By Ryan Clark on January 26, 2014
Event: WWE Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View
Airdate: Sunday, January 26th, 2014 (Pay-Per-View)
Location: The CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Results by Matt Boone Matt Boone
WWE Royal Rumble 2014
The WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view opens with the usual bad ass video package we have all come to expect from the WWE pay-per-view opening. The package shows past Royal Rumble matches, people going on to WrestleMania as a result of winning the Rumble, etc. Cool stuff as usual.
When the video package concludes, we shoot live to the arena where a whole ton of pyro explodes and Michael Cole welcomes us to the 2014 Royal Rumble pay-per-view. He says we’re on the road to WrestleMania with the 27th annual Royal Rumble. From there, Daniel Bryan’s music hits and an enormous pop erupts in Pittsburgh.
Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt
Bryan “Yes!” marches his way to the ring and the crowd is loud as HELL doing the “Yes!” chant and generally cheering for Bryan. Very, very loud reaction for Daniel Bryan in Pittsburgh. We shoot to the announce table and the guys talk about being excited for tonight. They introduce the Spanish announce team where the Spanish commentary guys, including Ricardo Rodriguez, say stuff in Spanish. The Wyatt Family appears on the titantron, “we’re here.” The crowd boo’s. As Bray makes his way to the ring, some video packages air showing the history of the Wyatt-Bryan feud. Bray blows out the candle while sitting in his rocking chair, accompanied by Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. Wyatt heads to the ring where Bryan is waiting for him. A loud “Daniel Bryan” chant breaks out from literally everyone in the building. Very loud chants.
We see some closeups of Bray staring with his eyes wide open talking to himself as the bell rings. Bray yells “you tried to make a fool outta me!” as the crowd is split between a “Yes! Yes! Yes!” chant and a “Daniel Bryan! Daniel Bryan!” chant. Bray and Bryan lock up and Bray over-powers the smaller man early on. Bray yells “you will receive no mercy from me!” as he punishes Bryan. Bryan tries fighting back briefly, but Bray cuts his attempts short. Bryan dives through the ropes out of nowhere and nails Luke Harper. As Erick Rowan tries to beat up Bryan on the floor, the referee sticks his head through the ropes and he ejects Harper and Rowan from the match. Bray goes out and tells them he doesn’t need them to fight this war for him. Rowan and Harper leave. As soon as Bray turns around, Bryan comes flying off the top and splashes onto Bray on the floor.
The announcers keep mentioning that Bray is grabbing his leg a lot. A loud “Daniel Bryan” chant breaks out as the action returns to the ring. Bryan hits Bray with a ton of “Yes!” kicks. Bryan hops up onto the top rope but Bray chops him so hard that he falls over and crashes out onto the floor. Bray goes out after Bryan on the floor. Bray runs at Bryan but Bryan moves and Bray crashes into the ringside steps. He grabs his leg and screams out in pain as the announcers again sell the fact that Bray’s leg is hurt.
Back in the ring, Bryan is now targeting Bray’s hurt leg with repeated kicks. The announcers put over new WWE Tag-Team Champions The New Age Outlaws by pointing out that “#NewAgeOutlaws” is trending number one overall in the world. Meanwhile, Bryan continues to work on the leg of Bray. Bray nearly suplexes Bryan out to the floor but instead snaps his arm down hard to the apron.
The action is out on the floor now and Bray is stomping Bryan’s head into the ground. The crowd starts up with another loud “Daniel Bryan” chant as Bray throws Bryan back in the ring. Bray launches Bryan half-way across the ring with a suplex-throw sort of move. A “Husky Harris” chant breaks out as Bray continues his attack on Bryan. Bray throws Bryan over the top and onto the floor just as Bryan was trying to fight back. Bray leans Bryan’s head against the ring post and repeatedly smashes it with forearms.
Out on the floor again and Bray runs and splashes onto Bryan. Bray says “I tried to tell ya’ll.” He then yells at the fans, “why didn’t you help him?!” Bray throws Bryan back in the ring. Bray bashes each side of Bryan’s head with forearms before settling into a choke. The crowd tries to rally behind Bryan and get him back into the match. Bray nails Bryan with a big chokeslam type of move. Bray does his crab-walk/amateur wrestling bridge thing. He gets back up and splashes Bryan in the corner. Bray scoops Bryan up and slams him in the center of the ring. Bray tries to splash Bryan but Bryan rolls out of the way.
