From Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commentary Team: Michael Cole and Paul Heyman
Ring Announcer: Lillian Garcia
WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP SMACKDOWN BRACKET FINALS Hulk Hogan vs. WALTER
WALTER had Hogan in a bearhug for a long time. Hogan faded but then found new life. WALTER tried to add pressure and shake him around, but Hogan was hulking up and out of the hold. He eventually broke it with a series of punches and elbows to the head. Hogan punched WALTER a few times, then ran to the ropes and tried to clothesline him down, but that didn’t work. He did it a second time and it did work. WALTER got right back up and challenged him to do it again. Hogan ran to the ropes and went for a clothesline, but WALTER absorbed it and then threw some wicked chops at him. Hogan’s chest was turning beat red, but he took each shot and didn’t fall. WALTER kicked him in the abdomen and then tried to give him a gutwrench powerbomb, but he could barely lift Hogan off the mat. Hogan resisted and countered with a back body drop.
Hogan punched at WALTER until he was backed into a corner. He gave him a cross-corner whip and followed in with a running clothesline. He did it a second time, then climbed to the second turnbuckle and punched WALTER ten times to the head. Hogan took WALTER out of the corner with a vertical suplex. He went for the cover. WALTER kicked out at two. Hogan applied a rear chinlock, which turned into a side headlock as WALTER slowly got up to his feet. WALTER broke the hold with a side belly-to-back suplex.
Both men reached their feet at the same time. WALTER threw a stinging chop to the chest and Hogan threw a hard right-hand to the forehead. They kept this up for a good long while, seemingly picking up the pace and intensity with each chop and punch thrown. Finally, Hogan put together a string of punches, backing WALTER into the ropes, and then clotheslined him to the outside. Hogan came out, lifted him up and dropped his chest down across the barricade. He grabbed WALTER and whipped him into the steps, moving them about two feet in the process. Hogan tried sending WALTER back into the ring, but he blocked and gave Hogan a side belly-to-belly on the floor. WALTER slid into the ring, leaving Hogan on the outside to be counted out, however, Hogan made it to his feet and slid back into the ring just before the referee was about to count ten.
WALTER ran over and dropped Hogan with a big boot. He picked up Hogan and tosses him across the ring with a double underhook suplex. He covered with a lateral press but Hogan kicked out. WALTER picked him up and gave him three German suplexes. He followed that up with a Golden Bomb. He pinned Hogan, but he got a shoulder up just before the referee’s hand was going to make contact with the mat a third time. WALTER picked up Hogan and gave him some more German suplexes. Then, he climbed the turnbuckle and went for the splash off the top rope. Hogan moved and WALTER hit the canvas.
When WALTER got up, Hogan gave him an atomic drop and a big boot and then a bodyslam. He went for the running leg drop and landed it. He pinned WALTER, but he kicked out after two. Hogan was in shock. He picked up WALTER and gave him a powerbomb, then he went to the ropes and gave him a running leg drop. Hogan got up and gave him another running leg drop, and then he did it a third time. He covered WALTER. 1…2…3! Hogan won the match, qualifying for the WWE Universal Championship tournament finals later in the evening.
Official Decision Hulk Hogan wins by pinfall at 21:07.
WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP RAW BRACKET FINALS Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt
Wyatt charged at Bryan, who countered his attack with a drop toe hold into the ropes. Bryan then kicked the rope to choke Wyatt. Bryan climbed the turnbuckle, but Wyatt recovered quickly and knocked him off the turnbuckle and down to the floor with an uppercut throat thrust. Wyatt went outside and threw Bryan into the barricade. Then, he drove his lower back into the side of the ring apron before tossing him back in the ring and dropping all his weight on Bryan’s torso with a running senton. Wyatt covered but Bryan kicked out.
Wyatt applied a double nerve hold to the trapezius muscles, occasionally letting go to drive a pointed elbow into his forehead. Bryan eventually broke it by getting to his feet and elbowing Wyatt in the abdomen. Bryan ran to the ropes. Wyatt attempted a clothesline and Bryan ducked it. Wyatt ran to the ropes, and hitting his running opponent with a flying cross chop. He made another cover, but Bryan kicked out. Wyatt picked up Bryan and threw him out of the ring. He went outside and whipped him into the ring steps. Then, he backed away and charged at him, crushing him into the steps with a running, diving cross body. Wyatt laughed as he picked up Bryan and rolled him into the ring. He pinned him again, but again, Bryan kicked out.
Wyatt applied a headlock to cut off Bryan’s air, but he eventually got up and out of the hold. Wyatt swing for the fences with a clothesline attempt, but Bryan ducked, bounced off the ropes and gave him a jumping clothesline. Bryan started to hulk up. Wyatt came at him and Bryan avoided his attack and got him with some shoot kicks. Backing him into the corner, he whipped him across the ring and gave him a running dropkick in the corner. Then, he gave him some corner Yes! Kicks. Bryan lifted Wyatt onto the top turnbuckle and gave him a frankensteiner. He crawled over and made the cover, but Wyatt kicked out.
