The 2021 WWE Royal Rumble Kickoff Show gets underway across all of WWE's digital platforms. We see the camera pan around the ThunderDome, which is complete with the Royal Rumble set-up for tonight.
The camera then lowers down to the Kickoff Show area where Charly Caruso welcomes us to the show. The panel on the Kickoff Show consists of Jerry "The King" Lawler, Booker T, JBL and Peter Rosenberg.
The Kickoff Show panel starts running down the lineup for tonight's show and then introduce the official music video for the official Royal Rumble theme, which is in honor of Booker T -- the music video of which also features the WWE Hall Of Fame legend.
Backstage With Carmella & Her Assistant Reginald
After running down some of the matches on the card and introducing various video packages showing the history behind some of the rivalries heading into tonight, they send things backstage to Carmella with her assistant.
Carmella complains about her situation and then gets lippy with her assistant before commenting that her drink tastes like gold. She laughs to end the segment.
Sonya Deville Joins The Kickoff Show Panel
Now we return live inside the ThunderDome where the Kickoff Show panel is joined by Sonya Deville. Deville greets and banters with the panelists before breaking down the Sasha Banks vs. Carmella match for the championship on tonight's PPV.
After Deville helps run down the women's title match between Banks and Carmella, she exits the panel and the panelists continue running down additional matches scheduled for tonight, as well as setting up more video packages.
Following a Cricket Wireless commercial, we see shots from the Crickett At Home Fan Zone camera, which features various shots of WWE Superstars and some of their families sitting together and watching tonight's PPV.
We head back to the panel where they set up another video package, this time for the WWE Universal Heavyweight Championship Last Man Standing match between Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens.
R-Truth Crashes Kickoff Show Panel
Another "earlier today" type of brief segment airs with Natalya talking about tonight's show and how she plans to come out of the evening with a victory.
R-Truth then crashes the Kickoff Show panel where he is dressed up like a hunter, carrying his WWE 24/7 Championship. Truth is "hunting wabbits right now" as he jokes about for a while to explain why he is in disguise. He claims no one will notice him and mentions tonight is all about Bugs Bunny. Booker T finally corrects him to inform him that it's Bad Bunny, the man who sings the official theme song for WWE Royal Rumble 2021.
WWE Women's Tag-Team Championships
Charlotte Flair & Asuka (c) vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
The panel then sends things down to Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Samoa Joe, who will be calling the upcoming match here on the Kickoff Show.
On that note, the bell sounds and out comes Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. The challengers make their way down to the ring for the first of four championship matches scheduled for tonight's show.
Now we head backstage for a live pre-match interview with Asuka and Charlotte Flair. From there, Asuka makes her entrance followed by Charlotte Flair. The bell sounds and we're off-and-running with our first match of the evening.
Baszler and Flair kick things off for their respective teams. The two hit the mat and trade holds and takedowns as the commentators talk about the irony of them starting off this match as they were the final two participants in last year's women's Rumble match.
Flair starts to take control of the action, however Baszler starts fighting her way back into the bout. She tags in Jax. Jax and Charlotte go at it and we see "The Queen" start to use her speed and agility to pull ahead into the offensive lead. She hits a running knee-lift on Jax in the corner and then tags in Asuka.
Asuka comes in and is immediately blasted by Jax. Jax follows up with a big clothesline and then tags in Baszler, who comes in and stomps on the arm of Asuka, focusing her attack on the limb of one-half of the reigning champs as this match starts to develop. Now she tweaks the arm by yanking back on it in a submission hold.
"The Emporer" fights back to her feet but Baszler immediately clotheslines her back down and covers her for a near fall. She leans over from there and tags in Jax. Jax, much like Baszler, comes in and stomps on the arm of Asuka that the challengers have been focusing on.
Asuka hits a spinning back-fist and starts fighting her way back into the contest. Jax ends up slowing down her momentum and sets her on the top-rope, as she follows up after her. Asuka ends up leaping over Jax and hitting a sunset flip on the big lady. Jax takes over from there and levels Asuka for a near fall that Charlotte breaks up.
Now Charlotte desparately calls for Asuka to make the tag, and she finally does. Jax tags out as well. "The Queen" takes the hot tag and immediately goes to work on Baszler. She starts to dominate "The Queen of Spades" and then Jax tries to interfere. Charlotte gets her and Baszler both down and hits a double Natural Selection before covering the legal woman, Baszler. She somehow finds a way to kick out before the referee's count of three.
The commentators talk about how few people can say they have kicked out of the Natural Selection as Baszler and Jax hit some double-team offense to turn things into their favor. Baszler tags Jax in and Jax dominates Charlotte for a moment before tagging Baszler right back in. Baszler hits a running knee to the jaw of Flair and covers her, however she kicks out at two. We see Jax looking up to no good and then Asuka comes running around the ring and leaping off the steel steps to take her out.
Baszler notices this and hits the floor where she dumps Asuka over the commentary table. She and Jax turn around to see Flair coming off the top-rope with a moonsault to the floor. She rolls Baszler back into the ring and as she does, her father Ric Flair's music hits and out he comes strutting and "WOO'ING!" which distracts her. Baszler rolls her up from behind but only gets two on the pin attempt. Charlotte levels Baszler with a big boot and then notices Lacey Evans hopping on the ring apron on the opposite side of the ring.
Charlotte turns and slaps the Figure-Four leg lock on Baszler. Lacey distracts her again and this time Charlotte lets go of the hold and decks Lacey. Ric Flair walks over and hands Lacey a foreign object, which she uses to knock out Charlotte. Nia Jax tags in and hits a running leg drop and covers her for the pinfall victory. We have new WWE Women's Tag-Team Champions.
Winners and NEW WWE Women's Tag-Team Champions: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
After the Kickoff Show match, which saw the women's tag-team titles change hands, we head back to the Kickoff Show panel, who introduces a video package detailing some of the historic stats related to Royal Rumble matches.
From there, we head back to the Kickoff Show panel where Caruso, Lawler, Booker, JBL and Rosenberg share their favorite Royal Rumble match memories, give their predictions for tonight's matches and hype some surprise entrants in store for the bouts.
Finally, the Kickoff Show wraps up and then we send things over to the pay-per-view broadcast, as it's time for the 34th annual WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view here at the ThunderDome inside of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Bill Goldberg
After the bad-ass opening video package for the 2021 WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view concludes, we shoot inside the ThunderDome as the camera pans around the venue as fireworks and pyro explodes and the commentators welcome us to the 34th annual WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view and to the road to WrestleMania 37.
Then we hear the infamous sounds of the entrance theme music of WWE Hall Of Fame legend Bill Goldberg as the camera pans backstage to show his locker room door as security guards come up and knock on the door.
Out comes the legend as the "Goldberg! Goldberg!" chants begin spreading throughout the ThunderDome as he makes his legendary, iconic trademark ring entrance for our opening bout here at tonight's PPV.
As "Da Man" settles into the ring, a video package is introduced for the reigning, defending WWE Champion heading into tonight, "The Scottish Warrior" Drew McIntyre and his rivalry with Goldberg heading into tonight's match.
