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The 2016 WWE Royal Rumble Kickoff Pre-show opens with Renee Young and Corey Graves along with WWE Hall of Famers Booker T and Jerry Lawler. We see fans making their way into the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. They joke about Booker wearing his break-away pants for tonight's 30-man main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. We check in with Rich Brennan in the Social Media Lounge. He will be joined by the Social Outcasts later. The panel talks more about the match and we get the "By The Numbers" video for tonight.
- We go backstage to The League of Nations. Sheamus says he's going to get his WWE World Heavyweight Title back tonight and says either way, one of them is going to leave with the title tonight. They get hype for the match and we go back to the panel. They show the trailer for the new WWE 24 special on WrestleMania 31, which premieres tonight after the Rumble. We get hype for tonight's Last Man Standing match and go backstage to JoJo with Kevin Owens. Owens is confident about putting Ambrose down, winning the Intercontinental Title back and then winning the Rumble for the WWE World Heavyweight Title.
Fatal 4 Way: The Dudley Boyz vs. Mark Henry and Jack Swagger vs. The Ascension vs. Damien Sandow and Darren Young
We go to the ring and Michael Cole is joined by JBL and Byron Saxton. Eden does the introductions as The Dudley Boyz come out first to a big pop. The winners of this match will earn Royal Rumble spots. Mark Henry is out next followed by his partner Jack Swagger. They head to the ring together. Cole tells everyone the two have had success on WWE Main Event recently. Damien Sandow is out next in his blue robe and he gets a big pop. Darren Young is also out, running circles around Sandow. Young tries to get Sandow to do the "million of dollars" dance but Sandow doesn't break character. The Ascension comes out last.
Darren starts off with Swagger as fans chant for tables. Swagger with an early pin attempt. Henry tags in and flattens Young. Fans chant for Sandow now I believe. Henry works Young over in the corner. Swagger tags back in and runs the ropes but Young decks him. Sandow tags in to a huge pop. He nails the Russian leg sweep on Swagger and then the Elbow of Disdain for a pop. Fans chant for Sandow but Young tags in for some double teaming. Young with a bridged suplex for a 2 count. Konnor tags himself in as fans boo. He drops Swagger and shoves Henry on the apron. Henry comes in and this leads to all four teams coming in to argue as the referee tries to keep order. We go to a break.
Back from the break and Swagger is still in with Konnor. Swagger slams him and D-Von tags himself in. D-Von unloads on Konnor but has a neckbreaker blocked. Viktor trips D-Von while the referee is distracted. Viktor tags in and they double team D-Von in the corner with stomps. Konnor comes back in for more double teaming and a 2 count. Fans still want Sandow. Bubba finally gets a tag and unloads. It comes down to D-Von hitting the big headbutt on Young. They call for the tables. Viktor runs in and takes a 3D but Swagger pulls Bubba out of the ring as he goes for the pin. Henry splashes Bubba as Swagger holds him from the floor and then covers Viktor for the win. Henry and Swagger are going to the Rumble.
Winners: Mark Henry and Jack Swagger
After the match, Henry and Swagger celebrate as Henry's music hits. The WrestleMania 32 banner drops down as they shake hands and Henry exits the ring.
- Renee sends us to Rich Brennan and the Social Outcasts in the Social Media Lounge. They kick him out and turn the Q&A session into shenanigans. We go back to the panel for more Rumble hype and videos. We get a promo for tonight's WWE Divas Title match and Becky Lynch promises to bring home the gold. Booker predicts Becky will win but Graves disagrees. Lawler says Becky is jealous of Charlotte's relationship with her dad. Lawler says he heard Becky has daddy issues. The panel hypes tonight's 30-man main event one last time. Graves doesn't think Reigns can overcome the odds tonight. More discussion from the panel and that's it for the pre-show.
WWE Royal Rumble Opener:
The show opens with a limo pulling up backstage. Vince McMahon hops out of the limo with Stephanie. They talk about how chilly it is before meeting up with Jojo. Jojo talks about McMahon’s history with Reigns. Reigns says for the first time ever, Reigns will compete in the Rumble defending the championship. If Roman can defend the belt that’s history in the making. Stephanie says he’s got as much chance as anyone else to go to the main event of WrestleMania. Vince says he loves it, almost as much as he loves (money,himself, didn’t really catch what he said). This transitions us into a video package which of course focuses on the Royal Rumble match itself, and Roman Reigns’ predicament of having to defend his title over the course of the match.
- The pyro hits and Michael Cole welcomes us to the show and throws it right to the ring for the first match of the evening.
- Lillian Garcia runs down the rules of a Last Man Standing match before announcing Dean Ambrose, who comes out to a nice pop. The Orlando crowd seems pretty hot, hopefully they can keep it up throughout the night.
Last Man Standing Intercontinental Championship Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens
Owens and Ambrose stare each other down while pacing the ring before the bell.
