Styles blocks a kick, but Bryan connects with an enzuigiri. Bryan gets to his feet and starts laying into the shoulder with vicious kicks. Styles avoids a head kick, so Bryan kicks him in the arm. Styles rolls through for a Calf Crusher, but Bryan gets out and kicks him in the head for a near fall. Bryan grabs the arm and stomps the face. Bryan goes to the top rope, but Styles punches him. Styles head-butts away at him, but Bryan slides under him and crotches him. Bryan goes for a super back suplex, but Styles flips through! Styles hits a nasty slam before applying the Calf Crusher! Styles really cinches it in, causing Bryan to scream in pain. Styles turns it into a pin, but Bryan kicks out. They each attempt a backslide, but neither can get any leverage. Bryan elbows him and tries again, but Styles fights it. Styles gets out and hits a brainbuster for a near fall. Both men are down. Bryan drops him on the apron and kicks him in the arm. Styles soon knocks him back and goes for a springboard, but Bryan kicks him. Styles responds with an overhead kick, and they’re both down again.
All of a sudden, Rowan comes down to ringside. Rowan paces around and just stares. Bryan and Styles get to their feet. Styles kicks him in the hamstring to take him down. Styles ducks an enzuigiri, and the referee takes it. Styles hits the Styles Clash, and Rowan gets in the ring. Rowan grabs Styles and hits a chokeslam. The referee comes to while Bryan makes the cover. Bryan picks up the win.
Winner and still WWE Champion: Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan holds up the WWE Championship before motioning for Rowan to lift Styles up. Rowan holds Styles up for Bryan to hit the Busaiku Knee Kick. Bryan and Rowan then pose in the ring.
NXT will present Halftime Heat next Sunday. They show replays of the brawl that broke out after NXT TakeOver: Phoenix last night.
Video Package: WWE Universal Championship match
WWE Universal Championship
Finn Bálor vs. Brock Lesnar (c) w/ Paul Heyman
The bell rings, and Bálor immediately dropkicks Lesnar. Bálor punches and kicks away at Lesnar. Lesnar drops him on the apron, but Bálor kicks him twice. Bálor knocks him back and connects with a dropkick. Lesnar counters a Sling Blade into a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Bálor rolls out of the ring. Lesnar goes outside and throws him into the LED apron and then the barricade. Lesnar then hits a belly-to-belly overhead suplex on the floor. Lesnar clears the commentary table and scoops Bálor up. Bálor slides off and drives the midsection into the corner of the table. Bálor does it again and gets in the ring to break the count. Lesnar is struggling to get up. Corey Graves calls attention to Lesnar’s bouts of diverticulitis. Bálor knees away at Lesnar getting in the ring, but Lesnar soon swats him back.
Lesnar hits some shoulder thrusts, and Bálor collapses to the mat. Lesnar tries to catch his breath and is still grabbing his midsection. Lesnar somehow hits a belly-to-belly overhead suplex, the third of this match. Lesnar hits a shoulder thrust before connecting with a fourth belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Lesnar goes for a shoulder thrust, but Bálor gets a knee up. Bálor then rocks him with a Sling Blade. Bálor charges, but Lesnar viciously clotheslines him down. Lesnar gets pumped up and kicks Lesnar. Lesnar then yells an expletive and grabs his midsection. Lesnar goes for a German Suplex, but he’s in too much pain. Lesnar tries for an F5, but Bálor counters into a DDT! Bálor then stomps away at the injured midsection of Lesnar. Lesnar gets out of the ring to recover, so Bálor hits a baseball slide. Bálor hits a summersault plancha. Bálor gets in the ring and hits a second summersault senton. Bálor then gets back in… and he hits a third summersault senton!
Bálor gets in the ring, and he takes Lesnar down. Bálor goes to the top rope and connects with the Coup de Grace! Bálor covers, but Lesnar kicks out at two… and Lesnar applies the Kimura Lock! Lesnar cinches it in, and Bálor has no choice but to submit!
Winner by Submission and still WWE Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar
Lesnar takes a few moments to compose himself and catch his breath. Lesnar then grabs Bálor and hits a German Suplex. Lesnar connects with three more and grabs the WWE Universal Championship. Lesnar then drops it and catches Bálor with an F5. Lesnar holds the title up and walks off with Paul Heyman.
JBL and Jerry “The King” Lawler are on commentary for the Men’s Royal Rumble.
