While there are other significant matches on every WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view card, the Royal Rumble matches themselves are the real highlight of the yearly event. In 2021, both the guyss and womens side included outstanding efficiencies that saw the winners last almost a full hour prior to securing their chance at a world title at WrestleMania.
On the womens side, Bianca Belair fought from the No. 3 spot, outlasting 29 other women before last eliminating Rhea Ripley. While Belair represents the brand-new blood on the WWE roster, the maless side was won by a legend when Edge last removed Randy Orton to protect his title shot. Edges win was the 2nd time he had actually won a Royal Rumble match, this effort coming 11 years to the day after his previous triumph.
Those two matches will be the lasting memories from the 2021 WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view, however the card was filled with rewarding and entertaining action from leading to bottom.
CBS Sports was with you the entire method through the occasion, offering results and grades as the action went down. Continue reading for whatever you need to know coming out of the Royal Rumble and scroll even more for highlights from the program.
2021 WWE Royal Rumble results, grades
Womens Tag Team Championship– Charlotte Flair & & Asuka (c) vs. Nia Jax & & Shayna Baszler (Kickoff Show): Flair and Asuka got things off to a great start, with Flair handling Baszler before Asuka took the fight to Jax. Baszler and Jax ultimately took control of by isolating Asuka and wearing her down while a distressed Flair paced on the ring apron. Flair ultimately got the hot tag and ran through Baszler prior to hitting a double Natural Selection and scoring a near fall. Ric Flairs music hit, resulting in a distraction that nearly enabled Baszler to score a roll-up on Charlotte. Lacey Evans then disrupted from ringside, consisting of pulling Charlottes arms out while she was in the Figure Eight. Ric handed Evans something to pack her fist and struck the Womens Right when Charlotte secured the hold once again, setting up Jax to pin Charlotte after a leg drop for the win to record the titles. The match was fine, but the ending was completely predictable and the tag titles continue to be more prop than valuable possession. Jax & & Baszler def. Style & & Asuka (c) by means of pinfall to win the titles– Grade: B-.
WWE Championship — Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Goldberg: McIntyre hit Goldberg with the Glasgow Kiss dropped him with a spear prior to the match started, taking the action outside where Goldberg tossed him into the ring actions before spearing him through the barrier. McIntyre eventually made his method back into the ring for the bell to ring, starting the match. McIntyre struck a Claymore seconds later on, but Goldberg tossed out. Goldberg followed with two more spears for his own near fall. McIntyre again kicked out after a Jackhammer. McIntyre struck another Claymore, scoring the pin and maintaining the title. After the match, Goldberg nodded, informed McIntyre “You passed the test,” and the 2 shared a handshake and hug. The match was brief, as expected, and followed the “Goldberg Formula,” for much better or worse. For a match no one actually wished to see, it was as inoffensive as possible, if unspectacular. McIntyre (c) def. Goldberg by means of pinfall to retain the title– Grade: C+.
Carmella continued to blast away at Banks with elbows and forearms and Banks started grabbing at her knee after striking a meteora, permitting Carmella to continue running the match. Carmella threw Banks from the ring, where she was captured by Reginald. After Banks struck a huricanrana on Reginald, he was ejected from ringside, however Carmella struck Banks– and the flooring– face-first on a suicide dive.
Womens Royal Rumble: Bayley and Naomi started as No. 1 and 2, respectively. There were no eliminations before Bayley had to deal with her competitor in No. 3 entrant Bianca Belair. After coming out at No. 4, Billie Kay settled in at the announce table rather than enter the ring prior to the very first NXT entrant of the night, Shotzi Blackheart. Participants continued to stack up as no removals were scored up until Shayna Baszler disposed Blackheart for the first elimination of the match. Previous super star Jillian Hall was the very first real surprise entrant of the night, forming an alliance with Kay to form “Billie and Jilly.” Victoria likewise made her return, going into the match at No. 10. Individuals continued to accumulate in the ring with eliminations tough to come by before Hall was finally the 2nd lady out, followed by Kay and the match settled into a more familiar rhythm after Rhea Ripley got in the match and she and Baszler began to clean out the ring.
Ric Flairs music hit– with Charlotte already in the ring– though Ric was just there to escort Lacey Evans to the ring, using the same robe as Charlotte used earlier in the night. Mickie James likewise made her return, coming in at No. 19.
Belair likewise continued hanging around regardless of her No. 2 entry into the match. Nia Jax entered and she and Baszler went on a run of eliminations to thin the field late prior to battling with each other and Jax ultimately got rid of Baszler and was the eliminated by Lana prior to Natalya went into in the No. 30 spot to complete the field.