The bell rings and both men charge into battle, unloading right hands. Ambrose takes Owens into the corner and mounts him for a series of punches before biting at Owens’ face. Owens fights back, dropping Ambrose with a couple of big right hands. Owens chops Ambrose, following him around the ring to deliver more chops. Ambrose responds by turning things around and chopping Owens. Ambrose hits a running splash in the corner and follows it up with a bulldog. Owens bails to the floor and Ambrose hits a suicide dive that sends Owens crashing over the announcer’s table. Ambrose stands on the announcer’s table and drops a double axe handle on Owens before sending him back to the ringside area. Owens catches Ambrose with a shot to the gut, but Ambrose responds by whipping Owens into the ring steps.
Owens makes it back to his feet to see Ambrose with a kendo stick in hand. Ambrose whacks Owens repeatedly in the gut and across the back. Owens ducks a kendo stick shot and scores with a superkick. Owens backs up and hits a huge cannonball on the outside, crashing through Ambrose and the barricade surrounding the timekeeper’s area.
Ambrose makes it to his feet at 8, and Owens has the kendo stick, hitting Ambrose hard across the back and bringing things back into the ring. Owens breaks the kendo stick across his knee and jams the pieces into Ambrose’s midsection. Owens scores with a big right hand, then a short-arm clothesline. Owens hits a running senton, and gloats to the crowd.
Ambrose bails to the floor and Owens follows, ramming him into the barricade. Owens looks under the ring and tosses a few chairs into the ring, seven in total. Owens grabs one of the chairs and uses it to smash Ambrose in the gut before bringing it crashing down across his back. Owens sets up a couple of chairs and kicks his feet up while the ref counts for Ambrose on the floor. Ambrose makes it back into the ring and gets in a couple of shots, but Owens fights back and shoulders Ambrose. Ambrose fights out of the hold and hits the rebound lariat, and both men are down.
Both men stand and Owens catches Ambrose with a couple of chair shots before screaming that he’s the best. Ambrose stands at 6, and Owens tries to suplex him into the chairs that are set up. Ambrose fights out, Owens tries for a powerbomb, but Ambrose backdrops him and sends him crashing through the chairs set up in the middle of the ring. Both men make it back to their feet, with Owens bailing to the floor. Ambrose goes for a suicide dive but he’s caught by Owens. Owens drives Ambrose into the ring apron before tossing him into the ring steps a couple of times.
Ambrose is able to fight back up to his feet using the ring steps for support. Owens goes back under the ring and grabs a table, propping it up against the ring. Owens takes the table and sets it up next to the ring post. Owens goes back under the ring for another table, setting it up on top of the first, and the crowd likes what they see. Owens hops up to the apron and grabs Ambrose. Owens looks to try for a superplex from the ring to the outside, but Ambrose fights it off. Ambrose scores with head butts and elbows before dropping down and throwing a chair at Owens’ face. The chair wraps itself around Owens’ head, and Owens stumbles around. Ambrose hits a series of chops and jabs, but he runs right into a big superkick. Ambrose counters the pop-up powerbomb with a hurricanrana, and Ambrose scores with dirty deeds.
Owens makes it to his feet at 8. Ambrose grabs a chair and slams it down to the mat, hitting dirty deeds again and planting Owens face first on the chair. Owens makes it to his feet by rolling out of the ring at a count of 9.
Lots of love for Owens from the crowd. Ambrose heads out to the floor and goes under the ring for a third table, setting it up between the announcer’s table and the ring. Ambrose slams Owens’ face into the announcer’s table, then he places Owens on the table. Ambrose climbs up to the top rope and drops an elbow, crashing down through Owens and the table to the floor.
Both men get to their feet at 8. Owens pulls himself into the ring and Ambrose seethes out on the floor, pushing aside broken pieces of table. Ambrose goes under the ring and grabs a fourth table, sliding this one into the ring. Ambrose drives a chair into Owens’ gut before cracking him across the back. Ambrose sets up the table near the corner of the ring, then he turns to Owens and seats him on the top rope. Ambrose climbs up after Owens, but Owens hits his crazy neckbreaker/fisherman suplex hybrid move from the middle rope through the table.
Ambrose just beats the count, and Owens screams at him to stay down before tossing Ambrose into the ropes for the pop-up powerbomb.
Ambrose still will not quit, standing at 9 before collapsing back to the mat. Owens grabs a chair and whacks Ambrose across the back hard. Owens sets up the chair, then sets up a second chair. Owens sets up four chairs facing eachother (2×2) before laying a fifth across the top. Owens lays Ambrose on the chairs and heads to the top, but Ambrose pops up and pushes Owens to the outside, through the two stacked tables that were set up on the floor. The ref heads to the outside and counts Owens out.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Dean Ambrose
- After a couple of commercials, the announcers turn their attention to The New Day vs. The Uso’s, recapping some of the recent history between these two teams, though they spend much more time recapping Chris Jericho destroying Xavier Woods’ trombone during a match on Raw.
