Last night we asked you who you thought was going to win big at WWE 2018 Royal Rumble and the results are in!
The show opened up with a mind blower, AJ Styles v KO and Sami Zayn. All three men put on a show and AJ Styles came up on top! How was KO and Zayn going to share the belt anyways? Sadly, I don't have much else to say about this match. If you follow WWE, we got exactly what we expected, talented Super Stars!
Surprisingly, the next match was the Men's Royal Rumble Match. As always, the excitement for who would make an appearance dominated the majority of the match. We all enjoyed The New Day and Kofi Kingston doing his signature "I'm still safe" move using Xavier Woods and then a plate of pancakes to keep one foot off the floor. Heath Slater also provided comic relief as he barely made it down the ramp before being attacked by Baron Corbin and consequently every other Superstar entering the ring. It was clear that they were going to give a few young guys a chance with Nakamura and Balor hanging around in the ring, but alas would our hopes and dreams be ruined with the late entry of John Cena? Well, we can worry about that later because HOLY SHIT Ziggler is back and entering at 30! JK, he's eliminated. Back to the original programming, Balor and Nakamura have a stare down with Cena and Roman Reigns. The WWE knows what The Universe wants and The Universe knows that The WWE doesn't really give a shit. They tease us, back and forth with a sudden Balor elimination. Then it's Cena's turn to be eliminated. We all collectively think, "Please NO! NOT AGAIN! Not Reigns!" and The Universe finally gets what it wants! Nakamura wins The Royal Rumble Match!
Whoever was in charge of building the card should be ashamed of themselves for putting the most boring and confusing tag team match immediately after so much excitement. The Bar beats Rollins and Jordan for their titles. I have no real idea what even happened. I glanced up from my Chex Mix to see Jordan doing some seriously terrible acting and then The Bar had the titles. By far the worst match of the night and Jason Jordan should be fired for it.
The Usos matchup against Gable and Benjamin was everything I expected it to be! An insane amount of athleticism from Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin and a shit ton of Super Kicks from The Usos. I thoroughly enjoyed this match, even with the questionable count from the ref. I don't know about you guys, but I don't think that match was supposed to end that way... or was it? #Kayfabe
Strowman V Kane V Lesnar was one of the best Big Men showdowns I have ever seen. These guys completely wrecked Wells Fargo Center. The best part for me was seeing Strowman beast all over Lesnar and Kane. He choke slammed Kane and suplexed Lesnar and reminded The Universe what both of these men looked like in their youthful days. The thing that I will never understand, however, is The WWE's love affair with old Brock Lesnar. Why they pay him so much to do the smallest move set currently in The WWE, I just can't understand. He is a part timer who gets to keep the belt, no matter who he is wrestling and how much they kick his ass. Now this isn't to say that he isn't fun to watch, but there are only so many suplexes I can watch before I am no longer impressed. Strowman is a more than worthy competitor and it actually makes sense for him to retire both Kane and Lesnar. I will stop beating around the bush now, STROWMAN BETTER HAVE THAT F'N BELT COME WRESTLEMANIA! So yeah, anyways, Lesnar won last night.
AND NOW FOR THE MAIN EVENT! I was so stoked on the Women's Royal Rumble match and so disappointed with the first 12 entrances, haha. It honestly had nothing to do with the actually entrances themselves, but everything to do with the lack of energy in the ring. I feel like there was a couple of miscalculations from the production staff (don't zoom in on their faces when they are talking and PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, don't leave the camera frozen in on their crotch while they are being pushed over the top rope aka waiting for the next entrant) and it felt like the ladies didn't know what to do during the countdown (I saw you with your kicks to the air, Sasha!) and what was with Carmella and the screaming? All of these things turned off the excitement and turned up the disappointment until, of all people, Lana came out. It was as if she brought the energy out with her. Seeing familiar faces like Jacqueline, Vickie Guerrero, and Beth Phoenix was awesome. Mix in Nia Jax, the Bella Twins, Ember Moon, and Trish Stratus and we are getting the show we all wanted! Naomi taking the role of female Kofi Kingston, past rivalries and nostalgia made this even better. It took some time to get going, but when it got going, it was awesome! I was overall completely impressed with the Women's first ever Royal Rumble and I cannot wait to see how it evolves over the years! Congrats to Asuka for winning with the coolest elimination! I think the entire WWE Universe was rooting for her!
Unfortunately, the night wasn't over. Ronda Rousey came out and awkwardly pointed at the Wrestlemania sign, tried to get Asuka to choose a match with her over going after one of the titles, pointed at the Wrestlemania sign again, randomly left the ring and awkwardly shook Stephanie McMahon's hand and pretended like we all were clapping for it to happen. Pointed at the Wrestlemania sign again and of course all of this happened, it is The WWE after all.
And now for the results of the 2018 Royal Rumble You Pick'em:
Congrats to Ryan "Sexual Vanilla" Drewes for winning! Trish "Ultimate TDog" Miller and David Michael "Dave Barista" Cone came in a close second and Rateb "Rateb Orton" Shehata came in last, proving the Women's Division matters. Comeback for You Pick'em Wrestlemania for a chance to win an official WWE Goodie!
Kimberly is a local Raleigh Lifestyle Photographer, wife of blog owner, mother of Bruce the Boston and lover of movies