Show: WWE Royal Rumble 2017 PPV
Location: Alamodome San Antonio, Texas
Date: January 29, 2017
Airing Live On The WWE Network
Naomi, Nikki Bella & Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss, Mickie James & Natalya
We go to the ring and Mauro Ranallo welcomes us. He’s joined by JBL, David Otunga and Tom Phillips. Greg Hamilton does the introductions as Naomi makes her way out first. Nikki Bella and Becky Lynch are out next. SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss is out next, followed by Mickie James. Natalya is out last.
Natalya starts off and taunts Nikki but gets slapped. Natalya tags Bliss right in and lets her start. Bliss and Nikki go at it now. Nikki counters and covers for a 2 count. Naomi tags in for a double dropkick on Bliss. Natalya tags back in. The heels go for a triple suplex but the babyfaces counter and hit it instead. Naomi ends up leaping out onto her opponents and taking them down. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Becky is unloading on Natalya with leg lariats. Becky with the Firearm and a sidekick in the corner. Natalya goes to the floor for a breather. Becky follows but Mickie launches her into the barrier. Natalya with a snap suplex on the floor.
Natalya brings it back in and the heels keep control. Bliss tags in and works Becky over. Mickie with a cheap kick on Becky as Bliss covers for a 2 count. Natalya mocks Nikki but gets rolled up by Becky for 2. Natalya keeps control and covers for another 2 count. More back and forth as Bliss is back in. Natalya stops Becky from tagging. Naomi gets a hot tag and unloads on Bliss and Natalya. Naomi with her signature kicks on Bliss. Naomi drops Bliss and covers for a 2 count as Mickie breaks it up. Becky takes her out. Natalya takes Becky out. Nikki spears Natalya. Bliss and Naomi go at it again. Naomi drops her with a kick and hits the split-legged moonsault for the win.
Winners: Naomi, Nikki Bella and Becky Lynch
RAW Tag Team Title Match: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Cesaro and Sheamus
We go to the ring and out comes RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus. Michael Cole welcomes us and he’s joined by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are out next. Cesaro and Anderson go at it to start. Cesaro with an early 2 count. We have one referee in the ring and one at ringside. Sheamus comes in and goes at it with Anderson now.
More quick tags. Cesaro and Gallows go at it. Cesaro hits the springboard uppercut for a 2 count. Sheamus tags in for a double team suplex. Sheamus drops a knee on Gallows for a 2 count. Cesaro comes back in but Gallows gets the upperhand as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Sheamus ends up hitting the forearms to Gallows on the apron. Sheamus with a top rope clothesline for a 2 count. Cesaro comes in off the top with another 2 count. Gallows avoids the Cesaro Swing. Anderson tag sin and knocks Sheamus off the apron. Cesaro with an uppercut. Anderson drops him for a 2 count. The second referee stops some cheating. Cesaro with another 2 count. Anderson counters the Neutralizer. Cesaro comes back and hits the 619. Cesaro with a crossbody for a 2 count.
Anderson and Cesaro tangle. Anderson hits the spinebuster for a 2 count. Gallows comes in for a Magic Killer but Sheamus stops it. Cesaro with a DDT on Gallows. A referee goes down by accident after a Brogue Kick. Cesaro with the Swing on Anderson now. Cesaro with the Sharpshooter on Anderson now. Gallows comes in with a boot to the face to break it up. Anderson with a 2 count as Sheamus breaks it. Gallows and Sheamus brawl. More confusion with the referee. Gallows nails Sheamus with a kick. Sheamus eats a Magic Killer. Gallows and Anderson end up getting the pin for the win.
Winners AND NEW RAW Tag Team Champions: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
We go back to the ring and out comes Sasha Banks first. Nia Jax is out next.
They go at it to start but Nia overpowers early on. Nia tosses Sasha across the ring and then runs her over. Nia stands tall as we take another break.
Back from the break and Nia fights off a Banks Statement before going to work on Sasha’s injured knee. More back and forth as Sasha fights back. Sasha comes off the top with knees but Nia kicks out at 2. Nia ends up catching Sasha in the pop-up Samoan Drop for the quick win.
