Tonight, from San Antonio, TX, WWE presents the Royal Rumble! The main event is the Royal Rumble match – 30 men enter one at a time. Eliminations occur when someone is thrown over the top rope and their feet hit the floor, and continues until there is one man left. The winner goes on to a championship match at Wrestlemania 33!
The card is stacked, and for the first time in years, there is no obvious winner of the Rumble match, making this a very exciting year to be tuning in.
The advertised card is as follows:
- The 2017 Royal Rumble Match
- AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
- Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship (No Disqualification Match, with Chris Jericho suspended above the ring in a shark cage)
- Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Bayley for the Raw Women’s Championship
- Rich Swann (c) vs. Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
- Becky Lynch & Nikki Bella & Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss & Mickie James and Natalya (Kickoff Match)
- Cesaro & Sheamus (c) vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson for the Raw Tag Team Championship (Kickoff Match, two referees assigned to the match)
- Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax (Kickoff Match)
We will have live coverage of the show starting at 7pm Eastern, and limited coverage of the preshow starting at 5pm Eastern. You can also join us on Twitter @RingRap, for ongoing commentary throughout the night.
Don’t forget, if you are participating in our Royal Rumble Scorecard event, be sure to have your scorecard submitted before the first match on the preshow!
The Kickoff Show
It’s Renee Young, Booker T, Jerry Lawler, and Shawn Michaels on the preshow panel. I will not be covering their commentary.
Naomi & Nikki Bella & Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss, Mickie James and Natalya (Kickoff Match)
Winner: Naomi & Nikki Bella & Becky Lynch
The Action: Nattie and Nikki Bella start it off. Nattie taunts Bella with a “You Can’t See Me.” Bella slaps her. Nattie tags out, Bliss in. Bella has control through a tag to Naomi, and Bliss tags out immediately, Nattie back in. For some reason, all six ladies enter the ring for a suplex spot, and the faces send the heels to the floor. Naomi leaps onto them at ringside as we go to a commercial.
Becky Lynch fires up against Nattie when we return. She hits a flying Firearm, and dives after her outside. Mickie James attacks Lynch at ringside, tossing her into the barricade. Nattie follows it up with a suplex on the floor. Back in the ring, Nattie keeps Lynch cornered and tags in Mickie James, who keeps Lynch cornered. Rapid tags keep Lynch under control.
Hot tag to Naomi, who takes out Nattie and James on the apron. Naomi unleashes on Bliss, who is legal, and hits her flurry of kicks. James breaks up the pin. All hell breaks loose, but ultimately Naomi hits a split legged moonsault on the champ, Alexa Bliss, for the win.
I still feel like Mickie James has been completely wasted since her debut here. Her first match was a throwaway six-person tag match on the kickoff show of one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year. Outside of that, Naomi and Bliss should make a good feud, which I’m sure they’ll progress come Tuesday.
Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens are approached backstage by Charly Caruso, who asks Owens about his match tonight. Jericho interrupts and calls himself a “sexy pinata” twice. Then they joke around a little bit and I lost track of what they were actually saying. It wasn’t much. Anyhow, Owens is ok with being just a guy, as long as he has the title.
Cesaro & Sheamus (c) vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships (Two referees assigned to the match)
The Winners: Gallows & Anderson to win the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships
The Action: Cesaro attacks Anderson almost immediately. He hits a gutwrench on him, but Anderson kicks out and goes on the attack. Tag to Sheamus, who hits a battering ram for two. Gallows and Cesaro legal, Cesaro hits a springboard uppercut for a near fall. Tag to Sheamus, who hits a double-suplex with Cesaro.
With a little help from a distraction from Anderson, Gallows is able to get the advantage on Cesaro as we go to break. Cesaro reaches for a hot tag when we return, but Gallows cuts him off until Cesaro reverses a suplex. Sheamus tags in and is on fire. He hits a shoulder block in the corner, and a running tumbling thing on Gallows. 10 clubbing blows on the apron. Tag to Cesaro, and they hit a double-team White Noise on Gallows for two.
Cesaro sets up for a swing, but Gallows breaks free and tags Anderson. Anderson gets a roll-up and has his feet on the ropes, but the second referee caught him and stopped the count. Big uppercut from Cesaro is good for two. Cesaro hits a Swiss-1-9 and a flying crossbody for two.
