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Royal Rumble (2020)
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Promotional poster featuring various WWE wrestlers
PromotionWWE
Brand(s)Raw
SmackDown
DateJanuary 26, 2020
CityHouston, Texas
VenueMinute Maid Park
Attendance42,715[1]
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Royal Rumble (2020) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brands. It took place on January 26, 2020 at the Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.[2][3][4] It was the thirty-third event under the Royal Rumble chronology.

Eight matches were contested at the event, including two on the Kickoff pre-show. In the main event, Drew McIntyre won the men's Royal Rumble match, while Charlotte Flair won the women's. Other prominent matches saw "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt retain the Universal Championship against Daniel Bryan in a strap match, Roman Reigns defeated King Corbin in a Falls Count Anywhere match, and Becky Lynch defeated Asuka by submission to retain the Raw Women's Championship. The event also featured the in-ring return of Edge, who last wrestled in 2011 before retiring from a neck injury.

Production

Background

The Royal Rumble is an annual gimmick pay-per-view, produced every January by WWE since 1988. It is one of the promotion's original four pay-per-views, along with WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series, dubbed the "Big Four".[5] It is named after the Royal Rumble match, a modified battle royal in which the participants enter at timed intervals instead of all beginning in the ring at the same time. Both the men's and women's matches generally feature 30 wrestlers. Traditionally, the winner of the match earns a world championship match at that year's WrestleMania. In recent years, the men and women had their choice between the top championships of the Raw and SmackDown brands. For 2020, that was Raw's WWE Championship and SmackDown's Universal Championship, and the Raw Women's Championship and SmackDown Women's Championship. Additionally, and for the first time, NXT's top championships, the NXT Championship and NXT Women's Championship, became choices for the winner to challenge for at WrestleMania 36; this was confirmed after the event and was a result of NXT becoming WWE's third major brand in September 2019. The 2020 Royal Rumble was the 33rd event in the Royal Rumble chronology and featured wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands, with NXT wrestlers and WWE veterans appearing in both the men's and women's Royal Rumble matches.[6][7]

Storylines

The event comprised eight matches, including two on the Kickoff pre-show. The matches resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results were predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw and SmackDown brands,[8][9] while storylines were produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.[10]

Raw

While the WWE Championship is generally defended at every year's Royal Rumble pay-per-view, on the January 6 episode of Raw, it was revealed that there would not be a WWE Championship defense at 2020's event. Instead, as he felt that there was no one on any brand who deserved an opportunity, WWE Champion Brock Lesnar decided to enter himself into the Royal Rumble match as entrant number one. There were no changes to the rules of the match, despite Lesnar holding one of the two world championships that the winner could challenge for at WrestleMania 36.[11] On the January 20 episode, Lesnar's advocate Paul Heyman reminded the fans of the prize of the Royal Rumble match, but said that there was no one worthy enough to face Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania, implying that if Lesnar won, he would abstain his prize.[12]

At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) defeated the team of Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to retain the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship.[13] In a backstage interview on the following Raw, Lynch stated that she had not been herself the past few months and felt that management had been putting her into tag team matches to protect her from facing Asuka alone and losing. She also stated that she had never defeated Asuka and needed to change that.[14] The following week, Lynch challenged Asuka to a match with her Raw Women's Championship on the line which Asuka accepted.[15] The match was scheduled for the Royal Rumble.[16]

On the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Kickoff pre-show, Humberto Carrillo defeated Andrade.[17] On the following episode of Raw, both were scheduled to participate in a gauntlet match to determine the number one contender against Rey Mysterio for the United States Championship. Carrillo advanced to the final to face Andrade, who did not appear during his entrance. Andrade instead attacked Carrillo from behind and then performed a Hammerlock DDT on Carillo onto the exposed concrete floor. Due to this, the gauntlet match ended in a no-contest.[14] Andrade then won the US title from Mysterio at a WWE Live event in Madison Square Garden on December 26.[18] After Andrade retained the title against Mysterio in a ladder match on the January 20 episode of Raw, Andrade attempted to perform the Hammerlock DDT on Mysterio on the exposed concrete floor, only for Carrillo to appear to aid Mysterio and fought off Andrade, who retreated along with Zelina Vega.[12] Backstage, Carrillo issued a challenge to Andrade for the United States Championship at the Royal Rumble, which was made official for the Kickoff pre-show.[19]