Once the video package wraps up, we return live inside the ThunderDome as Goldberg is pacing in the ring while his music fades down and the "Goldberg! Goldberg!" chants keep rocking. Finally after an extended silence, we hear the sword slice throughout the venue and the familiar sounds of the entrance theme of the WWE Champion plays as "The Scottish Warrior" Drew McIntyre emerges, ready for battle!
As McIntyre settles into the ring, his music fades after one final fireworks eruption inside the squared circle. McIntyre and Goldberg go nose-to-nose as the ring announcer does the final pre-match, formal ring introductions for this opening WWE Championship contest.
Following the formal ring introductions, the two go nose-to-nose again. Before the bell even sounds, McIntyre blasts Goldberg with a headbutt to the face before the match is officially underway. Goldberg and McIntyre start brawling and they fight their way out of the ring. Goldberg sends McIntyre into the steep steps. As McIntyre gets up, Goldberg is stalking him and he sprints at him and spears him through the steel ring barricade in front of the ThunderDome screens. The match official goes over to check on the champ and then calls for help. McIntyre is recovering though and the second officials make sure Goldberg stays in the ring.
McIntyre is clutching at his rib as the commentators strongly put over the doubt in the condition of it as he struggles to get into the ring. We hear the referee ask if he's sure about this. Drew tells him to ring the bell. The bell sounds and Goldberg charges at him, but runs into a big boot. He follows that up with the Claymore Kick and covers him, however Goldberg manages to kick out at two.
As McIntyre is slow to get up, Goldberg charges at him and this time he ducks a second Claymore Kick attempt. He hits the ropes and blasts McIntyre with a spear. He backs off and waits for him to get up before hitting him with another spear on his injured ribs. He hoists McIntyre up and blasts him with a Jackhammer. He covers him, however Drew kicks out at two and a half. Goldberg does the Undertaker shocked and in disbelief facial expression, complete with the wide bug eyes, as he stares down at Drew following the kick-out.
We see some replays of this action and then Goldberg backs into a corner and stalks McIntyre again waiting for him to get up to deliver another spear. Drew side-steps him as he charges, and Goldberg blasts into the turnbuckles. Now Drew stalks Goldberg in the opposing corner and blasts Goldberg with another Claymore Kick. 1-2-3. Drew McIntyre retains!
Winner and STILL WWE Champion: Drew McIntyre
After The Match: Respect Given, Respect Earned
Following the match, McIntyre celebrates with his title as his music plays. Goldberg finally gets up and the champ's music fades down.
The two square off again and Goldberg nods in approval and extends his hand, offering the respect he claimed "The Scottish Warrior" didn't have heading into tonight.
Goldberg leans over completely gassed as McIntyre smiles and has a chuckle. His music plays again as Goldberg struggles to exit the ring and make it up the aisle. McIntyre poses on the ropes one more time before the broadcast switches over to a quick commercial break.
After a quick commercial break we head back inside the ThunderDome at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. as the second commentary team of Michael Cole and Corey Graves welcome us and get us ready for our third consecutive championship bout of the evening.
WWE SmackDown Women's Championship
Sasha Banks (c) vs. Carmella
On that note, the two banter back-and-forth about predictions for tonight's Rumble matches as the entrance of Carmella and her assistant Reginald gets started.
The ring announcer does the formal ring introduction for Carmella as she crawls around the ring apron and under the ropes, posing as she gets ready for her championship opportunity tonight against "The Boss."
On that note, Cole and Graves introduce video highlights from recent weeks explaining how tonight's match came to be. From there, we shoot backstage for a quick pre-match interview where Banks laughs off questions about the challenge from Carmella having the odds in her favor due to Reginald. She then talks about waiting to see who will emerge from the Rumble to face her at WrestleMania.
Following the brief backstage pre-match interview, the familiar sounds of Sasha Banks' theme hits as "The Boss" emerges with her SmackDown Women's Championship. She makes her way to the ring and the bell sounds to kick this one off.
As soon as the match starts, Banks charges at Carmella and looks to get her in the Bank Statement right out of the gate. She doesn't but still manages to continue dominating Carmella until finally Reginald hops on the ring apron. Banks trips Reginald off the apron but the distraction allows Carmella to turn the match offense into her favor.
She beats Banks around the ring, slamming her into the commentary table before bringing her back in the ring and continuing to deliver punishment with multiple back-elbows to the face of the champ in the corner of the ring.
Carmella now bending the rules, using illegal offense and utilizing the full four out of five count from the ref while doing so to avoid getting DQ'd. She taunts Banks and the fans and then goes back to work on "The Boss." She slaps a rear chin lock on the champ and shouts about being better than her as the camera pans out to do a long, slow-motion pan-in to the ring as Carmella lets go of the hold in favor of blasting "The Boss" with some right hands.
Banks decks Carmella, but she pops right back up and sets Banks on the top rope, blasting her with punches before looking to headstand off the bottom rope for a head-scissor takedown. Banks reverses into a Meteora as she comes off the ropes. She lands and clutches at her knee as we see some replays to find out what happened as she came down. Carmella now ties Banks' own blue hair to the bottom rope so she can't move. She then stands up and stomps away at a helpless Baniks. She then gets down in her favor and yells about being better, smarter and stronger than her.
"The Boss" ends up fighting her way free from the bottom rope. She leaps over the top-rope after decking Carmella, floating over directly into double knees into Carmella's face. She follows that up with the Three Amigos in honor of Eddie Guerrero. Carmella fights off the third but Banks still ends up hitting her. Carmella then picks Banks up and throws her out of the ring, where Reginald catches her. He holds her and then throws her down. Banks pops up and starts kicking him. Now the ref gets involved as he kicks Reginald out of the ringside area, sending him to the back.
As Banks gloats and smiles, watching Reginald complain as he heads to the back, she turns around right into a crazy awesome dive from Carmella through the ropes. That was pretty bad ass. She quickly gets Banks back into the ring and tries pinning her, but only gets two. We see some replays of that sweet dive from Carmella and then return live to hear her complaining to the ref about sending Reginald to the back.
Once she finishes her rant she turns around right into a roll-up attempt from Banks. She kicks out at two. Banks rolls her up again. Again, she avoids the three count. Sasha pounds away at Carmella and heads to the top-rope. She comes off with a Frog Splash but Carmella gets the knees up. She then locks Banks up in her submission finisher, however Banks eventually escapes.
Banks looks for her semi-finisher but Carmella has it well scouted and avoids it. She then catches Banks coming off the top-rope with a super kick to the jaw. She follows that up with a second super kick and covers her, however Banks manages to kick out before the count of three. Carmella complains and then walks over to pick up Banks, but Banks reverses directly into her Bank Statement submission finisher. Carmella taps out. Banks retains.
Winner and STILL WWE SmackDown Women's Champion: Sasha Banks
After the SmackDown Women's Title bout we head to another quick commercial break. Now it's time to head back inside the ThunderDome for our next action here at the 2021 WWE Royal Rumble.
On that note, we head to a quick backstage segment.
