Royal Rumble

Jan 26, 2014 - by Michael Riba

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I pick up with the preshow and we see Alberto Del Rio, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, Antonio Cesaro, and The Great Khali picking their Rumble numbers. Damien Sandow walks in and laughs at Khali’s number. Sandow draws his own, and gets mad as Khali laughs at him.

We see a video preview on the many different ways to watch the event.

We see a preview for the Daniel Bryan/Bray Wyatt match, and then the expert panel of Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, and Jim Duggan pick their winners.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match: Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg)

Rhodes and Road Dogg start the match and Road Dogg goes to town with a few right hands. Rhodes comes back and dumps Road Dogg to the floor and then knocks Gunn off the apron. Goldust and Rhodes jump to the outside and take down the Outlaws as we head to a commercial.

We’re back and Gunn is in control of Goldust in the ring. Gunn tags in Dogg who goes for a pin, but Goldust kicks out. Road Dogg tags Gunn back in and Gunn goes to work on Goldust. Gunn comes out of the corner, but Goldust counters with a power slam. Goldust and Gunn get the tags in Rhodes drops Road Dogg with a few clotheslines. Rhodes connects with a heel-kick and then takes both Outlaws down with a springboard dropkick. Rhodes takes Dogg down with Cross Rhodes, but Gunn breaks up the count. Gunn blind tags in and hits the Fame-asser on Rhodes to get the pin fall.
Winners and new WWE Tag Team Champions: The New Age Outlaws.

We go back to the expert panel and Michaels brags about picking the Outlaws to win. We then see the video highlights and preview for the match between Brock Lesnar and The Big Show.

We then see the video preview for the Royal Rumble Match.

Bray Wyatt (w/Erick Rowan and Luke Harper) vs. Daniel Bryan

Wyatt and Bryan tie up and Wyatt backs Bryan into the corner. Wyatt slings Bryan out of the corner and slams him to the mat. Bryan comes back and knees Wyatt in the midsection and the face. Bryan goes to the outside, but Rowan and Harper go after him. The referee sees them and ejects them from ringside. Wyatt says he doesn’t need them to fight for him tonight, and Bryan takes him down on the outside. Bryan kicks Wyatt a few times and connects with a big kick to the head. Wyatt comes back and sends Bryan to the floor, and Bryan hits his head on the steps. Wyatt goes after Bryan, but Bryan takes out Wyatt’s knee. Bryan kicks Wyatt repeatedly and then takes him down to the mat. Bryan gets Wyatt on the apron, and then tries to suplex him back into the ring. Bryan gets onto the apron and then delivers a series of right hands. Wyatt counters and beats down Bryan and then slams him back into the ring. Wyatt gets Bryan down on the mat and then applies a headlock to Bryan. Wyatt keeps control of the match and then does his creepy walk across the ring. Wyatt clotheslines Bryan in the corner and then goes for the cover, but Bryan kicks out at two. Wyatt goes for an elbow drop, but Bryan rolls out of the way. Bryan comes back with a series of kicks. Bryan sends Wyatt head-first into the corner and then climbs to the top. Bryan takes Wyatt down with a head-scissors. Bryan comes off the ropes, but Wyatt takes him down with a shoulder block. Wyatt goes for the cover, but Bryan kicks out at two. Wyatt goes to the outside, but Bryan comes off the apron and drops Wyatt with a DDT on the floor. Bryan tosses Wyatt back into the ring and goes up top. Bryan delivers a dropkick and then delivers a series of kicks. Bryan goes for the cover, but Wyatt kicks out at two. Bryan delivers a series of dropkicks in the corner, but Wyatt counters on the last one. Wyatt goes for the cover, but Bryan kicks out at two. Bryan comes back and locks in the Yes Lock, but Wyatt bites him to break the hold. Wyatt gets Bryan onto the ropes, but Bryan shoves him off and delivers a big splash from the top. Bryan goes for the running knee, but Wyatt rolls out of the ring. Bryan dives out of the ring onto Wyatt, but Wyatt counters with Sister Abigail into the barricade. Wyatt picks Bryan up and tosses him back into the ring. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail in the ring and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Bray Wyatt

We go backstage and we see Renee Young interviewing Paul Heyman. Heyman says the only thing that stands in Brock Lesnar’s way of taking the title away from Randy Orton or John Cena is The Big Show. Heyman says this is a dawning of a new era in which Brock the Unmerciful emerges.

