Wrestling News World reader Rainet Lewis was in attendance at Saturday's WWE Royal Rumble Fan Fest and sent in the following live report:
The Royal Rumble Fan Fest was supposed to start at noon; instead there was an hour delay. I did get there about ten minutes after 12. It was raining & it was cold outside. The fans were not happy about the delay & neither was I. When the doors finally opened, there was a first match from NXT. Since it was raining outside, they moved the ring inside the US Airways Center. The food & dink stand and truck were outside of the arena. This was a qualifying match to be in a spot for the Royal Rumble 30-Man match. It was Corey Graves vs. Adrian Neville. This was a good and a tough match for both of them. At the end of the match, the winner is Adrian Neville.
Justin Roberts introduced the fans to Kofi Kingston. He came out & did the Boom, Boom, Boom. He high-fived the fans & he talked about how he was going to win the Royal Rumble. At the end, he asked the fans to do the Boom, Boom, Boom & they did.
Justin asked everyone, do you want to see another match? Everyone said, “Yes.” The first participant was Xavier Woods and the second participant was Leo Kruger. It was a back and forth match and Leo Kruger defeated Xavier Woods.
Justin Roberts was talking about the future stars of tomorrow and he was referring to NXT. He told the fans to cheer for the NXT stars and most people did. It wasn’t a lot of cheering, but loud enough for Justin to hear it.
Justin introduced everyone to Zack Ryder & he talked about how he was going to win the Royal Rumble. He told the fans about his first music video called “Hoeski.” He did an A cappella version of his song. Zack said he did not have his singing voice and it was funny since he did not have his singing voice. The fans did see & listen to “Hoeski” and they sang with Zack. He said his motto the usual which is “Woo Woo Woo You Know It.” After Zack left, Justin showed everyone the 2 t-shirts and a WWE Souvenir Program. One of the t-shirts showing CM Punk vs. The Rock and the other one was The Rock official Royal Rumble t-shirt.
There was another NXT match with Bo Dallas vs. Luke Harper I believe. This was a rough & tough match for both of them. Bo Dallas picks up the victory.
Justin Roberts asked the fans, “Do you want to see a WWE Diva?” Everyone said, “Yeah” and I figured they would. Justin introduces Layla. She comes around and high fiving the fans & she was talking to the fans and asking them trivia questions. She took picture with the fans and gave kisses to the kids.
Justin introduces another NXT Qualifying Match it was between Conor O’Brian vs. Scott Dawson (I forgot to write his name & I believe this was the guy who wrestled him). It was a hard & physical fight & at the end, Conor O’ Brian won the match by submission. He almost got himself disqualified for not breaking the hold.
Justin Roberts was telling everyone he was hungry & asked the audience are they hungry. Everyone said “Yes” and they knew what was going to happen next. I heard some guys said Ryback & they stated to chant “Feed Me More!” Justin introduced Ryback & the fans go crazy for him. He didn’t talk about winning the Riyal Rumble instead he told the fans, “Thank You.” He also appreciated about what the fans have done for him & for WWE. Ryback started chanting, “Feed Me More.” The fans also join him to say, “Feed Me More!”
After that, Justin introduced everyone to The Miz. He was doing Miz TV & he talked about there was no furniture. He’s ok with that because he said he was the must see superstar in WWE. The fans agreed with him, and then The Miz invited his guest the WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro. Antonio was nice at the beginning, and then he started to be rude and said some sarcastic remarks to the fans & America. The Miz was telling Antonio he was going to end his reign as the United States Champion & he was going to become the new WWE United States Champion. The Miz was saying “I’m The Miz… until Antonio tried to hit him with the title belt. Luckily, The Miz ducked & hit Antonio with the microphone. Then The Miz was able to finish his motto, “I’m The Miz and I’m Awesome.” The Miz posed in the ring for the fans to take photos of him. He did hi-five the fans when he left the ring too.
Justin introduced everyone to Brodus Clay and along with the Funkadactyls (Naomi & Cameron). The ladies were wearing a sparkling silver one-piece cutout bodysuit. Brodus Clay comes out as the ladies were dancing. All 3 of them were getting in the ring to entertain the fans until 3MB (Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, and Jinder Mahal) came out. Heath challenged Brodus to a rock-off vs. a dance-off contest. Brodus agreed & 3MB started off first. 3MB did the air guitar routine & everyone has seen it before. After that, the Funkadactyls started dancing and I was impressed with them. They were doing the splits and they even danced for Drew & Jinder. Both of them actually liked it & Heath told them don’t fall for it. After the contest was finished, Justin asked the fans who won. There most cheers but most of them were boos for 3MB. There were more cheers for the Funkadactyls & Brodus Clay even though he didn’t participate a lot. The winners are The Funkadactyls & Brodus Clay.
Justin introduced the NXT Qualifying Match between Bo Dallas & Conor O’ Brian. This was a short match unexpectedly & Bo Dallas won by a roll-up pin.
