30-Woman Royal Rumble Match:
Back from a break and Samantha Irvin announces the rules for the Women’s Royal Rumble Match. The music hits and out comes Rhea Ripley at #1. We see what happened with Ripley and WWE Hall of Famers Edge and Beth Phoenix during the Men’s Royal Rumble. The winner of this match will earn a title shot at WrestleMania 39. Out next comes Liv Morgan at #2.
The bell rings and Liv points at the WrestleMania 39 sign. They go at it now. Ripley beats Liv down and smiles. Ripley tosses Liv into the corner. Liv fights back but Ripley rocks her and runs over her with a big boot. Liv blocks a suplex and drops Ripley, then hits the hip attack in the corner. Liv leaps off the top but Ripley catches her for a big suplex right as Dana Brooke comes out at #3. Brooke has been in every Women’s Rumble now. Brooke goes to the top with a double missile dropkick.
Brooke goes to work now. She launches Ripley shoulder-first into the ring post. Brooke slams Liv and basement dropkicks her. Liv goes to the top but Brooke cuts her off. Brooke climbs up and they fight. Brooke with a superplex. The #4 entrant is Emma to make her Rumble debut. Ripley grabs Brooke for a slam but it’s countered, or botched and they fall to the mat. Emma attacks Ripley and they tangle. Emma with a takedown. Emma and Liv double team Ripley in the corner. They all three try to dump Ripley but she hangs on. The #5 entrant is Shayna Baszler.
Baszler drops Emma, then fights off Ripley by bending her fingers back. Liv attacks Baszler from behind but Baszler drops her and nails a roundhouse kick. Baszler blocks Brooke and nails a backbreaker. Baszler drops Brooke and stomps the elbow. Ripley works on Emma while Baszler works on Brooke. Liv attacks Baszler to save Brooke. The #6 entrant is Bayley. Bayley dances to the ring and enters but Liv catches her with Ob-Liv-ion. Liv tries to dump Bayley but she hangs on. Bayley fights Liv off and mounts her with kicks and a right hand in the corner. The #7 entrant is “B-Fab” Briana Brandy in her Rumble debut. B-Fab blocks Emma and drops her, then fights of Liv and Baszler. B-Fab slams Brooke, then side-steps Bayley and superkicks her. B-Fab tangles with Ripley but gets dropped. Ripley eliminates B-Fab.
Ripley taunts B-Fab after the 36 second elimination, and Ripley has blood on her face. WWE NXT Women’s Champion Roxanne Perez is out next at #8. Perez leaps off the top with a crossbody to Brooke. Perez runs wild on Baszler and Emma at the same time in the corner. Brooke fights off Ripley and launches her with a scissors. Perez is fired up to the home state pop. Perez keeps control and tries to dump Bayley. Emma and Liv and Brooke help her but Bayley hangs on. WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Dakota Kai is out next at #9. Kai saves Bayley, then delivers a backbreaker to Perez. Brooke and Liv attack the Damage CTRL members, and now others join in.
The #10 entrant is WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion IYO SKY. Bayley and Kai are about to be eliminated but SKY hits the ring and nails a double missile dropkick to Liv and Brooke. SKY keeps delivering offense, taking out Baszler and others to a pop. Damage CTRL tries to dump Emma but she fights back in. also kicking Brooke. Damage CTRL eliminates Brooke, then they laugh at her. Kai eliminates Emma. Damage CTRL eliminates Perez now. Natalya makes her return at #11, coming back from the broken nose caused by Baszler, who looks shocked. Natalya decks Bayley, then Kai, then SKY, then Liv. Baszler nails her from behind. Baszler unloads on Natalya in the corner. Candice LeRae is out at #12.
LeRae hits the ring and attacks Kai, then launches SKY to the apron. LeRae sends Bayley into them both as she charges, but they hang on after being sent to the apron. Baszler levels LeRae with a big knee to the jaw. Natalya works on Liv. Natalya and Baszler have words again. Natalya slaps her, then nails a big German suplex off a counter. Baszler sends Natalya to the apron but she hangs on. Natalya ducks a kick and sends Baszler to the apron but she hangs on, only one foot touched. Baszler with the Kirifuda Clutch. Damage CTRL eliminates Natalya and Baszler at the same time. NXT’s Zoey Stark is out next at #13.