We go back to the expert panel of Jim Duggan, Shawn Michaels, and Ric Flair. They talk about the upcoming match between Brock Lesnar and The Big Show. Flair says he picks Lesnar all day long.

Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) vs. The Big Show

Lesnar goes right after Show before the bell rings and then beats Show down with a chair. The referee checks on Show, but Lesnar continues to beat him with the chair. Show rolls to the outside and Lesnar drops the chair. Show gets back into the ring and Lesnar stomps him down and smacks him with the chair again. The referee calls for the bell.

Lesnar goes to swing the chair, but Show connects with the KO Punch. Lesnar and Show are both down, but Show gets to his feet. Lesnar rolls to the outside, and Show goes after him. Show backs Lesnar into the barricade and then delivers a shot to the midsection. Show tosses Lesnar back into the ring and the delivers another shot to the midsection. Lesnar ducks and delivers the F-5 for the win.
Winner: Brock Lesnar.

After the match, Lesnar continues to beat down Show with the chair.

We see The Shield backstage. Ambrose says they have 27 enemies against them tonight. He says they will dump all 27 over the top rope. Reigns says the three of them will remain and Rollins says then it will truly be every man for themselves. Reigns says he is feeling confident and he has the winning number. Ambrose asks him his number, but Reigns doesn’t tell him. Ambrose and Reigns argue, but Rollins calms them down.

We stay backstage and Renee Young is with Randy Orton. Young says there is a line forming to challenge for the title and mentions Brock Lesnar, Batista, and Bray Wyatt. Orton says they are good, but they are not great. Orton says the face of the WWE is definitely not any of them and definitely not John Cena.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena

Orton and Cena tie up and Orton takes Cena down to the mat. Orton gets Cena in another headlock as the crowd chants for Daniel Bryan. Cena fights to his feet and drops Orton with a bulldog. Cena goes for a cover, but Orton kicks out at two. Orton comes back and stomps away on Cena. Orton goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at one. Orton gets Cena on the apron and suplexes him back into the ring. Orton applies a headlock down on the mat as the crowd starts a “Boring!” chant. Cena comes back and dumps Orton to the outside. Cena goes out after him, but Orton slams Cena into the steel steps. Orton tosses Cena back into the ring and goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at two. Cena comes back and goes for the AA, but Orton counters and delivers a DDT. Orton goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at two. Orton gets onto the ropes and poses, but the crowd boos him loudly. Cena gets behind Orton and then drops him down to the mat. Cena goes for the cover, but Orton kicks out at two. Cena begins the Five Moves of Doom and goes for the Five-Knuckle Shuffle, but Orton counters with a power-slam. Orton goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at two. Cena counters with a suplex and goes for the cover, but Orton kicks out at two. Cena goes up top, but Orton cuts him off. Cena shoves Orton down and delivers the leg-drop. Cena goes for the cover, but Orton kicks out at two. Cena dumps Orton to the outside and goes after him, but Orton delivers a DDT on the floor. Orton rolls Cena back into the ring and goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at two. Orton sets up for the RKO, but Cena counters into the STF. Orton gets to the ropes to break the hold. Orton drapes Cena over the top rope and goes after him, but Cena drops Orton with a side slam. Cena connects with the Five-Knuckle Shuffle and goes for the AA, but Orton grabs the ropes and there is a ref bump. Cena locks in the STF and Orton taps, but the referee is out. Orton clocks Cena with the World Heavyweight Championship belt and goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at two. The crowd starts a “This is Awful!” chant. Cena connects with the AA and goes for the cover, but Orton kicks out at two. Orton hits Cena with an RKO and he goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at two. The crowd chants “We Want Refunds!” as Orton poses in the ring. Orton goes for the Punt, but Cena ducks and goes for the AA. Orton fights out and locks the STF on Cena. Cena counters into an STF of his own, but Orton counters and hits Cena with the AA. Orton goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at two. Cena hits Orton with the RKO and goes for the cover, but Orton kicks out at two. Cena sets Orton up on the top rope. Cena goes for the AA from the ropes, but Orton counters. Cena plants Orton with a DDT and then locks in the STF. The Wyatt Family’s music hits and they are on the apron when the lights come back on. Cena attacks them and Orton drops Cena with the RKO and gets the pin fall.
Winner and still WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Randy Orton.