In the Arena:
New Day make their way to the ring, and it’s just Kofi and Big E at the top of the ramp. Big E says the New Day has been deep in mourning since they lost their dear, sweet, Francesca the trombone. Kofi says they want everyone in the arena to take a moment and bow their horns for a moment of silence. There are a couple of trombone blats, and Woods makes his way from the back playing a shiny new trombone that causes Kofi and Big E to start shaking their booties. Woods asks everyone to welcome Francesca II. Woods says he can’t mourn forever, because he’s got needs. But the power of positivity will make sure that they retain their championships tonight. Kofi says let’s not forget the Royal Rumble match and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Big E says 2016 for the New Day will be all gold everything. He’s talking gold chains, gold teeth, Goldeneye, gold kicks. Kofi says golden unicorns and Woods tells Big E to stay golden ponyboy. Big E leads the crowd in a ‘New Day Rocks’ chant, before being interrupted by the Uso’s who make their way out to a much more subdued reaction than New Day garnered.
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day vs. The Uso’s
Kofi looks to kick off the match with Jimmy. Kofi and Jimmy trade holds for a bit before Kofi pushes Jimy off into the ropes. Jimmy avoids a leap frog, surprising Kofi, but when he tries for a belly to back suplex, Kofi lands on his feet. Jimmy puts Kofi to the mat before tagging in Jey for a bit of double team work. Jey sends Kofi out of the ring and Jimmy gets in a cheap kick to the chest on the floor. Jey heads out and brings things back into the ring for a two count. Jey picks Kofi up and Kofi connects with a chin breaker before tagging Big E in. Big E gets shocked by a big right hand from Jey, but turns it around quickly, driving Jey shoulder first into the ring post. Jey bails out to the floor and Big E follows, shouldering Jey. Jey fights out, and kicks Big E in the face, sending E crashing into the barricade. Woods hits a tornado DDT on Jey on the floor while the ref is distracted. Back in the ring, Kofi tags in and goes to town on Jey in the corner, setting up a near fall.
Kofi traps Jey in a modified chin lock while Woods denies the crowds chants to ‘play Francesca’. Big E tags in and both Kofi and Jey go for superkicks, getting tangled up. Big E takes advantage, splashing Jey across the back. Big E picks up Jey, and hits repeated open hand chops across Jey’s chest. Big E scores with a sloppy back elbow before tagging out to Kofi. Kofi hits a big uppercut before taking Jey into the corner and hitting him with repeated right hands. Jey backdrops Kofi to the apron and Kofi grabs a handfull of hair. When Kofi lets go, he’s knocked off the apron by a big enzugiri. Woods and Big E help Kofi back into the ring and both men make the tag. Jimmy comes in and scores with a couple of clotheslines, and a superkick to Big E. Jimmy knocks Kofi from the apron and connects with a Samoan drop to Big E. Kofi tries to interfere, but it doesn’t go well. Jimmy hits Kofi with a running hip bump in the corner, but misses when he tries on Big E. Jimmy recovers with a dive from the middle rope that wipes out Big E. Jimmy heads to the top and is distracted by Kofi. Big E knocks Jimmy off the top and hits a big belly to belly suplex that’s good for a two count.
Jimmy heads out to the apron and Big E charges him, but runs right into a knee to the chest. Jey leaps off the barricade to wipe out Kofi on the floor, and Big E spears Jimmy through the ropes and out to the floor. Big E brings things back into the ring, but he can’t keep Jimmy down for a three count. Kofi heads up to the top rope, and Big E shoulders Jimmy, but Jimmy fights out and sends Big E shoulder first into the ring post. Kofi misses with Trouble in Paradise and he’s put down to the mat. Jey tags in and hits a frog splash, but Kofi gets his foot under the ropes to break the count. Woods jaws with the Uso’s for a bit until he’s taken out by a suicide dive. Big E picks up Jimmy and drives him into the barricade. Kofi rolls up, then gets rolled up by Jey. Big E makes a blind tag. Jey heads to the top rope, but he’s caught by Big E, who lays him out with the Big Ending for the win.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: New Day
New Day celebrate with their titles and Francesca II while the Uso’s look on dejectedly from the floor.
- After a couple more commercials, we get a recap of the Highlight Reel from last Monday’s Raw, which saw Brock Lesnar destroy the League of Nations before getting speared by Reigns, and the Wyatt family coming in to take out both Reigns and Lesnar.
The Wyatt’s are shown backstage. Strowman says they are war. Rowan says they’re pestilence. Harper says they’re famine. Bray says they’re death. They’ve slaughtered the beast, and the chosen one, and tonight, they slaughter them all. And tonight, when the dust settles, Bray will truly have the whole world in his hands. Bray says the apocalypse is here. Run.
- It’s time for another championship match as Alberto Del Rio makes his way out to the ring to defend his title. We get a video package highlighting the recent history and belt trading that’s happened between these two men, including Kalisto getting attacked by the League of Nations backstage. Kalisto is out next, and there look to be a ton of Lucha fans in attendance tonight.
