Renee Young is backstage with the new WWE Tag Team Champions, the New Age Outlaws. Road Dogg says Renee needs a little work on that intro, and he does his usual spiel. We get a re-cap of how the Outlaws won the belts (for the first time since 1999!). Renee says history was made. Road Dogg says 14 years between title reigns is a WWE record. The Rhodes brothers found out what the rest of the world knew all along, the Outlaws do tag team wrestling better than anyone else. Dogg says they've got an after party to go to, and Renee isn't invited. He tells Billy to give her the two words, and Billy screams 'new champs!'
We get a video package with a lot of superstars explaining why they'll be the ones to win the Rumble match. Participants include the Miz, the Uso's, Big E Langston, Fandango, Batista (who just says 'exactly'), Damien Sandow, Ryback, and Rey Mysterio. Basically, it's just everyone's chance to get a bit of face time on camera and brag on themselves.
Things go up to the expert's panel when Josh Matthews asks for their selections. Hacksaw says in 1988, there were a lot of guys favored to win, and Hacksaw wasn't, so he's going to pick someone unexpected, and he'll pick Dolph Ziggler. Shawn Michaels picks the Shield, or CM Punk, to get 4 picks. Ric Flair picks Batista, and tells the crowd to learn to love it.
We get a brief rundown of the rules of the match, and it's time to begin as CM Punk makes his way to the ring as entrant #1.
Punk's first opponent is none other than Seth Rollins.
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The bell rings, and it's time for the best match of the year (in this humble writer's opinion)! Punk backs Rollins into the corner and buries his shoulder in Rollins' midsection before trying to get him out of the ring. Rollins turns it around and tries to take Punk over the top. Punk fights back with elbows and kicks, but Rollins stops him short with a big right hand. Punk catches Rollins with a back kick, but misses a high kick and allows Rollins to score with a running single leg dropkick. Rollins charges into the corner with a flying forearm, and Punk retaliates with a running knee. Punk calls for the GTS, but Rollins scores with an enzugiri. The clock runs down.
Entrant #3 is Damien Sandow.
Sandow comes in and targets Punk right away, teaming up with Rollins to try and dump Punk over the top. Punk fights both men off and drops them with a combination neckbreaker DDT on Rollins and Sandow respectively. Punk almost has Rollins over the top rope, but Rollins fights it off. Sandow attacks from behind while the clock counts down again.
#4 is Cody Rhodes.
Rhodes squares off with Sandow, scoring with Cross Rhodes, but Rollins attacks from behind. Rhodes takes Rollins into the corner, and Punk backdrops Sandow over the top rope.
Damien Sandow has been eliminated.
Rollins and Rhodes continue to fight, and Punk holds Rollins so Rhodes can get a shot. Rhodes and Punk team up, trying to get Rollins over the top.
#5 is Kane.
Kane goes right after Punk, kicking away at him in the corner. Kane whips Punk across the ring and charges in with a big clothesline, following up with a side slam. Kane waits for Punk to stand and he goes for the chokeslam, but Punk kicks Kane in the side of the head and dumps him over the top.
Kane has been eliminated.
#6 is Alexander Rusev.
Rusev is an NCT wrestler, and he comes in hitting a giant spinning kick on Rollins. Rusev tries to toss Rollins over the top, but Rollins hangs on. Rusev his another kick to the side of Rhodes' head and tries to send him over the top. Rusev turns around and hits a giant fall away slam on Punk, sending him to the mat. Rollins jumps on Rusev's back.
#7 is Jack Swagger.
Swagger hits a Vader bomb on Rollins, then on Rhodes. Swagger and Rusev trade right hands, and Rusev hits a giant running clothesline, then splashes Swagger in the corner. Rusev gets Swagger up in the corner, but Swagger, Rhodes and Rollins triple team Rusev.
#8 is Kofi Kingston.
Kingston comes in and takes the fight right to Punk, almost getting him over the top. Rhodes hits the beautiful disaster kick on Swagger. Kofi gives up on Punk and targets Rusev, but Rollins hits him with a double ax handle to the midsection. Rhodes tries to get Punk over the top, but can't. Swagger almost has Rollins over, but he can't finish it out. Kofi and Rhodes team up on Rusev as the clock winds down.
#9 is Jimmy Uso.
Uso goes after everyone, settling on Kofi Kingston in the end. Punk tries to head butt Uso, but Uso shakes it off and head butts Punk. Uso eats a dropkick from Rhodes. Swagger buries his shoulder in Rusev's midsection in the corner. Kofi and Rhodes square off for a bit before Kofi turns his attention to Rollins. Rhodes is taken to the apron by Uso.
#10 is Goldust.
Goldust attacks everyone, hitting a powerslam on Rollins before being taken out by Rusev. Punk, Rhodes, and Rollins team up against Rusev, but it's short-lived. Kingston, Punk, Rollins and Rhodes try to get Rusev out, eventually dumping him over the top.
Alexander Rusev is eliminated.
Punk takes Kofi to the apron, and Kofi falls into Rusev's arm, Rusev drops him on the barricade and buries hisknee into Kofi's midsection. Kofi isn't out as he stands on the barricade and runs for the ring. Kofi leaps to the apron, and he's still in it!