Stark rushes in and levels Bayley, then superkicks Liv, then takes out Kai with a kick. Stark launches SKY onto her head. Ripley sends Stark to the apron but she hangs on and fights back in. Stark works on dumping Ripley but she hangs on Damage CTRL works on LeRae and Liv in the corner. The timer goes off and the #14 entrant is Xia Li. Bayley begs Cole for help as she hangs on. Li hits the ring and unloads with kicks to her opponents. Li climbs Ripley in the corner and elbows her, then drops her again. SKY and Kai double team LeRae but she spikes them both to the mat. Bayley decks LeRae. LeRae fights Damage CTRL off again. SKY shoves LeRae off the top to eliminate her.
Becky Lynch is out at #15. Damage CTRL is worried. Lynch marches to the ring to a pop. SKY and Kai meet her at ringside but she drops them. Becky enters the ring and unloads on Bayley, beating her down in the corner to a pop. Lynch goes through the second rope but she’s not eliminated. She pulls Bayley out and sends her to the barrier. Becky fights Damage CTRL at ringside but they triple team her, sending her into the barrier. Officials order them to get back in the ring but thy toss Lynch over the announce table. The #16 entrant is Tegan Nox. Nox flies off the top and goes to work on the other competitors. Nox with a Facebuster to Li. Nox with a knee to Kai’s face. Liv leaps off Nox’s back to deck Stark. Nox with a Shiniest Wizard to Stark.
The #17 entrant is Asuka to a massive pop. Asuka is wearing a new Japanese Namahage mask. She removes the mask and has new face paint on. Asuka enters the ring and everyone is terrified. Asuka levels Nox, then Liv. Stark attacks but Asuka nails a German suplex. Bayley charges but Asuka dodges her elbow drop. Asuka and Bayley go at it now after Bayley slaps her. Asuka just laughs and smiles after the slap. Asuka yells out and unloads with strikes. Asuka tosses Bayley but she hangs on. Bayley decks Asuka and hangs her over the top rope. Nox attacks Asuka and thy tangle. Nox kicks Asuka down. Asuka eliminates Nox with a big kick.
Asuka blocks an elimination by Bayley. The #18 entrant is Piper Niven, no longer being called Doudrop, and making her return from heart issues. Niven drops Bayley, then Nox, then Stark. Niven with a big corner splash to Stark. Niven catches Li in mid-air, slams her and hits a senton. Niven drops Liv and Bayley, then splashes them both at the same time. The #19 entrant is Tamina Snuka. Tamina rushes in and stares Niven down. They face off in the middle of the ring as fans pop. They’re attacked by others but they fight them off. Niven and Tamina go at it now. Tamina superkicks Niven down. Damage CTRL beats Tamina down but Lynch makes the save as she re-enters the match. Lynch with double inverted DDTs to Kai and SKY. The #20 entrant is Chelsea Green making her return to WWE.
Green talks trash and enters the ring but Ripley immediately tosses her out for the elimination. Green throws a fit at ringside. Becky eliminates Kai, then SKY. Bayley eliminates Lynch and fans boo. Liv comes from behind to eliminate Bayley. Damage CTRL triple teams Becky at ringside now. Lynch and Damage CTRL brawl through the crowd now. The #21 entrant is Zelina Vega, who is dressed as a Street Fighter 6 character. Cole says Vega will be doing commentary for the game. Vega hits the ring and hits a big Destroyer to Ripley. Niven scoops Vega and places her on the apron. Vega fights back and drops Niven. Vega points at the WrestleMania 39 sign. Li attacks Vega on the apron and they go at it. Vega catches a kick and slams Li on her face. Vega eliminates Li with a kick. Vega spikes Niven and kicks her.
The #22 entrant is Raquel Rodriguez to a big home state pop. Raquel runs wild with power moves, and takes down Ripley with a big shot. Raquel also takes Asuka down. Vega attacks but Raquel fights her off. The timer goes off and the #23 entrant is Mia Yim. Yim rushes in and fights Stark off, nailing a big tornado DDT. Yim dropkicks Tamina down in the corner. Yim keeps fighting and drops Ripley with a tornado DDT. Niven decks Yim and tries to eliminate her but she hangs on. Raquel works on eliminating Stark but she also comes back in. Vega and Yim, and Asuka, triple team Niven.
The #24 entrant is Lacey Evans. Evans rushes in and levels Niven with a kick, then she kicks Tamina and Liv. Tamina tosses Evans to the apron but she fights back in. Stark drops Evans on the apron but Evans kicks her down. Evans launches herself in from the apron with a big elbow drop to Stark. Evans stands tall and salutes. Tamina clotheslines Evans from behind. The #25 entrant is Michelle McCool.
