Will be updated following the posting of the show after any title change.
(Defeated Alberto Del Rio at Survivor Series, November 20th 2011)
Alberto Del Rio
(Defeated Big Show on SmackDown, January 11th 2013)
(Defeated Kofi Kingston on Raw, December 31st 2012)
(Defeated Santino Marella at the SummerSlam preshow, August 19th 2012)
Kane and Daniel Bryan - Team Hell No
(Defeated R-Truth and Kofi Kingston at Night of Champions, September 16th 2012)
(Defeated Eve on the Raw 20th Anniversary special, January 14th 2013)
2013 PPV Schedule:
January 27, 2013 - Pheonix, Arizona Main Event: CM Punk vs The Rock Elimination Chamber
February 17, 2013 - New Orleans, Louisiana Main Event: tba WrestleMania 29
April 7, 2013 - East Rutherford, New Jersey Main Event: tba Extreme Rules: Backlash
May 19, 2013 - St. Louis, Missouri Main Event: tba King of the Ring
June 16, 2013 - Rosemont, Illinois Main Event: tba Saturday Night's Main Event
July 13, 2013 - Detroit, Ontario Main Event: tba tbc
July 14, 2013 - San Diego, California Main Event: tba SummerSlam
August 18, 2013 - tbc Main Event: tba tbc
September 15, 2013 - Toronto, Ontario Main Event: tba tbc
October 27, 2013 - Miami, Florida Main Event: tba Rebellion
November 9, 2013 - Glasgow, Scotland Main Event: tba Survivor Series
November 24, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts Main Event: tba tbc
December 15, 2013 - Houston, Texas Main Event: tba
Alberto Del Rio
Big E Langston
Evan Bourne - Inactive; broken foot
Ezekiel Jackson - Inactive; torn pectorial muscle
The Great Khali
R-Truth - Inactive; leg injury
Triple H - inactive
Tyson Kidd - inactive; torn knee meniscus
Undertaker - inactive
Spoiler for Royal Rumble 2013 Card:
Antonio Cesaro vs The Miz - United States Championship - Preshow
Alberto Del Rio vs The Big Show - World Heavyweight Championship - Last Man Standing
Team Hell No vs The Rhodes Scholars - WWE Tag Team Championships
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January 27, 2013
US Airways Center - Phoenix, Arizona
Theme Songs "Champion" by Clement Marfo & The Frontline
"What Makes A Good Man" by The Heavy
YouTube Exclusive Preshow
United States Championship The Miz vs Antonio Cesaro (c)
Miz goes for a quick rollup before tying up with Cesaro, then he fights out of a side headlock and throws Cesaro into the ropes. Cesaro hits a shoulder block and a goes for a clothesline, but Miz ducks and comes back with an elbow strike for two. Miz hiptosses Cesaro before putting him in a side headlock, then Cesaro gets to the ropes and punches him before applying a headlock of his own. Cesaro connects with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker when Miz tries to fight back, then he connects with a seated scoop slam before choking Miz on the ropes. Cesaro drops Miz with an uppercut, then he picks him up and connects with a gutwrench slam for a near fall.
Cesaro kicks him in the corner but Miz kicks back, then he runs across the ring but Cesaro catches him in midair and slams him on the mat before kicking him in the head. Cesaro puts Miz in an underhook submission but Miz makes it to his feet, then he breaks the hold and hits the ropes before he hits a neckbreaker/backbreaker combo. Miz slugs it out with Cesaro and sends him into the corner, then he connects with a diving corner clothesline before heading up top. Cesaro ducks a leg lariat but Miz turns and DDT's him for a near fall, then he is slow to his feet and favors his knee. Cesaro tries to roll him up but he get caught putting his feet on the ropes, then Miz chopblocks his knee and sets up for the Figure Four leglock. Cesaro kicks him back and rolls outside, then Miz goes after him but Cesaro throws him into the side of the ring before rolling him in and hitting the Neutralizer for the win.
Winner - Antonio Cesaro (Retains United States Championship)
Big Show makes his entrance for his title match while we cut backstage to see Alberto Del Rio, and Ricardo is trying to warn him about tonight's match. Alberto says he already beat that fat jackass once, and he will do it again so Ricardo should not worry. Ricardo points behind Alberto and they show Bret Hart standing there, and Bret says he just wanted to wish Alberto luck in his match tonight. Bret says Alberto is like a Mexican Bret Hart, then he thanks him and Ricardo tells Bret how much of a 'Hitman' fan he's always been. Bret says he has one more thing, then he puts a pair of 'Hitman' glasses on Ricardo and Alberto laughs and says he always thought Bret was a Canadian Alberto Del Rio, too.
World Heavyweight Championship (Last Man Standing) Big Show vs Alberto Del Rio (c)
Big Show charges the corner and headbutts Alberto, then he chops his chest but Alberto comes right back with a kick to the chest. Show knocks him on the mat and punches him in the head, then Alberto tries to fight back with a top rope move but Show chops him on the way down. Show sets up a powerbomb but Alberto counters with a hurricanrana, then he heads back up top and sends Show to the mat with a seated senton. Alberto connects with a step-up enziguiri in the corner before going for the Cross Armbreaker, but Show counters and slams him on the mat. The ref makes a count on Alberto as he rolls outside, then Show chops him near the ring apron and rolls him back into the ring. Show grabs a chair and brings it inside, but Alberto sees it coming and dropkicks Show in the stomach before beating him with the chair.
