2022 WWE Royal Rumble outcomes, recap, grades: Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey are headed to WrestleMania

WWE followers wait all yr for the Royal Rumble, ready for the occasion with anticipation practically on-par with WrestleMania. On Saturday, the occasion landed with a thud in The Dome at America’s Middle in St. Louis Missouri.

On the ladies’s facet, a returning Ronda Rousey managed to outlast 29 different ladies to punch her ticket to a WrestleMania title shot, final eliminating Charlotte Aptitude. On the lads’s facet, Brock Lesnar, recent off dropping his WWE championship to Bobby Lashley earlier within the night time, entered at No. 30 to attain the win.

Sadly, neither Royal Rumble match lived as much as expectations, with the lads’s facet particularly disappointing and score among the many worst Rumbles in historical past. Fortunately, there have been loads of highlights via the night time in non-title matches, together with a unbelievable show-opening bout between common champion Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.

CBS Sports activities was with you the entire approach via the occasion, offering updates and highlights because the motion goes down within the stay weblog under.

2022 WWE Royal Rumble outcomes, grades

Common Championship — Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth Rollins: Rollins made an entrance via the group wearing Protect apparel and with the previous group’s music taking part in, instantly taking part in head video games with the champion. Rollins instantly used his quickness to counter Reigns repeatedly earlier than knocking the champion from the ring and hitting a pair of suicide dives. Rollins’ early dominance continued as he powerbombed Reigns via the announce desk and even countered a spear with a kick to the face. Rollins nearly gained the match with a stomp however Reigns was in a position to kick out. Reigns was lastly in a position to get the higher hand with a clothesline and a little bit of offense earlier than Rollins locked him in a triangle choke. Reigns continued preventing again and scoring close to falls, together with with a Superman punch. After a spear outdoors the ring, Reigns tried for an additional within the ring however ran right into a Pedigree from Rollins for an additional two-count. After Reigns managed one other spear, Rollins laughed at him and supplied a fist bump just for Reigns to lock in a guillotine choke. Rollins tried to crawl to the ropes to interrupt the maintain, lastly attending to the ropes. Reigns refused to interrupt the maintain, drawing a disqualification. Reigns continued holding the choke far after the disqualification. Reigns then stood in shock within the ring as the group booed and chanted “Roman sucks.” Reigns left the ring, grabbed a chair and used it to put out Rollins, calling again to Rollins’ chair assault that broke up The Protect a number of years in the past. This was an impressive match and the end can be polarizing however it does a whole lot of issues nicely. Reigns nonetheless has the “cannot beat Rollins” story hanging round his neck and Rollins stays as a recent and compelling challenger transferring ahead since he did not eat a clear loss. Seth Rollins def. Roman Reigns (c) through disqualification, permitting Reigns to retain the title. Grade: A-

Ladies’s Royal Rumble Match: Sasha Banks was out within the No. 1 spot earlier than Melina at No. 2, making Melina the primary “legend” on this yr’s match. The 2 traded phrases however Banks scored the elimination simply seconds later. The following legend out was Kelly Kelly at No. 4, becoming a member of Banks and Tamina within the ring. Banks scored her second elimination of the match when she managed to counter a rana by Kelly Kelly earlier than sending the legend to the ground. Banks, one of many favorites coming in, was ultimately eradicated by Queen Zelina. The 2021 winner, Bianca Belair, entered at No. 8. Michelle McCool was one other among the many legend entrants, and even managed to attain an elimination, tossing Dana Brooke. Sonya Deville was out at No. 11, however stored her “WWE official jacket” on and joined commentary relatively than instantly coming into the match. Deville ultimately joined the match to assault Cameron, making an attempt to get a dig in at Naomi by eliminating her former tag companion, which she did.

