Join us here at Bloody Elbow starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT for live coverage of tonight's WWE Royal Rumble, which is headlined by the 30-man over-the-top Royal Rumble Match, where the winner will face the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania XXX. Also on the card, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar faces The Big Show and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is on the line when Randy Orton defends against John Cena in a match that must end by pinfall or submission.
Stick with us here at Bloody Elbow following the show for post-event analysis on what happened at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
WWE Royal Rumble card:
WWE Tag Team Championship: (c) Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The New Age Outlaws
What went down: The Road Dogg and Billy Gunn won the WWE Tag Team Championship for the sixth time, and first since 1999. Well, it'll be interesting to see where this goes
Winner: New Age Outlaws, via pinfall (new WWE Tag Team Champions)
Grudge Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt
What went down: In a back-and-forth match, Bray Wyatt knocked off Daniel Bryan after pinning him with his finisher.
Winner: Bray Wyatt, via pinfall
Grudge Match: Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show
What went down: Lesnar attacked Show before the match even started, viciously attacking him with a chair. Show rallied and hit him with the KO punch, but Lesnar did not get knocked out (he took the punch well!), and then was able to hoist Show on his shoulders and deliver the F5 for the win. Impressive visual. Then Lesnar destroyed Show with chair shot after chair shot following the match.
Winner: Brock Lesnar, via pinfall
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: (c) Randy Orton vs. John Cena
What went down: Well, this was certainly unique. The crowd hated this match from the start, chanting "Daniel Bryan" before it even started, then "boring" about five seconds in. They chanted for Randy Savage, Y2J, among others, they did the wave, then, in the ultimate insult, chanted "WE WANT DIVAS." The two trades each others moves, but it was Cena who had Orton in the STF when the Wyatt Family's graphics hit and the arena went dark. Lights came back on and the Wyatts were on the apron. Cena attacked, but turned around right into an RKO. After the match, the Wyatts laid Cena out to much applause.
Winner: Randy Orton, via pinfall (still WWE World Heavyweight Champion)
Royal Rumble Match
Order of entry: (1) CM Punk; (2) Seth Rollins; (3) Damien Sandow; (4) Cody Rhodes; (5) Kane; (6) Alexander Rusev; (7) Jack Swagger; (8) Kofi Kingston; (9) Jimmy Uso; (10) Goldust; (11) Dean Ambrose; (12) Dolph Ziggler; (13) R-Truth; (14) Kevin Nash; (15) Roman Reigns; (16) The Great Khali; (17) Sheamus; (18) The Miz; (19) Fandango; (20) El Torito; (21) Antonio Cesaro; (22) Luke Harper; (23) Jey Uso; (24) John "Bradshaw" Layfield; (25) Erick Rowan; (26) Ryback; (27) Alberto Del Rio; (28) Batista; (29) Big E Langston; (30) Rey Mysterio.
Order of elimination: Sandow, Kane, Rusev, R-Truth, Jimmy Uso, Swagger, Kingston, Ziggler, Nash, Khali, Rhodes, Goldust, Fandango, El Torito, Layfield, Miz, Jey Uso, Rowan, Ryback, Del Rio, Langston, Mysterio, Harper, Cesaro, Rollins, Ambrose, Punk, Sheamus, Reigns.
What went down: The final four were Punk, Sheamus, Batista and Reigns. Kane came from under the ring to eliminate Punk then choke slammed him through the Spanish announce table. Sheamus was eliminated by Reigns, who set the record with 12 eliminations with that, leaving it down to Batista and Reigns. They speared each other, but it was Batista who sidestepped Reigns and sent him flying over the top for the win.
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