Greatest Royal Rumble

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WWE Greatest Royal Rumble[1] was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event[2] and WWE Network event[3][4] promoted by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brands. The event was held on April 27, 2018 at the King Abdullah Sports City's King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.[1][5] The event was scheduled for 7:00 p.m. local time. It aired live in the United States at noon EDT, with a pre-show starting at 11 a.m. EDT.[6] At the event, all men's main roster championships were defended, in addition to a 50-man Royal Rumble match.[7]

WWE Greatest Royal Rumble
Theme
song(s)
"When Legends Rise" by Godsmack[8]
Information
PromotionWWE
Brand (s)Raw
SmackDown
SponsorSaudi General Sports Authority
DateApril 27, 2018
Attendance60,000[9]
VenueKing Abdullah International Stadium
CityJeddah, Saudi Arabia

Event[change | change source]

Preliminary matches[change | change source]

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
English commentators Michael Cole
Corey Graves
Byron Saxton
Spanish commentators Carlos Cabrera
Marcelo Rodríguez
Arabic commentators Faisal Almughaisib
Sultan Alharbi
Jude Aldajani
Ring announcer Greg Hamilton
Referees Danilo Anfibio
Jason Ayers
John Cone
Dan Engler
Darrick Moore
Chad Patton
Ryan Tran
Interviewer Mike Rome
Pre-show panel Byron Saxton
Jerry Lawler
Jim Ross
Booker T

Preliminary Matches[change | change source]

  John Cena vs Triple H

The actual pay-per-view opened with John Cena facing Triple H. During the match, Cena performed an Attitude Adjustment on Triple H for a near-fall. Cena attempted another Attitude Adjustment but Triple H countered into a Pedigree for a near-fall. In the end, Cena performed a second Attitude Adjustment on Triple H, a catapult into the corner, and a third Attitude Adjustment to pick up the victory. Following the match, Cena thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their hospitality, and expressed excitement over the event.[10]

  Cedric Alexander vs Calisto

In the following match, Cedric Alexander defended the Cruiserweight Championship against Kalisto. The match ended when Alexander countered a Salida Del Sol attempt into a Lumbar Check to retain the title.[10]

  Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy vs Cesaro and Sheamus

Next, the vacant Raw Tag Team Championship was contested between the team of Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy and the former champions, Cesaro and Sheamus. In the end, Hardy distracted Sheamus, allowing Wyatt to perform a Sister Abigail on him. Hardy and Wyatt then performed a wheelbarrow Twist of Fate on Sheamus to win the title.[10]

   Jeff Hardy vs Jinder Mahal

Jeff Hardy then defended the United States Championship against Jinder Mahal. Hardy performed a Swanton Bomb on Mahal to retain the title.[10]

  The Bludgeon Brothers vs The Usos'

After that, The Bludgeon Brothers defended the SmackDown Tag Team Championship against The Usos. Harper and Rowan retained the title after performing The Reckoning on Jimmy Uso.[10]

  Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor vs Samoa Joe vs The Miz

Next, Seth Rollins defended the Intercontinental Championship against Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and The Miz in a Ladder match. Near the end of the match, Balor attempted to retrieve the title, only for Rollins to springboard onto the ladder and retrieve the title belt, thus retaining the championship.[10]

In a segment between matches, four prospects from the recent Saudi tryouts came out to the ring to introduce themselves. Cruiserweight Ariya Daivari and his brother Shawn Daivari, who had not appeared for WWE in many years, came out to interrupt them. The Saudi prospects attacked and cleared the Daivari brothers from the ring.[10]

  AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Later, AJ Styles defended the WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura. During the match, Nakamura resorted to various illegal tactics, such as a low blow, increasingly frustrating Styles. In the end, both Nakamura and Styles fought outside of the ring, only for the match to end in a double countout. After the match, Styles performed a Phenomenal Forearm to the floor on Nakamura.[10]

  The Undertaker vs Rusev

After that, The Undertaker fought Rusev (who was accompanied by Aiden English) in a Casket match. At the end of the match, Undertaker performed a chokeslam on Rusev and rolled him into the casket. Before he could close the lid, English attacked the Undertaker, who retailiated with another chokeslam and a Tombstone Piledriver before putting English into the casket alongside Rusev and closing it for the victory.[10]

 Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns

In the penultimate match, Brock Lesnar (accompanied by Paul Heyman) defended the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns in a steel cage match. Reigns performed three spears on Lesnar for a near-fall. Reigns tried to escape through the door but Heyman pushed the door into Reigns, allowing Lesnar to execute an F5 on Reigns for a near-fall. In the end, Reigns performed a Spear through the cage wall on Lesnar. Despite Reigns touching the floor first, the referee awarded the win to Lesnar, thereby retaining the Universal Championship.[10]

Main Event[change | change source]

  50 man Royal Rumble match

Braun Strowman, eliminated Big Cass to win the match. Strowman also achieved the most eliminations of a single Royal Rumble match at 13, beating out a record previously held by Roman Reigns with 12.[11] Post-match, Strowman received a trophy and a green championship belt.[10]

