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Bobby Roode and Chad Gable defeated Rezar and Scott Dawson
WWE United States Title
Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Rusev to become the NEW US Champion
WWE Cruiserweight Title
Buddy Murphy defeated Hideo Itami, Kalisto and Akira Tozawa to RETAIN his Cruiserweight Title
SmackDown Live Women's Title
Asuka defeated Becky Lynch to RETAIN her SmackDown Women's Title
SmackDown Live Tag Team Titles
Shane McMahon and The Miz defeated The Bar to become NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions
RAW Women's Title
Ronda Rousey defeated Sasha Banks to RETAIN her RAW Women's Title
Women's Royal Rumble
Becky Lynch eliminates Charlotte Flair to win the Women's Royal Rumble
Daniel Bryan defeated AJ Styles to RETAIN his WWE Title
Brock Lesnar defeated Finn Balor to RETAIN his Universal Title
Men's Royal Rumble
Seth Rollins eliminates Braun Strowman to win the Men's Royal Rumble
The Pre-Show is underway, initially with a panel of Jonathan Coachman, Beth Phoenix, Booker T and Jerry 'The King' Lawler. They briefly ran through tonight's card before sending it to Charly Caruso and John Bradshaw Layfield who delved further into Rousey vs. Banks. Following more discussion surrounding that match, we then transitioned to a promo from Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville before heading backstage to Kayla Braxton's interview with Drake Maverick. The Manager of AOP announced that due to injuries, an opportunity has arose for Rezar to team with Scott Dawson tonight, taking on the RAW Tag Team Champions in a non-title match.
We then previewed the Rumble By The Numbers before the panel discussed tonight's women's Royal Rumble match. Before long though, R-Truth and Carmella interrupted, talking about their advantage for tonight and getting the crowd fired up too with a dance break too. Following this, we also got short promos from Alexa Bliss and Samoa Joe as well as a recap of what cost Braun Strowman his title shot. This then led to a preview of Balor vs. Lesnar. Caruso and Layfield then did the same for Styles vs. Bryan. This included the WWE Champion cutting a promo on The Royal Rumble Burger.
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable vs. Rezar and Scott Dawson
Roode and Dawson got things underway here, going back and forth until a blind tag allowed the champions to take control. An exchange of pin attempts then followed, with Gable eventually coming out on top to hit a crossbody for 2. Dawson soon avoided Gable though, bringing in Rezar for some makeshift tandem offense. The new team wasn't exactly in sync but controlled things nonetheless, isolating Gable effectively with some grounded offense. However, a collision soon reset the action, allowing Gable to eventually create enough space for a tag.
Roode ran wild right away, flooring both of his foes until the numbers game cut him off. Some attempted double-team action then cost Dawson and co though, with Rezar being removed before the champions pinned Dawson with their moonsault/neckbreaker combination.
Winners: Bobby Roode and Chad Gable
Following this, we headed back to Layfield and Caruso who were soon interrupted by the braggadocios Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley. After that though, the pair then previewed Becky Lynch vs. Asuka. In the meantime, our main panel had changed, with David Otunga and Shawn Michaels joining Beth and Coachman.
WWE United States Title
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev (C)
The Champion immediately bullied Nakamura into the corner, scoring with an early kick for 2. In control, Rusev went right to work, overpowering his foe and eventually sending him to the floor. Nakamura took control on the outside though, landing a big kick of his own and then using the barricade to his advantage too. Shinsuke was on top now, working Rusev over in the corner He then grounded the action but Rusev soon fought to his feet, landing a salvo of strikes and a fall-away slam too. Nakamura fired back but ate a huge kick for his troubles before landing some massive strikes of his own to set up a potential Kinshasa.
Rusev avoided it though, unleashing some strikes of his own but then suddenly being caught in an armbar. Nakamura then transitioned directly into a triangle choke but Rusev powered free only to be caught in a guillotine choke. He still escaped though, scoring a huge counter suplex for 2. Nakamura was immediately back on top though, scoring with Landslide for another false finish and then attempting to expose the turnbuckle. This enraged Lana but as Rusev looked to seize, he inadvertently removed her from the apron. Nakamura took advantage, hitting Kinshasa to reclaim the US Title.