Anderson recovers and hits a spine buster for two. They set up a Magic Killer, but Sheamus breaks it up. He accidentally Brogue Kicks one of the referees. The second referee comes in to take over as Cesaro hits a swing on Anderson. He locks in a Sharpshooter. Gallows breaks it. All four begin to brawl. Sheamus nearly hits the second referee, but Gallows catches him. They hit a magic killer on Sheamus, but Anderson rolls up Cesaro – with a handful of tights – to get the win.
The second referee wasn’t necessary. There was enough chaos, and all I could think about was how the first one would wake up in time to screw things up. Hopefully now Gallows and Anderson can get back on track and be the dominant team they always should have been.
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
The Winner: Nia Jax
The Action: Banks immediately goes on the offense, but Jax sets her up in the ropes. Banks leaps off and goes for a headlock. She hits a pair of running knees, then hits rapid slaps to Jax. Jax catches her in mid-air and drives her into the turnbuckle. Jax has control into the break.
We return and Banks attempts a Bank Statement, but Jax breaks it. She starts to focus her attack on Banks’ knee. Banks continues to fight, but Jax picks up the win after a pop-up Samoan Drop.
About what you would expect – they’re keeping Jax strong.
The preshow panel replays the actions of Seth Rollins at NXT Takeover last night. Stephanie McMahon says she’ll address Rollins’ actions on Raw tomorrow, and bans Rollins from the arena. She then says someone from Raw will win.
During the preshow, HBK makes a surprise appearance in front of his hometown crowd. He grabs a mic and says it’s great to be back home. He talks about regaining the WWE Championship in front of the crowd in this arena years ago. He then turns to talk about the Royal Rumble itself, wondering who will win and ensure himself a main event spot at Wrestlemania. He names Brock Lesnar (boo) Goldberg (mixed) Braun Strowman (boo) Undertaker (YAY). Michaels says he doesn’t have those answers, but he wants to get the party started. He hypes up the crowd and throws a DX “Suck It” chant opportunity, allowing the crowd to fill in the words for him.
The Royal Rumble Main Card
Charlotte (c) vs. Bayley for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
The Winner: Charlotte to retain the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
The Action: Bayley to the ring first, Charlotte second. A strong reaction for Bayley, who has a number of “Hugger Section” signs in the audience. Charlotte has control early, hitting a shoulder block and tossing Bayley to the floor. Bayley comes back in and Bayley tosses Charlotte out of the ring. She hangs Charlotte up on the second rope, then hits a head scissors takedown at ringside. She follows it up with a cross-body to the floor. Back in the ring, a cover for two. Charlotte rolls out of the ring to create some space.
Charlotte sends Bayley head-first into the apron, then back-first into the steps. She rolls her in the right for two. Charlotte connects with some chops and locks in a headlock. Charlotte continues to wear Bayley down with knees. She connects with a pair of chops in the corner. Bayley flips out of a suplex, and goes for a back slide. Charlotte counters with a neck breaker and a boot for two. Charlotte locks in a Figure Four Head Scissors, flipping Bayley around the ring repeatedly. Bayley starts to fire back, hitting some of her own chops. She hits a springboard arm drag and fires up with a series of rights. Bayley hits a springboard cross body and follows up with a series of double axe handles. She hits a reverse sling blade. Bayley hits a top rope elbow for a believable near fall.
Charlotte kicks out the knee and sets up the Figure Four. She bridges up, completing the Figure 8, but doesn’t hold the bridge. Bayley rolls it over and reverses the pressure. Charlotte, who is bleeding from the mouth, rolls it back over, bridges it, and grabs the ropes. The referee catches her in the act.
Charlotte heads up to the top rope and goes for a moonsault, but Bayley gets the knees up. It’s worth a two count. Bayley unleashes strikes in the corner, and sets Charlotte up. Charlotte shoves her to the floor. Charlotte hits Natural Selection on the apron, rolls Bayley into the ring and gets the victory..
The crowd was hot for this one and it took it to the next level. The match felt a little sloppy at parts, but overall delivered. Bayley’s chase continues, and that’s fine – I can wait until Wrestlemania, when it really, truly counts.
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship (No Disqualifications, Chris Jericho suspended above the ring in a shark cage)
The Winner: Kevin Owens to retain the Universal Championship
The Action: Owens and Jericho came out to the ring before Reigns, which is a huge disappointment (especially considering the boos). Jericho takes his time getting into the cage, but before he does, both he and Owens attack Reigns. Reigns fights out of the corner and starts attacking Jericho (who is wearing the US Championship btw). He throws Jericho into the cage and the referee locks the door.
