PHOENIX — You didn’t think that Becky Lynch was going to take her loss to Asuka and fade into the rearview on the Road to WrestleMania, did you?

The Man seized her destiny in the most emphatic way possible, persuading Fit Finlay, of all people, to sanction her entry into the match in place of the injured No. 28 Lana. Becky then fought her way through perennial rivals Nia Jax and Charlotte Flair to win the whole thing and earn an opportunity to challenge for a World Championship at WrestleMania 35.

If the ultimate story of the second Women’s Royal Rumble Match was one of vindication, the lead-up to it was a dead-heat scramble among a division overflowing with more talent and desire than the ring could contain. Before The Man made her dramatic entrance, the match played host to an array of ironwoman performances (Natalya entered at No. 2 and lasted some 56 minutes; No. 6 Ember Moon was right behind her with 52), surprise appearances (first-ever NXT UK Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley entered at No. 24 and notched three eliminations), odd occurrences (No. 20 entrant Zelina Vega hid under the ring to stave off elimination until Hornswoggle chased her into the waiting arms of Ripley), and astonishing feats of athleticism (NXT’s Kacy Catanzaro, who entered at No. 19, had perhaps the most amazing close-call in Royal Rumble Match history).

If there was any frontrunner to be found, it was Charlotte Flair, who joined the fray at No. 13 and earned four eliminations (No. 1 draw Lacey Evans, Tamina, NXT’s Xia Li and No. 30 entrant Carmella) en route to an appearance in the final four of the match. Joining The Queen were Nia Jax (No. 29) and Becky, but The Man’s mere presence changed the narrative. Lynch was toe-to-toe with the woman who knocked her out of the biggest opportunity of her career and the woman who replaced her, and her payback would not be denied.

Becky first eliminated Jax by yanking The Irresistible Force off the apron after Charlotte teed her up, only to suffer a cheap shot that left Lynch with an injured knee that almost gave Charlotte the victory via forfeit. Lynch, however, was unwilling to suffer a second defeat in the same night, and bulldozed her way into the ring, insisting she wanted to continue.

Charlotte obliged her fellow Horsewoman, toying with the hobbled Lynch and lining her up for the big boot that would finally put The Man down. With her last gasp of effort, Becky dodged the kick and landed one hard right to The Queen, sending Charlotte crumbling to the outside and bringing the match to an end.

The WWE Universe celebrated. Becky couldn’t quite believe it. And because no indication was given as to who, exactly, she’ll pursue at WrestleMania 35, Becky Lynch ended the Royal Rumble with an air of destiny about her.

She’s not just on The Road to WrestleMania; she’s the one driving.

Full list of Royal Rumble Match participants and eliminations

No.   Superstar Eliminated Eliminated By Time
1 Lacey Evans Billie Kay, Peyton Royce Charlotte Flair 29:20
2 Natalya Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan Nia Jax 56:01
3 Mandy Rose Naomi (after elimination) Naomi 25:50
4 Liv Morgan Natalya 0:08
5 Mickie James Tamina 11:38
6 Ember Moon Alexa Bliss 52:23
7 Billie Kay Nikki Cross Lacey Evans 9:25
8 Nikki Cross Billie Kay & Peyton Royce 9:00
9 Peyton Royce Nikki Cross Lacey Evans 8:38
10 Tamina Mickie James Charlotte Flair 8:22
11 Xia Li Charlotte Flair 4:48
12 Sarah Logan Charlotte Flair and Kairi Sane 5:38
13 Charlotte Flair Lacey Evans, Tamina, Xia Li, Bayley, Carmella Becky Lynch 50:01
14 Kairi Sane Sarah Logan Ruby Riott 17:00
15 Maria Kanellis Alicia Fox 8:12
16 Naomi Mandy Rose Mandy Rose 1:28
17 Candice LeRae Ruby Riott 9:35
18 Alicia Fox Ruby Riott 6:55
19 Kacy Catanzaro Rhea Ripley 10:45
20 Zelina Vega Rhea Ripley 11:42
21 Ruby Riott Kairi Sane, Candice LeRae, Alicia Fox Bayley 13:08
22 Dana Brooke Rhea Ripley 7:17
23 Io Shirai Nia Jax 13:21
24 Rhea Ripley Kacy Catanzaro, Zelina Vega, Dana Brooke Bayley 7:55
25 Sonya Deville Alexa Bliss 4:26
26 Alexa Bliss Ember Moon, Sonya Deville Bayley and Carmella 12:59
27 Bayley Alexa Bliss Nia Jax and Charlotte Flair 14:27
28 Becky Lynch (in place of Lana)   Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax Winner 13:20
29 Nia Jax Io Shirai, Bayley Becky Lynch 11:59
30 Carmella Alexa Bliss Charlotte Flair 7:12

PHOENIX — You didn’t think that Becky Lynch was going to take her loss to Asuka and fade into the rearview on the Road to WrestleMania, did you?

