WWE Greatest Royal Rumble 2018
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Friday, April 27, 2018
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
They kick off the show by playing the national anthems of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America.
A video plays that highlights the big matches that will take place tonight, including a 50-man Royal Rumble and Brock Lesnar versus Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship inside a Steel Cage.
A huge pyrotechnics display takes place as we go into the King Abdullah Arena. Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton are at ringside talking about how great Saudi Arabia is and their Vision 2030 plan.
John Cena makes his entrance surrounded by Saudi Arabian children in John Cena merchandise. They are pumped up and high-fiving him. Cena even gets pyro from the roof of the arena.
The bell rings, and they lock up. Triple H powers Cena down, and Cena pops right up. Triple H hops around, feeling loose. They take their time before locking up again, and Cena powers him down this time before doing the “You Can’t See Me” taunt. Triple H laughs as he gets to his feet. The crowd is really buzzing for this match. Cena goes for a test of strength, and Triple H obliges. Triple H powers him down with a greco-roman lock, but Cena soon powers back up. Triple H kicks him in the midsection and sends him into the ropes for a shoulder block. Triple H then does Cena’s “You Can’t See Me” taunt. Cena reverses a whip into the ropes and takes him down with a shoulder block. Cena sends him into the corner and charges, but Triple H sidesteps him and punches him down. Triple H punches him down while the crowd boos. Triple H gloats and gets rolled up by Cena for a two count. Triple H quickly takes back control and sends him hard into the corner. Cena collapses in the corner. Triple H gets him to his feet and sends him hard into the corner a second time. Triple H punches him in the corner and goes for a third whip, but Cena blocks it and punches him. Triple H reverses a whip into the ropes and applies a sleeper hold. Cena fights out and hits a pair of flying shoulder tackles before trying for a back suplex powerbomb, but Triple H counters into a headlock takeover before clotheslining him down. They trade punches before Cena sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and takes a face-buster. Triple H covers for a near fall. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Triple H holds the ropes. Cena quickly changes to a back suplex powerbomb and goes for the 5 Knuckle Shuffle, but Triple H gets up and counters into a back suplex. Triple H then hits his version of a 5 Knuckle Shuffle (with a DX “Suck It” taunt) for a near fall. Triple H gets Cena to his feet and goes for a Pedigree, but Cena gets out and sends him hard into the corner. Triple H goes over the ropes to the floor.
Cena goes outside and sends Triple H into the barricade and the ring post. Cena gets him in the ring and goes to the top rope. Cena goes for his diving leg drop, but Triple H counters into a powerbomb for a near fall. That move broke Cena’s neck 10 years ago. They trade punches before Cena takes Triple H down and applies the STF. Triple H gets to the ropes and kicks him away. Triple H then follows up with a spinebuster for a near fall. Triple H punches him in the corner and goes for the ten punches. Cena gets out at five and hits a back suplex powerbomb before finally hitting a 5 Knuckle Shuffle. Cena follows up with an AA for a near fall! Both men take a few moments before getting to their feet. Cena goes for a second AA, but Triple H counters into a Pedigree for a near fall! They slowly get to their feet, and Triple H tries for another Pedigree. Cena counters into an AA attempt, but Triple H rolls him up for a near fall. Cena immediately goes to the STF. Triple H fights out and applies the crossface. Cena fights up from that and hits an AA before slingshotting him into the corner. Cena hits another emphatic AA for the win!
John Cena grabs a microphone and says it is an honor and a privilege to be apart of an event like today. Regardless of what is going on in his universe, he was not going to miss this event for anything in the world. Cena thanks the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their unmatched hospitality. Cena then thanks the crowd for allowing him to be apart of something so special. Cena then walks off to cheers.
The “Best of Both Worlds” video plays.
They circle the ring, and Kalisto does the “Lucha” taunt. They lock up, and Alexander wrenches the arm. Kalisto twists out and wrenches Alexander’s arm. Alexander counters into an arm hold, but Kalisto uses the ropes to flip off and gets him away. Alexander goes for a handspring head-scissor, but Kalisto lands on his feet. They hit the ropes, and Kalisto hits a handspring head-scissor before doing the “Lucha” taunt. Kalisto is sent to the ropes, but he flips over them to the apron before pulling the ropes down to get him to ringside. Kalisto hits a springboard flipping seated senton to the floor! Kalisto gets him to the corner, but Alexander puts him on the apron and kicks him to the floor. Alexander then hits a summersault plancha and sticks the landing! Alexander gets him in the ring and covers for a two count. Alexander applies a bear hug, but Kalisto fights up and hits the ropes. Alexander viciously dropkicks him down for a near fall. Alexander goes back to the bear hug. Kalisto starts to fight up, so Alexander slams him down and keeps the bear hug applied. Kalisto tries again for the same result. Alexander keeps it held on and goes for a third slam, but Kalisto fights it. Kalisto kicks him away and hits a springboard cross-body before spiking him on his head with a hurricanrana. Kalisto hits an insane tornado DDT for a near fall. They take a few moments before getting to their feet. Alexander shoves him to the corner and charges into an elbow. Kalisto flips over him and charges, but Alexander counters into a Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Alexander goes to the apron and punches him back before trying for a springboard, but Kalisto kicks him. Alexander is out on the ropes. Kalisto goes to the top rope for a super hurricanrana, but Alexander blocks it. Kalisto hits a modified split-legged Spanish fly for a near fall!