Backstage Segments, Bad Bunny Performance
After the commercial wraps up, we head to a live backstage segment with Big E. talking to Xavier Woods and asking him about RETRIBUTION beating his ass in recent weeks. He tells him tonight all he needs from him is 60 minutes to change their lives forever.
In walks Sami Zayn mocking the two talking about the wrestling gods. He says the gods gifted them enough by giving Big E. HIS Intercontinental title. Zayn then predicts they got comfy entry numbers for tonight. Zayn says he's not worried because he sees everything. He says he has eyes in the back of his head.
As he brags about that, Kofi Kingston yells from behind him and scares him. Zayn claims he wasn't scared. The New Day have some fun at his expense as he leaves. Now they talk about wearing the same gear again tonight. He talks about tonight being what sends them on their path to WrestleMania. He says even though they're on different shows, the same rule applies because when one of them wins the Royal Rumble -- they ALLL win the Royal Rumble.
Bad Bunny is then introduced as we return live inside the ThunderDome. His music for the official theme song for tonight's WWE Royal Rumble 2021 begins playing as Booker T, the man who the song is a tribute to, and the man who is featured in the official music video for the song, is standing in the same gear he wore in the music video. Bad Bunny then begins performing the song as he dances around Booker while fireworks and pyro explodes.
Near the end of the song, Booker T does his infamous "Can You Dig It, SUCKA?!" catchphrase as more fireworks and pyro explodes and the theme continues playing as we head back to the commentary table to plug some WWE Shop specials for tonight.
After the Bad Bunny performance we head to the commentary table for some quick WWE Shop promotion and then Corey Graves and Michael Cole introduce a video focusing on historic stats related to the Royal Rumble match itself.
One of two Royal Rumble matches scheduled for this evening is up next here at the 2021 WWE Royal Rumble PPV.
30-Woman Royal Rumble Match
The bell sounds and the ring announcer begins the formal pre-match introductions for our first of two 30-person Royal Rumble matches scheduled for tonight's show.
On that note, the ring announcer briefly runs down the rules for tonight's Royal Rumble match and then introduces the first entrant in the 2021 Women's Royal Rumble match.
With that said, the familiar sounds of the official theme song for former SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley plays as she makes her way down to the ring, stopping briefly to talk to the commentators at ringside off-mic.
As she waits in the ring to see who she will be kicking things off with. On that note, the lights in the venue go out and when they come back on, we find out that it's time to FEEL THE GLOW.
That's right, the returning Naomi's music plays as she is officially introduced and slides down the entrance ramp on her knees. The commentators, which will be Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Jerry "The King" Lawler for this match, react to Naomi's return.
The 2021 30-Woman Royal Rumble match is now officially underway as the bell sounds. Bayley taunts and mocks Naomi to get things started, asking if she remembers when she beat her. She goes to hit her with a cheap shot but Naomi catches her foot.
Naomi goes to work on Bayley, utilizing splits and other unique offense to avoid onslaught attempts from Bayley, all-the-while delivering her own punishment to the former women's champ.
As Bayley turns the offensive momentum in her favor, the commentators joke about Bayley having "COLE" shaved into the back of her head. The countdown clock hits and out comes the number three entrant -- Bianca Belair.
Belair skips down to the ring and hops on the apron, jumping in and blasting Bayley with a dropkick right out of the gate. She hoists Bayley up and dumps her over the top-rope, but Bayley lands on the ring apron outside the ropes and re-enters the ring.
Naomi and Belair are both nearly eliminated, however they hang on. The countdown clock hits and out as the fourth entrant is Billie Kay. Kay comes down with a stack of 8x10 photos of herself. Jerry Lawler jokes on commentary about wanting one of those.
Billie Kay takes her sweet time heading down to the ring. She nearly steps up the ring steps but decides not to, instead taking a seat next to the commentary table in an open chair. She hands some of her 8x10s to the commentators, which Lawler thanks her for.
They ask if she is going to enter the ring since she's in the match. She says she's going to wait for maybe a partner to enter the match with, because she's smart. Meanwhile Belair and Naomi are being beaten down by Bayley. She heads to the top-rope but misses each lady on the way down.
The number five entrant's music hits and out comes a mini tank as Shotzi Blackheart makes her way down to the ring in said-tank. This brings Billie Kay up from her seat. She heads over with an 8x10 for Blackheart, but Blackheart ends up shooting her with the gun on her tank. She is shocked and stands in the entrance aisle as Blackheart exits her tank and walks right past her, entering the match while Kay makes her way back over to her chair at ringside, still having not entered the match officially at this point.
She joins on commentary again as Blackheart goes to work on Belair. The countdown clock hits again and when it expires, number six makes her way out and it is one-half of the new Women's Tag-Team Champions -- Shayna Baszler. Again, Billie Kay tries taking an 8x10 to meet her in the entrance way. Baszler stops and punches the picture, hitting Kay as well and then heading into the ring where she immediately starts taking out any-and-everyone in sight as she is the only person standing at the moment, yet no eliminations have been made still.
Kay has recovered and is rejoining the commentators again as the countdown clock re-appears and expires to show the number seven entrant is none other than Toni Storm. She takes her jacket off and heads to the ring as Kay again tries coming over with one of her pictures. She extends her hand as well and Storm takes her sunglasses off, raises an eyebrow and ignores her, heading to the ring and going right to work hitting German suplexes on anyone in reaching distance.
Baszler eliminates Shotzi Blackheart as the countdown clock appears again. When it expires, the name Jillian appears on the big screen. That's right folks, at number eight, singing like an extra-untalented Britney Spears is the returning Jillian Hall. Kay goes over and asks to team up. She says they can be Billie and Jilly. Jillian Hall says she loves it. She takes her Bobby Brown headset off and the duo of Billie and Jilly hit the ring, as Kay finally enters the match. They hit some double suplexes and immediately make an impression in the bout.
The countdown clock appears again and when it expires, out comes the number nine entrant, representing the Riott Squad -- Ruby Riott. She makes her way to the ring as the commentators talk about this being her third Royal Rumble match appearance. Out as the next entrant is another surprise return as VICTORIA makes her way out. Lisa Marie Varon hits the ring as her Victoria persona and she immediately starts hitting some of her trademark spots.
Victoria is sent through the ropes but is not eliminated. She does a flip over the top-rope legdrop onto Naomi as the countdown clock appears again ...
The 30-Woman Royal Rumble match is still in progress. We join the match below at entrant number 11.
After the countdown clock expires, out comes Peyton Royce as number eleven. She immediately makes an impression in the ring and it isn't long before she and Billie Kay are standing side-by-side and fighting for a common goal, leading the commentators to talk about this being a mini Ilconics reunion.
Victoria, meanwhile, hits her old Widow's Peak finisher as the countdown clock counts down and out comes Santana Garrett as the number twelve entrant. The gals duke it out in the ring for another two minutes with not a lot happening and then the countdown clock appears again.
This time when the countdown clock expires, Liv Morgan makes her way down. She and Ruby Riott immediately team up and go to work on Shayna Baszler.