The Man seized her destiny in the most emphatic way possible, persuading Fit Finlay, of all people, to sanction her entry into the match in place of the injured No. 28 Lana. Becky then fought her way through perennial rivals Nia Jax and Charlotte Flair to win the whole thing and earn an opportunity to challenge for a World Championship at WrestleMania 35.

If the ultimate story of the second Women’s Royal Rumble Match was one of vindication, the lead-up to it was a dead-heat scramble among a division overflowing with more talent and desire than the ring could contain. Before The Man made her dramatic entrance, the match played host to an array of ironwoman performances (Natalya entered at No. 2 and lasted some 56 minutes; No. 6 Ember Moon was right behind her with 52), surprise appearances (first-ever NXT UK Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley entered at No. 24 and notched three eliminations), odd occurrences (No. 20 entrant Zelina Vega hid under the ring to stave off elimination until Hornswoggle chased her into the waiting arms of Ripley), and astonishing feats of athleticism (NXT’s Kacy Catanzaro, who entered at No. 19, had perhaps the most amazing close-call in Royal Rumble Match history).

If there was any frontrunner to be found, it was Charlotte Flair, who joined the fray at No. 13 and earned four eliminations (No. 1 draw Lacey Evans, Tamina, NXT’s Xia Li and No. 30 entrant Carmella) en route to an appearance in the final four of the match. Joining The Queen were Nia Jax (No. 29) and Becky, but The Man’s mere presence changed the narrative. Lynch was toe-to-toe with the woman who knocked her out of the biggest opportunity of her career and the woman who replaced her, and her payback would not be denied.

Becky first eliminated Jax by yanking The Irresistible Force off the apron after Charlotte teed her up, only to suffer a cheap shot that left Lynch with an injured knee that almost gave Charlotte the victory via forfeit. Lynch, however, was unwilling to suffer a second defeat in the same night, and bulldozed her way into the ring, insisting she wanted to continue.

Charlotte obliged her fellow Horsewoman, toying with the hobbled Lynch and lining her up for the big boot that would finally put The Man down. With her last gasp of effort, Becky dodged the kick and landed one hard right to The Queen, sending Charlotte crumbling to the outside and bringing the match to an end.

The WWE Universe celebrated. Becky couldn’t quite believe it. And because no indication was given as to who, exactly, she’ll pursue at WrestleMania 35, Becky Lynch ended the Royal Rumble with an air of destiny about her.

She’s not just on The Road to WrestleMania; she’s the one driving.

Full list of Royal Rumble Match participants and eliminations

No.   Superstar Eliminated Eliminated By Time
1 Lacey Evans Billie Kay, Peyton Royce Charlotte Flair 29:20
2 Natalya Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan Nia Jax 56:01
3 Mandy Rose Naomi (after elimination) Naomi 25:50
4 Liv Morgan Natalya 0:08
5 Mickie James Tamina 11:38
6 Ember Moon Alexa Bliss 52:23
7 Billie Kay Nikki Cross Lacey Evans 9:25
8 Nikki Cross Billie Kay & Peyton Royce 9:00
9 Peyton Royce Nikki Cross Lacey Evans 8:38
10 Tamina Mickie James Charlotte Flair 8:22
11 Xia Li Charlotte Flair 4:48
12 Sarah Logan Charlotte Flair and Kairi Sane 5:38
13 Charlotte Flair Lacey Evans, Tamina, Xia Li, Bayley, Carmella Becky Lynch 50:01
14 Kairi Sane Sarah Logan Ruby Riott 17:00
15 Maria Kanellis Alicia Fox 8:12
16 Naomi Mandy Rose Mandy Rose 1:28
17 Candice LeRae Ruby Riott 9:35
18 Alicia Fox Ruby Riott 6:55
19 Kacy Catanzaro Rhea Ripley 10:45
20 Zelina Vega Rhea Ripley 11:42
21 Ruby Riott Kairi Sane, Candice LeRae, Alicia Fox Bayley 13:08
22 Dana Brooke Rhea Ripley 7:17
23 Io Shirai Nia Jax 13:21
24 Rhea Ripley Kacy Catanzaro, Zelina Vega, Dana Brooke Bayley 7:55
25 Sonya Deville Alexa Bliss 4:26
26 Alexa Bliss Ember Moon, Sonya Deville Bayley and Carmella 12:59
27 Bayley Alexa Bliss Nia Jax and Charlotte Flair 14:27
28 Becky Lynch (in place of Lana)   Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax Winner 13:20
29 Nia Jax Io Shirai, Bayley Becky Lynch 11:59
30 Carmella Alexa Bliss Charlotte Flair 7:12