Smackdown Women’s Championship Match, Asuka (Champion) vs Becky Lynch
To kick off the Women’s Championship, it was Asuka vs “The Man” Becky Lynch for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Becky Lynch took every opportunity in the tournament by beating Carmella, and Charlotte Flair in a Triple Threat match. The following week, Auska attacked Becky Lynch and they brawled in the backstage area (and no, Asuka did not turn heel). Eventually, Auska retained her title by making Becky Lynch tap out of the Asuka Lock. Auska’s title reign is now at 44 days.
5. The Bar Champions Sheamus and Cesaro, vs The Miz and Shane McMahon
The 2nd match of the night consisted of The Bar defending their honour at the Smackdown Tag Team Championships against the unlikely team of Shane McMahon and The Miz. The Miz challenged The Bar for the championships and Cesaro accepted the challenge. Before Sheamus could hit a Brogue Kick on The Miz, however, The Miz and Shane won the match by hitting an incredible Shooting Star Press on Sheamus, becoming the New Smackdown Tag Team Champions. The Bars’ 103-day reign is over.
4. Ronda Rousey (Champion) vs Sasha Banks
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey once again is up to defend her title at the Raw Women’s Championships against “The Boss” Sasha Banks. Ronda Rousey lost her first match on Raw against Sasha Banks and Bailey. Unfortunately, Sasha Banks lost the Mach by a pinfall (not a submission by Ronda Rousey) and held up 4 fingers for “The 4 Horse Women”. Ronda Rousey’s 163-day reign continues, the 2nd longest reign for the championship.
5. The 30 Women’s Royal Rumble Match
For the 30 Women’s Royal Rumble Match, here is the order of the women in the Rumble (First 15 so it’s not too long):
- Lacey Evans
- Mandy Rose
- Liv Morgan
- Micky James
- Ember Moon
- Billie Kay
- Nikki Cross
- Peyton Royce
- Xia Li
- Sarah Logan
- Charlotte Flair
- Kairi Sane
- Maria Kanellis
The match was intense with lots of returns, but it came down to Charlotte Flair (Entrant #13), and Becky Lynch (who lost her rematch, but took Lana’s place).
Eventually, Becky Lynch slowly eliminated Charlotte Flair and become the 2nd female to win the Rumble, as Asuka was the first.
6. WWE Championship Match, “The New” Daniel Bryan (Champion) vs “The Real” AJ Styles
Once again, AJ Styles gets a rematch against Daniel Bryan. There was a lot of good action in the ring, but eventually, Eric Rowan returned from injury (also one half of The Bludgeon Brothers and 1/4 of the former Wyatt Family), the ref got knocked down and Eric Rowan attacked Aj Styles by choke slamming him. Daniel Bryan then hit a running knee to retain his title. Daniel Bryan’s title reign is now at 75 days. However, Triple H announced that Daniel Bryan will have to defend his title once again at the WWE Championship against AJ styles… again. Mustafa Ali, Randy Orton, Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy, with the new addition of Daniel Bryan, made a new WWE Championship, saying it’s “Eco-Friendly”.
Brock Lesnar comes to defend his championship for the 1st time since winning it at Crown Jewel three months ago against the man who won a Fatal 4 Way on RAW: Finn Balor (who beat John Cena, Drew McIntyre, and the former elect Raw GM, Baron Corbin). Everyone had high hopes for Finn Balor as he dominated “The Beast in Carnet”, but unfortunately for the Brock Lesner haters, he lost by tapping out of the camera lock. As you see here, the match was pretty intense (as illustrated by Brock Lesner’s face). Brock Lesners title reign is still at 89 days.
8. 30 Men’s Royal Rumble Match
To many people, this was a good match. Here is the list of the entrances (shortened to 15 again for the sake of time):
- Jeff Jarrett (returning)
- Shinsuke Nakamura (last year’s winner)
- Kurt Angle
- Big E
- Johnny Gargano (debut)
- Jinder Mahal
- Samoa Joe
- Curt Hawkins
- Seth Rollins
- Titus O’ Neil (the founder of Titus World Slide)
- Kofi Kingston
- Mustafa Ali
- Dean Ambrose
- No Way Jose (returning, setting a world record)
In this rumble, we saw the debuts of Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne, and Alester Black. There were lots of superstars rumoured to win, 3 of which were Seth Rollins (entrant #10), Drew McIntyre (entrant #16) and Braun Strowman (entrant #27). And a winner was the thirtieth entrant, R-Truth, right? WRONG, IT WAS NIA JAX, A WOMAN. Don’t worry, R-Truth won the US Title 2 days later. It came down to Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman, (2 rumoured superstars to win the Rumble Match). Both men ended up outside of the ring before Seth Rollins could hit a Curb Stomp on Braun Strowman, but Seth Rollins still emerged with the 2019 Royal Rumble win.
In this Rumble, we saw lots of great moments, but lots of botches as well. The feedback was majorly positive, with a few only finding it unfavourable. Now the road to Wrestlemania 35 continues and it is going to be awesome!