Cody Rhodes Won the 2023 Men’s Royal Rumble Match

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The Royal Rumble is an annual professional wrestling event held by WWE. One of the main events of the show is the Men’s Royal Rumble match, which typically features 30 wrestlers competing to earn a championship opportunity at WrestleMania, WWE’s flagship event.

The match begins with two wrestlers in the ring and, every 90 seconds, another wrestler enters the match. The wrestlers eliminate each other by throwing them over the top rope and out of the ring. The last wrestler remaining in the ring is declared the winner.

The winner of the Men’s Royal Rumble match earns a championship opportunity at WrestleMania. In recent years, the winner has typically gone on to challenge for the WWE World Championship or the Universal Championship.

On January 28, Fight Night kicked off the Men’s Rumble as Intercontinental Champion Gunther and his fierce rival Sheamus entered at No. 1 and 2, respectively.

As the match slowly progressed and fighters beat each other, The ring soon filled with giants when Omos (No. 26) and Braun Strowman (No. 27) battered each other until Strowman eliminated The Nigerian Giant.

Although they each tried to save each other throughout the night, McIntyre and Sheamus were eventually eliminated by Gunther. Rounding out the field were a pair of Superstars returning from injury: Logan Paul (No. 29) appearing in his first Royal Rumble Match and Cody Rhodes (No. 30), who most recently defeated Seth “Freakin” Rollins in a Hell in a Cell Match while competing through a gruesome pectoral injury.

Rhodes made good on his return, tossing out Dominik and Strowman. In an electrifying moment Paul and Ricochet (No. 28) stood on the apron and trash-talked one another before each launching themselves off the opposite top ropes and crashing into each other full force in mid-air.

With the match down to final four Rhodes, Paul, Gunther and Rollins, The Ring General broke Rey Mysterio’s record for longest time spent in a traditional Royal Rumble Match, lasting more than 70 minutes.

As Rhodes and Rollins were trading blows, Paul snuck back in to eliminate Rollins. Rhodes, however, ended Paul’s night by getting rid of the brash Superstar.

With the last two fighters having entered the match at numbers 1 and 30 respectively. Gunther and Rhodes battled for the ultimate glory for almost another 10 minutes. Rhodes paid tribute by trapping Gunther in the ropes and hitting him with a kick below the belt, but Gunther fought back with a massive dropkick and a Power bomb.

After an astonishing battle, Rhodes realised his dream by line shooting Gunther over the top rope to win his first Royal Rumble Match, much to the delight of the WWE Universe.

Full list of Royal Rumble Match participants and eliminations

SUPERSTARELIMINATEDELIMINATED BYTIME
1. GuntherBooker T, Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, Sheamus, Xavier WoodsCody Rhodes01:11:40
2. SheamusElias, Otis, The MizDrew, McIntyre, Gunther00:52:33
3. The MizSheamus00:04:23
4. Kofi KingstonGunther00:14:51
5. Johnny GarganoDominik Mysterio, Finn Bálor00:29:57
6. Xavier WoodsGunther00:10:29
7. Karrion KrossDrew McIntyre00:04:11
8. Chad GableBrock Lesnar00:08:42
9. Drew McIntyreElias, Karrion Kross, Otis, SheamusGunther00:39:10
10. Santos EscobarBrock Lesnar00:04:56
11. Angelo DawkinsBrock Lesnar00:02:28
12. Brock LesnarAngelo Dawkins, Chad Gable, Santos EscobarBobby Lashley00:02:28
13. Bobby LashleyBrock LesnarSeth “Freakin” Rollins00:07:14
14. Baron CorbinSeth “Freakin” Rollins00:00:07
15. Seth “Freakin” RollinsBaron Corbin, Bobby LashleyLogan Paul00:37:18
16. OtisDrew McIntyre, Sheamus00:03:08
17. Rey MysterioDid not appearN/A
18. Dominik MysterioJohnny GarganoCody Rhodes00:25:44
19. EliasDrew McIntyre, Sheamus00:00:39
20. Finn BálorEdge (after elimination), Johnny GarganoEdge00:07:45
21. Booker TGunther00:00:42
22. Damian PriestMontez FordEdge00:04:03
23. Montez FordDamian Priest00:00:44
24. EdgeDamian Priest, Finn BálorFinn Bálor (after elimination)00:01:04
25. Austin TheoryRicochetCody Rhodes00:15:39
26. OmosBraun Strowman00:02:26
27. Braun StrowmanOmosCody Rhodes00:11:12
28. RicochetAustin Theory00:09:14
29. Logan PaulSeth “Freakin” RollinsCody Rhodes00:10:57
30.Cody RhodesAustin Theory, Braun Strowman, Dominik Mysterio, Gunther, Logan PaulWINNER0:15:08

WWE Royal Rumble 28 January 2023 Full Highlights

Kartik Raman
Kartik Ramanhttps://www.storifynews.com/
Kartik Raman is a student of Travel & Tourism Management, Cricketer, Marathon Runner, Chess Player and a sport and gaming enthusiast. He has competed in many sports events such as Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon, Delhi Inter-zonal Cricket Tournament and many other tournaments, he is also the chess champion in his college IITTM, Noida. Apart from sport he has an interest in writing Traveling and organizing events. Kartik has conducted and lead many tours to nearby destinations from Delhi like Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Himachal. He has also been a organizing member for events of International Society of Nephrology.

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