SmackDown

At Survivor Series, "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the Universal Championship.[20] On the following SmackDown, after Bryan accepted another rematch for the title at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, The Fiend appeared and attacked Bryan, ripping out his hair.[21] The Miz, who had been intertwined in the feud, appeared the following week and said that Bryan had not been seen since The Fiend's attack and in turn became Wyatt's opponent in a non-title match at TLC,[22] where Wyatt (as his Firefly Fun House character and not The Fiend) defeated Miz. Following the match, a hooded figure attacked Wyatt and then revealed himself as a returning Bryan, now with a buzz cut and shorter beard.[13] On the following SmackDown, both Bryan and Miz stated their desire to take the Universal Championship from Wyatt due to their respective personal issues with him. They were then interrupted by King Corbin, who felt that he deserved an opportunity for the title due to his victory over Roman Reigns at TLC.[23] On the December 27 episode, Bryan defeated Miz and Corbin in a triple threat match to earn another Universal Championship match against The Fiend at the Royal Rumble.[24] On the January 17 episode, Bryan delivered a running knee to The Fiend and attacked him, only for The Fiend to retreat. Frustrated, Bryan changed the stipulation of their match to a strap match so that The Fiend could not run away.[25]

During the triple threat match to determine the number one contender for the Universal Championship, Roman Reigns attacked King Corbin, costing him the title opportunity.[24] The following week, Reigns announced his participation in the Royal Rumble match. Later that night, Reigns teamed with Daniel Bryan to face Corbin and Dolph Ziggler which ended in a no-contest. Following the match, Corbin and Ziggler attacked Reigns only for The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) to return and aid Reigns by attacking both Corbin and Ziggler.[26] On the January 10 episode, Corbin announced his participation in the Royal Rumble match and stated that Reigns was scared to face him again, hence why Reigns was also competing in the match. In response, Reigns challenged Corbin to a rematch at the event which Corbin accepted.[27] The following week, Reigns defeated the returning Robert Roode in a tables match, allowing him to choose the stipulation for his match with Corbin, and he chose a Falls Count Anywhere match.[25]

On the SmackDown following Survivor Series, SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley and Team SmackDown women's captain Sasha Banks criticized their brand's women's division for letting them down at the event, as both Bayley and Team SmackDown lost their respective matches. Team member Lacey Evans interrupted and performed a Women's Right on Banks, with Evans turning face.[21] Evans questioned the leadership of both Bayley and Banks, having several confrontations with them over the following weeks.[22][28][23][24][26] On the January 10 episode, Evans was scheduled to face Banks, who no-showed and Bayley appeared on the TitanTron taunting Evans. In response, Evans went backstage where the two brawled.[27] The following week, Evans was once again scheduled to face Banks, however, Banks was unable to compete due to her injured ankle. Bayley took her place in the match, but lost to Evans. Due to Evans' win, she earned herself a title match at the Royal Rumble.[25]

After a seven-month hiatus, Sheamus appeared in a vignette on the November 29 episode of SmackDown, announcing that he would be returning to in-ring action.[21] Over the next several weeks, more vignettes aired, with Sheamus claiming that SmackDown had become soft in his absence. On the January 3 episode, as Shorty G was being attacked by The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder), Sheamus returned, seemingly to aid Shorty G. However, after The Revival cleared the ring, Sheamus delivered a Brogue Kick to Shorty G.[26] Sheamus claimed that Shorty G embodied everything wrong with SmackDown and continued to target him over the next few weeks, and a match between the two was scheduled for the Royal Rumble Kickoff pre-show.[25]