Owens attacks Reigns as the cage is lifted. It doesn’t take long for these two to brawl through the crowd. Reigns sends Owens into the international announcers tables. Back at ringside, Reigns sends Owens into the announcers tables, but Owens reverses an Irish whip into the steps. Owens tears up the Spanish announcer’s table and hits Reigns with the top of it.
Owens goes under the apron and starts grabbing chairs. He sets up a bunch of steel chairs in a crazy fashion, chairs on top of chairs on top of chairs. Owens hits a cannonball on Reigns and sets up more chairs. He teases a powerbomb off the apron onto the chair tower, but Reigns counters. Owens hangs him up on the apron, and Reigns teeters near the chairs, but Reigns catches him with a set of clotheslines in the ring.
Reigns grabs a table from under the ring and starts setting it up, but Owens catches him with a back stabber for two. Owens mocks Reigns and goes for another cannonball. Reigns catches him. Sitout powerbomb for two. Owens bails out of the ring before Reigns can hit him with a Superman punch, but Reigns hits a drive-by on him instead.
Reigns sets the table up, but Owens catches him with a pair of superkicks. Owens goes up top and hits a frog splash off the top rope to the floor, through the table. Reigns kicks out of a pin. Owens grabs a chair and starts swinging. He sets the chair up in the corner. Reigns nails a series of clotheslines in the corner, and he and Owens trade blows. Owens hits superkick and Reigns goes into the chair. Two count.
Jericho tosses brass knuckles down to Owens from the cage. Owens punches the mat, mocking Reigns, and goes for a Superman punch. Reigns counters, but Owens breaks free and nails him. Two-count. Owens grabs another chair and sets it up in the ring. He teases a powerbomb, but can’t hit it. Reigns lifts him and drops him with a Samoan Drop onto the chair for two.
Reigns grabs a table, propping it in the corner. Owens rolls him up while distracted. Reigns hits a Superman punch for two. Reigns goes for a spear, but Owens counters, hits a stunner and gets a two-count. Owens attacks Reigns in the corner and connects with a cannonball. Owens climbs up the turnbuckle, dragging Reigns with him, teasing a suplex spot onto the chair tower from before. Reigns breaks free and hits a Superman Punch, sending Owens crashing through the chairs to the floor. He tears up the announcer’s table, and sets Owens up for a powerbomb, slamming him through the table in a call-back to the Shield days. Reigns rolls Owens back into the ring, and sets up a spear. Out of nowhere, Braun Strowman comes out and attacks Reigns, choke slamming him into the German announcer’s table. He slams Reigns through a table in the corner, and walks away. Owens rolls over and drapes an arm over Reigns for the win.
First of all, that was an absolutely tremendous match. From start to finish, the fans were hot and the action was fierce. Very good, very entertaining. I would’ve preferred a clean win for Owens, but I get it – he’s a chicken shit heel. And, if I had to guess, it looks like we’re heading toward Reigns vs. Strowman at Wrestlemania. I’m not sure where that leaves Owens, yet.
Stephanie McMahon berates Mick Foley for the Shark Cage being ineffective. Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan walk in, and shake hands. It’s time to draw numbers. Sami Zayn walks in, sees the tumbler, and grabs a number. He gets ready to open it when Dean Ambrose walks in, looking for churros. He grabs a number too. He looks at Zayn and offers to open it for him. It’s 8 – he says it’s upside down and says it’s 8. Funny. He refuses to open his own number though, for it’ll ruin the surprise. Dean Walks away.
Rich Swann (c) vs. Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
The Winner: Neville to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
The Action: Neville to the ring first, Swann second. Both men jockey for position. Neville takes a swing, Swann ducking. Swann dives over Neville, but Neville ducks a dropkick. He bails out of the ring and Swann follows with a cross body. Swann slams Neville into the apron head-first. Neville turns the tides, stomping Swann in the corner. Neville stalks Swann from the turnbuckle, hitting a missile dropkick for two. Neville pins Swann’s face to the mat with his foot.
