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2019 WWE Royal Rumble results, recap, grades: Becky Lynch, Seth Rollin's reign as winners

The Road to WrestleMania 35 officially started on Sunday night in Phoenix as the 2019 WWE Royal Rumble got a number of major stories ahead of the company's biggest pay-per-view of the calendar year. While the two Rumble matches [WWE chose the correct winners to challenge for major titles in WrestleMania.]

The main Royal Rumble card is hot with three fantastic matches but cooled off after the women's Royal Rumble was both long and slow. A lackluster WWE championship match did not make things easy, but the universal championship match brought back the necessary energy. WWE closed the show with the men's Rumble, which was just put together but ended just midnight ET. Including the two-hour kickoff show, the entirety of the Royal Rumble broadcast approached seven hours.

There is plenty of left to learn, including which champions the Rumble winners will challenge. We may get these answers as soon as Monday night on Raw, as one should both come to the red brand's current champions. That remains to be seen. For now, check out our detailed results with analysis, grades and highlights from the Royal Rumble.

The Royal Rumble published early Monday morning

9 WWE Royal Rumble recap, grades

Bobby Roode & Chad Gable def. Rezar & Scott Dawson via pinfall in a non-title match: AOP and The Revival should have been made in a future day team. They were not. Injured with Akam, Rezar and Dawson became unlikely partners and made sure to get each other's way through a series of communications. The champions took advantage of a three-count on Dawson when Gable landed a moonsault just as the Roode connected with a neckbreaker. This is very much a throwaway match, thrown together without much of a plan. Grade: C-

United States Championship – Shinsuke Nakamura def. Rusev (c) via pinfall to win the title: Lana's involvement once again cost Rusev in an accidental way as Nakamura secures his second reign of the U.S. title. Nakamura began to unwrap the top turnbuckle cover. Lana jumped on the apron to get the referee's attention. But just as Nakamura screamed in her face to "mind her business," he sidestepped to attack from Rusev, who ran into Lana and sent her crashing to the floor. A Kinshasa to the back of the head from Nakamura followed for the 1-2-3. A decent match concluded with a somewhat surprising piece of booking. Grade: C +

Cruiserweight Championship – Buddy Murphy (c) def. Hideo Itami (via pinfall) vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto to retain the title: This smorgasbord of controlled chaos featured plenty of aerial theatrics from the likes of Tozawa and Kalsto that were expected to come in. Yet it was the assortment of incredibly stiff strikes late that helped add an extra dimension. Murphy likely hit the best spot of the match when he got to the top of the match. Murphy's Law on Itami to put it to rest. Grade: B +

SmackDown Women's Championship – Asuka (c) def. Becky Lynch: For as long as it's been over 18 minutes, this one's been as physically as it was spectacular. Lynch's recent red-hot booking, which could serve as a table-setter for the Royal Rumble match later in the evening. Either way, both superstars were willing to sacrifice their bodies to open their doors. Lynch hit a Becksploder off the barrier wall, and Asuka countered with an insane inverted suplex from the ring. Lynch added a Super Becksploder from the top rope later on. The finish was a good one as each wrestler took turns applying the other's submission finishing attempt. Eventually, Asuka countered out of the Asuka Lock and produced a fairly quick tap via a creative reverse choke with a bridge. Grade: A-

SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Miz & Shane McMahon def. The Bar (c) via pinfall to win the titles: It would not be a big PPV without "Shane-O-Mac" risking his life for an insane spot. McMahon and Miz has continued to be a good friend of mine. McMahon teased on early dive off the top rope and onto the announce table but held back when Cesaro saved Sheamus. Cesaro into a swing (McMahon later reversed into a triangle choke). Sheamus accidentally hit his partner with a Brogue kick. Miz Followed with a Skull Crushing Final to knock Sheamus out of the ring, and McMahon stunned the crowd with a perfect shoot. Grade: B

Raw Women's Championship – Ronda Rousey (c) def. Sasha Banks via pinfall to retain the title: The in-the-ring chemistry between the two left anyone who had looked at this as a potential dream match once Rousey signed with WWE one year ago feel validated. The only shame in this matter was just 14 minutes to work. The intensity between the two was palpable and the action crisp in a match that featured constant reversals and counters. Banks hit the move with the superplex textbook that could only get two. Later, Rousey intercepted a suicide attempt and put Banks into an armbar on the floor. Rousey, applied her Banks Statement finisher late (using the her wrist band as a way of cheating to choke Rousey) and went on to switch the submission attempt into a fujiwara armbar. But Rousey channeled inside Hulk Hogan and John Cena by Ping's Pit slam with a bridge for the pin.