Next, Bryan gave him some Yes! Kicks. Wyatt avoided the final blow. He charged at Bryan, who ducked and pulled down on the top rope. Wyatt went over the ropes and out to the floor. Bryan then hit him with his flying goat tope suicida. He picked Wyatt and rolled him into the ring. As he was climbing onto the ring apron, Bryan was pulled down, with his face slamming off the ring apron, by Erick Rowan, who had come out from under the ring. He then gave Bryan a full-nelson slam on the floor. This was made possible by a referee distraction by Luke Harper standing on the ring apron on the other side of the ring. Ricky Steamboat ran out, pulled Harper off the ring apron, and delivered several chops before giving him a dropkick into the steps. Meanwhile, back in the ring, Wyatt threw Bryan face-first into the second turnbuckle and then gave him Sister Abigail. He covered him for the 3-count and the win, thus earning him an opportunity to face Hulk Hogan for the WWE Universal Championship at the end of the night.
Official Decision Bray Wyatt wins by pinfall at 18:52.
UNSANCTIONED PHILADELPHIA STREET FIGHT Rowdy Roddy Piper vs. Kevin Owens
Rowdy Roddy Piper waited in the back loading dock arena behind the arena. Finally, a car came zooming in . Piper had to jump out of the way of it. The car hit the brakes and skid to a stop. Kevin Owens got out and attacked Piper. They brawled around outside for a while until Piper started to get the upper hand. Owens tried to escape. He got in his car. Piper had his baseball bat and busted a taillight and smashed out the passenger side windows. Owens squealed off in the car to escape the fight. Piper ran to a nearby car, opened the car door and pulled the driver out. Piper climbed in, commandeering the vehicle. The back doors opened and the IIconics jumped out screaming. Piper sped off. Billie Kay commented on how rude Piper was and said someone should call the cops. Royce got her phone out and called 9-1-1 to report grand theft auto.
LAST WOMAN STANDING MATCH FOR THE MUW WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Asuka vs. Nikki Bella
Inside the ring, Asuka executed a double-chickenwing sitdown drop and applied the Asuka Lock. Nikki Bella tapped out, but the only way to win is to incapacitate your opponent, so the match didn’t end and the hold wasn’t broken until Brie Bella hit Asuka in the back with a kendo stick. Brie had been involved in the contest from the beginning, making this match effectively a 2-on-1 handicap match. Brie placed the kendo stick under Asuka’s chin to choke her from behind and gave him a kendo stick assisted Russian legsweep. Nikki grabbed Asuka and gave her a German suplex into a pile of steel chairs. Asuka started rolling on the mat at the count of six and landed on her feet outside of the ring at the count of nine. Brie tried to go for a topé suicida, but was sprayed with green mist as she was passed through the ropes. She hit the ground hard and was effectively incapacitated.
Nikki attacked Asuka and they brawled up the entrance ramp, trading punches and kicks. Nikki lifted Asuka onto her shoulders, but Asuka freed herself and threw Nikki head first into some of the entrance set display panels. She gave Nikki a German suplex into the display panels, causing the back of her head and neck to hit them hard. Nikki was able to beat the 10-count. Asuka continued to brawl with her back towards the ring. Nikki gave Asuka a vertical suplex on the ramp. Asuka rolled off the ramp and they brawled in the space near the entrance set. Some large tool chests and chairs were used as weapons. Eventually, Asuka got the better of Nikki by giving her a brainbuster while they stood on top of a bank of large speakers and amplifiers. Asuka rolled Nikki off, placed her on a table, then climbed up on to the entrance stage and performed a diving splash from the stage down onto Nikki, putting her through the table. Asuka got up from this at the count of nine. Nikki couldn’t get up. Now, there was no denying that Asuka had beaten her and was the rightful and true Mash-Up Wrestling Women’s World Champion.
Official Decision Asuka wins by being the last woman standing at 15:26.
THE ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH
Rob Van Dam and Ricky Steamboat were the first two competitors in this year’s Royal Rumble match. They spent the first 90-seconds of the match trading headlocks, wristlocks, and giving each other arm wringers. Steamboat got a couple of arm drags in and Van Dam landed a dropkick.
Brian Pillman was the third entrant. He climbed the turnbuckle right away and delivered a missile dropkick to Steamboat. He gave both men some knife-edge chops and and then hit RVD with an Air Pillman. Still, no one was eliminated nor were there any close calls.
”Glorious” Bobby Roode entered the match next and gave everyone arm drags. He dropkicked Pillman. He gave RVD a neckbreaker and tried to give Steamboat a Glorious DDT, but Steamboat escaped and nearly eliminated him. Roode went over top but hung on and came back in.
Jake Hager was the first big man to enter the ring. He used his size and power advantage to powerslam and suplex everyone within arm’s reach. He put Pillman in an ankle lock but he quickly kicked him away. When that happened, Hager received a missile dropkick from RVD.
Bam Bam Bigelow drew number six. He came in and crushed people in the corners with running avalanche splashes. He did a cartwheel to avoid a jumping spin kick attempt by RVD and then spun around in the air with a wicked lariat. Bam Bam kept throwing his weight around until the buzzer sounded for the seventh entrant.
Koko B. Ware came out to much fanfare at number seven. He was the first surprise entrant in the match. Koko gave nice dropkicks to Hager, Pillman, Stemboat, and Roode, but he lasted no more than minute as he was tackled from out of a 3-point football stance by Bigelow, who then picked up the Birdman and lifted him well above the top rope, throwing him to the floor with a biel throw.