Alberto slams the chair into Show ribs and back, then he takes the chair up to the top turnbuckle but Show grabs him by the throat and chokeslams him. Alberto makes it to his feet at a nine count, but he falls outside of the ring and Ricardo tries to warn him that Show is coming right after him. Show yells at the ref to count again, but Alberto makes it up at eight before Show scoop slams him and asks for another count. Show pulls Alberto up and ends up getting kicked in the groin, then Alberto drops him with an enziguiri that keeps him down until a nine count. Show goes right back after him and kicks him in the head, then he throws Alberto head first into the floor before whipping him into the stage.
Show tries to kick Alberto but ends up hitting part of the set, then he turns and hits Alberto with a light tube before setting up a table. Show chops him a couple of times before climbing on part of the set, then he pulls Alberto up by the hair and chokeslams him through the table. Alberto somehow makes it to his feet at nine before falling back down, then Show climbs down from the set piece and leads Alberto back to the ringside area. Show kicks him in the stomach and throws him back in the ring, then he calls for a knockout punch but Alberto rolls outside.
Show goes outside but Ricardo punches him in the back, then he throws Ricardo into the barricade and goes after Alberto. He sets up a spear but Alberto moves away, and Show crashes through the barricade before Alberto beats him with a chair. Alberto puts Show's arm in between the steps and smashes the chair on his shoulder, then he sprays a fire extinguisher in his face and puts him in the Cross Armbreaker. Ricardo duck tapes Show's legs around the bottom rope, then Alberto gets up and waits for the ref to count to ten and Show is unable to break free from the ropes.
Winner - Alberto Del Rio (Retains World Heavyweight Championship)
Matt Striker joins Dolph Ziggler backstage to talk about winning the 'Beat The Clock' Challenge, and Dolph says Vickie is just jealous and she is trying to screw him over. Dolph says number one and two is the same thing in the Rumble, so he's picking number one because that's what he is. Striker tries to ask another question but AJ quiets him, then she says Striker doubts Dolph and she wants to know how fast he can run. Big E Langston gets in his face and takes the mic, then Dolph says he is going to win the Rumble and cash in his contract, and he's going to merge both titles at Wrestlemania because he can.
Tag Team Championship Rhodes Scholars vs Team Hell No (c's)
Cody applies an elevated armbar but Bryan flips out of it and hits a dropkick before hitting the ropes and putting Cody in a surfboard stretch. Bryan makes a tag and Kane dropkicks Cody while he's still in the submission hold, then Kane throws him into the corner and punches him a few times. Cody comes back with some kicks and makes a tag, then Kane bodyslams Sandow and drops an elbow that gets a two count. Bryan tags back in and dropkicks Sandow in the corner, then he repeatedly kicks Sandow in the chest before Kane tags in and kicks him in the head.
Kane kicks Sandow out of the ring and throws Cody right after him, then Bryan hits a suicide dive and rolls Sandow back inside before going after him. The ref is distracted with Kane so Cody pulls the ropes down, then Bryan gets shoved out of the ring before Cody puts him in a single leg Boston crab. Bryan fights out of the hold but Sandow tags in and elbows him, then he drops him with a side Russian leg sweep before connecting with the Elbow of Disdain. Sandow gets a near fall before tagging back out, then Cody backs Bryan into the corner but Bryan kicks him in the head and drops him with a heel kick.
Sandow makes a tag and dives to prevent Bryan from tagging out, then Cody gets right back in and lifts Bryan over his shoulder. Bryan floats over and punches Sandow on the apron, then he drops Cody with a swinging DDT and makes the tag to Kane, who sets up a chokeslam. Sandow blocks it but Kane comes back with an uppercut and a side slam for two, then Kane heads up top but Sandow ducks a clothesline. Sandow hits the ropes and runs into a choke, then Cody runs in and also gets choked while Bryan blindtags in and heads up top. Kane suplexes both of them and Bryan dropkicks Sandow, then Kane chokeslams Cody while Bryan gets Sandow to tap to the NO! Lock to retain.
Winners - Team Hell No (Retain WWE Tag Team Championships)
Kane and Bryan are shown backstage celebrating when Vickie Guerrero comes up and says it's an honor to give them their Royal Rumble entry numbers. Kane opens his and sees Bryan's, then Bryan wants to know what number Kane has but Kane denies him and screams 'NO' at him. Bryan says it's only fair they share it, and he says Kane is supposed to show him but Kane says it would be bad strategy to do that. Bryan says he won't need any help because he's going to show Kane how he's going to win the Rumble, but Kane laughs and holds up his entry card and says he isn't so sure about that.