Winner: Nia Jax
RAW Women’s Title Match: Bayley vs. Charlotte
We go right to the ring and out comes Bayley to a pop. RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair is out next as Cole introduces us to some of the international announce teams at ringside.
We get formal ring introductions from JoJo. They lock up and go at it. Charlotte slams Bayley first. Back and forth until Bayley catches Charlotte with a cutter on the second rope. Bayley comes through the ropes and takes Charlotte down on the floor with a head scissors. Bayley with a crossbody from the second rope to the floor. Bayley brings it back in the ring for a 2 count.
Charlotte turns it back around and brings it in for a 2 count. Charlotte slams Bayley’s face into the mat repeatedly. Charlotte keeps control and nails a running boot for a 2 count. Charlotte uses scissors to slam Bayley into the mat a few more times. Charlotte tosses Bayley with her legs and stands tall. Charlotte with another pin attempt before some taunting and trash talking.
They both go down after a double clothesline. Bayley looks for a comeback but Charlotte chops her into the corner. Bayley with more offense. She nails a springboard crossbody. Bayley with more offense. Bayley drops Charlotte on her face. Bayley goes to the top but takes too much time and has to come down. Bayley stomps on Charlotte for a 2 count. Bayley goes back to the top and nails a big elbow drop for a 2 count.
Charlotte turns it back around after going for the knee. Charlotte applies the Figure Four. Bayley manages to turn it around on her. Charlotte reverses it into the Figure Eight and uses the ropes for leverage but the referee sees it and stops her. More back and forth. Charlotte ends up getting the win out of nowhere after a Natural Selection on the apron.
Winner AND STILL WWE RAW Women’s Champion: Charlotte
No DQ Match for the WWE Universal Title: Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens
We go to the ring and the shark cage is waiting for Chris Jericho in the middle. The music hits and out comes WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens with the WWE United States Champion. Roman Reigns is out next. We get formal ring introductions from JoJo.
Jericho stalls on going into the cage. Owens and Jericho beat Reigns down but he fights them off and puts Jericho in the cage. The cage is raised above the ring as we get the bell. Reigns goes at it to start but Owens turns it around. Reigns rocks Owens and sends him to the floor. Reigns knocks Owens over the barrier and they fight through the crowd now.
They fight back to the ringside area and Reigns uses the German announce table. Owens turns it around and sends Reigns into the steel steps. Owens takes the hood off the Spanish announce table and throws it on Reigns. Owens goes under the ring and brings out a bunch of steel chairs. Owens jabs Reigns with a chair shot to the ribs. Owens ends up hitting a big corner cannonball into the barrier. Owens poses on the announce table to a mixed reaction. Owens stands a bunch of chairs on top of each other at ringside. Another chair shot to the ribs, and another. Owens adds to his mountain of steel chairs and brings Reigns back into the ring. Owens goes to powerbomb Reigns from the apron through the chair mountain but it’s blocked. Reigns rocks Owens with a right hand. Reigns tries to suplex Owens from the ring onto the chairs but Owens blocks it. Owens drops Reigns over the top rope. Owens tries to knock Reigns into the chairs but Reigns hangs on. Owens charges but Reigns comes in with clotheslines.
Reigns turns it back around as Jericho looks on from the cage. Reigns brings a table inside the ring but Owens nails a Backstabber for a 2 count. Owens goes for a corner cannonball and mocks Reigns. Reigns blocks the cannonball and nails a sitdown powerbomb for a close 2 count. Reigns looks up as Jericho tries to distract him with the cage. They end up on the floor again. Owens with two superkicks to place Reigns on top of a table. Owens goes to the top and nails a big Frogsplash through the table. Fans chant “holy s–t” now.
More action inside the ring now. Reigns crashes into a chair in the corner. Jericho drops brass knuckles down to Owens. Owens mocks Reigns. A Superman punch from Owens is blocked. Reigns tries to get the knuckles. Owens hits the Superman punch on Reigns but Reigns still kicks out at 2. Owens stands a chair up in the middle of the ring. Owens goes for a powerbomb onto the chair but Reigns resists. Reigns counters and puts Owens through the chair with a Samoan Drop. Owens kicks out at 2.
