The Bar via pinfall to win the titles: Not much to talk about here as the two teams largely went through the motions in a basic and relatively short match. The finish came when Sheamus' attempt to set up his Brogue kick was interrupted by Wyatt's spider walk, which startled him. Sheamus then missed the kick, allowing Wyatt to his Sister Abigail. After a failed attempt to hype up the crowd, Wyatt tagged in Hardy and the duo hit their elevated Twist of Fate to put Sheamus away.
Jinder Mahal via pinfall to retain the title: It looks like the U. Hardy also made sure both he and big brother Matt left Saudi Arabia as champions. The match struggled to get over with the crowd and will largely be remembered for a comical botch in which Hardy badly missed a Whisper in the Wind from the top rope and Mahal still bumped for it seconds later. Even the commentary team had difficulty comprehending what happened.
The finish came when Hardy packaged a Twist of Fate with a Swanton Bomb off the top rope for the The Usos via pinfall to retain the titles: Bludgeon Brothers' demolition of the SmackDown tag team division continued with another virtual squash match. Jey Uso hit a tope-rope splash on Harper for a two count early on.
Outside of that, it was all heels, all the time. With Naomi absent, which pressed pause on the angle of their recent storyline, Rowan interfered to flatten Jimmy Uso outside the set up the finish.
Rowan tagged himself in and was slapped in the face by Harper. After a Rowan splash in the corner, the duo hit their double power bomb finisher to defend the titles.
Considering the Jeddah crowd popped uncontrollably each time Cena or Triple H raised an eyebrow to open the card, it was difficult to watch the competitors in this match sacrifice their bodies to such little fanfare outside of a distant "this is awesome" chant which formed in the upper deck of the stadium. Luckily, the finish was so electric, it produced the kind of soundtrack worthy of the effort put in. The match featured a number of fun spots, even if it lacked the overall excitement of a normal pay-per-view ladder match of its kind.
Both Miz and Balor used ladders as a foundation to hit their finishing moves on. Joe also produced the spot of the match when he snuck underneath a superplex attempt from Rollins on Balor to hit a simultaneous powerbomb. But the finish proved a nice cover for any minor sins along the way as Balor appeared to have a clear path up a ladder in the center of the ring.
Suddenly, Rollins jumped off the top rope onto the other side of the ladder, ran up it and stole the title, leaving Balor who was cut above his right eye bewildered. Shinsuke Nakamura ends in a double countout: Talk about a roller coaster of emotions in a short period of time. What started as a slow-paced affair quickly heated up into an emotional and particularly stiff match, which was beginning to outshine their WrestleMania bout weeks earlier.
Then came the finish and the eventual reminder that for all of the fireworks and hype for the Greatest Royal Rumble, the majority of the card has played out as nothing more than a glorified house show. The electric build to the finish saw multiple exchanges of physical strikes in the center of the ring and Nakamura landing yet another low blow after Styles missed his forearm finisher and was distracted by nearly landing on the referee.
Both countered out of each other's finishing move until the action spilled to the floor. But that's where the action stayed as the match ended in a disappointing double countout. Styles, whose anger in retaliation to the groin shot kept the action outside and forced the result, stood tall late after driving Nakamura over the barricade wall and later hitting a springboard Phenomenal Forearm onto the floor.
Rusev in a Casket Match: In comparison to expectations considering The Undertaker's age and the fear that Rusev would receive a burial in terms of booking, this one was surprisingly decent.
Aiden English played a big role in adding to the fun by constantly interfering in this no-disqualification match, including grabbing the casket lid to prevent The Deadman from closing it on Rusev midway through. Just like in his recent brief WrestleMania match against Cena, the year-old Taker looked and moved well.
The finish came when Undertaker sat up in the center of the ring after Rusev asked for the casket to be opened. He went on to hit a choke slam before throwing Rusev into the casket. English interfered from behind and ate both a choke slam and a tombstone piledriver. Undertaker then threw him on top of Rusev and closed the lid for the win.
Roman Reigns via escape to retain the title: For everyone who was 99 percent sure that Lesnar wasn't leaving WrestleMania with his title, nearly the same amount prediction Reigns would finally go over in Jeddah. But credit WWE for having yet another swerve up its sleeve in terms of the creative finish. The match started as physical as one could imagine considering the steel cage and competitors involved.
Lesnar hit four German suplexes and a pair of F5's before Reigns rallied for three Superman punches and a trio of spears. Neither superstar could get a three count and both failed during attempts to climb over the cage. Reigns appeared close to leaving through the side door late only to have Paul Heyman slam it in his face.
Both kicked out of each other's finisher one more time until Reigns, after beating Lesnar with a chair supplied by Heyman, speared Lesnar through the cage wall and onto the floor in a stunning climax.
Not only did Lesnar bump hard, his back hitting the floor triggered a controversial victory considering two feet are what should've given someone a legal victory. At 77 minutes, this one sent a number of Royal Rumble records including longest match, most entrants, longest appearance by one person Daniel Bryan at 76 minutes, 10 seconds and the most eliminations Strowman's While the length of the match was certainly felt along with the length of the five-hour card as a whole , the feeling of a grind was offset by how many memorable moments the match produced, including many influenced by spots previously seen in Royal Rumbles of the past.
The biggest may have been Hornswoggle, who faked joining forces with Kofi Kingston a la his partnership with Cena in only to turn on him in hilarious fashion. Mysterio, whose crowd pop rivaled only Randy Orton, ran back many of the spots he did at January's Royal Rumble in his return.
The remaining surprises came in the form of NXT talent who have yet to receive a televised push, including 6-foot Babatunde and 6-foot-9 Dan Matha. If Orton produced the spot of the match when he caught a moonsaulting Apollo Crews from the second rope with an RKO, Titus O'Neil certainly provided it most memorable and infamous moment. After running full speed to the ring upon entry at No.
The most impressive performance, however, came from Bryan, who entered at No. He also finished the match with huge red blotches on his chest and arm. McMahon's daredevil ways brought excitement to the finish.
After hitting his coast-to-coast dropkick on Strowman, he later climbed the top rope to attempt a second. But Strowman, who was out of the ring at the time, sprinted to the apron and tossed McMahon through the announce table with one hand.
Strowman was a one-man destruction crew, breaking Reigns' Rumble record by one for eliminations, which included Bobby Lashley, Jericho and Kevin Owens in succession to set up the final three. Big Cass landed his big boot to send Bryan over the top rope. Cass, who is currently feuding with Bryan, then screamed, "Go take out my trash, little man.
The match had many fun moments but the length and necessary endurance can't be overlooked, nor can the lack of anything tangible at stake to the winner. Like the card itself, this one was more about show and money than anything else.