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WWE Royal Rumble 2021 results, match grades: Bianca Belair, Edge punch tickets to WrestleMania

One new WWE Celebrity will get her probability to shine for the primary time at WrestleMania, whereas a well-recognized face will look to recapture previous glory. 

A yr after Bianca Belair put collectively an eye-opening efficiency at Royal Rumble, “The EST of WWE” outdid herself by outlasting 29 different girls to win the 2021 Ladies’s Rumble on Sunday night time. On the lads’s aspect, Edge turned the second WWE Celebrity to win after getting into at No. 1 when he tossed Randy Orton excessive rope for his second Royal Rumble victory.

Each will now get a shot at WWE glory. Edge will look to win his twelfth WWE championship whereas Belair will goal for her first style of WWE gold. 

Belair entered her match at No. 3 and lasted greater than 47 minutes earlier than eliminating Charlotte Aptitude and Rhea Ripley and attending to level on the WrestleMania signal. To not be outdone, the 47-year-old Edge lasted over 58 minutes earlier than lastly eliminating Orton, the person who began the Royal Rumble alongside him. Edge’s profession was purported to be over due to a neck harm, however he made a shocking return finally yr’s Royal Rumble after which pushed himself to the restrict this yr.    

Roman Reigns retained his WWE Common championship in a brutal Final Man Standing match towards Kevin Owens, whereas Drew McIntyre turned again the problem of Goldberg to retain the WWE championship. Each will wait to see who Edge picks as his opponent at WrestleMania 37.

This is the way it all went down:

Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler def. Charlotte & Asuka for the WWE girls’s tag group championship

This was unhealthy storytelling in an honest match. We bought an abysmal continuation of Charlotte’s feud with Lacey Evans over her father Ric’s relationship with Evans, which price her group the titles Sunday. “Uncooked” girls’s champion Asuka has turn into an afterthought. 

All 4 girls labored exhausting, however it was solely a matter of time earlier than Evans would make her method down with Charlotte’s father to trigger a distraction. After which Ric Aptitude handed Evans an unlawful object with which to hit his daughter, and that price Charlotte and Asuka the tag titles.

Yeah, this was unhealthy. Asuka deserves higher.

Discover that Jax and Baszler weren’t talked about right here. Why? As a result of it wasn’t about them.

Grade: C.

Drew McIntyre def. Goldberg to retain WWE championship

This match was precisely what you thought it could be: fast and to the purpose. Anyone who anticipated extra out of it ought to have been ashamed of themselves. McIntyre speared Goldberg and the 54-year-old returned the favor on the skin. Energy strikes have been exchanged, Goldberg hit one other spear after which hit the Jackhammer for a close to fall. McIntyre rose, dodged a spear and nailed Goldberg with the Claymore Kick for the win. 

To summarize, there have been spears, a Jackhammer and a Claymore Kick.

It was what it was and the end was hardly unsure. 

Grade: C+.

Sasha Banks def. Carmella to retain ‘WWE SmackDown’ girls’s championship

This feud had petered out over the previous couple of weeks and the match was added to the Royal Rumble on the final minute. It didn’t hit the peaks that their final match hit, and with an ending that was a foregone conclusion, it was exhausting to be totally invested in it. Everyone knows that Banks will likely be heading into WrestleMania because the “SmackDown” girls’s champion, so this match was merely filler as we await her opponent. 

That doesn’t imply that these two didn’t work exhausting, however it does imply that it misplaced significance as a result of there was by no means a way that Sasha would really drop the title. We had a section with Reginald that led to Carmella’s valet being tossed from ringside, a daunting dive by Carmella to Banks on the skin, a Code of Silence submission that Banks reversed and a Financial institution Assertion by the champion to retain. 

Not unhealthy. However not memorable.

Grade: C+.

Bianca Belair wins Ladies’s Royal Rumble for championship alternative at WrestleMania

This could have been known as the NXT Royal Rumble due to the expertise that was concerned on this match. From present stars (Dakota Kai, Shotzi Blackheart) to those that have been in NXT simply final yr (Belair, Rhea Ripley), this was all about spotlighting the most effective girls’s divisions in all of professional wrestling. 

In the end, it wasn’t the best Royal Rumble, however the fitting girl received. Belair secured her title alternative at WrestleMania, bought her revenge on final yr’s winner, Charlotte, and eventually eradicated Ripley. 

