Royal Rumble Kickoff Results
We’re live from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Royal Rumble Kickoff. Josh Mathews does the honors, welcoming us the sold out Consol Energy Center. He announces attendance as 15,715. Josh welcomes us to the expert panel with Jim Duggan, Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair. Mathews asks Shawn Michaels about entering at number one and winning. HBK says the strategy overall is you don’t want to get eliminated. Ric Flair said go to the ring, knowing this can be a career-defining moment.
Duggan says he’s not a big strategy guy – fire, ready, aim! They preview the upcoming WWE Tag Team Championship match and Mathews asks HBK if The New Age Outlaws can become the tag champions for a sixth time. Shawn says the Rhodes brothers has been a great story, but he’s going NAO. Flair is taking the Rhodes brothers, as is Hacksaw. He said second generation wrestlers have a better feel for it.
We go to Renee Young in the social media lounge. She plugs the hashtag #RoyalRumble, keeping in mind the numbers 1, 27 and 30 are popular. Renee reads a series of Tweets before passing it back to Josh Mathews.
Mathews plugs the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Randy Orton and John Cena. They roll footage from Raw, specially last Monday on Raw when the fight spilled into the crowd and into a sky box. Back to Consol, Mathews asks Ric Flair who walks out as champion. Flair says Randy Orton as we see JBL being introduced in the arena. Hacksaw picks Cena as Jerry Lawler is introduced in the building. We go to footage of Raw where workers drew their Royal Rumble entry numbers.
They preview Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan. HBK says he never kicked anyone he never liked. He took Bryan but Flair picked Bray Wyatt. We go to announce and it’s time for the WWE title bout.
WWE Tag Team Championship Kickoff Match
– Goldust & Cody Rhodes (c) vs. The New Age Outlaws
Road Dogg has a mic and starts running through his routine. Are you ready? No, hell no, Pittsburgh are you ready? Now then, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and children of all ages… the New Age Outlaws! Billy Gunn grabs the mic and if you’re not down with that, SUCK IT!
Goldust & Cody Rhodes are out next with the WWE Tag Team Championship belts around their waists.
The bell rings and we’re underway. Road Dogg and Cody Rhodes lockup to start the action off. Rhodes drops Dogg down to the mat for a less than one count.
Rhodes shoves Road Dogg and they go for another lockup. Dogg hits a couple of lefts but when he taunts Cody, he counters. Dogg counters again, telling Cody it’s not his first rodeo. Cody flips Road Dogg over the top rope to the outside. Gunn gets involved and he’s to the outside. Goldust gets involved off the apron and a suicide dive from Cody to the outside. Just as the action heads back for the ring, we go to commercial.
We’re back with Billy Gunn and Goldust as the legal men. Gunn tags in Road Dogg, he gets a two count on Goldust. Dogg applies a rear chinlock on Goldust, the referee checks him. The crowd cheers Goldust to his feet and he whips Road Dogg into the ropes. Dogg counters and gets a two count. Road Dogg puts Goldust into the corner but Goldust counters into an inverted powerbomb.
Billy Gunn tags in and goes to work on Goldust. Somebody forgot to tell Billy Gunn to age as the years come along. He gets a two count on Goldust. Out of nowhere Goldust hits a powerslam on Goldust. He needs a tag and he gets it but not before Gunn tags in Road Dogg. Cody goes on the offensive first, taking control of the bout.
Nice heel kick from Rhodes but Gunn gets in the ring. He ends up hitting a missile dropkick on both of the New Age Outlaws. However, when he was dealing with Billy Gunn, he nearly got the pump handle slam from Road Dogg. Rhodes hit Cross Rhodes but Billy Gunn made the save at the count of two.
Goldust and Billy Gunn work on the outside. Gunn gets on the apron and unbeknownst to Cody, makes a tag. He hits the fameasser on Rhodes as Cody was working on Road Dogg and gets the three count.
Winners & NEW WWE Tag Team Champions, Billy Gunn & Road Dogg
We go to the expert panel where Michaels puts over his correct prediction. They plug Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar. Flair says Big Show is the most gifted big man in the business today but Brock Lesnar is a bad, bad man. HBK says it’s so hard to bet against Brock Lesnar. Hacksaw talks it up before they run a video promo for the Royal Rumble match.
Hacksaw picks Dolph Ziggler to win the 30-man Royal Rumble match. Michaels goes with The Shield because he’s worried with CM Punk entering number one. Ric Flair picks Batista. Josh Mathews declares the Road to Wrestlemania begins in moments.
The show proper opens with a video package highlighting (what else) the Royal Rumble match!
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The pyro hits and Michael Cole welcomes us to the show. As stated on the pre-show, Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt will be kicking things off tonight, and Bryan comes down to the ring first to a giant pop from the fans in attendance.
The lights go out, and Bray Wyatt makes his way to the ring with Rowan and Harper in tow.
Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt
Wyatt sits in his chair at the bottom of the ramp before blowing out the lantern, and making his way toward the ring. Wyatt climbs the stairs and steps into the ring, and the bell rings. We’re ready to kick things off! Wyatt looks intensely at Bryan and stares wide-eyed at him. Wyatt continues to yell and pace while the crowd goes nuts for Bryan. We get a lock up and Bray pushes Bryan into the corner, but Bryan fights back with punches. Wyatt stops him cold with a knee to the gut, and a back elbow that drops Bryan to the mat. Wyatt stomps away at Bryan, stomping on his fingers and punching away. Bryan fights back with a series of rights and a running knee to the gut. Bryan buries his knees in Wyatt’s face and chases off Harper, but the distraction allows Bray to attack from behind. Bryan ducks a clothesline and leaps through the ropes to take out Harper.
