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Royal Rumble 2018: Shinsuke Nakamura's Kinshasa Symphony and Ronda Rousey's Arrival

Date: January 28, 2018

Location: Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Rumble Matches:

Men's Royal Rumble:

Entrants and Eliminations:

1. Rusev (Entry #1, eliminated by Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy)

2. Finn Balor (Entry #2, eliminated by John Cena)

3. Rhyno (Entry #3, eliminated by Baron Corbin)

4. Baron Corbin (Entry #4, eliminated by Finn Balor)

5. Heath Slater (Entry #5, eliminated by Bray Wyatt)

6. Elias (Entry #6, eliminated by John Cena)

7. Andrade "Cien" Almas (Entry #7, eliminated by Randy Orton)

8. Bray Wyatt (Entry #8, eliminated by Matt Hardy)

9. Big E (Entry #9, eliminated by Jinder Mahal)

10. Sami Zayn (Entry #10, eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura)

11. Sheamus (Entry #11, eliminated by Heath Slater)

12. Xavier Woods (Entry #12, eliminated by Jinder Mahal)

13. Apollo Crews (Entry #13, eliminated by Cesaro)

14. Shinsuke Nakamura (Entry #14, Winner)

15. Cesaro (Entry #15, eliminated by Seth Rollins)

16. Kofi Kingston (Entry #16, eliminated by Andrade "Cien" Almas)

17. Jinder Mahal (Entry #17, eliminated by Kofi Kingston)

18. Seth Rollins (Entry #18, eliminated by Roman Reigns)

19. "Woken" Matt Hardy (Entry #19, eliminated by Himself)

20. John Cena (Entry #20, eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura)

21. The Hurricane (Entry #21, eliminated by John Cena)

22. Aiden English (Entry #22, eliminated by Finn Balor)

23. Adam Cole (Entry #23, eliminated by Rey Mysterio)

24. Randy Orton (Entry #24, eliminated by Roman Reigns)

25. Titus O'Neil (Entry #25, eliminated by Roman Reigns)

26. The Miz (Entry #26, eliminated by Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins)

27. Rey Mysterio (Entry #27, eliminated by Finn Balor)

28. Roman Reigns (Entry #28, eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura)

29. Goldust (Entry #29, eliminated by Dolph Ziggler)

30. Dolph Ziggler (Entry #30, eliminated by Finn Balor)

Women's Royal Rumble:

Entrants and Eliminations:

1. Sasha Banks (Entry #1, eliminated by The Bella Twins)

2. Becky Lynch (Entry #2, eliminated by Ruby Riott)

3. Sarah Logan (Entry #3, eliminated by Molly Holly)

4. Mandy Rose (Entry #4, eliminated by Lita)

5. Lita (Entry #5, eliminated by Becky Lynch)

6. Kairi Sane (Entry #6, eliminated by Dana Brooke)

7. Tamina (Entry #7, eliminated by Lita)

8. Dana Brooke (Entry #8, eliminated by Torrie Wilson)

9. Torrie Wilson (Entry #9, eliminated by Sonya Deville)

10. Sonya Deville (Entry #10, eliminated by Michelle McCool)

11. Liv Morgan (Entry #11, eliminated by Michelle McCool)

12. Molly Holly (Entry #12, eliminated by Michelle McCool)

13. Lana (Entry #13, eliminated by Michelle McCool)

14. Michelle McCool (Entry #14, eliminated by Natalya)

15. Ruby Riott (Entry #15, eliminated by Nia Jax)

16. Vickie Guerrero (Entry #16, eliminated by Becky Lynch, Michelle McCool, Ruby Riott and Sasha Banks)

17. Carmella (Entry #17, eliminated by Nikki Bella)

18. Natalya (Entry #18, eliminated by Trish Stratus)

19. Kelly Kelly (Entry #19, eliminated by Nia Jax)

20. Naomi (Entry #20, eliminated by Nia Jax)

21. Jacqueline (Entry #21, eliminated by Nia Jax)

22. Nia Jax (Entry #22, eliminated by Asuka, Bayley, Brie Bella, Natalya, Nikki Bella and Trish Stratus)

23. Ember Moon (Entry #23, eliminated by Asuka)

24. Beth Phoenix (Entry #24, eliminated by Natalya)

25. Asuka (Entry #25, Winner)

26. Mickie James (Entry #26, eliminated by Trish Stratus)

27. Nikki Bella (Entry #27, eliminated by Asuka)

28. Brie Bella (Entry #28, eliminated by Nikki Bella)

29. Bayley (Entry #29, eliminated by Sasha Banks)

30. Trish Stratus (Entry #30, eliminated by Sasha Banks)

Thoughts on the Matches:

The 2018 Royal Rumble showcased Shinsuke Nakamura's triumph in the Men's Rumble and Asuka's historic victory in the Women's Rumble, while Ronda Rousey's surprise entrance created a seismic shift in the WWE landscape.

Full Event Card:

1. Kalisto, Gran Metalik, and Lince Dorado vs. TJP, Gentleman Jack Gallagher, and Drew Gulak (Kalisto, Gran Metalik, and Lince Dorado win)

2. The Revival vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (The Revival wins)

3. Bobby Roode vs. Mojo Crawley for WWE United States Championship (Bobby Roode retains)

4. AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a Handicap Match for the WWE Championship (AJ Styles retains)

5. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (The Usos retain)

6. Cesaro and Sheamus vs. Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship (The Bar wins)

7. Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman vs. Kane in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Universal Championship (Brock Lesnar retains)

8. 30-Man Royal Rumble Match (Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura)

9. 30-Woman Royal Rumble Match (Winner: Asuka)

Highlights and Aftermath:

- Shinsuke Nakamura's victory earned him a title shot at WrestleMania, leading to a dream match against AJ Styles.

- Asuka's win solidified her dominance, and her stare-down with Ronda Rousey hinted at future confrontations.

Impact on Storylines:

- Ronda Rousey's surprise appearance marked the beginning of her WWE journey, laying the groundwork for significant moments in the following years.

- Shinsuke Nakamura's Royal Rumble win set the stage for his clash with AJ Styles at WrestleMania 34.


The 2018 Royal Rumble delivered memorable moments, including Nakamura's musical Kinshasa and the impactful debut of Ronda Rousey, setting the tone for key storylines heading into WrestleMania.


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