As Vickie walks away she's stopped by Vince McMahon. Vince informs her that due to the decline of TV ratings and PPV buys, there will be vast changes to the landscape of the WWE, starting tomorrow night at Raw. He tells her that she has the rest of the show to impress him, or he'll have to think about looking elsewhere for someone to run Raw. He tells her to "have a nice day", before strolling off the only way Vince McMahon can, leaving Vickie in shock.
30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Ladies and Gentleman, it is now time for the Royal Rumble Match! In this match, the two superstars who drew numbers 1 and 2 will enter the ring. Then, every 90 seconds a new superstar will enter the match until all 30 participants have entered the ring. Elimination can only occur by being thrown over the top rope, and BOTH feet must touch the floor. The winner of the match is the last man standing in the ring after 29 other man have been eliminated. The winner of the Royal Rumble Match will go on to a title shot in the main event at WrestleMaina!
Here to Show The World
Dolph Ziggler enters the arena, flanked by AJ Lee and Big E Langston. He taunts the crowd, before sharing a kiss with AJ Lee. He tells Big E and AJ to return to the back, before making his way to the ring. He takes to the mic, stating that he stands before the WWE Universe all alone in the spotlight, exactly where he belongs. And tonight when the Rumble match comes to a close it'll be exactly the same; him standing in the ring by himself as the winner of the Rumble match. And he doesn't even care who #2 is, so just send him out already.
Break the Walls Down
The crowd erupts as Ziggler is answered with the return of Y2J, Chris Jericho himself!
Ziggler and Jericho lock up and Jericho clamps on a headlock. Ziggler sends Jericho into the ropes, and eats a shoulder block. Ziggler tosses Jericho to the apron, but he heads right up to the top and comes off with an axe handle smash before sending Ziggler out to the apron. Ziggler punches Jericho away and heads to the top but he's stopped by Jericho. Jericho tries to shove Ziggler to the floor, but Ziggler fights it off. Jericho hits a superplex as the countdown to #3 occurs.
Jericho goes right after Rhodes, but Ziggler teams up with Rhodes and they take it to the veteran. Rhodes and Ziggler try to toss Jericho over the top, but he's able to hold on to the ropes. Cody catches him with a nasty kick to the gut, but Jericho recovers quickly and locks Cody in the walls of Jericho. Ziggler attacks from behind and chokes Jericho against the bottom rope. Ziggler slingshots Jericho against the bottom rope throat first. The clock counts down.
Kingston leaps into the ring and connects a giant dropkick to Rhodes before mounting him in the corner for ten punches. Kofi misses trouble in paradise on Ziggler, but he's able to send Ziggler out to the apron. Rhodes tries to get Cody out, and Jericho tries to get Rhodes out in turn. Jericho takes Rhodes into the corner and chokes him with his boot as Kofi tries to get Ziggler over the top rope a second time. Rhodes helps Ziggler as the clock winds down again.
Marella comes in and has already broken his record, tossing everyone out to the apron, but not eliminating anyone. Santino reaches for the Cobra, but it doesn't help him as Rhodes is able to toss him over the top rope to the outside.
Santino Marella has been eliminated by Cody Rhodes.
Ziggler continues to focus on Kingston and Rhodes teams up to help him. Kingston kicks them both away as the crowd counts down from ten another time.
McIntyre comes in hot, trying to eliminate Kofi right off the bat, but things break down as Jericho comes in from behind. Jericho peels off and walks right into a dropkick from Ziggler, and he ends up tossed over the ropes, almost falling out to the floor. He's able to pull himself back up as the clock counts down once more.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #7 is Titus O'Neil.
Titus comes in quick and goes right for Kofi and Rhodes, fighting off both off them. Titus picks up Kofi for a big backbreaker before throwing him aside. Jericho tosses McIntyre to the apron and dropkicks him to the outside.
Drew McIntyre has been eliminated by Chris Jericho.
Ziggler comes close to being eliminated again, but sneaks back into the ring as Rhodes and Titus focus on Jericho.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #8 is Goldust!
Cody doesn't look happy, and Goldust goes right for him, catching him right a right hand, and sending him out to the ring apron, stomping away at him. The crowd's happy to see Goldust as he unloads on his brother in the corner. Goldust tries to eliminate Cody, but Cody fights his brother off. The clock winds down again.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #9 is David Otunga.
Otunga comes in and heads after Goldust and then Jericho, choking him in the corner with his boot. Titus beats on Goldust in the corner as Ziggler tries to send Kofi to the outside. Rhodes and Goldust team up on Titus, trying to dump him over the top rope. They get him out to the apron, but Rhodes turns on Goldust, and screws up the plan for everyone.
Slater heads into the ring and goes after Goldust, then Otunga, stomping away at his former partner in the corner. Slater is able to pepper Kofi with a couple of rights before getting caught by Titus. Ziggler is once again in a precarious position, due to Jericho this time. Rhodes finds his way on the apron courtesy of Titus as the clock counts down again.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... !
#11 is Sheamus.
Sheamus comes in and hits a couple of Irish curse backbreakers, then a couple of nasty roll throughs. Sheamus sends Titus out to the apron, and launches Otunga into him, sending Titus to the outside.
Titus O'Neil has been eliminated by Sheamus and Otunga.
