WWE Royal Rumble 2018
January 28, 2018
Wells Fargo Center
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
WWE Royal Rumble Kickoff Show:
30 women will enter tonight's first-ever Women's #RoyalRumble Match… but which Superstar does #RAW #WomensChampion @AlexaBliss_WWE want to face at #WrestleMania 34? #RumbleForAll pic.twitter.com/6yA1cIxgeA
— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 2018
First Kickoff Match: Kalisto, Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado vs. TJ Perkins, Jack Gallagher and Drew Gulak
Kalisto and Gulak will start things off. Gulak wants no chanting. Gulak with a Waist Lock TakeDown to Kalisto. Gulak is isolating the shoulder of Kalisto. Gulak applies a front face lock. Kalisto responds with a Indian Death Lock. Gulak tags in Gallagher. Kalisto makes the tag to Metalik. Metalik with a single leg takedown to Gallagher. Gallagher is trying to regain his composure on the outside. Gallagher tags in Perkins. Kalisto, Metalik and Dorado mocks Perkins. Dorado and Perkins are in a standing switch exchange. Dorado with a Wrist Lock Takedown to Perkins. Dorado tags in Kalisto. Kalisto applies a side headlock. Kalisto connects with a Leg Scissors TakeOver. Kalisto follows that with a dropkick.
Dorado lands a Flying Double Axe Handle Strike. Dorado goes for a Monkey Flip, but Perkins lands back on his feet. Dorado slaps Perkins in the chest. Dorado with a Hurricanrana. Dorado delivers a Standing MoonSault for a two count. Dorado tosses Perkins out of the ring. Kalisto, Metalik and Dorado takes out Gallagher, Gulak and Perkins with the trifecta MoonSault off the steel ring post. Coming out of the commercial break, Perkins is mauling Dorado in the corner. Perkins tags in Gulak. Gulak repeatedly stomps on Dorado’s chest. Gallagher starts attacking Dorado behind the referee’s back. Gallagher applies an Ankle Hold. Gulak knocks Metalik off the ring apron. Gulak and Perkins are double teaming Dorado in the corner.
Perkins applies the Figure Four Leg Lock. Dorado with the Sunset Flip for a two count. Perkins launches Dorado over the top rope. Perkins rolls Dorado back into the ring. Perkins with the cover for a two count. Gallagher heads to the second rope. Gulak reminds Gallagher of the No Fly Rule. Metalik and Gulak are tagged in. Metalik fires off a Lucha Libre Arm-Drag. Metalik slaps Gulak in the chest. Metalik connects with a SpringBoard Elbow Drop for a two count. Kalisto makes the blind tag. Kalisto decks Gallagher and Gulak with a Double Enuzigiri. Dorado hits the SpringBoard Stunner. Metalik continues the sequence with a beautiful SomerSault Plancha. Perkins tags himself in. Perkins rolls Kalisto over for a two count. Perkins goes for the Detonation Kick, but Kalisto lands back on his feet. Kalisto plants Perkins with The Salida Del Sol to pickup the victory.
Winner: Kalisto, Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado via Pinfall
"I'd face them all if I could." #SmackDown #WomensChampion @MsCharlotteWWE is ready for ANYONE who may win tonight's first-ever Women's #RoyalRumble Match! #RumbleForAll pic.twitter.com/LGQlJxKi6p
— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 2018
Second Kickoff Match: Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. The Revival
Anderson and Dash Wilder will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Wilder backs Anderson into the corner. Wilder tags in Dawson. The referee forces a clean break. Dawson drops Anderson with a Shoulder Tackle. Anderson responds with a Single Leg Dropkick. Anderson tags in Gallows. The Club connects with a Double Hip Toss. Dawson is trying to regain his composure on the outside. Wilder lands a knife edge chop. Gallows delivers multiple body shots in the corner. Gallows is fighting off the tandem offense from The Revival. Dawson drags Wilder out of the ring. Anderson goes for a Back Body Drop, but Wilder lands back on his feet.