WWE United States Championship Match
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kalisto
The bell rings and Del Rio takes Kalisto right into the corner, grabbing at his mask. Kalisto attempts to fight back, but is kicked squarely in the gut, then the side of the head, by Del Rio. Del Rio sends Kalisto into the corner where he mounts Kalisto for a series of right hands to the face. Kalisto counters out of it by kicking Del Rio in the back and sending him toppling over the top rope and out to the floor. Kalisto hits a suicide dive to the outside that wipes out Del Rio. Kalisto kicks Del Rio in the chest before sending him back into the ring. Del Rio scores with an enzugiri while Kalisto climbs back into the ring, but it’s not enough to keep Kalisto down for three. Del Rio traps Kalisto in a rear chin lock, but Kalisto is quick to fight out of it. Kalisto kicks Del Rio in the chest, but then runs right into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker.
Del Rio heads to the top and leaps off with a flying forearm to take out Kalisto. Del Rio slaps the back of Kalisto’s head before lawn darting him out of the ring under the bottom rope. Del Rio heads out to the floor, but Kalisto hits a quick hurricanrana that turns the tide. Kalisto brings things back into the ring, and he tries for another hurricanrana, but Del Rio counters with double knees to the chest. Kalisto rolls back out to the floor, and Del Rio follows, slamming Kalisto into the barricade.
Del Rio brings things back into the ring and he seats Kalisto on the top turnbuckle before he begins ripping at Kalisto’s mask. Kalisto fights Del Rio off, then leaps off the top with a senton. Del Rio shrugs off a running splash from Kalisto and connects with a superkick to the side of the head, but Kalisto kicks out at two. Del Rio tries for the arm breaker, but Kalisto fights it off. Kalisto avoids an enzugiri before connecting with a spinning DDT from the middle rope, but it’s not enough to keep Del Rio down for three.
Kalisto connects with a spinning springboard splash and a hurricanrana, but Del Rio kicks out of a pin at two. Kalisto heads up to the top rope, but Del Rio ends up knocking him to the turnbuckle. Del Rio connects with a wicked reverse suplex from the top rope, and Kalisto rolls out to the floor once more. Del Rio pulls Kalisto back into the middle of the ring and slaps his face. Kalisto comes back with a kick to the midsection and a botch that looked like it was going to be a code red. Kalisto runs into double boots in the corner from Del Rio. Del Rio climbs to the top rope and Kalisto knocks his feet out from under him. Kalisto heads up after Del Rio, but Del Rio fights him off, trapping him in a tree of woe on the second rope. Kalisto avoids the foot stomp and connects with salida del sol, but Del Rio grabs the bottom rope to break the count. Del Rio tosses Kalisto out to the floor. Kalisto pops right back up to the apron. Kalisto springboards off the top, right into double knees from Del Rio, but Kalisto still won’t stay down for a three count.
Del Rio kicks Kalisto’s legs out from under him, then shoves him to the corner. Kalisto connects with a sloppy enzugiri, then a hurricanrana that sends Del Rio crashing face first into the middle turnbuckle. Kalisto connects with Salida del Sol again, and this time scores the three count.
Winner and NEW WWE United States Champion: Kalisto
- We check in with the pre-show panel, including Renee Young, Booker T, Jerry Lawler, and Cory Graves. Booker T says he’s like a proud papa after watching that last match, considering he brought the US Title to the WWE. Graves talks about the opening match for the WWE Intercontinental title and is surprised that Ambrose will still be competing in the Royal Rumble. Lawler turns his attention to the Royal Rumble, wondering what surprises are in store for tonight. We get a reminder that Mark Henry and Jack Swagger qualified for the Royal Rumble match earlier tonight by winning the fatal four way tag team pre-show match.
Stephanie McMahon is shown backstage on her phone, she’s interrupted by Paul Heyman. Heyman says he can sense the exhilaration emanating from her pores. Heyman calls this the most unique Royal Rumble in history with WrestleMania ten weeks away. The McMahon’s are on a billion dollar cloud nine, and after tonight they’ll be heading into WrestleMania with a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Brock Lesnar. Heyman says he’s prepared to renegotiate Lesnar’s contract tonight after Lesnar eliminates the entire League of Nations and the entire Wyatt Family. Stephanie says as long as he takes out his aggression on Reigns, she’ll be happy to negotiate. Heyman says tonight the Roman Empire will be taken down to suplex city.
- After yet another set of commercials, we get a video package highlighting the history between Becky Lynch and Charlotte, from debuting together last Summer, through their recent rivalry and deteriorating relationship.
WWE Divas Championship Match
Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch is the first competitor to make her way to the ring for the next match, and she gets a nice reaction from the crowd. Charlotte is out next, accompanied by her father Ric, and there are a ton of woo’s throughout the arena as they make their way down the aisle.
After formal ring introductions from Jojo, we’re ready to kick things off. Both women get into each other’s faces, talking a bit of smack before the bell.
