The Royal Rumble is in the books, and it was a newsworthy show on many levels.  Batista took home the victory, but there were a number of surprises throughout the match, and the seeds of storylines to come have been planted.

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​- WWE Raw starts out with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon walk out to the ring after a tender moment.  

- Steph starts out and talks about the ending to the Royal Rumble.  The fans interrupt and chant “Yes!”  Triple H interrupts and mocks the fans.  “Did someone not get what they wanted?”

- He puts over the victories last night, including Batista, Orton, and Lesnar.

- Steph says Randy Orton will defend the WWE Championship inside the chamber itself… but then Daniel Bryan interrupts.

- Crazy Yes chants for Bryan, who stands in the ring.  He asks the audience to stop chanting his name, because he doesn’t want to make the authority mad.  

- Bryan says he fought in one of the toughest matches of his life.  He says lots of people are talking about his match being one of the greatest moments of the Royal Rumble.  

- Hunter says it was “a good little effort.”  Yep.  It was.

- Bryan addresses not being in the Royal Rumble match as a disappointment.  He says he came to them repeatedly and asked to be in the Rumble.  Bryan calls it a “Yes” movement, and says The Authority kept saying no.

- Steph says they need to look out for the health and well being of their superstars, and didn’t want to put him in harms way asking him to compete twice.

- The fans chant “You suck.”

- Bryan cuts down that logic, says he’s wrestled The Shield, The Wyatts, multiple matches in a night.  Triple H claims they started looking out for him last night.  

- Steph calls his point of view a “myopic” point of view.  She asks if the audience only came to see him.

- Of course, the audience shouts Yes.

- Bryan asks the audience if they came here to see Randy Orton. (No.) Triple H?  (No.)  

- Steph insults the fans chanting abilities.  To be fair, they sucked.

- Daniel Bryan tells them he wants in the Elimination Chamber match.  He tells Steph to step aside and says neither he nor Hunter should leave the ring until he gets what he wants.

- Hunter says that’s a good plan, except it’s not just Triple H and Hunter in the ring… The Shield comes out!  Bryan immediately grabs a chair and stands in the middle.  The numbers get the advantage though, and all three men start taking names… until Sheamus hits the ring!  He starts brawling with The Shield

- Whoever is in charge of the zoom on the camera needs to chill.

- John Cena hits the ring and helps out, and The Shield is outside the ring.  All three faces stand tall in the middle.  I’m guessing we have a tag match later tonight.

- Announced for later, Randy Orton… doing something.  No idea what.  Joy!

- Back from break, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara are in the ring for a tag match.  

- Later tonight, we do indeed have a six-man tag match!  Cena & Bryan & Sheamus vs. The Shield.  The winners?  They get in the Chamber.

- Ok, so here come The Real Americans.  Great sign too.  Zeb cuts a promo, good promo for what it is.  

- Rey and Cesaro kick things off.  Rey tags out early.  Sin Cara hits some nice high-flying moves.  Good to see them actually connect…

- Swagger gets tossed out of the ring, and Zeb starts giving him a pep talk.  He slaps him in the face, and Swagger gets back in the ring with a little more fire.  We go to break.

- Back after the commercial, and Cesaro is still in the ring.  Apparently Colter was firing up Swagger during the break.  Well that’s nice.  Tag back to Swagger, and Sin Cara hits a tornado DDT.  Cesaro runs in but gets flipped over the top.  He yanks Rey off the apron before Sin Cara can make the tag.

- Sin Cara putting in overtime on this match.  

- All hell breaks loose and Rey finally gets the hot tag.  He’s all over Cesaro

- Rey hits Cesaro with a 619 and Sin Cara blind tags in.  Cesaro recovers and hits a nasty looking European Uppercut.  Neutralizer, and the match is over.

- Good match, high intensity.  Colter fired up his team and they finally got a victory.  I like it.  They need that intensity.

- Looks like Cody and Goldust get a rematch later tonight.  That should be good.

- Back from break, Bad News Barrett is on top of a forklift, waaaay up high.  He hits his gavel about 20 times.  He demands decorum.  He thanks everyone for joining, but he’s got some bad news.

- He says later, The Miz will face Dolph Ziggler in a “Battle of Cleveland” match.  He cuts a promo on Cleveland, calling everyone losers.  

- This was a stupid gimmick, but I’ll be damned if Barrett doesn’t make it work.  He takes it to the next level and runs with it.  I love it.

- Sneak peek for the WWE Network, and the Monday Night War show.  I am VERY much looking forward to this.

- Summer Rae and Fandango dance out to the ring.  Summer Rae is going to be on Total Divas next season, did you hear?  

