WWE Greatest Royal Rumble
April 27, 2018
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
King Abdullah Sports City
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John Cena vs. Triple H
Corey Graves said that both Cena and Triple H requested to open the show. The match had a bunch of false finishes including Triple H kicking out after getting hit with the AA. The fans were into everything so that helped the match as well. Cena kicked out after Triple H hit him with the pedigree. Cena finally got the pin after hitting another AA as the fans went crazy. Cena grabbed the mic and thanked the fans in attendance for this historic night.
Cedric Alexander (Champion) vs. Kalisto
Alexander retained the title. Good, fast-paced match but the crowd didn’t seem into it. Maybe they didn’t know who the wrestlers in the match are. I don’t think most fans in Saudi Arabia follow 205 Live.
Raw Tag Team Championship
Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy vs. The Bar
Hardy hit the Twist of Fate on Sheamus and got the pin. New champs = Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy. Decent match.
United States Championship
Jeff Hardy (Champion) vs. Jinder Mahal
These two do not gel together in the ring. There was an awkward spot where Hardy attempted a Whisper in the Wind off the top rope. Hardy completely missed but Mahal still took a bump. The announcers tried to cover for it but it was clear that Hardy completely missed him. Hardy won after hitting the Twist of Fate and then the Swanton off the top. Hardy retains.
They showed a video to show some of the cultural progress in Saudi Arabia, including women now being allowed to drive. Then they cut over to a backstage interview with Chris Jericho. There was also a backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship
The Bludgeon Brothers (Champions) vs. The Usos
Basic match. Usos got in the early offense but Harper and Rowan overwhelmed them with double team moves towards the final minutes of the match. The Bludgeon Brothers retain.
Intercontinental Championship – Ladder Match
Seth Rollins (Champion) vs. The Miz vs. Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe
Rollins retained the title after a battle with Balor on the ladder. Click here for more on this match.
They showed footage from tryouts that took place in Saudi Arabia. Then they cut to the ring to spotlight 4 prospects in the ring. Ariya Daivari and brother Shawn Daivari interrupted them. You know what happened next. They were attacked by the young prospects and that got a pop from the crowd.
AJ Styles (Champion) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
The match was fine but it ended with a double count out. Styles attacked Nakamura after the match. Click here for more on what happened during this match.
The Undertaker vs. Rusev
Aiden English tried to interfere in the match but it backfired. He got a chokeslam and a tombstone. Taker stuffed English and Rusev into the casket. Taker won. Click here for more details on this match.
WWE Universal Championship – Steel Cage Match
Brock Lesnar (Champion) vs. Roman Reigns
Reigns got a decent reaction as he made his way to the ring. I didn’t hear anyone booing him. Michael Cole pointed out that Lesnar has never been beaten in a Steel Cage match. The end was Reigns hitting a massive spear on Lesnar. They went through the side of the cage. The referee ruled that Lesnar won because he hit the floor first. Click here for more on what happened during this match.
50-Man Greatest Royal Rumble Match
Order of entry (every 90 seconds)…
1. Daniel Bryan
2. Dolph Ziggler
3. Sin Cara
4. Curtis Axel
5. Mark Henry
6. Mike Kanellis (he was eliminated immediately by Henry. Cole said that it could have been a record time)
7. Hiroki Sumi (sumo wrestler)
9. Kofi Kingston
10. Tony Nese
11. Dash Wilder
13. Primo Colon
14. Xavier Woods
15. Bo Dallas
16. Kurt Angle
17. Scott Dawson
21. Luke Gallows
23. Drew Gulak
24. Tucker Knight
25. Bobby Roode
27. Chad Gable
28. Rey Mysterio
29. Mojo Rawley
30. Tyler Breeze
31. Big E
32. Karl Anderson
33. Apollo Crews
34. Roderick Strong
35. Randy Orton
36. Heath Slater
38. Baron Corbin
39. Titus O’Neil
40. Dan Matha
41. Braun Strowman
42. Tye Dillinger
43. Curt Hawkins
44. Bobby Lashley
45. The Great Khali
46. Kevin Owens
47. Shane McMahon
48. Shelton Benjamin
49. Big Cass
50. Chris Jericho
Strowman eliminated Big Cass to win the match.