Alex Wright, the German wunderkind, was the next surprise entrant in the match. This dancing fool went right into the middle of the ring and took his time taking off his large leather jacket while his ‘90s Euro-trash dance pop entrance song continued to play. He did his signature dance until he was dropkicked in the back by Steamboat. Wright stumbled forward and over the top rope.
John Morrison entered the match at number nine. Unlike the previous two entrants, he had a better go of things. He was very good with his feet and threat the needle on a few elimination attempts by Bigelow and RVD. Morrison executed the Moonlight Drive on Roode and tossed him over the top rope, but the Glorious One held onto the top rope and slid back into the ring to avoid elimination.
Chris Sabin of the Motor City Machine Guns was the tenth entrant of the match. He entered the ring with a springboard missile dropkick on Hager. He went back out to the ring apron and gave Roode a springboard tornado DDT. Sabin hit Steamboat and Pillman with superkicks and gave sliced bread #2 to JoMo. He was then tackled to the mat by Bigelow, who then gave him Greetings From Asbury Park. RVD immediately followed it up by landing on him with a 5-star frog splash. Bigelow picked up Sabin and press slammed him to the floor just as the buzzer sounded to announce entry number eleven.
Keith Lee was the next entrant in the Royal Rumble and that was bad news for everyone currently in the ring. Upon entering the ring, he pounced on Bobby Roode, sending him flying into the ropes, but not over them. Pillman charged at him and Lee did a leap frog over him and then planted him into the mat with a spinebuster. Morrison landed a few solid kicks on him but was then planted into the mat with a powerslam. Hager threw down on Lee and got the big man off his feet, but when he went for a Hager Bomb, Lee put his knees up. Lee got back to his feet and tossed Hager over the top rope.
Alexander Wolfe of Imperium was the twelfth man into the match. He came in and started brawling with RVD, Steamboat, and Pillman. Meanwhile, Bobby Roode attacked Keith Lee with a diving double axehandle smash off the second rope. He tried to give him the Glorious DDT, but Lee ran him into the turnbuckles, tosses him onto his shoulders and gave him the Big Bang Catastrophe. After that, Roode was tossed over the top rope. A few seconds later, RVD was seen flying over the top rope as he tried to eliminate Morrison. Bigelow came up from behind and lifted them both over. Morrison held onto the ropes to remain in the match.
Stevie Ray of Harlem Heat entered the ring next and he started handing out flapjacks to everyone in sight: Steamboat, Wolfe, Pillman, and Morrison. He was on quite a roll until he tried to eliminate Wolfe. The big German countered the attempt and got Stevie Ray over the top rope. Stevie Ray landed on the ring apron, where he was kicked off by a thunderous single-leg dropkick from Bam Bam Bigelow.
Mark Henry made his surprise debut as the fourteenth entrant in the Royal Rumble match. While he took his time walking down to the ring, he appeared to be moving with purpose. He was accompanied to the ring by Jim Cornette, who must have arranged for his signing with WWE. Once he entered the ring, he was a force with which to be reckoned. Henry delivered massive double axehandle smashes and gorilla press slams to Morrison and Steamboat. He gave Pillman some headbutts and then a World’s Strongest Slam. Then, he picked up Pillman and tossed him out of the ring. Meanwhile, Wolfe backed Steamboat into the ropes with a series of strikes. He took two steps back and charged at him. Steamboat dropped his head and back dropped him over the ropes and out to the floor. Morrison attempted a springboard knee strike on Henry but was caught out of mid-air and got a World’s Strongest Slam instead. Henry picked him up and sent him out to the floor.
Elias was the fifteenth entrant in the Royal Rumble. He slowly made his way out to the ring while strumming out a tune about how terrible Keith Lee (in Elias’ only previous appearance in WWE, he lost a WWE Universal Championship tournament preliminary round match to the Limitless One). When he entered the ring, he tried to hit Lee over the head with his guitar, but Lee moved and he blasted the instrument over Bigelow’s skull instead. Lee grabbed Elias and gave him the Big Bang Catastrophe and then tossed him out of the ring. Meanwhile, Bigelow was out on his feet and became an easy target for Henry, who gave him a clothesline over the top rope to eliminate him.
There were only three wrestlers remaining in the ring. Ricky Steamboat, who was in the match since the opening bell, was resting in the corner after having lasted over 20-minutes to this point. The spotlight was firmly placed on the two big behemoths facing off in the center of the ring. They got in each other’s faces with Henry promising to enter Lee into his Hall of Pain, and Lee telling Henry that he would be basking in his glory long before that ever happened. They threw bombs at one another and just about knocked each other out with a pair of headbutts that were thrown at the same time. Henry tried to scoop up Lee, but he elbowed him in the side and back of the neck and then tried to lift Henry, but he blocked with knees to the abdomen.
John Cena entered the match at number sixteen. He came in and got the attention of Lee and Henry. They both tried to clothesline him, but he ducked as he ran under their attacks and came back off the ropes to hit a jumping double clothesline that took them both off their feet. Cena gave Henry the Five-Knuckle Shuffle, then he lifted Lee off the mat, but Lee got down, shoved Cena towards the ropes and then wiped him out with a cross-body block.
