The Greatest Royal Rumble Show was similar to the match itself – it started slowly and, although predictably, ended strong.
The WWE network Special Friday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, felt part of House Show, part of WrestleMania. There was plenty of boast – even lots of pyro – but a lack of substance outside of some matches.
The jumbo-sized map did not include WWE women, even on the kick-off panel, because of the country's laws. The company has reportedly spent more than $ 100 million on the event and is expected to pay its female performers on a large scale, even if they did not perform on the show that featured the first 50-man Royal Rumble match.
While none Of the seven titles he defended with changing hands, the WWE did not leave Saudi Arabia without controversy.
Roman Reigns should be the Universal Champion, whether you like it or not and no matter what the referee in his steel cage match against Brock decided Lesnar
Reigns, in a physical altercation that was better than their below-average confrontation at WrestleMania, Lesnar spit through the cage on the ground near the ramp for the target. You can regularly win the game by becoming the first person to leave the cage and drop both feet to the ground.
Although Lesnar's back hit first, his feet did not hit in front of Reigns. Lesnar's legs were raised on the ruined part of the cage as Reigns rolled down and touched the ground.
During the reruns, the commentator team tried to explain why the referee decided that Lesnar would keep his title until they realized. At that point, whether you believe it was planned or not, they revealed that Reigns might have some controversy in his hands.
WWE finally has to expand that. It might be the best way to finally put the belt on Reigns.
The moment ̵
The rumble itself quickly moved even with 50 guys. Daniel Bryan – penultimate of his new rival, Big Cass, penultimate – came in first, scoring an hour, 16 minutes and five seconds. Cass was eliminated by the victorious Braun Strowman, one of the clear favorites. He received a big trophy and a green belt after 13 eliminations.
The match was mostly a mid-card paradise with enough legends and top guys to get it up and running. Returning Rey Mysterio and Chris Jericho both received their moment. Even Hornswoggle made an appearance.
Shane McMahon moved from coast to coast and was eliminated when Strowman threw him from the top rope on the launching table. Kofi, who survived on the back of Xavier Woods, was among the usual rumble points, making the game enjoyable despite numerous unknown NXT bets.
While there was a clear winner in the Rumble match, the feud between WWE Champion AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura was still looking for a double count out.
This match was at a similar level to their WrestleMania One and has increased the heat of their feud by showing us a side of styles we had not seen before
After making another deep blow and broke the pen by grabbing the ropes, grabbed something in styles. He unleashed a physical rage on Nakamura. Styles plunged into him and crashed into the Ancestral Table, slamming him into the barricade, using a chair and catching one last phenomenal forearm. This feud should now attract your great attention.
The Intercontinental title-markers match between Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor and The Miz was arguably the best match on the map, with as good a finish as WWE written in a while. It got the strong second half of the event going. The match was physical, took advantage of the ladder well and provided tension for who would win. However, it will be remembered for its end.
Balor cleaned up Miz and Joe and the title came within reach. Rollins climbed to the opposite side to the top turnbuckle and jumped on the ladder. He jetted to the front and ran to reraise the championship before a shocked Balor could even react to the retention of Rollins.
It was a brilliant storytelling as it added a new chapter to the feud between Rollins and Balor. It also restores Rollins as the opportunistic champion he thrived during his WWE title run.
Undertaker's Coffin Match – while still a compilation of greatest hit moves – was better than his fight at WrestleMania with John Cena and much of it because of Rusev.
Rusev (who got more attacking play than Cena and did not have to take a tombstone) sold very well and proved to be an outstanding figure for The Deadman. Rusev was upset when he was placed on the closed coffin. Ending the game with Taker and putting Rusev and Aiden in the coffin was also a nice touch.
Fortunately, games like this have kept the Greatest Royal Rumble Show from being a big flop. Like WrestleMania, a stacked event limited the potential of the undercard.
Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt Over The Bar Win the Raw Tag Team Title
The team from "Raw" has beaten the team on "SmackDown Live" for the Raw Tag Title. No surprises in a generic match made more for Raw than for a special event. Hardy and Wyatt Go On and Could Be Creative Gold
The Bludgeon Brothers Over the Usos to Retain the SmackDown Tag Title
The match – like many early ones on the chart – was short, but the one was effective enough. There is a good balance between the speed of Usos and Harper and Rowan. The Bludgeon Brothers looked dominant while they won.
Jeff Hardy on Jinder Mahal to retain the United States title
There was much silence from the crowd during this game that was short, very uninspired and sloppy at times – including a terrible botch from Mahal to Hardy Whisper in the wind move from the top rope. He fell without being hit. Hardy, even at this age, is better than this match and Mahal continues to underbid mainly on big points.
John Cena on Triple H
It was a smart match to open the show because the sight of these legends brought the crowd to it. The game was slow and outdated with all the clichés one would expect. There was a power test, a sleeper grip, a DX punch, and some mocking "you can not see me" hand gestures before Cena grabbed Triple H after a third shot.
Cedric Alexander over Kalisto to Retain the Cruiserweight Title
The faster tempo and acrobatics did well with the methodical triple H-Cena fight. Alexander uses power moves to counteract this. Kalisto's creativity was good in theory, but only a few altitudes resonated in the crowd. Alexander won with a smooth counter Salida Del Sol with a lumbar check for the victory, but got little public reaction.
Biggest Winner: AJ Styles
Biggest Loser: Jinder Mahal
Best Game: Intercontinental Title Ladder Game
Grade: C +