Now the countdown clock appears again as Billie Kay is eliminated. Out comes Rhea Ripley as the 14th entrant. She eliminates Toni Storm. The action slows down now as we see Baszler choking Victoria over the ropes and dumping her down to the floor, eliminating her for her second in the bout.
The countdown clock re-appears after Ripley eliminates Santana Garrett for her second in the match. Out comes Charlotte Flair as the number 15 entrant.
After some back-and-forth action among the remaining entrants duking it out in the ring, the countdown clock counts down and out comes Dana Brooke as entrant number 16.
We see Peyton Royce eliminate Liv Morgan right before the countdown clock re-appears on the screen. When it expires, out comes Torrie Wilson as another surprise entrant. She makes her way down the ring as Jerry Lawler pops on commentary at the number 17 entrant in the women's Rumble for the second year in a row in the same spot.
Dana Brooke makes a big impact as she hits some high spots and then nearly eliminates Rhea Ripley. Ripley and Brooke fight on the apron outside the ropes. Ripley ends up power-bombing her on the side of the ring apron and she falls down to the mat as Ripley's third elimination. Dana Brooke is out.
The countdown clock hits and when it expires we get a real big surprise as we hear "WOOO!" for the second time in the match. No, it's not Charlotte Flair -- she's already in the ring. Instead, it's "THE NATURE BOY" Ric Flair.
Wait, nevermind. Flair just makes an entrance to distract Charlotte and then he introduces the real 18th entrant, Lacey Evans. Evans comes out in the famous Flair robe. She taunts Charlotte as she makes her way down to the ring, taking her sweet time.
Charlotte stands in disbelief / anger as she waits for Lacey to get in the ring with the robe on. Lacey ignores Charlotte and poses to the fans right in front of her. Charlotte attacks her from behind and stomps her down and out of the ring, but under the bottom rope. She goes out under the bottom rope after her to continue the beatdown outside the ring.
As Charlotte hops back on the ring apron, she eliminates Peyton Royce. Moments later, Baszler eliminates Torrie Wilson. Right after that, Bianca Belair eliminates Bayley. As she reacts to being eliminated, number 19 comes out and is Mickie James.
James makes her way down to the ring, blasting Lacey Evans with a big boot on the floor before entering the ring. As she does, the commentators show highlights of Bayley's elimination, which was almost missed in all the chaos that was going on as it went down.
Mickie and Charlotte go face to face as we hear Mickie say she's been waiting for this for a long time. Charlotte blasts her with a big shot and then chops her across the ring. Mickie tries fighting back but Charlotte turns up the intensity. She sits Mickie on the top-rope but Mickie wraps her legs around Charlotte's head and hits a head-scissor takedown off the top.
The commentators continue to focus on Charlotte being in a bad mood because of Lacey Evans and her father. After the countdown clock expires again, the number 20 entrant comes out and it is none other than Nikki Cross.
The 30-Woman Royal Rumble match is still in progress. We join the match below at entrant number 21.
We see some more action unfold for two minutes and then the countdown clock re-appears. When it expires, out at number 21 is the returning Alicia Fox.
Jerry Lawler gives another fun reaction to her entrance as well. She makes her way to the ring but as soon as she enters the ring, R-Truth's theme hits and the WWE 24/7 Champion sprints down to the ring.
He hops on the ring apron and then yells something about the Royal Rumble. As he hops off the apron and gets ready to head to the back, out comes a bunch of WWE Superstars from the back that are chasing R-Truth down looking to win the 24/7 Title.
He ends up in the ring and Alicia Fox ends up rolling him up and pinning him. She is announced by the ring announcer as the new WWE 24/7 Champion. She poses with the title as the number 22 entrant -- Mandy Rose -- makes her way down to the ring.
Rose, short hair-cut and all, enters the ring and she and the new WWE 24/7 Champion Alicia Fox start duking it out. Rose ends up eliminating Fox. After Fox hits the floor, Truth appears and rolls her up and gets the pinfall to recapture his WWE 24/7 Championship. The ring announcer does the announcement of him as the champion again and he is immediately chased by the aforementioned WWE Superstars from the back, as well as the eliminated Alicia Fox.
As they exit through the opposite side of the ThunderDome to the back, we see the countdown clock. When it expires, out comes Dakota Kai as the number 23 entrant.
We see Lacey Evans get an elimination. The countdown clock appears and coming out at number 24 is Carmella. She comes out as Reginald is walking beside her with water and a towel helping her get prepared to enter the Rumble.
Meanwhile we see Rhea Ripley throw Dakota Kai out over the top-rope for her fourth elimination. Now she dumps Mandy Rose out for her fifth elimination. Carmella is still waiting to enter the match. Reginald helps her up to the ring apron and as soon as she enters, Nikki Cross throws her over the top. Reginald ends up catching her before her feet hit the floor and he sets her back on the ring apron.
Cross runs at her but Carmella ends up eliminating her instead. As the countdown clock expires again, out comes the 25th entrant, which is Tamina. She blasts Reginald with a superkick, who was holding Carmella. So she is now eliminated.
She enters the ring and we get a big dramatic face-off between Rhea Ripley and Tamina. Then they start swinging at each other as a big slugfest breaks out between the two. Belair nearly eliminates Naomi, but she hangs on. Finally Naomi is kicked to the floor but she lands in a way where her back hit but her feet didn't. Belair is thrown to the ring apron outside the ropes, which Noami notices, so she uses Belair's extra long ponytail to pull herself up to the ring apron. Now they each help the other get back in the ring. Cool stuff.
The countdown clock appears again and when it expires, out comes the number 26 entrant -- the returning Lana. Jerry Lawler immediately points out he is a Lana fan. The other commentators talk about what happened at the WWE TLC PPV at the end of 2020 with Lana.
After a couple more minutes of action in the ring, the countdown clock appears again. This time when it expires, the number 27 entrant makes her way out. It is none other than The Demented Alexa Bliss. She gets in the ring and immediately takes a couple girls out with forearms. She hits a nice dropkick on Ripley and then does a big smile and some jumping jacks. Ripley spears her down and everyone gangs up on Bliss.
Finally, Bliss begins her metamorphisis but before she can finish her transformation, Ripley throws Bliss out from behind for her sixth elimination. The countdown clock expires and out comes entrant number 28. It is the former NXT Women's Champion Ember Moon.
We see the countdown clock again and when it expires, out comes Nia Jax as the number 29 entrant. Bayley eliminates Lacey Evans. Nia Jax eliminates Ember Moon. Jax and Baszler both eliminate Naomi. The new Women's Tag-Team Champions seem to be joining forces with Tamina, as Jax says they are family. Baszler doesn't care and hits her. She hits Baszler back so Jax picks her up for a Samoan drop, but she escapes out the back door. Baszler and Jax end up throwing Tamina out to eliminate her.
Now Nia and Baszler throw their hands up and end up duking it out with each other. Ripley joins in on the fun, as does Charlotte. Jax eliminates Baszler out of nowhere. Baszler looks up at her in shock. Jax says she's sorry but points out that she had to do it. Lana hops on Jax's back from behind for a sleeper-hold attempt, however Jax flips her over her shoulders and down to the mat. Lana runs out of the ring but not over the top. Jax follows out after her. Back in the ring, Lana slaps Jax. Jax screams out and charges after her, but Lana pulls the top-rope down and Jax goes sailing out to the floor, eliminating herself.