They trade chops before Kalisto kicks and punches him. Alexander stuns him with an uppercut. Kalisto flips under a clothesline, but Alexander elbows him. Kalisto counters out of a Lumbar Check. Kalisto goes for Salida del Sol, but Alexander counters that into a Lumbar Check for the win.
If The Bar wins, they go back to RAW as champions. “WOKEN” Matt Hardy powers Cesaro into the corner. They then start shouting “DELETE” and “THE BAR.” Hardy blocks a kick, but he’s sent into the ropes. Hardy shoulder blocks him down and tags in Bray Wyatt. They hit a sloppy double-team move, but Cesaro soon gets away and tags in Sheamus. Sheamus kicks Wyatt in the face and taunts the crowd before charging into a clothesline. Hardy tags back in, and they hit a double-team back elbow before hitting a leg drop/senton splash combo. They then knock The Bar out of the ring. Hardy clotheslines Sheamus in the corner and hits a neckbreaker for a one count. Hardy signals for a Twist of Fate, but Sheamus shoves him off. Hardy elbows him, and Cesaro snaps Hardy off the ropes behind the referee’s back. Sheamus then clotheslines Hardy and knocks him out of the ring. Cesaor gets another cheap shot. Sheamus gets Hardy in the ring and tags in Cesaro. They send him to the corner and hit stereo kicks for a near fall. Cesaro applies a chin lock. Hardy fights up, but Sheamus tags in and attacks Hardy. They double clothesline Hardy before Sheamus drops a knee for a two count. Sheamus then applies a chin lock. Hardy fights up, so Cesaro tags in. Cesaro hits a running uppercut followed by a deadlift gutwrench suplex for a two count. Sheamus gets a cheap shot in, and Cesaro picks up a two count. Cesaro big boots Wyatt off the apron. Hardy rolls him up for a two count. Sheamus tags in, and The Bar hits a double-team sidewalk slam/dive combo for a near fall. Hardy fights back and hits a Side Effect.
Wyatt tags in and clotheslines Cesaro before punching him in the corner. Wyatt then knocks Sheamus off the apron. Wyatt avalanches Cesaro before hitting a vicious body block for a near fall. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail, but Sheamus knees him in the face before knocking Hardy off the apron. Cesaro picks up a two count. Sheamus tags in, and they hit a diving White Noise. Hardy breaks it up and hits Cesaro with a Twist of Fate. Sheamus knocks Hardy out of the ring and signals for a Brogue Kick. Wyatt does his crabwalk to scare him. Hardy distracts Sheamus, and Wyatt hits Sister Abigail. Hardy tags in, and they hit a wheelbarrow Twist of Fate for the win.
A replay is shown of Jinder Mahal losing the WWE United States Championship to Jeff Hardy on the Superstar Shakeup RAW last week.
The bell rings, and Mahal quickly attacks. Hardy hits a sit-out jawbreaker and dropkicks him out of the ring. Hardy hits a baseball slide and appears to be limping. Hardy walks the barricade and dives off with a clothesline. Hardy puts him in the ring, but Sunil Singh grabs his leg. Mahal attacks him and brings him into the ring for some knee drops. Mahal sends him hard into the corner and hits a neckbreaker. Mahal drops another knee for a near fall. Mahal continues to keep him grounded and taunts the crowd. Mahal then applies a chin lock. Hardy fights up and goes for a Twist of Fate, but Mahal gets out. They then hit a double clothesline. They’re both down. They get to their feet, but Mahal lifts him up for a gutbuster. Hardy gets out and hits a double leg drop to the midsection before hitting a dropkick for a two count. Hardy goes for a Twist of Fate, but Mahal shoves him. Mahal charges, but Hardy kicks him down. Hardy goes for Whisper in the Wind, completely whiffs him and lands on the mat, and then Mahal just falls. Awful. Hardy picks up a near fall. Hardy hits a mule kick and a slingshot dropkick in the corner. Hardy takes his shirt off and punches Singh off the apron. Mahal goes for the Khallas. Hardy counters, but Mahal rolls him up with a handful of tights for a near fall. Hardy hits a Twist of Fate and a Swanton Bomb to retain the title.
We seem to be having some sort of an intermission here as the Kickoff Show panel is talking about the club. They then show a video highlighting Saudi Arabia. They’re putting over the Vision 2030 initiative.
Chris Jericho is interviewed by Mike Rome. Jericho thinks he’s Tom Philips. Jericho is talking about the Greatest Royal Rumble. Jericho says it’s his night. Rome corrects him as to what his name is. Jericho says he’s been gone for seven months, but he knows his name. Jericho says he has some bad news. Even though they’re not in the United States and are in the Greatest Royal Rumble. You know what happens when you insist on telling him the wrong name? You just made the list! The cameraman, sound guys, and Ed Kosky make the list.