Elias has drawn number one. Elias acknowledges that the deck is stacked against him, but everyone will soon learn that WWE stands for Walk With Elias. The crowd is red hot for him. Elias pokes fun at the Diamondbacks for not drawing the amount of people he did for the Royal Rumble. Elias goes to play a song…
…but “Double J” Jeff Jarrett interrupts to his old theme song. Jarrett comes out in his old early-90s outfit. Jarrett does his “J-E-Double F J-A-Double R-E-Double T” gimmick before asking, “Ain’t I great?” Elias says he gets interrupted almost all the time. At least he’s interrupted by someone who brings something to the table. Elias says he knows why Jarrett is out here. Jarrett is a Hall of Famer, while he’s a future Hall of Famer. Jarrett not only wants to Walk With Elias… he wants to sing with Elias. The crowd likes this. Jarrett asks if they want to hear a duet to kick off the Royal Rumble. The crowd apparently does. Elias agrees. Jarrett starts to spell out his last name, but Elias punches him down.
30-Man Royal Rumble Match
No. 1: Elias
No. 2: Jeff Jarrett
The bell rings, and the 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble has started. Elias stomps away at Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett punches back at him, but Elias reverses a whip and clotheslines him down. Elias grabs his guitar, and he smashes it on Jarrett’s back. Elias then easily eliminates him.
Jeff Jarrett has been eliminated.
No. 3: Shinsuke Nakamura
Nakamura quickly dropkicks Elias down, knees him in the midsection, and hits a spin kick to the face. Nakamura digs his boot into Elias’ face before charging into an elbow. Elias bounces him off the turnbuckle before twisting the arm. Elias walks on the top rope from one end to the other. Elias then clubs him and tries to clothesline him out of the ring, but Nakamura lands on the apron.
No. 4: Kurt Angle
Angle gives Elias and Nakamura a German Suplex each. Elias boots him, but Angle soon takes him down. Angle hits another German Suplex on Nakamura before stomping away at Elias. Angle dumps Elias over the top rope, but Elias hangs onto the apron. Elias fights back and chops Angle’s chest.
No. 5: Big E
Big E gives Nakamura a pair of belly-to-belly overhead suplexes followed by a belly-to-belly side suplex. Big E gyrates in the ring, hits the ropes, and hits a big splash. Big E dumps Nakamura over the top rope onto the apron. Angle then hits Big E with an Angle Slam. Nakamura quickly sends Angle shoulder-first into the ring post. Nakamura lays Angle over the top turnbuckle and knees him. Angle falls to the apron, and Nakamura knees him to the floor.
Kurt Angle has been eliminated.
No. 6: Johnny Gargano
The NXT North American Champion makes his entrance to a nice reception. Gargano gets in the ring and dropkick Elias back. Gargano hits a sloppy DDT to Big E. Elias puts Gargano on the apron, but Gargano takes him down with a slingshot spear. Gargano tries to eliminate Elias, but he hangs on.
No. 7: Jinder Mahal
Mahal gets in and slams Gargano. Mahal knees Big E in the face and kicks Elias down. Mahal scoops Gargano up, but Gargano slides off. Gargano throws him over the top rope and kicks him off the apron to eliminate him.
Jinder Mahal has been eliminated.
Elias grabs Sunil Singh and gives him an atomic drop to get him out of the ring. Big E then pulls some pancakes out of his tights and rubs them in Samir Singh’s face. Big E then hits him with the Big Ending.
No. 8: Samoa Joe
Joe kicks Big E down and wipes out Nakamura. Joe clotheslines Elias in the corner and follows up with a snap kick. Joe puts Gargano in the corner, but Gargano sidesteps a splash. Gargano goes for a missile dropkick, but Joe casually walks out of the way. Joe then eliminates Big E from the Royal Rumble.
Big E has been eliminated.
No. 9: Curt Hawkins
Hawkins gets in the ring and looks at everyone fighting. Hawkins then leaves the ring through the middle ropes. Hawkins gets back in and clubs Joe. Hawkins then immediately leaves the ring under the bottom rope. Hawkins gets back in the ring again and stomps Gargano. Hawkins then punches Nakamura. Joe then grabs Hawkins and applies a Coquina Clutch. Elias attacks Joe from behind, and Hawkins leaves under the bottom rope. Hawkins goes under the ring. Hawkins has not been eliminated.
No. 10: Seth Rollins
Rollins hits Elias with a springboard clothesline before kicking Nakamura down. Rollins hits Gargano with a falcon arrow, gets to his feet, and superkicks Nakamura. Elias kicks Rollins, but Rollins soon drops him on the apron. Rollins counters a suplex, and Elias is holding the ring post to stay in. His hands are slipping, so Rollins slaps the hands to finally eliminate him.
Elias has been eliminated.
No. 11: Titus O’Neil
O’Neil VERY CAREFULLY runs down to the ring. O’Neil then notices Hawkins under the ring. O’Neil then goes under the ring to retrieve him. O’Neil gets Hawkins in the ring and charges, but Hawkins pulls the top rope down to eliminate him! Joe then eliminates Hawkins.