Both guys get to their feet and Bryan starts fighting back with “Yes!” kicks. Bray misses a splash in the corner and Bryan continues to kick the crap out of Bray. Bryan and Bray go to the top and Bryan hits a huricanrana on Bray for a near fall. A “this is awesome” chant breaks out as Bryan continues to kick Bray. Both guys hit the ropes and Bray smashes into Bryan hard. When they get up, Bray tries running at Bryan again but Bryan pulls the ropes down and Bray goes flying out to the floor. Bryan comes off the apron and catches Bray with a spinning tornado DDT on the floor.
As the fight continues on the floor, Bryan runs at Bray and hits him with a double-foot dropkick. Back in the ring, Bryan comes off the top and hits him with a double-foot dropkick again. The crowd is exploding with “Yes!” chants again as Bryan repeatedly kicks Bray. Bryan runs at Bray and hits him with a big kick in the corner. He does it again. When he goes for it a third time, Bray runs at Bryan and nails him with a wicked clothesline that turns Bryan inside out. Wow.
Bray sets Bryan up for Sister Abigail but Bryan reverses it into a roll-up pin attempt. Bryan slaps Bray in the “Yes! Lock” and sinches up on it hard. Bray starts biting Bryan and eventually bites his way out of it. Bray pounds Bryan on the ground. Bray sits Bryan on the top rope as a light “this is awesome” chant begins to grow. Bryan knocks Bray down to the mat. Bryan climbs all the way to the top rope and comes off with a big splash. Bryan leads the fans in a “Yes!” chant. He goes for the running knee but Bray rolls out to the floor. Bryan runs and dives through the ropes but Bray catches him coming down and hits him with Sister Abigail right into the barricade. Wow.
Bray picks Bryan up and throws him in the ring as a very loud “this is awesome” chant breaks out. Bray hits Bryan with Sister Abigail in the middle of the ring and pins him. 1-2-3. Bray Wyatt wins.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
After The Match
After the match, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper come back out to the ring to celebrate with him. Several replays are shown of some high spots during the match as the Wyatt Family theme music plays in the arena. The replays end and we see Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family heading up the ramp as the referee checks on Bryan, who is still laid out in the ring.
Renee Young Interviews Paul Heyman
Backstage, Renee Young is with Paul Heyman. Heyman cuts her off and informs us that his name is Paul Heyman. He apologizes in advance for the uncomfortable scene that is about to take place. Heyman says Lesnar is going to victimize Big Show tonight. Heyman says Lesnar will defeat Big Show and then go on to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He calls this the dawning of a new era because the WWE Universe is going to be conquered by Brock Lesnar.
Checking In With The Expert Panel
Ben Rothelisberger is shown sitting front row. We head back to the expert panel. Mathews introduces Ric Flair. Flair “Wooo’s.” He then introduces “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. Duggan does his “Hooooo!” Mathews introduces Shawn Michaels. The crowd popped for each guy. HBK jokes that he got out-dressed by Jim Duggan. HBK says he feels the future of the WWE is in the hands of Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan. Flair talks about Brock Lesnar, calling him the baddest man on the planet. Hacksaw says Big Show has the upper-hand after manhandling Lesnar the past few weeks.
Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar
Big Show’s music hits and out he comes for his one-on-one match against Brock Lesnar. Some replays are shown of the past few weeks where Big Show and Brock Lesnar had their multiple confrontations. After the videos air, out comes “The Beast In Carnate” to a pretty big pop from the Pittsburgh fans. Lesnar and Paul Heyman make their way to the ring.
Before the bell even rings, Lesnar goes right after Big Show. Lesnar takes Big Show down and repeatedly punches him in the face. Heyman throws a chair into the ring and Lesnar bashes Big Show with it over and over again. Michael Cole points out that the ref hasn’t even called for the bell to start this match yet. Lesnar continues to smash the chair over Big Show’s back. Big Show says some kind of cussword and is bleeped. Lesnar blasts Big Show with another hard chair shot as Big Show tries to get up. Big Show finally rolls out to the floor. The ref checks on him as he slowly rolls into the ring. Lesnar attacks Big Show before the ref can start the match again. Lesnar grabs the chair again and blasts him with it repeatedly. Lesnar yells at the ref to ring the bell. The ref grabs the chair from Lesnar and runs out of the ring.