Finally, the last countdown clock appears and when it expires, the 30th and final entrant in the 2021 Women's Royal Rumble match, Natalya, makes her way down to the ring. Baszler and Jax end up attacking her as they are still frustrated about being eliminated. They beat her down and leave her laying and then they both follow in the ring and take out every remaining participant in the match. They leave all of them laying before finally exiting the ring together. On their way back up the ramp, they throw Nattie in the ring.
Nattie finally recovers and she and Lana hug each other. As Lana goes to focus on who she is going to try to eliminate next, Nattie attacks her from behind and eliminates her. We're down to the final four and it is Natalya, Charlotte Flair, Rhea Ripley and Bianca Belair.
Belair eliminates Natalya just as Nattie was about to get Ripley out of there. Now we're down to the final three and it's Belair, Flair and Ripley. All three are down but smiling and getting back to their feet. They close in on each other slowly and then finally erupt and start duking it out. Things end up with Belair and Ripley both beating on Charlotte.
They pick her up and whip her into the ropes. Charlotte holds on, however, and blasts Belair with a kick and Ripley with a forearm. She tosses Belair with a release suplex and looks up at the WrestleMania sign. She points to it before she and Ripley start exchanging shots. Charlotte looks for a suplex but Ripley blocks it. Charlotte runs at Ripley for a big boot but Ripley side-steps her and Charlotte nearly eliminates herself. She holds on outside the ropes on the apron but ultimately, Belair and Ripley both charge and knock her off, eliminating her.
We're down to the final two. Bianca Belair does a WOO! to taunt Charlotte. Ripley tries throwing her out from behind but Belair holds on and head-scissors Ripley over the top as well. Both hang on as their feet dangle near the floor. They're both sitting on the ring apron and looking at each other, agreeing to get back in the ring at the same time and "not do anything stupid." They do and now they square off.
Ripley swings at Belair but Belair ducks it and spears Ripley into the turnbuckles. She fires away with punches and sets her on the top-rope. She blasts her with a forearm that sends her off the top turnbuckle and down to the ring apron outside the ropes. She hangs on and re-enters the ring. Now each woman meets in the middle and both slam each other face-first down to the mat.
The fans break out into a "This Is Awesome!" chant, complete with all the video screens showing the fans clapping on cue during the chant. Finally Belair and Ripley make it to their feet. One goes for the Glam Slam but it is avoided. Ripley looks for Rip Tide on Belair but she avoids that. Belair hoists Ripley up and looks for the K.O.D., but no, Ripley lands on her feet. Belair ends up clotheslining Ripley over the top-rope. Belair hangs on from her spot as the third entrant in the match and sets a new record for longest time in a women's Royal Rumble match at over 56 minutes. She is headed to WrestleMania.
Winner of 2021 30-Woman Royal Rumble match and ADVANCING to WrestleMania: Bianca Belair
After The Match: Charly Caruso Talks To Bianca Belair
Once her post-match celebration wraps up, her music dies down and Charly Caruso enters the ring to do a quick post-match in-ring interview. She asks for Belair's thoughts on winning the Rumble and going on to WrestleMania.
Belair is extremely, extremely emotional and this is a very real moment. She cries about succeeding and tells her mom and dad she did it. She says she's now going to put the EST into the grandest stage of them all, as she points to the WrestleMania sign.
That was a really cool moment. Congratulations, Bianca Belair! She poses on the top-rope as her music plays again and she points to the WrestleMania sign as fireworks and pyro explodes.
"Feel good stuff" here at the 2021 Royal Rumble. You've got to love it.
After the post-match interview with Bianca Belair, we head to a Draft Kings fantasy betting commercial and then a Cricket Wireless commercial with Charlotte Flair. After that, a quick ad for the new WWE ICONS documentary episode one on Yokozuna airs. The show is available now on the WWE Network for paid members.
Backstage At Royal Rumble With Bad Bunny, Booker T, Miz & Morrison
From there, we head back inside the ThunderDome at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL., where The Miz and John Morrison are shown backstage approaching Bad Bunny's locker room. They knock on the door and congratulate Bad Bunny on a great performance. He thanks them. Miz says don't thank him just yet.
He mentions an incredible offer they have for Bad Bunny. He tells him he should team up with Miz and Morrison. Ultimately, Bad Bunny turns them down. They act shocked that he did so. He talks about being a favorite to win the Royal Rumble match and shows off his briefcase claiming he's practically guaranteed to win the title.
He starts mocking Booker T asking why Bad Bunny is so fond of him. He continues mocking Booker T as the WWE Hall Of Fame legend ends up approaching behind him. Miz unaware he's there keeps mocking him and then finally Booker T does his "TELL ME YOU DID NOT JUST SAY THAT" catchphrase. Morrison says he did and walks off scared. Booker and Bad Bunny enter his locker room and Morrison returns as he and Miz walk off together.
We head back to the Kickoff Show panel from earlier in the evening where Charly Caruso is joined by Sonya Deville, JBL and Peter Rosenberg. They recap some of the action we have seen already this evening before talking about some action still to come.
Finally, R-Truth comes over and is rolled up out of nowhere from Peter Rosenberg. He is now the new WWE 24/7 Champion. He runs off as Truth chases after him. The panel are disgusted as they react to what just transpired.
After the reaction to Peter Rosenberg's WWE 24/7 Championship, the Kickoff Show panel sends the broadcast back to ringside where the two-man commentary team of Michael Cole and Corey Graves set up the video package for our next match of the evening.
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Kevin Owens (Last Man Standing Universal Title)
On that note, the video package for the Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Universal Championship between Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens airs.
Our fourth and final championship match of the evening here at the 2021 WWE Royal Rumble PPV is up next. On that note, we return inside the ThunderDome where the entrance music of the challenger begins playing.
With that said, Kevin Owens makes his way down to the ring. After him, the familiar sounds of the theme music of "The Head of the Table" plays as "The Tribal Chief" Roman Reigns makes his way down to the ring accompanied by Paul Heyman.
He steps into the ring and fireworks explode as he holds his Universal Title up proudly. He and Owens get in each other's face briefly. Reigns' music dies down and the ring announcer does the final formal pre-match official ring introductions for this WWE Universal Championship match.
Remember, this match will be contested under Last Man Standing rules. The belll sounds and we're off-and-running with our final championship bout of the evening here at the Royal Rumble PPV. The commentators point out that "#RoyalRumble" is trending worldwide right now.
Early on, we see a Superman Punch from Owens that knocks him out momentarily. Owens beats the ten count so the Last Man Standing match continues. Moments later, Owens catches Reigns out of nowhere with his Pop-Up Powerbomb in the ring. Reigns beats the count.
Now the action spills out to the floor where after some back-and-forth exchanges, Reigns catches Owens with a wicked spear. We see replays of it as the ref reaches the count of seven this time. Reigns takes the top half of the steel ring steps and blasts Owens in the face with them as he gets up.