Dawson makes the blind tag. Anderson uppercuts Dawson. Dawson starts targeting the left leg of Anderson. Dawson gets Anderson tied in the tree of woe. The Revival are cutting the ring in half. Wilder is applying pressure on Anderson’s leg. Anderson kicks Dawson in the jaw. Anderson is throwing a series of haymakers to The Revival. Anderson rolls Dawson over for a two count. Dawson delivers a leg twist. Anderson kicks Dawson out of the ring. Anderson tags in Gallows. Gallows with clubbing blows to The Revival. Gallows drops Wilder with a Big Boot. Gallows follows that with a Running Splash. The Magic Killer gets negated by Dawson. Anderson connects with a SpineBuster. Dawson whips Gallows face first to the steel ring post. Wilder ChopBlocks Anderson. The Revival goes on to pickup the victory.
Winner: The Revival via Pinfall
What don't people understand?! @FightOwensFight & @SamiZayn will be CO-@WWE Champions should they defeat @AJStylesOrg tonight! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/bpBGO0uquz
— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 2018
Third Kickoff Match: Bobby Roode © vs. Mojo Rawley For The WWE United States Championship
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Roode shoves Rawley down to the canvas. Rawley drops Roode with a Shoulder Block. Roode fires off a series of haymakers. Roode clotheslines Rawley. Roode hits the Inverted Atomic Drop. Roode follows that with a Side Russian Leg Sweep for a two count. Roode applies a wrist lock. Rawley HeadButts Roode. Roode goes for the Glorious DDT, but Rawley blocks it. Rawley knocks Roode off the ring apron. Rawley delivers a Running Shoulder Block which sends Roode crashing back first into the ringside barricade.
Rawley throws Roode back into the ring. Rawley with the cover for a two count. Rawley repeatedly rams Roode’s head across the top turnbuckle pad. Rawley with a Clubbing Knee Strikes to Roode. Following a snap mare takeover, Rawley applies a side headlock. Roode gets back to a vertical base. Roode connects with a Belly to Back Suplex. Roode decks Rawley with a Back Elbow Strike. Rawley catches Roode in mid-air. Roode lands back on his feet.
Roode fires up with a series of lariats. Roode with another Side Russian Leg Sweep for a two count. Roode is lighting up Rawley’s chest in the corner. Roode kicks Rawley in the jaw. Roode follows that with The BlockBuster. Roode rolls Rawley over for a two count. Rawley slaps Roode in the face. Rawley levels Roode with a Back Body Drop. Rawley sends Roode crashing shoulder first to the steel ring post. Roode plants Rawley with The Tornado Glorious DDT to pickup the victory.
Winner: Still WWE United States Champion, Bobby Roode via Pinfall
"If I'm in that match, I'm thinking I can take myself to the next level…" – @RicFlairNatrBoy on the mindset every @WWE Superstar should have TONIGHT! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/9L67w2o2mB
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 2018
WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2018 !!!!!
First Match: AJ Styles © vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in a Handicap Match For The WWE Championship
Styles and Owens will start things off. Owens and Zayn are trying to play mind games with Styles. Styles kicks Owens in the gut. Styles whips Owens to the ropes. Owens tags in Zayn. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Styles and Zayn are in a quick standing switch exchange. Styles rolls Zayn over for a two count. Zayn tags in Owens. Styles with a Waist Lock Go-Behind to Owens. Owens drives Styles head to the canvas. Styles blocks Owens from making the tag. Owens rolls himself out of the ring. Owens tags in Zayn. Zayn applies a side headlock. Styles leapfrogs over Zayn. Styles dropkicks Zayn. Styles tags in Owens. Owens is talking trash to Styles. Owens repeatedly stomps on Styles chest. Owens bounces Styles head on the top turnbuckle pad. Owens and Zayn are double teaming Styles in the corner.
Zayn fires off a knife edge chop. Zayn applies a front face lock. Zayn tags in Owens. Owens whips Styles sternum first to the turnbuckles. Owens transitions into a Ground and Pound Attack. Owens kicks Styles out of the ring. Owens launches Styles over the ringside barricade. Owens with the cover for a two count. Owens starts paint brushing Styles. Owens tags in Zayn. Zayn drives his knee to the back of Styles. Zayn applies a rear chin lock. Styles is trying to create separation, but Owens gets in the way. Styles knocks Owens off the ring apron. Styles kicks Owens in the jaw. Owens connects with a SitOut Electric Chair Maneuver. Owens is wearing down Styles with the rear chin lock. Owens goes for the Running Cannonball Strike, but Styles ducks out of the way.