Titus O’Neil has been eliminated.
Curt Hawkins has been eliminated.
Rollins quickly tries to eliminate Joe, but Joe fights him off.
No. 12: Kofi Kingston
Kingston comes off the top rope with a diving elbow on Nakamura. Kingston attacks Joe, but Joe no sells it. Joe tries to send Kingston over the top rope, but he holds on.
No. 13: Mustafa Ali
Ali rolls in and hits Joe with a sit-out facebuster. Ali mocks Nakamura and sidesteps him. Nakamura goes to the top rope, so Ali kicks him off to the floor!
Shinsuke Nakamura has been eliminated.
Ali kicks away at Gargano and DDTs him. Joe then wipes out Ali with a suplex.
No. 14: Dean Ambrose
Ambrose and Rollins immediately get into a hockey fight. Ambrose throws Kingston over the top rope, but Kingston holds on. Ambrose knocks him off, but Kingston’s feet don’t touch. Kingston does a handstand and rolls himself to the stairs. Kingston then comes back with a diving DDT. Ambrose hits Gargano with Dirty Deeds and eliminates him.
Johnny Gargano has been eliminated.
No. 15: No Way Jose
Jose gets in the ring… and Joe immediately eliminates him.
No Way Jose has been eliminated.
No Way Jose simply dances off. Doesn’t care about squandering a chance at WrestleMania.
No. 16: Drew McIntyre
McIntyre gives No Way Jose a Glasgow Kiss and takes out the conga line. McIntyre gets in the ring and hits Rollins and Ambrose with Claymore Kicks. Joe and McIntyre come to blows. Joe hits the ropes, and McIntyre crushes him with a Claymore Kick.
No. 17: Xavier Woods
McIntyre throws Kingston out of the ring, and Woods catches him. They do a contortion to keep Kingston alive. Woods and Kingston get in the ring, and McIntyre clotheslines them both out of the ring to eliminate them!
Xavier Woods has been eliminated.
Kofi Kingston has been eliminated.
No. 18: Pete Dunne
Dunne catches Ali with a German Suplex before stomping the hands. Dunne flips through a back suplex from Joe and kicks him in the head. Dunne twists McIntyre’s hand and stomps the arm. Dunne then gives Ali a release suplex onto McIntyre. Dunne throws Ali over the top rope, but Ali holds on. Ambrose grabs Dunne to eliminate him, but Dunne fights him off.
No. 19: Andrade
Andrade boots and elbows Dunne. Andrade counters a pumphandle into a DDT. Andrade punches away at Ambrose in the corner. Ambrose fights back at him. Rollins and McIntyre are fighting it out in the corner.
No. 20: Apollo Crews
Crews dropkicks Ali and clotheslines Ambrose. Crews hits Dunne with a Samoan Drop. Crews punches Ambrose and tries to send him over the top rope. McIntyre clubs Rollins down. Rollins nearly eliminates McIntyre, but he wraps himself around the ropes to stay in it.
No. 21: Aleister Black
Black gets in the ring and strikes away at Dunne. Black then hits a springboard moonsault on Dunne and Rollins. Black chops McIntyre and nearly eliminates him. Black kicks Ali out of mid-air. Black then hits Ambrose with Black Mass, and Ambrose goes over the top rope! Black eliminated Ambrose!
Dean Ambrose has been eliminated.
No. 22: Shelton Benjamin
Benjamin punches away at Crews and kicks him down. Dunne throws Benjamin over the top rope, but he skins the back to get in. Benjamin hits Pay Dirt on Dunne. Joe grabs Benjamin, but he gets out. Joe grabs Ali and tries for a Coquina Clutch. Benjamin kicks Joe. Ali then eliminates Samoa Joe!
Samoa Joe has been eliminated.
Samoa Joe is absolutely furious at ringside. Benjamin puts Ali on the apron.
No. 23: Baron Corbin
Corbin comes in and does his outside and inside clothesline on Rollins. Corbin then hits Ali with the Deep Six. Corbin goes to eliminate Ali, but he holds on. Corbin then eliminates Crews.
Apollo Crews has been eliminated.
McIntyre and Black start to duke it out in the ring.
No. 24: Jeff Hardy
Hardy hits Black with a double leg drop to the midsection. Hardy hits Benjamin with a Twist of Fate before hitting a Whisper in the Wind on some of the competitors. Dunne grabs Black’s hand and manipulates the digits. Black manages to kick him down and pops his finger back into place. Corbin then eliminates Black.
Aleister Black has been eliminated.