The final 4 in the match came down to Natalya, Belair, Flair and Ripley. Belair removed Natalya initially and after that Ripley and Belair teamed up to knock Flair from the match, leaving Ripley and Belair as the final 2 women in the match. The two fought backward and forward in an extended segment with numerous near eliminations prior to Belair handled to knock Ripley from the ring with a clothesline to win the match. This was a little bit of a rocky match at parts, a number of the bigger concerns being matters of production than in-ring, though some stretches dragged a bit. Belair is a terrific option to win and coming down to Belair and Ripley showed how brilliant the future of the femaless division is for WWE moving forward. Belair likewise set a record for longest entry in a ladiess Rumble match. Bianca Belair won the femaless Royal Rumble in 56:49– Grade: B.
Victoria (Baszler 2).
Garrett (Ripley 2).
Brooke (Ripley 3).
Wilson (Baszler 3).
Kai (Ripley 4).
Rose (Ripley 5).
Carmella (Ripley 6).
Happiness (Ripley 7).
Evans (Baszler 4).
Naomi (Jax 2).
Tamina (Jax 3).
Baszler (Jax 4).
Natalya (Belair 2).
Style (Belair 3).
Ripley (Belair 4).
Winner: Belair (56:49).
Mustafa Ali joined in on the attack at No. 4, with Edge facing increasingly long chances up until Jeff Hardy got in to help even things up.The very first elimination came when Dolph Ziggler got in the match and immediately eliminated Jeff Hardy. Carlito was the very first surprise entrant, coming into the match at No. 8. Damien Priest was the first NXT star to make his way into the match, coming in at No. 14 and making his first look in a Royal Rumble.
Bobby Lashley made a big entryway, going through Dominik Mysterio and Priest, eliminating both prior to a huge face-off with Big E that saw both men brawl and exchange counters before the surprise entrance of The Hurricane, who was rapidly tossed by Lashley and Big E. With Edge still in the match, Christian entered the match at No. 24. Christian helped Riddle, Bryan and Big E get rid of Lashley. When Omos reached into the ring and pulled him to the floor, huge E was eliminated from the match. Omos also removed Rey Mysterio, offering some big assistance to AJ Styles.
Seth Rollins made his return at No. 29, his first match since Survivor Series, after which he took some time off to be with Becky Lynch for the birth of their child. Braun Strowman was the last entrant into the match. Strowman went on a run of eliminations, bringing the final 6 to Rollins, Riddle, Edge, Christian, Bryan and Strowman– although Orton had not really been removed when he was required to the back. Rollins eliminated Bryan after hiding on the exterior of the ring and after that got rid of Riddle to bring the match to Strowman, Rollins, Edge and Christian. Edge and Christian worked together to get rid of Strowman and Edge eliminated Rollins, seemingly winning the match, but Orton ran back into the match and hit an RKO. Ortons attempt to get rid of Edge backfired, however, as Edge tossed and reversed Orton to the floor, winning the Rumble from the No. 1 area, lasting more than 58 minutes to win his second Royal Rumble. This dragged far less than the womens Royal Rumble earlier and didnt feel like it counted on as lots of gimmicky surprise entrants, though there were some. Edge was an intriguing choice and told a terrific story as hes taking one more flight to WrestleMania and a chance at a world champion. Edge wins the Mens Royal Rumble match. Edge won the mens Royal Rumble — Grade: A-.
Zayn (Big E).
Ali (Big E 2).
Miz (Priest 2).
Morrison (Priest 3).
Ricochet (Kane 2).
Kane (Priest 4).
Otis (Corbin 2).
Corbin (D. Mysterio).
D. Mysterio (Lashley).
Priest (Lashley 2).
Helms (Lashley 3).
Huge E (n/a).
R. Mysterio (n/a).
Sheamus (Strowman 2).
Designs (Strowman 3).
Riddle (Rollins 2).
Rollins (Edge 2).
Orton (Edge 3).
Winner: Edge ().
Edges win was the second time he had actually won a Royal Rumble match, this effort coming 11 years to the day after his previous victory.
Participants continued to stack up in the ring with removals tough to come by before Hall was lastly the 2nd lady out, followed by Kay and the match settled into a more familiar rhythm after Rhea Ripley entered the match and she and Baszler began to clear out the ring.
Belair removed Natalya initially and then Ripley and Belair teamed up to knock Flair from the match, leaving Ripley and Belair as the last two ladies in the match. Bobby Lashley made a big entrance, running through Dominik Mysterio and Priest, getting rid of both prior to a huge showdown with Big E that saw both men brawl and exchange counters prior to the surprise entryway of The Hurricane, who was quickly tossed by Lashley and Big E. With Edge still in the match, Christian got in the match at No. 24. Edge and Christian worked together to get rid of Strowman and Edge removed Rollins, seemingly winning the match, however Orton ran back into the match and struck an RKO.