|WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Results|
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Good evening everybody, it is time for the Royal Rumble Kickoff. This is one of the biggest and most exciting nights in professional wrestling, and leading us off on the panel are Renee Young, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves and WWE Hall of Famer Booker T.
Wow Saxton did a fair amount of homework before the show. Although it is slightly off-putting when he stares down the camera, it feels like he's devouring my soul.
The Rock's in Philadelphia tonight, and Lana's been reigniting their feud on Twitter. Is a confrontation with the Super Potato Rusev be on the cards?
All their predictions are in, as Saxton goes for Bray Wyatt, Graves chooses Roman Reigns, Booker T selects Rusev and Young picks Daniel Bryan. All four are definite possibilities.
Tom Phillips is interviewing the New Age Outlaws. Well, that about confirms it, no superstar can entertain me by telling me the WWE Network is only $9.99 anymore.
Booker T's exclusive interview with two-time Royal Rumble winner Shawn Michaels is next. Not exactly fond of the nostalgic piano music in the background constantly, makes it seem like some kind of feel good story at the end of the news. Michaels gives a great insight actually into the journey of those who don't win the Rumble, and having to fight even to make it on the WrestleMania card. Makes the Rumble match seem even more important than it obviously is.
The Kickoff show has been altered, which is why you always put that significant 'Card Subject to Change' clause on the program. With Xavier Woods suffering a leg injury, it is time to head over to Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Wrestling Observer's Worst Announcer of the Year, JBL, for the Kickoff match.
The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E) vs. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd
The New Day get the crowd going with their feel good chanting, receiving a lukewarm reception. Unfortunately the 'You Gay' section where Tony Mango sits was sadly overwhelmed. But if you want a great reaction, listen to the crowd when Cesaro and Tyson Kidd make their way out.
Philadelphia loves Cesaro. The New Day quickly transition into becoming the Boo Day due to this. I love this audience already and the night has barely begun. Also somebody should probably tell Adam Rose the nWo were on RAW.
The crowd chants 'New Day Sucks' in time with Woods slamming the apron to get Kingston over for the hot tag. I do admit to being a big fan of whenever Big E spears someone through the ropes. That superplex/springboard elbow combination from Cesaro and Kidd get a big thumbs up from me. Also, I don't know why it would be illegal for Cesaro help Kidd attempt to pin Kingston. Anybody familiar with that page in the rule book?
Adam Rose gets hit with Trouble in Paradise, which I'm not too bothered about. But an uppercut from the outside to Kingston lets him get caught in Kidd's modified swinging neckbreaker to hand his team a strong victory. And that is a Fact. A solid start to the night and gets the crowd off happy, although the creative team might not be too fond of the lack of brotherly love towards the New Day. Still, if the goal was to make the crowd fired up for the rest of the action tonight, then it's job well done.
Winners: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd
Hey, I know Shawn Michaels won the Royal Rumble from #1. But who is this other guy that did it? I can't recall it myself, no matter how much I look through WWE.com.
Tom Phillips now talking to the recently reinstated Ryback, Erick Rowan and Dolph Ziggler for the Ask WWE segment. Really like the intensity shown by Big Red when asked about his omission from the Rumble match. I actually really dig his character and hope it gets him somewhere soon. Of course, Ryback and Ziggler will be battling for the Rumble victory, and the Show-Off in particular must be considered a major dark horse.
So they're promoting John Cena as the major underdog in this match. That's never a good sign.
The Kickoff Show ends and the big event is almost upon us. I am so pumped up for this and I hope you all are too.
The New Age Outlaws vs. The Ascension
The New Age Outlaws come out for that nostalgia pop. The crowd diligently follows every line of the Road Dogg with precision, they haven't missed a beat when it comes to their promo work. The Ascension are making their PPV debut, and they could not have hoped to have it in front of a more hostile crowd. They better hope they perform or it could be one hell of a recovery job on their hands.
The obligatory 'You've Still Got It' chants arise. But it's pretty deserved for the Road Dogg shuffle. Wow the Ascension is dull. They're at least showing some more inventiveness than in the endless stream of squash matches they've partaken in. Hot tag to Billy Gunn and the excitement begins to pick up, but it is quickly snuffed out by the Fall of Man.
Not exactly the most exciting way to start the evening with a bunch of rest holds from Konnor and Viktor. Still that does mean that it can likely only get better from here.
