WWE officials used a cart to bring big men Braun Strowman, Big Show, Big E, Bray Wyatt, Mark Henry and others to the ring for last night’s Royal Rumble 30-man main event.
The cart was not shown on TV as each Superstar began their entrance by running to the ring. The camera angle then cut back to the ring to allow for the Superstar to ride the cart the rest of the way.
(Kickoff) WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss, Mickie James & Natalya vs Becky Lynch, Naomi & Nikki Bella – Winners: Naomi, Nikki Bella & Becky Lynch
(Kickoff) RAW Tag Team Championship (There will be two referees): (C) Sheamus & Cesaro vs Gallows & Anderson – Winners and new RAW Tag Team Champions: Gallows & Anderson
(Kickoff) Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax – Winner: Nia Jax
RAW Women’s Championship: (C) Charlotte Flair vs Bayley – Winner: Charlotte Flair
WWE Universal Championship – DO DQ (Chris Jericho will be suspended in a shark cage above the ring): (C) Kevin Owens vs Roman Reigns – Just as Reigns was about to finish off Owens, Braun Strowman attacked Reigns and power slammed him through a table. Owens gets the win to retain – Winner: Kevin owens
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: (C) Rich Swann vs Neville – Winner by submission and new WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Neville
WWE World Championship: (C) AJ Styles vs John Cena – Winner and new WWE World Champion: John Cena (16X)
30 Man Royal Rumble
1. Big Cass eliminated by Braun Strowman
2. WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho eliminated by Roman Reigns
3. Kalisto eliminated by Braun Strowman
4. Mojo Rawley eliminated by Braun Strowman
5. Jack Gallagher eliminated by Mark Henry
6. Mark Henry eliminated by Braun Strowman
7. Braun Strowman eliminated by Baron Corbin
8. Sami Zayn eliminated by The Undertaker
9. Big Show eliminated by Braun Strowman
10. Tye Dillinger eliminated by Braun Strowman
11. James Ellsworth eliminated by Braun Strowman
12. WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose eliminated by Brock Lesnar
13. Baron Corbin eliminated by The Undertaker
14. Kofi Kingston eliminated by Sheamus and Cesaro
15. The Miz eliminated by The Undertaker
16. Sheamus eliminated by Chris Jericho
17. Big E eliminated by Sheamus and Cesaro
18. Rusev eliminated by Goldberg
19. Cesaro eliminated by Chris Jericho
20. Xavier Woods eliminated by Sheamus and Cesaro
21. Bray Wyatt eliminated by Roman Reigns
22. Apollo Crews eliminated by Luke Harper
23. Randy Orton (winner)
24. Dolph Ziggler eliminated by Brock Lesnar
25. Luke Harper eliminated by Goldberg
26. Brock Lesnar eliminated by Goldberg
27. Enzo Amore eliminated by Brock Lesnar
28. Bill Goldberg eliminated by The Undertaker
29. The Undertaker eliminated by Roman Reigns
30. Roman Reigns eliminated by Randy Orton
Order of Eliminations:
1. Jack Gallagher (by Mark Henry)
2. Mojo Rawley (by Braun Strowman)
3. Big Cass (by Braun Strowman)
4. Kalisto (by Braun Strowman)
5. Mark Henry (by Braun Strowman)
6. Big Show (by Braun Strowman)
7. James Ellsworth (by Braun Strowman)
8. Tye Dillinger (by Braun Strowman)
9. Braun Strowman (by Baron Corbin)
10. Kofi Kingston (by Sheamus and Cesaro)
11. Xavier Woods (by Sheamus and Cesaro)
12. Big E (by Sheamus and Cesaro)
13. Sheamus (by Chris Jericho)
14. Cesaro (by Chris Jericho)
15. Apollo Crews (by Luke Harper)
16. Dean Ambrose (by Brock Lesnar)
17. Dolph Ziggler (by Brock Lesnar)
18. Enzo Amore (by Brock Lesnar)
19. Brock Lesnar (by Goldberg)
20. Rusev (by Goldberg)
21. Baron Corbin (by The Undertaker)
22. Luke Harper (by Goldberg)
23. Goldberg (by The Undertaker)
24. The Miz (by The Undertaker)
25. Sami Zayn (by The Undertaker)
26. The Undertaker (by Roman Reigns)
27. Chris Jericho (by Roman Reigns)
28. Bray Wyatt (by Roman Reigns)
29. Roman Reigns (by Randy Orton)
Winner of Royal Rumble: Randy Orton
Braun Strowman eliminated 7 men.
