Royal Rumble Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka win, Ronda Rousey appears

Hemant Gaur

WWE Royal Rumble will go down as one of the most newsworthy shows of the year after a four hour show which produced plenty of talking points.

Two Japanese stars won big at the event, as Shinsuke Nakamura won the men’s Royal Rumble, and Asuka claimed victory in the first ever women’s Rumble.

But it was the debut of former UFC Champion Ronda Rousey which got the world talking, as the longtime wrestling fan strolled down to the ring after Asuka’s victory.

Rousey pointed at the Wrestlemania sign and shook Stephanie McMahon’s hand at ringside, before it was revealed on social media that she had signed a full time WWE contract.

Many had expected Rousey to take part in the Rumble itself, and when the men’s version went on first, the expectation was that she would win the match.

Instead it was the undefeated Asuka who emerged victorious, and she refused Rousey’s offer of a handshake in the post-match antics.

A potential Wrestlemania match between the two would be a sight to behold, but both Raw women’s champion Alexa Bliss and SmackDown champion Charlotte Flair are expected to be involved as well. Trish Stratus, Lita and The Bella Twins all returned for the women’s Rumble, while NXT champion Ember Moon also made an appearance.

It was a night of success for Japan as Shinsuke Nakamura won the men’s Royal Rumble after eliminating 2015 winner Roman Reigns.

The final six consisted of an all-star cast including John Cena, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura, who eliminated both John Cena and Roman Reigns to win the match.

Nakamura’s win was hugely popular, and he immediately challenged WWE Champion AJ Styles for a title match at Wrestlemania.

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