WWE Royal Rumble 2020: Results, Edge return, match ratings and full recap
Edge is again, and Drew McIntyre is a star. Those are two takeaways from Sunday’s robust Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Edge was the large shock of the night time, however the winner of the night time was McIntyre. Not solely did he get rid of Brock Lesnar, he tossed out Roman Reigns final to win the entire match.
Elsewhere on the present, Charlotte Flair received the ladies’s Royal Rumble to earn a Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania. Becky Lynch retained her title by tapping out Asuka, and Daniel Bryan was unable to topple The Fiend. The spotlight of the night time, although, was the Men’s Royal Rumble match itself — the very best in years.
Men’s Royal Rumble
This was a textbook case of construct a star. Drew McIntyre received the match, and seems to be to be WWE’s subsequent huge factor.
Brock Lesnar began the match at primary and decimated. It was superior. Elias, Erick Rowan, John Morrison, Keith Lee, Shelton Benjamin, Braun Strowman. All had been tossed out by Lesnar, who ended up with 13 eliminations.
Lesnar’s run would finish at with McIntyre and Ricochet. As McIntyre entered the ring, he and Lesnar started squaring up. Lesnar started unstrapping his gloves, so you recognize one thing huge was about to occur. Alas, Ricochet hit a low blow to Lesnar from the behind and McIntyre eradicated The Beast with a Claymore Kick. The crowd went insane.
And that is not the final time the gang went wild, as a result of the quantity 21 entrant was Edge. The Returning Rated R Superstar. He did not win the match, and was eradicated second to final by Roman Reigns. (The crowd, as you’ll think about, wasn’t stoked on that.) He regarded in nice form, and it appears as if he is headed to WrestleMania for an enormous match.
The ultimate two had been Reigns and McIntyre. Reigns shot for an enormous spear, however was reduce off by a Claymore Kick and tossed over.
Rating: four.5 stars. Excellent Royal Rumble match. Everything that is enjoyable concerning the Royal Rumble — shock entrants and eliminations, characters from totally different manufacturers dealing with off with one another in attractive methods, the power to construct a brand new star — this Rumble completely nailed.
Becky Lynch submits Asuka
A return match from final 12 months’s present, Becky Lynch defeated Asuka with a Disarmer armbar to retain her Raw Women’s Championship. The end got here as Asuka was making ready to spray the inexperienced mist into Lynch’s face, as she had performed for weeks in a row on Raw, however Lynch kicked Asuka within the intestine, inflicting Asuka to misfire the mist into the air.
This was an excellent match that would have been nice with an additional couple of minutes. One of the highlights got here in direction of the top, the place Asuka hit Lynch with a stiff-looking kick to the jaw. The ref was about to name off the match, however Lynch actually held him again from doing so. She fired up as Asuka delivered extra kicks, which led into the ultimate stretch.
Not that each title match ought to have false finishes, nevertheless it felt just like the match ended as the 2 ladies had been about to work to a crescendo, not fairly at the crescendo. Still, crisp motion and a well-told story.
Rating: three.5 stars.
The Fiend Bray Wyatt continues to be Universal Champion
Daniel Bryan is an absolute magician. For the second time, he satisfied an area that he might beat Bray Wyatt and win the Universal Championship. But identical to Survivor Series, it was to not be. The Fiend retained his title within the strap match after a Mandible Claw slam and pinfall.
It ended as a terrific match, however began gradual. Wyatt labored over Bryan, welting him up with the strap and beating him across the ring. Eventually Bryan hit a comeback, with a number of operating knees, a gnarly-looking Yes Lock with the strap and, as with each good Bryan match, a well-timed small bundle. But after hitting a operating knee for a two depend, The Fiend pops up, invincible like, and hooked within the Mandible Claw for the win.
Rating: three.75 stars. This was additionally aided massively the absence of Wyatt’s notorious purple lights.
Bayley retains her SmackDown Women’s Championship
A thought for these ladies, who had been within the useless zone having to comply with the Royal Rumble. After an OK match, Bayley pinned Lacey Evans after countering a moonsault try.
The match wasn’t something particular, however each ladies labored exhausting. The reality is that they by no means actually had an opportunity, contemplating what they had been following. Admittedly, they did get pockets of the gang into it — so props for that. And Lacey Evans, although she did botch one springboard try, has proven enormous enchancment from the place she was just some months in the past.
Rating: 2 stars. It was fantastic. Big credit score to Lacey Evans although, who’s exhibiting noticeable enchancment.
Charlotte Flair wins ladies’s Royal Rumble
This was an excellent Royal Rumble match. Charlotte Flair could have received, however the two huge stars had been truly from NXT: Bianca Belair and Shayna Baszler.
Alexa Bliss and Bianca Belair began as primary and two. Halfway by means of the match, Bliss and Belair had been the one ladies left within the ring. Belair eradicated eight ladies alone. Key eliminations included Lana, who was shortly eradicated by Liv Morgan, and Liv Morgan, who was subsequently (illegally) eradicated by Lana. Mandy Rose was thrown out of the ring, however landed on Otis, intent on winner her affections, in such a manner that her ft by no means touched the bottom. Later, Rose was thrown out and caught by Otis once more. Belair then tossed Sonya Deville onto Otis and Rose, eliminating each Rose and Deville.
After some again and forth, Belair eradicated Bliss. She was then met within the ring by Charlotte Flair. Minutes later, Belair was eradicated by Flair. The second half of the match was quiet, thickening the sector within the ring after all the pieces was primarily reset midway by means of.
Number 30 was Shayna Baszler, who eradicated seven ladies, together with Beth Phoenix. Baszler had nice fireplace, and regarded like a star. It got here right down to Baszler and Flair, with Flair skinning the cat and throwing over Baszler.
Surprise entrants included Mighty Molly Holly, Beth Phoenix (who bought bloodied up unhealthy on the again facet of her head), Kelly Kelly, a returning Naomi and, uh, Santina Marella.
Rating: three.25 stars. There had been some quiet intervals, and a number of the performers regarded misplaced or sloppy at factors. But total this was a nicely laid-out Rumble match, and a largely well-executed one too.
Roman Reigns defeats Baron Corbin
These two have been feuding for months now, hopefully this Falls Count Anywhere match is the top. After what felt like a really lengthy bout, Roman Reigns pinned Baron Corbin with a spear atop a dugout in Houston’s Minute Maid Park area.
The match started within the ring, the place Reigns dominated. But it shortly become a generic brawl, with the 2 scrapping across the area. There had been some good spots: Corbin hit a impactful chokeslam by means of the ringside announce tables for a 2, and interference from The Usos, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode led to one of many Usos touchdown a dive from the sound stage onto Roode and Ziggler on the concrete ground. At one level, Reigns threw Corbin right into a portaloo and tipped it over. That was… one thing.
But actually, nothing stands out about this match. Both males can be within the Rumble later tonight, so the story is sadly more likely to proceed there.
Rating: 1 star. Long and boring.
Kickoff Show outcomes
Sheamus pins Shorty G: No shock right here, as that is Sheamus’ return match. It wasn’t a squash, as Gable bought some offense in, however finally Sheamus received with a Brogue Kick.
Andrade retains the US Championship: These two had a pleasant, lengthy match, ending with Andrade successful through rollup.