The Kickoff Show panel continues to talk about the event.
Daniel Bryan is interviewed backstage. Bryan says it is an honor to be in Saudi Arabia. He will win the Greatest Royal Rumble. YES!
Jey Uso starts against Rowan. Rowan dropkicks him down quickly. Rowan drops a knee and tags in Luke Harper. Harper punches him down and tags Rowan back in. Rowan stomps away at him and digs the knee in. Rowan hits a pumphandle backrbeaker before hitting a big splash for a near fall. Rowan knees him and drives his fists into the temples. Jey yells out in pain. Jey fights up, but Rowan elbows him down. Rowan puts him in the corner and clubs him in the chest. Rowan charges, but he hits the ring posts shoulder-first after Jey sidesteps him. Harper quickly tags in and goes for a big boot, but Jey avoids him. Harper goes over the top rope. Jimmy Uso tags in and hits a pair of leaping sentons on The Bludgeon Brothers. Jimmy hits Harper with a cross-body block for a one count. Jimmy ducks a discus lariat and kicks him down. Jimmy hits a running hip attack in the corner and goes for a second, but Harper follows and attacks him. Jimmy gets out of a powerbomb and tags in Jey. They kick Harper back and hit stereo superkicks before hitting stereo superkicks on Rowan. Jey hits an Uso Splash on Harper for a near fall. The Usos go for stereo dives, but The Bludgeon Brothers knock them out of the ring. Rowan tags in, and Harper slaps him before sending him into Jimmy. They hit a full nelson powerbomb for the win.
Video Package: Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match
The bell rings, and they all stare at the title hanging above the ring. Rollins attacks Joe, and Miz attacks Balor. Balor reverses a whip, but Miz sunset flips him. Balor rolls through and dropkicks him. Joe attacks Balor and sends him to the corner before hitting a step-up enzuigiri. Rollins quickly boots Joe and hits Joe and Miz with a double blockbuster. Rollins goes for a Ripcord Knee, but Balor counters. Balor goes for 1916, but Rollins gets out. Rollins knocks him out of the ring and hits Balor with a suicide dive. Rollins gets in the ring and hits Miz with a suicide dive. Rollins goes under the ring and grabs a ladder, but Joe grabs it. Miz and Rollins then team up to drive the ladder into Joe. Balor then hits a summersault senton on Miz and Rollins. Joe then hits Balor in the midsection with a ladder. Joe knocks the ladder into Miz and tries to set it up, but Rollins cuts him off. Rollins attacks and charges, but Joe hits a drop-toe-hold into the ladder. Rollins grabs his ribs in pain. Joe chops the chest of Balor and elbows him. Joe drives Balor into the corner and hits a running knee to the face. Joe goes for a powerbomb, but Balor sweeps the legs and slams him on a ladder. Balor then hits a double stomp to take Joe out. Balor sets the ladder up and climbs, but Miz pulls him off and kicks him in the face. Miz climbs the ladder, but Rollins pulls him off. Rollins sends Miz into the ladder and clotheslines him out of the ring. Rollins sets the ladder back up, but Balor stomps his climb. Balor climbs, but Rollins pulls him off. Rollins climbs once again, so Balor climbs on the other side. They punch it out from the rungs of the ladder before Miz and Joe tip the ladder over. Miz tries to beg Joe off and form an alliance. Miz goes for a handshake. Joe obliges before shoulder blocking him down. Joe puts the ladder in the corner, but it falls. Joe improvises and scoop slams Balor on it. Joe sets the ladder up and sends Rollins into it. Joe then runs the ladder into Miz. Joe sends it up again and tries to whip Balor into it. Balor comes back with a Sling Blade and sends him into the ladder. Joe is down with the ladder on top of him. Balor goes for the Coup de Grace, but Rollins cuts him off with a superplex attempt. Miz grabs the legs, but Joe drives the ladder into him. Joe then hits Rollins with a powerbomb while he hits Balor with a superplex. The Tower of Doom.
Joe goes under the ring and grabs another ladder. Miz attacks him from behind and hits a Skull Crushing Finale on the ladder!. Joe landed badly on the ladder. Miz sets the ladder up and climbs, but Rollins climbs on the other side. Miz punches and bounces him off the ladder. Miz then pushes Rollins off the ladder. Balor scales the ladder and punches Miz down. Miz comes back with some right hands. They trade punches before Balor knocks him to the canvas. Miz pulls him off and hits a Reality Check. Rollins tries to climb the ladder, but Miz knocks it over and hits him with a kneeling DDT. Miz hits Rollins and Balor with the ladder. Rollins in knocked to the floor to the Arabic announce table. Balor kicks Miz back, and he lands on the ladder flat. Balor goes to the top rope and hits a Coup de Grace on Miz on the ladder. Miz rolls out of the ring in a lot of pain. Balor sets up the ladder under the title and tries to climb, but Joe pulls him off. Joe punches away at Balor before Balor hits him with an overhead kick. Balor climbs the ladder, but Joe pulls him off and goes for a Coquina Clutch. Balor rolls through and hits a double stomp. Balor climbs again, but Joe grabs him. Joe hits a uranage. Joe climbs the ladder, but Balor knocks the ladder over. Balor climbs, but quickly scales the ladder and just takes the title. Balor, who is bleeding from his eyebrow, is stunned by that.
