WWE Royal Rumble 2021: Results, Edge wins, full recap and analysis you need to know

WWE Royal Rumble 2021: Results, Edge wins, full recap and analysis you need to know

After starting as the No. 1 entrant, Edge won the Royal Rumble by tossing out Randy Orton.

Edge goes to WrestleMania. After being out with an injury since last year’s Backlash occasion in May, Edge returned on the Royal Rumble, won the eponymous match, and punched his ticket to ‘Mania. This in all probability means Orton will win a world title between now and then, as their feud is poised to proceed following the events of the Rumble (see below).

The Rumble also noticed the returns of Seth Rollins and, extra surprisingly, Christian.

The women’s Rumble was gained by Bianca Belair, who might be WWE’s subsequent breakout star. Both worlds champions retained their gold, with Roman Reigns defeating Kevin Owens and Drew McIntyre pinning Goldberg.

General, it was a reasonably good present. Greater than different PPV occasions, it was hurt by the dearth of a crowd. Neither world championship match was a show-stealer, either. However the main occasion was enjoyable, and it is a genuine feel-good story to see Edge again.

Edge wins Royal Rumble

Edge has become the third person in history to win the Royal Rumble after entering at No. 1. He outlasted all 29, together with a sneaky Randy Orton and a returning Christian, to win the bout. The Rumble additionally noticed Seth Rollins return, for the primary time since November.

The match opened with Edge and Orton as entrants 1 and 2. They brawled, and finally, Edge hit a DDT on the announcer’s desk. He then struck Orton within the leg with a chair. Orton was ostensibly out from this level, being assisted to the again by trainers who stated Orton cannot compete on the grounds of not being able to stroll.

The end got here after Edge dumped Rollins excessive rope, considering he’d gained. Orton appeared out of nowhere and gave him an RKO. He picked Edge up and tried to throw him over, but Edge countered and it was Orton who ended up eradicated.

Daniel Bryan, known as the “sentimental favorite”, lasted a long time, but was eradicated by Rollins. (Not earlier than an awesome change between Bryan and Matt Riddle). It should (hopefully) result in a feud, like Rollins, hiding on the skin, struck Bryan from behind when Bryan was on a roll, Curbstomped him, and threw him out.

Different Rumble longshots Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura have been both eradicated quite unceremoniously. It a bit of a bummer in Nakamura’s case particularly, since his Gauntlet Match performance on SmackDown appeared to point bigger things for him.

Past Edge‘s win, the largest information is the return of Christian. Christian hasn’t wrestled since 2014 when he was taken off the roster for concussion points. He looked in nice form and made it to the final four.

Rating: 4 stars. Christian was an incredible shock return, as was Rollins. As with the women’s match, this actually did endure from the dearth of a reside crowd. However everyone labored exhausting, and although it wasn’t as spectacular as a daily Rumble, it was solid and constantly entertaining. The harm angle with Orton could not be extra unconvincing, but the last-minute counter from Edge, snatching victory away from Orton, was glorious.

Surprise entrants so far: Carlito, Kane, Christian, Seth Rollins.

Roman Reigns retains Universal Championship

After an extended, often preposterous match, Roman Reigns defeated Kevin Owens in a Last Man Standing match to retain his Common Championship. Reigns choked Owens out with a Guillotine lock to keep him down for the ten counts.

The match started sizzling, with a Superman Punch, Pop-up Powerbomb, and Spear all coming inside the first jiffy. The brawling quickly went from the ring to the Thunderdome, as the 2 fought by the LCD screens that present followers’ faces. Eventually, they ended up within the back, which is the place things received a bit foolish.

As Owens crawled into the again of the stadium, he was actually run over by Reigns, who was driving a golf cart-Esque vehicle. That could not preserve Owens down although, and the 2 continued to duke it out. The excessive spot got here when Owens hit a senton off the highest of a forklift platform, through a desk.

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They returned to the doorway ramp, the place Reigns speared Owens by way of the LED boards. Reigns then produced a pair of handcuffs, but Owens took them off him and handcuffed Reigns to close by lights, such that Reigns could not get to his ft. When the ref count was at 9, Reigns grabbed the ref by his belt and pulled him into the lights, knocking him out. He then low blew Owens. Paul Heyman got here out to make the save, uncuffing Reigns. Reigns then locked on the Guillotine, retaining his title.

Rating: 3 stars. This was simply the weakest of the Reigns/Owens trilogy, following their excellent cage match on SmackDown in January and their fantastic TLC match eventually month’s PPV. I understand that, after these two sturdy matches, they might wish to do one thing totally different. But as soon as people are getting run over in the middle of a match and that’s not even a key false end, things have gone too far. It was exhausting to suspend your disbelief for this one, and the lengthy 9 counts didn’t help in pacing either.

