Rousey, Lesnar win at underwhelming event

It was a excellent evening to be a previous UFC champion at a pretty predictable and primarily underwhelming Royal Rumble that felt like the reverse of every little thing the occasion was meant to be.

Ronda Rousey returned from a just about a few-12 months hiatus to earn the women’s Royal Rumble and Brock Lesnar, who misplaced the WWE championship previously in the evening, entered the men’s match at No. 30 and punched his ticket to WrestleMania at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis on Saturday night.

The Royal Rumble used to be about new stars ascending to get their WrestleMania possibility and or more mature expertise completing journeys to mountain top for the very first time. On Saturday night, WWE experienced two established most important eventers — and most likely part-timers — gain Royal Rumbles they really did not require to in get to get their respective match at WrestleMania at AT&T Stadium in April. It was all part of a night time that just seemed to be lacking its normal allure. At the very least the door is continue to open for Bianca Belair and Big E to be in title matches at Mania.

Right here are five takeaways from the 2022 Royal Rumble:

Angry Beast

Lesnar is no more time the WWE winner, but he’s a now a two-time Royal Rumble winner and on a collision training course with Common champ Roman Reigns at Mania.

The minute the former UFC heavyweight champion entered the match it felt like a forgone summary he’d be the winner. WWE did give us Lesnar and a returning Drew McIntyre as the last two in a callback to the 2019 rumble and the Beast hit Undesirable Bunny with an F5. It was part of a stable finish to a mostly anti-climatic match — the most significant shock entrant was Shane McMahon.

Omos seemed unbelievable, doing away with a few men and women and offering a chop to Ricochet that sounded like it would caved his chest. It took 6 males, including a traveling Designs – his former tag workforce husband or wife – to eliminate the massive 7-footer.   

Johnny Knoxville’s visual appeal in the Royal Rumble was considerably less ha-ha than envisioned. The ridiculously dressed  “Jackass Forever” star took down Sami Zayn, took a flurry of strikes from A.J. Designs and a Frog Splash from Montez Ford. It was his storyline nemesis Zayn who eradicated him in a brief, pleasurable segment. He was not the only superstar entrant has Negative Bunny entered at No. 27 and eliminated Sheamus and strike a Canadian destroyer on Riddle. He proceeds to search like a practical wrestler when he’s in the ring.

WWE did not give us Rey and Dominik Mysterio in the ring alongside one another following building up some potential father-son drama in the leadup. 1 of the biggest shockers may perhaps have been Mad Cap Moss getting rid of No. 1 entrant Types. They eventually bought theirs as McIntyre — who has a legit neck injury — eradicated equally Moss and Pleased Corbin, who took him out in storyline at Working day 1. Probably the most significant surprise of all was Kofi Kingston wasn’t in a position to nail his annual remain-in the Rumble place as his toes strike the flooring when he was pushed from the leading rope. It was symbolic of a match that just appeared to skip the mark. In which was Finn Balor?

The women’s Royal Rumble match felt very rushed — but it was nonetheless better than the men’s outing simply because it did notify some tales. It did produce a single of the winners people had been hoping for when Rousey returned at No. 28 to finally eliminate SmackDown women’s champion Charlotte Aptitude to punch her ticket to a possible match among the two at WrestleMania.    

Straightforward moments were being under no circumstances specified a prospect and other folks weren’t supplied a time to breathe. Sasha Banking companies entered as No. 1 in whole Sailor Moon garb, but was eradicated very, pretty, immediately by Queen Zelina ideal ahead of Belair entered the match at No. 8 – much to the chagrin of the crowd. The two former WrestleMania headliners had been denied a instant in the ring. 

Sonya Deville arrived down at No. 11 in her jacket so she couldn’t be attacked, but went to the commentary desk and not into the ring right up until she came in to remove a returning Cameron, Naomi’s former Funkadactyls mate. Naomi, who has experienced her troubles with Deville since August, was up coming and speedily eradicated her. Deville did appear again to pull Naomi off the arpon to get her out of the match, but almost everything transpired so quickly.

The group was not invested in this match for very long stretches, especially after Banking institutions was eradicated. Outside the house of a couple of moments from Belair and Rhea Ripley, it felt like few performers have been actually showcased or supplied storylines to create off of.  

Impact Knockouts champion Mickie James did arrive by the “forbidden door” with the belt about her waistline and her “Hardcore Country” concept to a large pop. Nikki A.S.H. arrived from the other side of the ring to try out to eradicate previous tag spouse Ripley, who experienced a several selection terms for her beneath her breath. Nikki afterwards attacked Mighty Molly in advance of she entered the ring since there can only be one superhero and promptly eradicated her. The Bellas spoiled a Riott Squad reunion right after Sarah Logan returned soon after a extensive hiatus from WWE. 

