In what is traditionally one of the most anticipated wrestling events of the year, WWE Royal Rumble 2020 takes place tonight from Minute Maid Paid in Houston, Texas and airing live on the WWE Network. The show gets underway with the kickoff show at 5:00 p.m. ET and the main card starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.
The show is headlined by both a men’s and women’s Royal Rumble match with 30 participants in each bout with the last person standing to earn a championship match at WrestleMania 36 in April. Plus, there will be several championships on the line including “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt against Daniel Bryan in a Strap match for the Universal championship while Bayley defends the “SmackDown” women’s championship against Lacey Evans.
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WWE Royal Rumble 2020 live updates
6:47 p.m.: Some quick predictions: I’ll take Shayna Baszler to win the women’s Rumble and Roman Reigns for the men’s Rumble match. Some people would be upset about Reigns winning but it’s logical with him winning and then facing Bray Wyatt at Mania. As for the rest of the show, Wyatt beats Daniel Bryan, Bayley retains against Lacey Evans, Reigns beats Corbin in their Falls Count Anywhere match and Becky Lynch keeps the “RAW” championship with a win over Asuka.
6:37 p.m.: Just 30 minutes until the main card and only seven women are officially announced for the women’s Royal Rumble match. It’s rather weird but it leaves open plenty of intrigue. Expect lots of NXT stars in the match including Shayna Baszler who remains the odds-on favorite and also my pick. I could see it coming down to her and Charlotte Flair. A Becky Lynch – Shayna Baszler match at WrestleMania 36 makes sense.
Andrade defeats Humberto Carrillo to retain the United States championship
6:25 p.m. FINISH: Top rope hurricanrana by Carrillo and he has an opening. Well, that was until Andrade with a reversal into a roll through and he gets the three count. Take that, youngster.
6:20 p.m.: Andrade with double knees in the corner but Carrilllo somehow kicks out of the pin attempt. He comes back with a small package but Andrade escapes just in time. They exchange hard chops before Carrillo connects with a superkick. These guys are working really hard but the crowd at Minute Maid Park isn’t totally into it yet.
6:17 p.m.: Every time Carrillo puts together a little offense, Andrade puts a stop to it. But then Carrillo with a nice moonsault that connects outside the ring.
6:14 p.m.: Andrade is focused on Carrillo’s left arm. The challenger tries to fight back but gets leveled with an elbow. Some good Lucha libre moves early on between these two as you would expect.
6:09 p.m.: Back and forth early when Carrillo goes to the top rope but Andrade pushes him off and he goes flying into the barricade.
6:05 p.m.: Championship match time on the pre-show.
Sheamus defeats Shorty G
5:58 p.m. FINISH: Shorty G fought hard and almost him with an Ankle lock and a few pin attempts but then he ate a Brogue Kick and it was over. Short and just a simple match.
5:54 p.m.: Shorty G is trying to fight back but gets cut off every time including the ten forearms to the chest. He then mocks him but Shorty fires off some chops and a kick to the face followed by a dropkick to the knee. He’s trying.
5:50 p.m.: It’s all Sheamus early on as he’s bullying Shorty G around and going after his left arm including a shoulder breaker and stomping on his left hand.
5:44 p.m.: It’s been a long time since this guy was last on pay-per-view.
5:30 p.m.: And the pre-show is underway. So far, it’s been the broadcast teams discussing the show and who they think will win the various matches. It looks like the Sheamus – Shorty G match has been moved to the pre-show. Sheamus is cursed with that.
WWE Royal Rumble 2020 matches
Men’s Royal Rumble for a world title match at WrestleMania 36 (entrants include Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Erick Rowan, Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton, Ricochet, Elias, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Otis, Tucker, Rusev, Bobby Lashley, Aleister Black, Buddy Murphy, Braun Strowman, Shinsuke Nakamura, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, Kifo Kingston, Big E, R-Truth, John Morrison, The Miz)Women’s Royal Rumble for a world title match at WrestleMania 36 (entrants include Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, Sarah Logan, Natalya, Carmella, Dana Brooke)“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan in a Strap match for the Universal championshipBecky Lynch vs. Asuka for the “RAW” women’s championshipBayley vs. Lacey Evans for the “SmackDown” women’s championship Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin in a Falls Count Anywhere matchAndrade vs. Humberto Carrillo for the United States championshipSheamus vs. Shorty G