After the match, Rousey held Banks' hand as the two made up before Rousey hero the ropes open for her. But Banks continued to break and look increasingly angry as she walked away from the ring. Finally, Banks turned around and shook Rousey's hand before raising a Four Horsewomen's hand gesture, teasing a feud between Banks' original NXT cohorts (Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Bailey) and Rousey's former MMA training partners (Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir, Jessamyn Duke) who are now members of NXT. Grade: B +

Becky Lynch's Wins the Women's Royal Rumble: WWE delivered the booking fans to Lynch's late addition to the match after Lana was badly limping and unable to make it to the ring. The problem was how long it took to get the finish in an excruciatingly long match (over 71 minutes) that did not have the reveals or to even out a third of that time. Lynch, Flair, Carmella, Bayley, and Nia Jax – may have been the most egregious when it comes to inefficiently wasting time until Lynch ducked a flair big boot in the closing seconds and backdropped forth

Lynch's predictable appearance after she lost her title in the WWE story failed evening by submission against Asuka. Former WWE superstar Hornswoggle Zelina Vega, who entered at No. 20 and attempted to hide. Io Shirai hit the spot on the Riott Squad outside. Meanwhile, Naomi and NXT superstar Kacy Catanzaro – a former American Ninja Warrior champion – Kofi Kingston saved the day by failing to do so (although Catanzaro creatively climbed up the outside of the ring post).

Lana, who came out at No. Rusev's title loss and never made it past the runway. Lynch came out to plead with WWE agent and countryman Fit Finlay, who eventually gave in to the demands of the match. Lynch went on to suffer from the injury. Nia Jax, whom she had just removed. Flair attacks the knee with chop blocks but is unable to put Lynch away. Grade: C


Lacey Evans

Morgan (Natalya 1)



James (Tamina 1)


Mandy Rose [19659024Cross(Royce1)


Liv Morgan

Kay (Evans 1)


Mickie James

Royce (Evans 2)


Ember Moon [19659024] Li (Flair 1)


Billie Kay

Tamina (Flair 2)


Nikki Cross

Logan (Sane 1)


Peyton Royce

Rose (Naomi 1)



Naomi (Rose 1)


Xia Li

Evans (Flair 3)


Sarah Logan

Fox (Riott 1) ​​


Kairi Sane

LeRae (Riott 2)


Maria Kanellis

Sane (Riott 3)



Catanzaro (Ripley 1)


Candice LeRae

Brooke (Ripley 2)


Alicia Fox

Vega (Ripley 3)


Kacy Catanzaro

Deville (Bliss 1)


Zelina Vega

Riott (Bayley 1)


Ruby Riott

Ripley (Bayley 2)


Dana Brooke

Shirai (Jax 1)


Io Shirai [19659024] Natalya (Jax 2)


Rhea Ripley

Moon (Bliss 2)


Sonya Deville

Bliss (Carmella 1)


Alexa Bliss [19659024] Carmella (Flair 4)



Bayley (Flair 5)

28 [19659024] Lana Becky Lynch

Jax (Lynch 1)


Nia Jax

Flair (Lynch 2)



Winner: Becky Lynch

WWE Championship – Daniel Bryan (c) def. AJ Styles via pinfall to retain the title: Raise your hand if you saw that one coming? Back to the top of the page Back to the top of the page Erick Rowan, who was dressed in flannel. Bryan accidentally took the referee, Bryan was hit with the styles Clash. But Rowan came in to break up the pin and landed a chokes on Styles to hand Bryan the 1-2-3. After the match, Rowan held up again as Bryan delivered a running knee. All in all, this 24-minute affair is a bit of a disappointment in terms of entertainment – in a reverse DDT – although the Bryan-Rowan reunion from their brief time together in the Wyatt Family shows some promise. Grade: C