Reigns goes to the floor and is frustrated. Reigns brings a table from under the ring and slides it in. Reigns stands the table up in the corner. Owens rolls him up from behind for a 2 count. Reigns nails a Superman punch and Owens goes down but kicks out at 2. Reigns readies for a spear through the table but Owens kicks him and nails a stunner for a 2 count. Owens with many stomps in the corner now. Owens with a corner cannonball. Owens goes to the top to try for a superplex through the chair mountain but Reigns counters and sends Owens through the chairs instead. Jericho looks on at his best friend laid out on top of the chairs.
Reigns goes for a big powerbomb through the announce table and nails it. Reigns brings Owens back into the ring and readies for a spear. Braun Strowman appears and pulls Reigns out of the ring. Braun sends Reigns into the ring post and then chokeslams him on top of an announce table. It doesn’t break. Braun rolls Reigns into the ring and follows. Braun nails a big running powerslam through the table in the corner. Owens crawls over and covers for the win.
Winner: Kevin Owens
WWE Cruiserweight Title Match: Neville vs. Rich Swann
WWE Network issues to start this match. No handshake between the two. They go at it to start. Neville takes control and brings it to the floor as my feed cuts back out.
Neville controls a good part of the match it seems but the feed comes back to Swann in control. Swann hits a running lariat and a jumping Frogsplash for a close 2 count. Swann goes to the top but Neville crotches him.
Neville climbs up for a superplex but Swann fights him. They end up on the mat. Swann with a big kick. Neville with a superkick of his own. Neville goes for a move but Swann counters and rolls him up for 2. Swann almost puts Neville away with a kick but Neville gets his foot on the bottom rope. Swann keeps control but Neville runs up the top and nails the big superplex for a 2 count. Neville goes right into a submission in the middle of the ring. Swann taps and Neville wins the gold.
Winner AND NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Neville
WWE Title Match: John Cena vs. AJ Styles
We go to the ring and out first comes WWE Champion AJ Styles. He watches as John Cena makes his way out next. We get formal ring introductions from Greg Hamilton and he’s fired up.
We get some trash talking and stalling to start. Cena with a big clothesline to take control. Cena takes AJ into the corner and works him over. AJ turns it around and keeps Cena down. AJ taunts Cena. Cena comes right back and uses his power. Cena goes for an early Attitude Adjustment but Styles lands on his feet and nails an enziguri. Cena makes another comeback. More back and forth now. AJ with a 2 count after a forearm.
Cena comes back as some fans boo. Cena calls for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but AJ blocks it and fights back. AJ with a German suplex and a Facebuster for a 2 count. AJ keeps control until Cena turns him inside out with a clothesline. Cena nails the Shuffle but AJ’s still in it. Cena rocks AJ while he sits on the top. Cena climbs up for a superplex but AJ counters and ends up hitting a spin-out powerbomb for a 2 count. AJ goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Cena ducks it. Cena nails the AA for a 2 count.
Cena waits for AJ to get up now. Cena with a big clothesline for a 2 count. Cena waits for AJ to get up again. Cena goes for another clothesline but AJ ducks and catches him with a pele kick. More back and forth. AJ nails a Phenomenal Forearm for a 2 count. AJ misses a kick. Cena gets him in the Electric Chair and drops him into a Facebuster. They trade shots in the middle of the ring now.
Cena ends up going for the AA again but AJ counters it into the Calf Crusher. Cena gets AJ in the STF now. Cena pulls AJ back from the bottom rope and tightens the hold. More back and forth. AJ gets the STF applied on Cena now. Cena powers up with AJ on his back. Cena goes for an AA but AJ counters. They trade counters. Cena gets the Figure Four locked. They trade counters and reversals again. Cena powers up and slams AJ. Cena slowly climbs to the top as AJ is still down. Cena goes for the leg drop but AJ blocks it. AJ goes for the Styles Clash and nails it but Cena still kicks out at 2.
Cena blocks the springboard 450 with his knees. Cena nails a Destroyer for a close 2 count. More back and forth and close calls. Cena catapults AJ into the corner and nails a cutter for a 2 count. Cena takes AJ to the second rope for a super AA and he nails it. AJ still kicks out at 2. Cena can’t believe it. AJ counters another AA and nails the Styles Clash. AJ crawls to the apron and goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Cena blocks it and turns it into an AA. Cena immediately nails another AA for the win and the title.