Sheamus catches Otunga with a couple of blows to the chest and a brogue kick that sends him to the floor.
David Otunga has been eliminated by Sheamus.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #12 is Tensai.
Tensai comes in and attacks everyone, but quickly pairs up with Sheamus, fighting him in the corner. Everything breaks down into random brawling with people splitting off every now and then and Ziggler ending up on the ring apron almost eliminated. Another entrant gets counted down.
Brodus makes his way into the Rumble and heads right after Jericho before trading blows with Tensai for a bit. Rhodes sends Goldust flying across the ring, but Goldust as able to backdrop Rhodes to the apron. Goldust charges, but Rhodes drags him out to the apron. Goldust clothesline Rhodes into the ring, and Rhodes sends 'dust into the ring post and to the outside.
Goldust has been eliminated by Cody Rhodes.
The clock counts down once more.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #14 is Rey Mysterio.
Mysterio comes in and blasts Ziggler with a nasty kick before hitting Jericho with a 619 and dropping the dime on the returning superstar. Everyone tries to clump up on Tensai, but it doesn't last too long. Sheamus tries to get him out on his own, but Tensai fight it off.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #15 is Darren Young.
Everyone teams up on Brodus Clay, and he's dumped over the top, Tensai is sent out by Kofi shortly after.
Brodus Clay has been eliminated by Darren Young.
Tensai has been eliminated by Kofi Kingston
Ziggler sends Kofi to the apron and he lands on Tensai's back. Kofi lands on the announcer's table.
Kofi stands on the table and asks for JBL's chair. JBL hands it to him as the clock counts down.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #16 is Bo Dallas.
The winner of the NXT 8-man tournament makes his way to the ring on his WWE debut.
Kingston uses the chair like a pogo stick and hops his way over to the ring. He the low bridges Darren Young to eliminate the Prime Time Player, yet he eats a disaster kick from Rhodes.
Darren Young has been eliminated by Kofi Kingston.
Kofi Kingston has been eliminated by Cody Rhodes.
Dallas blasts Slater with a back elbow as the clock counts down.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #17 is The Godfather.
The Godfather makes his way down to the ring with a couple of his ladies in tow, getting a great pop from the crowd. Ziggler dropkicks him right over the top and to the outside in under a second
The Godfather has been eliminated by Dolph Ziggler.
Godfather doesn't look too upset as he puts his glasses and hat back on and struts out with his ladies. Jericho slams Dallas to the mat and hits him with a second rope knee drop as the timer counts down.
Barrett comes in and goes right after his old mentor Chris Jericho, stomping away at him in the corner before catching Sheamus with a black hole slam. Barrett tries to get Sheamus over the top and he's helped by Jericho, but they just can't manage to get him out. Barrett fights with Slater as the crowd counts down once more.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #19 is John Cena.
Cena does not get a welcoming reaction on his way into the match as everyone gangs up on him from the get go. Cena fights off everyone, sending Heath Slater and Cody Rhodes over the top and to the outside.
Heath Slater has been eliminated by John Cena.
Cody Rhodes has been eliminated by John Cena.
Cena tries to eliminate Jericho, but it's broken up by Ziggler. Bo Dallas tries to make a name for himself by eliminating Cena in the corner, but Cena fights it off.
Mysterio heads up to the top and catches Barrett with a hurricanrana that takes both to the apron. Barrett heads back in and kicks Mysterio from the apron.
Rey Mysterio has been eliminated by Wade Barrett.
Sheamus attacks Barrett as Jericho tries to lock in the walls of Jericho on Cena and the clock counts down.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #21 is Daniel Bryan.
Bryan goes right for Sandow, kicking away at him before turning to Ziggler, then Barrett, kicking them all repeatedly in the chest in time with the "YES!" chants from the crowd. Bryan shoulders Jericho and tries to get him over the top with the help of Sheamus. Jericho hangs on as Sheamus pulls Bryan into the corner to fight. Ziggler pounds on Dallas in the corner and the next entrant comes down.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #22 is Antonio Cesaro.
Cesaro comes in and is targeted right away by Sheamus and Daniel Bryan. Sheamus hits him with a nasty clubbing blow. Things break down into simple brawling, lots of punches and uppercuts.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #23 is The Great Khali.
Khali heads into the ring and begins chopping as many people's heads as possible before standing on Jericho's throat in the corner. Cesaro struggles to get Sheamus over the top rope. Bryan blasts Ziggler with rights, but eats a head butt from Khali.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #24 is Kane.
Kane comes in and goes after Ziggler, getting him out to the apron once more. Kane pairs off with Khali, trying to wear him down with Bryan but Khali fights them both off. Sandow comes close to eliminating Sheamus, but Sheamus hangs on. The ring is filling up, and we're getting one more.
Kane dumps Khali over the top rope, and is in turn dumped over the top by Bryan. Cesaro sends Bryan to the apron and dumps him out into Kane's waiting arms. Bryan asks to be put into the ring, Kane toys with the idea of dropping Bryan, but instead decides to allow him to return to the match.
The Great Khali has been eliminated Kane.
Kane has been eliminated by Daniel Bryan.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #26 is Randy Orton.