Neville continues to assault Swann. He connects with a snap suplex and locks in a headlock. Neville wears Swann down. Swann starts to recover,until Neville heads outside the ring. Swann follows, and Neville spikes him head-first into one barricade, and tosses him into the other. He rolls Swann into the ring and climbs up top, but Swann catches him with a super kick as Neville comes off the top rope. Swann hits a kick and follows it up with a hurricarana. Neville bails out of the ring, and Swann follows him with a Phoenix Splash to the floor.
Swann slides back into the ring, and unloads punches onto Neville. He hits a flurry of kicks, connecting with a roundhouse to the head. Two-count. Swann hits a lariat, and follows it up with a running frog splash for two. Swann climbs up top, but Neville takes out his feet, crotching him on the turnbuckle. Neville hits a forearm and climbs up. He sets up a superplex, but Swann pushes him off. He catches Neville with a back kick to the gut, Neville follows it up with a kick to the head and a deadlift German. Swann rolls Neville up instead, and hits a spinning hook kick. Neville breaks the pin on the rope.
Swann sets Neville up in the corner and climbs up top. Neville springs to his feet and grabs him, hitting a gorgeous superplex. Swann kicks out, but Neville rolls it straight into a Rings of Saturn. Swann taps out!
The crowd was a little quiet for this one, possibly burned out from the previous match. That said, it was still an enjoyable match. Swann made a fine champion, but Neville is the champion the Cruiserweight Division needs right now, and I’m looking forward to his reign.
AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
The Winner: John Cena to win the WWE Championship
The Action: Styles out first, Cena second. This match has a big-fight feel. Cena clocks AJ in the face early on. He launches AJ into the corner, and lands a series of punches. AJ catches him with an elbow to the face. Styles hits a flying knee, and follows it up with a kick to the back. Another flying knee to the face. He misses the third one. Cena goes for an AA early on, Styles flips out and lands on his feet, countering with an enzuigiri immediately. Styles floors Cena with a right. Cena hits a flying shoulder tackle, setting up for the five knuckle shuffle, but AJ hits a hurricarana, flying elbow in the corner and a flying forearm into a pin for two. Cena drops AJ and sets up a Five Knuckle Shuffle, but he acts too cocky, and Styles counters. He hits a German Suplex into a face buster for two.
Styles hits a flurry of attacks, and Cena fires back with a running lariat. He goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle again, and hits it. He goes for an AA, but AJ makes it to the ropes. He lays into Styles with a pair of rights. He goes for a superplex, but Styles slips out through the legs and hits a Back Breaker into a spinout powerbomb for two. AJ goes to the apron and goes for a Phenomenal Forearm, but Cena ducks. AA connects, AJ kicks out at two.
Cena stalks Styles and connects with a clothesline. Two count. Cena misses a clothesline, and AJ counters with a Pele Kick. Styles hits a Phenomeal Forearm for two. Styles keeps Cena grounded, and Cena looks like he’s having trouble breathing, selling his ribs being hurt. Cena hits an electric chair face buster, but he can’t make the cover. The two trade blows to boos and yays. Styles reverses an AA into a Calf Crusher. Cena rolls it into an STF. He drags Styles back into the center of the ring and locks it in again. Styles rolls it into a pin attempt, then locks in his own STF. Cena makes it to his feet, and carries AJ up, but swings him around into a Figure Four Leglock, a nod to Ric Flair being a 16-time champion, something Cena is trying to achieve. Styles literally peels Cena’s legs off of him, then immediately goes into a cross-arm breaker. Cena lifts him and drops him in a single-arm powerbomb to break the hold.
Cena heads up to the top rope slowly. He goes for a top rope leg drop, but Styles counters with a powerbomb. Styles picks Cena up into a Styles Clash and nails it. Cena kicks out at two. Styles goes to the apron and goes for a springboard 450, but Cena got the knees up. Cena fires back with Code Red. AJ catches Styles on his shoulder and flips him into a shoulder breaker for two. Cena catapults AJ into the top turnbuckle and hits a cutter for two. Styles struggles to his feet. Cena sets him up on the top turnbuckle and goes for a top rope AA. He drops Styles and Styles actually kicks out of it! Holy crap.
Cena picks AJ up once more. Styles counters and hits a Styles Clash, #2 in this match. AJ doesn’t make a pin though, crawling to the apron. He sets up for a Phenomenal Forearm, but Cena grabs him, hits another AA, rolls Styles through and hits ANOTHER AA. John Cena makes the cover and gets the pin.