Heyman hands another chair to Lesnar. The ref finally calls for the bell. Lesnar runs at Big Show with the chair but Big Show catches Lesnar with the knockout punch on the way in. Big Show is still too dazed to capitalize on it and pin Lesnar. The fight goes out to the floor and Big Show is throwing Lesnar all over the place but still selling the attack he took from Lesnar before the match. Big Show is badly selling his arm as the announcers mention that the chair hit him on the arm a lot as he was trying to block it. The fight returns to the ring where Big Show keeps knocking Lesnar down. Big Show goes for the knockout punch but Lesnar ducks and hoists him up. Lesnar hits Big Show with the F-5 and covers him. 1-2-3. Lesnar wins.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
After The Match:
After the match, Lesnar stares at his hands with a crazy look in his eyes. He goes out to the floor and grabs a chair. He slowly walks around the ring on the floor as Big Show is still laid out inside the ring. Lesnar goes back into the ring and blasts Big Show across the back with the chair. And again. And again. Big Show rolls out to the floor. Lesnar comes out after him and blasts him again with the chair. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. He’s hit him with about ten extremely hard chair shots. He hits him in the legs with the chair a few times. Now in the back again. And agian. He goes under the ring for another one and the ref tries stopping him. Lesnar throws the ref across the floor. He grabs another chair and blasts Big Show again. Lesnar blasts Big Show across the arm a few times with a chair and then throws it in the ring. We see a shot of Big Show in the fetal position as Lesnar and Heyman walk away to a chorus of boo’s.
Backstage Interview: The Shield
Backstage, The Shield cut a promo. They talk about how they’ve dominated the WWE since their debut and they will continue to tonight. They say they will eliminate everyone and end up the last three standing and then it will be every man for themselves. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose argue a bit but Seth Rollins calms them down.
Renee Young Interviews Randy Orton
Renee Young interviews Randy Orton. Orton says he’s going to beat John Cena tonight and send him to the back of the line. Young reminds Orton that Lesnar and Batista stand in that same line. She mentions Bray Wyatt as a possible contender, as well as whoever wins the Royal Rumble tonight. Orton says when you’re on the top of the mountain, that’s how it works. He says Lesnar and Batista are good, but not great. Orton calls Bray Wyatt a “Duck Dynasty” reject. Orton says he’s the true face of WWE. He then calls Bray a derranged hillbilly that sits in a rocking chair. Orton says he’s going to make sure he’s the face of WWE tonight and that it’s definitely not John Cena. Orton walks off.
WWE World Heavyweight Title: Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena
Michael Cole tells us that up next is the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match. With that said, the video package airs highlighting the history of the John Cena vs. Randy Orton feud. After the video package concludes, Randy Orton’s music hits and out comes the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Orton’s music dies down, there’s a lengthy pause and then John Cena’s music hits. Out comes the challenger to his usual mixed bad reaction from the fans. The bell rings and Lilian Garcia does the dramatic championship match style ring introductions.
After Lilian’s ring introductions a loud “Daniel Bryan” chant breaks out from pretty much the entire arena. The bell rings again and Cena and Orton lock up. Orton takes Cena down with a headlock and applies some pressure once he gets him grounded. Cena fights his way out. A loud “let’s go Cena” and “Cena sucks” dueling chant breaks out as Cena and Orton circle each other. Orton gets Cena down and lays the boots to him. Orton headlocks Cena and takes him down as another loud “Daniel Bryan” chant breaks out from the entire arena. JBL finally acknowledges the chants after they ignored it the first few times. Now some “Yes!” chants break out as Cena starts to fight back. Jerry Lawler mentions that the Daniel Bryan chant is the WWE Universe letting them know that he’s what’s next if they win. Clearly he was told to say that. A loud “we want Daniel” chant breaks out now as the action continues.
Orton gets Cena back down and is working him over on the ground as a random “Randy Savage” chant breaks out. The crowd is starting to get completely out of control. A loud “Y2J” chant breaks out now as the crowd continues to completely ignore the action between Cena and Orton in the ring. Cena nearly gets Orton in a scorpion death lock but Orton fights out of it. A loud “Undertaker” chant breaks out now as the fight goes out to the floor. Orton beats Cena up a bit and then goes back in the ring. Orton suplexes Cena off the apron and back into the ring. A loud “boring, boring” chant breaks out now from the Pittsburgh fans. The crowd is absolutely crapping all over this match.