Event

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
English commentators Michael Cole (SmackDown/Men's Royal Rumble match)
Corey Graves (SmackDown/both Royal Rumble matches)
Tom Phillips (Raw/Women's Royal Rumble match)
Jerry Lawler (Raw/Women's Royal Rumble matches)
Booker T (Men's Royal Rumble match)
Spanish commentators Carlos Cabrera
Marcelo Rodríguez
German commentators Carsten Schaefer
Tim Haber
Calvin Knie
Ring announcers Greg Hamilton (SmackDown/Men's Royal Rumble match)
Mike Rome (Raw/Women's Royal Rumble match)
Referees Danilo Anfibio
Jason Ayers
Shawn Bennett
Jessika Carr
John Cone
Dan Engler
Darrick Moore
Eddie Orengo
Darryl Sharma
Chris Sharpe
Ryan Tran
Rod Zapata
Interviewers Kayla Braxton
Sarah Schreiber
Pre-show panel/correspondents Jonathan Coachman
Charly Caruso
David Otunga
Christian
Renee Young
Sam Roberts

Pre-show

Two matches were contested on the Royal Rumble Kickoff pre-show. In the first match, Sheamus faced Shorty G. In the end, Sheamus performed a Brogue Kick on Shorty G to win the match.[29]

The second match saw Andrade (accompanied by Zelina Vega) defend the United States Championship against Humberto Carrillo. The end saw Carrillo attempt a hurricanrana on Andrade, who countered into a roll-up to retain the title.[29]

Preliminary matches

The actual pay-per-view opened with Roman Reigns facing King Corbin in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Mid-way through the match, Reigns fought with Corbin in the crowd where Reigns performed a Samoan Drop on Corbin through two separate tables. As Reigns was about to attack Corbin near some production equipment, Reigns was attacked by Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) then came out and attacked Ziggler and Roode with Jimmy performing a Samoan Drop on Jey, Roode, and Ziggler. Reigns then shoved Corbin into a portable toilet, tipped it over, and continued to attack Corbin throughout the crowd. In the end, Reigns performed a Superman Punch and Spear on Corbin atop a dugout to win the match.[30]

Backstage, Kevin Owens told Samoa Joe that he could not wait to eliminate Seth Rollins from the Royal Rumble match—as they had been feuding for weeks on Raw—and that he would go on to win. Joe stated that he also could not wait to do the same, but if Owens got in his way, he would eliminate him.[30]

Next was the women's Royal Rumble match, which began with SmackDown's Alexa Bliss as the first entrant and NXT's Bianca Belair as the second. During the match, Raw's Lana (the fifth entrant) was eliminated by Liv Morgan (the seventh entrant) due to her ongoing rivalry with Morgan, who was in turn eliminated by Lana after she was eliminated. As SmackDown's Mandy Rose (the eighth entrant) was seemingly eliminated, she landed on top of Otis, who was on the floor. Belair attempted to eliminate Rose again, only for Otis to catch Rose. As Belair eliminated Rose's tag team partner Sonya Deville (the tenth entrant), Deville fell onto Rose and Otis, knocking Otis down and unintentionally eliminating Rose along with herself. Belair would go on to break Michelle McCool and Charlotte Flair's tied record of five eliminations in a single women's Royal Rumble match (McCool set the record in 2018 and Flair tied it in 2019). Naomi, Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly, and Santina Marella (entrants 18, 19, 21, and 29, respectively) were all surprise entrants. NXT's Shayna Baszler entered last and ended up tying Belair's record of eight eliminations. In the end, Raw's Charlotte Flair (#17) eliminated Baszler to win the match and earn herself a women's championship match of her choosing at WrestleMania 36.[30]

After that, Bayley defended the SmackDown Women's Championship against Lacey Evans. The climax saw Bayley perform a roll-up on Evans to retain the title.[30]