- We go to break.  

- This might be the worst Wrestlemania music I’ve ever heard.

- Fandango vs. R-Truth.  This is a classic.  Xavier Woods is on commentary.  Emma is ringside with her sign. #EMMAlution.  Maybe she’s debuting this week?  Maybe not.

- Xavier Woods talks about his PhD, and it’s hard to make fun of him because he intends on working with Autistic children.  Took the wind right out of JBL.

- R-Truth wins.  The end.

- Randy Orton walks to the ring.  After a commercial.  Love commercials.  They give me a chance to update the article, and plug Twitter. @RingRap! @RingRapAudio!

- The Great Brad Maddox stands in the middle of the ring.  He introduces Randy Orton.  

- Audible Daniel Bryan chant begins. Orton says “The Champ is here.”  He talks about beating John Cena once again.  He doesn’t care if it was a hollow victory - he won.  That’s all that counts.

- He complains about having to defend his title in the Elimination Chamber.  He demands respect. Blah blah.  

- Batista cuts him off.  He comes down to the ring wearing a hoodie and jacket.  Better than last week’s outfit.

- Could someone please tell Batista that studs as nose rings aren’t good on guys?  My girl has the same piercing and she looks more badass.

- Fashion Tips: By Drew Koscelek.

- Batista congrats Orton.  Says it was “a hell of a match.”  He’s back to win the World Heavyweight Championship.  He says he doesn’t care if he or The Authority like it - he’s going to walk out of Wrestlemania as Champ.

- So naturally, Brock Lesnar’s music hits.

- Lesnar and Heyman walk out to the ring.  This actually just got a bit more interesting.

- Paul Heyman introduces himself to Maddox as the “advocate for Brock Lesnar.”

- Heyman says Lesnar’s patience is running thin, and Maddox needs to do something about it. He suggests he authorizes a match between Orton vs. Lesnar for the title.  Orton is pissed and looks scared.  

- Heyman says Lesnar is not unreasonable.  There’s an alternative.  He suggests the obvious #1 Contender (Lesnar) faces the supposed #1 Contender (Batista).  

- Lesnar wants The Authority’s answer tonight “or else.”  

- Ziggler vs. The Miz is up next.  Both men come out wearing jerseys.  It’s all they’ve got going for themselves right now.

- I believe this is the first, and only, time Dolph Ziggler will ever be billed from Cleveland.

- Michael Cole is full of terrible jokes.

- Miz locks in a Figure Four in the middle of the ring.  Ziggler barely gets the rope.  

- Out of nowhere, Zig Zag and we have a winner in Dolph.

- Decent enough match, but noone really cared about it and tagging it as a Battle of Cleveland made no sense.

- I can’t wait to have the Battle of Connecticut - Triple H faces himself.

- Curtis Axel & Ryback square off against The Usos.  I really dig The Usos.  Their entrance, everything about them.  These cats can work, and need to be featured more.

- Ryback gets Jey Uso up for a hanging suplex.  

- The announcers put over The Usos using terms like “Fun to watch.”  That speaks volumes.

- Hot tag to Jimmy Uso.  He gets in some crazy offense, but Ryback makes a blind tag.  That’s ok. Jey makes one too.

- Good match and The Usos get the win.  The fans approve.

- We are getting another induction for the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 up next!

- Kofi Kingston is in the ring for a match.  They replay his jump from the outside of the ring back onto the apron during the Rumble.  It was pretty damn impressive.

- Alberto Del Rio comes out to the ring.  He doesn’t look happy. Inset promo from Del Rio talks about how Batista won’t make it to Wrestlemania.

- Nothing fancy with this match.  The audience is into Kofi, but Del Rio is the one that’s getting the push here.  

- Del Rio hits a sweet enzuigiri with Kofi on the apron.  He rolls out and tosses Kofi into the barricade.  

- The biggest pop of the match is when JBL acknowledges a chant from the audience.  Sad.  We go to break.

- Back, and Del Rio is in charge.  They show clips from The WWE App during the break, which defeats the purpose of having “app exclusive” footage.

- Michael Cole implies that it’s important these men “build momentum” to Wrestlemania 30.  As if the rest of the year doesn’t count?

- There’s an awkward sequence where Del Rio attempts to go outside the ring, then changes his mind.  

- Del Rio hits a back stabber, gets a near fall.

- The audience is shitting all over this match, but it’s got really nice pacing and is actually a very good match.

- Nasty looking spot in the corner, Del Rio stomps down on Kofi from the top rope, a la Low Ki.  

- Del Rio gets the win after a kick to the head.  Good stuff.  Del Rio needed some momentum.  Because of Wrestlemania.