Meanwhile, Cena knocks Orton over the top and onto the floor. Cena goes out after him. Cena goes to throw Orton but Orton reverses and whips Cena into the ringside steps. Orton throws Cena back into the ring as another very loud “Daniel Bryan” chant breaks out. The announcers are doing their best to ignore the passionate random chants from the crowd. Orton taunts the crowd a bit only to turn into an Attitude Adjustment attempt from Cena. Orton escapes the AA and DDTs Cena down for a near fall. Another loud chant breaks out, but I couldn’t make that one out. Orton stomps away at Cena in the ring. Orton goes to the middle rope and does his pose to taunt the Pittsburgh fans. Cena hoists Orton up and nails him with an electric chair slam. Cena hits the ropes and blasts Orton with a running shoulder-tackle. Cena slams Orton down and smiles before doing the “You Can’t See Me” deal. Orton kicks Cena from his back and avoids it.
Orton gets back up and is stalking Cena. Cena gets up and hits Orton with a neckbreaker. Cena goes to the top but Orton stops him. Cena headbutts Orton down to the mat. Cena climbs all the way to the top and comes off with a flying leg drop. 1-2…Orton kicks out. Cena hoists Orton up for another Attitude Adjustment attempt but again Orton escapes it and counters Cena with a back-breaker. Orton grabs Cena and tries to hit him with his draping-DDT spot off the ropes but Cena shoves Orton out to the floor. Cena goes to slide out of the ring but Orton stops him and this time does hit his draping DDT spot to Cena on the floor.
Orton rolls Cena back into the ring. Orton tries to pin Cena but Cena kicks out at two. Orton goes into Viper mode and starts pounding the mat. Orton goes for the RKO but Cena counters it into the STF. Orton eventually crawls to the ropes and forces Cena to break the hold.
Cena gets Orton down. He does the “You Can’t See Me” deal and hits him with the 5 Knuckle Shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Orton grabs the ropes while on Cena’s back. They accidentally bump the ref and Cena slaps Orton in the STF. Cena goes to check on the ref and when he turns around, Orton blasts him with his title belt. Orton grabs the ref and then covers Cena. 1-2…Cena kicks out.
Orton gets in the ref’s face as a “this is awful” chant breaks out. That’s funny. It’s a loud one too. Orton backs up and Cena grabs him and hits him with an Attitude Adjustment. He immediately covers Orton. 1-2…Orton kicks out. That at least stopped the “this is awful chants.” It’s really not a bad match, for the record. Cena goes to pick Orton up but Orton immediately nails him with the RKO. He covers Cena, 1-2….Cena kicks out. A loud “we want Divas” chant breaks out. Orton arrogantly poses to the crowd. Jerry Lawler says the crowd is trying to distract Orton. Yeah, that’s what they’re doing…
Orton sets Cena up for the punt. He runs at Cena but Cena avoids it. Cena goes to hoist Orton up but Orton escapes and counters Cena. Orton slaps Cena in his own STF hold. Cena eventually reverses Orton and now Cena has Orton locked in the STF. Orton reverses that into a pin attempt but Cena kicks out at two. Orton hoists Cena up and blasts him with his own Attitude Adjustment. 1-2….Cena kicks out.
Orton slowly walks over to Cena. As Orton goes to pick Cena up, Cena quickly nails him with his own RKO move. He quickly covers him, 1-2…Orton kicks out. This match is actually pretty damn good, but the crowd is still all over them with boo’s and random chants. Cena sets Orton up on the top rope. He goes up after him backwards. Cena gets Orton on his shoulders on the top but Orton escapes. Cena blasts Orton with a tornado DDT off the top. Cena slaps Orton in the STF again. Orton nearly gets to the ropes but Cena let go just to yank Orton back in the middle of the ring. The Wyatt Family screen thing cuts out of nowhere. When the lights come back on, Bray Wyatt is on the apron. Cena charges him and knocks him off, but when he turns around, Orton hits him with the RKO. 1-2-3. Orton wins.
Winner and STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Randy Orton
After The Match:
After the match, Orton heads out through the crowd. Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper hit the ring. Harper blasts Cena with a big boot. Rowan beats Cena up in the corner. Rowan splashes Cena in the corner. Harper blasts Cena with his big clothesline. Harper and Rowan pick Cena up. Bray Wyatt says “behold the creators of the new world” and blasts Cena with his Sister Abigail finisher. The Wyatt Family music plays as they stand over a beaten Cena.