The bell rings and we get a lockup right away. Charlotte drives Becky into the corner and breaks clean. Becky takes Charlotte down to the mat, but Charlotte heads into the ropes to break things up. Becky traps Charlotte with a headlock, but is pushed off and falls to a big shoulderblock. Becky comes right back with a shoulderblock of her own before she arm drags Charlotte over. Charlotte grabs the ropes once more to stop the assault. Becky connects with a couple more deep arm drags before wrenching back on Charlotte’s arm. Charlotte fights up to her feet, but Becky takes her right back down to the mat. Charlotte fights up once more, and tries for the figure four, but she’s kicked away by Becky. Charlotte clamps on an arm bar, but Bucky fights up to her feet and out of the hold pretty quickly. Becky sends Charlotte out of the ring, slams her head into the turncbukle, and kicks her off the apron. Becky heads out to the floor, and Charlotte puts Ric in between them. Charlotte tries for a cheap big boot, but Becky ducks it and lays Charlotte out. Ric kisses Becky to distract her, and she slaps the old man, but is attacked from behind by Charlotte.
Charlotte brings things back into the ring, slamming Becky to the mat for a near fall. Charlotte chops Becky across the chest, but Becky fights out of a slam attempt. Charlotte takes Becky back down for a couple of near falls. Charlotte traps Becky in a front face lock and knees her repeatedly in the chest. Becky fights up to her feet, but is pulled down to the mat by her hair. Charlotte wraps her legs around Becky’s head and drives her forehead into the mat before turning over and and wearing her down with the submission. Charlotte flips Becky over a couple of times, and maintains pressure on the hold.
Becky makes it to her feet with Charlotte on her shoulders and she drives Charlotte to the mat with an electric chair drop.
Becky blocks a right hand and delivers a series of forearms to Charlotte’s face before taking her down with a couple of clotheslines and a big side kick. Becky connects with a running forearm in the corner, but Charlotte fights off the suplex. Charlotte traps Becky’s legs in the ropes and hits a nasty neckbreaker. Becky fights off the figure eight, but Charlotte rolls her up for a two count. Becky connects with an exploder suplex out of nowhere, but it’s only enough for a two count. Becky hits a running leg drop, then another before picking Charlotte up for another exploder. Becky goes for the pin but it’s still not enough for three.
After trading holds for a bit, Charlotte comes up with a spear out of nowhere, but it’s not enough to keep Becky down for the count. Charlotte seats Becky on the top rope and hits a couple of big forearms. Becky grabs Charlotte’s arm and rolls into an arm bar. Charlotte stands and slams Becky down to force her to break the hold, but Becky is still able to kick out at two. Charlotte goes for a baseball slide, but Becky stands and Charlotte connects with her dad. Becky goes for the pin, but transitions into an arm bar instead. Ric stands up and tosses his jacket over top of Becky’s head, distracting her and causing her to break the hold. Charlotte hits the spear, and pins Becky for the three count.
Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: Charlotte
Charlotte continues the assault after the bell, slamming Becky’s face into the title before mounting her for a series of right hands to the face. Charlotte grabs her title, and has her hand held up by Ric. She’s interrupted by Sasha Banks’ music, and the Boss makes her way down to the ring to a HUGE ovation.
Banks drops her rings, takes off her sunglasses, and gets into the ring. She looks at Charlotte briefly before kicking Becky out of the ring. Sasha turns around and points at the title. Huge ‘Sasha’ chants from the crowd. Sasha holds out her hand, and Charlotte gives her five, in the same manner they used to celebrate in NXT. Charlotte helps her father out of the ring, but when she begins to head out, Sasha connects with a backstabber and rolls right into the Bank Statement. Sasha stands up and holds the Divas title high, telling Charlotte that’s why she’s the best. Sasha drapes the belt over Charlotte and reverse struts her way out of the ring.
After what we can only hope will be the final set of commercials, it’s time for the main event, the Royal Rumble! As always, please bear with me during coverage of the Rumble, as with so much action it’s easily the most difficult match of the year to do this kind of coverage. Back in the arena, it’s time for yet another commercial, as we get a weird ad for Chex Mix that brings a bunch of superfans to the WWE Performance Center. This transitions us right into a video package for the Royal Rumble, which covers some of the history and statistics of the Royal Rumble match.
Royal Rumble Match
Lillian Garcia runs down the Rumble rules, and introduces the man defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Roman Reigns. Reigns gets a mixed reaction with a good deal of heat from the crowd as he makes his way down to the ring through the fans.
#2 is Rusev, who makes his way down to the ring accompanied by Lana.
Styles makes his way slowly down the entryway, soaking in the massive amount of cheers. Styles steps into a WWE ring (!!!!) and takes it all in.
Styles reverses an elimination attempt and tries for the Styles clash, but Reigns fights it off. Styles hits the Pele kick, but Reigns connects with a Samoan drop. The clock counts down once more.
Tyler Breeze is #4.
