Show: Royal Rumble
Location: Orlando, Florida
Date: January 24th, 2016
Airing Live On The WWE Network
You can watch the Pre-Show here.
Renee Young, Corey Graves, Booker, and Jerry Lawler welcome us to the Pre-Show. Rich Brennan mentioned that he would be talking with the Social Outcasts later in the show. There is a hype video package for the Rumble match. A 2012 highlight video package shown of Sheamus winning the Rumble match. League of Nations is shown talking backstage about winning the Rumble match.
Kevin Owens cuts a promo about how he plans to win the IC and WWE Title tonight.
Pre-Show Match: The Dudley Boyz vs. The Ascension vs. Jack Swagger and Mark Henry vs. Damien Sandow and Darren Young in a fatal four way tag team match.
Jack Swagger and Darren Young started things off. They exchange quick pinfalls. Sandow was tagged in and was over like a million bucks. Sandow hit a few clotheslines to Young before tagging in Swagger, who was caught with a suplex. Viktor was tagged in and got some heat on Swagger. Then all four teams got into the ring, and we cut to break.
We come back with Bubba in control of Viktor as he hit a big slam for 2. Swagger made the save, and things broke down in the ring. Bubba hit a slam to Young, which set up the What’s up! They then hit the 3-D to Viktor for 2. Konnor made the save. Henry hit a splash to Bubba then covered Viktor for the win.
Winners: Henry and Swagger. They advance to the Rumble match.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 25, 2016
The Social Outcasts take some fan questions via Twitter backstage.
The official Royal Rumble PPV starts with Vince and Stephanie McMahon arriving in a limo. Vince is interviewed by JoJo backstage. He said that Roman Reigns has the chance to make history tonight. However, 29 other stars have the same chance. Pyro hits as we are welcomed into the arena. We kick things off with…
Last Man Standing Intercontinental Title Match: Dean Ambrose © vs. Kevin Owens
They come out and start brawling in the ring. Ambrose sent Owens to the floor and connected with a dive that sent Owens to the floor and took out Michael Cole. Owens hit Ambrose in the gut with a strike. Ambrose reversed and sent Owens into the steel steps. Ambrose then began to hit Owens with a kendo stick. Owens got out of the ring and hit a Cannonball to Ambrose through the barricade.
This got a holy s**t chant going. Owens then hit Ambrose a series of times with a kendo stick. Owens then grabbed a stack of chairs and hit Ambrose with them. Owens set two of them up then went for a move, but Ambrose reversed and hit a clothesline. Ambrose sent him through the chairs with a back body drop. They battle to the floor, and Owens sent him into the steel steps. Ambrose made his way up before the count of ten. Owens then set up a two tables at ringside. He stacked them. Owens put Ambrose on the top rope, but Ambrose fought back and threw a chair at Owens’ head. Ambrose with a series of strikes. Owens hit him with a superkick then a powerbomb but was reversed into Dirty Deeds.
Ambrose hit the Dirty Deeds to Owens on a steel chair. Owens rolled out of the ring. Ambrose set up a table at the opposite side of the other tables. Ambrose went to the top rope and hit an elbow drop. Back in the ring, Ambrose set up a table. He put Owens on the top rope, but Owens reversed and hit a suplex to Ambrose through a table. Owens then hit a pop-up powerbomb. Ambrose made his way to his feet then got hit with a chair. Owens set up a series of chairs together in the ring. Owens placed him on there then went to the top rope, but Ambrose popped up and sent Owens off the top rope through the tables outside.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 25, 2016
WWE Tag Team Title Match: New Day (c) vs. The Usos.
Jimmy Uso and Kofi Kingston started off the match. Jimmy caught him with a clothesline early. He then sent Kingston to the floor as Jey was tagged in. Big E was tagged in and Jey caught him with a dropkick. The two brawled to the floor and woods hit him with a DDT. The New Day beats down Jey Uso until he caught Kingston with a kick to the face. Jimmy and Big E are legal. Jimmy hit him with series of kicks then a samoan drop. Jimmy hit a dive off the top rope for 2. Kingston sent Jey into the barricade while Big E hit the belly-to-belly for 2. Jimmy took out Kingston with a dive and Big E speared Jey off the apron. Back in the ring, Big E covered Jimmy for 2.