- Time for the Tag Team Championship rematch.  Cody and Goldust hit the ring first.

- Roadd Dogg does his intro, which really isn’t appropriate as a heel team.  He amps up the crowd and tries to get Cleveland on their side.  Usual stuff, some gets over, some does not.

- Before the match starts - Dogg says he wants to kill the rumors they hold the titles because of past relationships.  He tells Cody and Goldust they were good last night, but not good enough.  Cody knocks the taste out of Dogg’s mouth.  They bail.

- Road Dogg says they shouldn’t have to do this, but the bell rings anyhow.

- The champs work the clock with the ref here and the match drags to a start.  Every time Goldust gets an advantage, the champs slow it down.  Finally Goldust gets the advantage, then tags in Cody Rhodes.

- This is a very old-school kind of tag match.  In a strange way, it’s refreshing to see something that isn’t running at Mach 3 from the start.

- Not much to report here. We’re going to break, still in first gear.

- Back from break, and things are picking up. Cody clears Dogg out of the ring, but Billy Gunn dodges a disaster kick.  In the middle of the match, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman come out to the ring. The Outlaws bail, and Brock F5's both Cody and Goldust. The match is thrown out.

- Paul Heyman takes a mic and says the Authority decided not to choose - and he's facing no-one.  Lesnar starts laying waste to both Cody and Goldust with a steel chair.  He breaks the chair and stands in the middle of the ring.  We go to break.

- Paul Heyman is so fantastic on the mic.  I can’t state this fact enough.

- Back from break and there’s 20 divas in the ring.  Some sort of tag match.  

- I don’t even know who is in the match, but this is senseless.

- There’s a pretty cool Triple Suplex spot. Jerry sells it like he’s never seen it, but we shit like that in Ring of Honor all the time.

- Naomi gets the win after the butt bump.  Then they dance.  

- Jerry Lawler stands in the middle of the ring to introduce the second inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

- It’s freaking Jake “The Snake” Roberts!  I’m marking out like a kid right now. Jake is definitely deserving of this award, especially considering his past and where he’s come to today.

- We get a clip for Wrestlemania Rewind, another show for the WWE Network.  I’m looking forward to this one as well.

- TIme for our main event, and we’ve got 30 minutes left until the top of the hour, so this is going to go the distance. John Cena hits the ring.  Then Sheamus, then Daniel Bryan.  We go to break.

- We get a promo for Christian, who has been off of TV for some time. He’s coming back to Smackdown, which might be reason enough to watch.

- The Shield comes to the ring.  Cena and Ambrose start things off.  Rollins tags in early.  

- Roman Reigns tags in, the fans actually chant for him.  He earned it last night.

- Sheamus tags in.  He wants a fight. He unloads on Rollins, who has so many pockets I have to imagine they protect him from the clubbing blows.

- Tag to Daniel Bryan, and the place goes nuts. It’s chilling watching the fans respond to him.

- It’s a back and forth match as we go to break.  Good action so far.

- Back from break, Cena’s still getting beat down by The Shield.  I swear Michael Cole has more nicknames for The Shield than Vince McMahon has for his testicles.

- Reigns hits Cena with a superman punch.  He takes a dive out of the ring and it looks nasty.  He may have tweaked his knee.  He makes it back in the ring in time to stop a tag by Cena.

- The Shield does a good job of holding Cena out of his corner. Cena hits an abrupt AA on Ambrose, makes a hot tag to Daniel Bryan.

- Bryan is attacking EVERYONE and it’s awesome.  He takes out The Shield single handedly.  Kick after kick to Rollins.

- Roman Reigns starts giving out spears like it’s Christmas, but Daniel Bryan hits a running knee.

- Rollins and Bryan are really going at it now, and if this were a singles match it would be just as awesome.  

- Bryan reverses a roll-up attempt into the Yes Lock, but Ambrose breaks it up.  Sheamus hits Ambrose with a Brogue Kick.  It’s intense.  Rollins and Bryan are laid out.

- Bryan makes the tag to Cena. Rollins to Reigns.  STF in the middle of the ring.  Reigns powers out of the STF!

- The Wyatt Family interrupts out of nowhere and start attacking Cena, Bryan, and Sheamus.  The ref calls for the bell.  They clear the ring, and the ref grants the match to Cena, Bryan and Sheamus.

- The Shield is livid!  The Wyatts cost The Shield a change at the chamber.  I guess we have our match next month.

- The show comes to a close with The Shield yelling and tearing apart the announcer’s table, and our good guys standing tall in the ring.

- Mediocre show, ending with some awesome wrestling in the main event.  Most of the matches throughout the night were good, not great.  The main event was great.

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