Winner AND NEW WWE Champion: John Cena
30-Man Royal Rumble Match
We go back to the ring and JoJo announces the rules of the match. The #1 entrant is revealed to be Big Cass. He comes out with Enzo Amore, who does their introductions. #2 is revealed to be Chris Jericho and out comes the WWE United States Champion. They meet in the middle of the ring and go at it. Cass takes it to the corners and nails a splash. Cass with a fall-away slam as “stupid idiot” chants start up.
More back and forth. Kalisto is out next for his Rumble debut. He was not previously announced. He comes in and nails Cass, then goes to work on Jericho. Cass and Kalisto go at it until a big boot floors Kalisto. Jericho works over Cass with chops now. The next man out is Mojo Rawley.
Mojo comes in with a big shoulder on Kalisto. Mojo nails Jericho next. Cass comes after Mojo but he fights back. Jericho and Mojo work on eliminating Cass now. He fights them both off. The next man out is Jack Gallagher, who was not advertised. Gallagher decks Cass and Mojo with his umbrella. Kalisto counters but Gallagher gets the upperhand. Jericho drops Gallagher from behind. Jericho slams Gallagher and stands tall. Gallagher comes from behind with a low blow using the umbrella. Gallagher embarrasses Jericho and dropkicks him. Cass and Kalisto go at it in the corner. Mojo tries to eliminate Cass. Mark Henry is out next. He also was not advertised.
Henry splashes Cass in the ring. Gallagher headbutts Henry. Henry eats it and eliminates Gallagher.
Henry gets a big pop from Texas but Gallagher comes off the top with the umbrella. Henry grabs him and tosses him over the top. The next man out is Braun Strowman. Braun comes in and eliminates Mojo. Cass goes for a big boot but Braun moves and Cass gets hung up. Braun eliminates Cass. Kalisto comes over next but Braun eliminates him, tossing him out onto Cass and Mojo.
Henry and Braun go at it now. Braun sends him to the apron but Henry hangs on. Braun eliminates Henry.
Sami Zayn is out next. He unloads on Braun but gets dropped. Braun clubs Sami to the mat. Braun charges twice but runs into boots. Sami tries to suplex Braun but Braun scoops him. Sami counters and sends Braun into the ring post. Sami tries to dump Braun over the top but there’s no chance. Sami keeps fighting until Braun runs over him. Braun keeps up the attack. The next man out is Big Show.
Braun stares Show down as he marches to the ring. Show steps over the top rope and they meet in the middle of the ring. Show blocks a right hand and unloads on Braun. Braun comes back with a clothesline. Show ends up nailing a big chokeslam on Braun. Jericho slides back into the ring but Show blocks a Codebreaker. Show drops Jericho with a knockout punch. Show scoops Braun and goes to eliminate him but it’s blocked. Braun scoops Show for an elimination but that’s blocked. Braun tries again and Big Show is eliminated.
The next man out is Tye Dillinger to a pop. He enters at #10. Dillinger runs to the ring and ducks a clothesline. Dillinger goes to work on Braun but he won’t go down. Dillinger mounts Braun in the corner as fans count along. Braun picks him up but Sami makes the save. Sami and Dillinger team up to take on Braun now. Braun fights them off. They go for a double suplex but Braun counters and suplexes them at the same time. The next man out is James Ellsworth. Carmella is with him.
Ellsworth doesn’t want to enter because Braun is waiting. Carmella tells him to go on. Sami and Dillinger come from behind to try and dump Braun but he hangs on. Braun brings himself back in and runs over Sami and Dillinger at the same time. Braun splashes them both in opposite corners. Ellsworth still hasn’t entered the ring. The next man out is WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose. Ambrose talks Ellsworth up to help him take on Braun. Ellsworth falls for it but Ambrose lets him run into the ring by himself. Braun grabs Ellsworth and tosses him over the top. Ellsworth is eliminated.