Next, "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt defended the Universal Championship against Daniel Bryan in a strap match. The Fiend dominated the first half of the match, whipping Bryan with the strap. Bryan eventually gained the offense, and applied the LeBell Lock, using the strap to crank back on The Fiend's head. As Bryan attempted a running knee, The Fiend caught Bryan and performed a Sister Abigail for a near fall. Bryan then performed a running knee on The Fiend for a nearfall. In the end, The Fiend applied The Mandible Claw, and as Bryan tried to escape, The Fiend picked him up and performed a chokeslam while still applying the Mandible Claw to win the match and retain the title. Following the match, medical personnel tended to Bryan.[30]

In the penultimate match, Becky Lynch defended the Raw Women's Championship against Asuka (accompanied by Kairi Sane). In the climax, as Asuka attempted to spit green mist in Lynch's face, Lynch kicked Asuka, causing her to spit the mist in the air and into her own face. Lynch then applied the Dis-arm-her on Asuka, forcing her to submit and retain the title.[30]

Main event

The main event was the men's Royal Rumble match, which saw Raw's WWE Champion Brock Lesnar (accompanied by Paul Heyman) enter at number one. SmackDown's Elias entered second and sang a song during his entrance and taunted Lesnar until Lesnar ran out and chased Elias to the ring and quickly eliminated him. Lesnar would make quick work of the next few entrants, eliminating them almost as soon as they entered the match. SmackDown's Kofi Kingston, whom Lesnar defeated for the WWE Championship back in October, entered sixth followed by Rey Mysterio, who Lesnar recently feuded with, and then Kingston's New Day and SmackDown Tag Team Champion partner Big E. The three teamed up on Lesnar, only for Lesnar to eliminate all of them. After Lesnar had a brief reunion with his old training partner Shelton Benjamin (the tenth entrant) and embracing him, Lesnar eliminated Benjamin after tricking him into thinking they would team up for the rest of the match. The eleventh entrant saw the surprise return of Montel Vontavious Porter (who last wrestled in WWE in 2010), who was quickly eliminated by Lesnar. NXT's Keith Lee (the thirteenth entrant) and SmackDown's Braun Strowman (the fourteenth entrant) managed to subdue Lesnar and momentarily take him down. As Lee and Strowman attempted to eliminate each other, Lesnar managed to eliminate both at the same time, bringing Lesnar's total eliminations to 13, tying him with Strowman for the most eliminations in a single men's Royal Rumble match (a record Strowman set at 2018's Greatest Royal Rumble event).

Ricochet, who had a brief interaction with Lesnar on the previous episode of Raw, entered as the fifteenth entrant, followed by Drew McIntyre as the sixteenth entrant. With Lesnar's attention on McIntyre, Ricochet performed a low blow on Lesnar from behind (as Lesnar had done to him on Raw), and McIntyre performed a Claymore on Lesnar to eliminate him. Following Lesnar's elimination, McIntyre stared him down. McIntyre then eliminated Ricochet and then continued to stare down Lesnar, who was still laid out at ringside before staggering away into the crowd. WWE Hall of Famer Edge, who was forced to retire from wrestling in 2011 due to a neck injury, made a surprise return as the twenty-first entrant. Kevin Owens (the twenty-seventh entrant) and Samoa Joe (the twenty-ninth entrant) formed a small alliance against the other wrestlers, after which, they fought each other until Seth Rollins (accompanied by Buddy Murphy, Akam, and Rezar) entered last. Joe and Owens left the ring and brawled with the four. Rollins would eliminate Joe and Owens thanks to interference from Murphy, Akam, and Rezar. McIntyre, Edge, Randy Orton (the twenty-fifth entrant), and Roman Reigns (the twenty-sixth entrant) then performed their respective finishers on Rollins with McIntyre eliminating him. After a brief reunion of Rated-RKO between Edge and Orton, and after Orton teased an RKO on Edge, Edge quickly eliminated Orton. In the climax, after Edge was eliminated by Reigns, McIntyre performed a Claymore on Reigns and eliminated him to win the match and earn himself a world championship match of his choosing at WrestleMania 36.[30]

Aftermath

Drew McIntyre and Charlotte Flair were the winners of the men's and women's Royal Rumble matches, respectively.