Previous to that, we bought some respectable work. Naomi entered at No. 2 and held on for over 40 minutes. She gave us a spotlight when she prevented elimination utilizing Belair’s hair to drag herself again into the ring.

Billie Kaye was a pleasure; her comedic angle of on the lookout for a associate performed out nicely all through her tenure. Ripley was a bodily specimen who brutally eradicated each Kai and Dana Brooke. Lana lastly bought her revenge on Nia Jax late by coaxing her into eliminating herself out of anger. There was additionally a 24/7 title swap when Alicia Fox pinned R-Reality through the Rumble, solely to lose it again to Reality later within the match. Reality would later drop the title to WWE speaking head Peter Rosenberg.

Yup.

However there have been loads of stale spots within the match, too, and an totally unforgivable manufacturing botch when Belair eradicated Bayley and never a single digital camera captured it. There weren’t a ton of highlights and it felt as if loads of this was booked on the fly till we bought to the ultimate 4 of Charlotte, Natalya, Ripley and Belair.

After Belair tossed Natalya, we have been left with Ripley, Belair and Charlotte. Bianca and Rhea bought their revenge by eliminating Charlotte after Charlotte eradicated Belair final yr and beat Ripley at WrestleMania for the NXT girls’s championship. Ripley tried to toss Belair, which led to a livid trade of finisher makes an attempt till Belair lastly ended it by eliminating Ripley. 

The best individual received in an awesome remaining section, however the way it bought there wasn’t terribly entertaining. 

Grade: B-.

Ladies’s Royal Rumble match entrances and eliminations

  1. Bayley
  2. Naomi
  3. Bianca Belair (winner)
  4. Billie Kay
  5. Shotzi Blackheart
  6. Shayna Baszler
  7. Toni Storm (Shotzi Blackheart eradicated)
  8. Jillian Corridor
  9. Ruby Riott
  10. Victoria
  11. Peyton Royce
  12. Santana Garrett
  13. Liv Morgan (Peyton Royce, Billie Kaye eradicated)
  14. Rhea Ripley (Toni Storm, Victoria, Santana Garrett eradicated)
  15. Charlotte Aptitude (Ruby Riott eradicated)
  16. Dana Brooke (Liv Morgan eradicated)
  17. Torrie Wilson (Dana Brooke eradicated)
  18. Lacey Evans (Peyton Royce, Torrie Wilson & Bayley eradicated)
  19. Mickie James
  20. Nikki Cross
  21. Alicia Foxx
  22. Mandy Rose (Alicia Foxx eradicated)
  23. Dakota Kai (Mickie James eradicated)
  24. Carmella (Dakota Kai, Mandy Rose, Nikki Cross eradicated)
  25. Tamina (Carmella eradicated)
  26. Lana 
  27. Alexa Bliss (Alexa Bliss eradicated)
  28. Ember Moon
  29. Nia Jax (Lacey Evans, Ember Moon, Naomi, Tamina, Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax eradicated)
  30. Natalya (Lana Eradicated)

Roman Reigns def. Kevin Owens to retain WWE Common championship in a Final Man Standing match

The chemistry between Reigns and Owens is plain. Their third, and presumably remaining, match on this feud managed to be totally different from their earlier matches however nonetheless ramped up the brutality. 

It may be argued that Owens is likely one of the most undervalued abilities on the roster contemplating his uncanny potential to make every little thing he does fascinating. He could by no means be the highest man on the WWE roster, however in the event you want somebody to ship depth and make somebody look good, the he is your man. 

This was yet one more match the place the winner was a close to lock however Owens made certain that it wouldn’t play out in that method. It was an extremely entertaining match all through that started to hit its peak when Reigns tossed Owens off the stage to a desk 10 ft under after which ran him over with a golf cart.

Yeah, that occurred. 

However Owens is a maniac, and he recovered to hit a pop-up powerbomb on prime of a desk adopted by a frog splash. Owens then used a forklift to hit Reigns with Swanton bomb. Reigns made it up earlier than the depend and the speared Owens by the digital stage show. However Owens beat the depend by rolling off the stage and onto his ft.