Renee Young Interviews The New Age Outlaws
Backstage, Renee Young is with the new WWE Tag-Team Champions The New Age Outlaws. Road Dogg tells Renee to put a little stank on their intro in the future. Road Dogg does his usual schpiel about “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” etc. Renee introduces a replay of them winning the titles earlier tonight. Young says history was made tonight. Road Dogg tells her she’s dittley-daggum right. Road Dogg says they set the record for most tag-title reigns. Road Dogg says the New Age Outlaws do tag-team wrestling better than anyone in this industry. Road Dogg says they’ve got a party to go to and Renee is not invited. He tells Gunn to give her those two words. Gunn says “new champs.”
Royal Rumble Match
A series of pre-recorded backstage interviews with participants in tonight’s Royal Rumble match airs. The 2014 Royal Rumble match is up next! We go back to the expert panel where Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan preview the big Royal Rumble match. Justin Roberts is in the ring and he runs down the rules for the match.
CM Punk’s music hits and out comes the number one entry in the 2014 Royal Rumble match. The number two entry is introduced and it’s Seth Rollins. Rollins makes his way out through the crowd and enters the ring. The bell rings and Punk charges right at Rollins. Rollins reverses Punk in the corner and is already trying to throw him over the top. Punk chops and kicks his way out of it until Rollins hits him in the gut to kill his momentum. Rollins hits the ropes and blasts Punk with a flying kick as a “CM Punk, CM Punk” chant breaks out. Punk catches Rollins in the corner with a big kick and then calls for the GTS. Each guys trade kicks as the clock appears. 10-9-8…etc. Buzz. Damien Sandow comes out as number three.
Sandow runs to the ring and immediately goes after Punk. Sandow and Rollins team up now to try and eliminate Punk. Punk fights his way out of it. Punk catches Sandow and Rollins with a neckbreaker and DDT combo at the same time. Punk tries throwing Rollins out and nearly gets him but Rollins eventually gets back in the ring. Sandow attacks Punk from behind as the clock hits again. Buzz. Cody Rhodes comes out as number four.
Rhodes hits the ring and he and Sandow trade punches as Punk and Rollins sell on the mat. Rhodes hits Sandow with Cross-Rhodes almost immediately. Rollins and Rhodes fight in the corner now as Punk and Sandow fight in the middle of the ring. Punk eliminates Sandow. Sandow is the first man eliminated. Rollins and Rhodes continue to fight and Punk finally goes over to help Rhodes. They both try and eliminate Rollins as the clock strikes again. Buzz. Kane is number five.
Kane makes his way to the ring taking his dress shirt off. He comes in the ring and shoves Rhodes on his ass and blasts him with a big boot. Kane goes over to Punk and is beating Punk from pillar to post. Kane stomps away at Punk in the corner. Kane blasts Punk with a big clothesline in the corner and then a slam. Kane calls for the chokeslam. He grabs Punk by the throat but Punk kicks him hard and throws him over the top. Punk eliminates Kane. The clock strikes again. Buzz. Number six is Alexander Rusev.
Rusev comes to the ring as Michael Cole informs us about the NXT star. Rusev slowly makes his way to the ring as Rollins and Punk continue to fight in the corner and Rhodes is on the mat. Rusev throws Rollins over the top but Rollins manages to avoid going to the ground. He does the same with Rhodes but Rhodes also avoids going to the floor. Rusev hits Punk with a big slam. Everyone is down now at the hands of Rusev. The clock strikes again. Buzz. Entry number seven is Jack Swagger.
Swagger comes out with Zeb Colter. Colter is holding some kind of racist b.s. sign. Swagger runs to the ring and is a whirl-wind of energy. Rusev and Swagger stare each other down and the two big boys start trading punches. Rusev splashes Swagger in the corner. Rollins takes the leg out of Rusev and now everyone in the ring is stomping on Rusev. The clock strikes again. Entry number eight is Kofi Kingston.
Kingston comes to the ring and nails Punk. Kingston nearly eliminates Punk but Punk hangs on. There’s action all over the place now. Rhodes is trying to eliminate Punk but Punk hangs on again. Swagger comes real close to eliminating Rollins but Rollins manages to hang in there. The clock appears again. Buzz. Number nine is Jimmy Uso.