The ref sees Rowan coming for Bryan, and he tosses them from ringside. Wyatt talks to his boys for a bit before sending them off to the back, telling them he doesn’t need them. Wyatt turns around into a giant cross body from Bryan. Bryan brings things back into the ring and heads to the top rope. Bryan leaps off with another cross body for a one count. Bryan hits Wyatt with a couple of European uppercuts, and some stiff kicks to Wyatt’s legs. Wyatt whips Bryan into the corner, but Bryan gets a boot up. Bryan seats himself on the top turnbuckle, but Wyatt chops him off and down to the floor. Wyatt heads to the outside after Bryan and he hits him with a big right hand. Wyatt laughs at the commentary team, and charges Bryan, but Bryan moves and Bray crashes into the ring steps and goes flying.
Wyatt makes it back into the ring and Bryan goes right after the leg, kicking Bray’s thigh. Bryan kicks Wyatt in the back a couple of times, then props him up in the corner for a kick to the chest before taking Wyatt out with a dragon screw. Bryan stomps at Bray’s chest, and ties Wyatt’s legs up, pulling his arms back and curb stomping Wyatt into the mat.
Wyatt fights back, backing Bryan into the corner and head butting, and hitting Bryan. Bryan fights back with kicks to the legs, then he ties Bray’s leg up in the ropes and hits a running dropkick square to Wyatt’s knee. Wyatt rolls to the apron and stands up and Bryan attempts to suplex Wyatt back into the ring. Wyatt is able to reverse it, brining Bryan to the apron. Bryan scores with a couple of forearms, but Wyatt grabs Bryan’s arm and wrenches it while dropping to the floor, driving Bryan’s face into the mat.
Bray picks Bryan up to his feet and tosses him back into the ring. Bray picks Bryan up and sort-of suplexes him, tossing him across the ring. Wyatt traps Bryan in a rear chin lock. Bryan is able to fight to his feet and out of the hold, but Wyatt stops him by tossing him over the top rope. Wyatt goes to the outside after Bryan, putting him on the apron and hitting him with forearms while Bryan’s head is trapped against the ring post. Wyatt hits a splash, driving Bryan’s head against the post again, and Bryan drops to the outside.
Wyatt heads back out and drops on Bryan, hard with a running senton. Bray screams at the crowd before tossing Bryan back into the ring for a two count. Bray kicks at Bryan’s head, which Bryan has been holding since the assault against the ring post. Bryan kicks at Wyatt, but Wyatt comes back pulling Bryan neck first into the middle rope. Wyatt goes for a couple of pins, but can’t keep Bryan down. Wyatt scores with a couple of big rights before clamping on another rear chin lock. Bray takes Bryan down with a big standing slam, just chucking Bryan down to the ring. Bray drops to his back and stands on his hands and feet, inching across the ring toward Bryan before rolling over and charging in with a huge splash.
Wyatt pins Bryan for a two count, the goes right back to the trusty rear chin lock. The crowd tries to pull Bryan back into it, and Bryan is able to fight out of the hold, but Bray puts him right back down with a big body slam. Wyatt goes for an elbow drop, but Bryan rolls out of the way and Bray crashes to the mat. Both men stand, Bryan ducks a clothesline and scores with a running forearm. Bryan scores with kicks to the side, and he’s able to send Wyatt crashing into the middle turnbuckle with a drop toe hold, before he kicks the turnbuckle into Wyatt’s face. Bryan puts Bray on the top rope and hits a nice hurricanrana for two.
Bryan hits a big European uppercut, backflips over Wyatt out of the corner, and runs right into a huge back elbow from Wyatt. Wyatt pins Bryan for two. Wyatt picks Bryan up to his feet and tries for a suplex, but Bryan falls to his feet and low bridges Wyatt, sending him to the outside. Bryan goes to the apron and hits an AMAZING flying tornado DDT, driving Wyatt’s face into the arena floor.
Bryan crashes into Wyatt, sending him into the barricade, before bringing things back into the ring. Bryan goes to the top and hits a missile dropkick, then begins to pepper Wyatt with kicks to the chest, and one to the head. Bryan goes for the pin, but he’s only able to get two. Bryan goes to the corner and charges into Bray, hitting a big dropkick. Bryan goes for a second and scores, but on the third attempt, Bray comes back with a huge clothesline that’s good for two. Bray pulls Bryan to his feet and goes for Sister Abagail, but Bryan turns it around into a roll up for two. Bryan gets Wyatt into the Yes Lock, and Bray bites Bryan to break the hold. Bray mounts Bryan and punches him repeatedly.
Bray takes Bryan into the corner and seats him on the top rope. Bray head butts Bryan, but Bryan comes right back with head butts of his own. The two continue to trade blows until Bryan scores with a head butt to send Bray crashing back to the mat. Bryan stands on the top rope and goes for the flying head butt, hitting Bray square. Bryan stands and the fans are right behind him, but Bray rolls to the outside. Bryan hits a dropkick through the ropes, and then dive out on top of Bray. Bray catches Bryan and scores with Sister Abagail right into the barricade!
Bray brings things back into the ring and he picks Bryan up to his feet. Bray kisses Bryan on the head and scores with Sister Abagail for three.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Harper and Rowan return to the ring to celebrate with Wyatt, before all three men make their way to the back.
Refs are out to check on Bryan, and we go backstage.