Sunday, January 25, 2015
WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Results
Roman Reigns wins the 2015 Royal Rumble Match
Brock Lesnar (c) def. Seth Rollins and John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match)
The Bella Twins def. Paige & Natalya
The Usos (c) def. The Miz & Damien Mizdow (WWE Tag Team Championship Match)
The Ascension def. The New Age Outlaws
Cesaro & Tyson Kidd def. Kofi Kingston & Big E (Kickoff Match)
Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Weekly Coverage
NEW DAY VS. TYSON KIDD & CESARO & ADAM ROSE
It ended up not being an elimination match but a one fall match. Kidd pinned Kingston after Cesaro gave Kingston a forearm from outside the ring. Crowd was totally behind Kidd & Cesaro and booed the New Day. Kingston used the Trouble in Paradise on Rose, who was on the apron and fell out of the ring. Rose distracted the ref and Cesaro used the forearm and Kidd got the pin with spinning fisherman buster. They pushed the idea that Kidd & Cesaro are now in line for a tag team title match.
THE ASCENSION VS. NEW AGE OUTLAWS
The Ascension won with the Fall of Man on Billy Gunn, after Gunn had his neck snapped on the top rope by Konnor. Short match. Not much to it. Crowd booed The Ascension winning a lot, not so much heat but they really liked the Outlaws and don't like Ascension at all.
Stephanie and HHH were backstage. They talked about having a problem with Sting. Paul Heyman came out. The place cheered him like crazy. Heyman said Brock Lesnar was the answer to the problem with John Cena as champion and he can answer the problem of Sting.
USOS VS. MIZ & MIZDOW FOR THE TAG TITLES
Good match, fairly short. The Usos won when Jimmy tagged in, superkicked Miz, Jey power bombed Miz off the top rope and Jimmy did a twisting splash for the pin. Miz was saved from a prior splash off the top while Jey twice kicked out of a skull crushing finale from Miz and another from Mizdow.
Noble & Mercury were playing WWE Immortals and Seth Rollins was mad they were playing games before the biggest match of his career. Rollins said he wasn't the future, he was the "right now." Crowd seemed to cheer Rollins.
BELLA TWINS VS. PAIGE & NATALYA
This was booked as almost a squash. They just beat down Natalya for several minutes and before she could get a hot tag in, Brie pulled Paige off the apron when Natalya tried to hot tag her. Nikki then nailed Natalya with a forearm to the face and pinned her. Disappointing because no drama to the match.
We've got almost two hours left for the Rumble and the title match.
Interview time. Roman Reigns said the only thing that matters tonight is winning the whole thing. Goldust & Stardust did a weird interview. Rusev said tonight his rise to power will be complete. He vowed to crush the champion at WrestleMania. Miz & Mizdow both vowed to win the match and Miz got mad Mizdow said he was going to win. Show said he was an angry, vicious and angry giant because of what Lesnar did. He vowed to get at Reigns. Fandango & Ros talked. Bryan got the last interview.
BROCK LESNAR VS. JOHN CENA VS. SETH ROLLINS FOR THE WWE TITLE
This was a match of the year candidate. Lesnar destroyed everyone early. Cena laid him out on the floor. Rollins came off the top rope with an elbow onto the Spanish table on Lesnar. They said Lesnar broke his rib. Cena and Rollins were kicking out of each others' moves. Cena had Rollins in the STF when Noble and Mercury made the save. Cena gave them both AA's at the same time. Rollins came back with a curb stomp for a near fall on Cena and then a Phoenix splash. Lesnar ran in with a German suplex on Rollins. Lesnar went for a second one but Rollins landed on his feet and nailed him with the briefcase. Lesnar kicked out and Rollins went for a curb stomp but Lesnar caught him with the F-5 for the pin. The crowd took to Lesnar as the babyface. They disliked Cena the most.
Bubba Ray Dudley was the first surprise throwing out Miz & R-Truth and brawling with Luke Harper.
The next surprise was the Boogeyman.
DDP was another surprise.
Okay, so they turned Roman Reigns heel but not by choice. Reigns won and faces Lensar for the title.
The crowd turned on the match when Bryan was eliminated. Early on they made Wyatt the monster throwing everyone out, including Bryan. The crowd booed a lot after, although they cheered guys like Ziggler, Ambrose, and Mizdow. Reigns was booed way more than Cena. The crowd was really mad when their favorites got out. Fans were chanting for Rusev at one point. Rusev disappeared at one point and was never thrown out. It appeared the last four guys were Reigns, Ambrose, Show and Kane. Kane & Show dumped Ambrose. Kane & Show both went at it and Reigns came back to eliminate both to apparently win. Kane & Show after the match beat down Reigns until The Rock came in. Rock & Reigns cleaned house. Then Rusev, who was never eliminated, showed up and Reigns eliminated him quickly. The crowd booed even when Rock tried to endorse Reigns. Oh well, we knew it was a risk and it happened.