Winner and NEW Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura
Up next, it was time for a brief recap of Cena replacing Strowman as well as a preview of tonight's SmackDown Live Tag Team Title Match. We also got a brief promo from Nikki Cross as well as a video package spotlighting last night's NXT TakeOver event. This culminated in an announcement that next Sunday, Aleister Black, Velveteen Dream and Ricochet will take on Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole during half-time of the Superbowl.
WWE Cruiserweight Title
Kalisto vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Hideo Itami vs. Buddy Murphy (C)
A feeling out process got this one started with Itami soon bailing as the remaining three men traded quick pin attempts. Murphy then briefly took control, overpowering his foes until Kalisto turned the tide. Tozawa quickly cut him off though, gaining some momentum of his own before being violently sent into the barricade. Buddy then caught Kalisto in mid-air too, hitting a suplex on the floor as Itami calmly re-entered the ring. Now the only two men standing, Murphy and Itami traded kicks to the spine and then palm strikes too but Itami soon took control, cornering Murphy before absolute chaos took center stage to once again leave only Hideo standing.
Itami then began to pick apart all three of his foes when suddenly, Kalisto flurried, catapulting Tozawa onto Murphy and then running wild on Itami. Buddy soon re-entered though, taking out Kalisto before turning into Tozawa's missile dropkick and back suplex too. Itami halted his Senton plans but then ate a big dive for his troubles, soon being met by a flying Kalisto too. Murphy then followed them there, hitting a massive dive of his own before returning only Kalisto to the ring. Kalisto immediately spiked the champion for 2 though, next heading up top but being cut off by Tozawa and Itami respectively.
It was Murphy that took advantage though, hitting a sit-out powerbomb for 2. Him and Tozawa then traded strikes but the champion was soon floored by a spike-rana as each challenger looked to steal the pin. Kalisto adapted though, hitting Salida Del Sol on Itami for another near-fall. All four men then brawled to their feet but in the end, only Itami and Murphy remained. Hideo couldn't quite close the show though, eventually succumbing to Murphy's Law.
Winner and STILL Champion: Buddy Murphy
Following this, we ended the pre-show with a Drew McIntyre promo as well as the panel's final predictions for tonight's Royal Rumble matches.
Main Card time now as we start Royal Rumble with a video package to preview tonight's event.
SmackDown Live Women's Title
Becky Lynch vs. Asuka (C)
An intense lock-up got this one started and Asuka then took control, scoring with a dropkick before Becky turned the tide. Lynch then began to think Dis-Arm-Her but ate some strikes for her troubles. Becky fired right back though, flooring Asuka as the action then transitioned to the outside. A hip attack put Asuka on top but Lynch then cut her off, kicking the champion off the apron and to the floor. A brawl then followed, with Becky eventually suplexing Asuka into the barricade. Now in control, Lynch continued to pummel Asuka in center ring and before long, even began to focus on the champion's arm too.
Asuka soon fought free though, landing a kick of her own before catching the Asuka Lock within the ropes. Lynch then returned the favor, applying Dis-Arm-Her within the turnbuckles but soon eating a big knee nonetheless. From there, a wild strike exchange commenced, with Asuka coming out on top before hitting a German Suplex too. However, Lynch avoided Asuka's missile dropkick and fired back, slamming the champion to the mat for 2. Asuka then caught an armbar of her own though and quickly transitioned to the Asuka Lock, forcing Lynch to quickly scurry to the ropes. Now fighting on the apron, Asuka took both women out, hitting a violent suplex of sorts to the floor. Lynch beat the count at 9 but then ate an immediate kick upon re-entry, somehow still kicking out at 2.
One more exchange of strikes came next, with Asuka flurrying big and hitting another huge kick for 2. Things then headed up top, with Lynch hitting a Super Bexploder for yet another near-fall. Now looking to close the show once and for all, Lynch headed back up but Asuka avoided the leg drop, catching her own version of the Dis-Arm-Her before Lynch returned the favor, grabbing an Asuka Lock and then finally, applying the Dis-Arm-Her too. A flurry of roll-ups then emerged but in the end, Asuka reapplied her hold and with a bridge variation, managed to force a submission win.
Winner and STILL Champion: Asuka
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