Breeze comes in and kicks Reigns, then hits a spinning back kick on Styles. Breeze turns right to Reigns, attempting to take him out in the corner. AJ grabs Breeze from behind and connects with a series of strikes before shouldering Breeze. Reigns pops Breeze in the face, and Styles dumps Breeze over the top rope.
Tyler Breeze has been eliminated.
The clock counts down again, and Curtis Axel makes his way out with the rest of the Social Outcasts in tow.
Axel comes in and goes to town on Reigns and Styles. Reigns fights back and shoulder Axel, but Slater pops up on the apron and distracts Reigns. Reigns takes out Slater. Styles takes out Rose, and Reigns takes out Bo Dallas before Styles clotheslines Axel over the top rope, bringing things back to just AJ and Roman. The clock counts down.
Curtis Axel has been eliminated.
Chris Jericho is #6.
Jericho smiles as he makes his way into the ring, then he stares down both men before going right to work on Reigns. Styles charges in, and is chopped by Jericho before being taken down with a big back elbow. Reigns takes Jericho into the corner, but misses a charge in, and runs shoulder first into the ring post. Styles drops Jericho with a huge leaping clothesline, and he tries for the Styles Clash, but Jericho fights it off and tries for the Walls of Jericho.
#7 is Kane.
Kane goes right for Reigns, dropping him with a big right. Styles runs into a big boot from Kane. Kane hits Reigns with a corner clothesline, then a sidewalk slam. Kane turns to Jericho and tosses him over the top, but Jericho holds on. Kane goes right to Styles in the corner, stomping away and choking him with his boot. Kane shoulders Styles and tries to dump him over the top, but Styles fights it off with head butts. The clock begins counting down again.
#8 is Goldust.
Goldust heads into a ring where Kane is the only man standing. Goldust scores with a couple of big right hands and running bulldog to Kane. Styles kicks Goldust off of Kane and connects with a big chop. Jericho suplexes Styles over and Styles recovers in the corner. Jericho goes to work on Goldust for a bit before Reigns interrupts and takes out Kane and Goldust. Things slow down a bit as Kane and Reigns fight in one corner, and Jericho and Goldust fight in another.
#9 is Ryback.
Ryback charges down to the ring and takes out Styles and Jericho right away before he hits a running knee in the corner on both Reigns, then Goldust. Ryback is staggered by Kane, but he comes right back with a big spinebuster to put down the big red machine. Ryback tries to eliminate Jericho, but it’s broken up from behind by Goldust. Goldust tries to eliminate Ryback while Styles focuses on Reigns in the corner. Another entrant draws near.
#10 is Kofi Kingston, accompanied to the ring by Woods and Big E.
Kofi kicks Jericho in the gut, then goes right to work trying to eliminate him in the corner. Reigns comes over and Kofi catches him with a couple of right hands before trying to eliminate him instead. Ryback hits a huge backdrop on Styles, sending him flying. Jericho picks AJ up and sends him out to the apron, but Styles comes back into the ring with a springboard flying forearm. Goldust tries to eliminate Styles, but he can’t get him out either.
#11 is Titus O’Neil.
Titus comes in trying to take everyone out right away. Titus hits a big backbreaker on Jericho, then one on AJ. The ring is filling up. Kane grabs Titus, but Titus fights him off before splashing Goldust, then Kane. Titus backdrops Goldust to the apron, then splashes him to send him crashing to the floor.
Goldust has been eliminated.
Jericho and Kane team up on Titus in the corner before Jericho catches Kane with a right hand out of nowhere. Reigns is almost eliminated by Kofi, but he hangs on.
#12 is R-Truth.
Truth goes right under the ring for a ladder, bringing it in and setting it up in the middle of the ring. Everyone stops to stare at Truth while he climbs the ladder and reaches up. Truth looks shocked that there’s no briefcase. Kane pulls him off the ladder and tosses him from the ring before picking up the ladder and throwing it out behind him.
R-Truth has been eliminated.
Kane sends Kofi over the top rope, but Big E catches him on his shoulders and runs around the ring for a bit, with Kofi doing the unicorn horn the whole time. Kofi is just hanging on to Big E while the clock counts down.
#13 is Luke Harper.
Everyone in the ring stops as Harper makes his way to the ring. Harper hits Ryback with a big right hand before even entering the ring. The League of Nations comes out of nowhere to pull Reigns out of the ring and jump him while Mr. McMahon looks on and directs the assault. LON throw Reigns into the ring steps, then hold Reigns up for a huge kick to the chin from Rusev. Del Rio gets a turn with a kick to the side of the head, then Sheamus takes his turn with a brogue kick.
#14 is Stardust.
All of the focus is on the assault happening on the outside as the LON dismantle all of the announcer’s tables. They place Reigns on one announcer’s table, and Rusev runs across the others before splashing Reigns through the table. McMahon laughs, then hugs Rusev, Sheamus and Del Rio, cheering them on. The medical team brings out a stretcher, and the clock counts down once more.
#15 is The Big Show.