Winners: The Ascension
Live Stone Cold podcast with Triple H on the WWE Network? Okay now you can take my money.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon backstage segment talking about stopping Sting getting into the building. Luckily, in the birthplace of ECW, Paul Heyman is here to add the interesting level by 100%. He offers Brock Lesnar as a solution to their problem with Sting, which could make for an interesting aspect to the WWE Championship match.
WWE Tag Team Championship: The Usos vs. The Miz and Damien Mizdow
Huge pop for the A-List pairing. Well one half at least, as Damien Mizdow is greeted with great cheer from the audience. The tag team champions are out next, their traditional Samoan battle dance always a sign that a very good match is about to take place.
The Miz plays the crowd on his stunt double to get some excellent heat, but he should get a lot of credit for the manner in which he's carried matches in the last few months. However, it's hard to pay attention to that when Mizdow is dong his shtick on the sidelines. Cue the 'Mizdow's Awesome' chants. I love how the Miz teases both the crowd and Mizdow by feigning the tag. For me it's just as important for Mizdow's popularity as his comedy value is.
Nice reaction to the DDT by Jey Uso, really selling the move well. Wow, an ugly bump for Jey as he flips over the top rope and barely catches Miz as he falls hard on his back at ringside. A missed splash leads to the Skull Crushing Finale, but a kick out keeps the Usos' reign alive. Mizdow then breaks up a pinning predicament on his boss after a splash, dispatching of both champions and hitting his own SCF, but another kick out.
The back and forth action has been really great from both teams, and Miz attempts a superplex. However, this is reversed and a nice superkick to the head of Miz sets him up for first a sunset powerbomb, then a second big splash for the victory and retaining the championship. Really good match, as Miz and Mizdow take a few more steps towards imploding.
Winners, and still Tag Team Champions: The Usos
Seth Rollins interrupts his goons Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury in the midst of plug overdrive, playing the WWE Immortals game. He wants them focused for what he believes is his imminent victory.
The Bella Twins vs. Paige and Natalya
The Bellas are out first clad in green, the Divas Champion Nikki at the side of her sister Brie. Opposite them will be a pair of supreme technicians in Paige and Natalya. As the writer of the Divas Debrief section, I would urge people to give these ladies a shot before rushing to the bathroom.
Strong delayed double vertical suplex to Brie, followed by an 'interesting' pin attempt by Paige. I think the referee just screwed up a little bit, as he didn't recognize a tag between Paige and Natalya that seemed to break the flow. Still, even that doesn't enliven the crowd, who break into the Ole chants. Not my favorite Anderson personally, but to each their own. Nikki looking like her self-obsessed mega heel, really charismatic and catty when in control.
Natalya absorbing a lot of punishment from the nefarious twin sisters, with a really nice double team slam from Nikki and Brie. If the Young Bucks did it the crowd would go wild, but because their women few bat an eyelid, disgraceful. Natalya shows great power by turning a headscissors into an electric chair, but can't reach Paige as Brie knocks the Brit off the apron. A huge elbow to the face follows to Natalya, which produces a pretty dominant victory for the sisters.
That result surprises me, not only because the Bellas won, but how convincing it was. Paige hardly got a sniff in the bout, kept isolated on the apron as Nikki and Brie gradually wore down Natalya.
Winners: The Bella Twins
Get ready... The first of the two main events is up next:
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins
John Cena comes out to a traditionally warm reception, the crowd singing 'John Cena Sucks' to the tune of his entrance theme. If he wins tonight, Cena becomes a 16-time World Champion, tying the legendary Nature Boy Ric Flair. Seth Rollins is out next, carrying the briefcase that may give him two bites of the cherry this evening. And finally, the biggest pop comes for the Beast Brock Lesnar, the defending champion backed by Paul Heyman and looking in tremendous shape. Hold onto your seats.
Okay, a double German Suplex to J&J Security by Lesnar and I'm already pumped up. Lesnar is throwing anything that looks at him funny early on. This is absolute destruction, and exactly what Lesnar should look like at all times. He is certainly looking like the man that broke the Streak so far. Kimura Lock to Cena... and Cena battles to his feet before Rollins flies in on top of both men.