Justin did introduce the next person & he said ‘crazy’, but then he changed it to fun. It was AJ Lee & she came out skipping around the ring as usual. She came out & asked the fans how they feel about Dolph Ziggler. The fans booed and AJ was shocked about it. She talked about how he was going to Royal Rumble & he’s the greatest boyfriend. A lot of people was bored about AJ was talking about Dolph. After that she left; it was a short segment & everyone was relieved.
Justin came out & he introduced the WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane). Kane starting talking first about putting their match at the Royal Rumble. Daniel was sad because it was raining outside. Kane asked him would it make him feel any better to give him a hug. The fans did hug each other when both of them pointed out the 2 fans should hug each other. Daniel did feel a little better & the 2 of them hugged each other in the ring. Team Hell No talked about how they will go into their match & retain the tag team titles. Kane declared he was going to win the Royal Rumble match. Daniel said, “No, I’m going to win the Royal Rumble match. Both of them kept arguing about who was going to win. The funny part about the segment was Daniel said and held up the word “No’ and then he fell down on his back on his own. While Daniel was lying there, Kane said “Yes,” then he left the ring.
Justin introduced the NXT Qualifying Match Royal Rumble Match Finals. It was Bo Dallas vs. Leo Kruger. It was an interesting match between the 2 men. At the end, Bo Dallas won the match & he will be part of the 30-Man Battle Royal. Justin comes into the ring & congratulates him. He asked Bo how it feels to win the match. Bo says it was hard to describe it & he was exhausted because he just finished wrestling. He was shocked & excited to go to the Royal Rumble. He was posing & taunting the fans & saying he was going to the Royal Rumble. Justin says we are going to take a 15 minute intermission.
Fifteen minutes later, we go to the next match. It was Drew McIntyre with Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal vs. Kofi Kingston. This was a funny, entertaining & a fast-paced match. Kofi Kingston won by using his finisher Trouble in Paradise.
Justin introduced the next match which is a divas match. The first one to come out was Natalya, then Alicia Fox. Both of them got great cheers & this was a competitive match. It was going back and forth and this was a funny and a cool match. At the end, Natalya put the Sharpshooter on Alicia Fox and she taps out. Winner by submission: Natalya.
The next match is from NXT & it was Rick Victor vs. Percy Watson. This was a hard & vicious battle & Rick won by roll up & he used Percy’s tights to get the win.
Justin was acting like he couldn’t speak anymore as the announcer. He introduces the fans to Alberto Del Rio’s personal announcer Ricardo Rodriguez. Ricardo asked the fans, “How are you doing Phoenix?” The crowd went crazy & they were happy to see him. Ricardo introduced the World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio in Spanish. Alberto went around the ring & high-fiving the fans. When Alberto went inside the ring & they chanted his name. Alberto told the fans thank you & he was happy to become the new World Heavy Champion. He also told the fans he will walk out of Royal Rumble with the World Heavyweight Championship. Ricardo & Alberto did admit they were the bad guys and he was hated by the fans in Phoenix. At the end, Alberto did thank the fans again & he will see them at the Royal Rumble. Ricardo & Alberto went out of the ring to sign autographs & take pictures.
Justin Roberts asked everyone, “Are you ready for some more diva action?” Everyone said, “Yes” and they couldn’t wait for the match to begin. This was a NXT Divas Tag Team Match. Paige & Sasha Banks came out first hi-fiving the fans & then entering the rings. Emma & Summer Rae came out next & Emma was doing this weird dance. Summer didn’t like it at all. These four girls did a wonderful job in the ring. Sasha & Paige dominated throughout the match & every now & then Summer & Emma would get the advantage. Paige & Sasha Banks won the match win Paige pinned Summer Rae. After the match was over, Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow came out. The fans booed for them & both of them talked about how they are going to beat Team Hell No for the WWE Tag Team Championships. Damien was going to ask a fan to answer his 3 questions, but he passed & decided to give it to Cody. These 3 questions had to do with the Royal Rumble tag team titles. Cody got them all right & the fans booed for them. Cody introduced the fans with a pen that Damien’s ancestors used to sign the Declaration of Independence. Cody told the fans this was the pen that Damien was going to sign autographs. Instead, Cody said they are going to pardon themselves from the ring.
Justin introduces the next NXT Match. The first one to come out was Jake Carter then it was Bray Wyatt. Before the match started, He introduced himself to Phoenix and what his passion was in the ring and out the ring. Bray was getting the fans to get behind him. Most of the fans did cheer for him & they were impressed with his wrestling skills. Bray dominated in this match and he pinned Jake. Bray Wyatt defeated Jack Locker.
Justin announced the last match it was Sheamus vs. Heath Slater with Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal. This was a funny, entertaining, and a hard match. Sheamus took care of Drew & Jinder when Heath was down in the ring. At the end of this match, Sheamus used the Brogue Kick on Heath, pinned him & beat Heath Slater. Sheamuse was posing in the ring for the fans, and then went outside to sign autographs & taking pictures.
Justin Roberts thanked everyone for coming to the Royal Rumble Fan Fest. He also told us to drive safely & they will see the fans tomorrow at the Royal Rumble.