Cody Rhodes simply might get to complete his story as Bayley is including an entire new chapter to her Corridor-of-Fame-worthy WWE profession.
Rhodes gained back-to-back males’s Royal Rumbles, the primary individual to take action since “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin in 1997-98, and Bayley gained her first in historic style — lasting a document one hour and three minutes within the ladies’s aspect at Tropicana Discipline on Saturday night time.
After eliminating CM Punk to win the match, Rhodes instantly pointed at Undisputed WWE Common champion Roman Reigns in his sky field to arrange a possible rematch at WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia as Dusty Rhodes’ son tries to win the title (WWE championship) his dad by no means gained after dropping at Mania final 12 months.
It leaves The Rock’s potential involvement in WrestleMania rather less clear now.
The ultimate 4 of the boys’s match — Punk, Rhodes, Drew McIntyre and Gunther — was excellent as these 4 males had clear tales coming in.
Rhodes ended up tossing out Gunther the identical manner he did at the least 12 months’s Rumble and Punk eradicated McIntyre.
The match received off to an amazing begin with Jimmy and Jey Uso starting it with their first on-screen look collectively for the reason that latter price his brother the Undisputed WWE Common championship at SummerSlam.
One of many surprises was Andrade returning after three-plus years in AEW and sharing a short second with fellow second-generation luchador Santos Escobar.
Former NXT champion Bron Breakker made his Royal Rumble debut.
Pat McAfee was back as a guest commentator and entered the boys’s Royal Rumble for 38 seconds at No. 22, finally eliminating himself as a substitute of dealing with the imposing Bron Breakker and Omos.
Earlier within the night time, Reigns prolonged his 1,200-plus day reign by successful his deadly four-way match in opposition to Randy Orton, L.A. Knight and AJ Types to retain the Undisputed WWE Common championship by pinning Types.
On the ladies’s aspect, Bayley’s win provides her doubtlessly her first-ever single match at WWE’s greatest present in opposition to both her Injury CTRL teammate Iyo Sky for the WWE ladies’s championship or WWE ladies’s world champion Rhea Ripley.
Bayley together with a debuting Jade Cargill — previously of AEW — and a returning Liv Morgan had been the ultimate three contributors.
The three fought on the apron.
Morgan, who has been out since July with an damage, eradicated Cargill earlier than being pushed to the bottom by Bayley to earn the win.
Naomi, who simply completed up a run because the TNA Knockouts world champion, returned because the No. 2 entrant.
She hasn’t wrestled in WWE since Might 2022 when she and Sasha Banks — now Mercedes Mone— walked out of an episode of “Monday Night time Uncooked” over inventive variations with the ladies’s championships.
Present Knockouts champion Jordynne Grace was entrant No. 5 the second crossover in between the 2 manufacturers within the ladies’s Rumble in three years — with Mickie James being the primary.
Cargill, who was an enormous free agent signing for WWE, had among the best moments of the match slamming powerhouse Nia Jax after which eliminating her by lifting her excessive rope on her personal.
Additionally on the cardboard, Logan Paul retained his United States championship through disqualification in opposition to Kevin Owens.
Owens was caught utilizing the brass knuckles thrown into the ring for Paul by Austin Principle simply because the referee’s hand was about to hit the mat for a three-count to provide Owens the win.