A person neat second was the return of Ivory in her Appropriate to Censor apparel, speaking about seeking to clear issues up in WWE before being speedily removed by Ripley. Lita and Charlotte Flair had a solid deal with-to-deal with trade. Whilst it was enjoyable to see a variety of the legends, having not just one performer arrive up from NXT feels egregious. 

Even with all that, WWE got the instant it hoped for with Rousey, who arrived out in all black with “Baddest” throughout her upper body as a substitute of her standard “Rowdy Roddy” Piper motivated gear. The former Raw women’s winner appeared very good, pulling off a rather wild arm bar around the best rope with Belair and even obtained to staff up with buddy Shayna Baszler, who was in the ultimate four with her and Aptitude. 

Like anything in this match, Rousey and Flair’s conversation for the complete consisted of The Queen lacking a kick and Rousey flipping her around the major rope to a roar from the crowd. Count on these two to possible fulfill all over again at WrestleMania, even with Becky Lynch retaining the Raw women’s title against Doudrop in a pretty reliable match. They explained to the tale of Major Time Becky essential to pull out each and every prevent to defeat Doudrop, making use of a Manhandle Slam from the 2nd rope to safe the 1-2-3.

Un-finishing Touch

Seth Rollins as opposed to Roman Reigns had almost everything but a top quality finish   

Rollins superbly continued the head games, coming into the ring to The Shield’s music and dressed in total Defend garb and even delivered a Shield bomb to Reigns through the announce table. He and most of the audience assumed he experienced Reigns beat following a Buckle Bomb and then a Stomp, but the Tribal Chief was just ready to get his arm up in time. The frantic paces turned methodical in Reigns’ favor till Rollins countered a spear with a Pedigree leading to a different late kickout from the Head of the Table. There was a minor little bit of a Batman-Joker experience to this story with Rollins laughing at Reigns every time he should have been crushed down. 

Seth Rollins entered his match towards Roman Reigns through the group.

This remarkable match was booked to an extremely awkward and anti-climactic finish. Reigns set Rollins in the guillotine choke. The challenger was capable to get close to the ropes and appeared to have passed out ahead of completely reaching them. Referee Charles Robinson lifted Rollins’ hand and it grabbed the robe as it fell back down. Reigns refused to split the hold and lost the match through disqualification, but kept his title. 

The Universal champion then snapped, beating Rollins down with chair shot just after chair shot – including a symbolic a person to the again – as he was greatly booed. I understand the story WWE is making an attempt to explain to right here, Reigns’ “God Mode” is not as sturdy as it the moment was and Rollins deserved the beating for his vanity and past actions. Reigns blamed Rollins for not allowing him just take the hold off. However, WWE’s inability and reluctance to book clear or decisive finishes in major fork out-per–view matches is intellect boggling and the crowd there permit them listen to it. 

Heyman Hustled

Bobby Lashley 1, Brock Lesnar — thanks to Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman.

Lesnar and Lashley’s lengthy-awaited clash started with a German suplex contest which introduced out a excellent look of appreciation from The Beast right after he went flying the initially time. Lashley, who missed Lesnar going by the barricade in a call back to Day 1, strike his opponent with two spears right before Lesnar turned the tide to consider him to Suplex Town. When Lesnar went for the F5 the 1st time, Lashley countered with the Hurt Lock – but backed his opponent into the referee. He then hit the official even though providing an F5.  Lesnar had Lashley pinned but no one particular to rely to three, so WWE safeguarded him a bit.

Then it happened. Reigns sent a spear to Lesnar out of nowhere and was given the WWE championship by Heyman. He smashed Lesnar about the head with it and remaining with his Exclusive Counsel back at his aspect. Lashley crawled on to Lesnar and pinned him to be reunited with the WWE championship right after shedding it to Big E in September. The Heyman turn was possible the complete to the match Reigns and Lesnar ended up meant to have at Day 1 just before the Tribal Chief contracted COVID-19. Lashley is possible headed to defending his title inside Elimination Chamber or struggling with its winner up coming. WWE has some time now to figure it out.

Grit beats It 

This mixed tag match was generally every thing we imagined it would be. Maryse working from Beth Phoenix and The Miz undertaking everything he could to shield her. They even had Maryse strike Phoenix with the brick she used on Uncooked, so there was some tale continuity in this article.

What wasn’t envisioned and was refreshed was letting the men and ladies get actual physical with each individual other as generally as they did. Phoenix electrical power bombed The Miz and just one level and Maryese strike a prime-rope hurricanrana on Edge. There was even a point in which it looked like the It Pair could win immediately after Miz hit Edge with a Skull Crushing Finale. In its place it ended with Edge and Phoenix hitting a double spear to Miz and then both of those providing simultaneous Glam Slams and pins for the 1-2-3. Let us hope this isn’t the last we have witnessed above Phoenix for a even though.      

Greatest Winner: Roman Reigns

Major Loser: Sasha Banking institutions

Greatest Match: Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns

Predictions: 5-1

Grade: C-