Raw

The following night on Raw, Drew McIntyre announced that he would challenge Brock Lesnar, whom McIntyre eliminated during the men's Royal Rumble match, for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36.[31] The following week, Ricochet, who aided in Lesnar's elimination, defeated Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley in a triple threat match to also earn a WWE Championship match against Lesnar, taking place prior to WrestleMania at February's Super ShowDown event.[32]

Also on the following Raw, women's Royal Rumble winner Charlotte Flair teased that she would reveal which champion she would challenge at WrestleMania, but stated that she was still deciding.[31] The following week, she said she had held both the Raw and SmackDown Women's Championships multiple times and had defeated their current holders, Becky Lynch and Bayley, respectively. She was then interrupted by NXT Women's Champion Rhea Ripley, who said that Flair should challenge her as Flair had never beat her, but she had beaten Flair.[32] Flair held off on making her decision until after Ripley had defended the title at NXT TakeOver: Portland on February 16.[33][34] At the event, Ripley retained her title against Bianca Belair, after which, Flair attacked Ripley and accepted Ripley's WrestleMania challenge, marking the first time that the Royal Rumble winner chose an NXT title, which were previously ineligible.[35]

Edge made his return to Raw the following night, stating that he had questioned what if he could wrestle again, and explained that after a second neck surgery and hard work, he was able to make his return at the Royal Rumble and would be able to retire on his own terms. Randy Orton then came out to welcome Edge back and suggested reforming their tag team, Rated-RKO, only to turn on Edge and perform an RKO on him, thus turning heel in the process. Orton then attacked Edge's neck with a chair and smashed his head between two chairs in a manoeuvre known as the "Conchairto", which Edge made famous in the past.[31]

A United States Championship rematch between Humberto Carrillo and champion Andrade was scheduled for the next night on Raw, where Carrillo won by disqualification due to Zelina Vega's interference. Following the match, Carrillo performed a Hammerlock DDT on Andrade onto the exposed concrete, just as Andrade once did to Carrillo in the past.[31] Andrade was then suspended for 30 days due to violating WWE's wellness policy, though was not stripped of the title.[36]

Following the animosity between Lana and Liv Morgan, which caused Lana to eliminate Morgan after she herself was eliminated by Morgan, a match between the two was scheduled the next night on Raw, with Bobby Lashley and Rusev banned from ringside. Morgan would defeat Lana.[31] Morgan again defeated Lana in a rematch the next week, before being greeted by former Riott Squad stablemate Ruby Riott, making her return from injury. Riott went to embrace Morgan, but then attacked her.[32]

After making a surprise return at the Royal Rumble, Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) had a match with Rey Mysterio on Raw, which he lost.[30] Afterwards, MVP announced that although he still had a few matches left on the independent circuit, his match on Raw was his final in WWE.[37] This proved to be false, however, as after hosting a segment of the "VIP Lounge" in which he insulted Rumble winner Drew McIntyre,[34] MVP faced McIntyre in a match on the February 17 episode that McIntyre won.[38]

Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy defended the Raw Tag Team Championship against Samoa Joe and Kevin Owens. Joe was legitimately injured during the match and was taken backstage, leaving Owens to fend for himself, however, Rollins and Murphy retained the title after Murphy pinned Owens with a roll-up.[31] On February 7, Buddy Murphy's ring name was shortened to Murphy.[39][40] Joe's injury proved to be minor, as he returned on the February 10 episode of Raw to aid Owens and The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar) against Rollins' stable.[34]