Eddie Guerrero was the seventeenth entrant in the match. Latino Heat brought energy and a high dose of speed that had been lacking for the last 10-minutes or so. Guerrero gave Henry a missile dropkick and a tornado DDT. He took Lee off his feet with a springboard hurricanrana. He gave Cena a delayed side belly-to-back suplex, and gave Steamboat the Three Amigos. He went to the top rope and tried to give Steamboat a frog splash, but he moved out of the way and Guerrero slammed into the canvas. Henry picked him up and lifted him up into a military press. As he walked towards the edge of the ring, Guerrero racked his eyes to get down on the ring apron. He saw Lee charging at Henry and pulled down on the top rope. As Lee collided with Henry, they both tumbled over the top rope and hit the floor.
Alex Shelley was the eighteenth man to enter the Royal Rumble. Suddenly, speed and athleticism was on full display as he ran around hitting everyone with his feet. Shelley tried to dump Steamboat out of the ring after giving him an enzuigiri kick, but Steamboat clung to the ropes for dear life. Guerrero went to assist him, but they couldn’t get him to drop to the floor.
Owen Hart was the next man in. He moved quickly, coming into the ring with a rocket of a missile dropkick on Cena. He also showed deceptive power, throwing Guerrero across the ring with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. He strength and agility were quickly put to the test when Shelley tried to toss him out of the ring from behind. Hart held onto the top rope with both hands and lifted himself back over the top rope and into the ring where he give Shelley a leg-feed enzuigiri kick and then tossed him over the top rope. Shelley landed on the apron, keeping his hopes alive.
AJ Styles drew the twentieth entry into the match. He entered the ring with a Phenomenal Forearm for Hart. He saw Cena coming up behind him and gave him a Pele kick and tried to get him over the top rope but couldn’t. Guerrero attacked Styles. He tried to give him an Irish whip, but Styles reversed it, hit the floor, Guerrero ran over him, Styles popped up and gave him a dropkick and kipped-up immediately. He tried to whip Guerrero, but he reversed it and gave Styles a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and then a slingshot senton. Guerrero tried to eliminate Styles with Hart’s help, but Styles tied himself up in the ropes.
”Cowboy” James Storm entered the match next. He climbed the ring apron with a beer bottle in hand. The referee’s demanded he not take into the ring, so he took a final swig, tossed it aside and spat the beer in Cena’s eyes. He did a slingshot through the ropes to give Cena a spear and then gave him the Last Call. He waited for Cena to pull himself up at the ropes, but lost his opportunity to eliminate him when Hart grabbed him from behind and executed a bridging German suplex.
Chris Jericho entered the match at the 30-minute mark. He climbed the top turnbuckle and blasted Guerrero with a diving double axehandle. He gave Shelley a step-up enzuigiri and then the lionsault. After that, he picked up Shelley and tossed him over the top rope. As he gloated, Hart snuck up from behind and lifted him over the top rope. Jericho’s feet nearly hit the floor. Jericho managed to swing his legs back up to get to the bottom rope and save himself. When he got back in the ring, he targeted Hart and they got into a wicked fist fight in the middle of the ring. Hart tried to give Jericho a leg-feed enzuigiri, but Jericho ducked and then gave him a step-up enzuigiri to win the battle.
Sammy Guevara entered the match next. He came right into the ring and spent the next 90-seconds trying to help Chris Jericho to eliminate Owen Hart. The King of Harts did everything in his power to avoid getting dumped out of the ring. When Jericho and Guevara thought they had eliminated him, Hart got up, went to the turnbuckle and nailed Jericho with a missile dropkick and then grabbed Guevara from behind and threw him over the top rope. Guevara managed to grab hold of the middle rope and prevent his feet from hitting the floor.
Davey Boy Smith came in next and helped his brother-in-law. He shoulderblocked Jericho and Guevara, lifted Guevara high in the air and dropped him to the mat with a delayed vertical suplex, and gave Jericho a running powerslam. He tried to toss Jericho out of the ring, but Guevara attacked him to save the leader of the Inner Circle. Smith tried to lift Guevara over the top rope, but Jericho pulled Guevara back and gave Smith a codebreaker. Then, together with Guevara, they dumped the powerful Brit over the top rope. As they gloated, Owen Hart grabbed Guevara from behind and threw him clear over the top rope. In retaliation, Jericho hit him with the Judas Effect and then sent him over the top rope.
Rey Mysterio Jr. entered the match in the twenty-fifth spot by coming into the ring with a springboard seaton senton on Steamboat. He gave Cena a wheelbarrow bulldog and then took his old friend Eddie down with some tilt-a-whirl headscissors. He went out to the ring apron to give Styles a springboard diving leg drop. Storm gave tried to attack him, but Mysterio gave him a drop toehold into the ropes and then the 6-1-9. Cena picked up Storm and gave him an Attitude Adjustment and then threw him out of the ring.
The Miz was the next man to enter the match. Right away, he went after Steamboat, who was still going strong 36-minutes into the contest. The Miz gave him an inverted facelock backbreaker and then a DDT. He charged at Guerrero and gave him a bulldog into the corner. Seeing Styles in the corner on the other side of the ring, he ran over and gave him an awesome clothesline. He slipped through the ropes, climbed the turnbuckle and struck Cena with a diving double axehandlle.
John Bradshaw Layfield entered the match next. Back in the ring, as The Miz gloated, Mysterio did a springboard off the ropes onto his shoulders, and then spun around and took him down with a hurricanarana. He can him in prime position for the 6-1-9, but he was turned inside out by a Clothesline From Wall Street by JBL as he entered the ring. JBL picked up Mysterio and went to toss him from the ring, but he chopblocked from behind by Latino Heat, who talked Mysterio into helping him double-team his old nemesis.