After the match, AJ goes into the audience and shares a pose with a Make-A-Wish fan, posing with him and the belt.
As a fan, I’m furious that John Cena won this match, but my god what a great match. AJ lost nothing in this match – it took two AA’s in a row, plus another one earlier, plus a top rope AA. Too much kicking out of finishers, yeah, but if you’re gonna make someone look strong in the process, this is how you do it.
I’m looking forward to AJ winning at Elimination Chamber, or at the very least challenging Cena at Wrestlemania, however.
Jerry Lawler comes out to sit in on commentary. It’s Lawler, Graves, and Cole making the call. We see the rest of a Royal Rumble numbers package.
The Royal Rumble Match
Entrant #1: Big Cass
Enzo Amore comes out with Cass and the two cut a promo. Enzo sings a few bars. He asks Cass a question: “What is it they say about Texas?” He says everything is bigger in Texas. Enzo runs down some of the names of those entered in the Rumble. Cass says he’ll be the last man standing in the ring.
Entrant #2: Chris Jericho
We’re on a 2:00 minute timer here between entrants. Both men size each other up. Jericho slaps Cass, and Cass fires back with a set of rights. He hits a fallaway slam and a bodyslam, but misses an Empire Elbow. Jericho tries to roll Cass over into a Walls of Jericho. Cass gets free and tosses Jericho to the apron, but he makes it back in.
Entrant #3: Kalisto
Kalisto immediately hits a springboard dropkick on Cass, and a handstand enzuigiri. Cass goes to toss him out, but Kalisto recovers. He ducks a clothesline and kicks the legs. Cass takes him out with a boot to the face.
Entrant #4: Mojo Rawley
Mojo hits a pounce on Kalisto, and nails Jericho with a running elbow. Mojo and Cass go at it. Jericho and Mojo try to get Cass out.
Entrant #5: Jack Gallagher
Gallagher enters with his umbrella, and starts swinging it. He nails Kalisto with the umbrella. Jericho attacks him from behind and bodyslams him. Gallagher crotches Jericho with the umbrella, opens it up and spins it. Funny. Mojo tries to take Cass out.
Entrant #6: Mark Henry
Henry takes his time getting to the ring. He tosses Gallagher through the ropes (not over). Headbutt to Jericho. My feed keeps freezing. I see Henry toss Jack Gallagher out, umbrella open.
Elimination #1: Jack Gallagher
Entrant #7: Braun Strowman
Strowman plows Kalisto over, and then eliminates Mojo Rawley
Elimination #2: Mojo Rawley
Strowman then kicks Cass off the apron, and throws Kalisto over the top rope onto Cass and Mojo.
Elimination #3: Big Cass
Elimination #4: Kalisto
Strowman and Henry go at it. Jericho is on the floor but he is still in the match. Strowman eliminates Mark Henry
Elimination #5: Mark Henry
Entrant #8: Sami Zayn
Sami and Strowman go at it immediately. Sami tries to suplex Strowman. He dodges a shoulder block in the corner and tries to eliminate Strowman, but Strowman counters, clotheslining him to the mat.
Entrant #9: The Big Show
Well, here’s your Strowman counter. Show heads to the ring and the two stare each other down Show gets the first few punches, but Strowman takes him down with a clothesline. Show catches Strowman with a chokeslam. Jericho slides back into the ring and goes for a Codebreaker, but Show catches him and his him with a KO punch. Jericho rolls back out. Show picks Strowman up. Strowman counters and picks Show up, tossing him out of the ring.
Elimination #6: The Big Show
Entrant #10: Tye Dillinger
Dillinger goes crazy on Strowman. He hits a series of punches in the corner. Sami Zayn helps out and the two attack Strowman together. They try for a double suplex, but Strowman reverses it.
Entrant #11: James Ellsworth (w/ Carmella)
Ellsworth is terrified of entering the ring. Carmella tries to talk him into it. As Strowman stares him down, Dillinger and Zayn try to flip Strowman over. It doesn’t work.
Entrant #12: Dean Ambrose
Ambrose tries to hype up Ellsworth, who is still at ringside. He tricks Ellsworth into going in, and Strowman immediately throws him over the top rope to the floor. Nasty looking.
Elimination #7: James Ellsworth
Ambrose attacks Strowman. Dillinger and Zayn attack Strowman as well, but he clears all three.
Entrant #13: Baron Corbin
Strowman tosses out Dillinger.
Elimination #8: Tye Dillinger
Baron Corbin is teaming up with everyone else to attack Strowman, and after a Helluva Kick from Zayn, Corbin takes him out.
Elimination #9: Braun Strowman
Jericho is still at ringside. Zayn and Ambrose go at it, Corbin recovers.
Entrant #14: Kofi Kingston
Kofi, Sami and Ambrose trade elimination attempts. Cobin attacks from behind, breaking that party up. Ambrose sends Corbin into the corner, but Corbin slides under the ring and slides back in on the attack.
Entrant #15: The Miz (w/ Maryse)
Well, Maryse leaves Miz at the ramp. Miz hits a Skull Crushing Finale on Zayn. He and Ambrose go at it, and Ambrose hits a Rebound clothesline to Kofi. Ambrose dodges an elimination. Miz hits Yes Kicks to Corbin in the corner. Corbin follows it up with a Deep Six. He attacks Kofi, and Kofi climbs up top. Corbin points at him and calls him stupid, punching him off of the turnbuckle onto the ring post. Kofi held on, climbs back in and hits Trouble in Paradise.
Entrant #16: Sheamus
Sheamus hits a series of attacks. Miz ducks and tries to get away, but Sheamus ties him up in the ropes, hitting 10 clubbing blows. Brogue Kick to Jericho. Ambrose and Zayn try to eliminate Sheamus.
Entrant #17: Big E
Big E goes for an abdominal stretch on The Miz, and slaps The Miz’s ass in time with a chant. He and Kofi immediately start working together. Sami flips off of the aprond and tries to eliminate Ambrose.
Entrant #18: Rusev (w/ Lana)
Lana stays at the ramp. Rusev is wearing a face mask. He tries to toss Sheamus and Zayn. Rusev attacks Ambrose. We’re in a holding pattern right now, lots of people in the ring.
Entrant #19: Cesaro
Cesaro hits a spine buster on Miz and swings him, then swings Zayn, then Ambrose, then Kofi, then Big E, well, maybe not Big E. He manages to get Corbin spinning, then Sheamus, but he has a second thought about it. Rusev kicks him in the face. He tries to toss Cesaro, but Sheamus attacks Rusev.
Entrant #20: Xavier Woods
All of The New Day is in the ring now. Sheamus misses Woods in the corner, and hits shoulder first. He and Kofi hit rapid fire moves on Sheamus, with Big E following up with a splash. Cesaro tries to toss Big E, but Big E hold on. Miz tosses Xavier to the apron. Kofi on the other side of the apron. Big E steps in and they triple-team Miz.
Entrant #21: Bray Wyatt
Wyatt immediately hits Miz with a urinage. He sends Ambrose to the mat. It’s been a while since we’ve had an elimination, but Wyatt could change that. He clotheslines Woods to the mat, and tosses him to the apron, but Kofi makes the safe. Cesaro and Sheamus are attacking Kofi and Woods on the apron.
Entrant #22: Apollo Crews
Crews hits a series of kicks on Wyatt and Corbin, and a standing moonsault to Miz. Cesaro and Sheamus eliminate all of New Day. Then Sheamus tries to eliminate Cesaro, but Jericho eliminates them both.
Elimination #10: Kofi Kingston
Elimination #11: Big E
Elimination #12: Xavier Woods
Elimination #13: Cesaro
Elimination #14: Sheamus
Entrant #23: Randy Orton
Orton hits a powerslam on Miz, and an RKO on Corbin, Rusev, and one on Sami Zayn off the top rope. Awesome moment. He and Wyatt pose. Jericho starts attacking Orton in the corner.
Entrant #24: Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler starts Superkicking everyone, and hits a double-DDT to Crews and Miz. Ziggler tosses Miz, who holds on. Ambrose tries to eliminate Ziggler, but Ziggler holds on to the apron.
Entrant #25: Luke Harper
Orton points right at Harper, but Harper goes on the attack on Apollo Crews. Harper sends Crews over the top to the apron, and bounces him off.
Elimination #15: Apollo Crews
Harper and Orton lock eyes. Wyatt steps in between. Harper hits a Discus Clothesline on Wyatt, and attacks Orton to a huge pop. Harper picks Bray up and sets him up for Sister Abigail, but Orton hits an RKO out of nowhere.
Entrant #26: Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman)
Lesnar eliminates Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler, then starts suplexing everyone. F5 to Jericho, to Orton,
Elimination #16: Dean Ambrose
Elimination #17: Dolph Ziggler
Lesnar paces as 27 counts down.
Entrant #27: Enzo Amore
Enzo runs down and takes off his shirt. Lesnar just looks at him while he gyrates. He clotheslines Enzo out of his shoes and tosses him immediately.
Elimination #18: Enzo Amore
Lesnar suplexes Rusev and stalks Orton.
Entrant #28: Goldberg
Lesnar waits as Goldberg heads to the ring. The two lock eyes. Goldberg spears Lesnar almost immediately. He clotheslines Lesnar right over the top rope and eliminates him.
Elimination #19: Brock Lesnar
Goldberg hits a Jackhammer on Sami Zayn. Wyatt and Orton team up, and Goldberg spears them both.
Entrant #29: The Undertaker
The lights go out, but when they come back on, The Undertaker is already in the ring. He and Goldberg lock eyes and Taker goes for a choke, but Rusev and Corbin break it up, each taking on one. Goldberg eliminates Rusev, Taker eliminates Corbin. Goldberg speaks Taker, eliminates Luke Harper, and Taker eliminates Goldberg.
Elimination #20: Rusev
Elimination #21: Baron Corbin
Elimination #22: Luke Harper
Elimination #23: Goldberg
Miz and others attack Taker. Taker chokeslams Miz, then Zayn. Wyatt attacks Taker.
Entrant #30: Roman Reigns
The fans are not amused. Reigns and Taker lock eyes. Taker throws the first punch, and the two go back and forth. Taker drops Reigns with a clothesline. Reigns hits a Superman Punch and rocks Taker, but Taker counters with a chokeslam. Miz and Sami Zayn are eliminated by Taker.
Elimination #24: The Miz
Elimination #25: Sami Zayn
Taker chokeslams Jericho, and out of nowhere, Roman Reigns eliminates The Undertaker. HUGE HEAT.
Elimination #26: The Undertaker
Reigns eliminates Jericho with a Superman Punch
Elimination #27: Chris Jericho
We’re down to Reigns, Orton and Wyatt. Orton and Wyatt attack immediately. Orton hits a draping DDT. Wyatt sets up Sister Abigail to an RKO, but Reigns counters. He hits a Superman Punch on Wyatt and eliminates him.
Elimination #28: Bray Wyatt
Reigns goes for a spear on Orton, but Orton hits an RKO out of nowhere, and immediately tosses Reigns over the top for the win.
Elimination #29: Roman Reigns
Winner: Randy Orton
Orton hypes up his win and there are a ton of cheers. He points at the Wrestlemania sign and poses as fireworks shoot off in the background. Our show comes to a close with Orton posing.
A somewhat lackluster Rumble, quite frankly. With all the options they had, and all the confusion as to who might actually win, they went the safe route and picked Randy Orton. There were no amazing surprises – hell no surprises at all, really. Tye Dillinger coming out at #10 was awesome and fun, but it doesn’t mean anything long term. It doesn’t mean he’s been called up. It doesn’t mean anything. But, it was still awesome and had they not done it, it would’ve been a missed opportunity.
I think it’s notable that Goldberg really, truly seems to have Lesnar’s number… but that’s about it. What else can you say?
Coming out of this, we have some options for Wrestlemania, but Orton’s win is conditional, as Elimination Chamber historically has been known to shake things up. Do we a Wyatt win at the Chamber, and a fresh and interesting matchup? Or do we get Cena vs. Orton, Part 9000?
Outside of that, it’s fairly obvious that it’s Lesnar vs. Goldberg, and it certainly looks like Reigns vs. Undertaker. Those are the most apparent stories coming out of the Rumble match anyhow.
The rest of the night was fantastic, with Styles vs. Cena taking match of the night, and Owens vs. Reigns taking a close second. All four undercard matches really delivered in their own way, and I would recommend the show to anyone based on that.
But the Rumble? You can skip if you need to.
Bill Wentz has your WWE Raw coverage tomorrow night, and I’ll be by on Tuesday with Around the Ring with Ring Rap. I’ll be talking about The Rumble, NXT Takeover, and much much more. Thank you for following along with me tonight folks. I’ll see you next time!