Kingston was tagged in, and they went for their finisher, but Jimmy pushed Big E into the ring post and hit Kofi with a superkick and Jey hit a dive off the top rope for a near fall as Kingston put his foot under the rope. Jey as distracted by Woods until Jimmy took Woods out with a dive. Back in the ring, Jey rolled up Kofi for 2. Big E tagged himself in as Jey hit Kofi with a superkick. Big E caught Jey off the top rope and hit him with the Big Ending.
Winners: New Day.
A recap video package is shown of last Monday’s RAW. The Wyatt Family cut a backstage promo about the Rumble match.
Kalisto has new gear with a jacket and mask. He is also doing Sin Cara’s old entrance.
WWE U.S Title Match: Alberto Del Rio © vs. Kalisto
They exchange hands early in the match until Kalisto caught him with a kick to his lower back. Kalisto then hit a hurricanrana on the floor then sent him back into the ring. Del Rio caught him with a gutbuster for 2. Kalisto missed a springboard dive and Del Rio hit him with a superkick for 2. Kalisto fought back with a DDT for 2. Kalisto hit a springboard move then a back kick and a facebuster for 2. Del Rio knocked Kalisto down then hit a suplex off the top rope. Del Rio went for his finisher, but Kalisto moved. Kalisto hit the Salida del Sol for 2. Kalisto went for a springboard move, Del Rio caught him with a codebreaker for 2. Kalisto caught Del Rio into the ring post then hit his finisher for the win.
Winner and NEW champion: Kalisto
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 25, 2016
Paul Heyman and Stephanie McMahon are shown talking backstage. Heyman said that he glad to see her so happy. Heyman said that she would be happier when Brock Lesnar wins the WWE Title. Heyman said that he is willing to negotiate Lesnar’s contract after he wins the title. She said that if Lesnar takes out Reigns then she would take a look at Lesnar’s contract.
WWE Divas Title Match: Charlotte © vs. Becky Lynch.
Lynch hit a series of arm drags to begin the match. Lynch worked over the left arm of Charlotte. Lynch sends Charlotte to the floor with a springboard dropkick. Ric Flair kissed Lynch which distracted her and Charlotte attacked her from behind. Back in the ring, Charlotte hit Lynch with a suplex. Lynch fought out of a headlock with an electric chair. Charlotte hit her with a backbreaker but was caught with a suplex by Lynch for 2. Lynch hit a series of leg drops. Lynch hit a suplex for 2. Lynch went for the Disarmer, but Charlotte rolled through for 2. Charlotte hit her with a wicked spear for a near fall. Charlotte put her on the top rope, but Lynch reversed and locked in the armbar, but Charlotte powered out with a powerbomb. Charlotte went for a baseball slide but took out Flair. Lynch locked in the Disarmer. Flair threw his jacket into the face of Lynch. Charlotte connected with a spear for the win.
Post-match, Charlotte attacked Lynch. Sasha banks then walks down to the ring. Banks and Charlotte have a staredown. Banks kicked Lynch out of the ring. Banks and Charlotte high-fived each other.Banks then hit the Bank Statement to Charlotte in the ring. Banks stood tall in the ring with the Divas Title.
30-Man Royal Rumble WWE Title Match: Roman Reigns (champion), Big Show, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho, Kalisto, Dean Ambrose, Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods, Brock Lesnar, Stardust, Goldust, Kevin Owens, Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Titus O’Neil, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Mark Henry, D-Von Dudley, Bubba Ray Dudley, Adam Rose, Heath Slater, Bo Dallas.
Roman Reigns and Rusev starts off the match. They start brawling to begin the match. Reigns was sent through the middle rope. Reigns hit him with a spear then sent him over the top rope. Reigns sent Rusev through the floor. AJ Styles was entrant #3.
— WWE News (@WrestlingNewsCo) January 25, 2016
Styles went for the Styles Clash early, but was blocked. He caught Reigns with a kick. Reigns powered out and hit a samoan drop. Tyler Breeze walks out next. Breeze caught Styles and Reigns with a heel kick. Styles took out Breeze with a series of kicks and sent Breeze out of the ring. Curtis Axel is out next. Axel runs down to put the boots to Reigns. Axel hit Styles with a sick running kick. Moments later, sTyles sent Axel out of the ring. Chris Jericho then walks down to the ring. They brawl in the ring until Kane walks out. Kane tried to eliminate Styles, but could not. Goldust is next and goes right after Kane. Jericho hit a suplex to styles. Goldust hit a suplex to Styles as well.