Booker T drew number twenty-eight. It was a great position for tag team specialist to enter and try to turn some heads working on his own. He was impressive, giving Jericho a 110th Street Slam. He gave Cena a Harlem Sidekick, then took The Miz by the arm, twisted it and gave him a hook kick, followed by a scissors kick, which he followed with a spin-a-roonie. JBL ruined the celebration by giving him a big boot and then an elbow drop.
“The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase was the second to last man to enter the match. It was a great position at which to come in, especially with his Billion Dollar Corporation partner, JBL, in the ring. The two millionaires worked together to attack everyone else in the ring. They agree to a temporary alliance with Jericho and The Miz, and the four heels worked well together to do damage to everyone in the ring. The partnership led to JBL backing up to the ropes and throwing Mysterio over and into the barricade with a fallaway slam. It also led to The Miz giving Steamboat the Skull-Crushing Finale, and DiBiase picking him and throwing him over the top rope. The Miz took exception, and the four heels started fighting amongst themselves.
Roman Reigns made his surprised return from injury, coming back earlier than anticipated, to enter the Royal Rumble as the thirtieth and final man in the match. He made an immediate impact. Upon entering the ring, he hit DiBiase with a Superman punch, and then gave one to The Miz, and another for Jericho. Bradshaw ran at him to throw a Clothesline From Wall Street, but Reigns ducked, ran to the ropes and hit him with a spear on his return. Styles attempted a Phenomenal Forearm, but Reigns countered by catching him on his shoulders and giving him a Samoan drop. He saw Guerrero charging at him and stepped to the side, directing him over the ropes with a hip toss. Guerrero managed to get a hold of the ropes and avoid falling to the floor.
The Miz tried to lift Reigns over the top rope, but he elbowed him and then dropped him with a short-arm lariat. Noticing JBL getting up by the ropes, Reigns ran over and clotheslined him out of the ring and down to the floor for his second elimination in under a minute. His momentum was only finally stopped when Cena found an opening to lift him onto his shoulders. Reigns threw his elbow at Cena’s head to get down. Reigns tried to spear Cena, but he moved, causing the Big Dog to slam hi shoulder into the turnbuckle post.
A few minutes passed with several attempts to lift someone of the ropes, but no one succeeding at eliminating anyone. At this point, there were eight superstars left in the ring: John Cena, Eddie Guerrero, AJ Styles, Chris Jericho, The Miz, Booker T, Ted DiBiase, and Roman Reigns (in order of how long they’ve been in the match).
The next elimination occurred when Styles, Jericho, Guerrero and Booker T all tried to get Reigns over the top rope. The Miz and DiBiase were trying to get Cena over the top rope at the other side of the ring, but DiBiase gave up on that effort. Sensing an opportunity across the ring, he snuck up from behind and put Guerrero in the Million Dollar Dream. Once he faded away, DiBiase pulled him over near the ropes and lifted him over and out. Reigns, for his part, managed to fight back everyone else and stay in the ring.
Jericho tried to give Booker T a Judas Effect, but he side stepped it, gave him an arm ringer and then a hook kick. The Miz tried to sneak up from behind, but Booker T stopped him with a kick to the abdomen and then a scissors kick. DiBiase tried to attack, but Booker gave him a jumping roundhouse kick. Jericho got up and Booker gave him a superkick. The Miz got up and Booker gave him the Bookend. Then, he picked up The Miz and threw him out of the ring. He was on fire and feeling it. He became fixated on his hand, walked to the center of the ring and did a spin-a-roonie. He got a huge pop. However, that loss of concentration on his surroundings cost him as Reigns gave him a spear and then picked him and threw him out of the ring.
Styles was stomping on Reigns in the corner, while Cena and Jericho were fighting on the other side of the ring. DiBiase came over and helped Styles to stomp on Reigns. They agreed to pick up and try to force him over the top rope. They got him to the ring apron. Styles tried to kick him off, but then DiBiase put him in the Million Dollar Dream. Styles broke it by backing into the turnbuckles a few times. Jericho ran over to try to give him a Judas Effect, but Styles ducked and his elbow connected with DiBiase’s face, knocking him out. Styles gave Jericho a phenomenal blitz and then a ushigorishi. He picked up Jericho and gave him the Styles Clash. Before he could pick up Jericho, Reigns gave him a Superman punch. He picked up Styles, lifted him into a running powerbomb and released him over the top rope. Reigns took a moment to look down at Styles after he hit the floor, then he turned around just in time to see Cena’s outstretched arm coming at his collarbone. Reigns had no time to react. Cena hit the clothesline and the force sent Reigns over the top rope.
And then there were three: John Cena, Chris Jericho, and Ted DiBiase.
Cena was looking at a pair of wrestlers who were knocked out. He decided to pick up DiBiase and try sending him over the top rope, but DiBiase clung to the ropes and put up a fight. Jericho came over and tried to help. When it seemed like it wouldn’t lead to an elimination, Jericho started in on Jericho. He tried to whip Cena across the ring, but Cena reversed it. Cena charged towards him. Jericho got a boot up. Then, he went for the Judas Effect. Cena ducked it. Jericho immediately came right back around and gave him the Codebreaker. Jericho picked up Cena and lifted him over the top rope. Then, Jericho was quickly rushed from behind and lifted over the top rope.