A video package is shown of the WWE Training Camp in Saudi Arabia.
Mike Rome is in the ring with four prospects from that training camp. They are Nassar, Hussein, Monsoour, and Fisal. Hussein says he never expected WWE to come to Saudi Arabia, but they’re here. Now we have four Saudi WWE Superstars. Hussein speaks in his native tongue, and the crowd applauds. Monsoour says they were just a bunch of Saudi kids with a dream, but that dream has come true today. They’re hoping to represent their country as the first WWE Superstars from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Ariya Daivari interrupts, coming to the ring with his brother Shawn Daivari. His brother is waving the Iranian flag. The Daivari brothers stand in the ring while the crowd loudly boos them. Ariya says these athletes are pathetic. They’re wannabes, not real athletes. Real athletes like the Daivari Brothers come from the strongest nation in the world, Iran. That gets loud boos. Shawn speaks in his native tongue before Fisal gets in his face. They jaw at each other before Ariya shoves Fisal. Fisal then shoves him down. Ariya is stunned. Nassar kicks him down. Hussein then body slams him down. The Daivari Brothers are then sent out of the ring. Michael Cole makes a remark that they weren’t listening to Coach Bloom because they’re playing to the crowd. They then pose before their native countrymen.
Video Package: AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship
They do the introductions in the ring to give it a big match feel.
They lock up, but Nakamura quickly takes him down by viciously wrenching the arm. Styles fights up and twists out before applying an arm lock. Nakamura quickly gets out and leaves the ring to regroup. Nakamura gets back in the ring. They lock up, and Styles hooks a side headlock. Nakamura tries to whip him off, but Styles holds on. Nakamura powers him back into the corner and gets out of the hold. They tussle into the ropes, and Nakamura gives a clean break before leaning on Styles. Nakamura shouts, “Come on!” Styles charges, but Nakamura knees him in the midsection. They hit the ropes, but Styles dropkicks him down. Styles puts him in the corner and chops the chest. Styles hits a snapmare and kicks him in the spine for a near fall. Styles sends him to the corner, but Nakamura boots him back. Nakamura applies a waistlock, but Styles holds the ropes. Nakamura then kicks him in the knee. Nakamura lays him out on the apron and knees him down to the ringside mats. There appears to be something going on in the crowd. A beachball probably. Nakamura takes Styles down and drops a knee for a two count. Nakamura then applies a chin lock. Styles elbows out, but Nakamura knees him. Styles flips through a back suplex and hits a wheelbarrow facebuster.
Styles hits a pair of clotheslines before hitting a snapmare and a diving forearm. Styles kips up and clotheslines him in the corner. Styles hits the ushigoroshi for a near fall. Styles tries to get Nakamura up, but Nakamura kicks him. Nakamura hits some vicious knees to the face before kicking him. Nakamura hits a sit-out facebuster and waits for him to get up. Styles intercepts him and rolls him up for a near fall. Styles then applies a Calf Crusher. Nakamura yells in pain, but eventually gets to the bottom rope. Styles gets him to his feet and grabs a leg, but Nakamura hits an enzuigiri. Styles boots him and tries for a springboard, but Nakamura grabs him and lays him on the top rope. Nakamura hits a knee to the ribs for a near fall. Nakamura puts him on the top rope and viciously kicks him in the head. Nakamura goes for a superplex, but Styles slips under the legs and sends him headfirst into the turnbuckle. Nakamura gets to his feet, and they trade forearms. Styles soon unloads on him, and Nakamura goes down to his knees. Nakamura tries for a strike combo, but Styles avoids it. Nakamura then takes him down and goes for an arm bar, but Styles blocks it. Nakamura punches and applies the arm bar. Styles desperately counters into a pin to break the hold. Styles hits a Pele Kick and sets up for the Phenomenal Forearm. Nakamura avoids it and nearly hits the referee. Nakamura low blows him behind the referee’s back and rolls him up, but Styles grabs the bottom rope. Nakamura goes for a Kinshasa, but Styles cuts him off with a flying attack. Nakamura is rolls out of the ring. Styles tackles him over the Arabic commentary table. The referee counts them both out.
Styles continues to attack him outside the ring before knocking him into the crowd. Styles grabs a chair and smacks it on his back. Nakamura runs off, but Styles cuts him off with a Phenomenal Forearm plancha.
