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 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.
|Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura||Preview|
|Buddy Murphy vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo Itami||Preview|
|Asuka vs. Becky Lynch||Preview|
|The Bar vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon||Preview|
|Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks||Preview|
|30-woman Royal Rumble match||Preview|
|Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles||Preview|
|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.
- Pre-Show: Pre-Show: Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Rusev (c) to win the WWE United States Championship (10:15)
- Pre-Show: Buddy Murphy (c) defeated Akira Tozawa, Kalisto & Hideo Itami in a Fatal four-way match to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship (12:05)
- The Miz & Shane McMahon defeated The Bar (Cesaro & Sheamus) (c) to win the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (13:20)
- Becky Lynch won the 2019 Women's Royal Rumble match for a women's championship match at WrestleMania 35 (1:11:13)
- Brock Lesnar (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) defeated Finn Bálor to retain the WWE Universal Championship (8:40)
- Seth Rollins won the 2019 Men's Royal Rumble match for a world championship match at WrestleMania 35 (57:35)
Royal Rumble entrances and eliminations (Women)
A new entrant came out approximately every 90 seconds.
|1||Lacey Evans||Free agent||11||Charlotte Flair||29:20||2|
|6||Ember Moon||Raw||24||Alexa Bliss||52:23||0|
|7||Billie Kay||SmackDown||4||Lacey Evans||08:38||1|
|8||Nikki Cross||Free agent||3||Billie Kay and Peyton Royce||09:00||0|
|9||Peyton Royce||SmackDown||5||Lacey Evans||08:38||1|
|11||Xia Li||NXT||6||Charlotte Flair||04:48||0|
|12||Sarah Logan||Raw||8||Natalya and Kairi Sane||05:38||0|
|13||Charlotte Flair||SmackDown||29||Becky Lynch||50:01||4|
|14||Kairi Sane||NXT||15||Ruby Riott||17:00||1|
|15||Maria Kanellis||205 Live||12||Alicia Fox||08:12||0|
|17||Candice LeRae||NXT||14||Ruby Riott||09:35||0|
|18||Alicia Fox||Raw||13||Ruby Riott||06:55||1|
|19||Kacy Catanzaro||NXT||16||Rhea Ripley||10:45||0|
|20||Zelina Vega||SmackDown||18||Rhea Ripley||11:42||0|
|22||Dana Brooke||Raw||17||Rhea Ripley||07:17||0|
|23||Io Shirai||NXT||22||Nia Jax||13:21||0|
|24||Rhea Ripley||NXT UK||21||Bayley||07:55||3|
|25||Sonya Deville||SmackDown||19||Alexa Bliss||04:26||0|
|26||Alexa Bliss||Raw||25||Bayley and Carmella||12:59||2|
|29||Nia Jax||Raw||28||Becky Lynch||11:59||3|
Royal Rumble entrances and eliminations (Men)
A new entrant came out approximately every 90 seconds.
|2||Jeff Jarrett||Free agent||1||Elias||01:19||0|
|3||Shinsuke Nakamura||SmackDown||8||Mustafa Ali||17:46||1|
|4||Kurt Angle||Raw||2||Shinsuke Nakamura||03:15||0|
|5||Big E||SmackDown||4||Samoa Joe||06:01||0|
|6||Johnny Gargano||NXT||9||Dean Ambrose||13:50||1|
|7||Jinder Mahal||Raw||3||Johnny Gargano||00:29||0|
|8||Samoa Joe||SmackDown||14||Mustafa Ali||23:43||3|
|9||Curt Hawkins||Raw||7||Samoa Joe||04:09||1|
|11||Titus O'Neil||Raw||6||Curt Hawkins||00:05||0|
|12||Kofi Kingston||SmackDown||12||Drew McIntyre||08:53||0|
|13||Mustafa Ali||SmackDown||23||Nia Jax||30:00||2|
|14||Dean Ambrose||Raw||13||Aleister Black||12:42||1|
|15||No Way Jose||Raw||10||Samoa Joe||00:02||0|
|16||Drew McIntyre||Raw||22||Dolph Ziggler||20:06||4|
|17||Xavier Woods||SmackDown||11||Drew McIntyre||00:03||0|
|18||Pete Dunne||NXT UK||17||Drew McIntyre||11:13||0|
|20||Apollo Crews||Raw||15||Baron Corbin||05:47||0|
|21||Aleister Black||NXT||16||Baron Corbin||06:09||1|
|22||Shelton Benjamin||SmackDown||20||Braun Strowman||09:21||0|
|23||Baron Corbin||Raw||19||Braun Strowman||07:19||2|
|24||Jeff Hardy||SmackDown||21||Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre||07:55||0|
|25||Rey Mysterio||SmackDown||25||Randy Orton||04:26||1|
|26||Bobby Lashley||Raw||18||Seth Rollins||00:13||0|
|27||Braun Strowman||Raw||29||Seth Rollins||14:39||5|
|28||Dolph Ziggler||Raw||28||Braun Strowman||11:34||1|
|30||Nia Jax||Raw||24||Rey Mysterio||03:11||1|
Other on-screen talent
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- Royal Rumble 2019 Official website
- Royal Rumble 2019 kickoff show on WWE Network
- Royal Rumble 2019 on WWE Network
- Royal Rumble 2019 Kickoff show at CAGEMATCH.net
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