Universal Championship – Brock Lesnar (c) def. Finn Balor via submission to retain the title: What a fantastic little piece of business. This story of "David vs. Goliath" was told in this physical affair as Balor's athleticism meshed perfectly with Lesnar's ability to reduce opponents when motivated. Making things even better what WWE's decision focused on the real-life struggle of Lesnar's battles with diverticulitis, which came into play when Balor pushed him stomach-first into the corner of the announce table. Balor, who countered on F5 into a beautiful background, continued to work on the mid-section before landing a trio of Tope Con Hilo's on the floor. Lesnar kick out and reversed into a Kimura Lock to force the tap out. After the match, An angry Lesnar hero got injured side and landed a trio of German suplexes and F5. Just over 8 minutes, this is the kid of violent theater that does no better than Lesnar when he wants to. Grade: A-

Seth Rollin's Wins the Men's Royal Rumble: When all was said and done, the right guy won. Rollins, who holds equal acclaim as one of the most deserving WWE superstars of a major push event, secured a title shot at WrestleMania 35 in April. Rollins and Strowman, who were injured in the storyline, said: WWE rewarded his most consistent and red-hot male superstar Dolph Ziggler and Andrade in the closing minutes.

Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett to open the match to Kofi Kingston twice walking on his hands to avoid elimination outside the ring. WWE's future by NXT's Johnny Gargano and Aleister Black, along with U.K. champion Pete Dunne. The biggest surprise, however, came at no. 30 when Nia Jax beat down R-Truth before he could make it to the ring and stole his spot in a moment. Rox from Randy Orton, a 619 from Rey Mysterio and a superkick from Ziggler. Jax, the fourth woman in WWE's history to appear in a men's Royal Rumble match, has a nice run of physicality before succumbing to RKO from Randy Orton. Jax's appearance was bad and a bit silly.

Rollins in rejoining the ring. That was not a negative in this case because it was the right choice. Rollins had been injured by Bobby Lashley 26 Rollins through an announce table. Stompman in the corner post before hitting a stompman tossed. Grade: B



Jarrett (Elias 1)


Jeff Jarrett

Angle (Nakamura 1)


Shinsuke Nakamura [19659024] Mahal (Gargano 1)


Kurt Angle

Big E (Joe 1)


Big E

Elias (Rollins 1)


Johnny Gargano

O'Neil (Hawkins 1)


Jinder Mahal

Hawkins (Joe 2)


Samoa Joe

Nakamura (Ali 1)

9 [19659024CurtHawkins

Gargano (Ambrose 1)


Seth Rollins

Jose (Samoa Joe 3)


Titus O'Neil

Woods (McIntyre 1) [19659026] 12

Kofi Kingston

Kingston (McIntyre 2)


Mustafa Ali

Ambrose (Black 1)


Dean Ambrose

Samoa Joe (Ali 1)


No Way Jose

Crews (Corbin 1)


Drew McIntyre

Black (Corbin 2) [19659026] 17

Xavier Woods

Dunne (McIntyre 3)


Pete Dunne

Lashley (Rollins 2)



Corbin (Strowman 1) [Benjamin(Strowman2)


Aleister Black

Hardy (Strowman 3)


Shelton Benjamin

McIntyre (Ziggler 1) 19659026]

Apollo Crews


Baron Corbin

Ali (Jax 1)


Jeff Hardy

Jax (Mysterio 1)


Rey Mysterio

Mysterio (Orton 1 )


Bobby Lashley

Orton (Andrade 1)

27 [19659024] Brown Strowman

Andrade (Strowman 4)


Dolph Ziggler

Ziggler (Strowman 5)


Randy Orton

Strowman (Rollins 3)


R-Truth Nia Jax

Winner: Seth Rollins

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