SAN ANTONIO (Texas) – After 4 spears, at the end Roman Reigns managed to win this time too. The Undisputed WWE Universal Champion has now 881 days as champion, a reign that will likely continue until WrestleMania 39. Beat Kevin Owens in the Royal Rumble Main Event, but it’s what happens in the post match that becomes pivotal on the road to W.M. The Usos and Solo Sikoa enter the ring to finish the job with Owens, and Roman Reigns invites Sami Zayn to take a permanent stand between the Bloodline and his old friend. Sami Zayn chooses and attacks Reigns with the chair, causing the stable to implode! The Bloodline reacts and lays down the Canadian, even if Jey Uso (very close to Sami) leaves the ring. A sensational epilogue and a crazy show at the Alamodrome in San Antonio (Texas), which hosted 51,338 spectators for the 36th appointment with one of the WWE’s “Big Four”. Before the Main Event Hardy performs live, singing the soundtrack “Sold Out” of the Premium Live Event.
The men’s Royal Rumble
When he came home last year, Cody Rhodes, the winner of the men’s Royal Rumble 2023 and next challenger at WrestleMania 39 for the maximum title, had pronounced these words: “I returned to WWE to fulfill my father’s dream of becoming WWE Champion”. Now The American Nightmare is really one step away from the American Dream, because entering with the number 30 he managed to win, lastly eliminating a sumptuous Gunther, who draws the number 1 and remains in the ring for an hour, 11 minutes and 25 seconds , eliminating 5 opponents. The contest was initiated by two old rivals namely Intercontinental Champion Gunther and Sheamus. Incredible Brock Lesnar’s stay on the square for only 3 minutes, eliminated by his enemy Bobby Lashley. Entered instead with the number 23, Edge first throws out his enemies Finn Balor and Damian Priest, but is subsequently ousted by them, who intervene incorrectly outside the ring (also involving Rhea Ripley and Beth Phoenix).
The female version of the Royal Brawl
Wonderful epilogue in the female version of the Royal Rumble, where number 1 eliminates number 2. Rhea Ripley takes pride of place at WrestleMania 39 with a super performance: “Mami” overcomes Liv Morgan in a grand finale, after the former SmackDown Women’s Champion had been “blinded” by Asuka’s green mist, already knocked out by the usual Rhea, protagonist of a match that saw the returns to the ring of Michelle McCool and Nia Jax. The latter, entered with the number 30, is even raised by Rhea for the Riptide. First part of the match dominated by Damage CTRL: Bayley, IYO SKY and Dakota Kai eliminate anyone, until the great rival Becky Lynch arrives, who practically ends up outside the ring with them (everything suggests that this feud has new chapters in store ).
The other two matches of the evening
In the first Mountain Dew Pitch Black Match, Bray Wyatt bests LA Knight with his Sister Abigail. At the end of the match Uncle Howdy also appears, who launches himself from sidereal height hitting Knight. 301 days and counting: Bianca Belair also beats Alexa Blissretains the Raw Women’s Championship and heads towards WrestleMania.
WWE Royal Rumble 2023: the results
Here are the match results:
- 30 Men’s Royal Rumble Match – Winner: Cody Rhodes vs Gunther, Logan Paul, Seth Rollins, Austin Theory, Ricochet, Braun Strowman, Dominik Mysterio, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, Omos, Edge, Finn Balor, Damien Priest, Montez Ford, Booker T, Johnny Gargano, Elias, Rey Mysterio, Otis , Bobby Lashley, Baron Corbin, Brock Lesnar, Angelo Dawkins, Chad Gable, Santos Escobar, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Karrion Kross, The Miz
- Mountain Dew Pitch Black Match – Winner: Bray Wyatt vs LA Knight
- Raw Women’s Championship – Winner: Bianca Belair vs Alexa Bliss
- 30 Women’s Royal Rumble Match – Winner: Rhea Ripley vs Liv Morgan, Asuka, Nikki Cross, Raquel Rodriguez, Piper Niven, Michin, Shotzi, Michelle McCool, Sonya Deville, Lacey Evans, Nia Jax, Indi Hartwell, Zelina Vega, Zoey Stark, Tamina, Xia Lee, Bayley, Becky Lynch, IYO Sky, Dakota Kai, Chelsea Green, Tegan Nox, Candice LeRae, Shayna Baszler, Natalya, Roxanne Perez, Emma, Dana Brooke, B-Fab