McCool is still at ringside with her daughters. She removes her jacket and comes over the barrier. Tamina meets McCool at ringside but McCool sends her into the ring post and steel steps. McCool comes in and drops Ripley, then Niven, then catches Vega in mid-air with the Faithbreaker. McCool continues taking people out and poses for a pop. Tamina comes back in and attacks but McCool sends her to the apron. McCool eliminates Tamina. McCool works on Niven in the corner now. The #26 entrant is Indi Hartwell of NXT.
Indi hits the ring and mounts offense. A lot of people are down and suffering as the match goes on. The #27 entrant is Sonya Deville. Stark and Yim trade offense now. Yim hits Eat Defeat. Deville enters and levels Stark. Deville eliminates Stark, telling her to go back to NXT. Deville drops Raquel but Asuka attacks. Asuka and Deville go at it now, dropping each other with kicks. Vega fights off Evans. Raquel unloads on Liv in the corner. Evans chokes Vega out with the Cobra Clutch, then launches her to the floor. Vega has been eliminated.
Shotzi makes her return at #28, riding her TCB Tank. Shotzi rushes the ring and goes to the top, then flies at Raquel and Niven with a double crossbody. Raquel tosses Shotzi into the ropes but she fights back. Shotzi sends Evans to the apron but she hangs on. Deville tries to eliminate Shotzi but she hangs on. Indi fights Deville off from the apron. Deville eliminates Indi. The #29 entrant is Nikki Cross. Cross sprints to the ring and nails Shotzi, then fights off Deville, Liv, Asuka, Yim, McCool, Niven, Ripley Evans, Raquel. Cross is fired up as she removes her jacket and points to the WrestleMania 39 sign. Cross and Evans go at it now. Asuka works on dumping Liv. Niven works on McCool.
The timer goes off and the #30 entrant is Nia Jax. Everyone stops and watches Jax march to the ring. Jax is all smiles. She enters and dares anyone to attack. They all attack her but she explodes out. Jax starts dropping opponents now. Raquel and Jax face off in the middle of the ring to a big pop. Raqul can’t scoop Jax and she gets dropped. Liv jumps on Jax’s back but gets slammed. Jax screams out about being back, bitch. Everyone takes turns on Jax now, stunning her. Ripley beats Jax down. Ripley manages to hit a Riptide on Jax. Ripley then orders everyone to eliminate Jax. Jax has been eliminated.
Jax remains at ringside and she’s not happy. Cross and McCool fight in the corner. Niven and Liv go at it. Ripley kicks Raquel away. Deville works on Asuka. Evans and Raquel go at it. Raquel eliminates Evans. Asuka and Raquel go at it now. Asuka blocks the Texana Bomb and takes Raquel down in a submission. Raquel powers up and slams Asuka to the apron. Deville attacks Raquel. Raquel sends Deville to the apron but she hangs on. Deville and Asuka double team Raquel from the apron. Asuka knees Deville but Deville kicks her. Asuka kicks Deville to the floor an she’s eliminated.
Ripley eliminates McCool. Yim works on Shotzi, then eliminates her with Eat Defeat. Niven eliminates Yim. Niven with big power moves to Raquel to put her down in the corner. Raquel sends Niven tot he apron and eliminates her with a big boot. Raquel celebrates but Ripley attacks. They tangle and Ripley eliminates Raquel with a boot. Cross and Asuka fight Ripley off after she tries to dump them. Cross and Asuka fight on the apron now. Liv eliminates Cross.
It’s down to Liv, Ripley and Asuka now. Asuka fights them both off. Asuka is double teamed. Ripley is sent to the apron by Liv but she fights back. Liv is pulled to the apron and kicked down by Ripley. Asuka with a Hip Attack but Ripley blocks it. Asuka is also pulled to the apron, and all three are out. Asuka spits her mist but Ripley ducks and it hits Liv. Ripley eliminates Asuka.
Ripley smiles and taunts Asuka while Liv is blinded by the mist. Ripley grabs Liv but Liv nails Ob-Liv-ion. Ripley slips off the apron but she hangs on. Liv still can’t see but Ripley pulls herself up and grabs her with a scissors, then launches her to the floor for the final elimination to get the win.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
After the match, Ripley sits up and bites the ropes as the music hits. She is all smiles as Asuka and Liv look on from the floor. Ripley hits the corner to pose, and she points up at the WrestleMania 39 sign s the pyro goes off. We see more pyro going off outside of The Alamodome. We go to replays. Ripley continues her celebration while sitting on the top turnbuckle.
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