Orton comes in with a series of clotheslines and a snap powerslam to Ziggler. Orton tosses Bo Dallas and Ziggler to the apron and brings both in with a double suspension DDT before hitting Gabriel with an RKO and dumping him over the top.
Justin Gabriel has been eliminated by Randy Orton.
Cesaro and Barrett team up on Orton in the corner as the clock counts down again.
Cesaro picks up Cena and tries to toss him over the top, but Cena fights it off and tosses Cesaro over.
Antonio Cesaro has been eliminated by John Cena.
Cena and Barrett pair up for a bit before Cena looks for Ziggler, slingshotting him over the top to the apron. Sheamus catches Barrett with a huge clothesline.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #28 is The Miz.
Miz comes out and attacks Cesaro on his way out to the ring. Sheamus clotheslines Mahal over the top.
Jinder Mahal has been eliminated by Sheamus.
Miz hits Cena with a reverse DDT while Barrett tries to eliminated Sheamus. Orton puts Ziggler on the top turnbuckle and pushes him to the apron.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #29 is Sin Cara.
Cara comes in with a couple of quick spots before being grounded by Sandow. Sheamus is able to muscle Cena out to the apron. Sin Cara climbs to the top, and attempts to land a cross body on Barrett, who catches him with ease before performing Wasteland over the top rope to the outside.
Sin Cara has been eliminated by Wade Barrett.
Sheamus tosses Sandow to the apron, but Sandow hangs on to the ropes to keep himself alive. Miz performs a running knee which connects with Sandow's chin, knocking him off the apron. Barrett knocks Sheamus over the apron. He connects with Sheamus' own finisher, the Brogue Kick, to eliminate the Irishman.
Damien Sandow has been eliminated by The Miz.
Sheamus has been eliminated by Wade Barrett.
Dallas is on the apron and he drags Barrett over the top rope and to the floor.
Wade Barrett has been eliminated by Bo Dallas.
Miz backdrops Jericho to the apron and Wade Barrett leaps up to the apron and pulls Dallas over the top.
Bo Dallas has been eliminated by Wade Barrett.
Barrett winds up and blasts Dallas with a nasty elbow.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #30 is Ryback.
Ryback charges out to the ring and goes after everyone, pushing each member of the roster to the ground. Miz tries to take down Ryback but is shoved to the corner. Everyone rised to their feet, staring each other down. Ryback, Cena, Orton, Miz, Jericho, Bryan, and Ziggler are the final 7. One of these men are going to the main event at Wrestlemania!
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... !
"What, what, what?!" Cole panics as the countdown continues. "This is a 30-man Royal Rumble, and Ryback was entrant number 30!" The buzzer sounds once more.
#31 is Mark Henry
The crowd erupts as the World's Strongest Man makes the slow walk down to the ring, where the 'final seven' are waiting on him.
"I'm just receiving word that Vickie Guerrero has made this a 40-man Royal Rumble!" Cole announces.
Henry enters the ring only to be jumped by Dolph Ziggler, who he swats away like a fly. Orton is next to attack Henry, but receives a body slam for his efforts. Bryan jumps onto Henry's back, only to be thrown off the hard way. Henry grabs Miz before unceremoniously tossing him over the ropes.
The Miz has been eliminated by Mark Henry.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #32 is Michael McGillicutty.
McGillicutty makes his way from the titantron, surveying the six main eventers grappling in the ring. He sprints to the ring, going right for Randy Orton with a flurry of rights and lefts.
McGillicutty hits Orton with a closeline to the back of the head, sending him falling forwards towards Ryback, who gorilla presses Orton to the outside.
Randy Orton has been eliminated by Ryback.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #33 is Billy Gunn.
The New Age Outlaw runs down to the ring and hits a Fame Asser on both John Cena and Daniel Bryan, followed by a scoop slam to Jericho. Ryback and Henry tie up in corner Ziggler superkicks McGillicutty, before turning to face up to Billy Gunn. They trade lefts and rights before Gunn gets the upper hand, and hits Ziggler with the Fame Asser. He turns around into a massive Meathook clothesline.
Ricardo enters the arena dressed in full green, white, and red ring gear, with a red scarf around his neck. He looks ominously to the ring, before attempting to enter the ring, only to look up and see Ryback lying in wait. He crawls back out of the ring slowly, a look of fear on his face. His distraction allows Henry to toss Ryback over the top rope, shocking the favourite by eliminating him.
Ryback has been eliminated by Mark Henry.
Ryback snaps, returning to the ring before laying out Cena, Bryan, Ryder, and taking down Mark Henry. Ziggler rolls out of the ring to avoid the rampage. As Ryback leaves, Ricardo finally enters the ring.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #36 is The Big Show.
The Big Show makes a beeline for Ricardo, pushing him into the corner before smacking him repeatedly in the chest. He tosses Ricardo like a ragdoll. Del Rio runs down to the ring to make the save, swinging kicks at the mid section of the giant. He takes a step back to set up for a running enzuigiri, only to be hit with a knock out punch. Big Show retreats into the corner to recuperate from the stinging kicks from Del Rio.