30 Man Royal Rumble: Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, Sami Zayn, Chris Jericho, Braun Strowman, The Big Show, Big E, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Baron Corbin, Dean Ambrose, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro, Sheamus, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, Luke Harper, Rusev, Big Cass, Mojo Rawley and 8 more TBA
WWE World Championship: (C) AJ Styles vs John Cena
WWE Universal Championship – DO DQ (Chris Jericho will be suspended in a shark cage above the ring): (C) Kevin Owens vs Roman Reigns
RAW Women’s Championship: (C) Charlotte Flair vs Bayley
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: (C) Rich Swann vs Neville
(Kickoff) WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss, Mickie James & Natalya vs Becky Lynch, Naomi & Nikki Bella
(Kickoff) RAW Tag Team Championship (There will be two referees): (C) Sheamus & Cesaro vs Gallows & Anderson
(Kickoff) Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax
Kenny Omega appeared on Wrestling Observer Radio today and revealed that he is close to re-signing with New Japan Pro Wrestling for another year and will not be appearing at this Sunday’s WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
“I will not be at the Royal Rumble,” Omega said. “I don’t want people to have this false hope of me showing up in the Royal Rumble and then not being there and being disappointed when there’s a fantastic match happening with fantastic competitors. I don’t want the lack of me being in that to disappoint people.”
Omega noted that he hasn’t finalized terms for a new contract with New Japan, however he will be flying out to Japan in mid-February to re-negotiate and “it’s looking positive.” He admitted that while there’s a small chance that the deal could fall through, it’s looking like he will be staying with New Japan for one more year. He said that he still feels like there are things in Japan that are unfinished. He added that WWE’s roster is stacked and he feels like he can make more of an impact in New Japan rather than WWE.
You can listen to the full episode by clicking here.
In the latest episode of the Elite, which you can watch below, Kenny sent a message to The Young Bucks about staying with New Japan:
WWE announced that the 2018 WWE Royal Rumble will take place on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Philadelphia to host 30th anniversary of WWE Royal Rumble in 2018
WWE has announced that the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia will host the 30th anniversary of WWE Royal Rumble on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The story was first reported by Philly.com.
As part of Royal Rumble Weekend, WWE will host four consecutive action-packed nights at Wells Fargo Center, including NXT TakeOver on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018; WWE Royal Rumble on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018; WWE Monday Night Raw on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018; and WWE SmackDown LIVE on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Additional information about these events will be announced in the future at wwe.com.
“We are very happy to continue Philadelphia’s amazing relationship with WWE by bringing Royal Rumble back to our city,” said Larry Needle, Executive Director of PHL Sports, a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We look to forward to working closely with WWE to build a great fan experience for all those attending from around the world.”
“We have had a longstanding relationship with WWE that dates back to 1974 at the Spectrum,” said Comcast Spectacor’s John Page, President, Wells Fargo Complex. “The Wells Fargo Center has hosted many incredible WWE events over the past 20 years, including WrestleMania XV. Royal Rumble 2018 will build on that success as we will welcome WWE fans from all over the world to Philadelphia.”
“We are excited to have Philadelphia serve as host to one of WWE’s biggest events of 2018,” John Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President, Special Events, said. “We look forward to an unprecedented four consecutive nights of WWE action at Wells Fargo Center, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Royal Rumble.”
Royal Rumble officially kicks off The Road to WrestleMania. The event is highlighted by a 30-man Royal Rumble Match featuring Superstars from both Raw and SmackDown LIVE, with the winner receiving a World Championship opportunity at WrestleMania. The event will be broadcast around the world live on WWE Network. The 2018 Royal Rumble marks the 30th anniversary of the prestigious event, which was first held in January 1988 at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario.
This year’s Royal Rumble takes place this Sunday, Jan. 29, live at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
NJPW wrestler Kenny Omega has commented on rumors that he’ll appear in the Royal Rumble this weekend … and while it sounds unlikely, The Cleaner didn’t rule anything out.
Omega took part in a Q&A with 4 Front Wrestling and when asked about the Rumble said, “If some of you guys are subscribers to the Network and you’re looking forward to something happening, or not happening, on the 29th … I’m not sure if I can pull a rabbit out of a hat by that date.”
He adds, “But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. I’m not saying anything. I’m just … that might be asking too much at this point in time.”
For the record though, Kenny says he’ll win the whole thing if entered into the match.
He added that he would love to work a match with AJ Styles at WrestleMania.
Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet
Last night Raw ended with an intense face-off between Goldberg, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker, giving viewers one final tease before they all compete in the Royal Rumble.
It all went down during the closing segment when Goldberg declared he would be the victor of the Rumble match and Paul Heyman interrupted to bring out his Beast of a client.
Just as it looked as Golberg and Lesnar were about to fight, the gong struck, the lights went out and Taker was standing in the ring with them. They stared each other down as the show went off the air.
Below is a fan video in which you can see what happened after RAW went off the air: