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411’s WWE Royal Rumble Report 01.25.15

January 26, 2015 | Posted by Scott Slimmer

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Kickoff Show Match
The New Day vs. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd w/ Natalya, Adam Rose, and the Rosebuds
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This was scheduled to be a six-man tag team match, but it looks like it’s actually just going to be Kofi Kingston & Big E vs. Cesaro & Tyson Kid. Big E and Kidd start the match, and Big E immediately tosses Kidd to the mat. Big E hits a series of backbreakers and makes the tag to Kingston. Big E tosses Kidd into the air, and Kingston connects with a mid-air drop kick. Kidd bounces across the ring and makes the tag to Cesaro. Cesaro gets a great reaction from the crowd, and Kingston quickly makes the tag back to the power half of his team. Big E whips Cesaro to the corner and connects with a shoulder to the gut before making the quick tag back to Kingston. Cesaro makes the tag to Kidd, and Kidd chokes Kingston against the bottom rope. Kidd traps Kingston in the corner, makes the tag to Cesaro, and holds Kingston while Cesaro drives a knee into his gut. Cesaro lifts Kingston onto his shoulder, but Kingston rolls into a sunset flip for a two count. Cesaro regains control and hits the Cesaro Swing. Kidd got the blind tag before the swing, so he charges into the ring and hits a mid-swing low drop kick to Kingston for a two count as we go to commercial. We return from commercial to find Cesaro in control of Kingston. Kingston finally makes the hot tag to Big E, and Big E hits a side slam for a two count. Kidd rushes the ring, but Big E launches him to the outside. Kingston hits the ropes, and Big E launches him out onto Kidd. Cesaro is on the ring apron, so Big E spears him off the ring apron and to the arena floor. Big E drags Cesaro back into the ring and goes for the Big Ending, but Cesaro floats over and hits a drop kick. Kingston gets the tag and catches Cesaro with a kick in the corner. Kingston heads up top, but Cesaro connects with an uppercut. Cesaro makes the tag to Kidd and delivers a superplex to Kingston before Kidd follows up with a springboard diving elbow drop for a two count. Kidd goes for a springboard sunset flip, but the referee stops his count when he sees Cesaro assisting Kidd. Kingston quickly rolls up Kidd with a crucifix pin but only gets a two count. Kidd locks in the Sharpshooter, but Big E breaks the hold with a belly-to-belly suplex. Cesaro knocks Big E out of the ring, but Kingston tosses Cesaro and connects with Trouble in Paradise to Rose. Kingston goes for an O’Connor Roll, but Kidd shoves him to the ropes. Cesaro connects with an uppercut from the outside, and Kidd follows up with a swinging fisherman suplex for the three count.

Match Result: Tyson Kidd defeats Kofi Kingston with a swinging fisherman suplex.
Match Length: 10:55
Slimmer’s Rating: **¾

Tag Team Match
The New Age Outlaws vs. The Ascension
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Billy and Viktor start the match, and Billy quickly drops Viktor with a shoulder block. Viktor springs back to his feet, but Billy catches him with an arm drag into an arm bar. Billy makes the tag to Road Dogg, but Viktor muscles him to the corner and makes the tag to Konnor. Konnor repeatedly drives his shoulder into Road Dogg’s gut in the corner. Road Dogg slumps to the mat, and Konnor stomps on his head before making the tag back to Viktor. Viktor locks in a seated rear chin lock. Viktor hits a standing fist drop and makes the tag back to Konnor. Konnor locks in a front chancery before transitioning to a rear chin lock. Konnor goes for a back suplex, but Road Dogg shifts in mid-air and counters into a body splash. Konnor goes for a running elbow drop, but Road Dogg rolls out of the way. Konnor makes the tag to Viktor as Road Dogg makes the hot tag to Billy. Billy hits a tilt-a-whirl slam and goes for the Fameasser, but Viktor slides out of the way. Konnor gets the blind tag, and the Ascension hit Billy with the Fall of Man for the three count.

