Ronda Rousey Joins WWE: Full Royal Rumble 2018 Review/Results

The WWE Royal Rumble 2018 event did not disappoint as it featured many surprises and winners that the fans actually like. It might be my favorite Royal Rumble since the 2001 and 2007 iterations.

The reason that made this event so fun was the fact that there were two Royal Rumble matches. The men's match took place earlier in the night while the main event belonged to the women.

Nothing exciting happened on the pre-show as Kalisto, Gran Metalik, and Lince Dorado, The Revival and Bobby Roode won their respective matches in average efforts. The actual event was where things got more exciting.

The night kicked off with the WWE Championship match as AJ Styles defended his title against Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.

The match started off pretty slowly, but things improved in a big way near the latter end of the match.

That said, the finish of the match had a screwy conclusion as Kevin Owens was pinned by AJ Styles even though Sami Zayn was the legal man.

It's likely this issue won't be resolved until we see Smackdown Live this Tuesday night.

The event also gave us some decent tag-team title matches, although they were nothing too special. The Usos defeated the team of Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable while The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) surprisingly beat Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan.

The Universal title match was an awesome street fight brawl between Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman and Kane. They used a lot of tables, chairs and hard hitting moves on one another.

The only thing I did not like about this match was the predictable finish.

Brock Lesnar retained the title when he used the F-5 on Kane. I was hoping Braun Strowman would have won, but it looks like Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns is set for WrestleMania 34.

Last year's Royal Rumble match was a big disappointment because there were no big surprises and Randy Orton won.

There's nothing wrong about Orton, but his victory did not seem that big because he's already been a multi-time World Champion and already won the Royal Rumble back in 2009.

This year's men's Royal Rumble match was way better because many surprises entered the match. Rey Mysterio and The Hurricane came back while NXT stars Adam Cole and Andrade "Cien" Almas entered the match.

However, number 30 was underwhelming again as Dolph Ziggler came out last. It might have been better if Rey Mysterio was last instead, but he came out as number 27 instead.

Anyway, the match had cool spots thanks to Kofi Kingston and the aforementioned surprises. The MVP of the match was Finn Balor who lasted close to one hour.

The final four was awesome as it was between Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, John Cena and Roman Reigns. It was pretty much the two IWC favorites going up against Vince McMahon's favorites.

I was pretty nervous because there was a good chance either John Cena or Roman Reigns could have won. Although in the end though, it was down to Reigns and Nakamura with the latter deservedly getting the win.

This is the first time in many years that someone new has actually won the Royal Rumble. Shinsuke Nakamura has confirmed that he wishes to face AJ Styles for the WWE Title at WrestleMania 34.

The women's match was also a favorite of mine as many past legends entered the Royal Rumble. It was great seeing Lita, Beth Phoenix, Trish Stratus, Torrie Wilson, Vickie Guerrero, Kelly Kelly, Molly Holly, Michelle McCool and Jacqueline back.

The only NXT names in the match was my current favorite female wrestler Ember Moon and Kairi Sane. Sadly though, both of them did not last as long in the match as I hoped.

Trish Stratus entered at number 30 which is much more exciting than Dolph Ziggler. The end of the match though was between The Bella Twins vs Asuka.

Asuka managed to overcome The Bella Twins to win the first ever all female Royal Rumble match. Thankfully, Stephanie McMahon stayed at ringside and did not enter the Rumble.

However, the event was not over because after Asuka's victory, Ronda Rousey entered the arena to make herself known to the rest of the WWE roster.

Ronda Rousey is of course a former UFC champion and has now signed a full time contract with the WWE. It's expected she could be facing Charlotte at WrestleMania 34 which has the potential to main event the PPV.

I screamed out loud seeing Ronda Rousey appear because I wasn't 100% sure she was going to show up after seeing Trish Stratus take the last spot. Anyway, for the first time in many years I liked a Royal Rumble event.

Hopefully WrestleMania 34 can also live up to the hype too. It's cool to see WWE actually listening to the fans this year.

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