DiBiase turned around and fell to his knees in the center of the ring with his arms raised in victory. Meanwhile, behind him, Jericho and Cena were standing on the ring apron, trading blows. Jericho gave Cena a rope assisted enzuigiri kick. He tried to give him the Judas Effect but missed again when Cena ducked again. Cena lifted him on his shoulders and gave him the Attitude Adjustment. Jericho fell off the ring apron after taking the move.
By this time, DiBiase had been standing on the second turnbuckle, celebrating what he thought was his win and insulting the fans at ringside. When he got down, he saw Cena standing in the middle of the ring. He didn’t understand. Cena was ready for a fight. DiBiase backed towards the corner, shaking his head and begging him off. Cena ran forward and hit him with a clothesline. He sent him to the other side of the ring and charged in to land another clothesline. Cena lifted him onto his shoulders and tried to drop him over the top rope. DiBiase had both hands on it and did everything in his power to block. Cena had to let up. He went for a clothesline. DiBiase ducked it and then poked his eyes. He climbed the turnbuckle and executed a diving back elbow to his blinded opponent. He picked up Cena and tried to send him over the top rope. Cena reversed it and DiBiase went over, but he grabbed the ropes to stay alive. He slid back in and grabbed Cena from behind, by the neck and by the jorts, ran him to the ropes and lifted him over. Cena held on and re-entered the ring. DiBiase went for a running clothesline and Cena dropped his head and back body dropped him out of the ring and onto the floor.
Official Decision John Cena wins the Royal Rumble.
Summary of Eliminations
Koko B. Ware entered 7th at 7:30 and was eliminated by Bam Bam Bigelow at 8:35 Alex Wright entered 8th at 9:00 and was eliminated by Ricky Steamboat at 9:28 Chris Sabin entered 10th at 12:00 and was eliminated by Bam Bam Bigelow at 13:31 Jake Hager entered 5th at 4:30 and was eliminated by Keith Lee at 14:48 Bobby Roode entered 4th at 3:00 and was eliminated by Keith Lee at 15:55 Rob Van Dam entered 1st at 0:00 and was eliminated by Bam Bam Bigelow at 16:13 Stevie Ray entered 13th at 16:30 and was eliminated by Bam Bam Bigelow at 17:41 Brian Pillman entered 3rd at 1:30 and was eliminated by Mark Henry at 18:40 Alexander Wolfe entered 12th at 15:00 and was eliminated by Ricky Steamboat at 18:52 John Morrison entered 9th at 10:30 and was eliminated by Mark Henry at 19:13 Elias entered 15th at 19:30 and was eliminated by Keith Lee at 20:08 Bam Bam Bigelow entered 6th at 6:00 and was eliminated by Mark Henry at 20:14 Keith Lee entered 11th at 13:30 and was eliminated by Mark Henry and Eddie Guerrero at 23:56 Mark Henry entered 14th at 18:00 and was eliminated by Keith Lee and Eddie Guerrero at 23:57 Alex Shelley entered 18th at 24:00 and was eliminated by Chris Jericho at 30:23 Davey Boy Smith entered 24th at 33:00 and was eliminated by Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara at 34:08 Sammy Guevara entered 23rdrd at 31:30 and was eliminated by Owen Hart at 34:18 Owen Hart entered 19th at 25:30 and was eliminated by Chris Jericho at 34:27 James Storm entered 21st at 28:30 and was eliminated by John Cena at 35:50 Rey Mysterio Jr. entered 25th at 34:30 and was eliminated by John Bradshaw Layfield at 41:32 Ricky Steamboat entered 2nd at 0:00 and was eliminated by Ted DiBiase at 41:46 John Bradshaw Layfield entered 27th at 37:30 and was eliminated by Roman Reigns at 42:35 Eddie Guerrero entered 17th at 22:30 and was eliminated by Ted DiBiase at 48:19 The Miz entered 26th at 36:00 and was eliminated by Booker T at 51:25 Booker T entered 28th at 39:00 and was eliminated by Roman Reigns at 51:54 AJ Styles entered 20th at 27:00 and was eliminated by Roman Reigns at 54:05 Roman Reigns entered 30th at 42:00 and was eliminated by John Cena at 54:11 Chris Jericho entered 22nd at 30:00 and was eliminated by John Cena at 55:16 Ted DiBiase entered 29th at 40:50 and was eliminated by John Cena at 56:35 John Cena entered 16th at 21:00 and won the Royal Rumble at 56:35
UNSANCTIONED PHILADELPHIA STREET FIGHT (CONTINUED) Rowdy Roddy Piper vs. Kevin Owens
A car with smashed out windows sped into the back. Kevin Owens got out. He beat up the security guards by the back entrance, giving them all stunners before running inside the arena, pulling the door shut behind him. He saw an ambulance parked in the arena. He looked inside and saw the keys in the ignition, so he got in and backed it up, turning it to block the entrance. He got out with the keys in hand and ran. Outside, Piper pulled up in his car. He went to doors open them and found the side of an ambulance blocking them.
