Royal Rumble 2022 Results: Ronda Rousey & Brock Lesnar win

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The road to WrestleMania began on January 29 with the Royal Rumble Pay Per View. See below for the full results and review of the event

The WWE Universe officially entered sign pointing season tonight as the Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumble matches were on display for the entire WWE Universe across the globe. Not to be outdone by the rest of the roster getting their moment in the sun. Miz and Maryse faced off against WWE Hall of Famers Edge and Beth Phoenix.

We were also treated to a Universal title match between the champion Roman Reigns and the challenger and former tag team partner of Reigns, Seth Rollins. We also witnessed a dream matchup as Bobby Lashley and Brock Lesnar faced off in a singles match for the first time ever for Lesnar’s WWE Championship. See below for the full review and results of the 2022 Royal Rumble event!

Full Results and review for 2022 Royal Rumble Event

Universal Title Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth Rollins

The event opened with the Universal Title defense. Roman Reigns entered the ring as the Universal Champion for 516 days the fifth-longest continuous title reign in the history of the WWE. He faces perhaps the toughest test of his record-breaking reign his former brother in arms, Seth Rollins.

Seth began the mind games early entering with the old S.H.I.E.L.D. entrance theme and slowly approaching the ring from the upper bowl of the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, MO. He also sported his old combat vest and cargo pants instead of his usually garish suits that he has worn in recent years.

It’s easy to forget just how good this pair was as a tag team with their recent run of singles success. But their chemistry is just as present today as it was in 2014. The timing and trust that these two men have with one another is truly impressive. Rollins was true to his word bringing hard-hitting attacks and nostalgia to the head of the table including a S.H.I.E.L.D. bomb through the announce table for the first near fall. The next near fall was also in the favor of Rollins as he delivered a stomp in the middle of the ring forcing the champion to kick out at two.

The highlight of the match came when Reigns patented spear was countered by a picture-perfect Pedigree from Rollins leaving the champion laid out in the center of the ring. The match ended in disqualification when Roman refused to break the guillotine choke on Seth. (Reminder: Titles do not change hands due to disqualification.)

Winner: Seth Rollings via Disqualification

Following the match, Roman grabbed a steel chair and put the cherry on top of Seth’s nostalgic mind games attacking him from behind just like Seth did to break up the SHIELD in 2014.

Women’s Royal Rumble Match

The second match of the evening and our first Royal Rumble match of the event is the Women’s Royal Rumble. The full list of entrants and who eliminated them is listed below.

  1. Sasha Banks (elim. by Queen Zelina)
  2. Melina (elim. by Sasha Banks)
  3. Tamina (elim. by Natalya)
  4. Kelly Kelly (elim. by Sasha Banks)
  5. Aliyah (elim. by Charlotte Flair)
  6. Liv Morgan (elim. by Nikki and Brie Bella)
  7. Queen Zelina (elim. by Rhea Ripley)
  8. Bianca BelAir (elim. by Charlotte Flair)
  9. Dana Brooke (elim. by Michelle McCool)
  10. Michelle McCool (elim. by Mickie James)
  11. Sonya Deville (elim. by Naomi)
  12. Natalya (elim. by Charlotte Flair and Bianca Belair)
  13. Cameron (elim. by Sonya Deville)
  14. Naomi (elim. by Charlotte Flair w/ assist by Sonya Deville)
  15. Carmella (elim. by Rhea Ripley)
  16. Rhea Ripley (elim. by Charlotte Flair)
  17. Charlotte Flair (elim. by Ronda Rousey)
  18. Ivory (elim. by Rhea Ripley)
  19. Brie Bella (elim. by Ronda Rousey)
  20. Mickie James (elim. by Lita)
  21. Alicia Fox (elim. by Nikki and Brie Bella)
  22. Nikki A.S.H. (elim. by Ronda Rousey)
  23. Summer Rae (elim. by Natalya)
  24. Nikki Bella (elim. by Brie Bella)
  25. Sarah Logan (elim. by Nikki and Brie Bella)
  26. Lita (elim. by Charlotte Flair)
  27. Molly Holly (elim. by Nikki A.S.H.)
  28. Ronda Rousey (winner)
  29. Shotzi (elim. by Ronda Rousey)
  30. Shayna Baszler (elim. by Charlotte Flair)

Winner: Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey made her long-anticipated return to the WWE with a victory in the Royal Rumble eliminating four competitors on her path to a WrestleMania main event. The iron woman of the match was last year’s winner Bianca Belair who was eliminated after 47 minutes in the ring. Charlotte takes the elimination crown this year with 7 eliminations.

Raw Women’s Title Match: Becky Lynch (c) vs. DouDrop

Becky Lynch did a masterful job of making us care about this match and see DouDrop as a viable competitor on the go-home edition of Monday Night RAW. But “The Man” is still the man and it is hard to believe she will drop her title tonight to a midcard member of the Women’s division.

Even if her victory feels all but certain Lynch continued to build on the story that DouDrop has been wildly underestimated by the women’s division so far in her short tenure on the roster. Selling valiantly for DouDrops hard-hitting offense.

Lynch seems to have made it her mission since returning following the birth of her son to lend her star power to the next generation of women who will be on top of the division. While still coming away strong from her matches with both Liv Morgan and DouDrop she establishes both women as legitimate contenders to either title with the long matches and excellent selling she has displayed thus far.

