WWE champion Brock Lesnar is on the map, but he won't defend his title. Instead, he takes an unusual part in the men's Royal Rumble Match. And not only that, he's entering number one. If you can eliminate The Beast, you're probably on the right track for a WWE Championship shot, whether you win the Rumble or not.
We will update this page with the results and analysis as soon as the main map begins ().
Royal Rumble for men
It's time for the big game. Brock Lesnar is the first to drop out. Can anyone get rid of the rumble of the animal?
Becky Lynch presents Asuka
Becky Lynch defeated Asuka with an armrest after the return leg of last year's show to keep her Raw Women’s Championship. The target came as Asuka prepared to spray the green mist on Lynch's face like she'd done on Raw for weeks in a row, but Lynch kicked Asuka in the stomach, causing Asuka to fire the mist into the air.
It was a very good game that could have been great with a couple of minutes ahead. One of the highlights came towards the end when Asuka Lynch hit the jaw with a stiff-looking kick. The referee tried to cancel the match, but Lynch literally stopped him. She shot up as Asuka delivered more kicks that led to the last stretch.
Not that every title match should have a wrong ending, but it seemed like the match was over when the two women were about to work on a crescendo, not quite the crescendo. Still crisp 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 in the Survivor series, it shouldn't be. The fiend kept his title in the strap match after a slam and pinfall.
It was a great match, but it started slowly. Wyatt overtook Bryan, tightened his strap, and slapped him around the ring. Finally, Bryan made a comeback with several knees, a knotty-looking yes-lock on the strap and, as with every good Bryan match, a well-timed little package. But after The Fiend hit a knee with two goals, he emerges invincible and gets the claw for victory.
Rating: 4 stars.
Bayley Retains Its SmackDown Women's Championship
A thought for these women who were in the dead zone and had to follow the Royal Rumble. After an OK match, Bayley arrested Lacey Evans after opposing a Moonsault attempt.
The match was nothing special, but both women worked hard. The truth is, given what they were chasing, they never really had a chance. Granted, they tricked a lot of people – so good for them. And Lacey Evans, despite missing a springboard attempt, has shown a huge improvement over the level a few months ago.
Rating: 2 stars. It was good. Large props to Lacey Evans who shows a noticeable improvement.
Charlotte Flair wins Royal Rumble for women
This was a very good Royal Rumble match. Charlotte Flair won, but the two big stars came from NXT: Bianca Belair and Shayna Baszler.
Alexa Bliss and Bianca Belair started as number one and two. Halfway through the game, Bliss and Belair were the only women in the ring. Belair eliminated eight women alone. Major eliminations included Lana, which was quickly eliminated by Liv Morgan, and Liv Morgan, which was later (illegally) eliminated by Lana. Mandy Rose was kicked out of the ring but landed on Otis to win her affection so that her feet never touched the ground. Rose was later kicked out and caught again by Otis. Then Belair threw Sonya Deville at Otis and Rose, eliminating both Rose and Deville.
After some back and forth, Belair removed Bliss. She was then hit by Charlotte Flair in the ring. After a few minutes, Flair eliminated Belair. The second half of the game went smoothly and compacted the field in the ring after half had essentially reset everything.
Number 30 was Shayna Baszler, who eliminated seven women, including Beth Phoenix. Baszler had a big fire and looked like a star. It depended on Baszler and Flair, whereby Flair skinned the cat and threw it over Baszler.
Surprise participants included Mighty Molly Holly, Beth Phoenix (who had burned blood on the back of her head), Kelly Kelly, a returnee Carmella and Santina Marella.
Rating: 3.25 stars. There were some quiet periods and some of the women looked lost or sloppy, but overall this was a well-designed rumble match, and mostly a well-executed one.
Roman Reigns defeats Baron Corbin. After a long struggle, Roman Reign's Baron Corbin was stuck on a dugout in Houston's Minute Maid Park arena.
The match started in the ring where Reigns dominated. But it quickly became a general brawl, and the two ran through the arena. There were a few nice spots: Corbin hit an impressive chokeslam through the announce tables on the ring and interference from The Usos, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode caused one of the Usos to jump off the sound stage onto Roode and Ziggler landed on concrete floor. Once Reigns threw Corbin into a portal and overturned it. That was … something.
But really, nothing stands out about this match. Both men will be in the rumble later that night, so the story is likely to continue there.
Rating: 1 star . Long and boring.
Kickoff Show Results
Sheamus Pins Shorty G: Not a surprise as this is Sheamus’s second leg. It wasn't a squash since Gable got a kick, but Sheamus ultimately won with a brogue kick.
Andrade retains the US Championship : In the end Andrade wins by rollup.