Uso runs to the ring and goes straight to work on Rollins. Uso goes over to Rhodes and is beating him up now in the corner. Uso goes to Kingston now. The crowd is doing a light “Uso” chant as the fresh man continues to attack anything that moves. Rhodes finally dropkicks Uso down to slow his momentum. We see Swagger working o Rusev in one corner while Uso and Rhodes battle in another. Uso dumps Rhodes over the top but Rhodes lands on the apron. The clock strikes again. Number ten is Goldust.
Goldust runs out to the ring to a decent little pop from the Pittsburgh fans. Michael Cole points out that Rhodes has eliminated Goldust in two past Royal Rumble matches. A couple of guys gang up on Rusev and try to eliminate him. Several guys eventually get Rusev over the top. Alexander Rusev is eliminated. Kingston is thrown out but is caught by Rusev. Rusev lays Kingston across the top of the ringside barricade but he’s not officially eliminated yet. Kingston stands up on the barricade. Kingston runs across the barricade and leaps all the way to the ring apron. He’s back in there. That was awesome. The clock strikes again. Number 11 is Dean Ambrose.
Ambrose makes his way from the backstage area instead of the crowd like Rollins did. Ambrose runs to the ring. Ambrose helps Rollins. Goldust tries eliminating Swagger but Swagger hangs on. A replay is shown of Kofi Kingston making it from the barricade back to the ring. Swagger nearly eliminates Goldust but Goldust crawls under the ropes to get back into the ring. The clock strikes again. Number 12 is Dolph Ziggler.
The crowd explodes for Ziggler as he sprints to the ring. Ziggler comes off the top with a missile dropkick. Ziggler runs over to Ambrose in the corner and does his speedy-ten punch spot. A loud “let’s go Ziggler” chant breaks out from the entire arena. Punk is being worked on in one side of the ring. He manages to avoid elimination. A couple of guys work on Swagger, but he stays in as well. The clock appears again. Buzz. Number 13 is R-Truth.
Truth runs to the ring and goes straight to work on Ambrose. Rollins helps Ambrose and now both Shield members are stomping away at R-Truth. Ziggler is working to eliminate Cody Rhodes. Rhodes survives. R-Truth is eliminated by Dean Ambrose. Uso is shown going to the top rope but Ambrose shoves him off. Uso is eliminated by Ambrose. Kingston is thrown over the top but lands on the apron. Kingston is thrown to the floor but his feet are hooked on the ropes. Kingston does a sit-up and manages to remain in the ring. The crowd pops. The clock strikes again. Number 14 is Kevin Nash.
The nWo music hits as Nash makes his way to the ring. They’re calling him Kevin Nash as well, not Diesel. Nash immediately eliminates Swagger. Nash goes after both members of The Shield that are in the ring. A couple of guys are working on eliminating Ziggler. Nash is working on eliminating Ambrose. The clock strikes again. Entry number 15 is Roman Reigns.
Reigns makes his way to the ring from the backstage area. Reigns runs to the ring and is blasting guys left and right. Reigns hits Goldust with a big spear. Reigns catches Kingston and throws him backwards over the top rope. Kingston is eliminated. Ziggler hits Reigns with a DDT but Reigns shakes it off and blasts Ziggler with a huge spear. Reigns eliminates Ziggler. Reigns eliminated Kevin Nash. Rhodes and Goldust are working together on Reigns as the clock strikes again. Number 16 is The Great Khali.
Khali comes to the ring to a non-reaction. All three members of The Shield are the only guys standing now as everyone else is down. Khali comes in and is blasting each member of The Shield one-by-one. Reigns blasts Khali with the Superman punch. All three guys team up and eliminate Khali. Michael Cole gives Reigns the credit as the man who officially eliminated him. Goldust accidentally eliminates Rhodes. Reigns follows that up by eliminating Goldust. So both Goldust and Rhodes have been eliminated as well. The Shield and CM Punk are the only guys left I believe. Number 17 is Sheamus.
Sheamus runs to the ring. All three members of The Shield try to jump on Sheamus but Sheamus fights his way out. Sheamus grabs Ambrose and hits him with his forearm smashes repeatedly as the crowd counts along. Sheamus blasts Reigns with his big boot. Sheamus poses for the crowd and the crowd pops. The clock strikes again. Number 18 is The Miz
Miz makes his way to the ring. Miz goes after Rollins. Miz nearly eliminates Ambrose but Ambrose hangs in there. Miz punches away at Rollins. The Shield continue to team up on different guys. Miz and Reigns are duking it out now in one corner. We see Rollins and Ambrose working together to try and eliminate Sheamus. The clock strikes again. It’s Fandango at number 19.
