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DraftKings Network’s 2024 Royal Rumble live blog

Follow along as DK Network’s Nick Simon talks about all of the happenings at the 2024 Royal Rumble.

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The 2024 Royal Rumble will come live from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg tonight, officially kicking off the road to Wrestlemania 40 in Philadelphia this April.

The Royal Rumble is an annual staple on the wrestling calendar and whether you’re a diehard fan or a casual who pokes their head in a few times of the year, everyone gets fired up for this show. It is arguably the most unique event in all of pro wrestling, and the two Royal Rumble matches set the stage for what we’ll see at WrestleMania later in the spring.

If you’re like me, you’re fired up this show as the Rumble has always been my favorite show of the year. So hang out here for a bit and keep hitting that refresh button as I keep track of the show and offer some of my thoughts below.

Men’s Royal Rumble Match

Winner: Cody Rhodes

11:52 p.m. ET: Rhodes eliminates Punk and becomes the first person since Stone Cold Steve Austin to win back-to-back Royal Rumble matches. “I didn’t wait 10 years to lose to Dusty’s kid” was Punk’s last words before Rhodes blocked a second GTS attempt and eliminated him. What an ending.

11:50 p.m. ET: Rhodes and Punk emptying the tank here.

11:43 p.m. ET: Rhodes eliminates Gunther in the same manner that he did last year and it’s now down to him and Punk.

11:38 p.m. ET: Rhodes, Punk, McIntyre, Gunther are the final four. Fitting since the latter three have all interrupted Rhodes in promos on Raw in these last few weeks.

11:35 p.m. ET: Sami Zayn is the last entrant at No. 30. We’re now in the home stretch.

11:29 p.m. ET: And here’s CM Punk at No. 27, wrestling in his first televised match since he came back.

11:25 p.m. ET: R Truth is the funniest wrestler of all time. The man hit a hot tag in the Royal Rumble.

11:21 p.m. ET: And Pat McAfee takes this year’s “Commentator entering the Rumble” spot.

11:17 p.m. ET: Bron Breakker is the second NXT participant and he gets rid of Jim Uso and Finn Balor.

11:13 p.m. ET: The Ring General is here and everyone is about to die.

11:07 p.m. ET: First half of the match is over and business is picking up with Cody Rhodes at No. 15.

10:50 p.m. ET: Hayes tosses out Grayson Waller for the first elimination.

10:49 p.m. ET: Carmelo Hayes in as the first NXT participant here. Nice pop him.

10:47 p.m. ET: Andrade is back! There he is, fresh out of AEW Collision purgatory.

10:41 p.m. ET: Ahh man, Jimmy is No. 2. Let’s ride.

10:40 p.m. ET: Jey Uso is No. 1. IT’S JUST HIM UCE.

10:37 p.m. ET: Alright, here we go. Men’s rumble match time.

United States Championship - Logan Paul (c) vs. Kevin Owens

Winner: Logan Paul via DQ

10:28 p.m. ET: Ugh, a DQ finish. KO commandeered the brass knuckles from Logan Paul and the ref caught him to trigger the DQ. A well worked match between these two with a deflating ending. But at least we got Owens putting him through the announce table at the end.

10:27 p.m. ET: Austin Theory and Grayson Waller. Who invited these idiots.

10:21 p.m. ET: KO damn near broke Logan’s neck there.

10:10 p.m. ET: The penultimate match is KO vs. Logan Paul for the US title. Let’s see if KO can break his Royal Rumble losing streak.

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship - Roman Reigns (c) vs. A.J. Styles vs. L.A. Knight vs. Randy Orton

Winner: Roman Reigns via pinfall

10:00 p.m. ET: Reigns wins. C’mon, this was never in doubt.

This was a good fatal four-way match though, even if it did fall into the Bloodline interference trope with Solo Sikoa. All four men looked good and it didn’t overstay it’s welcome by lasting less than 20 minutes. Let’s get Roman to ‘Mania.

9:44 p.m. ET: Before this Universal title match begins, I’ll offer more thoughts on the women’s rumble.

I thought it was really well done, even if there were some lulls in the action. Last year’s was probably better, but it was still a solid match. As I mentioned before, the theme of the first arc of the match were various teams teaming up. The second arc was Nia Jax dominating and everyone orbiting around her. The third and final arc was Jade Cargill taking out Jax before we got a full sprint to the finish. And the through line of all of this was Bayley, who survived despite being the third entrant. Excellent stuff.

9:34 p.m. ET: The WWE Universal Championship match about to get underway, which is kind of surprising that they’re putting it in this spot.

Women’s Royal Rumble Match

Winner: Bayley

9:18 p.m. ET: Bayley is your 2024 women’s Royal Rumble winner. She called her shot and got it done from No. 3.

9:16 p.m. ET: Your final three are Bayley, Jade Cargill, and Liv Morgan.

9:13 p.m. ET: AHHHHH, a Bianca-Jade faceoff.

9:11 p.m. ET: No. 30 is a returning Liv Morgan. Everyone has entered the match. Now let’s see how this plays out.

9:08 p.m. ET: Jade eliminates Jax and just blew the roof off the Trop. That’s how you make a star.


9:03 p.m. ET: Our first NXT entrant is Roxanne Perez at No. 27.

8:58 p.m. ET: HAHAHAHA. R Truth rules.

8:52 p.m. ET: Big Time Becks is here and she’s gunning straight after Jax!

8:50 p.m. ET: It’s Shotzi and her tank!

8:49 p.m. ET: I like this battle of powerhouses between Jax and Niven.

8:47 p.m. ET: Pretty sure Nia Jax just cracked Ivy Nile’s skull against the ringpost. Jeez.

8:39 p.m. ET: Belair eliminates Jordynne Grace with a KOD on the apron. Good effort for the TNA Knockouts champ and we’ll see you when your TNA deal runs out.

8:34 p.m. ET: There’s a theme with teams in the first half of this match. Damage CTRL. Carter/Chance. Hartwell/LeRae. Natalya/Nox. The TNA girls. Interesting how they set that up.

8:30 p.m. ET: Kairi Sane in and we now have three members of Damage CTRL in the ring.

8:28 p.m. ET: Bianca Belair No. 10. Let’s see if the EST can become a two-time winner.

8:26 p.m. ET: Only one elimination through about 15 minutes of action. We’ll see what they have in store for this second third of the match.

8:24 p.m. ET: Hartwell is the first elimination.

8:22 p.m. ET: Asuka is here at No. 7. *Jim Ross voice* Business is about to pick up here.

8:18 p.m. ET: TNA Knockouts World Champion Jordynne Grace is our first surprise entrant. It’s so wild seeing TNA acknowledged here.

8:14 p.m. ET: Bayley No. 3. We’ll see if she gets the Iron Women spot and can pull this off.

8:11 p.m. ET: NAOMI IS NO. 2. SHE’S BACK!

8:10 p.m. ET: Natalya is entrant No. 1 in the women’s rumble.

8:09 p.m. ET: Pat McAfee making a surprise appearance. I think I’m tapped out on Pat Mac after seeing him on ESPN every single day.

8:05 p.m. ET: Tampa native Hulk Hogan voicing the intro. C’mon man, we just got rid of one problematic figure from the company this week.

8:00 p.m. ET: Women’s Rumble kicking the show off. Let’s go.

7:59 p.m. ET: Triple H is fired up brother.

7:22 p.m. ET: I’ve liked all of the videos that have been posted of the stars getting ready for the show today. Here’s Mr. Phil Brooks getting a fresh cut ahead of his first Rumble in 10 years.