Naomi was the following girl out and instantly started brawling with Deville earlier than eliminating her rival. One other favourite was out at No. 17 when SmackDown ladies’s champion Charlotte Aptitude entered the match. Deville would get again within the combine regardless of the elimination, serving to pull Naomi from the ring apron as Aptitude tried to get rid of her, leading to Naomi’s elimination. Ripley scored her third elimination of the match when she bounced WWE legend Ivory from the match as quickly as Ivory entered. The primary of the Bella Twins got here into the match at No. 19 when Brie Bella entered. Brie was adopted by Affect ladies’s champion Mickie James. James eradicated McCool in a callback to their lengthy rivalry. They continued to play up rivalries, with Nikki A.S.H. coming into the match from the timekeeper space to assault Ripley from behind, solely to fail to attain the elimination. Nikki Bella was out at No. 24 because it continued to really feel like there have been extra legends than present members of the present WWE roster within the match. Sarah Logan was a giant shock entrant at No. 25, some extent at which there have been 10 ladies nonetheless within the match. Logan was instantly eradicated by the Bella Twins and the Twins then rapidly eradicated Morgan. Lita entered at No. 26, rapidly eliminating James from the match.

No. 28 was Ronda Rousey, receiving an enormous pop and drawing an intense stare from Aptitude. Rousey ran via everybody in her approach earlier than eliminating Nikki A.S.H. Brie Bella eradicated her sister after faking that she was going to save lots of Nikki from Rousey however Brie was then eradicated by Rousey. The ultimate entrant to the match was Shayna Baszler, who instantly joined forces along with her outdated pal, Rousey. Rousey continued to attain eliminations as she dominated the match. The ultimate 4 within the match had been Rousey, Aptitude, Belair and Baszler. Aptitude concurrently eradicated Baszler and Belair, leaving her alone with Rousey to find out a winner. Aptitude charged at Rousey and Rousey caught her, suplexing her excessive rope for the win. Rousey appeared rusty and did not have her normal influence within the chaos of the Royal Rumble. The match total was a bit clunky with too many ladies who aren’t used to working collectively all getting caught within the match and slowing issues down. In all probability the worst ladies’s Rumble because the begin of holding the matches. Ronda Rousey wins the Ladies’s Royal Rumble. Grade: C

Entry order Entrant Order of elimination

1

Sasha Banks

Melina (Banks)

2

Melina

Kelly (Banks 2)

3

Tamina

Banks (Zelina)

4

Kelly Kelly

Brooke (McCool)

5

Aliyah  

Tamina (Natalya)

6

Liv Morgan

Cameron (Deville)

7

Queen Zelina

Deville (Naomi)

8

Bianca Belair

Zelina (Ripley)

9

Dana Brooke

Carmella (Ripley 2)

10

Michelle McCool

Aliyah (Aptitude)

11

Sonya Deville

Naomi (Aptitude 2)

12

Natalya

Ivory (Ripley 3)

13

Cameron

McCool (James)

14

Naomi

Rae (Natalya 2)

15

Carmella

Fox (N. Bella)

16

Rhea Ripley

Logan (N. Bella 2 and B. Bella)

17

Charlotte Aptitude

Morgan (B. Bella 2)

18

Ivory

James (Lita)

19

Brie Bella

Holly (A.S.H.)

20

Mickie James

A.S.H. (Rousey)

21

Alicia Fox

N. Bella (B. Bella 3)

22

Nikki A.S.H.

B. Bella (Rousey 2)

23

Summer season Rae

Shotzi (Rousey 3)

24

Nikki Bella

Natalya (Rousey 4)

25

Sarah Logan

Lita (Aptitude 3)

26

Lita

Ripley (Aptitude 4)

27

Molly Holly

Baszler (Aptitude 5)

28

Ronda Rousey (Winner)

Belair (Aptitude 6)

29

Shotzi

Aptitude (Rousey 5)

30

Shayna Baszler

Uncooked Ladies’s Championship — Becky Lynch (c) vs. Doudrop: Doudrop tried to make use of her energy to instantly take the struggle to Lynch, getting off to a robust begin earlier than making an attempt to cannonball Lynch towards the ring steps. Lynch moved out of the way in which, sending Doudrop crashing into the steps and permitting Lynch to get the higher hand. Doudrop continued to struggle again because the match went on, together with hitting Lynch with some huge powerbomb and splashes within the nook. Lynch practically gained the bout with a flipping senton onto a standing Doudrop for a two-count. Doudrop once more countered the Manhandle Slam, as she’d executed each time Lynch tried to hit the transfer main as much as the match, turning it right into a Huge Ending-style slam for a close to fall. Lynch lastly hit the Manhandle Slam, needing to take Doudrop off the second rope to hit the transfer. An unsurprising end however a pleasant little match to get there. Doudrop is a really serviceable monster heel, which is a high-value place in skilled wrestling. Becky Lynch def. Doudrop to retain the title. Grade: B

