Welcome to The LAW’s coverage of the WWE Royal Rumble from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The kickoff show features Josh Mathews, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and Jim Duggan on the panel.
Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. New Age Outlaws for the Tag Titles
Finish came with Billy Gunn making he blind tag as Cody hit the Disaster kick to Road Dogg and then Gunn hit the famouser from behind and got the clean pin to win the titles.
The pay-per-view kicks off with Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt. We had the WORST technical problems imaginable and the result was missing most of the first 25-minutes of the show.
Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt
My notes are very scattered, they got a lot of time with Bryan working on the knee of Wyatt early in the match.
Bryan hit a curb stomb, which they replayed and he had the advantage. Bryan hit a running tornado DDT off the apron to the floor. They would have Bryan with a lot of momentum and Wyatt would come him off dead with a running elbow and later a clotheslines as Bryan was going for the running dropkick in the corner.
Bryan rolled up Wyatt with a school boy to counter Sister Abigail and then into the Yes Lock but Wyatt bit Bryan and got out of the hold. They fought on the top with head butts delivered by both and Wyatt went down and Bryan hit a splash off the top. Bryan stood up chanting “Yes” and Wyatt rolled to the floor to avoid the flying knee.
Bryan did a suicide dive and crashed to the floor where Wyatt hit the Sister Abigail into the barricade and then hit another one in the ring for the win, the limited parts I saw looked very solid.
Renee Young interviews Paul Heyman in the back and says his client will challenge the winner of Randy Orton and John Cena for the WWE championship.
The cut to the panel and go over the next match.
Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show
Lensar runs in and tackles him down and attacks before the bell rings and then uses a chair to Big Show.
Show goes to the floor and then rolls in and takes more stomps and chair shots with the bell still yet to ring to start the match.
The referee takes the chair away and then Lesnar gets another one as the bell rings and runs at Show and eats a KO punch by Show and Lesnar goes down.
Show was constantly being censored for yelling “shit” and calling Lesnar a “son of a bitch”.
Show goes for another punch and Lesnar ducks it and hoists Show up and hits the F-5 for the win at 2:02.
Lesnar continues with chair shot after chair shot to Show on the floor after the match. This continued for a long time.
The Shield has a segment in the back saying how they will each win the Rumble, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose got into an argument of what their numbers were and Seth Rollins said the only numbers that matters is “3”.
Renee Young with Randy Orton and calls Daniel Bryan a “Duck Dynasty reject” as he previews match with Cena.
Randy Orton vs. John Cena for the WWE Title
There is a loud “Daniel Bryan” chant at the start of the match.
They started slow and the crowd just stated random chants such as “Y2J” and thus Cena attempted the Wall of Jericho in a clever detour.
The crowd is dictating everything with their chants including “same old shit” and “you both suck” chants.
Orton plays to the crowd and take an electric chair out of the corner.
Cena came off the top with a guillotine leg drop and grazed Orton’s head.
Cena gets the STF but Orton makes the ropes, crowd seems bored later into the match. Cena gets booed hitting the five knuckle shuffle and the goes for the AA but Orton knocks out the referee after grabbing the ropes. Cena gets the STF and Orton taps with no official.
Orton kicks out of the AA and Cena kicks out of the RKO. Cena gets out of the way of a punt kick but Orton comes back and locks in a STF of his own and Cena gets out and applies the crossface. Orton gets up and hits the AA for a two-count and then Cena gets up and hits a RKO for a near fall.
Cena hits a tornado DTT off the top and back to the STF by Cena and pulls him into the middle and then lights go out with The Wyatts appearing on the apron, Cena is distracted and takes a RKO and Orton gets the win at 20:56.
After the match The Wyatts attack Cena in the ring, Harper clotheslines Cena. Bray yells “behold the creators of the new world” as he hits Cena with Sister Abigail and the fans chant “Yes”.
Renee Young interviews the New Age Outlaws and show a recap of their win over Cody and Goldust to win the tag titles. This was a pretty fun promo as they headed off to a victory parade and wouldn’t invite Renee.
