Outside of WrestleMania the Royal Rumble is arguably the biggest event of WWE's entire calendar. Yes, there's SummerSlam but even that massive show doesn't have the same feel as the Rumble has. It marks the start of the Road to WrestleMania and is always memorable. This year's installment had more pressure on it to be unforgettable than ever before. Two Royal Rumble matches, both surrounded by seemingly endless rumors, this show simply had to deliver. Which moments from the night really stood out though?
If The Usos wanted to walk out of Philadelphia with the SmackDown Tag Team Championships still around their waists, then they would have to pin Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin not just once, but twice. Considering how good the blue brand's tag division has been lately, you could rest assured it was going to be an entertaining bout. There were obviously a few spots in this one that could have made the list, but Jey Uso's energetic effort is the one that wound up making the cut. The Samoan threw himself over the ropes to take out Shelton Benjamin, only to immediately jump back in the ring and do the same on the other side to Chad Gable.
We all knew exactly what we were going to get when Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, and Kane stepped into the ring on Sunday night—carnage. Fans of terrific technical wrestling look away now because these three men were here to brawl. One big move was going to end this but which of the behemoths was going to deliver it? Well, it was Lesnar and his F5 of course, but it wasn't the winning F5 that made this list. No, it was one that The Beast Incarnate delivered to The Monster Among Men. Getting a man of that magnitude up for an F5 at all is an incredible achievement, doing it through an announce table makes it that much more special. Not only that, but it made Strowman bounce before the table broke. The move looks like it did some damage.
The men's Royal Rumble on Sunday night was a pretty incredible one. Not only did Shinsuke Nakamura win the match, but the bout was packed with memorable moments and a fair few surprise entrants. Although he's small in stature one of those surprises stood above all the others, Rey Mysterio. The veteran luchador is back and looking better than ever. Naturally, the former World Champion doled out a few 619s while he was in the match, and one of them may be the biggest he has ever delivered. Mysterio hung both John Cena and Roman Reigns on the ropes and hit the two faces of the company with one 619. Welcome back Rey, we enjoyed that. More of the same please, if you're sticking around.
If you love WWE Superstars from the past returning and performing their finishers on two wrestlers at a time, then you will have really enjoyed Sunday night's Royal Rumble. Not only did Rey Mysterio 619 Cena and Reigns at the same time, but Lita also hit a moonsault on two stars at the same time. But wait, there's more. In our opinion, the number 30 spot should be reserved for a massive star in every single Royal Rumble, and for the women they did exactly that. Fans may have been chanting Ronday Rousey, and they got her a little later, but they would not have been disappointed with who came out instead. Trish Stratus and she looked like she hadn't missed a step. The highlight of her Rumble? Delivering her patented Stratusfaction to both of The Bella Twins at the same time.
There are certain things you can rely on from any and every Royal Rumble match. Surprise entries, comedy spots, and some inventive acrobatics from Kofi Kingston. This year was no different and he had his New Day buddies to help him. Jinder Mahal went about eliminating all three of them but came up short with Kingston. That's because Xavier Woods was still lying on the ground outside and Kingston planted his foot on him. Woods and Big E then gave their tag partner a stack of pancakes to stand on so that he didn't have to put his foot on the floor. They needed to get him back over the ropes and past Mahal though. Their solution? They boosted Kingston high into the air with a leap that would rival Free Willy. It worked like a charm and looked pretty amazing to boot.
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