Royal Rumble 2019 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for the Raw and SmackDown brands. It took place on January 27, 2019, at the Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. This was the 32nd event under the Royal Rumble chronology.

Ten matches were contested at the event, including three on the pre-show. In the main event, Seth Rollins won the men's Royal Rumble match, while Becky Lynch won the women's Royal Rumble match after losing her SmackDown Women's Championship match against Asuka in the opening match. Other prominent matches Brock Lesnar retaining the Universal Championship against Finn Bálor, Daniel Bryan defeating AJ Styles to retain the WWE Championship, and Ronda Rousey defeating Sasha Banks to retain the Raw Women's Championship.


Royal Rumble featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing feuds, plots, and storylines that played out on WWE's primary television programs. Wrestlers portrayed villains or heroes as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.


The card included matches that result from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portray heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results are predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands, with storylines produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, and the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live.

At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Fabulous Truth (Carmella and R-Truth) defeated Mahalicia (Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal) (with The Singh Brothers) by submission to win the second season of the Mixed Match Challenge. Their prize for winning was each getting the #30 spot in their respective Royal Rumble matches at the pay per view.

At TLC, Braun Strowman defeated Baron Corbin in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to earn a Universal Championship match against Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble.

At Crown Jewel, Shane McMahon won the WWE World Cup, replacing The Miz in the finals, who was deemed unable to compete due to a pre-match brawl. Following this, The Miz began a pursuit to form a tag team with Shane, claiming that they could be the best tag team in the world. Shane finally agreed to the pairing, and on the January 8, 2019 episode of SmackDown, Miz challenged The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship at the Royal Rumble, and The Bar accepted.

On the December 25, 2018 episode of SmackDown, Rusev defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to win the United States Championship. On the January 1, 2019 episode, while Rusev and his wife/manager Lana were celebrating the title win, Nakamura attacked Rusev with Lana also getting hurt in the scuffle. On the January 15, 2019 episode, it was announced that Rusev would defend the title against Nakamura at the Royal Rumble.



Three matches were contested on pre-show. In the first match, AOP manager Drake Maverick announced a tag team match between Raw Tag Team Champions Bobby Roode and Chad Gable and the team of Scott Dawson (of The Revival) and Rezar (of AOP), with both The Revival and AOP receiving a Raw Tag Team Championship match if they won. In the end, Roode and Gable performed a moonsault/neckbreaker combo on Dawson to win the match.

Next, Rusev defended the United States Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura. In the climax, Rusev's wife Lana stood on the ring apron to notify the referee of Nakamura removing the turnbuckle, which led to Nakamura staring her down. As Rusev attacked Nakamura, he accidentally knocked down his wife. Distracted, Nakamura took advantage and attacked Rusev with the "Kinshasa" to win the title for a second time.

The final match on the pre-show was the fatal four-way match in which Buddy Murphy defended the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Akira Tozawa, Hideo Itami, and Kalisto. In the climax, Murphy performed "Murphy's Law" on Itami to retain the title.

Preliminary matches

The actual pay-per-view opened with Asuka defending the SmackDown Women's Championship against Becky Lynch. The climax saw Asuka counter a "Dis-Arm-Her" from Lynch into an inverted "Asuka Lock", which caused Lynch to submit and allowed Asuka to retain her championship.

In the second match, The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) defended the SmackDown Tag Team Championship against The Miz and Shane McMahon. In the end, Sheamus inadvertently performed a "Brogue Kick" on Cesaro, before Miz performed a "Skull-Crushing Finale" on Sheamus. Shane then performed a shooting star press on Cesaro to win the title.

Next, Ronda Rousey defended the Raw Women's Championship against Sasha Banks. In the climax, Rousey performed the "Piper's Pit" on Banks after escaping the "Bank Statement", to retain the title.

The fourth match was the 30-woman Royal Rumble match for a women's championship match at WrestleMania 35. Lacey Evans, making her main roster debut, and Natalya began the match. NXT’s Xia Li, Kairi Sane, Candice LeRae, Kacy Catanzaro and Io Shirai and NXT UK’s Rhea Ripley were all surprise entrants at #11, #14, #17, #19, #23 and #24 respectively. Lana was scheduled to enter the match at number 28 but still suffered from her injury from the pre-show. Becky Lynch appeared and was allowed to take Lana's spot. In the end, Lynch then won the women's Royal Rumble match by last eliminating Charlotte Flair.