Then got here a battle on the skin and Owens his a stunner. Owens handcuffed Reigns to a lighting fixture. The referee practically counted to 10 however Reigns knocked out the referee. Paul Heyman arrived to assist Reigns escape. Reigns snatched Owens in a guillotine that lastly put the challenger down and out. 

The one factor that basically harm this match was the end when the second referee inexplicably stopped counting after realizing Heyman wasn’t going to have the ability to get Reigns out of {the handcuffs} in time. 

Grade: A-.

Edge wins Males’s Royal Rumble for championship alternative at WrestleMania

Edge and Orton resumed their feud from final yr as the primary two entrants. Edge ultimately harm Orton through the use of a metal chair on his leg, and officers escorted Orton to the again. From there, we did not get a lot of something price mentioning till Carlito made his return after years away from WWE. And he seemed completely jacked.

When The Miz entered at No. 15, he destroyed Dangerous Bunny’s turntables, a transfer that stemmed from a earlier altercation with the pop star. Dangerous Bunny bought his revenge when he distracted Miz and John Morrison lengthy sufficient for Damien Priest to remove them. So as to add insult to harm, Dangerous Bunny then dived on prime of them. And that dive was higher than Snoop Dogg’s from a number of weeks in the past in AEW. 

Kane additionally returned to briefly reunite with Daniel Bryan as Workforce Hell No. However Kane turned on Bryan and was ultimately eradicated by Priest. Between Massive E and Priest, there have been two noteworthy performances whereas everybody else appeared to be going by the motions. There was a superb interplay between Massive E and Bobby Lashley that might have been a tease to one thing down the road. 

Enterprise picked up when Edge’s greatest buddy, Christian, made his return in an enormous shock. Seth Rollins additionally made his return, at 29. There have been extra eliminations after which we ended up with a remaining 4 of Edge, Rollins, Christian and Braun Strowman. In all probability not the ultimate 4 many would have guessed, however alas, there we have been.

Rollins failed to get Strowman to group up with him, and Edge and Christian took benefit. Christian and Strowman have been each eradicated after which Edge removed Rollins. 

The oldest trick within the e-book got here subsequent: Orton returned after being gone for over 40 minutes, hit Edge with an RKO and seemingly had the victory within the palm of his hand. However Edge turned the tables and tossed out Orton to win.

There was no signal of The Fiend as Edge pointed to the WrestleMania signal.

This was a wierd end as a result of so many different wrestlers have been deserving of the Royal Rumble rub. WWE as an alternative went with somebody who did not have to win this match. Nonetheless, it felt good to see Edge and Christian collectively and it will be attention-grabbing to see which method Edge goes along with his WrestleMania choose. 

As for the match, little or no was memorable exterior of a jacked-up Carlito and the reunion of Christian and Edge. In the event you needed extra, you did not get it. The match was superb. That is all we bought. 

Grade: C+.

Males’s Royal Rumble match entrances and eliminations

  1. Edge (winner)
  2. Randy Orton
  3. Sami Zayn
  4. Mustafa Ali
  5. Jeff Hardy
  6. Dolph Ziggler (Jeff Hardy eradicated)
  7. Shinsuke Nakamura
  8. Carlito
  9. Xavier Woods
  10. Massive E (Sami Zayn eradicated)
  11. John Morrision (Xavier Woods, Mustafa Ali eradicated)
  12. Ricochet
  13. Elias (Carlito eradicated)
  14. Damien Priest (Elias eradicated)
  15. The Miz (The Miz, John Morrison eradicated)
  16. Matt Riddle
  17. Daniel Bryan
  18. Kane (Dolph Ziggler, Ricochet, Kane eradicated)
  19. King Corbin (Shinsuke Nakamura eradicated)
  20. Otis (Otis eradicated)
  21. Dominick Mysterio (King Corbin eradicated)
  22. Bobby Lashley (Dominick Mysterio, Damien Priest eradicated)
  23. The Hurricane (The Hurricane eradicated)
  24. Christian (Bobby Lashley eradicated)
  25. AJ Types
  26. Rey Mysterio (Massive E eradicated)
  27. Sheamus (Rey Mysterio eradicated)
  28. Cesaro
  29. Seth Rollins
  30. Braun Strowman (Cesaro, Sheamus, AJ Types, Daniel Bryan, Riddle eradicated)

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