Match Result: Konnor defeats Billy Gunn with the Fall of Man.
Match Length: 5:42
Slimmer’s Rating: **

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos (Champions) vs. The Miz & Damien Mizdow
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Jey and Miz start the match. Miz traps Jey in the corner and repeatedly kicks him in the gut. Miz whips Jey to the opposite corner, but Jey puts on the breaks and hits a side kick. Jimmy gets the tag, traps Miz in the corner, and lands a couple of chops to the chest. Miz regains control and hits his patented corner clothesline. Miz heads up top, but Jimmy knocks him off balance and crotches him. Miz flies at Jimmy, but Jimmy lands a mid-air punch to the gut. Miz telegraphs a back body drop and eats a kick to the face. Miz whips Jimmy to the ropes, and Jimmy hits the second rope throat-first. Miz locks in a rear chin lock and hits his back breaker / neck breaker combo for a two count. Mizdow wants the tag, and so do the Philly fans. Miz reaches out his hand but pulls it back before Mizdow can make the tag. Jimmy makes the tag to Jey, and Jey hits a Samoan Drop. Jey hits a running stinkface in the corner. Mizdow rushes into the ring, but Jey whips him right back out. Miz goes for an O’Connor roll, but Jey kicks out at two. Miz hits a DDT, but Jey again kicks out at two. “We want Mizdow! We want Mizdow! We want Mizdow!” Miz goes for the Figure Four Leg Lock, but Jey kicks him away. Jey kicks Miz out of the ring, and Jimmy and Jey dive to the outside to take out Miz and Mizdow. Miz rolls back in the ring and Miz goes for a top rope splash, but Miz rolls out of the way. Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale but only gets a two count. Miz charges Jey in the corner, but Jey catches him with a super kick. Jey heads up top and hits a diving splash, but Mizdow breaks up the pin. Mizdow hits the Skull Crushing Finale and Miz covers, but Jey manages to kick out once again. Mizdow has never been the legal man in this match. Miz takes Jey up top and goes for a superplex, but Jey fights out. Miz falls the mat but heads back up top. Jimmy gets the blind tag as Jey flips over into a sunset flip powerbomb. Jimmy follows up with a top rope diving splash and gets the three count. Mizdow was never tagged into the match.

Match Result: Jimmy Uso defeats the Miz with a top rope diving splash.
Match Length: 9:24
Slimmer’s Rating: **½

Tag Team Match
Paige & Natalya vs. The Bella Twins
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Paige and Nikki start the match. Nikki levels Paige with a shoulder block, but Paige slams her head into the top turnbuckle and makes the tag to Natalya. Paige and Natalya his a double team arm drag, and Natalya gets a two count. Nikki creates some distance and makes the tag to Brie. Natalya muscles Brie to the corner and makes the tag to Paige. Paige and Natalya hit a double team delayed vertical suplex, and Paige gets a two count. Paige drapes Brie across the second rope and makes the tag to Natalya. Natalya hits an knee lift and immediately makes the tag back to Paige. Paige rolls up Brie but only gets a two count, so she makes the quick tag back to Natalya. Brie pulls Natalya across the ring and makes the tag to Nikki. Natalya hits a stiff forearm shot to the face, but Nikki slams Natalya’s face into the mat. Nikki locks in a rear chin lock, but Natalya flips her to break the hold. Nikki locks in a front chancery, drags Natalya to the corner, and makes the tag to Brie. Brie locks in a rear chin lock, but Natalya fights back to her feet and breaks the hold with a series of elbows to the gut. Brie makes the tag to Nikki, and the Bellas hit a sweet double team leg roll. Nikki goes to the head scissors, but Natalya rolls and lifts Nikki up onto her shoulders to the electric chair drop. Nikki regains control and goes for another leg roll, but Natalya tries to counter into the Sharpshooter, but Nikki kicks her away. Natalya goes for the tag, but Brie pulls Paige off the ring apron. Nikki uses the distraction to level Natalya with a stiff forearm shot for the three count.