#11 is another Shield member, Dean Ambrose.
The Rhodes brothers look to eliminate Swagger as Ambrose turns to Kofi. Ambrose and Rollins team up, working over Jimmy Uso, choking him with their boots. Ambrose turns his attention to Punk while Swagger gets Goldust to the apron. Kofi breaks things up and Goldust rolls back into the ring.
#12 is Dolph Ziggler.
Ziggler comes in with a missile dropkick, and he attacks the Shield, but Ambrose is able to turn things around. Ambrose crotches Ziggler on the top rope, and takes him to the apron. Goldust breaks things up, and Ziggler is back in the ring. Both Punk and Swagger almost go over, but bother are able to hang on.
#13 is R-Truth.
Truth walks right into an assault from Rollins and Ambrose. Ziggler tries to get Rhodes out of the ring. The Shield take Truth to the apron, and Ambrose kicks him off to the floor.
R-Truth is eliminated.
Rollins stops Jimmy Uso from going to the top, and Ambrose kicks him to the floor as well.
Jimmy Uso is eliminated.
Swagger kicks Kofi on the apron, but Kofi hangs on to the bottom rope by his feet, pulling off Swaggers boot in the process. Kofi whacks Swagger with the boot and gets back into the ring.
#14 is Kevin Nash.
Nash makes his way to the ring to a huge pop from the crowd, clotheslining Swagger over the top.
Jack Swagger is eliminated.
the Shield stare down Nash, and Nash takes them both on, fighting them off. Nash tries to eliminate Rollins as Ambrose tries to do everything to stop him. Punk almost has Ziggler out, but Ziggler won't give up. Ambrose gets back into the ring just in time for the next entrant.
#15 is Roman Reigns.
Reigns comes into the ring and takes the fight to everyone, hitting Cody Rhodes with a giant spear. Reigns catches Kofi and tosses him over the top.
Kofi Kingston has been eliminated.
Ziggler scores with a kind of DDT on Reigns, but Reigns gets up and kills Dolph with a huge spear before tossing him to the floor.
Dolph Ziggler has been eliminated.
Reigns low bridges Nash and sends him to the floor.
Kevin Nash has been eliminated.
The Rhodes brothers try to eliminated Reigns, but Ambrose and Rollins break it up.
#16 is the Great Khali.
Ambrose tries to keep Khali from coming in,but it doesn't work very well. Khali knocks away all members of the Shield until Reigns connects with the superman punch, and the Shield team up to toss Khali over the top.
The Great Khali has been eliminated.
Goldust accidentally eliminates Cody, and then Goldust is eliminated by Reigns.
#17 is Sheamus.
Sheamus charges the ring and brings the fight to all three members of the Shield, tossing Reigns into the ring post shoulder first, then burying his shoulder in Ambrose, and then Rollins' midsections. Sheamus traps Ambrose in the ring ropes and beats on his chest, then hits the Irish curse backbreaker on Rollins, and the brogue kick on Reigns. The Shield attack Sheamus as a unit in the corner.
#18 is the Miz.
Miz is almost able to eliminate Ambrose, but Reigns breaks it up. Miz turns to Reigns, trying to take him out in the corner,but Ambrose and Rollins break it up. Punk is hanging out under the bottom rope in the corner. Ambrose and Rollins team up on Sheamus while the clock winds down.
#19 is Fandango.
Fandango catches Miz with a kick, and both men almost eliminate the other. Sheamus gets in on the action, as does Ambrose. Reigns beats on Miz in the corner after things are broken up. Reigns turns to help Ambrose attack Sheamus while Fandango and Miz continue their brawl.
#20 is El Torito
El Torito comes in with a hurricanrana to Rollins, and then a flying head butt to Miz. Punk looks non-plussed. Torito charges Punk, but Punk catches him by the forehead. Punk picks him up, and is caught with a hurricanrana. Fandango catches Torito with a big forearm, then presses him overhead. Torito reverses into a hurricanrana to send Fandango to the apron, and then he hits a missile dropkick to send him to the floor.
Fandango is eliminated.
Reigns presses Torito, and tosses him to the outside on top of Fandango.
El Torito is eliminated.
#21 is Antonio Cesaro.
Cesaro takes Miz down and goes right for the giant swing, right into a dropkick from Punk. Cesaro catches Punk with the giant swing, but it's broken up by the Shield. Cesaro crashes Ambrose and Rollins into each other, and then puts Rollins into the giant swing. Cesaro gets about 30 revolutions before the clock runs down.
#22 is Luke Harper.
Reigns catches Cesaro with a huge spear. Ambrose almost takes Sheamus out with a hurricanrana to the apron. Cesaro works on Miz in the corner, as Sheamus beats on Harper. Reigns has Punk staggered, but Punk fights back before being taken down with a huge right hand. Cesaro and Rollins trade blows.
#23 is Jey Uso.
Harper has Punk out on the apron, and Jey hits Cesaro with a superkick. Cesaro and Harper trade giant uppercuts, and Harper sends Cesaro to the mat with a giant boot.