Styles tags in Zayn. Styles has Zayn perched on the top turnbuckle. Zayn delivers a Top Rope FrankenSteiner. Zayn tags in Owens. Styles drops Owens with the Pele Kick Zayn goes for the Helluva Kick, but Styles counters with a Big Boot. Styles turns a MoonSault into a Reverse DDT. Owens goes for a Monkey Flip, but Styles counters with a Hurricanra on Zayn. Styles gets Owens trapped in the Calf Crusher. Zayn breaks up the submission attempt. Styles regains momentum with The Phenomenal Blitz.
Owens rolls Styles over for a two count. Styles sends Owens crashing shoulder first to the steel ring post. Styles blocks the Blue Thunder Bomb. Owens SuperKicks Styles behind the referee’s back. Zayn connects with The Blue Thunder Bomb for a two count. Zayn is lighting up Styles chest in the corner. Styles drives Zayn face first to the top turnbuckle pad. Styles knocks Owens off the ring apron. Styles lands The Phenomenal Forearm for a two count. Styles and Zayn are trading back and forth shots. Styles dumps Zayn out of the ring. Owens SuperKicks Zayn. Owens goes for The Pop Up PowerBomb, but Styles counters with a rollup to pickup the victory.
Winner: Still WWE Champion, AJ Styles via Pinfall
Did #SDLive Commissioner @shanemcmahon see what just happened in the #WWEChampionship match?
YEP! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/CtqSJqKmkp
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 29, 2018
Second Match: The Usos © vs. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable in a Two Out Of Three Falls Match For The WWE SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship
Jey Uso and Benjamin will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Benjamin with two forearm shivers to Jey. Benjamin drops Jey with a shoulder tackle. Benjamin drags Jey to the corner. Benjamin and Gable goes for their PowerBomb/Flying Clothesline, but Jey blocks it. Benjamin tags in Gable. Jey and Gable are in a quick standing switch exchange. Gables for the Roll Through German Suplex, but Jimmy Uso gets in the way. Gable avoids The Double SuperKick. Gable is trying to regain his composure on the outside. Gable gets back in the ring at the count of four. Jey tags in Jimmy. Gable delivers a waist lock takedown. Jimmy ducks a corner clothesline from Gable. Jimmy lands two knife edge chops. Jimmy dives over Gable. Jimmy uppercuts Gable for a two count. Jimmy applies a side headlock. Benjamin makes the blind tag.
Jimmy takes a swing at Benjamin. Gable ChopBlocks Jimmy. Benjamin repeatedly drives Jimmy’s left leg to the steel ring post. Benjamin continues to apply pressure to the injured leg of Jimmy. Jimmy is trying to create separation, but it’s to no avail. Benjamin tags in Gable. Gable with the cover for a two count. Gable with a Dragon Screw Leg Twist to Jimmy. Benjamin and Gable are cutting the ring in half. Gable connects with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Gable tags in Benjamin. Benjamin applies an Reverse Ankle Lock. Benjamin drags Jimmy to the corner. Jimmy fires up with a series of knife edge chops.
Gable levels Jimmy with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip for a two count. Benjamin and Gable with multiple knee strikes to Jimmy. Following a snap mare takeover, Jimmy uppercuts Benjamin. Jimmy decks Benjamin with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Jimmy tags in Jey. Jey knocks Gable off the ring apron. Jey lands a Thrust Kick to the midsection of Benjamin. Jey tosses Benjamin out of the ring. Jey clotheslines Gable over the top rope. Jey with Back to Back Flying Pascadas to Benjamin and Gable. Jey follows that with a Flying Crossbody Block. Jey connects with the Running Stinkface. Jey misses on The Uso Splash.
Jey with a Jack Knife Cover for a two count. Gable catapults Jey into The Pay Dirt from Benjamin. Gable rolls Jey over for a two count. Gable with a Tiger Suplex for a two count. Benjamin drops Jey with a Leaping FlatLiner for a two count. Benjamin with a Spinning Heel Kick which sends Jey crashing to the outside. Gable takes out The Usos with a Double MoonSault. Gable rolls Jey back into the ring. Jimmy SuperKicks Gable. Jey lands The Uso Splash for a two count. Benjamin knocks Jey off the top turnbuckle. Jimmy SuperKicks Benjamin.