Bianca Belair wins women’s, Royal Rumble

After coming into at No. 3, Bianca Belair gained the women’s, Royal Rumble. The final three have been Charlotte Aptitude, Rhea Ripley, and Bianca Belair. Ripley and Belair teamed as much as eliminating Charlotte. Then they battled back and forth for the ultimate jiffy, which was excellent. No main surprises — no Ronda Rousey, no Becky Lynch — however total a fairly good Rumble, regardless of some facepalm moments.

The first stretch of the match has revolved around Billie Kay, of all folks. When her quantity was known as she entered the sector however not the ring, hanging out on the announcer’s desk and handing out her 8×10 to Jerry Lawler. Because the ring stacked up with entrants, like Shayna Baszler and Toni Storm, Kay tried to persuade them to the team along with her, to no avail. Lastly, shock entrant Jillian Hall agreed to be her accomplice, and the 2 cleared out the ring.

Their partnership got here to an end around 7 minutes later, when Kay eradicated Corridor. That was solely the second elimination of the match, with 13 entrants to this point. Kay was then eradicated whereas gloating. Issues picked up with entrants 14 and 15, Rhea Ripley, and Charlotte Aptitude. Lacey Evans then entered wearing Charlotte Aptitude’s gown — although she’d later be eradicated by Baszler, considerably defeating the purpose of this warmth.

The Rumble then saw a title change. Alicia Fox entered at No. 21 and was adopted to the ring by 24/7 Champion R-Reality. The 24/7 Title guys rushed the ring, and Reality and Fox fought them off. Along with his again turned, Fox then rolled up Reality for the title win. After she was eradicated by Mandy Rose moments later, Reality rolled up Fox to win his championship again.

The Rumble additionally practically received derailed with whacky Fiend stuff, as Alexa Bliss entered and, after being beaten down by everyone, started to rework into her evil, invincible alter ego. However, as she was transforming, which regarded as dumb as it sounds, she was eradicated by Ripley. Phew.

After the Rumble, Belair was interviewed within the ring. Overcome with actual joy, she gave a great promo about how she’s going to WrestleMania.

Rating: 3.25 stars. Decent, pretty good contemplating there no resided crowd to work with. There have been clumsy, sloppy spots, and the Alexa Bliss section was so hokey. However, the final few minutes between Ripley and Belair were unbelievable, bumping it up a notch.

Shock entrants up to now: Jillian Corridor, Victoria, Torrie Wilson.

Sasha Banks taps out Carmella

Carmella had the very best match of her profession at December’s TLC pay-per-view with Sasha Banks, however, this follows up wasn’t fairly as good. After a median match, Sasha Banks submitted Carmella with the Banks Statement

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These women were put in a tricky spot, following the WWE Championship match which, while mild in motion, was heavy in star energy. The primary half noticed Carmella beating down on Banks, but her offense wasn’t particularly convincing. It picked up as the bout transitioned into more back-and-forth, however even then little was outstanding.

Maybe the most fun was how Reginald, Carmella’s manager, got concerned, with Carmella utilizing him as a launching pad at one level. He additionally accidentally caught Sasha as she fell out of the ring, inadvertently saving her from a fall, just for Sasha to work in a hurricanrana on him. Carmella then did a gnarly suicide dive, landing face-first and thankfully not killing herself.

Banks additionally won the match with a nice omoplata transition into her Banks Statement, when you’re into MMA being built-in into your WWE.

Rating: 2.5 stars.

Drew McIntyre beats Goldberg

This went exactly as you’d count on. The match was short and consisted of three moves: Several Spears, several Claymore Kicks, and one Jackhammer.

It began with McIntyre hitting Goldberg with a headbutt after which a spear, copying Goldberg’s move. Goldberg then rolled to the skin and speared McIntyre through a barricade. As soon as they were inside the ring, the referee rang the bell. From there it was merely an exchange of spears and Claymore Kicks, and Goldberg at one point hit a Jackhammer for a two.

After a series of near falls, Goldberg missed a spear, McIntyre’s Claymore connected and victory came with it. They embraced after the match.

Rating: 1 star. Might have been fun if there was a live crowd that was into the exchanges, however as it was this was sterile and boring. Goldberg’s limitations — the truth that he can basically solely do one thing, a spear — are so bare, it is hard to essentially get into the action.

Preshow Results

The Royal Rumble’s Preshow noticed titles change, as Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler defeated Asuka and Charlotte. Charlotte was pinned after Lacey Evans interfered within the match and struck her with brass knucks. Jax then hit a leg drop and received the pin.

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