Show makes his way into the ring and Stardust tries to attack him right away, but he’s shrugged off. Jericho eats a big chop from Show, as does Stardust. Titus tries to take out Show, but he runs right into a big hand that tosses him out of the ring. Show also KO punches Ryback out of the ring.
Titus O’Neil and Ryback have been eliminated.
Show almost eliminates Jericho, but Jericho hangs on. Show turns to AJ, trying for a chokeslam, but Styles is able to clamp on a sleeper instead.
#16 is Neville.
Neville enters the match with a missile dropkick to Harper, before hitting springboard hurricanrana on Harper right after. Reigns fights off medical assistance, walking to the back instead of riding the stretcher. Kingston was eliminated by Chris Jericho during the assault on Reigns, but it happened off camera.
Kofi Kingston has been eliminated.
Lots of ‘AJ Styles’ chants from the fans as the clock counts down again.
#17 is Braun Strowman.
Strowman comes in and takes out Jericho, then wipes out Styles with a huge clothesline. Strowman fights off a chokeslam from Kane, then tosses him over the top.
Kane has been eliminated.
Strowman stares down the Big Show, backing him up with a series of punches. Show grabs Strowman around the throat, but Strowman fights it off and locks in his submission. Show faces, and Strowman tosses him over the top rope.
Big Show has been eliminated.
Strowman turns his attention to Jericho while Harper beats on Stardust in the corner.
#18 is Kevin Owens.
Owens limps slowly to the ring, making his way slowly down the aisle. Owens gets in and immediately trades blows with Styles. Styles takes out Owens with an enzugiri. Neville almost takes out Styles, but Styles makes his way back in and almost hits the Styles clash. Owens superkicks Styles, then tosses him out to the floor.
AJ Styles has been eliminated.
The crowd is very upset about Styles’ elimination. Owens turns to Neville, trying to take him out in the corner. Lots of ‘AJ Styles’ chants as he makes his way to the back.
#19 is Dean Ambrose.
Ambrose is bandaged up and also moving slowly, but he goes right for Owens when he enters the match, stomping away at him repeatedly in the corner. Jericho recovers in the corner while Stardust and Owens team up on Ambrose and Strowman and Harper double team Neville. The announcers keep making sure to remind us that Reigns was never eliminated. Things are slowing down a bit with everyone brawling as the clock counts down again.
#20 is Sami Zayne.
Owens looks like he’s seen a ghost, and Owens and Zayne go at it immediately. Zayne takes OWens into the corner with a series of right hands before clotheslining Stardust. Owens catches Zayne from behindd with a clubbing blow. Zayne tosses Owens out of the ring.
Kevin Owens has been eliminated.
Zayne fights off Jericho, Harper, and Stardust for a bit, before Jericho staggers him.
#21 is Erick Rowan.
Rowan comes in and goes right for Jericho, taking him over with a big suplex. Rowan hits a pumphandle backbreaker on Neville. Rowan sends Neville out to the apron, and Harper clotheslines him hard to send him to the floor.
Neville has been eliminated.
Rowan dumps Stardust on the apron, and Harper hits a running big boot that sends him to the floor.
Stardust has been eliminated.
Strowman locks in his submission on Jericho, wearing him down slowly.
#22 is Mark Henry.
Henry comes in and takes out Harper with a big right hand, but the numbers catch up to him as Strowman slams him to the mat. The Wyatt’s pick up Henry and dump him over the top rope immediately.
Mark Henry has been eliminated.
Zayne eats a splash from Rowan and a big boot from Harper before Strowman drops him with a clubbing blow to the chest. Strowman dumps Zayne over the top rope and out to the floor.
Sami Zayne has been eliminated.
#23 is Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar makes his way into the ring and wipes out Strowman before suplexing Rowan, then suplexing Harper. Strowman attacks Lesnar. Lesnar tries to clothesline Strowman, but Strowman shrugs it off. Lesnar drops him with the third clothesline, then clotheslines Rowan to the outside.
Erick Rowan has been eliminated.
Lesnar hits a German on Harper, then teases one on Strowman, but Strowman fights it off. Lesnar sends Strowman shoulder first into the ring post before he hits a giant clothesline.
#24 is Jack Swagger.
Swagger runs into the ring and right into an F5 before being dumped over the top by Lesnar.
Jack Swagger has been eliminated.
Lesnar picks up Ambrose and suplexes him across the ring. He picks up Harper and does the same thing, just launching the big man. Lesnar stands over Jericho, then turns and hits a running knee to Strowman’s ribs. Strowman keeps standing, and Lesnar keeps hitting running knees to his back.
#25 is The Miz.
Miz comes down the aisle and Lesnar is staring a hole in him. Miz walks around the ring, then he grabs a headset and begins announcing alongside Cole, Saxton and JBL. In the ring Lesnar continues to dominate, hitting another German on Harper, then one on Ambrose. Lesnar hits Strowman with a big right hand, then buries his shoulder in Strowman’s gut before hitting him with a big clothesline. Lesnar hits Harper with another German, then he clotheslines him over the top rope.