After the match, The Wyatt Family enters the ring. The Family beats down Cena in the ring. Bray Wyatt drops Cena with Sister Abigail and kneels over Cena as the crowd chants “YES!”

We see a video package for the WWE Network.

We go backstage with Renee Young and The New Age Outlaws. Road Dogg tells her how to introduce them. We see highlights of the Outlaws winning the WWE Tag Team Championship from Cody Rhodes and Goldust earlier today.

We see a video preview for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

We then see a video of different Superstars saying how they will win the Royal Rumble Match.

Royal Rumble Match
CM Punk enters number 1. Seth Rollins enters number 2.

Punk and Rollins battle into the corner and then Punk kicks Rollins in the midsection. Rollins splashes Punk in the corner, but Punk comes back with a high knee. Damien Sandow enters number 3.

Sandow goes after Punk, but Punk fights back. Rollins and Sandow double-team Punk, but Punk drops both with a neck-breaker and a DDT. Cody Rhodes enters number 4.

Rhodes goes after Sandow and delivers Cross Rhodes. Rhodes goes to eliminate Sandow, but Rollins stops him. Punk eliminates Sandow.
Rhodes and Rollins battle it out before Punk helps Rhodes. Kane enters number 5.

Punk goes after Kane, but Kane drops him with an uppercut. Kane stomps Punk down in the corner. Kane drops Punk with a sidewalk slam and goes for the choke slam. Punk kicks Kane in the head and eliminates him. Alexander Rusev enters number 6.

Rusev goes after Rollins and then tosses him onto the apron. Rusev takes down Rhodes and Punk and stands tall in the ring. Jack Swagger enters number 7.

Swagger hits the Swagger Bomb on Rollins and Rhodes. Rusev and Swagger slug it out and Rusev smashes Swagger in the corner. Rusev goes to eliminate Swagger, but Rollins takes out Rusev’s knee. Kofi Kingston enters number 8.

Kingston goes after Punk and tries to eliminate him, but Punk fights back with a kick. Rhodes catches Swagger with a kick as well. Rhodes tries to eliminate Punk and Rusev goes with Kingston. Swagger tries to eliminate Rollins, but Rollins fights back. Jimmy Uso enters number 9.
Uso goes after Rhodes and Kingston as Rusev kicks Swagger in the corner. Rhodes takes Uso down with a dropkick. Goldust enters number 10.

Goldust goes after Rollins and drops him with a clothesline. Goldust drops Uso with an atomic drop. Rusev takes Goldust down. Rhodes and Punk attack Rusev. Rhodes and Rollins lead the group and eliminate Rusev. Kingston gets knocked out of the ring, but Rusev catches him and places him on the barricade. Kingston launches from the barricade and lands on the apron and gets back into the ring. Dean Ambrose enters number 11.

Goldust is on the apron as Kingston tries to eliminate him. Dolph Ziggler enters number 12.
Ziggler goes to work on everyone and delivers right hands to Ambrose in the corner. Punk and Kingston try to eliminate Swagger, but Swagger fights back. R-Truth enters number 13.

Truth goes after Ambrose, but Rollins helps Ambrose. Truth gets eliminated by Ambrose. Uso gets eliminated by Ambrose. Swagger tries to eliminate Kingston but Kingston holds on the bottom rope and pulls himself back into the ring. Kevin Nash enters number 14.

