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For the second straight year, WWE went with two fan-pleasing choices as their Royal Rumble winners.
WWE followed up on Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka's wins from last year by having Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch win their respective Rumble matches on Sunday night. The results were entirely predictable, but that doesn't mean they weren't the right choices. While there are other stories that WWE can tell, top babyfaces beginning their road to WrestleMania by winning the Royal Rumble will pretty much always work. The Royal Rumble is a much more enjoyable event when it isn't defined by fan backlash.
Rollins closed the pay-per-view by last eliminating Braun Strowman to win the men's Rumble. Rollins had entered at number 10 and was involved in an injury angle after he eliminated Bobby Lashley. Lashley attacked Rollins and put him through one of the announce tables, then Rollins came back in at the final four after being tackled by Strowman on the outside.