Ambrose with a top rope elbow on Braun. Braun fights Ambrose off. Ambrose counters. Ambrose, Dillinger and Sami all work on Braun now. He fights them off and hits corner splashes on Sami and Ambrose. The next man out is Baron Corbin. Corbin hits the ring and unloads on Braun as Ambrose jumps on Braun’s back. It’s 4-on-1 now. Braun fights out and boots Corbin. Braun eliminates Dillinger by tossing him over the top.
The triple team on Braun continues. Corbin eliminates Braun with a big clothesline over the top.
Ambrose with Dirty Deeds on Corbin. Sami works on Ambrose now. The New Day music hits and out comes Kofi Kingston next. Kofi dropkicks Sami and tosses him to the apron. Ambrose grabs Kofi and throws him to the apron. Sami tries to dump Ambrose. Kofi tries to dump Sami. Corbin decks Kofi. Corbin drops Kofi with a right. Ambrose goes to work on Corbin now. The next man out is The Miz at #15, accompanied by Maryse. They kiss and she heads to the back. Miz with a Skull Crashing Finale to Sami. Corbin ends up hitting a Deep Six on Miz. Kofi goes to the top but Corbin points at him. Corbin takes his legs out and Kofi smacks the top of the ring post but he hangs on. Kofi comes back in with a Trouble In Paradise to Corbin. The next man out is Sheamus.
Sheamus comes out with clotheslines. Sheamus with the 10 forearms to The Miz. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick on someone. Ambrose and Sami try to eliminate Sheamus now. The next entrant is Big E. Big E with an abdominal stretch on Miz. Big E with a big thrust in the corner. Kofi jumps off his back and nails Miz. Sheamus works on Corbin now. Kofi and Big E work on dumping Miz. Sami and Ambrose go at it. The next entrant is Rusev. Lana walks him out but heads to the back. Rusev is wearing a nose guard after suffering the broken nose on RAW from Kofi’s crossbody. Rusev enters the ring and goes wild.
Rusev works on Ambrose now. Sheamus with uppercuts on The Miz. The next Superstar out is Cesaro. Cesaro with a Cesaro Swing on Sami, then a Swing for Ambrose. Kofi also goes for a Swing, as does Big E. Cesaro is dizzy now. Corbin charges but Cesaro hits him with the Swing as well. Cesaro goes for a Swing on Sheamus next but Sheamus pleads. Fans pop as Cesaro considers it. Rusev drops Cesaro. Rusev tries to dump Cesaro but Sheamus makes the save. Miz and Kofi work on Ambrose. The next entrant is Xavier Woods for his Rumble debut. Woods sends Sheamus into the ring post and clotheslines him. Kofi follows up with a kick. Woods and Kofi double team Sheamus and hold him while Big E nails the big splash.
Kofi and Miz go at it now. Big E scoops Miz and drops him into kicks from Woods and Kofi. The next Superstar out is Bray Wyatt by himself as the arena lights up. Cesaro works on Rusev now. Big E goes after Sami. Bray enters the ring and plants Miz into the mat. Wyatt takes Ambrose down next. Wyatt drops Cesaro and then Rusev. Wyatt stares Woods down in the middle of the ring and he freezes. Woods ducks and nails Wyatt. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail but it’s blocked. Wyatt floors Woods with a clothesline. Wyatt tosses Woods but he hangs on. Cesaro and Sheamus go at it with Woods and Kofi now. The next man out is Apollo Crews.
Crews debuts in the Rumble and unloads. Wyatt slows him down with a kick. Ambrose goes after Wyatt. Big E saves Kofi and Woods again. Sheamus and Cesaro eliminate Kofi, Woods and Big E at the same time. Sheamus tries to dump Cesaro but Jericho eliminates them both at the same time. Sheamus and Cesaro argue at ringside now.
Randy Orton is out next. Orton hits the ring and unloads with clotheslines. Orton catches Miz in a powerslam. Orton with a RKO on Corbin, then Rusev. Sami comes off the top rope but Orton catches him on the way down with a RKO. Wyatt and Orton pose together. Jericho attacks Orton as Wyatt goes for Ambrose. Dolph Ziggler is out next. Ziggler hits the ring with superkicks. Rusev catches a kick but Ziggler counters and nails a superkick. Ziggler with a double DDT on Miz and Crews. Ziggler superkicks Miz and Crews. Crews and Miz both hang on. Ziggler and Ambrose go at it now. Luke Harper is out next at #25.