WWE Championship — Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Bobby Lashley: After tense early moments, Lesnar was the primary man to attain with offense, hitting a German suplex earlier than laughing at Lashley. Lashley returned the favor, hitting Lesnar with a German of his personal. Lesnar got here again with a pair of suplexes as each males continued to attempt to show some extent as a lot as doing any harm. Lashley delivered two spears after slipping out of an F-5 try from Lesnar. Lesnar was in a position to see Lashley coming with a spear try outdoors the ring, transferring out of the way in which and letting Lashley crash via the ringside barricade. This opened Lesnar as much as hit a protracted string of German suplexes. Lesnar went for the F-5 time and again Lashley countered, this time locking within the Damage Lock in the midst of the ring. Determined to flee, Lesnar drove Lashley backward into the referee earlier than then hitting the F-5 and once more hitting the ref, knocking him down and out of the ring as Lesnar coated for what would have been the match-winning pin. As Lesnar paced the ring ready for a brand new referee, Roman Reigns ran to the ring to ship a spear to Lesnar. Reigns then stared down Heyman earlier than asking for the WWE championship belt. Heyman handed the belt over and Reigns used it to put out Lesnar. Heyman then walked off with Reigns as Lashley pinned Lesnar for the three-count from the brand new referee. Heyman is again with Reigns, Lashley is the WWE champion and Lesnar is on his personal as soon as once more. Excellent and really bodily stuff from Lesnar and Lashley, who didn’t disappoint after 15 years of ready to lock up. Bobby Lashley def. Brock Lesnar to win the title. Grade: B+

Miz & Maryse vs. Edge & Beth Phoenix: Maryse ran from Phoenix to start out the match, as anticipated, resulting in Miz and Edge spending a lot of the early part of the match battling with little menace of the ladies getting concerned. Maryse delivered a number of low-cost pictures to Edge as Miz was in management however an Edge DDT allowed him to tag in Phoenix, who dominated Maryse till Miz broke up a pin. Phoenix then acquired in Miz’s face, drawing some harsh phrases from Miz. Phoenix then slammed Miz into the nook and landed a number of pictures earlier than Maryse struck from behind with the loaded purse. Phoenix kicked out of the follow-up pin, nonetheless, and ultimately managed the new tag to Edge. Pheonix supplied an help to Edge once more, this time hitting Miz with a powerbomb to arrange an Edge elbow drop and a close to fall. Maryse pulled Phoenix from the apron , establishing some chaos the place Maryse hit Edge with a rana and Phoenix with a DDT earlier than Miz hit Edge with a skull-crushing finale earlier than Edge kicked out at two. Phoenix got here again into the ring to hit a double spear with Edge on Miz earlier than the pair hit simultaneous Glamazon Slams for the win. This was an odd match with Maryse solely briefly positioned as not outgunned by Phoenix. There wasn’t a lot to get enthusiastic about right here however nothing was significantly offensive both. Edge & Beth Phoenix def. Miz & Maryse. Grade: C+

Males’s Royal Rumble Match: AJ Types was the No. 1 entrant into the match. Shinsuke Nakamura was in at No. 2, bringing two long-time rivals collectively to start out the match. The primary man eradicated was Robert Roode, who was knocked from the ring by Types simply moments after coming into the match. Types additionally eradicated Nakamura moments later, getting the previous multi-time world champion off to a robust begin from the No. 1 spot. The ring crammed up for some time with out a lot significant motion occurring till Johnny Knoxville entered at No. 9. Knoxville went proper at Sami Zayn, taking him down earlier than touchdown a number of punches and pointing on the WrestleMania signal. Knoxville delivered a forearm to Types earlier than Types blasted him with a mix of strikes and Montez Ford hit a frog splash earlier than Zayn eradicated Knoxville with a kick. Types then dumped Zayn from the match. Omos was the primary true “large” entrant to the match at No. 11, instantly taking out anybody he may get his arms on and eliminating each Avenue Income. Omos was ultimately eradicated via the mixed efforts of six males.