Ziggler hauls himself up to the apron, surveying the scene in the ring. He screams at Mike Chioda before pointing to Justin Roberts.
"Dolph Ziggler is cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase!"
Dolph enters the ring only to be confronted with the Big Show rising to his feet. "He's mine!" Big Show screams at Ziggler, only to be taken down by a superkick for his troubles. Ziggler covers the knocked out Del Rio.
The bell rings and Dolph Ziggler is the new World Heavyweight Champion! He drops to his knees celebrating as AJ Lee runs out to the ring with the World title belt as the countdown begins once more.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #37 is William Regal.
Ziggler shares a celebratory kiss with AJ, before clutching the title and climbing to the top rope to celebrate. Cena takes advantage to eliminate the World Heavyweight Champion.
Dolph Ziggler has been eliminated by John Cena.
Dolph looks up to the ring, smarting as he tends to his chin after the landing. Cena salutes Ziggler, laughing at the Show Off, only for Zack Ryder to shove John Cena over the top rope.
John Cena has been eliminated by Zack Ryder.
In the midst of the action, Regal and Bryan are chain wrestling in the ring. Ricardo tends to the fallen Del Rio, helping him out under the bottom rope. Dolph begins taunting Cena, before trying to hit him in the skull with the title belt, only for Cena to duck under him and hit with an Attitude Adjustment onto the outside. He locks in the STF as Ziggler writhes in pain.
The group of referees try their best to break up the ensuing brawl on the outside as the flamboyant Fandangoo runs to the ring, taking down Ryder in the corner. He picks up Ryder before delivering a northern lights suplex right onto the turnbuckle. Ricardo tells Del Rio that he is going to win the Royal Rumble for him. Fandangoo turns his attention to Ricardo who makes his way back into the ring, only to be clotheslined over the top rope.
Ricardo Rodriguez has been eliminated by Fandangoo.
Fandangoo turns around into a standing dropkick from Daniel Bryan, that sends him over the top rope.
Fandangoo has been eliminated by Daniel Bryan.
"With presumably two more enterants still to come, we're left with Daniel Bryan, William Regal, Zack Ryder, Mark Henry, and the Big Show. Who will be going to Wrestlemania?"
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... ! #39 is Alex Riley.
Henry press slams Ryder to the mat, before lifting him up again and threatening to throw him onto the mass of humanity on the outside. Ziggler and Cena break apart, expecting to have to catch Ryder. Regal connects with a low blow to Henry, causing him to drop Ryder, who hits the big man with a Rough Ryder. Riley hits Bryan with a hard DDT, before foolishly attempting to lift the Big Show, which earns him a headbutt off the Big Show for his efforts. Bryan, Riley, Ryder, and Regal attempt to eliminate him, only to for them all to be scattered by the Big Show.
Ziggler runs into the ring to escape from Cena, who chases him in. Big Show connects with the KO punch to the Champion, as Cena takes a step back from the Giant, his hands up in retreat. He steps backwards into Henry, turning around into a large right from him. The two brawl, with Henry tossing Cena to the outside once more. Henry leans over the top rope, telling Cena to bring it.
Christian is back! He waves to the crowd before hitting the ring, going straight into the group of men trying to eliminate the Big Show. He is followed to the ring by Big E Langston who goes to the distraught AJ's side. Henry and Cena continue to trade words.
Riley tries to take advantage of Henry, but the World's Strongest Man throws him onto Cena, eliminating the NXT season two star.
Alex Riley has been eliminated by Mark Henry.
"I'm lost as to what's going on here." JBL admits. "We have Bryan, Henry, Show, Christian, Regal, and Ryder left. I think."
Big Show makes his way over to Henry and the two begin to brawl. Henry takes control, taking Big Show down to one knee before making his way up the ropes. Big Show follows him up, setting him up for a suplex.
"My God, not this again!" Cole exclaims. "It was just last year that the ring collapsed under the weight of these two men!"
Henry attempts to push Big Show to the mat, only for Big Show to hit the KO punch causing Henry to slump off the turnbuckle and onto the mats on the outside.
Mark Henry has been eliminated by The Big Show.
"And then there were five!"
"Ryder, Bryan, Regal, Show, Christian. Nobody saw this coming!"
"Let's not forget the new World Champion, Dolph Ziggler, who is currently lying unconsius in the center of the ring!"
Regal and Christian exchange words in the center of the ring, with the veteran Regal pointing to Bryan and Ryder, then himself and Christian. He indicated that they should all team up to eliminate the Big Show, who was climbing down from the top rope.
The four stood in a line, waiting for the big man to turn around. During this time, the referees convinced John Cena to return to the back, leaving Big E and AJ on the outside waiting on Ziggler to respond.
Big Show turns around to face them, raising up his fist threateningly towards the group. Behind him, Big E Langston enters the ring. He grabs Big Shows shoulder, turning him around before hoisting him over the top rope single handedly.
The Big Show has been eliminated by Big E Langston.
Big E Langston picks up the limp Dolph Ziggler and exits the ring, leaving the remaining competitors standing in shock.
Ryder, Bryan, Christian, and Regal stare each other down. Two former World Heavyweight Champions, a former United States Champion, and a former King of the Ring.