MUW MEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH Samoa Joe vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart
Samoa Joe lifted Bret Hart onto the top turnbuckle. Hart punched and kicked at him to defend against the Muscle Buster. When Joe ended up turned around, Hart jumped onto his shoulders. It appeared as though he was going for a victory roll, but Joe ran out to the center of the ring and fell backwards into an electric chair drop. He crawled over and covered Hart, who kicked out at two-and-a-half. Joe picked up Hart and went for an Irish whip, but Hart reversed and ran at him for a dropkick that sent Joe through the ropes. Joe landed on his feet on the floor, but he was quickly driven into the barricade by Hart, who gave him a topé suicida.
Hart threw some fists at Joe and tried to slam his face off the ring steps, but Joe blocked, elbowed him and slammed his face off the steps. He drove Hart’s back into the barricade and then lit into him with some knife-edge chops. Joe rolled Hart into the ring and covered, but Hart kicked out. Joe picked him up and gave him an inverted atomic drop, a single-leg dropkick and a running senton. He covered but Hart kicked out. Joe picked him up and executeda powerbomb and held a jackknife cover. As Hart kicked out, Joe flipped him over into a Boston crab. After about 20-seconds, Hart made it to the ropes to force a rope break.
Once Hart was back on his feet, Joe jabbed him repeatedly until he was stuck in the corner. Joe continued to jab at him until he was down on the mat with his head resting against the bottom turnbuckle. Joe ran to the far ropes and came back for a facewash kick attempt, but Hart rolled out of the ring and tripped him with a leg drag in the ropes. Hart pulled Joe into the corner and put him in a figure four leg lock around the turnbuckle post. He let go after four seconds, then slammed Joe’s knee into the turnbuckle post and reapplied the hold. He repeated those actions once more before the referee threatened to disqualify him.
Hart came back into the ring and gave Joe some seated sentons to his knee. He followed that up with a standing leg drop and then tried for the pin, but Joe kicked out. Hart threw some jabs at him and gave him an inverted atomic drop and then a Russian legsweep. He climbed to the second turnbuckle and executed a pointed elbow drop and then covered with a lateral press. Joe kicked out. Next, he gave Joe a pendulum backbreaker and then tried to go for the Sharpshooter. Joe fought him off and got to his feet, but Hart took him down with a Hart attack clothesline. Hart climbed to the second rope and executed another pointed elbow drop and then he tried again to apply the Sharpshooter. This time he succeeded.
Joe appeared to be struggling in the hold, but he reached deep down into his reserves and pushed up into a bridge. He tried crawling to the ropes. Before he got there, Hart released him and dropped an elbow on the back of his head. He dragged Joe back to the center of the ring, flipped him over and tried to re-apply the hold. Joe was able to pull Hart down into a small package that nearly won the match. They both got up. Hart went for a clothesline, but Joe ducked it and then slammed him down with authority in a St. Joe uri-nage! Joe looked like he was ready for the kill. He picked up Hart and gave him a snap dragon suplex.
Joe allowed a disoriented Hitman get to his feet and then put him in a Coquina Clutch. Hart tried to fight out of the hold, but he couldn’t. Joe took him down to the mat and applied a bodyscissors. With no way out, Hart tapped the mat with his free hand.
Official Decision Samoa Joe wins by submission at 25:12.
UNSANCTIONED PHILADELPHIA STREET FIGHT (CONTINUED) Rowdy Roddy Piper vs. Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens came down to the ring and asked for a microphone. He got in the ring and started talking crap about Rowdy Roddy Piper. He claimed that Piper was a coward who talked a big game while Owens was sitting at home suspended, but who didn’t have the balls to show up for to the fight he himself asked for. The crowd began to stir and then Piper was spotted entering the arena from one of the mezzanine entrances. He must have found a way in through the front door. Piper walked down the stairs of the lower bowl towards the ring, and as he did, Owens jumped out, grabbed a bunch of chairs and tossed them into the ring. He stood waiting with a chair in his hands.
Piper hopped the barricade and climbed on the ring apron. Owens came over and swung the chair. Piper got down and then tripped him up and pulled him outside. They started a fist fight. Piper whipped Owens into the steps. He picked him up and gave him a suplex on the floor. Piper brought a table out from under the ring. He set it up, then went to get Owens. Piper received a low blow. Owens threw Piper into the barricade. He grabbed Piper and slammed his face off the ring apron. He took him over to where the table was and set up for a powerbomb. He tried to lift him, but it didn’t work. Piper got down on one knee and gave Owens a low blow! Then, Piper lifted Owen into a side belly-to-back suplex and dropped him through the table. Piper covered Owens, but he kicked out. Piper covered Owens, but he kicked out.
He took Owens and kept brawling with him. He had him up against the barricade and charged at him. Owens defended himself by giving Piper a superkick. Owens stumbled away and slid into the ring. After Piper got up, he climbed into the ring. Owens hit him with a chair and then gave him a powerbomb on the bed of steel chairs. He covered Piper, but Owens kicked out. Owens decided to go out and climb the turnbuckle. Piper willed himself up and met him on the top turnbuckle. They traded blows until Piper was knocked down a rung. Piper then gave Owens another low blow. He steps back up and then gave Owens a superplex into the bed of chairs. Piper rolled over and covered him. 1…2…3!
Official Decision Rowdy Roddy Piper wins by pinfall at 2:25:42.
WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT FINALS Hulk Hogan vs. Bray Wyatt
Hulk Hogan was on a roll. He just finished giving Bray Wyatt ten punches in the corner when he whipped the Eater of Worlds and went for the big boot. Wyatt did a baseball slide to avoid it and upon popping back to his feet he executed Sister Abigail. Wyatt made the cover but Hogan kicked out at two and began to Hulk up. Wyatt threw his fists at Hogan, but none of them did anything. Hogan fired back and landed each shot with aplomb. He gave Wyatt a pair of clotheslines then dropped him with a big boot and scooped him up for a bodyslam. Hogan ran to the ropes. As he bounced off the ropes, Wyatt popped up into an inverted bridge, stopping Hogan in his tracks. Wyatt moved towards him. Hogan tried to stomp on Wyatt, but he moved out of the way.
Once Wyatt was back to his feet, they had an all-out fist fight. Hogan went for an Irish whip. Wyatt tried to reverse it, but Hogan reversed it 180-degrees, sending Wyatt back in the corner from which they started, squashing the referee into the turnbuckles in the process. As Wyatt came out of the corner, Hogan gave him the big boot. After another bodyslam, he ran to the ropes and came back, landing a running leg drop on Wyatt. He made the pin. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10. You could have kept counting, but it would have done you no good, as the referee was down and out.
It was at this time that the Wyatt Family came down to the ring and brought the fight to Hogan, who tried to defend himself to the best of his abilities, but the 2-on-1 situation was too much to overcome. Erick Rowan lifted Hogan into the air for a flapjack and Luke Harper gave him a cutter on the way down. They they gave him a sit-out powerbomb, full-nelson slam combo. Finally, they executed a double-crucifix powerbomb on Hogan. Wyatt recovered and covered Hogan as Harper and Rowan woke the referee and dragged him into position to make the count. 1…2…
The lights went out and a gong was heard throughout the Wells Fargo Center. The lights stayed out and the sound of a gong was heard two more times. When the lights came back on, The Undertaker was standing in the ring. Rowan and Harper attacked. The Undertaker body dropped Rowan to the floor. He threw vicious hooks and haymakers at Harper and then gave him a clothesline to the outside. Wyatt tried to attack him but he got a chokeslam for his troubles. Then, The Undertaker ran to the far side of the ring and returned to leap over the ropes and takeout Rowan and Harper with an over-the-top-rope topé suicida!
Back in the ring, Wyatt and Hogan got up at the same time. Wyatt tried to attack, but Hogan blocked it and shook his finger at him. Hogan landed several blows after blocking Wyatt’s attempts. He whipped Wyatt into the ropes and gave him a running clothesline. He executed an atomic drop and a big boot. He scooped him up for a bodyslam and then executed the running leg drop. Hogan covered and hooked Wyatt’s leg. 1…2…3!
Official Decision Hulk Hogan wins the WWE Universal Championship by pinfall at 17:32.
I always love your full match write ups. You get such a feel for the match, characters, storylines and such.
I really liked how you did your rumble. I think it was a little more concise and clean than what I did. Lee and Henry looked fantastic and I'm up for that feud. Steamboat was probably the star. Roode looked good for a little bit. My one gripe is that if felt like you had too many people in the ring after the number 30 entrant and therefore it took too long to get to the finish.
The street fight reminded me of Piper vs. Goldust at Wrestlemania 12.
Favorite match was Joe vs. Hart. That was bell to bell action and I think you meshed their styles well.
Post by fifthhorseman on Feb 23, 2021 19:44:02 GMT -5
Good thing Hogan win the title, or else he really would have complained about jerking the curtain for this one. I was actually hoping for a Bryan/WALTER finals, but using Hogan as your flagbearer here makes a lot of sense.
Cena winning the Rumble also feels like a very WWE move, but once you got down to the final field, it wasn't an obvious move. Any one of about five guys could have won it, and I'm sure you're using some of those wrestlers in big roles as you build to Wrestlemania.
Surprised Hart tapped out, as I just don't remember him doing it that much in real life, but there's no shame in losing to Joe in a fantastic match.
Finally, great use of the street fight to break the card up and pace things out.
Thank you for all the feedback and comments. It's always appreciated.
First, I'm not surprised that the street fight brought Piper vs. Goldust at Wrestlemania XII to mind. I used that as my inspiration for Piper vs. Owens. The only thing missing was footage of the O.J. Ford Bronco high speed chase. Just imagine that they brought it up a few times in picture-in-picture segments during the Rumble match.
Second, I studied up on recent Royal Rumble matches to try to make the end of mine as accurate to what WWE tends to do as possible. This year, there were at least 7-8 women left in the ring when Natalya entered at number 30. Tamina, Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax, Lana, Natalya, Charlotte Flair, and Rhea Ripley were all eliminated after Natalya entered the ring. Naomi was either elimintated right after or just before. And winner Bianca Belair spent nearly 57-minutes in the ring. On the men's side, the match went 58:30, and when Braun Strowman entered at number 30, there will still 10 men in contention (although Randy Orton wasn't in the ring). Cesaro, Sheamus, AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, Matt Riddle, Braun Strowman, Christian, Seth Rollins, and Randy Orton were all eliminated after number 30. If you look back at 2020 Rumbles, they also have 8-10 wrestlers in the ring when the last one enters, and the matches take 10-15 more minutes to reach their final conclusion. Other recent Rumbles have been booked this way as well. As I think most of them have been booked well, I decided to book mine in a similar fashion.
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