Results[change | change source]

No. Results Stipulations Times[10]
1 John Cena defeated Triple H Singles match[12] 15:45
2 Cedric Alexander (c) defeated Kalisto Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship[13] 10:15
3 Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy defeated Cesaro and Sheamus Tag team match for the vacant WWE Raw Tag Team Championship[14] 8:50
4 Jeff Hardy (c) defeated Jinder Mahal (with Sunil Singh) Singles match for the WWE United States Championship[15] 6:10
5 The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan) (c) defeated The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) Tag team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship[16] 5:05
6 Seth Rollins (c) defeated Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe, and The Miz Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship[17] 15:05
7 AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura ended in a double countout Singles match for the WWE Championship[18] 14:25
8 The Undertaker defeated Rusev (with Aiden English) Casket match[19] 9:40
9 Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) defeated Roman Reigns by escaping the cage Steel Cage match for the WWE Universal Championship[20] 9:15
10 Braun Strowman won by last eliminating Big Cass 50-man Greatest Royal Rumble match for the WWE Greatest Royal Rumble Championship[21] 1:17:20
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Greatest Royal Rumble match entrances and eliminations[change | change source]

     – Raw
     – SmackDown
     – NXT
     – Free agent
     – Winner
Draw Entrant Brand Order Eliminated by Time[22] Elimination(s)
1 Daniel Bryan SmackDown 48 Big Cass 1:16:05 3
2 Dolph Ziggler Raw 12 Kurt Angle 21:44 2
3 Sin Cara SmackDown 1 Dolph Ziggler 01:18 0
4 Curtis Axel Raw 2 Mark Henry 02:00 0
5 Mark Henry Free agent 5 Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler 03:27 3
6 Mike Kanellis Raw 3 Mark Henry 00:03 0
7 Hiroki Sumi Free agent 4 Mark Henry 00:46 0
8 Viktor Raw 6 Daniel Bryan 00:51 0
9 Kofi Kingston SmackDown 14 Elias 16:34 1
10 Tony Nese Raw 9 Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods 07:13 1
11 Dash Wilder Raw 7 Daniel Bryan and Hornswoggle 01:26 0
12 Hornswoggle Free agent 8 Tony Nese 01:00 1
13 Primo Colón SmackDown 11 Kurt Angle 05:10 0
14 Xavier Woods SmackDown 15 Elias 09:56 1
15 Bo Dallas Raw 10 Kurt Angle 01:34 0
16 Kurt Angle Raw 16 Elias 07:59 3
17 Scott Dawson Raw 19 Bobby Roode 11:44 0
18 Goldust Raw 18 Bobby Roode 10:04 0
19 Konnor Raw 13 Elias 02:25 0
20 Elias Raw 41 Bobby Lashley 34:04 5
21 Luke Gallows SmackDown 20 Rey Mysterio 09:16 0
22 Rhyno Raw 25 Roderick Strong 16:22 0
23 Drew Gulak Raw 17 Tucker Knight 01:47 0
24 Tucker Knight NXT 23 Big E 10:08 1
25 Bobby Roode Raw 29 Baron Corbin 17:44 2
26 Fandango Raw 21 Mojo Rawley 03:42 0
27 Chad Gable Raw 24 Apollo Crews 08:17 0
28 Rey Mysterio Free agent 37 Baron Corbin 20:25 1
29 Mojo Rawley Raw 27 Randy Orton 08:52 2
30 Tyler Breeze Raw 22 Mojo Rawley 00:16 0
31 Big E SmackDown 33 Braun Strowman 13:59 1
32 Karl Anderson SmackDown 26 Randy Orton 04:25 0
33 Apollo Crews Raw 28 Randy Orton 03:26 1
34 Roderick Strong NXT 30 Baron Corbin 06:00 1
35 Randy Orton SmackDown 39 Elias 10:58 4
36 Heath Slater Raw 34 Braun Strowman 07:38 0
37 Babatunde NXT 31 Braun Strowman 05:53 0
38 Baron Corbin Raw 38 Randy Orton 07:08 3
39 Titus O'Neil Raw 35 Braun Strowman 04:42 0
40 Dan Matha NXT 32 Braun Strowman 02:01 0
41 Braun Strowman Raw Winner 22:14 13
42 Tye Dillinger SmackDown 36 Braun Strowman 00:29 0
43 Curt Hawkins Raw 40 Braun Strowman 00:20 0
44 Bobby Lashley Raw 45 Braun Strowman 14:38 2
45 The Great Khali Free agent 42 Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley 00:31 0
46 Kevin Owens Raw 47 Braun Strowman 10:43 0
47 Shane McMahon SmackDown 44 Braun Strowman 08:07 0
48 Shelton Benjamin SmackDown 43 Chris Jericho 04:23 0
49 Big Cass SmackDown 49 Braun Strowman 07:23 1
50 Chris Jericho SmackDown 46 Braun Strowman 03:18 1

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