Match Result: Nikki Bella defeats Natalya with a forearm shot.
Match Length: 8:18
Slimmer’s Rating:

Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Brock Lesnar (Champion) w/ Paul Heyman vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins w/ Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury
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Lesnar heads for Rollins, and Rollins dives out of the ring to avoid disaster. Cena takes the fight to Lesnar, and Lesnar hits German Suplex #1 and #2. Rollins tries to attack, but Lesnar goes for and F-5, but J&J make the save. J&J shoves Rollins out of the ring, but Lesnar suplexes both Noble and Mercury. German Suplex #3 to Rollins. German Suplex #4 to Cena. German Suplexes #5 and #6 to Rollins. Snap suplex to Cena. It’s been all Lesnar so far. Snap suplex to Rollins. “ECW! ECW! ECW!” (What is that, a Taz reference?) Lesnar pounds on Cena in the corner and then locks in the kimura in the middle of the ring. Cena fights up to his feet, but Lesnar maintains the holds and grapevines the body. Rollins hits a springboard knee shot to the head of Lesnar to the finally break the hold. Cena and Rollins hit a double team suplex to Lesnar, and Cena follows up with an Attitude Adjustment. Cena goes for the cover, but Rollins whips Cena out of the ring and steals the cover for a two count. Lesnar tosses Rollins out of the ring, but Rollins hits a drop kick to the shoulder the sends Lesnar into the ring steps. Cena and Rollins head back into the ring, and Cena hits the Protoplex. Cena sets up for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, but Lesnar appears out of nowhere for German Suplexes #7 and #8. Rollins lands a knee shot to Lesnar’s back to sends Lesnar tumbling out of the ring. Rollins heads up top and hits a flipping neck breaker to Cena. Lesnar charges back into the ring and tosses Rollins to the outside. Cena takes Lesnar off his feet with a clothesline, but Rollins pulls Cena out of the ring. Rollins goes for another springboard knee shot to Lesnar, but Lesnar catches him in mid-air and hits the F-5. Lesnar makes the cover, but Cena dives into the ring to break up the pin. Cena hits Lesnar with the Attitude Adjustment and goes for the cover, but Lesnar kicks out at two. Rollins connects with the Curb Stomp to Lesnar and goes for the cover, but Lesnar again kicks out at two. Lesnar rolls to the outside to catch a breather, but Cena charges him from behind an drives him through the barricade into the time keeper’s area. Cena whips Lesnar head-first into the ring steps. Cena picks up the ring steps and drives them into Lesnar’s face, and Lesnar ends up on the Spanish announce table. ROLLINS HEADS UP TOP AND HITS A DIVING ELBOW DROP TO LESNAR THROUGH THE SPANISH ANNOUNCE TABLE! Cena rolls Rollins back into the ring, but he’s clearly woozy. Cena heads for Rollins, but Rollins catches him with a quick rollup for a two count. Rollins hits a low kick to the chin, but Cena kicks out at two. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Rollins floats over and lands on his feet. Rollins charges at Cena, but Cena catches him with a sit-out powerbomb for a two count. Cena takes Rollins up top, but Rollins counters into a sunset flip buckle bomb for yet another two count. Cena regains control and locks in the STF, but J&J make the save. J&J lift Cena for Rollins to hit the triple-team powerbomb. Rollins retrieves the MitB briefcase and charges Cena, but Cena back body drops him over the top rope to the outside. Cena hits J&J with a double Attitude Adjustment and follows up with an Attitude Adjustment to Rollins for a looong two count. Lesnar has been down and out since the table spot, and Cole tells us that Lesnar has at least one broken rib. Cena goes for yet another Attitude Adjustment, but Rollins counters into a Curb Stomp for a looong two count of his own. Rollins heads up top and hits the Phoenix Splash… BUT HERE COMES LESNAR! German Suplex #9 to Rollins and #10 to Cena! Rollins grabs the MitB briefcase and drives it into Lesnar’s skull. Rollins goes for the Curb Stomp onto the briefcase, but Lesnar counters into the F-5 for the three count.

Match Result: Brock Lesnar defeats Seth Rollins with the F-5.
Match Length: 22:48
Slimmer’s Rating: ****½

The Royal Rumble Match
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The Miz is #1. R-Truth is #2. Truth locks in a side headlock and then drops Miz with a shoulder tackle. Truth whips Miz over the top rope, but Miz lands on the ring apron. Miz whips Truth over the top rope, but Truth lands on the ring apron. Truth connects with a spinning heel kick and heads up top, but Miz knocks him off balance to crotch him. BUBBA RAY DUDLEY IS #3! Bubba levels Miz and holds him as Truth hits the Whassup? headbutt form the top. TRUTH! GET THE TABLES! Truth doesn’t get any tables, but Bubba and Truth do hit Miz with the 3D. Bubba tosses Miz and Truth to become the only man in the ring. Luke Harper is #4. Bubba and Harper stare each other down before brawling. Bubba eventually takes control, but he’s about to become outnumbered. Bray Wyatt is #5. Wyatt and Harper double team Bubba. “We want D-Von! We want D-Von! We want D-Von!” Wyatt and Harper take control of Bubba, and Wyatt eliminates him. Curtis Axel is #6. Axel starts to head down the ramp, but Erick Rowan attacks him from behind. Rowan charges into the ring and stares at Wyatt and Harper. Rowan isn’t actually in the match, but he’s looking for payback. Wyatt and Harper set their sights on Rowan, but suddenly Harper turns on Wyatt. Harper and Rowan beat down Wyatt, but Wyatt regains control and tosses them both. Wyatt is not the only man in the right. THE BOOGEYMAN IS #7. Wyatt stares down Boogeyman and does the crab walk to grab the mental advantage. Wyatt whips Boogeyman out of the ring and is once again the only man in the ring. Sin Cara is #8. Sin Cara hits a springboard elbow shot to Wyatt, but Wyatt regains control with Sister Abigail and eliminates Sin Cara. ZACK RYDER IS #9. Ryder lands a double knee shot to the face and follows up with a drop kick from the second rope. Ryder looks strong for about thirty seconds, but soon enough Wyatt eliminates him as well. DANIEL BRYAN IS #10. Ladies and gentlemen, business is about to pick up. It’s all Bryan for 90 seconds, but he has trouble lifting Wyatt over the top rope. Fandango is #11. Fandango lands a drop kick to Bryan and whips him to the corner. Fandango goes for a back suplex, but Bryan floats over and lands on his feet. Bryan connects with a kick to the back of the head and follows up with an airplane spin. Tyson Kidd is #12. Kidd hits Bryan with a springboard drop kick and then goes right after Wyatt. Kidd whips Fandango to the corner and takes him up top. Bryan hits Fandango with a running drop kick, and Kidd follows up with one of his own. Bryan and Kidd charge each other and connect with simultaneous crossbodies. Stardust is #13. Stardust delivers a springboard elbow shot to Kidd and tries to eliminate Fandango, but Fandango skins the cat back into the ring. Fandango tries to eliminate Stardust, but Stardust skins the cat back into the ring. Daniel Bryan back suplexes Kidd over the top rope to eliminate him. Wyatt rolls out of the way (without eliminating himself), so Bryan takes him out with a suicide dive between the ropes (also without eliminating himself). Diamond Dallas Page is #14. That man is nearly 60 years old, and he looks amazing. Freaking yoga. Page hits Stardust with a Diamond Cutter and follows up with a Diamond Cutter to Fandango from the top rope. Wyatt blindsides Page but eats a Diamond Cutter of his own. Rusev is #15. Page goes for a Diamond Cutter on Rusev, but Rusev counters into a side kick and eliminates Page. Rusev eliminates Fandango, so we’re down to Wyatt, Bryan, Stardust, and Rusev. Bryan levels Wyatt and Rusev with a double drop kick from the top. Bryan kicks both Rusev and Wyatt in rapid succession, but Rusev retaliates with a side kick to stop Bryan’s momentum. Rusev whips Bryan over the top rope, but Bryan lands on his feet on the ring apron. WYATT CHARGES BRYAN AND KNOCKS HIM OFF THE RING APRON TO ELIMINATE HIM. Well then. Goldust is #16. The crowd is still chanting for Daniel Bryan. Stardust tries to eliminate Goldust, but Goldust hangs on to save himself. Kofi Kingston is #17. Kingston immediately heads up top and lands a crossbody to Goldust and Stardust. Wyatt catapults Kingston over the top rope, but Kingston hangs on. Wyatt clotheslines Kingston back over the top rope, but again Kingston hangs on. Adam Rose is #18. Rusev launches Kingston out of the