Video Package: The Undertaker vs. Rusev in a Casket Match
The bell rings, and Undertaker just looks at the casket at ringside. The casket is opened, and Rusev immediately gets out of the ring. Aidan English gives Rusev a pep talk. The crowd is really buzzing and there hasn’t been any action yet. Rusev gets in the ring, but he immediately leaves. Rusev walks around the ring before Undertaker comes up from behind and starts punching. Undertaker gets him in the ring, and Rusev kick away at him. Undertaker calmly walks out of the corner and sends him to the corner before punching him down. Undertaker wrenches the arm and shoulders at it. Undertaker hits him with Old School before throwing him on top of the casket. Rusev freaks out and needs to be calmed down by English. Rusev pulls Undertaker out of the ring and drives him into the barricade. Undertaker comes back by sending him into the barricade. The barricade nearly breaks. Undertaker bounces Rusev off the commentary table and lays him across the apron. Undertaker then hits a guillotine leg drop. The casket is opened, and Undertaker rolls Rusev inside. English holds the lid to prevent it from being closed. Undertaker intimidates English and sends him running. Rusev gets in the ring and kicks Undertaker while he gets in. Rusev kicks and punches away at Undertaker. Undertaker responds with some big right hands. Rusev stumbles him back with some right hands, but Undertaker bounces back with a right hand that floors Rusev. Undertaker head-butts Rusev down. Undertaker has a whip reversed, and Rusev hits him with a spinning wheel kick. Rusev drops some elbows and lets out a primal scream. Rusev stomps the back and applies the Accolade. Rusev cinches it in before letting go. Rusev yells for the casket to be opened. Undertaker sits up and stands behind Rusev. Rusev looks stunned. Undertaker goes for a Chokeslam, but Rusev gets out. They trade punches before Rusev sends him into the ropes. Undertaker ducks a clothesline and hits a Chokeslam. Undertaker has the lid of the casket opened and throws Rusev in. Undertaker turns and catches English trying to attack. Undertaker gives English a Chokeslam before following up with a Tombstone Piledriver. Undertaker then rolls English into the casket on top of Rusev and closes the lid.
Video Package: Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship
The Steel Cage descends upon the ring. The Steel Cage match is next.
Paul Heyman takes the microphone from the announcer. Heyman says Lesnar is the master of the Brock-tagon and introduces him in a big way.
They circle the ring, and Lesnar quickly counters a Superman Punch with a German Suplex. Lesnar hits a second and third German Suplex soon after. Lesnar stalks him for a few moments and hits a fourth German Suplex. Lesnar stands over Reigns and smiles. Lesnar scoops him up and hits an F5. Lesnar laughs and stands over Reigns nodding. Lesnar takes his time before picking him up for another F5. Reigns hits a pair of Superman Punches that sends Lesnar stumbling. Reigns hits a third Superman Punch and charges, but Lesnar lifts him up. Reigns quickly climbs the wall of the cage and kicks Lesnar back. Reigns nearly gets over the top of the cage, but Lesnar grabs him and pulls him back in. Lesnar knocks him to the canvas and climbs slowly. Reigns grabs him, fights him a bit, and hits a powerbomb. Lesnar shakes the cobwebs out of his head and gets to his feet. Samoa Joe is seen watching backstage. Reigns sends Lesnar headfirst into the cage three times before cutting him in half with a Spear! Reigns waits for Lesnar to get up and Spears him again. Reigns hits the ropes and hits a third Spear! Reigns covers for a near fall. Reigns goes to leave the ring, but Paul Heyman slams the door on his head. Lesnar immediately follows up with an F5 for a near fall. There have been three Spears and two F5s in this match so far.
Heyman puts a steel chair in the ring. Lesnar smiles while he takes his gloves off and grabs the chair. Reigns hits the fourth Spear of the match to avoid being hit with the chair for a near fall. Reigns picks up the chair and smiles while cracking the chair off Lesnar’s back. Reigns hits him with three more shots, four in total. Reigns connects with a Superman Punch and signals for the end! Reigns spears him through the wall of the cage and nearly spikes himself in the head in the process! Lesnar’s body landed first, so he wins. That looked like a car wreck.
Replays are shown of how close that finish was. Devastating looking spot.
The commentators run down the WWE Backlash card.
The 50-Man Greatest Royal Rumble match is next. They show the trophy and a green title belt.
A commercial airs for the WWE Network.
No. 1: Daniel Bryan
No. 2: Dolph Ziggler
They circle the ring, and Bryan quickly tries to eliminate Ziggler. Ziggler holds on and powers Bryan to the corner. Ziggler punches him before trying to pull him over the top rope. Bryan fights out and hits the ropes, but Ziggler dropkicks him down. Ziggler tries to put him over the top rope, but Bryan holds on. Bryan pulls him over, but they both get out.
No. 3: Sin Cara
Ziggler continues to attack Bryan in the corner while Sin Cara runs down to the ring. Cara hits Ziggler and Bryan with a springboard moonsault block before hitting a modified powerbomb on Ziggler. Bryan reverses a whip, and Cara hits a springboard cross-body on him. Cara puts him in the corner, but Bryan drops him on the apron. Cara kicks him back and goes to the top rope for a Swanton Bomb. Cara puts him in the corner and cuts Ziggler off. Ziggler goes for a Zig-Zag, but Cara hangs on. Ziggler superkicks him and eliminates Sin Cara.
Sin Cara has been eliminated.
Bryan nearly eliminates Ziggler, but he holds on.
No. 4: Curtis Axel
Axel attacks both guys before attacking Ziggler in the corner. The crowd isn’t buying him as a threat.
