WWE Royal Rumble 2019 Results/Grades: Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor

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The 2019 WWE Royal Rumble took place at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday, January 27.

Here’s a recap of what happened on the show…

Kickoff Show Match 1: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable vs. Rezar & Scott Dawson

Summary: Drake Maverick arranged for the unusual duo of Rezar and Scott Dawson to face Bobby Roode and Chad Gable in a non-title match. If Rezar and Dawson won, they would have earned future tag title opportunities for AOP and The Revival. However, a miscommunication between the makeshift alliance led to Rezar being knocked through the ropes by Gable and Roode. Gable then hit a top-rope moonsault on Dawson to get the 1-2-3.

Verdict: This was… bizarre. WWE is reportedly going to focus more on the tag divisions on Raw and SmackDown Live, but I struggle to see how Rezar and Dawson teaming up — and losing, again — helped anybody here. The match itself wasn’t particularly exciting, either.

Grade: D

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