Bryan and Ryder run at Regal and Christian respectively, lauching lefts and rights at their adversaries. Each of Bryans hits on Regal resulting in an almighty "Yes!" Chant. Bryan and Regal fight to the ropes, with Regal taking the upper hand. Bryan is backed against the ropes by Regal. Bryan attempts a suplex onto Regal, taking him over the top rope. Regal lands on his feet, only to recieve a kick to the side of the head from Bryan, knocking him to the floor.
William Regal has been eliminated by Daniel Bryan.
Regal applauds Bryan, who turns around into a Rough Ryder. Christian then hits the Killswitch on Ryder. Christian looks up towards the Wrestlemania sign, before picking up Bryan and preparing to eliminate him from the Rumble.
Sierra. Hotel. Indigo. Echo. Lima. Delta. Shield!
The Shields music hits and everyone immediately looks up into the crowd. Reigns, Rollins, and Ambrose are here. They slowly begin to make their way to the ring. Christian walks to the far side of the ring, looking straight up at the oncoming faction. Ryder takes advantage of the situation, lifting Christian over the top rope and onto the outside.
Christian has been eliminated by Zack Ryder.
Ryder turns around to see Bryan lying in wait. He extends his hand to Ryder, who hesitates, but decides to take Bryan's hand. They tie up, with Bryan coming out on top, sending a flurry of kicks into the midsection of Ryder. The Shield speed up their descent, quickly hopping over the barricade and surrounding three sides of the ring. Ambrose nods in the direction of the ring, and the three rise onto the apron simultaneously. Bryan and Ryder stand back to back, waiting for the enslaught from the Shield. They enter the ring ready to strike.
Ambrose and Rollins strike Bryan with fast and furious punches, while Reigns gets ready to attack Ryder, only to toss him to the side and join the assault on the tag team champion. Ryder sits in the corner, tending to the kicks he recieved from Bryan. The Shield continue their attack on Bryan, with Reigns screaming to his counterparts to lift Bryan up onto his shoulders. They do just that, hoisting Bryan up for the triple powerbomb, which they deliver at the edge of the ring, tossing the submission specialist onto the mats below.
Daniel Bryan has been eliminated by The Shield.
"Does this mean... does this mean Ryder has won the Royal Rumble?!" King asks, in shock.
"I have no idea, King." Cole admits.
The Shield turn to Ryder, staring down on him as he sits in the corner. Ambrose signals for Rollins and Reigns to leave the ring, and the three of them depart up the ramp. Ryder rises slowly to his feet, looking visibly confused. The crowd are in shock.
“Does this mean that Zack Ryder has been behind the Shield all along?” JBL questions.
"Let's not forget Dolph Ziggler well and truly stole the show tonight."
“What does this mean on the Road to Wrestlemania?”
"Could we please get some clarity around here?" Michael Cole pleads on the microphone. "I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, I'm being told we have to go straight to the main event. As soon as we get any updates on the Royal Rumble situation we'll make sure you know."
WWE Championship CM Punk(c) vs The Rock
If ya Smell!...
The Rock enters first to a massive pop. He exudes confidence. His motions are slow, yet energetic. He makes his way down the ramp and up the steel steps onto the apron. He climbs onto the top turnbuckle, the camera flashes are going non-stop as he does his iconic pose. He steps into the ring and shares a few words with referee Scott Armstrong. He paces around the ring, his eyes fixated on the titantron.
CM Punk enters the arena slowly, his black hooded zipper covering his face as he looks towards the ground. Paul Heyman walks behind him, holding the Championship belt high in the air. Del Rio, Miz, Ziggler, R-Truth, Kingston, Jericho, Bryan, Kane, Cena, Ryback. Many had tried to take the belt from him, all had failed.
He climbs into the ring, before mounting the top rope. He kisses the title, before holding it aloft. He returns to mat level, confiding in Paul Heyman before walking towards the referee. Instead of handing the belt to the official, he takes it to the top rope one more time.
Introducing first the challenger, from Miami, Florida, weighing 262 pounds: The Rock!
And his opponent, hailing from Chicago, Illinois. He is the WWE Champion, C.M. Punk!
Both men eye each other intensely as the referee holds the title aloft. The bell rings, and we're off!
Rock starts on the front foot, with knees to the gut of the champion. He takes him into the corner, continuing the assault on the midsection. He pulls off before the referee reaches five, only to be hit with a high knee from Punk. Rock drops to one knee, stunned. Punk takes control, delivering calculated knee after calculated knee to the shoulder of the challenger. He whips Rock into the corner, before hitting his trademark running knee, flooring the Rock for the first time. Punk continues his ground and pound assault on the shoulder, before dragging Rock over to the corner. Punk exits the ring. He takes Rock's arm and wraps it violently around the turnbuckle. “Best in the World” he smiles deviously as Heyman looks on in glee. He taunts the crowd, allowing The Rock to recover somewhat. Punk turns around into a violent clothesline from Rock, turning Punk inside out. Rock drags Punk to the ring post, throwing him face first into it. He rolls in and out of the ring breaking the count. He tosses Punk over the Spanish announce table, before stripping it of it's cover. He pulls the computers out, throwing them to the floor. He again breaks the count. This time when he exits the ring he is floored by a flying clothesline from Punk off of the table. Punk rolls rock onto the table, lifting him slowly. He puts Rock into the position for the Rock Bottom. Rock elbows Punk, who wisely clambers off the table, yanking Rock's foot so he falls hard onto the table. Punk slides into the ring at the count of 7, breaking the count again. He sets Rock up for a suplex, his back to the ring. He lifts him half way up, catapulting him off the ropes so he smashes front first into the mats below. Punk lifts Rock up and rolls him into the ring.
