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RK-O-My: The Viper Randy Orton wins WWE Royal Rumble

The Viper Randy Orton eliminated Roman Reigns to win the WWE Royal Rumble on Sunday, Jan. 29 live on WWE Network from the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The Viper Randy Orton eliminated Roman Reigns to win the WWE Royal Rumble on Sunday, Jan. 29 live on WWE Network from the Alamodome in San Antonio.

The Viper Randy Orton won the 30-Man Royal Rumble to earn a world championship match at WrestleMania 33 Orlando.

Orton eliminated No.30 Roman Reigns to win the WWE Royal Rumble on Sunday, Jan. 29 live on WWE Network from the Alamodome in San Antonio.

The Final Four

Chris Jericho, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns


Jack Gallagher was the first eliminated as World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry did the honors.

Strowman then entered the Rumble and eliminated Mojo, Big Cass and Kalisto to set-up a showdown with Henry. Strowman then tossed out Henry as Jericho remained hiding outside the ring.

With Sami Zayn now entered and fighting Strowman, it was Big Show’s time. It took some time, but Strowman eventually eliminated Big Show. Strowman’s wrath of destruction continued. He threw James Ellsworth high and hard out of the ring. Strowman followed up by flinging out Tye Dillinger, before Baron Corbin clotheslined an enraged Strowman from the ring.

Stroman eliminated seven sports entertainers.

Cesaro and Sheamus eliminated The New Day -- all three at once. To celebrate, Sheamus was quickly trying to eliminate a stunned Cesaro, and that’s when Jericho struck, eliminating Cesaro and Sheamus.

Luke Harper eliminated Apollo Crews.

Brock Lesnar quickly made an impact and eliminated Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler, and then it was Enzo Amore’s quick entrance and exit, courtesy of The Beast Incarnate.

Goldberg appeared next and made quick work again of Lesnar, ending his reign of terror.

Dong the bell. Lights on. Lights off. Lights on. Undertaker in the middle of the ring, staring down Goldberg.

Undertaker eliminated Baron Corbin, while Goldberg eliminated Luke Harper, and then Undertaker disposed of a shocked Goldberg.

Undertaker eliminated The Miz and Sami Zayn, but Roman Reigns eliminated Undertaker who gave him an evil glare.

Reigns took out No.2 Chris Jericho, leaving Reigns with Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt.

Reigns eliminated Wyatt, before Orton gave Reigns an RKO and clotheslined Reigns out of the ring to win it.

Of note: The Perfect 10 Tye Dillinger fittingly entered as No.10.

Royal Rumble entrants

1.Big Cass

2.Chris Jericho


4.Mojo Rawley

5.Jack Gallagher

6.Mark Henry

7.Braun Strowman

8.Sami Zayn

9.Big Show

10.Tye Dillinger

11.James Ellsworth (with Carmella)

12.Dean Ambrose

13.Baron Corbin

14.Kofi Kingston

15.The Miz (with Maryse)


17.Big E

18.Rusev (with Lana)


20.Xavier Woods

21.Bray Wyatt

22.Apollo Crews

23.Randy Orton

24.Dolph Ziggler

25.Luke Harper

26.Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman)

27.Enzo Amore


29.The Undertaker

30.Roman Reigns

Cena wins

In an exciting battle and stellar match, John Cena pinned AJ Styles to win the WWE title. It marked Cena’s 16th top championship. Cena celebrated with a young fan seated ringside through Make-A-Wish.

Your referee Charles Robinson.

Owens, Charlottte retain

In a very physical battle, WWE Universal Champ Kevin Owens defeated Roman Reigns with help from Braun Strowman in a No DQ match.

Stroman attacked Reigns to the delight of the crowd, leading to the Owens victory. A once frantic Chris Jericho -- while watching suspended above the ring in a Shark cage -- breathed a big sigh of relief with the surprise inclusion of Strowman.

Obviously, Strowman did not make the List. Your referee Chad Patton.

Charlotte Flair retained the WWE Raw women’s title by defeating fan favorite Bayley in an action-packed opener. Your referee Shawn Bennett.

New champs Neville, Gallows, Anderson

Neville made Rich Swann submit to become the new WWE Cruiserweight champ. Neville is the king of the cruiserweights. Your referee Darrick Moore.

JoJo and Greg Hamilton were the ring announcers. Berkely Ottman the timekeeper. Everyone’s favorite Funaki provided commentary for the Japanese audience.

The event attracted more than 52,000 fans.



Pre-show results

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson won the WWE Raw tag team titles by defeating Cesaro and Sheamus (with two referees).



Nia Jax defeated Sasha Banks.

Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella and Naomi defeated Smackdown Women’s champ Alexa Bliss, the returning Mickie James and Natalya. Naomi pinned Bliss.


- WWE WrestleMania 33 Orlando

WWE WrestleMania 33 is Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Camping World Stadium, formerly Citrus Bowl Stadium, in Orlando.


- Taz Show Post Rumble Coverage

CBS Sports Radio will broadcast a new live edition of THE TAZ SHOW: BODYSLAMS & BEYOND – following wrestling’s annual major winter pay-per-view event The Royal Rumble – on Sunday, Jan. 29 from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. ET.

Sports broadcaster and former ECW wrestler/WWE sports entertainer Taz will host the three-hour show, joined by special guests Evan Roberts of the “Joe and Evan Show” on WFAN and Mike Johnson of PW Insider, to discuss the night’s biggest winners, biggest losers and best wrestling moves.

After his in-ring career ended, Taz called thew action for TNA and WWE.

In addition to airing the special on more than 200 CBS Sports Radio affiliated stations and 13 CBS RADIO owned sports stations, a live audio and video stream will be available online at TazShow.com, and later as on-demand content. This will serve as the Monday, Jan. 30 edition of THE TAZ SHOW.

Among the CBS RADIO sports stations broadcasting THE TAZ SHOW: BODYSLAMS & BEYOND special are: WFAN 101.9 FM and 660 AM (New York), 670 The Score (Chicago), 105.3 The Fan (Dallas), SportsRadio 610 (Houston), 106.7 The Fan (Washington, D.C.) SportsRadio 94WIP (Philadelphia), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Boston), 560 WQAM (Miami), 97.1 The Ticket (Detroit), 105.7 The Fan (Baltimore), 93.7 The Fan (Pittsburgh), 1140 KHTK (Sacramento) and 92.3 The Fan (Cleveland).

To find a local CBS Sports Radio broadcast, look for a local station here.

- WWE Raw, SmackDown Live

To catch the fallout from the Royal Rumble, watch WWE Raw at 8 p.m. ET Monday and WWE SmackDown Live at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday - both on USA Network.

- Pro Wrestling On The Web



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