Corbin tries to eliminate Dunne, but he twists his fingers. McIntyre hits a Claymore Kick on Dunne and eliminates him.
Pete Dunne has been eliminated.
No. 25: Rey Mysterio
Corbin immediately gives Mysterio a backbreaker. Andrade then powerbombs Mysterio down. Corbin nearly eliminates Rollins.
No. 26: Bobby Lashley
The WWE Intercontinental Champion gets in the ring and gives Rollins a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Lashley charges, but Rollins pulls the top rope down. Rollins then eliminates him!
Bobby Lashley has been eliminated.
Lashley is furious. Lashley pulls Rollins out of the ring and hits a belly-to-belly overhead suplex on the floor. Lio Rush clears the table, and Lashley gives Rollins a NASTY spinebuster through the commentary table!
No. 27: Braun Strowman
Strowman grabs Corbin, and they brawl. Strowman punches him and clotheslines him over the top rope to eliminate him.
Baron Corbin has been eliminated.
Strowman concentrates on Benjamin and eliminates him.
Shelton Benjamin has been eliminated.
Strowman attacks Jeff Hardy in the corner and head-butts him down. Mysterio nearly eliminates Andrade. Strowman then eliminates Hardy.
Jeff Hardy has been eliminated.
No. 28: Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler comes in and superkicks McIntyre… and then he eliminates McIntyre!
Drew McIntyre has been eliminated.
In the ring, Andrade gives Mysterio a vicious wheelbarrow facebuster.
No. 29: Randy Orton
Strowman and Orton go face-to-face. Strowman shoves off an RKO and hits a Powerslam. Strowman then grabs Andrade and Ali doing a superplex, getting them in the electric chair, and Mysterio hits a cross-body on them all! Wow! Mysterio then sidesteps Strowman, causing him to hit the ring post shoulder-first.
No. 30: R-Truth
R-Truth is doing his entrance when Nia Jax attacks him! She sends him into the LED wall and throws him down. Jax then marches down to the ring, apparently taking R-Truth’s spot. Jax avalanches Ziggler and clotheslines Andrade. Jax then big boots Mysterio down and elbow drops him. Jax turns and sees Ali, who looks confused. Jax head-butts him before giving him a Samoan Drop over the top rope.
Mustafa Ali has been eliminated.
Jax turns and sees Orton in RKO position. Orton goes for an RKO, but Jax pushes him off. Jax shoulder blocks Orton down. Jax scoops Mysterio up, but Ziggler superkicks her. Mysterio dropkicks her into position and hits Jax with a 619. Orton then hits Jax with an RKO! Orton and Mysterio team up to dump her over the top rope, but she stays on the apron. Mysterio then dropkicks her off.
Nia Jax has been eliminated.
Orton hits Mysterio with an RKO and throws him over the top rope. Andrade then eliminates Orton.
Rey Mysterio has been eliminated.
Randy Orton has been eliminated.
Ziggler and Andrade are the only ones in the ring. Rollins and Strowman are also in this. This is the final four. Andrade and Ziggler trade head-butts and punches. Strowman runs in and clotheslines them both down. Strowman avalanches Andrade and Ziggler in the corner. Strowman goes outside the ring and runs over Rollins with a shoulder block. Strowman throws Rollins into the ring and gets in. Strowman stares at Rollins, but Rollins slides off. Ziggler superkicks Strowman, and Andrade hits Strowman with double knees. Ziggler hits a sort of Zig-Zag on Strowman. Finally, Rollins catches Strowman with a frog splash. Rollins, Andrade, and Ziggler team up. Strowman then rushes Andrade and eliminates him.
Andrade has been eliminated.
Strowman knocks Rollins and Ziggler over the top rope, but they hold on. Strowman then knocks Ziggler off.
Dolph Ziggler has been eliminated.
Rollins dumps Strowman over the top rope, but he holds on somehow. Rollins tries to knock him off, but Strowman fights back and hits a chokeslam. Strowman goes for a Powerslam to eliminate Rollins, but Rollins holds on. Rollins pulls him over the rope onto the apron. Rollins kicks Strowman and sidesteps him to put him into the ring post. Rollins superkicks him and gives him a Stomp on the apron to win the 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins celebrates his victory and looks at the WrestleMania sign.
Quick Royal Rumble Kickoff Show Results
RAW Tag Team Champions Bobby Roode and Chad Gable defeated Scott Dawson and Rezar. As reported last week, one half of Authors of Pain, Akam underwent knee surgery. The surgery is expected to keep Akam out of the ring for the next two months.
New United States Champion
Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Rusev to recapture the United States Championship.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Buddy Murphy defeated Kalisto, Akira Tozawa and Hideo Itami to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.