Ryback is next and so is Kofi Kingston is next. Jericho tried to eliminate Styles, but could not and Styles hit a springboard forearm. Titus O’Neil walked out as #11. He hit a backbreaker to Jericho. Titus eliminated Goldust. R-Truth is #12. He grabs a ladder then put it in the ring. He sets it up and starts to climb it. He realizes that there is nothing hanging. Kane chokeslammed him out of the ring. Kane then threw out the ladder. Kane clotheslines Kofi out of the ring, but Big E caught him. Luke Harper comes out as #13.
Vince McMahon comes out and the League of Nations drags out Roman Reigns. They send Reigns into the barricade. Stardust is out next. Rusev put Reigns on the announce table and hit a splash sending him through it.
Big Show is #15 and eliminated Titus as Reigns was helped to the back. Harper sent Ryback to the floor. Neville is #16 and hit Harper with a drop kick then Stardust. Jericho eliminated Kofi with a springboard drop kick. Braun Strowman is #17 and eliminates Kane. Strowman and Big Show exchange right hands. Strowman eliminates Big Show after locking in his submission. Kevin Owens walks out limping as #18. Owens and Styles went right at each other. Styles went for his finisher, but Owens hit Styles with a superkick and eliminated him. Dean Ambrose is next. Ambrose and Owens fight right away. Sami Zayn as #20. This led to Zayn and Owens brawling. Zayn eliminated Owens.
Erick Rowan is out next. Harper eliminated Neville with a clothesline. Rowan sent Stardust to the floor. Mark Henry is out next and went after the Wyatts. Numbers game got the better of him and they eliminated Henry. Strowman eliminated Zayn. Brock lesnar is #23. Lesnar then goes after the Wyatts. Lesnar eliminates Rowan.
Jack Swagger is out as #24. Lesnar hit Swagger with an F-5 then sent him to the floor. The Miz is out as #25 and joins commentary briefly. Lesnar continues throwing folks around in the ring. Lesnar eliminates Harper. Alberto Del Rio is out as #26. Lesnar eliminated Strowman. Bray Wyatt is out next. Lesnar hit Wyatt with a suplex. Harper hit Lesnar with a superkick. The Wyatt Family elimination Lesnar. In the words of Michael Cole, Brock Lesnar has been screwed by The Wyatt Family. Dolph Ziggler is out next. Ziggler hit Jericho, Del Rio, and Ambrose with a series of moves. The Miz finally enters the match and hit his finisher to Jericho. Sheamus is out as #29.
Roman Reigns ran down and hit Sheamus with a Superman Punch. He eliminated The Miz then Del Rio. Reigns hit Ziggler with a big punch. Wyatt attacked Reigns from behind. Reigns fought back and hit Wyatt with a Superman Punch. Triple H is #30. Triple H hit Ziggler with a Pedigree. Reigns hit Wyatt with a spear.
Reigns and Triple H exchanged strikes. Sheamus and Ambrose tried to eliminate Reigns and HHH, but could not. Jericho hit Wyatt a lionsault. Ziggler hit Jericho with the Zig Zag. Triple H eliminated Ziggler Wyatt hit Triple H with a clothesline then Sheamus took out Wyatt with a big boot. Wyatt was then eliminated by Sheamus. Jericho hit Ambrose with a crossbody. Jericho hit Triple H with the code breaker and Ambrose eliminated Jericho right after. Sheamus hit Ambrose with the Brogue Kick. Reigns eliminated Sheamus with a Superman Punch, but Ambrose then eliminated Reigns. We are down to two. Ambrose and “The Game” Triple H. Ambrose and Triple H then exchange right hands. Ambrose hit Triple H with a clothesline. Triple H went for the pedigree, but was blocked. Ambrose tried to eliminate him but ran into a knee. Triple H eliminated Ambrose. Triple H is now a 14-time Champion!
Winner: Triple H
— WWE (@WWE) January 25, 2016
Here is a complete list of entrants in the match:
- Roman Reigns
- AJ Styles
- Tyler Breeze
- Curtis Axel.
- Chris Jericho
- Kofi Kingston
- Titus O’Neil.
- Luke Harper
- Big Show
- Braun Strowman
- Kevin Owens
- Dean Ambrose
- Sami Zayn
- Erick Rowan
- Mark Henry
- Brock lesnar
- Jack Swagger
- The Miz
- Alberto Del Rio
- Bray Wyatt
- Dolph Ziggler
- Triple H