Fandango runs to the ring. The crowd is chanting “Daniel Bryan” as guys are fighting all over the place. The clock strikes again and it’s Los Matadores. Both members come out, so everyone is confused. They hold up the cape and introduce El Torito. Torito runs to the ring and he’s the 20th entrant.
Torito calls out Punk. He charges Punk but Punk just puts his hand on his head. Eventually Torito manages to huricanrana Punk. Fandango attacks Torito but Torito manages to eliminate him. Fandango is eliminated. Roman Reigns grabs Torito and simply presses him above his head and throws him out to the floor. The clock strikes again. Number 21 is Antonio Cesaro.
Cesaro comes out with Zeb Colter who is holding another sign. Cesaro runs to the ring by himself. As soon as he hits the ring he grabs Miz and does the Cesaro Swing to him. Punk goes to kick Cesaro but Cesaro ducks it. He goes to swing him but he’s guzzled by all three members of The Shield. Cesaro fights his way out of it and is now swinging Rollins. He swings Rollins forever it seems. The crowd got to the count of 16 and then just stopped to clap. Guys he’s STILL swinging him. It’s gotta be a legit 30-40 times he swung him. Wow. The clock strikes again. Number 22 is Luke Harper.
Harper makes his way to the ring. Reigns spears Cesaro. Harper goes to work on Punk. Punk fights back. Both guys trade punches now. Ambrose and Sheamus both get dumped on the apron but neither are officially eliminated. Harper goes to work on Rollins in the corner. Sheamus nails Harper from behind. Punk and Reigns are battling in the middle of the ring. There’s bodies everywhere. Cesaro and Rollins are now trading uppercuts and chops. The clock strikes again. Number 23 is Jey Uso.
Uso makes his way to the ring. Harper nearly eliminates Punk but Punk manages to hang on. The clock strikes again. Holy crap. Number 24 is JBL.
JBL takes his headphones off and enters the ring. The crowd is chanting for JBL now. JBL takes his sport coat off. He tells Michael Cole to come get it. He reaches over to hand it to him but Roman Reigns simply dumps him on the floor. JBL is eliminated by Roman Reigns. JBL goes and sits back down as the crowd chants “you still got it” at him. JBL returns to commentary like nothing happened. Great stuff. The clock strikes again. Number 25 is Erick Rowan.
Rowan comes out with his sheep mask on. He takes the mask off and runs to the ring. Harper blasts Miz with a clothesline and eliminates him. Uso is fighting with Rowan now in the corner as a bunch of other guys are in the other corner. Not sure what they’re doing as we’re only seeing the action between Uso and Rowan. Rowan puts Uso on the apron and Harper blasts him with a big boot. Uso is eliminated by Harper. The clock strikes again. Number 26 is Ryback.
Ryback comes to the ring and immediately picks up Cesaro and starts blasting him with shoulder-blocks to the mid-section. The crowd is chanting “Goldberg” to get on Ryback’s case. Ryback tries eliminating Sheamus but Sheamus hangs in there. Ryback stomps away atr Rollins. Sheamus and Cesaro are shown trading shots. Sheamus gets the better of it and blasts Cesaro down to the mat. The clock strikes again and here we go with another entrant. Number 27 is Alberto Del Rio.
Del Rio makes his way to the ring. He blasts Ryback with a big kick. We’re informed that four men have won the Royal Rumble in the past after entering in the 27th spot. We’re told Punk and Rollins have both lasted over 40 minutes now. Harper is trying to eliminate Ambrose but it looks like he’s gonna survive. 42 minutes is the official time for Punk and Rollins thus far. The clock strikes again. Number 28 is Batista.
Batista runs to the ring to a pretty big pop. Batista is clotheslining everyone down. The crowd seems to be boo’ing Batista now. Batista blasts Rowan and knocks him over the top. Rowan has been eliminated by Batista. Ryback and Batista stare each other down and circle each other. Batista starts blasting Ryback with punches. Ryback grabs Batista and throws him into the corner. Ryback runs at him but Batista ducks and hoists him over the top. Ryback has been eliminated by Batista. Del Rio attacks Batista from behind. Batista uses freakish strength to hoist Del Rio up and he eliminates him now. The clock strikes again. Number 29 is Big E. Langston.