Owens is battered up the aisle. When he returns to his feet, Reigns blasts him again with the steps. And a third time. He sets them down as the ref begins his count on Owens, who is up this time at the count of five. Reigns hoists the steps up for another shot, but Owens kicks Reigns in his exposed gut. On his way down, the steps hit Reigns. The ref begins a count on him now.
The violence meter gets turned up a few notches as Owens and Reigns take turns slamming each other into the ThunderDome screens. Reigns grabs a chair now and whacks Owens with it a few times. Now both guys climb up the ThunderDome set. They fight some and then climb up even higher to the next level of the ThunderDome. Owens catches Reigns with a super kick and then he grabs a chair.
Reigns recovers and he gets the chair from Owens. He blasts Owens with it and then slams him off some of the ThunderDome set. He goes to throw him down off the level they climbed up, but Owens blasts him with a shot before he can. Now it is Owens who is thinking about throwing Reigns off the level. Reigns catches Owens with a Superman Punch and then sends him flying off the ThunderDome set, where he sails down and crashes through a table that was set up way down below.
Somehow Owens pulls himself to his feet using the camera dolly at the count of nine. Reigns looks shocked. Owens is stumbling around the backstage area now as he passes through the curtain. The commentators question where Owens is going and what he has in mind.
Finally, he emerges through a curtain and the commentators point out a training ring that is set up in the background. Finally, out of nowhere, he is ran into by a golf cart that Reigns is driving. This lays him out again and the ref begins his count. This time his count reaches nine again and Reigns immediately blasts him with punches as he stands up. Now we see replays of Owens getting hit hard by the golf cart.
Reigns talks trash at Owens, taunting him like he would Jey Uso in their battles, bringing up Owens' family. This completely enrages Owens, who spears Reigns down and fires away with punches. He slams Reigns into a bunch of stuff and then hoists him up for a powerbomb onto an empty commentary table that doesn't break. He climbs up some of the set next to the table and leaps off, crashing onto Reigns, putting him through the commentary table.
Owens gets up at the count of seven, and Reigns is up next to beat the count as well. However, Owens is all over Reigns as soon as he is up, blasting him onto various props set up in this special section of the arena. He grabs various weaponary and set pieces laying around to blast Reigns with that as well.
Now he lays Reigns out on a craft services type of table covered in a cloth. He gets in a forklift type of machine and raises the lift super high. He exits the vehicle and climbs up it. He is on the very top of the super-raised forklift. We get a cool sky-blimp camera angle as Owens stands up there. He hits a crazy senton/flip off of it and crashes onto Reigns, putting him through the aforementioned table. The ref begins his double count as the fans in the other side of the arena with the ThunderDome screens can be heard loudly chanting "Holy Sh*t! Holy Sh*t!"
Reigns makes it to his feet just at the count of nine, but he collapses right back down. The ref runs over to check on him as replays and slow-mo replays of Owens insane flip off the raised forklift are shown. Owens stalks Reigns now as "The Tribal Chief" is crawling away from the challenger. Owens grabs him by the hair and yells at him to look at him. He slams Reigns face-first into some carts and boxes as they brawl their way back through the curtain and into the regular arena.
The commentators, including Graves, talk in disbelief as Reigns appears to be begging off as Owens stalks him. Finally Owens picks him up but Reigns breaks loose and sprints at Owens and spears him through the big screens at the top of the entrance stage. The ref begins his count. Reigns stumbles over and stares as Owens doesn't budge until the count of eight. He then rolls and lands on his feet off the stage behind the curtain. The ref tells Reigns that counts so Reigns is pissed as he heads out after him.
Owens stumbles around as the camera follows him with Reigns hot on his trail. Speaking of hot, Owens seemed to just burn his arm as he touched a hot giant light as he is struggling to return to full consciousness. Finally, Reigns stumbles around the corner and catches up with Owens. He has a pair of handcuffs in his hands. The two trade blows and Reigns gets the better of the exchange. Reigns grabs Owens and looks to handcuff him. Owens kicks him and hits him with a Stunner out of nowhere. Owens takes the handcuffs from him and cuffs Reigns so low on a part of the set, that he can't get to his feet even when he recovered. As the refs count nearly hits ten, Reigns wisely grabs the official with his free hand and pulls him into the steel part of the set, knocking him out.
Owens goes over to Reigns but Reigns ends up doing the same to him. As Owens is laid out next to him, Reigns watches on as Paul Heyman enters the picture. He appears to have the key to the handcuffs. A new official is out and he is counting both guys. Heyman helps Reigns as the ref stops his count and the commentators don't even acknowledge it. Clearly they're having trouble getting the cuffs off. They finally do and the commentators explain that because Reigns had crawled into a standing position while still cuffed, the ref stopped the count for that reason. Finally, Reigns is free'd from the cuffs several seconds later. He grabs his wrist and winces in pain as he makes his way over to Owens. He slaps a crazy choke on him and chokes the life out of him until he is completely unconscious. Reigns crawls to his feet as the ref's count reaches six. Owens is still completely out. The ref hits ten. Reigns retains after what appeared to be a botched finish.
Winner and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Roman Reigns
Additional highlights of the Universal Title match are shown and then we head to a quick commercial break.
Afterwards, we head back inside the ThunderDome at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. where the ring announcer prepares us for our second and final Royal Rumble match of the evening.
30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Out comes Edge as his music plays to get this main event of the evening underway. "The Rated-R Superstar" makes his way down to the squared circle as the camera pans over to the commentary table to show the special three-man team of Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Samoa Joe.
From there, Edge's music dies down and when it does, the man who will be the second entrant in the 2021 30-Man Royal Rumble match makes his way out as Randy Orton's music hits and "The Viper" emerges.
Before Orton can head to the ring, however, Edge exits the ring through the middle ropes and charges up the ramp to meet him and duke it out before he gets to the ring. They brawl for a bit and then down to the ring, where they both climb inside. On that note, the ref calls for the bell.
With that said, the 30-Man Royal Rumble match is now officially underway. Edge and Orton again escape under the ropes and brawl outside the ring. As they do so, the countdown clock appears and when it expires, Sami Zayn's music hits.
Zayn comes out as the third entrant and now all three men are in the ring where Orton and Zayn team up together to beat down Edge in a two-on-one attack. Finally as Zayn lays low and lets Orton pummel Edge, the countdown clock appears and ticks away.
Entrant number four from RETRIBUTION, the leader Ali, makes his way down and slides into the ring. Ali takes a look at the lay of the land and decides to join up with Orton and Zayn to begin a prolonged three-on-one attack on a helpless Edge. Finally, the countdown clock appears.
When it finishes counting down, the theme music of Jeff Hardy hits and finally, some help for "The Rated-R Superstar" is on its' way. Hardy hits the ring and starts taking out the Zayn/Orton/Ali trio. Eventually, Orton hits an RKO out of nowhere on Hardy to kill his momentum. As Zayn yells and thinks he's buddies with Orton, Orton tricks him and RKO's him and then does the same to Ali.