Gable responds with The Draping Cross ArmBreaker. The Usos brings The SuperKick Party to Gable to score the first pinfall of the match. Benjamin sends Jey crashing shoulder first to the steel ring pot. Benjamin and Gable are putting the boots to Jey in the corner. Gable transitions into a ground and pound attack on the floor. Benjamin and Gable takes out Jimmy with their PowerBomb/Flying Clothesline Combination for a two count. Gable decks Jey with a Rolling Kick. Jey catches Benjamin off guard with an inside cradle to pickup the victory.
Winner: Still WWE SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions, The Usos via Pinfall 2-0
Third Match: 2018 Royal Rumble Match
1.) Rusev eliminated by #Woken Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt
2.) Finn Balor eliminated by John Cena
3.) Rhyno eliminated by Baron Corbin
4.) Baron Corbin eliminated by Finn Balor
5.) Heath Slater eliminated by Bray Wyatt
6.) Elias eliminated by John Cena
7.) Andrade Cien Almas eliminated by Randy Orton
8.) Bray Wyatt eliminated by #WOKEN Matt Hardy
9.) Big E eliminated by Jinder Mahal
10) Sami Zayn eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura
11.) Sheamus eliminated by Heath Slater
12.) Xavier Woods eliminated by Jinder Mahal
13.) Apollo Crews eliminated by Cesaro
14.) Shinsuke Nakamura
15.) Cesaro eliminated by Seth Rollins
16.) Kofi Kingston eliminated by Andrade Cien Almas
17.) Jinder Mahal eliminated by Kofi Kingston
18.) Seth Rollins eliminated by Roman Reigns
19.) #WOKEN Matt Hardy eliminated by Bray Wyatt
20.) John Cena eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura
21.) The Hurricane eliminated by John Cena
22.) Aiden English eliminated by Finn Balor
23.) Adam Cole eliminated by Rey Mysterio
24.) Randy Orton eliminated by Roman Reigns
25.) Titus O’Neil eliminated by Roman Reigns
26.) The Miz eliminated by Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns
27.) Rey Mysterio eliminated by Finn Balor
28.) Roman Reigns eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura
29.) Goldust eliminated by Dolph Ziggler
30.) Dolph Ziggler eliminated by Finn Balor
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Fourth Match: Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan © vs. The Bar For The WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
Cesaro and Rollins will start things off. Cesaro drives his knee into the midsection of Rollins. Cesaro applies an arm-bar. Rollins lands two deep arm-drags. Rollins connects with a Back Body Drop. Rollins follows that with a Hurricanrana. Rollins dropkicks Cesaro. Cesaro tags in Sheamus. Sheamus with a back elbow strike to Rollins. Rollins responds with a Crossbody Block. Rollins transitions into a ground and pound attack. Sheamus drives Rollins back first into the turnbuckles. The Bar are double teaming Rollins in the corner. Sheamus with the cover for a two count. Sheamus stomps on Rollins leg. Rollins tosses Cesaro out of the ring. Cesaro whips Jordan face first across the steel ring post.
Sheamus goes for a Brogue Kick, but Rollins ducks out of the way. Rollins lands a Double Suicide Dive. Sheamus throws Rollins back first to the ringside barricade. Sheamus rolls Rollins back to the ring. Sheamus with a Flying Clothesline for a two count. Sheamus tags in Cesaro. The Bar are cutting the ring in half. Jordan is receiving medical attention on the outside. Cesaro applies a front face lock. Rollins with two body shots to Cesaro. The Bar responds with a Double Clothesline. Sheamus with a Running Knee Drop to Rollins. Sheamus connects with The Beats To The Chest of Rollins. Sheamus blocks the SpringBoard Clothesline. Cesaro clotheslines Rollins behind the referee’s back. The Bar hits their Flying Clothesline/Back Breaker Combination for a two count.
The Bar follows that with Stereo BackBreakers. The Bar goes for The Flying Clothesline/Electric Chair Slam follows that with a Hurricanrana. Rollins sends Sheamus crashing shoulder first to the steel ring post. Cesaro rolls Sheamus back into the ring. Rollins decks Cesaro with a Back Elbow Strike. Rollins delivers a series of haymakers. Rollins connects with a SlingBlade. Rollins follows that with The BlockBuster. Rollins goes for The Roll Through Falcon Arrow, but Cesaro blocks it. Rollins rolls Cesaro over for a two count. Rollins hits The Falcon Arrow.
