Welcome to the 26th edition of the WWE Royal Rumble. Tonight’s show is broadcast live from Phoenix, Arizona. Stick around for live results as they happen.
The show opened with some fantastic video packages highlighting the Rumble match and Rock-Punk, the night’s two obvious big draws.
In the pre-show online match, WWE United States Antonio Cesaro pinned The Miz after hitting the Neutralizer.
World Heavyweight Championship – Last Man Standing Match
Alberto Del Rio (c) v. The Big Show
The show has to open with something I guess. After The Big Show made his entrance they cut to Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez backstage when they bumped into Bret “Hit Man” Hart of all people. Del Rio and Hart exchanged pleasantries while Rodriguez marked out completely. Hart then gave Rodriguez his trademark pink sunglasses.
Big Show started the match out in control with his trademark offense including slams and chops. As Big Show rushed at Del Rio he got nailed with a basement dropkick to the knee. Del Rio then kept up with more kicks. Show then gained control and looked for a powerbomb but ADR hit him with a huracanrana. He then kept the offense up with a top rope seated senton.
ADR then went for his rolling cross armbreaker, which Show reversed into a big overhead throw. On the outside Show took control with a chop and tossed the Champion back in the ring. Show then produced a steel chair but Del Rio dropkicked him first. Del Rio then took control of the chair and wore him out as the crowd chanted “si!” Show back up and nailed Del Rio with a chokeslam.
Back on the outside Show slammed Del Rio to the floor as the ten count started up again. Back up Del Rio hit a low blow and kicked Show all the way down. All the way up the entrance ramp now Show slammed Del Rio head first to the floor and then into the Rumble staging props. Show then wore him out with a piece of staging. Show then set up a table and climbed up the staging. He brought ADR up there with him. After some high wire acting Show shoved Del Rio off the staging and through the table. Del Rio got up at the count of nine.
They meandered back to the ring with Show still in firm control. Back in the ring Show looked for the KO punch but Del Rio rolled out quickly. Back outside the ring Show threw the ring steps at Del Rio who quickly moved out of the way. Show then took out Rodriguez. He then went to charge Del Rio, who moved out of the way again and Show crashed through the ringside barricade. ADR nailed him with anther chair. ADR draped Show’s arm across the steel steps and then nailed it with the chair. He then produced a fire extinguisher for more effect.
Back in the ring ADR locked in the cross armbreaker as Rodriguez duct taped Show’s feet to the bottom rope. With Show’s arm hurt and his feet taped up, Show stayed down for the 10 count. Del Rio retained the Championship.
Winner (and still Champion) – Alberto Del Rio
Backstage, Matt Striker interviewed Dolph Ziggler, Big E Langston and AJ Lee. Ziggler revealed he will be #1 in tonight’s Rumble. They scared off Striker and then Big E took over doing a hilarious impression as an interviewer.
Old school Rumble pre-taped interviews from Antonio Cesaro, The Prime Time Players, Randy Orton, John Cena, Wade Barrett, Sheamus and Ryback. Those were just awesome goodness.