From there, he turns around right into a Spear from Edge. Edge and Orton again head out to the floor at ringside, without eliminating themselves, to continue their outside-the-ring brawl. Edge sends Orton into the steel ring post and then lays Orton across the commentary table. He climbs up on the table with him. Orton tries countering into an RKO but Edge reverses and hits his Edgecution DDT on the table, however it doesn't break.
Immediately after that spot wraps up, the countdown clock appears and when it ticks down, Dolph Ziggler comes out as the latest entrant. As he makes his way to the ring the camera cuts back to Edge and Orton. We see Edge blast Orton with a chair. Orton is a bloody mess, as the commentators point out. Several officials are tending to Orton.
Back in the ring, Ziggler eliminates Jeff Hardy. Edge hits the ring and goes back to work. The camera cuts over to Orton who is hurt bad on the outside, as the commentators point out,. Orton pounds the barricade wall he is sitting leaned up against. Meanwhile the countdown clock appears and when it expires, Shinsuke Nakamura emerges as the seventh entrant.
Cole points out that this is one of the most chaotic starts to a Rumble match in history, as Orton could very well be legitimately hurt. The camera pans over to show an update on Orton. As they do, highlights are shown of the DDT on the table and the chair to the leg spots from Edge earlier in the match. As Nakamura takes it to Ali in the ring, the camera keeps cutting back to Orton, who is limping with assistance from the refs to head to the back.
The camera cuts to the ring and back to Orton over and over again, and while that is going on, we nearly miss the entrance of the surprise number eight entrant -- the man who spits in the face of people who don't want to be cool -- Carlito! Carlito heads to the ring with his trademark apple. When he enters the ring, Nakamura steals the apple from him. Carlito hits Nakamura with a Back-Stabber. The camera cuts to Orton again as the commentators talk about him not being able to put any weight on his leg.
We see the countdown clock and when it ticks down, The New Day's music hits and out comes Xavier Woods. Woods immediately goes after Ali. After everyone fights for another two minutes, the countdown clock hits again and this time Big E. makes his way out as the tenth entrant. He immediately goes after Zayn, the man he won the I-C title from.
Big E. and Xavier Woods hit a nice double-team spot on Zayn as the announcers talk about them not missing a single step as a cohesive unit. They finally eliminate Sami Zayn as the countdown clock appears again.
The 30-Man Royal Rumble match is still in progress. We join the match below at entrant number 11.
30-Man Royal Rumble Match
As The New Day members soak up the elimination of Zayn, the countdown clock appears again and out at number 11 is John Morrison.
Ali eliminates Woods and Big E. is pissed! He walks over and clotheslines the hell out of Ali, eliminating him in the process as well.
The countdown clock appears again and when it ticks down, out comes Ricochet as entrant number 12. The guys brawl in the ring a bit and then countdown clock hits.
When it counts down out comes Elias as entrant number 13. He and Ricochet go to work on each other, with Elias getting the better of the exchange. Elias takes out Morrison as well and now goes to work on Carlito as the commentators run down some of his past Rumble stats.
Carlito hits a nice dropkick on Elias but then walks into a big shot from Elias in return. Elias follows that up by eliminating Carlito. The commentators agree that Carlito getting eliminated already "is not cool." Regardless, the action continues!
The countdown clock appears and when it counts down, out at number 14 is NXT Superstar Damian Priest. Priest makes a big impact right off the bat before he focuses his attack on Morrison. He takes it to Morrison and then turns his attention to Elias. Priest eliminates Elias. Now he goes back to work on Morrison as we see a split-screen shot of Randy Orton being tended to by doctors in the backstage area. The commentators point out that "The Viper" has not been officially eliminated, although it appears his night is over.
After the latest ten-second countdown clock appears, "Mr. Money In The Bank" himself, The Miz, emerges as the number 15 entrant. Miz comes out and heads over to the DJ set-up for Bad Bunny. Miz, still upset at his offer being turned down by Bad Bunny, smashes the DJ set-up and breaks it.
Now The Miz makes his way down to the ring. He hits a Skull Crushing Finale on Big E. and now we see Miz and Morrison join forces to start taking it to everyone. They double-team Ricochet and then Dolph Ziggler, however they haven't eliminated anyone yet. Everyone is down and selling except The Miz and Morrison.
They notice that Bad Bunny is making his way out so Miz and Morrison sit on the middle rope to invite him in. As officials hold Bad Bunny back, Priest comes up from behind Miz and Morrison and he eliminates them both. Now Bad Bunny heads into the ring and climbs to the top-rope. He comes flying off and hits Miz and Morrison with a top-rope splash onto the floor.
As officials make Bad Bunny head to the back, the countdown clock appears and when it counts down, out comes Riddle as the number 16 entrant. Nakamura and Riddle duke it out for a bit and then the countdown clock appears again.
When the clock ticks down coming in at the number 17 spot is Daniel Bryan. The fans break out into a "Yes!" chant as Bryan hits the ring with a ton of energy, diving onto and throwing kicks at any-and-everyone in sight / reaching distance. Priest nearly eliminates Edge, however The Rated-R Superstar hangs on.
And entering the Royal Rumble at number 18 is "The Big Red Machine" Kane. Kane makes his 18th Royal Rumble appearance in the number 18 spot. Kane comes out with his mask on and immediately starts chokeslamming everyone in the match as the commentators talk about some of the many Royal Rumble records held by Kane.
Kane eliminates Dolph Ziggler and seconds later, chokeslams Ricochet onto the apron outside the ropes to eliminate him as well. Kane turns around and Daniel Bryan notices him and says it's great to see him. Daniel Bryan out-stretches his arms to his former Team Hell No buddy and they meet in the middle for a big hug. Kane then makes Bryan pay and hits him with a chokeslam.
Priest walks up to Kane and the two go nose-to-nose. Kane blasts Priest with a big shot and then hoists him up for a chokeslam. Priest escapes and peppers Kane with leg kicks before eliminating him. Priest is making a great showing for himself thus far in the Rumble match this evening.
The countdown clock appears and when it counts down out as entrant number 19 is royalty himself, King Corbin. Seconds later, the night for Shinsuke Nakamura is wrapped up as he is eliminated. The countdown clock appears and coming out at number 20 for his first-ever Royal Rumble match is Otis.
The 30-Man Royal Rumble match is still in progress. We join the match below at entrant number 21.
30-Man Royal Rumble Match
As Otis finishes up his catapilar dance spot, he is eliminated. The countdown clock appears and coming out as entrant number 21 is Dominik Mysterio.
Mysterio makes his way out to a nice reaction from the fans as King Corbin waits for him and calls him on. As soon as he enters the ring, Corbin slams Mysterio down with authority. Seconds later, Dominik uses his legs to surprisingly eliminate Corbin. Corbin shouts that he will pay for that.
The camera focuses on Riddle and Daniel Bryan trading bombs. Finally Priest enters the mix and sends Riddle flying before focusing his attack on Bryan. Out of nowhere, Riddle blasts Priest with a big shot as he re-enters the picture. The countdown clock appears and when it ticks down, out comes Bobby Lashley as entrant number 22.