No. 5: Mark Henry
The WWE Hall of Famer is coming out of retirement for this one match. Axel is trying to eliminate Bryan while Henry slowly walks to the ring. Bryan kicks Axel away, and he’s tied up in a tree of woe. Axel attack Henry when he comes in the ring. Henry puts him on the apron and head-butts him to eliminate him.
Curtis Axel has been eliminated.
Bryan and Ziggler try to eliminate Henry, but he fights them off.
No. 6: Mike Kanellis
Kanellis gets in the ring, and Henry immediately eliminates him. They’re thinking he broke Santino Marella’s record.
Mike Kanellis has been eliminated.
Henry sends Bryan to the corner and avalanches Ziggler in the ring.
No. 7: Hiroki Sumi
Sumi is a giant Sumo wrestler that trained with Akebono, the guy who had a Sumo Match against Big Show at WrestleMania 21. Sumi goes face to face with Henry. They try to overpower one another. Henry eliminates Sumi. Ziggler and Bryan then eliminate Henry.
Hiroki Sumi has been eliminated.
Mark Henry has been eliminated.
Bryan and Ziggler go at it. Bryan nearly eliminates Ziggler.
No. 8: Viktor
Viktor tries to overwhelm both guys with fast offense. Viktor nearly eliminates Ziggler and hits Bryan with a flying knee. Viktor puts Bryan on the apron. Bryan hits an arm breaker and pulls him over the top rope to eliminate him.
Viktor has been eliminated.
No. 9: Kofi Kingston
Kingston comes in like a house on fire and hits Ziggler with a Boom Drop. Kingston goes to eliminate Bryan, but he holds on. Bryan kicks him away. Bryan starts doing the YES Kicks on Kingston and Ziggler.
No. 10: Tony Nese
Nese avoids a clothesline from Kingston and takes him down with a strike combo. Nese tries to eliminate Kingston. Bryan uppercuts Nese down while Kingston kicks away at Ziggler. Bryan lifts Nese up and tries to eliminate him to no avail.
No. 11: Dash Wilder
Wilder runs in and grabs Nese. Bryan then tries to eliminate Wilder. Bryan kicks Nese before Wilder attacks him. Wilder hits Bryan with a back elbow before punching away at him. Nese and Kingston nearly have Ziggler out of the ring.
No. 12: Hornswoggle
Hornswoggle helps to eliminate Wilder.
Dash Wilder has been eliminated.
Hornswoggle kicks Kingston in the knee and hits a Samoan Drop! Hornswoggle goes to the top rope and tries for a Tadpole Splash, but Ziggler superkicks him. Hornswoggle falls to the apron. Hornswoggle bites Ziggler before Nese knees him in the face to eliminate him.
Hornswoggle has been eliminated.
No. 13: Primo Colon
Colon goes right after Nese. Bryan hits Kingston with a tornado DDT on the other side of the ring. Colon sends Nese over the top rope, but he holds on. Bryan lifts Ziggler and goes to eliminate him, but Colon stops it.
No. 14: Xavier Woods
Woods teams with Kingston to attack Nese. Kingston is nearly eliminated, but he is piggy backing on Woods’ back. They’re hanging on the apron. Woods climbs the top rope with Kingston on his back. Kingston then uses Woods’ back as a platform to hit Primo, Ziggler, and Bryan with a cross-body. The New Day gyrates with Nese confused and joining them. They get into it with him dancing before lifting him up like they do with Big E. They then throw him over the top rope.
Tony Nese has been eliminated.
No. 15: Bo Dallas
Dallas immediately throws Kingston over, but he hangs on. Bryan goes for a suplex on Kingston, but it’s blocked. Bryan finally hits it. Time between entrants has not been close to 90 seconds.
No. 16: Kurt Angle
This is the second WWE Hall of Famer to enter this match. Angle jogs down to the ring and hits Dallas with a German Suplex. Angle hits Primo with a German Suplex. Ziggler meets the same fate. Dallas is then thrown over the top rope, as is Primo. Ziggler then superkicks Angle.
Bo Dallas has been eliminated.
Primo Colon has been eliminated.
Ziggler tries to attack Angle, but Angle gives him a belly-to-belly suplex over the top rope.
Dolph Ziggler has been eliminated.
No. 17: Scott Dawson
Dawson quickly attacks Woods and stomps him down. Dawson uppercuts him in the corner and goes for an elimination. Angle attacks Dawson, but Dawson turns him around. The New Day nearly eliminates Bryan. He is dangling precariously on the apron, but he holds on.
No. 18: Goldust
Goldust hits Woods with a scoop powerslam before putting him on the apron. Woods hangs on. Bryan pushes Kingston off the top rope and hits a diving knee to the face. Goldust has Bryan on the apron and punches him. Goldust nearly eliminates Bryan, but he slides in.
No. 19: Konnor
Konnor gets in the ring and attacks Kingston. Woods attacks Konnor and saves Kingston. Goldust has Bryan on the apron again. Woods superkicks Konnor in the midsection. Woods then concentrates on Angle. Woods tried for a double leg, but Angle just sits on him.
No. 20: Elias
Elias comes out with his guitar. Elias says 60,000 people have come to see him. Saudi Arabia knows that WWE stands for Walk With Elias. Elias then runs in and eliminates The New Day and Konnor!