Cesaro tags in Sheamus. Sheamus uppercuts Rollins. Sheamus has Rollins perched on the top turnbuckle. Rollins fights out of The Fireman’s Carry Position. Rollins sends Sheamus crashing to the canvas. Rollins Hip Tosses Cesaro off the top rope. Rollins lands a Double FrogSplash. Jordan tags himself in. Jordan is still feeling the affects from the beatdown. Rollins with a forearm smash which sends Sheamus tumbling to the outside. Rollins levels Cesaro with The King’s Landing. Sheamus makes the blind tag. Rollins goes for The Curb Stomp, but Sheamus counters with The Brogue Kick. Sheamus tags in Cesaro. The Bar plants Rollins with their Diving Clothesline/White Noise Combination to pickup the victory.
Winner: New WWE Raw Tag Team Champions, The Bar via Pinfall
Fifth Match: Brock Lesnar © w/Paul Heyman vs. Kane vs. Braun Strowman in a Triple Threat Match For The WWE Universal Championship
Brock drives Kane back first into the turnbuckles. Brock is ramming his shoulders into the midsection of Kane. Strowman connects with a Double Body Avalanche. Strowman targets the ribs of Brock. Brock goes for The F5, but Kane counters with a ChokeSlam. Strowman is throwing haymakers at Kane. Brock hits Kane in the back with a steel chair. Strowman clotheslines Brock. Strowman launches Brock over the top rope. Strowman whips Brock back first to the ringside barricade. Strowman hits Kane and Brock with the steel ring step. Strowman brings out two tables from under the ring.
Strowman wedges a table in the corner. Strowman ChokeSlams Kane for a two count. Brock delivers a series of German Suplex’s. Strowman PowerSlams Brock through a table for a two count. Kane drives Strowman shoulder first through the table in the corner. Kane ChokeSlams Strowman for a two count. Brock connects with The F5. Strowman responds with a German Suplex. Brock is trying to regain his composure on the outside. Strowman once again whips Brock back first to the barricade.
Strowman is clearing the announce table. Strowman goes for the Running PowerSlam, but Brock counters with a F5 through the announce table. Brock dumps the english announce table on top of Strowman. Kane goes for a ChokeSlam, but Brock counters with another F5 through the Spanish Announce Table. Strowman drops Brock with a Big Boot. Strowman with Two PowerSlams to Brock. Kane repeatedly hits Strowman with a steel chair. Strowman rolls himself out of the ring. Kane goes for a Tombstone PileDriver, but Brock lands back on his feet. Brock shoves Kane into Strowman. Brock plants Kane with a F5 on the chair to pickup the victory.
Winner: Still WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar via Pinfall
Sixth Match: Inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble Match
1.) Sasha Banks eliminated by The Bella Twins
2.) Becky Lynch eliminated by Ruby Riott
3.) Sarah Logan eliminated by Molly Holly
4.) Mandy Rose eliminated by Lita
5.) Lita eliminated by Becky Lynch
6.) Kairi Sane eliminated by Dana Brooke
7.) Tamina Snuka eliminated by Lita
8.) Dana Brooke eliminated by Torrie Wilson
9.) Torrie Wilson eliminated by Sonya Deville
10.) Sonya Deville eliminated by Michelle McCool
11.) Liv Morgan eliminated by Michelle McCool
12.) Molly Holly eliminated by Michelle McCool
13.) Lana eliminated by Michelle McCool
14.) Michelle McCool eliminated by Natalya
15.) Ruby Riott eliminated by Nia Jax
16.) Vickie Guerrero eliminated by Michelle McCool, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Ruby Riott
17.) Carmella eliminated by Nikki Bella
18.) Natalya eliminated by Trish Stratus
19.) Kelly Kelly eliminated by Nia Jax
20.) Naomi eliminated by Nia Jax
21.) Jacqueline eliminated by Nia Jax
22.) Nia Jax eliminated by Trish Stratus, Brie and Nikki Bella, Sasha Banks, Asuka and Natalya
23.) Ember Moon eliminated by Asuka
24.) Beth Phoenix eliminated by Natalya
26.) Mickie James eliminated by Trish Stratus
27.) Nikki Bella eliminated by Asuka
28.) Brie Bella eliminated by Nikki Bella
29.) Bayley eliminated by Sasha Banks
30.) Trish Stratus eliminated by Sasha Banks
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