After that, Daniel Bryan defended the WWE Championship against AJ Styles. In the climax, a returning Rowan appeared. Bryan then accidentally performed an enzuigiri on the referee. Styles performed a "Styles Clash" on Bryan but Rowan performed a Clawhold Slam on Styles. Bryan then pinned Styles to retain the title.

In the penultimate match, Brock Lesnar defended the Universal Championship against Finn Bálor. Bálor quickly took to the offense. In the climax, Bálor performed the Coup de Grâce on Lesnar for a near-fall. Lesnar then quickly transitioned the pin into a closed guard and applied a kimura lock, forcing Bálor to submit, thus retaining the title. After the match, Lesnar attacked Bálor with three German suplexes and an F-5.

Main event

The main event was the 30-man Royal Rumble match for a world championship match at WrestleMania 35. Elias began the match at number one and was interrupted by WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett, entering the match at number 2. NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano, WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne and Aleister Black were surprise entrants at #6, #18 and #21 respectively. As #30 entrant R-Truth made his entrance, he was attacked by Nia Jax, who took his spot and eliminated Mustafa Ali. Jax then received a superkick from Dolph Ziggler, a "619" from Rey Mysterio, and an "RKO" from Randy Orton before being eliminated by Mysterio. Jax became the fourth woman to enter a men's Royal Rumble match, the first person to compete in both the men's and women's Royal Rumble matches in the same night, and the first to score eliminations in both matches. In the end, Seth Rollins won the match by last eliminating Braun Strowman.



The following night on Raw, Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey issued an open challenge that was answered by Bayley. After retaining, women's Royal Rumble match winner Becky Lynch made her entrance and confronted Rousey. After recapping their rivalry that began at Survivor Series, Lynch chose to face Rousey for the Raw Women's Championship at WrestleMania 35.

Seth Rollins celebrated his Royal Rumble match victory. Triple H then came out and congratulated him, but said that Rollins needed to choose which champion he wanted to face at WrestleMania 35 by the end of the night. Later, Rollins confronted Brock Lesnar. After an ensuing brawl, Rollins chose to face Lesnar and goes on to beat him for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania.

Finn Bálor addressed his loss to Brock Lesnar, but stated that he made Lesnar believe that Bálor could win. Bálor was then confronted by Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley and his manager Lio Rush, and Lashley attacked Bálor.


On the following SmackDown, Becky Lynch addressed how everything had changed for her since with the women's Royal Rumble match. Charlotte Flair then came out and congratulated Lynch and stated that Lynch won, but was never in the match in the first place, and that Lynch would not be where she was at if it were not for Flair. An ensuing brawl broke out between Flair and Lynch until referees separated them.

As compensation for not being able to compete in the men's Royal Rumble match, R-Truth was granted a United States Championship match against new champion Shinsuke Nakamura. Truth defeated Nakamura to win the title, which led to Rusev coming out and declaring that Truth was not worthy of the title. Rusev then challenged Truth for the title, but was also defeated. After the match, Rusev turned heel and, along with Nakamura, attacked Truth.

Daniel Bryan, along with his new ally Rowan, revealed a new WWE Championship belt, made from hemp and wood. He was then interrupted by AJ Styles, which prompted Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe, Randy Orton, and Mustafa Ali to come out and challenge Bryan for the title. After an ensuing brawl, Triple H announced that Bryan would defend the title against the five at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view inside the Elimination Chamber.

New SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Miz and Shane McMahon celebrated their title win along with Miz's father. Later that night, The Usos defeated Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight), The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro), and The New Day (represented by Big E and Kofi Kingston) to become the number one contenders for the titles at Elimination Chamber.

Match Preview

Rusev vs. Shinsuke NakamuraPreview
Buddy Murphy vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo ItamiPreview
Asuka vs. Becky LynchPreview
The Bar vs. The Miz & Shane McMahonPreview
Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha BanksPreview
30-woman Royal Rumble match Preview
Daniel Bryan vs. AJ StylesPreview
Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Bálor Preview
30-man Royal Rumble match Preview


Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
  • Becky Lynch won the 2019 Women's Royal Rumble match for a women's championship match at WrestleMania 35 (1:11:13)

Royal Rumble entrances and eliminations (Women)

     – Unassigned
     – Legend

A new entrant came out approximately every 90 seconds.