Xavier Woods has been eliminated.
Kofi Kingston has been eliminated.
Konnor has been eliminated.
No. 21: Luke Gallows
Gallows attacks Dawson in the corner. Bryan and Angle are going at it. Bryan flips through a German Suplex and starts hitting Angle with the YES Kicks. Angle blocks a kick and tries for an Ankle Lock. Bryan gets out, but Angle hits Bryan with an Angle Slam! Angle pulls the straps down, but he’s eliminated by Elias!
Kurt Angle has been eliminated.
No. 22: Rhyno
Rhyno quickly attacks Dawson and beats him down in the corner. Goldust nearly has Elias over the top rope. Gallows is working on Bryan in the corner. Bryan is on the top rope in a daze.
No. 23: Drew Gulak
Gulak attacks Bryan in the corner and stomps away at him. Dawson quickly grabs Gulak and tries to eliminate him. Gulak takes him down and they trade stiff shots. Gallows punches Goldust down on the opposite side of the ring. Goldust comes back with a jawbreaker.
No. 24: Tucker Knight
Kight stomps Dawson down in the corner and tries for a suplex on Gulak. Gulak goes for a sleeper, but Knight pulls him over the top rope to eliminate him.
Drew Gulak has been eliminated.
No. 25: Bobby Roode
Roode clotheslines Knight and hits Dawson with a spinebuster. Roode then eliminates Goldust.
Goldust has been eliminated.
Dawson tries for a move on Roode, but he falls to the floor.
Scott Dawson has been eliminated.
No. 26: Fandango
Fandango attacks Knight in the corner and chops him. Roode tries to eliminate Elias, who defeated him this past Monday on RAW. Gallows and Rhyno team to work over Fandango. Knight and Roode try to eliminate Elias, but he hangs on.
No. 27: Chad Gable
Rhyno charges Gable, but he sidesteps him. Gable hits Fandango with a hip toss and lifts Knight for an electric chair drop. Bryan and Gable go at it.
No. 28: Rey Mysterio
Mysterio ducks a clothesline from Gallows and kicks away at him. Roode leapfrogs Mysterio into Gallows. Mysterio then hits a hurricanrana over the top rope to eliminate him.
Luke Gallows has been eliminated.
Mysterio goes for a 619 on Roode, but Fandango cuts him off. Mysterio flips over to Gable and gives him a DDT!
No. 29: Mojo Rawley
Rawley immediately eliminates Fandango.
Fandango has been eliminated.
Rawlery attacks Gable. There’s just fighting all over the ring. No near eliminations.
No. 30: Tyler Breeze
Rawley quickly puts Breeze on the apron. Breeze jumps into Fandango’s arms to avoid being eliminated. Fandango puts him back on the apron, and Rawley just eliminates him.
Tyler Breeze has been eliminated.
Knight hits Gable with a Thesz Press. Bryan hits Knight with some YES Kicks. Gable then suplexes Bryan.
No. 31: Big E
Big E presents Knight with some pancakes, but he declines. Big E connects with a Big Ending on Knight and eliminates him.
Tucker Knight has been eliminated.
No 32.: Karl Anderson
Anderson kicks Bryan and hits Roode with a spinebuster on Big E’s pancakes. Big E tries to eliminate Anderson, but to no avail. Mysterio hits Roode with a 619.
No. 33: Apollo Crews
Crews kicks Gable and hits a standing moonsault. Crews then eliminates Gable, who lands badly.
Chad Gable has been eliminated.
Bryan concentrates on Crews and hits a chop. Crews hits a scoop slam.
No. 34: Roderick Strong
Strong runs down and chops Rawley before chopping Elias and Crews. Elias has a whip reversed, and Strong hits a dropkick. Roode and Anderson are hit with backbreakers, as is Mysterio. Strong lifts up Big E and hits a gutbuster. Strong then eliminates Rhyno with a knee to the head.
Rhyno has been eliminated.
No. 35: Randy Orton
Orton clotheslines Crews and hits Roode with a powerslam. Crews dives off the ropes, but Orton hits an RKO. Anderson and Rawley have been eliminated by Orton. So is Crews.
Karl Anderson has been eliminated.
Mojo Rawley has been eliminated.
Apollo Crews has been eliminated.
No. 36: Heath Slater
Slater nearly eliminates Elias, but he holds on.
No. 37: Babatunde
Babatunde shoulder blocks Roode and keeps him down. Bryan punches away at Babatunde, but he’s taken down.
No. 38: Baron Corbin
Corbin pulls Elias under the top rope and sends him into the ring steps. Corbin punches Roode and big boots Bryan. Mysterio gets hit with a Deep Six. Corbin clotheslines Roode and eats a kick from Strong. Corbin comes back with a clothesline and eliminates Roode.
Bobby Roode has been eliminated.
Roderick Strong has been eliminated.
No. 39: Titus O’Neil
O’Neil trips running down the ramp and slides under the ring! O’Neil quickly gets in the ring and is ticked off. They show replays of that multiple times.