ring, but the Rosebuds catch him. Kingston crowd surfs around the ring on the Rosebuds before making his way back to the ring apron, but Rusev kicks him off the apron to finally eliminate him. Roman Reigns is #19. Goldust and Stardust go after Reigns, but Reigns quickly eliminates them both. We’re down to Wyatt, Rusev, and Reigns. Big E is #20. Rusev, Wyatt, Reigns, and Big E all brawl. Damien Mizdow is #21. Miz rushes down to the ring and says that he’s taking Mizdow’s spot, but Reigns knocks Miz off the ring apron. Mizdow enters the match, but Rusev quickly eliminates him. Jack Swagger is #22. Swagger his Rusev with the Swagger Bomb, but Wyatt holds Swagger so that Rusev can retaliate. Wyatt and Rusev double team Swagger as Reigns works over Big E in the opposite corner. Ryback is #23. Ryback levels all five men in the ring. Ryback damn near decapitates Rusev with the Meat Hook Clothesline. Swagger squares off with Big E as Rusev goes after Reigns. Kane is #24. Kane immediately goes after Reigns but then beats down Rusev as well. Kane tries to eliminate Ryback, but Ryback holds on and lands on the ring apron. Wyatt splashes Reigns in the corner. Dean Ambrose is #25. Ambrose charges right at Kane and goes the ground and pound. Ambrose heads up top and connects with a crossbody to Kane. Ambrose tries to toss Rusev but can’t lift the big man. Big E gets Ryback over the top rope, but Ryback lands on the apron and slide back into the ring. Titus O’Neil is #26. Reigns and Ambrose double team O’Neil and eliminate him in just four seconds (but don’t worry, Santino’s record is still intact.) Ambrose goes after Wyatt as Big E goes after Rusev. Bad News Barrett is #27. Barrett goes after Ambrose, but Ambrose fights back. Barrett tries to eliminate Ambrose, but Reigns makes the save. Kane and Ryback are brawling in the corner, as are Rusev and Swagger. Ambrose tries to eliminate Barrett, but Barrett won’t go. Cesaro is #28. Cesaro starts delivering uppercuts to everyone in the ring. Ambrose charges Cesaro but eats a pop-up uppercut. Rusev tries to eliminate Big E, but Big E gets his foot on the ring apron. Rusev continues his assault on Big E and finally knocks him off the apron to eliminate him. Big Show is #29. Everyone in the ring goes after Big Show, but he shoves them all away. Kane and Big Show eliminate Ryback, and Show follows up by eliminating Swagger. Dolph Ziggler is #30. Ziggler goes after both Show and Kane, which probably isn’t all that smart. Barrett charges Ziggler, but Ziggler dumps him over the top rope to eliminate him. Ziggler and Cesaro spill to the ring apron, but Cesaro super kicks Cesaro off the apron to eliminate him. Ziggler heads up top and flies at Show and Kane, but Show lands a mid-air Knockout Punch. Show and Kane eliminate Ziggler and immediately follow up by eliminating Wyatt. The final four are Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Big Show, and Kane. Reigns is bleeding heavily from the mouth. Reigns and Ambrose try to toss Show, but Kane makes the save. Show choke slams Ambrose, and Show and Kane easily dump Ambrose over the top rope to eliminate him. “Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit!” This crowd is, um, not happy. Reigns tries to take on both Show and Kane, but that’s a tall order. Kane tries to dump Reigns, but Reigns grabs an arm to start pulling Kane over the top rope. Show makes the save… or was he trying to eliminate Kane? Kane thinks Show has turned on him and attacks. Kane and Show try to eliminate each other, but Reigns comes from behind to eliminate them both and win the match. Show and Kane rush back into the ring and attack Reigns… BUT THE ROCK IS HERE! Rock rushes the ring, levels Show, and delivers the People’s Elbow to Kane. Reigns delivers a Superman punch to Show, and Rock follows up with a Rock Bottom. Suddenly Rusev appears, and it turns out he was never actually eliminated. Rusev charges Reigns, but Reigns whips him over the top rope to finally eliminate him and formally win the match. The Rock congratulates Reigns in the ring, but Triple H and Stephanie McMahon suddenly appear on the stage. They are slightly less happy than the crowd. And the crowd is not happy at all. It’s going to be Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.

Match Result: Roman Reigns wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Rusev.
Match Length: 59:43
Slimmer’s Rating: ***

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