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I’m Matt Carlins and this is JUST Pro Wrestling News for Monday, February 1, 2021.
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Let’s get right into it. Last night’s Royal Rumble gave us two history-making winners.
11 years to the day after he won his first Rumble, Edge won it again...and became only the third man to win the Rumble from the #1 spot.
Edge is the 8th man to win the Rumble multiple times.
The 11 year gap between his victories is the second longest EVER.
Randy Orton was there at the beginning - and there at the end - but absent for just about everything else. Orton was the #2 entrant. He and Edge opened the Rumble with a wild brawl that ended up sending Orton backstage for “medical attention”. He didn’t return until the VERY end of the Rumble...only to be the final elimination that sealed Edge’s victory.
The men’s Rumble also saw some surprising returns. The biggest has to be Edge’s former tag team partner Christian, who nearly lasted until the very end. Injuries forced Christian into retirement in 2014. Although he did work a very brief, low-contact “unsanctioned” match against Orton last June.
Carlito was back, returning to WWE TV for the first time in over a decade.
Kane was back - his 20th career Rumble appearance - by far the most ever in WWE history. Kane also eliminated 2 men - extending his record for career Rumble eliminations.
Hurricane Helms also made a surprise return.
Seth Rollins returned
Damien Priest was the lone NXT talent in the men’s Rumble. Priest, Rollins and Big E tied for the most eliminations in the men’s Rumble - with four apiece ..
AJ Styles’ bodyguard Omos eliminated two men without even entering the match.
In the women’s Rumble, Bianca Belair delivered a dramatic, emotional victory.
(Belair Rumble Win)
That clip from WWE’s social media.
It may be time to crown Belair the Queen of the Royal Rumble. Last night, she set the record for the longest time in a single women’s Rumble - at more than 56 minutes. She also shares the record for the most eliminations in a single Rumble. She and Shayna Baszler both eliminated 8 women last year.
The last woman eliminated by Belair last night was Rhea Ripley, who had seven eliminations - the most in either Rumble last night.
Ripley wasn’t the only surprise entrant.
Naomi returned to WWE TV in the #2 spot...and lasted more than 47 minutes.
Lana was also back.
Some other notable returns - Victoria and Jillian Hall - both back in a WWE ring for the first time in over a DECADE. Mickie James... Torrie Wilson… and Alicia Fox - who actually WON the 24/7 Championship from R-Truth DURING the women’s Rumble...only to lose it back to him moments later.
The 24/7 title changed hands AGAIN later in the night...as Kickoff Show panelist Peter Rosenberg surprised R-Truth.
Universal Champ Roman Reigns looked like a beaten man in his Last Man Standing match against Kevin Owens. The two gave fans a look at just about every corner of the ThunderDome as they brawled all over the place. It looked like Reigns was done when Owens handcuffed him to a beam, but Reigns knocked out the referee just before he could reach the count of 10...got some help from Paul Heyman in escaping..and choked out Owens moments later.
WWE Champ Drew McIntyre got through Goldberg in a trim two and a half minutes to retain his title.
Sasha Banks beat Carmella to hold onto her SmackDown women’s title.
On the Kickoff Show...Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler dethroned Asuka and Charlotte Flair to reclaim the women’s tag team titles. The difference was some late interference by Ric Flair and Lacey Evans, who knocked out Charlotte with a foreign object.
Finally, a quick mention that New Japan is running a “Road To The New Beginning” show this morning. It’ll see the first appearances on the tour for The Guerrillas of Destiny and Dangerous Tekkers.
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