He lifts Rock up so he is seated on the turnbuckle, before climbing up and opening up on the Rock. He reaches four punches before Rock uses all his strength to lift Punk up and drop him face first onto the top turnbuckle, dazing the champion. He throws him to the ground before stomping away at Punk. He poses, signalling that he is setting up Punk for the Rock Bottom. Punk rises to his feet, countering the Rock Bottom attempt with an elbow, before hoisting Rock up onto his shoulders. Rock struggles out of the attempted GTS and hits with a spinebuster. Rock removes one of his elbow pads, tossing it into the crowd, before running the ropes. Punk quickly rises to his feet and tackles the Rock, before swiftly locking in the Anaconda Vice. Rock screams in pain, a good few feet from the ropes. He tries his best to squirm to the ropes, finally making it after over a minute in the hold. Punk relinquishes the hold, before signalling for the GTS. Rock slowly makes his way to his feet, and once again finds himself up on Punk's shoulders. This time Punk throws Rock down, but before he can connect The Rock's face to his knee he finds himself being lifted into the air for the Rock Bottom. Rock attempts the cover.
Punk gets the shoulder up. Rock signals for the Rock Bottom once more. Punk rises, he is extremely groggy. He turns to face The Rock and connects with a swift kick to the temple of the challenger, sending him to the ground. He lifts The Rock up upon his shoulders, and finally connects with the Go To Sleep. He hooks the leg.
Rock somehow gets the shoulder up. Punk tosses Rock from the ring carelessly, causing him to tumble into the announce table. He follows him and places him on the Spanish announce table. He climbs to the top rope and points both his hands skywards. He leaps from the top rope and connects with a big elbow to the heart of The Rock, right through the table. Both men lie motionless, with Heyman screaming to Punk, asking if he's alright. Rock begins to stir first, breaking the count at 8. Punk climbs to the apron and screams at the referee to get medical help for Punk Rock exits the ring as Punk gets to his feet. Punk connects with a violent chair shot to the head of The Rock. The referee turns to see both men lying out, the chair lying feet from both of them. He admonishes Heyman for distracting him, before restarting the count. Punk rises to his feet at four, dragging the carcass of The Rock into the ring. For the first time it is visible that The Rock has been busted open by the chair. Punk lifts Rock to his feet, preparing for one last GTS. He's hit with a second Rock bottom.
Punk again somehow gets the shoulder up. Rock stumbles to the feet of Punk, and locks in the Sharpshooter. Punk writhes in agony as the bloody Rock screams for him to tap. Punk grabs onto Heyman's outstretched hand, and Heyman uses all his strength to pull Punk to the ropes. The referee once again gives Heyman a talking to. Punk uses the distraction once more to hit Rock with a low blow. Rock hits the ground in agony, and Punk pulls himself up to his feet using the ropes. Punk climbs up top once again, only this time Rock quickly rises to his feet and climbs up the rope after him. Punk punches Rock in the midsection twice, causing Rock to grab his gut in pain. Punk takes advantage by bringing the Rock to the top rope too. He puts Rock's head between his thighs, before raising his hands in the air. “435!” he screams before hooking both of The Rock's arms. He jumps off the top rope, performing a Pedigree-like manoeuvre from the top rope to the mat. The Pepsi Plunge! Punk puts The Rock into a cover.
Again The Rock gets the shoulder up! Punk looks at the referee in disbelief. He turns to Heyman, who screams at him not to let up. Punk quickly locks in the Anaconda Vice on The Rock. Screaming at The Rock to tap out, he torques the move to cause as much discomfort for the Rock as possible. “Go back to Hollywood!”. Noticing that Rock is beginning to fade, Scott Armstrong raises The Rock's hand, dropping it to the mat.
He does it again.
He drops it a third time, but The Rock doesn't let his hand fall a third time. He stirs slightly, slapping his hand at Punk's face. Punk releases the hold, hoisting Rock onto his shoulders a third time. GTS, again! Punk smiles deviously at Heyman who is in hysterics. He falls to his knees and makes the cover.
The bell rings. “Punk is still the Champion!” Cole declares.
“He cheated!” King groans, “The steel chair to the head, the low blow. He's a no good cheat.”
“Cheater or not; Punk is still 'The Best in the World'.” JBL argues.
“Thanks for joining us for perhaps the most controversial Royal Rumble of all time. Tune into Raw tomorrow for all the fallout. Tune in to Raw tomorrow for day 435 of the reign of 'The Best in the World!”