Draw Entrant Brand/Status Order Eliminated by Time Elimination(s)
1 Lacey EvansFree agent11Charlotte Flair29:202
2 NatalyaRaw23Nia Jax56:012
3 Mandy RoseSmackDown9Naomi25:501
4 Liv MorganRaw1Natalya00:080
5 Mickie JamesRaw2Tamina11:380
6 Ember MoonRaw24Alexa Bliss52:230
7 Billie KaySmackDown4Lacey Evans08:381
8 Nikki CrossFree agent3Billie Kay and Peyton Royce09:000
9 Peyton RoyceSmackDown5Lacey Evans08:381
10 TaminaRaw7Charlotte Flair08:221
11 Xia LiNXT6Charlotte Flair04:480
12 Sarah LoganRaw8Natalya and Kairi Sane05:380
13 Charlotte FlairSmackDown29Becky Lynch50:014
14 Kairi SaneNXT15Ruby Riott17:001
15 Maria Kanellis205 Live12Alicia Fox08:120
16 NaomiSmackDown10Mandy Rose01:281
17 Candice LeRaeNXT14Ruby Riott09:350
18 Alicia FoxRaw13Ruby Riott06:551
19 Kacy CatanzaroNXT16Rhea Ripley10:450
20 Zelina VegaSmackDown18Rhea Ripley11:420
21 Ruby RiottRaw20Bayley13:083
22 Dana BrookeRaw17Rhea Ripley07:170
23 Io ShiraiNXT22Nia Jax13:210
24 Rhea RipleyNXT UK21Bayley07:553
25 Sonya DevilleSmackDown19Alexa Bliss04:260
26 Alexa BlissRaw25Bayley and Carmella12:592
27 BayleyRaw27Nia Jax14:273
28 Becky LynchSmackDown Winner13:202
29 Nia JaxRaw28Becky Lynch11:593
30 CarmellaSmackDown26Charlotte Flair07:121

Royal Rumble entrances and eliminations (Men)

    205 Live
     – Unassigned
     – Legend

A new entrant came out approximately every 90 seconds.

Draw Entrant Brand/Status Order Eliminated by Time Elimination(s)
1 EliasRaw5Seth Rollins15:071
2 Jeff JarrettFree agent1Elias01:190
3 Shinsuke NakamuraSmackDown8Mustafa Ali17:461
4 Kurt AngleRaw2Shinsuke Nakamura03:150
5 Big ESmackDown4Samoa Joe06:010
6 Johnny GarganoNXT9Dean Ambrose13:501
7 Jinder MahalRaw3Johnny Gargano00:290
8 Samoa JoeSmackDown14Mustafa Ali23:433
9 Curt HawkinsRaw7Samoa Joe04:091
10 Seth RollinsRaw Winner43:003
11 Titus O'NeilRaw6Curt Hawkins00:050
12 Kofi KingstonSmackDown12Drew McIntyre08:530
13 Mustafa AliSmackDown23Nia Jax30:002
14 Dean AmbroseRaw13Aleister Black12:421
15 No Way JoseRaw10Samoa Joe00:020
16 Drew McIntyreRaw22Dolph Ziggler20:064
17 Xavier WoodsSmackDown11Drew McIntyre00:030
18 Pete DunneNXT UK17Drew McIntyre11:130
19 AndradeSmackDown27Braun Strowman22:311
20 Apollo CrewsRaw15Baron Corbin05:470
21 Aleister BlackNXT16Baron Corbin06:091
22 Shelton BenjaminSmackDown20Braun Strowman09:210
23 Baron CorbinRaw19Braun Strowman07:192
24 Jeff HardySmackDown21Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre07:550
25 Rey MysterioSmackDown25Randy Orton04:261
26 Bobby LashleyRaw18Seth Rollins00:130
27 Braun StrowmanRaw29Seth Rollins14:395
28 Dolph ZigglerRaw28Braun Strowman11:341
29 Randy OrtonSmackDown26Andrade05:561
30 Nia JaxRaw24Rey Mysterio03:111

Other on-screen talent

Ring announcer
Pre-show Panel

See also

DVD release

External links

Royal Rumble 2019 previews

Royal Rumble matchWoman's Royal Rumble matchBrock Lesnar v Finn BálorDaniel Bryan v AJ StylesRonda Rousey v Sasha BanksAsuka v Becky LynchThe Bar v The Miz & Shane McMahonBuddy Murphy v Akira Tozawa v Kalisto v Hideo ItamiRusev v Shinsuke Nakamura

Royal Rumble
2019 World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-views

BlackpoolTakeOver: PhoenixRoyal RumbleElimination ChamberFastlaneTakeOver: New YorkWrestleManiaMoney in the BankTakeOver: XXVSuper Show-DownStomping GroundsExtreme RulesTakeOver: Toronto IISummerSlamTakeOver: CardiffClash of ChampionsHell in a CellCrown JewelTakeOver: WarGamesSurvivor SeriesStarrcadeTLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs

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