Langston runs to the ring as the second-to-last entrant in the 2014 Royal Rumble match. Langston slams Ryback down immediately. Langston grabs Sheamus and is manhandling him now. Langston goes to eliminate Sheamus but it looks like Sheamus is gonna hang on. The crowd is chanting for Daniel Bryan again. We see Cesaro and Ambrose fighting in the corner. Langston and Sheamus continue to battle in another corner. A loud “Yes! Yes!” chant breaks out. The clock strikes again. The 30th and final entrant is Rey Mysterio.
Mysterio runs to the ring. The crowd boo’s like crazy realizing Bryan is not going to be in the Rumble. Mysterio nearly eliminates Rollins. The crowd is turning on this match now and they’re chanting for Daniel Bryan loudly. Mysterio tries to eliminate Punk but Punk hangs on. The crowd is boo’ing like crazy. Daniel Bryan has completely taken over both main events on the second biggest WWE pay-per-view of the year without even being out there. Sheamus eliminates Big E. Langston. The crowd is still boo’ing loudly. Cesaro is hitting European uppercuts on anything that moves. The crowd is still boo’ing loudly. They aren’t letting it go. Mysterio hits a 6-1-9 on Rollins to zero reaction. Rollins ends up eliminating Mysterio.
Ambrose and Rollins team up on Sheamus in one corner as another loud “Daniel Bryan” chant starts up and spreads across the entire arena. Roman Reigns eliminates Harper. Ambrose tried to eliminate Reigns but Reigns hung on. Rollins is asking Ambrose what he’s doing. Ambrose and Rollins try to eliminate Cesaro. Reigns goes after them and ends up eliminating all three of them. Reigns eliminates Ambrose, Rollins and Cesaro. Reigns has tied Kane with the most eliminations in a Rumble.
We’re down to Batista, Sheamus, Punk and Reigns. Kane pops up from out of nowhere and eliminates Punk from outside the ring. Kane starts beating up Punk on the floor. We’re down to Sheamus, Reigns and Batista now. Kane continues to beat up Punk. Kane ends up chokeslamming Punk through an announce table on the floor. The medics are now attending to Punk out on the floor as replays are shown of the big chokeslam.
Another loud “Daniel Bryan” chant starts up as all three men left in the Rumble are down. The whole crowd is boo’ing now as they start to make it back to their feet. The crowd is boo’ing incredibly loud now as the final three men square off. Reigns runs at Sheamus but Sheamus clotheslines him down. Batista fires away at Sheamus as the crowd boo’s even louder. The announcers are ignoring the crowd reactions, which are starting to really take over this match. A loud “No! No! No!” chant breaks out as Sheamus and Batista keep fighting. Sheamus points to the WrestleMania XXX sign after dumping Batista on the mat. Sheamus is calling for the Brogue Kick. Everytime he pounds his chest the crowd explodes by saying “No!” They boo like crazy now as Batista starts fighting back. Batista nearly eliminates Sheamus, but doesn’t. Reigns spears Sheamus out of the ring. Reigns holds the new record with most Royal Rumble eliminations with 12.
We’re down to just Roman Reigns and Batista. Both guys are slow to get up. The crowd boo’s loudly as they slowly close in on each other. They start exchanging punches. Reigns clotheslines Batista down hard. The crowd actually pops big for that. They seem to clearly want Reigns to win if Daniel Bryan isn’t coming out, which obviously he isn’t. They are loudly chanting for “Roman Reigns” now as they’ve decided to back him. Batista ends up spearing Reigns and the crowd completely boo’s him out of the building. Batista calls for the Batista Bomb but turns around into a big spear. The crowd explodes like crazy for that. Reigns goes to eliminate Batista but Batista reverses and throws Reigns out. Batista wins and the crowd explodes with more boo’s.
Winner of the 2014 Royal Rumble: Batista
After The Match
Batista sells a bit and the crowd is boo’ing like crazy. They’re all chanting “No! No! No!” now and the boo’s are picking up even more. We see some replays of the final eliminations. The crowd is clearly unhappy with the decision to give Batista the win. They clearly wanted Daniel Bryan to come out and when Mysterio came out as the 30th and final entrant, they absolutely turned on this match. When it came down to just Batista and Reigns, they adopted Reigns and seemed to be completely satisfied if Reigns were to win, but when Batista did, they erupted with loud boo’s. After the replays Batista looks around and the crowd boo’s the crap out of him extremely loud. He gets on the top rope to pose and the crowd boo’s even louder. The show ends on that note. Wow.
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