Cena and Rollins combine to battle the Beast, hitting a double suplex followed by an AA, which Rollins attempts the cover and the champion kicks out at one. Lesnar is eventually stunned by a kick by Rollins against the ring steps. This means it's Rollins vs. Cena for a short while, but that ends with an attempted Five Knuckle Shuffle into more German suplexes.
Still, even when briefly kicked out of action, this looks like Lesnar's to lose so far, as he has utterly dominated his opponents. Rollins attempts to fly onto the champion, but is caught mid-flight into an F5, the cover broken up by Cena.
Lesnar decides to rearrange the announce table, but then is hit with three consecutive AAs followed by a Curb Stomp, with both his opponents breaking up the pins. Lesnar is unbelievably the first back to his feet, but that may not have been a good thing as he is speared by Cena through the barricade and chairs. This is really great fun so far.
Lesnar refuses to stay down as Cena continues his assault, hitting the champ in the skull with the steel steps. This leaves the Beast prone on an announce table, and Rollins flies from the top rope onto Lesnar with a sickening thud, as the table seems to bounce a foot in the air from impact. The crowd is right this is absolutely incredible so far. I think it has been so far booked to near perfection.
Attempted AA blocked by Rollins, who lands on his feet but runs into a sit-out powerbomb. A superplex attempt blocked by Rollins, who then powerbombs Cena into the turnbuckle. Lesnar still hasn't re-emerged from his past beating. Cena locks in the STF, but before Rollins taps, J&J Security are in to beat down Cena, with a Shield-esque triple powerbomb bringing another near-fall. Meanwhile a stretcher is out to deal with Lesnar. Rollins attempts to use his briefcase but misses, as J&J are hit with a Double AA. Rollins follows, but amazingly kicks out and this great match continues.
Apparently Lesnar has been diagnosed with a broken rib, and Rollins hits a Curb Stomp, but Cena kicks out! Rollins hits an unbelievable spinning splash from the top rope onto Cena, but Lesnar is back, hitting German suplexes on both athletes. Rollins battles back with his golden briefcase, but is caught midway through a Curb Stomp attempt into another F5, finally ending this tremendous match by pinning Rollins.
What an unbelievable match, incredibly fun and booked Lesnar like an absolute monster. Whoever faces and possibly defeats him at WrestleMania for the title can expect a huge rub from this. But the question is who will win that opportunity in the Rumble? And has the prospect of battling the Beast become more daunting than ever? Rollins also receives a standing ovation from the crowd for his efforts, and really Cena should be proud for his efforts as well.
Winner, and still WWE Champion: Brock Lesnar
It's the reason we're all here this evening; the shocks, the spills, the thrills, the eliminations. It's the biggest match in professional wrestling, with the winner receiving a WWE Championship match and the main event of WrestleMania 31. Who will it be? I can't wait to find out myself. Also, no sign of the Rock just yet. Just sayin'...
#1 is... The Miz. The A-List Superstar enters No.1 for the second time in his career. Can he make WrestleMania Hollywood?
#2 is... R-Truth. His former tag team partner R-Truth is the second member of the match. Who saw this combination coming?
#3 is... Bubba Ray Dudley. Hell Yes! The shocks come thick and fast, as one of the most legendary tag team superstars in history returns to Philadelphia. A 3D to the Miz and he's eliminated, along with R-Truth, as Bubba Ray awaits No.4.
#4 is... Luke Harper.
#5 is... Bray Wyatt. The Eater of Worlds is out early on, and will he pair up with his former brother Luke Harper? It seems so, as they pile on Bubba, throwing him from the match.
#6 is... Curtis Axel. I don't like his chances. Especially after being taken down by Erick Rowan, as Big Red enters the ring. A Wyatt Family reunion is incoming. This leads to Harper being eliminated by Wyatt.
#7 is... The Boogeyman. Wow, the freakshow just turned up, as the Eater of Worlds battles the Eater of Worms. Time for a good old-fashioned weird-off. Boogeyman is quickly thrown out.
#8 is... Sin Cara. Well this will be quick. A Sister Abigail and he is out of there.
#9 is... Zack Ryder. Surprise return from injury, but I don't hold out much hope for a Browski in the main event of WrestleMania. Fittingly he departs quickly.
#10 is... Daniel Bryan. Oh Yes! Yes! Yes! He's back and in the Rumble, and the renewal of this rivalry should be great.