Orton watches as Harper comes in and goes to work on Crews. Harper dumps Crews to the apron and eliminates him. Harper and Orton lock eyes now.
Wyatt plays peacekeeper but Harper floors Wyatt to a pop. Orton attacks but Harper ducks and drops him with a big boot. Harper picks Wyatt up by his hair. Harper kisses Wyatt on the forehead and goes for a Sister Abigail but Orton makes the save with a RKO on Harper. Ambrose works on Jericho now. The next Superstar out to the ring is Brock Lesnar to a big pop. Paul Heyman is right behind him.
Pyro goes off as Lesnar marches to the ring. Lesnar goes right after Ambrose and tosses him. Ambrose is eliminated. Lesnar eliminates Ziggler next. Lesnar with Germans on Rusev, Jericho and Corbin. Miz takes a F5. Orton approaches but Lesnar hits him with a F5. Lesnar stands tall as fans start chanting for Goldberg.
Out next comes Enzo Amore, who was not advertised. Enzo charges the ring as Lesnar waits and everyone else is down. Lesnar dares him to enter the ring. Enzo hops on the apron and stares Lesnar down. Enzo takes his shirt off and gets riled up. Enzo charges but Lesnar turns him inside out with a big clothesline. Lesnar eliminates Enzo. Lesnar with a suplex on Sami, then Jericho. Lesnar kicks Rusev and hits him with knees. Lesnar with a snap suplex on Rusev too. The next man out is Bill Goldberg to a pop.
Goldberg marches to the ring as pyro goes off. Lesnar waits. Goldberg enters and ducks a shot from Lesnar. Goldberg spears Lesnar to a pop. Goldberg clotheslines Lesnar over the top. Lesnar is eliminated.
Lesnar can’t believe it. Goldberg takes out Corbin next, then Jericho. Sami attacks but Goldberg hits him with a Jackhammer. Orton and Wyatt double team Goldberg now. Goldberg ducks and nails a double spear on The Wyatts. The next man out is The Undertaker to a pop.
The lights come on and Taker is already in the ring. Goldberg turns around and they come face to face. Taker grabs Goldberg by his throat but they’re attacked by Corbin and Rusev. Corbin works over Taker. Goldberg eliminates Rusev. Taker eliminates Corbin. Taker turns around to a spear from Goldberg. Harper attacks but Goldberg eliminates him. Taker eliminates Goldberg.
Miz and Sami attack Taker now. Taker fights them off. Taker chokeslams Miz, then Sami. Wyatt gets dropped by Taker, as does Orton. The final entrant is Roman Reigns to a very mixed reaction.
Reigns walks to the ring as Taker looks on. Reigns stops at ringside and they lock eyes. Reigns steps on the apron and enters. They meet in the middle of the ring. Taker with a right hand. Reigns fights back and they trade shots in the middle of the ring. Taker with a big clothesline. Taker goes for a chokeslam on Reigns but it’s blocked. Reigns with a Superman punch on Taker. Taker blocks the next Superman punch and chokeslams Reigns. Taker blocks a RKO. Taker drops Wyatt. Taker eliminates Miz with a clothesline. Taker eliminates Sami with a clothesline. Taker tosses Reigns but he hangs on. Taker grabs Jericho in mid-air and chokeslams him.
Taker cuts his own throat to a pop. Reigns comes from behind and eliminates Taker to boos. The two stare each other down as some fans do the “bulls–t” chant. Reigns grabs Jericho and tosses him but Jericho hangs on. Jericho fights back and goes to the top. Reigns eliminates him from the top with a Superman punch. It’s down to Reigns, Wyatt and Orton.
Orton and Wyatt double team Reigns now. Orton with the second rope draping DDT. Reigns blocks a double team and nails Superman punches. Reigns eliminates Wyatt by tossing him. Reigns readies for a spear on Orton. Orton blocks it in mid-air with a RKO. Orton clotheslines Reigns over the top for the win.
Winner: Randy Orton
(All match descriptions courtesy of Wrestling Inc.)