Nash eliminates Swagger. Nash goes after Ambrose and Rollins and then kicks Rhodes. Nash goes to eliminate Ambrose, but Ambrose holds on. Roman Reigns enters number 15.
Reigns dropkicks Punk and spears Rhodes and then squares off with Nash. Reigns gets Kingston and throws him over the top rope for the elimination. Reigns Spears Ziggler and eliminates him and then eliminates Nash. The Great Khali enters number 16.

The Shield goes after Khali, but he fights them off. Khali chops Ambrose, but Reigns connects with a Superman Punch. The Shield eliminates Khali. Goldust eliminates Rhodes and Reigns eliminates Goldust. Sheamus enters number 17.
Sheamus goes after The Shield and drops all three members. Sheamus clubs Ambrose across the chest. Sheamus drops Rollins with the Irish Curse and drops Reigns with the Brogue Kick. The Miz enters number 18.

The Shield come back against Sheamus and The Miz almost eliminates Ambrose. Miz goes after Reigns, but Ambrose and Rollins make the save. Fandango enters number 19. Fandango and Miz go after each other before everyone begins to brawl. Reigns stomps down on The Miz in the corner. El Torito enters number 20.

Torito takes down Rollins with a hurricanrana. Punk stops him, but Torito takes him down with a head-scissors. Fandango goes after Torito, but Torito eliminates Fandango. Reigns gets Torito and eliminates him. Antonio Cesaro enters number 21.
Cesaro hits Miz with the Cesaro Swing, then gets Punk with it, but Rollins and Ambrose break it up. Cesaro swings Rollins. Luke Harper enters number 22.

Harper goes after Punk as Sheamus and Ambrose battle on the ropes. Reigns drops Punk with a big right hand. Jey Uso enters number 23.
Uso goes after Cesaro and then delivers a Super kick. Sheamus and Ambrose still battle it out and Cesaro and Harper battle it out. Harper drops Cesaro with a right hand. Harper goes to eliminate Cesaro. John Bradshaw Layfield enters number 24. Reigns eliminates JBL.
Erick Rowan enters number 25. Rowan goes after The Miz, but Harper eliminates Miz. Uso and Rowan square off and Harper eliminates Uso. Ryback enters number 26.

Ryback goes after Cesaro as Sheamus tries to eliminate Rollins. Ryback breaks it up and stomps away on Rollins. Sheamus and Cesaro battle it out. Alberto Del Rio enters number 27. Harper goes after Ambrose and Rowan goes after Reigns. Batista enters number 28. Batista eliminates Rowan. Batista eliminates Ryback next. Batista eliminates Del Rio. Big E Langston enters number 29. Langston goes after Sheamus as Cesaro tries to eliminate Ambrose. Rey Mysterio enters number 30.
Mysterio goes after Rollins and then takes Punk down. Mysterio and Punk both barely stay alive. Sheamus eliminates Langston.

Rollins eliminates Mysterio. Ambrose and Rollins go after Harper, but Reigns eliminates Harper. Ambrose tries to eliminate Reigns, but Reigns eliminates Ambrose, Rollins, and Cesaro to tie Kane’s record of 11 eliminations. Kane gets back into the match and eliminates Punk.

The final three are Batista, Roman Reigns, and Sheamus are the final three. Kane choke slams Punk through the announce table. Sheamus drops Reigns and then Batista and Sheamus battle it out. Batista clotheslines Sheamus in the corner and then drops Reigns with a power slam. Sheamus goes after Batista and drops him with the Plunge. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick, but Batista ducks. Reigns eliminates Sheamus to break the record. Batista tries to eliminate Reigns, but Reigns hangs on. Reigns and Batista slug it out and Reigns drops Batista with a clothesline. Reigns sets up for the Superman Punch, but Batista counters with a Spear. Batista sets up for the Batista Bomb, but Reigns counters with a Spear. Reigns grabs Batista and goes to eliminate him, but Batista reverses and tosses Reigns out for the elimination.
Winner of the 2014 Royal Rumble Match: Batista.

After the match, we see a recap of Reigns’ eliminations and then Batista points at the WrestleMania XXX sign and the fireworks go off and the Royal Rumble comes to a close.

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