On the February 3 episode of Raw, Asuka challenged Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch to a rematch, and Lynch accepted for the following week.[32] After again retaining the title, Lynch was attacked by NXT's Shayna Baszler.[34]

SmackDown

A six-man tag team rematch from the previous week between the team of Roman Reigns and The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) and the team of King Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, and Robert Roode was scheduled for the following SmackDown in which the losers ate dog food. Reigns and The Usos won, and they dumped dog food over Corbin.[41] The following week, Corbin challenged Reigns to one more match, and Reigns accepted as a steel cage match at Super ShowDown.[42]

Sheamus faced Shorty G in a rematch on the following SmackDown, where Sheamus was again victorious.[41]

Mandy Rose thanked Otis for helping her in the women's Royal Rumble match. With encouragement from his Heavy Machinery tag team partner Tucker, Otis asked Rose out on a date and Rose accepted for Valentine's Day.[41]

On the following SmackDown, Bayley addressed her victory over Lacey Evans, as well as Charlotte Flair's Royal Rumble win. She was interrupted by Naomi, who took exception to Bayley's claim that she had beaten everyone as she had never beaten Naomi. Bayley then attacked Naomi, who retaliated and got the upper hand. This marked Naomi's return to the SmackDown brand as prior to her six-month hiatus, she had been drafted to Raw in April 2019's Superstar Shake-up, but went undrafted during the WWE Draft in October.[41] The following week, Naomi participated in a fatal four-way match to determine Bayley's next challenger, but it was won by Carmella.[42]

Results

No. Results Stipulations Times[29][30]
1P Sheamus defeated Shorty G Singles match[43] 12:35
2P Andrade (c) (with Zelina Vega) defeated Humberto Carrillo Singles match for the WWE United States Championship[44] 14:20
3 Roman Reigns defeated King Corbin Falls Count Anywhere match[45] 21:20
4 Charlotte Flair won by last eliminating Shayna Baszler 30-woman Royal Rumble match for a women's championship match at WrestleMania 36[46] 54:20
5 Bayley (c) defeated Lacey Evans Singles match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship[47] 9:20
6 "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt (c) defeated Daniel Bryan Strap match for the WWE Universal Championship[48] 17:35
7 Becky Lynch (c) defeated Asuka (with Kairi Sane) by submission Singles match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship[49] 16:25
8 Drew McIntyre won by last eliminating Roman Reigns 30-man Royal Rumble match for a world championship match at WrestleMania 36[50] 1:00:50
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • P – indicates the match took place on the pre-show

