The era of strong style has arrived. WWE has posted a new video to its YouTube channel in which they show the full 2018 Men’s Royal Rumble match. Shinsuke Nakamura ended up being the victor, and went on to face AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 34.
You can see the match in its entirety below:
Entering at No. 14, The Artist’s first moments in the match were scored by the WWE Universe serenading him with his theme song. He notched an elimination early on by tossing Sami Zayn, who stole Tye Dillinger’s No. 10 position after Zayn and Kevin Owens — still smarting over their WWE Title loss to AJ Styles earlier in the night — jumped The Perfect 10 backstage. For the majority of his 44:38 in the contest, WWE’s RockStar played it safe, avoiding elimination while the typical Rumble shenanigans raged around him.
Surprise entrants included Rey Mysterio, who entered at No. 27 looking better than he did when he won the Rumble in 2006. The Hurricane entered at No. 21, but was quickly tossed by John Cena. (What’s up with that?!) NXT fielded two entrants, reigning NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas and Undisputed ERA ringleader Adam Cole (BAY-BAY).
Roman Reigns seemed to have the match in hand, for all intents and purposes, after launching himself into a Spear that pulverized The Artist, but Nakamura answered by cutting off a second Spear with the Kinshasa. Nakamura tossed a dazed Reigns moments later to earn his first Royal Rumble Match victory.
This was a great match, and one that I will remember for a long time. Not only because my favorite wrestler ended up with the victory, but also because of the amazing returns and debuts of superstars such as a Rey Mysterio and Adam Cole!
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