Tonight, Sunday, January 24, 2016, WWE presented the twenty-ninth annual Royal Rumble pay per view. Tonight’s show was held inside the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Here are the results.
In the Kickoff pre-show match, Mark Henry & Jack Swagger beat Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley, Damian Sandow & Darren Young and The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) in a fatal four way match. The Dudleyz hit Viktor with a 3-D, but Swagger pulled Bubba out of the ring to stop the count. Henry then pinned Viktor to win the match. As a result, Henry and Swagger earn spots in tonight’s Royal Rumble match.
In the opening match of the pay per view, WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose beat Kevin Owens in a Last Man Standing Match to retain the Championship. Owens went to the top and looked for a moonsault, but Ambrose popped up and pushed Owens off the top rope and through a table that had been previously set up on the outside of the ring. Owens couldn’t answer the referee’s ten count and Ambrose was declared winner.
WWE Tag Team Champions, The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) (with Xavier Woods) beat Jimmy & Jey Uso to retain the Championships. Jey came off the top rope looking for a big splash, but Big E caught him in mid-air and dropped him with the Big Ending for the pinfall. Before match, Woods introduced his new trombone, Francesca II, to replace the trombone previously destroyed by Chris Jericho.
Kalisto beat WWE United States Champion Alberto Del Rio. Kalisto pinned Del Rio after hitting the Salida del Sol. Kalisto is now a two-time US Champion, having won both Championships from Del Rio.
WWE Divas Champion Charlotte (with Ric Flair) beat Becky Lynch to retain the Championship. Flair distracted Becky and threw his sport coat at her, allowing Charlotte to hit a spear and get the pinfall. Post-match, Charlotte and Ric continued the attack on Becky until Sasha Banks showed up. Banks tossed Lynch from the ring and then looked to align with Charlotte. But as Flair left the ring, Banks jumped Charlotte and locked her in the Bank Statement.
In the night’s main event, Triple H won the 30-man Royal Rumble Match to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Roman Reigns came into the match as the reigning and defending World Champion, and was forced to compete from the #1 spot in the match. Triple H eliminated Reigns, causing the match to come down to him and Dean Ambrose, and thus guaranteeing a new Champion. Triple H then eliminated Ambrose to win his fourteenth World Championship.
Order of Entrance:
1-Roman Reigns 2-Rusev (with Lana) 3-AJ Styles 4-Tyler Breeze 5-Curtis Axel (with rest of The Social Outcasts: Heath Slater, Bo Dallas & Adam Rose) 6-Chris Jericho 7-Kane 8-Goldust 9-Ryback 10-Kofi Kingston (with the rest of The New Day: Big E & Xavier Woods) 11-Titus O’Neil 12-R-Truth 13-Luke Harper 14-Stardust 15-The Big Show 16-Neville 17-Braun Strowman 18-Kevin Owens 19-Dean Ambrose 20-Sami Zayn 21-Erick Rowan 22-Mark Henry 23-Brock Lesnar 24-Jack Swagger 25-The Miz 26-Alberto Del Rio 27-Bray Wyatt 28-Dolph Ziggler 29-Sheamus 30-Triple H
Order of Elimination:
1-Rusev by Reigns 2-Breeze by Reigns and Styles 3-Axel by Styles 4-Goldust by O’Neil 5-Truth by Kane 6-Kingston by Jericho 7-O’Neil by Big Show 8-Ryback by Big Show 9-Kane by Strowman 10-Big Show by Strowman 11-Styles by Owens 12-Owens by Zayn 13-Neville by Harper 14-Stardust by Harper 15-Henry by Strowman, Harper & Rowan 16-Zayn by Strowman 17-Rowan by Lesnar 18-Swagger by Lesnar 19-Harper by Lesnar 20-Strowman by Lesnar 21-Lesnar by Strowman, Harper and Rowan (who returned to attack Lesnar and take him out of the match) 22-Miz by Reigns 23-Del Rio by Reigns 24-Ziggler by Triple H 25-Wyatt by Triple H & Sheamus 26-Jericho by Ambrose 27-Sheamus by Reigns 28-Reigns by Triple H 29-Ambrose by Triple H