|WWE Royal Rumble 2016 Results|
Pre-Show Kickoff Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Royal Rumble Qualifying Match: The Dudley Boyz vs. The Ascension vs. Mark Henry & Jack Swagger vs. Darren Young & Damien Sandow
Henry does the "we the people" chant and Sandow comes out to his old gimmick. This is kind of awesome already.
RESULTS: Mark Henry and Jack Swagger via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: Big fan of these two winning. The match itself was kind of shitty.
Intercontinental Championship Last Man Standing Match: Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Kevin Owens
LOL at Kevin Owens fumbling all over Michael Cole after being tossed over the commentary table. Someone in the crowd is hilarious, singing "O' Canada" and telling Owens "I feel like you're wasting your time right now" when he's setting up the tables. He also made a point to say "I like your tattoo."
RESULTS: Dean Ambrose via tables.
THOUGHTS: Fun match with an even better ending as Ambrose pushing Owens off the top rope through two tables was a good way to finish him off.
Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day (c) vs. The Usos
RESULTS: The New Day via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: Meh, this match wasn't really anything to write home about.
Backstage, The Wyatt Family cut a promo about how they're going to slaughter everyone in the Royal Rumble match.
United States Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Kalisto
RESULTS: Kalisto via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: Decent match. I'm surprised at the outcome.
Backstage, Paul Heyman talks to Stephanie McMahon about how Brock Lesnar's going to win the belt and head into WrestleMania as the champion.
Divas Championship: Charlotte (c) vs. Becky Lynch
RESULTS: Charlotte via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: This was fine, and ended in a way that we all expected.
After the match, Charlotte attacks Becky Lynch. Sasha Banks comes out....and kicks Becky. She acts friendly to Charlotte and then puts her in the Bank Statement.
Royal Rumble Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Entry #1. Roman Reigns
Entry #2. Rusev
Rusev is eliminated by Roman Reigns
Entry #3. AJ Styles!!
Entry #4. Tyler Breeze
Tyler Breeze is eliminated by Roman Reigns (or is it AJ Styles, or do both get credit?)
Entry #5. Curtis Axel
Curtis Axel is eliminated by AJ Styles.
Entry #6. Chris Jericho (and the WWE Network has frozen for us)
Entry #7. Ryback
Entry #8. Kane
Entry #9. Goldust
Entry #10. Kofi Kingston
Entry #11. Titus O'Neil
Goldust is eliminated by Titus O'Neil
Entry #12. R-Truth
R-Truth is eliminated by Kane
Entry #13. Luke Harper
The League of Nations comes out to attack Roman Reigns, pulling him under the ropes to do so.
Entry #14. Stardust
Kofi Kingston was eliminated according to Michael Cole, but that wasn't on camera. Nice job, WWE. Oh, Chris Jericho did it.
Entry #15. Big Show
Titus O'Neil is eliminated by Big Show
Ryback is eliminated by Big Show
Entry #16. Neville
Entry #17. Braun Strowman
Kane is eliminated by Braun Strowman
Big Show is eliminated by Braun Strowman
Entry #18. Kevin Owens
AJ Styles is eliminated by Kevin Owens
Entry #19. Dean Ambrose
Entry #20. Sami Zayn
Kevin Owens is eliminated by Sami Zayn
Entry #21. Erick Rowan
Neville is eliminated by Luke Harper
Stardust is eliminated by Luke Harper
Entry #22. Mark Henry
Mark Henry is eliminated by Braun Strowman, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper
Sami Zayn is eliminated by Braun Strowman
Entry #23. Brock Lesnar
Erick Rowan is eliminated by Brock Lesnar
Entry #24. Jack Swagger
Jack Swagger is eliminated by Brock Lesnar
Entry #25. The Miz
The Miz goes on commentary instead of entering the match.
Luke Harper is eliminated by Brock Lesnar
Entry #26. Alberto Del Rio
Braun Strowman is eliminated by Brock Lesnar
Entry #27. Bray Wyatt
The other members of The Wyatt Family re-enter the ring and attack Brock Lesnar 4-on-1.
Brock Lesnar is eliminated by Braun Strowman, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
Entry #28. Dolph Ziggler
Entry #29. Sheamus
Roman Reigns comes back.
The Miz is eliminated by Roman Reigns
Alberto Del Rio is eliminated by Roman Reigns
Entry #30. Triple H
Dolph Ziggler is eliminated by Triple H
Bray Wyatt is eliminated by Triple H and Sheamus
Chris Jericho is eliminated by Dean Ambrose
Sheamus is eliminated by Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns is eliminated by Triple H
Dean Ambrose is eliminated by Triple H
RESULTS: Triple H is the new WWE World Heavyweight champion
THOUGHTS: End result is as expected, but the way to get there was a surprise. I enjoyed the hell out of this!
Reasoning: Fun Royal Rumble match and everything else was pretty decent. My least favorite match of the night (the tag title match) was still not anything bad to really complain about. Overall, nice job.
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