WWE World champ Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) pinned Seth Rollins to retain an action-packed, triple threat, no DQ, no countout match during the WWE Royal Rumble on Sunday, Jan. 25 from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
John Cena, Lesnar and Rollins had a fantastic match.
Despite interference by J&J Security (Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble), Lesnar caught Rollins in an F-5 for the victory.
The Royal Rumble
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Bubba Ray Dudley made a surprise return in the Royal Rumble.
Dudley, the No.3 entrant, eliminated the first two entrants, The Miz and R-Truth.
The Boogeyman surprised as entrant No.7. In a bizarre confrontation, Bray Wyatt eliminated The Boogeyman. That followed Wyatt in another interesting scenario with Wyatt family members Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Curtis Axel was attacked by Rowan who took his spot in the Rumbl. The Wyatts battled each other with Bray Wyatt the last Wyatt standing.
Sin Cara was No.8, eliminated by Wyatt, and Zack Ryder returned at No.9, and Wyatt tossed him out of the ring, too.
Wyatt and Rusev eliminated six each. Roman Reigns tossed out five. Big Show teamed with Kane to eliminate five.
Daniel Bryan was No.10, going 1-on-1 with Wyatt. Fandango, who had his number stolen from Dean Ambrose, ended up with Ambrose’s No.11. The lovely Rosa Mendes accompanied Fandango to the ring.
Stardust, in cool black and purple, was No.13. Some really good action with No.12 Tyson Kidd, Bryan, Fandango, Wyatt and Stardust in the ring simultaneously.
DDP, complete with DDP Yoga, was No.14. Stardust and Wyatt felt the wrath of the Diamond Cutter.
Rusev with the beautiful Lana was No.15. Rusev eliminated DDP and Fandango. From the top rope, Bryan double drop-kicked Rusev and Wyatt, but Wyatt eliminated Bryan.
Kofi Kingston drew No.17. Adam Rose No.18. The Rose Buds saved Kingston but not Rose who was eliminated by Rusev. Not to be outdone, Rusev then threw out Kingston.
Roman Reigns was No.19. Reigns eliminated both dusts (Gold and Star).
Big E got No.20 with Reigns, Rusev and Wyatt remaining.
The Miz wanted to take Damien Mizdow’s No.21 spot, but Reigns knocked down Miz just before he stepped into the ring, and Midow slid into the ring to the delight of the crowd. Rusev eliminated Mizdow.
Jack Swagger was No.22. Ryback No.23. The Philadelphia crowd cheered Ryback when he clotheslined Reigns.
Kane No.24. Dean Ambrose No.25. Titus O’Neil No.26. Ambrose and Reigns quickly tossed out the Florida Gator O’Neil.
Bad News Barrett was No.27. Cesaro No.28.
Referee Jason Ayers sighting.
Big Show No.29.
Big Show and Kane eliminated Ryback and Swagger (and later Ziggler, Wyatt and Ambrose). Wyatt lasted 46 minutes 58 seconds, the most of anyone. Rusev went 35:17 and Reigns 27:29.
Dolph Ziggler was No.30.
Ziggler eliminated Barrett and Cesaro.
Fab Five: The Shield (Ambrose, Reigns) vs. The Authority (Kane, Big Show) vs. Rusev.
After Big Show and Kane eliminated Ambrose, they eventually shoved each other. Reigns then eliminated the bickering Big Show and Kane.
Big Show and Kane regrouped and returned to the ring to destroy a bloody-mouthed Reigns, but that’s when his true blood, family, The Rock Dwayne Johnson, saved him.
The Philadelphia crowd cheered The Rock but booed Reigns.
In the finale, Reigns then eliminated Rusev, who was being cheered by the Philadelphia crowd.
Lesnar vs. Reigns for the WWE World title at WrestleMania 31.
Cesaro and Tyson Kidd (with Natalya and Adam Rose) defeated The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (with Xavier Woods).
The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) defeated The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn).
The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) (c) defeated The Miz and Damien Mizdow.
In a Total Divas tag battle, The Bella Twins (Brie Bella and Nikki Bella) defeated Paige and Natalya.
The Royal Rumble officially starts the Road to WrestleMania 31, which is WWE’s Super Bowl.
WrestleMania 31 is Sunday, March 29 from the San Francisco 49ers home stadium, Levi’s Stadium, in Santa Clara, Calif. It marks the first Wrestlemania Week in the San Francisco Bay Area and the sixth in California.
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WWE’s Road to WrestleMania in Florida
On the Road to WrestleMania, WWE visits South Florida on Tuesday, Feb. 17 with WWE SmackDown tapings at the BB&T Center, home to the Florida Panthers pro hockey team in Sunrise, near Fort Lauderdale.
That SmackDown will be broadcast 8 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 19 on Syfy.
-- Also during the Road to WrestleMania, WWE will host a house show (no TV) at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 in Jacksonville.
-- WWE runs another house show (no TV) on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Amalie Arena, formerly Tampa Bay Times Forum, in Tampa.
-- WWE visits the Germain Arena on Sunday, Feb. 15 for a house show (no TV) at 7 p.m. in Estero, near Fort Myers.
-- WWE Monday Night Raw will be in Orlando on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Raw will be live at 8 p.m. on the USA Network.
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