They went through comments from The Miz, The Usos, Big E Langston, Fandango, Batista, Ryback, Damien Sandow and Rey Mysterio with quick promos about winning the Rumble.
They go to the expert panel with Jim Duggan picking Dolph Ziggler, Shawn Michaels is picking either CM Punk or The Shield and Ric Flair is picking Batista.
Royal Rumble Match is next
1. CM Punk
2. Seth Rollins
Punk hits a running knee to the face and calls for the GTS but Rollins cuts him off.
3. Damien Sandow
4. Cody Rhodes
Rhodes hits the Cross Rhodes to Sandow and Sandow then runs at Punk and gets dumped over for the first elimination
Kane is working in dress pants and gets a good reaction for the surprise. Kane goes to choke slam Punk and takes a head kick and is knocked over the top.
6. Alexander Rusev from NXT
Rusey hits a spinning heel kick right away and does a number of power spots with the guys in the ring.
7. Jack Swagger
Swagger and Rusev square off and does no favors for Rusev’s size.
The crowd is chanting “We the people”.
8. Kofi Kingston
9. Jimmy Uso
The ring is starting to load up with guys
Punk and Kofi dump out Rusev
Kingston gets knocked into the arms of Rusev on the floor and Rusev places him on the far barricade so he isn’t out yet and runs the barricade and onto the apron to get back in.
11. Dean Ambrose
12. Dolph Ziggler
The crowd chants for Ziggler as he enters the match.
Truth is eliminated immediately followed by Jimmy Uso by Ambrose.
Kingston is hanging on by his feet to the bottom rope, takes ff Swagger’s boot and hits him with it.
14. Kevin Nash
Nash comes out to the N.W.O. theme and immediately eliminates Swagger.
15. Roman Reigns
Reigns grabs Kofi and throws him over his head and out.
He spears Ziggler and sends him out and gets booed.
Nash runs and Reigns and flies over the top to the floor.
16. The Great Khali
The Shield triple teams and sends Khali over.
Goldust eliminates Cody out of nowhere and then Reigns clotheslines Goldust out.
It’s The Shield, Punk and Sheamus in the ring as Sheamus attacks all the members of The Shield.
18. The Miz
20. El Torito
Torito runs into the ring, attacks Rollins with a head scissors then hits one to Punk and nearly eliminates Fandango before he dropkicks Fandango off the top and eliminates him.
Reigns lifts and sends Torito onto Fandango on the floor.
21. Antonio Cesaro
Cesaro with the giant swing to Miz and Punk dropkicks Miz, he then goes for a swing on Punk and then one to Rollins that last forever
22. Luke Harper
23. Jey Uso
JBL got into the ring, gave his jacket to Michael Cole and was dumped over by Reigns.
25. Erick Rowan
Harper clotheslines and eliminates Miz and then knocked out Jey Uso.
27. Alberto Del Rio
Batista eliminates Rowan right away.
Ryback runs at Batista in the corner and takes a back body drop out.
He lifts up Del Rio and eliminates him.
29. Big E. Langston
30. Rey Mysterio
Crowd was very unhappy that Daniel Bryan didn’t come out.
Sheamus eliminates Langston.
Mysterio took a jumping kick from Rollins on the outside of the apron and knocked out.
Harper took a superman punch from Reigns and is out.
Ambrose tries to eliminate Reigns but cannot. Reigns dumps Ambrose, Rollins and Cesaro together.
Final four are Punk, Batista, Reigns and Sheamus.
Kane returns and pulls Punk to the floor after 49:12 in the match.
Kane choke slams Punk through the announce table at ringside.
Sheamus is on the outside apron and Reigns shoulder blocks him out for the new record of 12 eliminations and it’s Reigns and Batista left.
Crowd is now behind Roman Reigns
Batista spears Reigns but it looks very awkward and the calls for the Batista Bomb but Reigns gets up and spears Batista.
Reigns lifts him up but Batista reverses and tosses Reigns over at 55:07 for the win.