Lashley hits the ring and immediately makes an impression, as he eliminates three people back-to-back. Now Big E. and Bobby Lashley square off and get in each others face. They trade big shots until finally Riddle joins in on the fun just as the countdown clock appears.
When the countdown clock wraps up, out as the surprise number 23 entrant is Hurricane Helms. As soon as Helms hits the ring, Big E. picks him up. He goes to throw him out but Hurricane escapes out the back door. Now he gets in Lashley's face and Big E's, threatening to double choke-slam them both in a funny spot. They end up both eliminating Hurricane instead.
Now Big E. and Lashley go back to battle as Cole points out that Hurricane did last 30 seconds, though. We see replays of some recent eliminations made by Lashley. As the commentators talk about how long Edge has been in the Rumble since entering at number one, the countdown clock appears and coming in at number 24 is surprise entrant "Captain Charisma" Christian.
Edge, barely conscious, crawling around the ring in pain, lets a semi-smile out as he looks over and sees Christian making his way down the aisle. Christian helps from the outside as three men in the ring all join him to eliminate Bobby Lashley. Cool spot. In the ring, Christian hits his Unprettier finisher on Big E. He then takes Daniel Bryan out coming off the ropes with a big elbow.
Christian and Edge glance at each other and then they embrace with a big hug. Riddle walks over with a big smile on his face and tries to buddy up with them as well, but they turn their attention to him and reject his five-second pose request. Instead, they hit him with a couple trademark Edge & Christian double team spots. The countdown clock appears and now coming in at number 25 is AJ Styles.
Styles sprints to the ring and goes right to work on Christian as the commentators talk about Styles making his name in WWE by debuting as a surprise entrant in a past Royal Rumble match. Edge has crossed the 42 minute mark in this year's Royal Rumble match, which Michael Cole points out before Omos is shown standing like a giant-assed giant outside the ring.
Styles from the ring apron leap-frogs into the ring - right into a Spear from Edge who was sprinting off the ropes at the perfect time and place. The countdown clock appears and when it ticks down, out at number 26 is none other than Rey Mysterio. The commentators plug Victoria's iconic beer from Mexico as the sponsor for Rey Mysterio's mask. Cole's plug for the Mexican beer lasts quite a while, as a graphic appears in the corner of the screen during it.
Finally the long mid-match beer commercial wraps up and we see Omos from the floor playing a role in the match by helping Styles avoid an elimination spot. From the floor, Omos reaches over the top-rope and pulls Big E. over the top from behind, eliminating him from the floor. Big E. gets up pissed off, but Omos sends him flying over the announce table for his efforts. On the other side of the ring Mysterio tries to eliminate Riddle but they both hang on.
Now coming out as entrant number 27 is another former winner of a past Royal Rumble match -- Sheamus. Sheamus hops on the ring apron and pounds with forearms on the chest of Riddle and then Edge, before climbing to the top-rope to finally enter the ring, as he flies off with a top-rope flying double-clothesline that knocks Edge and Riddle down. He hits a Brogue Kick on Christian. Bryan tries blasting him with kicks of his own, but Sheamus blasts him with a Brogue Kick for his efforts as well.
Mysterio sets Styles up for the 6-1-9 but when he swings his legs through the ropes, Omos catches him and stops him. Now from the floor, for the second time, Omos reaches over the ropes and pulls Rey Mysterio out to eliminate him as well. The commentators point out how there are no DQ's in a Royal Rumble so it's perfectly legal for Omos' second elimination this evening.
The countdown clock appears and ticks away as out comes entrant number 28, Cesaro. Cesaro immediately goes to work on everyone in the ring. He and Sheamus stare each other down and decide to bump fists as the commentators talk about a Bar reunion. Instead, Cesaro scoops Sheamus' legs out from under him and does the Cesaro Swing on him. Next he grabs Daniel Bryan and he gets him with the Cesaro Swing, which seemed to go on forever and ever and ever and ever and ever. Cool stuff.
For the first time since Survivor Series, "The Messiah" is back as Seth Rollins emerges as entrant number 29 in the 30-man Royal Rumble match. Samoa Joe on commentary talks about Seth Rollins getting an incredible draw at number 29, explaining how someone like him could easily win a match like this with an entry number like that. Rollins takes his time getting to the ring. When he enters the ring he is immediately met by a big kick from Cesaro.
Cesaro nearly eliminates Rollins, but "The Messiah" hangs on. Now Cesaro and Rollins start trading European uppercuts and punches before Rollins takes over and chops him in the corner and then goes to work on trying to eliminate him. The countdown clock appears again and this time when it counts down, the 30th and final entrant makes his way out, as Braun Strowman heads down to the ring.
Strowman gets in and starts throwing bodies over the top-rope, with Omos again interfering to help Styles avoid elimination. Strowman sends Cesaro and then Sheamus out to the floor to eliminate them. He goes to eliminate Styles but notices Omos so he stops and adjusts, throwing Styles out on the side of the ring that Omos wasn't standing on. He then stares down Omos from the ring, as Omos looks pissed at being out-smarted by Strowman.
The fans chant "This Is Awesome!" as we see Seth Rollins on the floor, although he is not eliminated. In the ring we see Edge, Daniel Bryan, Riddle, Braun Strowman and Christian. The commentators are now no longer mentioning or giving updates on Randy Orton, so he's likely still around as well in the backstage area somewhere. All guys are down except Riddle and Bryan, who close in on each other and trade chops and then punches and then kicks.
Christian and Edge get involved, but Riddle and Bryan beat them up and resume their focus on each other. They break out in a mini-MMA fight as they trade an assortment of strikes before hitting the mat for some grappling, with Bryan catching the former UFC star with a nice armbar off his back. Bryan looks to be getting fired up but Rollins chooses that as his spot to re-enter the ring. He explodes in the ring and blasts Bryan with a Stomp and then he eliminates him and laughs.
Riddle hits Rollins from behind. Rollins turns and they start brawling. Riddle blasts Rollins with a finisher and then throws him over the top, however Rollins lands on the apron. Seconds later Riddle is thrown over as well where Rollins runs over and Stomps him, and he falls off the apron to the floor where he is eliminated. Rollins tries teaming up with Strowman, saying it's his time. He says they're the future, not Edge and Christian. He tells him to take them out. He puts his arm around Strowman like they're buddies now, but Strowman wants nothing to do with it, hoisting him up and slamming him down.
Edge and Christian charge at Strowman together but the big man takes them both out and then looks to begin eliminating them. He picks Edge up and throws him over but Edge hangs on. Edge, still hanging onto Strowman, tries pulling him over like Big Show's elimination several years ago by Cena. Now Christian and eventually Rollins help Edge eliminate Strowman, however Christian goes over as well. Rollins runs at Edge looking for a Stomp, however Edge eliminates him. As soon as Edge turns around, however, Orton appears in the ring out of nowhere and hits Edge with an RKO. He goes to pick Edge up and throw him out, however Edge reverses and throws Orton over. Edge wins the 2021 Royal Rumble match.
Winner of 2021 30-Man Royal Rumble match and ADVANCING to WrestleMania: Edge