Luke Harper has been eliminated.
#26 is Alberto Del Rio.
Del Rio charges right into a headlock from Lesnar. Ambrose uses the distraction to get in a couple of shots on Lesnar, and he and Del Rio double team the beast for a bit before Lesnar simply shoves them away. Lesnar suplexes Del Rio across the ring, then he clotheslines Strowman a couple of times. Lesnar clotheslines Strowman over the top rope.
Braun Strowman has been eliminated.
#27 is Bray Wyatt.
Wyatt smiles one his way down to the ring. He stops to stare at Lesnar. Rowan, Harper and Strowman make their way back up on the apron, and they attack at the same time, beating down Lesnar in the corner. Strowman drops Lesnar with a huge clothesline. Lesnar fights back, sending Harper, Rowan and Strowman from the ring again. Brock and Bray stare each other down. Bray tries for a clothesline, but ends up eating a huge German suplex instead. Lesnar shoulders Bray, but Harper comes in with a superkick out of nowhere. Bray beats on Lesnar, then hits Sister Abigail. Bray screams at his family to get Lesnar out, and they dump him over the top rope.
Brock Lesnar has been eliminated.
Bray turns right to Jericho, choking him with his boot in the corner. Heyman argues with one of the refs on the outside, and the fans are also upset about this elimination as well.
#28 is Dolph Ziggler.
Ziggler comes in and hits a fameasser on Del Rio. Miz finally enters the match and tries to eliminate Ziggler, but Ziggler hangs on. Miz blocks a superkick from Ziggler and he connects with the SCF. Miz picks Ziggler up and shoulders him, looking to eliminate him once more. Ziggler still doesn’t go out to the floor as Jericho attacks Miz from behind. Miz hits his corner clothesline on Jericho.
#29 is Sheamus.
Reigns comes in out of nowhere with a superman punch to Sheamus. Reigns comes into the ring and tosses Miz out, then clotheslines Del Rio to the floor.
Miz and Alberto Del Rio have been eliminated.
Ziggler almost eliminates Reigns, but Reigns fights it off. Wyatt attacks Reigns from behind, then drops him with a huge clothesline. Reigns suplexes Wyatt over, then hits the superman punch, and the crowd is booing heavily.
#30 is Triple H.
The crowd goes nuts as soon as Hunter’s music hits, and the Game makes his way out slowly, staring down Reigns from the top of the ramp.
Hunter enters the ring and he jaws with Roman for a bit before they square off. Ziggler comes in from out of nowhere and eats a pedigree from Hunter. Wyatt comes in and eats a spear from Reigns. Hunter and Reigns circle each other while everyone else lays on the mat. Hunter and Reigns charge in, hitting each other with repeated right hands. Reigns drops Hunter, but Hunter pops up and hits a knee to Reigns’ face. Reigns fights off the pedigree, and both men are almost eliminated by Sheamus and Ambrose. Sheamus hits Ambrose with a brogue kick. Wyatt hits Sheamus with a urunage. Reigns and Hunter are both almost eliminated by Jericho and Ziggler, but neither goes off of the apron. Back in the ring, Hunter tosses Ziggler over the top rope with no trouble.
Dolph Ziggler has been eliminated.
Hunter and Wyatt have a stare down, with Hunter pointing over at Reigns. Wyatt responds by punching Hunter in the face. Wyatt almost connects with Sister Abigail, but it’s broken up by Sheamus. Hunter dumps Wyatt over the top.
Bray Wyatt has been eliminated.
Hunter and Sheamus are almost both eliminated by Reigns. Ambrose comes close to eliminating Y2J. Jericho comes back with a top rope splash to wipe out Ambrose. Jericho fights off a pedigree, but Ambrose tosses him out to the floor.
Chris Jericho has been eliminated.
Reigns connects with a superman punch on Hunter. Sheamus tries to suplex Ambrose, but Ambrose reverses out. Ambrose dropkicks Sheamus, but then runs right into a brogue kick.
Sheamus goes for the brogue kick but misses, and Reigns dumps him over the top, but then Hunter eliminates Reigns out of nowhere!
Sheamus and Roman Reigns have been eliminated.
It’s down to Hunter and Ambrose, and Ambrose assaults Hunter in the corner. Hunter hits Ambrose with a knee to the face, and Ambrose responds with a rebound lariat. Ambrose runs into a boot from Hunter, but he fights off a pedigree. Ambrose sends Hunter out to the apron, but Hunter won’t drop. Ambrose runs into a big knee to the face from Hunter, who back drops Ambrose over the top and out to the floor.
Dean Ambrose has been eliminated
Winner and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Triple H
Stephanie and Vince are immediately ringside to help Hunter celebrate. Fireworks go off behind the WrestleMania sign, and the show ends with Vince and Stephanie holding Hunter’s arms up in victory.
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[Edited by Badrose Max 1/25/2016 5:01 AM]