Winner: Becky Lynch

Becky came away with the victory but it was quite possibly the hardest-fought defense she has had since dispatching Bianca Belair in less than 30 seconds for the title upon her return to the company. She comes away looking strong based entirely on how strong she made DouDrop look throughout that match.

WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Bobby Lashley

Bobby Lashley and Brock Lesnar entered the ring across from each other in singles competition for the very first time in their long and storied careers tonight. Expectations were understandably high for this match. Both men’s careers have been nearly in lockstep with one another if only for slight deviations. Both were champion amateur wrestlers. Both had impressive MMA careers. Both are former WWE champions. The pair more than lived up to those expectations if not surpassed them.

The match opened with both men suplexing the other across the ring establishing quickly that there was no difference in strength or skill between the two. A feature of both men’s matches of late. Both men seemed equally matched for most of the match before Lesnar delivered a hellacious F5 suplex knocking out Bobby Lashley but also incapacitating the referee. After the referee was disabled Lesnar held the pin for 15 seconds before looking up frustratedly.

As he got to his feet to call for a new official, Universal Champion Roman Reigns, who defended his title to open the night, delivered a spear from nowhere before being handed the WWE Championship by his former advisor Paul Heyman and striking Brock over the head with it as the new official entered the ring. Lashley was able to recover long enough to cover the incapacitated Brock Lesnar to become the new and two-time WWE Champion.

Winner: Bobby Lashley

Bobby’s victory is well deserved and Roman’s involvement serves to transition Brock Lesnar from one feud to another. There will almost certainly be a Reigns vs. Lesnar match at WrestleMania following the events of tonight. Maybe for the custody of Paul Heyman?

Mixed Tag Match: Miz and Maryse vs. Edge and Beth Phoenix

If there are two people you would want in the ring with WWE Hall Of Famers to make them feel like underdogs it is certainly Miz and Maryse. The pair are uniquely capable of mixing a level of snobbery and skill to become truly insufferable. Especially when Miz dances around the prone body of Edge to the cheers and delight of his wife.

While Edge has been an active competitor for the better part of two years now it is evident at points through the match that Maryse and Beth have not. The moments that they lock up, however rare they may be, seem sloppy and slow compared to the speed and overall chemistry shown in ring by their respective husbands.

The highlight of the match came when Miz ran his mouth in Beth Phoenix’s face about beating her husband leaving her no choice but to beat him. Maryse was able to make the save however using her loaded handbag and delivering a strike to the back of the head reminiscent of the pair’s last meeting at Monday Night RAW.

Edge and Beth Phoenix were able to secure the victory after delivering Glam Slams in stereo to Miz and Maryse, allowing Edge to cover Miz for the victory.

Winners: Edge and Beth Phoenix

Miz and Maryse were the perfect opponents for Beth Phoenix’s official in-ring return. There is nothing better than smarmy heels being smarmy and losing spectacularly.

Men’s Royal Rumble Match

The main event of the evening is the Men’s Royal Rumble Match. The full list of entrants and who eliminated them is listed below.

  1. AJ Styles (elim. by Madcap Moss) 29:00
  2. Shinsuke Nakamura (elim. by AJ Styles)
  3. Austin Theory (elim. by AJ Styles)
  4. Robert Roode (elim. by AJ Styles)
  5. Ridge Holland (elim. by AJ Styles)
  6. Montez Ford (elim. by Omos)
  7. Damian Priest (elim. by Omos)
  8. Sami Zayn (elim. by AJ Styles)
  9. Johnny Knoxville (elim. by Sami Zayn)
  10. Angelo Dawkins (elim. by Omos)
  11. Omos (elim. by AJ Styles)
  12. Ricochet (elim. by Happy Corbin)
  13. Chad Gable (elim. by Rick Boogs)
  14. Dominik Mysterio (elim. by Happy Corbin)
  15. Happy Corbin (elim. by Drew McIntyre)
  16. Dolph Ziggler (elim. by Bad Bunny)
  17. Sheamus (elim. by Bad Bunny)
  18. Rick Boogs (elim. by Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss)
  19. Madcap Moss (elim. by Drew McIntyre)
  20. Riddle (elim. by Brock Lesnar)
  21. Drew McIntyre (elim. by Brock Lesnar)
  22. Kevin Owens (elim. Shane McMahon)
  23. Rey Mysterio (elim. by Bad Bunny)
  24. Kofi Kingston (elim. by Kevin Owens)
  25. Otis (elim. by Randy Orton and Riddle)
  26. Big E (elim. by Randy Orton and Riddle)
  27. Bad Bunny (elim. by Brock Lesnar)
  28. Shane McMahon (elim. by Brock Lesnar)
  29. Randy Orton (elim. by Brock Lesnar)
  30. Brock Lesnar (winner)

Brock Lesnar wins the Royal Rumble for the second time 19 years after his first win. AJ Styles is the Iron Man of the match after 29 minutes in the match. The eliminations crown is claimed by AJ styles with six eliminations. Lesnar will almost certainly call out Roman Reigns who is directly responsible for the loss of his WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36 in Dallas, Texas.