Women's Royal Rumble match entrances and eliminations

Brand

     – Raw
     – SmackDown
     – NXT
     – NXT UK
     – Free agent
     – Winner
Draw Entrant Brand/Status Order Eliminated by Time[46] Elimination(s)
1 Alexa Bliss SmackDown 15 Bianca Belair 26:34 3
2 Bianca Belair NXT 16 Charlotte Flair 33:20 8
3 Mighty Molly Free agent 3 Bianca Belair 10:21 0
4 Nikki Cross SmackDown 5 Bianca Belair 15:08 0
5 Lana Raw 1 Liv Morgan 02:29 0
6 Mercedes Martinez NXT 4 Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville 08:14 0
7 Liv Morgan Raw 2 Lana[1] 00:44 1
8 Mandy Rose SmackDown 6 Bianca Belair 08:49 1
9 Candice LeRae NXT 8 Bianca Belair 09:01 0
10 Sonya Deville SmackDown 7 Bianca Belair 05:31 1
11 Kairi Sane Raw 9 Alexa Bliss 05:22 0
12 Mia Yim NXT 11 Alexa Bliss 06:30 0
13 Dana Brooke SmackDown 14 Bianca Belair 05:26 0
14 Tamina SmackDown 10 Bianca Belair 00:39 0
15 Dakota Kai NXT 12 Chelsea Green 01:32 0
16 Chelsea Green NXT 13 Alexa Bliss 00:12 1
17 Charlotte Flair Raw Winner 27:19 4
18 Naomi Raw 26 Shayna Baszler 22:01 0
19 Beth Phoenix NXT 28 Shayna Baszler 23:05 1
20 Toni Storm NXT UK 25 Shayna Baszler 18:40 0
21 Kelly Kelly Free agent 18 Charlotte Flair 02:29 0
22 Sarah Logan Raw 17 Charlotte Flair 00:28 0
23 Natalya Raw 27 Beth Phoenix 14:43 0
24 Xia Li NXT 20 Shayna Baszler 10:49 0
25 Zelina Vega Raw 22 Shayna Baszler 09:31 0
26 Shotzi Blackheart NXT 23 Shayna Baszler 07:57 0
27 Carmella SmackDown 24 Shayna Baszler 06:36 0
28 Tegan Nox NXT 21 Shayna Baszler 03:50 0
29 Santina Marella Free agent 19 Self 01:01 0
30 Shayna Baszler NXT 29 Charlotte Flair 04:27 8
^1 Lana was already eliminated when she eliminated Liv Morgan.
  • Sasha Banks was supposed to compete in the rumble match but is pulled from the match and later on at ringside as Bayley's corner at the Smackdown Wowen's Championship Match.
  • Victoria , Melina and other remained feamale wrestlers are also pulled from the match prior the event.

Men's Royal Rumble match entrances and eliminations

Brand

     – Raw
     – SmackDown
     – NXT
     – Free agent
     – Winner
Draw Entrant Brand/Status Order Eliminated by Time[50] Elimination(s)
1 Brock Lesnar Raw 14 Drew McIntyre 26:24 13
2 Elias SmackDown 1 Brock Lesnar 01:00 0
3 Erick Rowan Raw 2 Brock Lesnar 00:08 0
4 Robert Roode SmackDown 3 Brock Lesnar 00:41 0
5 John Morrison SmackDown 4 Brock Lesnar 00:09 0
6 Kofi Kingston SmackDown 7 Brock Lesnar 05:06 0
7 Rey Mysterio Raw 5 Brock Lesnar 02:54 0
8 Big E SmackDown 6 Brock Lesnar 00:53 0
9 Cesaro SmackDown 8 Brock Lesnar 00:18 0
10 Shelton Benjamin Raw 9 Brock Lesnar 00:37 0
11 Shinsuke Nakamura SmackDown 10 Brock Lesnar 00:20 0
12 Montel Vontavious Porter Free agent 11 Brock Lesnar 00:24 0
13 Keith Lee NXT 12 Brock Lesnar 03:32 0
14 Braun Strowman SmackDown 13 Brock Lesnar 01:48 0
15 Ricochet Raw 15 Drew McIntyre 03:09 0
16 Drew McIntyre Raw Winner 34:11 6
17 The Miz SmackDown 16 Drew McIntyre 00:30 0
18 AJ Styles Raw 17 Edge 07:49 0
19 Dolph Ziggler SmackDown 22 Roman Reigns 12:20 0
20 Karl Anderson Raw 21 Randy Orton 09:46 0
21 Edge Free agent 28 Roman Reigns 23:43 3
22 King Corbin SmackDown 19 Drew McIntyre 04:06 1
23 Matt Riddle NXT 18 King Corbin 00:41 0
24 Luke Gallows Raw 20 Edge 02:00 0
25 Randy Orton Raw 27 Edge 14:37 1
26 Roman Reigns SmackDown 29 Drew McIntyre 16:01 2
27 Kevin Owens Raw 24 Seth Rollins, Akam, and Rezar[2] 06:59 0
28 Aleister Black Raw 23 Seth Rollins 05:06 0
29 Samoa Joe Raw 25 Seth Rollins 04:25 0
30 Seth Rollins Raw 26 Drew McIntyre 04:01 3
^2 Akam and Rezar were not official participants in the match.

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