Royal Rumble was WWE's first pay-per-view of 2020. It surely delivered on various fronts. With WrestleMania the next big focus for the company, several key storylines seemingly got their final chapter. Also, several new talking points emerged after the pay-per-view. Daniel Bryan and "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt delivered a classic match for the WWE Universal Championship. Meanwhile, Becky Lynch successfully defended her RAW Women's Championship against Asuka.
2020 Royal Rumble Winners— sofia ⚡️ (@undisputedflair) January 27, 2020
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In what should be a conclusion to the storyline, both delivered a great match to open the show. Both superstars used the stipulation to their advantage with Corbin chokeslamming Reigns through the announcer's table. Roman Reigns soon returned the favour when he hit Corbin with a Samoan Drop through the table. Interference from Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode and The Usos followed, but 'The Big Dog' stood tall after he hit a Superman punch and then a spear in the dugout for the win.
NXT's Bianca Belair made her Royal Rumble debut along with Alexa Bliss to start the match. The match saw the return of Naomi from injury as well as callbacks for Kelly Kelly and Mighty Molly (the alter-ego of Molly Holly). Liv Morgan continued her rivalry with Lana by eliminating her early from the match. Bianca Belair had a great match where she managed to last over 30 minutes and eliminate eight superstars (highest in the match). Charlotte Flair, who entered at No. 17, was the eventual winner after she eliminated former NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler last. Charlotte Flair eliminated four superstars in the match.
1st Royal Rumble— Bianca Belair (@BiancaBelairWWE) January 27, 2020
Oh... and I made my gear once again 💁🏾♀️ pic.twitter.com/2mcXOzZ0AY
WWE Champion Brock Lesnar entered the match at No. 1. He went on a dominating streak eliminating the next 13 competitors in a row. However, Lesnar's record-breaking streak was ended by Drew McIntyre after Ricochet and McIntyre combined to eliminate Lesnar. Edge made an emotional return to the match, making his first competitive in-ring return since 2011. The 'R Rated Superstar' delivered a vicious spear to AJ Styles before eliminating him. With the final four contestants made up of Roman Reigns, Drew McIntyre, Edge and Randy Orton, the veterans teamed up to take out Reigns and McIntyre. Edge eliminated Randy Orton before Reigns sent Edge over the top. Despite a dominating showing by Reigns, who competed in a match early on in the show, Drew McIntyre stood tall in the ring after he stunned Reigns with a Claymore Kick. Drew McIntyre lasted over 34 minutes in the match and eliminated six superstars.