Types continued to not solely survive, however dominate, as he piled up eliminations. Types was lastly eradicated via the mixed efforts of Pleased Corbin and Madcap Moss. Types had scored six eliminations to that time. After a really gradual center part of the match, favorites began rolling in late, beginning with Drew McIntyre at No. 21. McIntyre rapidly took out each Corbin and Moss earlier than following each males outdoors the ring to ship a number of pictures with the ring steps. The back-end of the match was loaded with greater names and former world champions together with Kevin Owens (No. 22), Rey Mysterio (No. 23) and Kofi Kingston (No. 24). Kingston tried for one among his basic Royal Rumble moments to keep away from elimination however as he was launched from the ring apron by Owens, his toes hit the bottom earlier than he grabbed onto the ring barricade. 

Dangerous Bunny was within the match at No. 27. He instantly took out Sheamus, Owens after which Riddle earlier than Sheamus took him out from behind. Sheamus tried to attain the elimination with a Brogue Kick however Dangerous Bunny pulled down the highest rope, sending Sheamus to the ground for the elimination. Shane McMahon entered the match at No. 28 and rapidly eradicated Owens from the match in an odd run that noticed three of 4 eliminations scored by both Dangerous Bunny or McMahon. Randy Orton was in at No. 29 and instantly labored with Riddle to get rid of Huge E and Otis.

Brock Lesnar entered at No. 30, instantly within the last six with Orton, Riddle, McMahon, Dangerous Bunny and McIntyre. Lesnar took out everybody with suplexes earlier than eliminating Orton. Lesnar then hit Dangerous Bunny with an F-5 and tossed him excessive rope. Riddle was out subsequent after which McMahon, leaving it all the way down to McIntyre and Lesnar. Lesnar blocked a McIntyre Claymore after which hit an F-5 excessive rope on McIntyre to win the Rumble. This match was an unmitigated catastrophe. Simply ranks among the many 5 worst all-time, if not decrease. The match dragged badly and the group was misplaced due to it — and additional misplaced when Kingston’s large spot went unsuitable. And McMahon and Dangerous Bunny within the last 5 is simply the unsuitable name past any doubt. Brock Lesnar wins the Royal Rumble. Grade: F

1

AJ Types

Roode (Types)

2

Shinsuke Nakamura

Nakamura (Types 2)

3

Austin Principle

Knoxville (Zayn)

4

Robert Roode

Zayn (Types 3)

5

Ridge Holland

Dawkins (Omos)

6

Montez Ford

Ford (Omos 2)

7

Damian Priest

Priest (Omos 3)

8

Sami Zayn

Omos (Gable, D. Mysterio, Ricochet, Types 4, Holland, Principle)

9

Johnny Knoxville

Ricochet (Corbin)

10

Angelo Dawkins

D. Mysterio (Corbin 2)

11

Omos

Principle (Types 5)

12

Ricochet

Holland (Types 6)

13

Chad Gable

Gable (Boogs)

14

Dominick Mysterio

Types (Moss)

15

Pleased Corbin

Boogs (Corbin)

16

Dolph Ziggler

Moss (McIntyre)

17

Sheamus

Corbin (McIntyre 2)

18

Rick Boogs

Kingston (Owens)

19

Madcap Moss

Sheamus (Bunny)

20

Riddle

Ziggler (Bunny 2)

21

Drew McIntyre

R. Mysterio (Otis)

22

Kevin Owens

Owens (McMahon)

23

Rey Mysterio

Huge E (Riddle, Orton)

24

Kofi Kingston

Otis (Riddle 2, Orton 2)

25

Otis

Orton (Lesnar)

26

Huge E

Dangerous Bunny (Lesnar 2)

27

Dangerous Bunny

Riddle (Lesnar 3)

28

Shane McMahon

McMahon (Lesnar 4)

29

Randy Orton

McIntyre (Lesnar 5)

30

Brock Lesnar (Winner)



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