#11 is... Fandango. Will he dance his way into WrestleMania, or be caught flat-footed?
#12 is... Tyson Kidd. Kidd is in the Rumble. Fact.
#13 is... Stardust. Shame he missed the weird off, isn't it? Kidd is suplexed out of the match by Bryan.
#14 is... DDP. Another blast from the past is Diamond Dallas Page, and expect a little more than Yoga from the former WCW Champion. A trithecta of Diamond Cutters.
#15 is... Rusev. The Russian audience just grew in excitement, and the US Champion wastes little time in dispatching DDP and Fandango. Staredown with Wyatt shows promise. Daniel Bryan has been eliminated! What a shock!
#16 is... Goldust. The crowd are turning ugly now Bryan has gone.
#17 is... Kofi Kingston. This is not a pretty sight for any superstar coming in now, as every competitor is being booed out.
#18 is... Adam Rose. Wow this is certainly going to lighten their mood... the party is here. And he's quickly gone thanks to Rusev and Kofi, but the Bulgarian quickly outs Kingston as well.
#19 is... Roman Reigns. That is not a great reaction for the pre-match favorite. They clearly don't believe, or maybe they do and this is why their booing. Gold and Stardust are quickly dispatched.
#20 is... Big E. Quite a few powerful athletes in the match now.
#21 is... Damien Mizdow. This lightens the crowd's spirits a bit. But the Miz shows up to try and take his spot. Mizdow enters instead, but is quickly thrown out by Rusev. Wow the audience are really getting a fist up their nether regions tonight.
#22 is... Jack Swagger. The silence is deafening.
#23 is... Ryback. The Big Guy is looking to make a big impact. He gets a great reaction by clotheslining Reigns. CM Punk chants start.
#24 is... Kane. One of the greatest Rumblers never to win the match, Kane is looking to set that record straight.
#25 is... Dean Ambrose. Somebody to get excited about, the Lunatic Fringe is in. Although the way it's going so far he might be thrown out in 30 seconds.
#26 is... Titus O'Neil. Just meh. Quickly thrown over by Reigns and Ambrose, even though they kind of screwed it up.
#27 is... Bad News Barrett. The Intercontinental Champion is out, and can he finally get to the biggest prize in the industry? You could hear a pin drop.
#28 is... Cesaro. An IWC favorite, and the number of competitors remaining are dwindling. As is the crowd's consciousness. Big E is eliminated by Rusev.
#29 is... Big Show. A Giant threat to everyone remaining in the match, and only one Show-Off left to go... Ryback is eliminated, then Swagger.
#30 is... Dolph Ziggler. Is this his moment?
Barrett is gone thanks to the Show-Off. Cesaro is next to fall. Ziggler is tossed out by Kane and Big Show. Wyatt is next to disappear. The crowd grow deathly still.
Ambrose is gone. Kane and Big Show start battling, I can see where this is going, as both are eliminated by Reigns. They assault the seeming winner of the match, but to my knowledge one man remains...
The Rock runs down to the ring! He takes down both Kane and Big Show to aid a beaten down Reigns. Rusev re-enters but is quickly Speared and thrown out. Cue the rapturous boos from the crowd, what a contrast to last year where everyone wanted him to win. He embraces the Rock to the chagrin of an extremely irate crowd. Triple H and Stephanie come out looking pretty upset, and from the sounds of it they're are joined by thousands of fans in attendance.
I think I recall at some point down the line saying that this couldn't be worse than last year's terrible Royal Rumble. Well blow me down, they somehow managed it. I'm not upset about Reigns winning, but the manner they went about it. They tried to make him look like a superman. You know who else looks like a superman? John Cena. And he gets a lot of cheers for it doesn't he?
Why eliminate Bryan so early and anger so many fans for no good reason? Why have Big Show and Kane decimate every favorite in the match, including Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler? What was the point of Rock even showing up? And why bother placing Rusev as the runner-up if he doesn't even tease eliminating Reigns? To me, it made absolutely no sense, and I can understand the fans' confusion, frustration and anger.
Anyway, thank you very much to those that joined me in watching the Royal Rumble this evening, from its humble beginnings, the thrilling middle, and the utterly dumbfounding conclusion. I hope you check out the fallout on RAW and join the Monday Night RAW Post-Show on Mega Powers Radio following it.
For the final time, this is Callum Wiggins saying goodbye.
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