No. 40: Dan Matha
They’re still on the trip under the ring. They’re going off on this and calling it the greatest moment in the history of the Royal Rumble. It was pretty funny. Slater nearly eliminates Bryan, who entered number one. Bryan stays in.
No. 41: Braun Strowman
Strowman gets in the ring and goes face to face with Babatunde. Strowman eliminates him with Matha.
Babatunde has been eliminated.
Dan Matha has been eliminated.
Big E has been eliminated.
Heath Slater has been eliminated.
The remaining competitors try to eliminate Strowman.
No. 42: Tye Dillinger
Dillinger tries to help, but Strowman explodes out. O’Neil and Dillinger are eliminated by Strowman.
Titus O’Neil has been eliminated.
Tye Dillinger has been eliminated.
Mysterio tries to attack Strowman, but to no avail. Orton dropkicks Strowman, and Mysterio hits a 619. Orton with an RKO. Corbin tries to eliminate Mysterio, but he holds on. Corbin finally eliminates Mysterio.
Rey Mysterio has been eliminated.
Orton then eliminates Corbin.
Baron Corbin has been eliminated.
Elias then eliminates Orton!
Randy Orton has been eliminated.
Strowman then slams Elias down a few times.
No. 43: Curt Hawkins
Hawkins runs away, and Strowman leaves the ring to catch him. Strowman puts him in the ring and knocks Bryan into the barricade. Strowman then eliminates Hawkins.
Curt Hawkins has been eliminated.
Elias sidesteps Strowman and puts him shoulder-first in the corner.
No. 44: Bobby Lashley
Lashley wildly attacks Elias and botches a sidewalk slam. Lashley then eliminates Elias.
Elias has been eliminated.
Lashley and Strowman come to blows. Strowman knocks him to the corner, but Lashley clotheslines him. Bryan attacks Lashley and Strowman with running corner dropkicks. Bryan’s chest is wrecked from chops.
No. 45: The Great Khali
Khali takes forever to get to the ring. Khali chops Lashley and Bryan. Strowman is then chopped. Khali tries for a Punjabi Plunge on Bryan, but he’s stopped. Strowman and Lashley eliminate Khali.
The Great Khali has been eliminated.
Strowman and Lashley double clothesline one another.
No. 46: Kevin Owens
Owens hits Bryan, Lashley, and Strowman with cannonballs. Bryan gets Owens on the apron, but he can’t eliminate him. Bryan now holds the record as the longest entrant in the Royal Rumble’s history. Owens hits him with a Pop-up Powerbomb to celebrate.
No. 47: Shane McMahon
McMahon wildly punches away at Owens and gives him a jumping back elbow. McMahon then stomps Lashley in the corner. Owens punches McMahon and sends him to the ropes, but McMahon boots him. McMahon DDTs Owens and dances. Bryan looks at his former partner. Bryan’s chest is insane. A “YES” chant breaks out as Bryan and McMahon stare at each other. They then look at Owens and take turns doing the YES Kicks.
No. 48: Shelton Benjamin
Benjamin attacks McMahon and knees Lashley in the face. Strowman shoves Benjamin down. Strowman sets up, and Owens tries to rally everyone to get Strowman out. Strowman fights all challengers off.
No. 49: Big Cass
Bryan can’t wait for Cass to get in. Cass takes him down and punches away at him. Cass boots Strowman back. Benjamin and Lashley attack Strowman. McMahon then hits Strowman with Coast To Coast! Strowman rolls under the bottom rope to recover. Cass hits Lashley with a fallaway slam.
No. 50: Chris Jericho
This is the final entrant in this match. Owens is shocked. Jericho makes a beeline for Owens and hits a Lionsault. Jericho nearly eliminates Cass. Jericho then eliminates Benjamin.
Shelton Benjamin has been eliminated.
Jericho applies the Walls of Jericho to Owens, and he taps out. Cass big boots Jericho. Lashley then goes for a vertical suplex and nearly kills him when he loses his balance. Bryan hits Owens with a suplex. Bryan kicks away at Owens. Bryan hits a pair of running dropkicks on Owens in the corner. McMahon goes to the top rope, but Strowman grabs him and KILLS MCMAHON WITH A CHOKESLAM OFF THE TOP ROPE THROUGH THE COMMENTARY TABLE!
Shane McMahon has been eliminated.
Strowman gets in the ring and grabs Lashley. Strowman eliminates him. Jericho is eliminated attempting a Codebreaker. Owens is then sent over by Strowman.
Bobby Lashley has been eliminated.
Chris Jericho has been eliminated.
Kevin Owens has been eliminated.
Bryan attacks Strowman and tries to eliminate him, but Cass big boots him down before eliminating Bryan! Cass talks major trash to Bryan.
Daniel Bryan has been eliminated.
It’s down to Cass and Strowman. Cass attacks and tries to send Strowman over, but he can’t. Strowman crotches him on the top rope and bounces him around. Strowman then eliminates Cass to win the Greatest Royal Rumble!
Replays are shown of the destruction caused by Braun Strowman. WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is in the ring with a member of the Saudi Arabian government. McMahon presents Strowman with the Greatest Royal Rumble Trophy and the title belt.