JBL stands from the announcer's table, and he gets a huge pop as he walks into the ring in suit and tie. JBL takes off his jacket and tosses it to Cole, and Reigns dumps him over the top.
JBL has been eliminated.
Cesaro gives almost everyone uppercuts, and the crowd chants that JBL still has it. Rollins almost suplexes Miz over the top to the outside.
#25 is Erick Rowan.
Rowan tosses Miz to the apron, and when Miz comes back in, Rowan dumps him right back out to the apron where Harper sends him crashing to the floor.
The Miz has been eliminated.
Jey Uso takes it to Rowan, but Rowan traps him in the corner and chokes him with his boot. Ambrose stomps on Sheamus in the corner. Rowan puts Uso on the apron, and Harper sends him to the floor with a running boot.
Jey Uso is eliminated.
#26 is Ryback
Ryback comes in and tries to eliminate Cesaro, and then Sheamus and Rollins at the same time, but he's unsuccessful. Sheamus and Cesaro trade uppercuts, and Sheamus gets the upperhand with a big forearm.
#27 is Alberto Del Rio.
Del Rio targets Ambrose, and then Ryback. Worth noting that both Rollins and Punk are still in the match at over 40 minutes. Ryback chops Del Rio in the corner, and Cesaro almost slingshots Ambrose over the top. Rowan beats on Reigns while Harper tries to take Ambrose out. Cesaro slams Rollins in the middle of the ring.
#28 is Batista.
Batista takes out everyone he comes into contact with, immediately eliminating Rowan.
Erick Rowan is eliminated.
Batista and Ryback square off, and Ryback tosses Batista into the corner. Batista back drops Ryback to the floor.
Ryback has been eliminated.
Del Rio catches Batista with a kick to the side of the head, knocking him to the mat. Batista picks Del Rio up with one arm and tosses him over the top rope.
Alberto Del Rio has been eliminated.
#29 is Big E Langston.
Big E goes after Batista with a big belly to belly suplex. Langston takes Sheamus out to the apron and pounds away at him. Punk gets in a couple of shots to Batista, knocking him down to his knees, and Punk and Ambrose team up for a second to try and get Batista over the top.
#30 is Rey Mysterio.
Mysterio takes Rollins to the apron with a hurricanrana, and then hits a big seated senton. Punk catches Mysterio over his shoulders and Mysterio turns it into a hurricanrana. Crowd is not happy Daniel Bryan isn't in the ring. Langston shoulders Sheamus, and Sheamus drops down and clotheslines him to the apron, and then clotheslines him to the floor.
Big E Langston has been eliminated.
Cesaro trades more uppercuts with everyone, then hits a giant boot on Harper. Mysterio catches Rollins with a drop top hold into the ropes, and hits the 619. Rollins catches Mysterio with an enzugiri that knocks him to the outside.
Rey Mysterio has been eliminated.
The Shield take Harper to the apron, and Reigns taks him out with a superman punch. Ambrose blindsides Reigns, trying to take him out, but it doesn't work. Cesaro almost has Rollins and Ambrose, but can't take them both out. Reigns takes out Rollins, Ambrose, and Cesaro. Reigns turns around into a spinebuster from Batista, and Sheamus hits the brogue kick on Batista. Punk connects with the GTS to Reigns, and Kane comes from out of nowhere to eliminated Punk.
CM Punk has been eliminated.
Kane beats on Punk and dismantles the Spanish announcer's table, chokeslamming Punk through the table. Kane leaves through the crowd.
The crowd is still chanting for Daniel Bryan, but there are three men left in the ring and they are Reigns, Sheamus and Batista.
The crowd is non-stop booing. Reigns runs into a clothesline from Sheamus, and Batista peppers Sheamus with rights. Sheamus turns things around, but Batista scores with a clothesline in the corner on Sheamus before slamming Reigns to the mat hard. Sheamus catches Batista with a couple of big kicks, and then hits a rolling slam. Sheamus points to the WrestleMania sign, then begins to psych himself up while the crowd chants 'no'. Sheamus misses the brogue kick as Batista ducks out of the way. Sheamus misses a short-arm clothesline, but he's able to avoid a Batista bomb. Sheamus is dumped to the apron, and Reigns knocks him off, breaking Kane's record for most eliminations.
Batista tries to eliminate Reigns, but Reigns rolls back into the ring.
Batista and Reigns stare each other down before trading rights. Reigns hits a giant clothesline coming out of the corner, and he drops to one knee to set up the superman punch. The crowd is entirely behind Reigns as he runs right into a big spear from Batista. Batista shakes the ropes and stomps his foot, and then turns around into a giant spear from Reigns.
Reigns goes to throw Batista over the top, but Batista turns it around and tosses Reigns instead.
The crowd is not happy as they chant 'no', still not recovered from a Rumble without Daniel Bryan. We get a recap of some of Reigns' eliminations over the course of the match, including the eliminations of his own partners. Batista stands on the turnbuckle, and poses for the fans, who don't seem to pleased.
Batista points at the WrestleMania banner, as fireworks go off to end the show.
Thanks for joining us here at WNW for live coverage of the WWE Royal Rumble. I'm Sean Hopkins, have a great night!
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