John Cena versus Bray Wyatt versus AJ Styles for the WWE Championship
Winner: Bray Wyatt
After the match: Bray celebrates in the ring and Randy Orton’s music plays and makes his way onto the stage. Orton walks to the ring and he gets onto the apron and enters the ring because he has something to say. Orton and Wyatt look around and Randy says he won the Royal Rumble and all the privileges that come with it. You are the WWE Champion. Randy says as long as you are the master and he is the servant, he refuses to face Bray at Wrestlemania. Randy says he pledges his undying allegiance to Bray Wyatt. Randy hands the mic to Bray and Orton goes down to a knee.
Bray says he has the keys to the kingdom.
Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper
Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt appeared. Bray said tonight they have to go their separate ways but in the end, it will be the Era of Wyatt. Randy told everyone to run. Harper and Orton went right after each other with Orton having control early. They spilled outside the ring, where Orton picked up Harper and dumped him atop one of the announcing tables with Harper taking bump backwards off it to the floor. Orton rolled him back in the ring for a two count. Orton cinched in a rear chinlock. He stomped Harper in the corner and continued beating him on the mat before cinching in yet another rear chinlock while driving his knee into Harper’s back as well, Harper makes a comeback with several rights and whipped Orton towards the corner. Orton reversed and Harper leapt over the top, drilled Randy with a big forearm and hit a senton atomico followed by a big boot for a two count. Harper snapped Orton across the top and set up for a catapult, drilling Orton’s throat across the middle rope. Orton went to the floor. Harper nailed a tope suicida that sent Randy crashing over the announcers’ table. Harper followed up by slamming him onto another table.
Harper charged Orton but was caught with a scoop powerslam on the floor. Orton and Harper battled in the corner with Luke on the apron outside. Harper went to the top but was crotched by Randy. Orton grabbed him and nailed a superplex for a two count. The crowd chanted, “This is awesome.” Orton covers Harper but only gets a two count.
The battle continued as Orton nailed his hanging DDT off the ropes. Randy teased a RKO but was nailed with a pair of superkicks for a two count that was THISCLOSE. Harper and Orton continued to battle back and forth. They exchanged brawls on their knees. Harper nailed a series of palm strikes and went for the discus clothesline but Orton blasted him and nailed the RKO for the pin.
Winner: Randy Orton
John Cena versus Randy Orton (with Bray Wyatt) in a Non Title Match
Cena shows some foot work as he avoids Orton when he wants to lock up. They lock up and Orton with a side head lock. Cena with a shoulder tackle and he poses. Cena with a side head lock. Orton with a forearm but Cena with a shoulder tackle. Orton with a kick when he escapes an Attitude Adjustment set up. Orton chokes Cena in the ropes and then Orton stomps on the ankle. Orton continues with the Garvin Stomp. Orton gets a near fall. Orton returns to the reverse chin lock. Orton kicks Cena and Cena rolls to the floor in front of Wyatt. Orton goes to the floor and he punches Cena in the face. Orton Irish whips Cena into the ring steps and Wyatt gets up as we go to commercial.
We are back and Orton kicks Cena when he goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Orton has an RKO blocked and Cena has an Attitude Adjustment blocked. Orton gets a near fall. Orton with a kick to the ribs and he sets for the IEDDT but Cena gets into the ring and he sends Orton over the top rope with a back body drop. Cena sends Orton into the ring steps. Cena picks up Orton and walks to the announce table and he tries for an Attitude Adjustment through the announce table but Orton escapes and he hits a back drop driver onto the announce table. Orton sends Cena back into the ring and then they exchange punches and kicks. Cena with a Blue Thunder Bomb and a Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena with an Attitude Adjustment but Orton kicks out and the move forces Wyatt out of his chair. Cena goes up top but Orton stops Cena and hits a Super IEDDT. Orton looks around and then he twists to the mat. Orton with an RKO but Cena kicks out. Orton goes for another RKO but Cena blocks it and Orton holds on to the ropes and the referee gets knocked down.
Cena with a drop toe hold into the STF and Orton taps but there is no referee so it does not count. Cena releases the hold and Wyatt attacks Cena. Orton joins in the two-on-one attack. Wyatt has Cena set in Sister Abigail for the assist to Orton but Cena with a clothesline. Wyatt hits Sister Abigail on Cena. Luke Harper comes to the ring and he stares down Wyatt. Wyatt tells Harper to leave and Harper starts to go out of the ring but it is a tease for the discus clothesline. Orton returns to the ring and he goes for the RKO but Harper pushes him away and Cena with an Attitude Adjustment for the three count.
Winner: John Cena
The lights go out and The Wyatt Family make their way to the stage. Bray mocks Cena and says THE CHAMP IS HERE. He says everything is right with the world, hooray, but he does not mean it. The more things change around here, the more they stay the same. It is like some vicious cycle. The hands of fate have dealt you back the championship you so blindly covet. In two week’s time, you will be trapped like a rat inside the Elimination Chamber with him. There will be nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. He promises John that when everything is said and done, when the dust clears, he will be leaving that chamber the new WWE Champion. The world will have finally entered the Era of Wyatt. Bray says this is his destiny. He says things are changing around here and if you don’t believe him, you can ask his brother and the winner of the Royal Rumble match, Randy Orton. Randy says if by some miracle you make it out of the chamber alive with that title, he will be waiting for you at Wrestlemania. One way or another we are going to stop this vicious cycle and set that WWE Championship free. Bray tells John, ‘We’re Here’. They go to the ring and Orton and Wyatt stand on opposite sides of the ring. They enter the ring and the lights go out and Luke Harper stands in the ring when the lights come back on and he is standing next to Cena . . . and he is Cena’s ally tonight. Bray and Randy leave the ring Shane McMahon comes out and makes the tag team match of Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt against John Cena and Luke Harper.
John Cena and Luke Harper versus Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton
Cena and Wyatt start things off. Cena with a side head lock. Cena with a shoudler tackle and he tries to get Wyatt up but Wyatt escapes and Orton tags in. Cena points to the sign and he wants to go, but Harper tags himself in and Harper wtih a forearm and a slingshot senton. Harper with a double leg take down and punches. Harper with an Irish whip but Orton with an elbow. Harper with a drop kick and then he catapults Orton into the middle rope. Harper follows Orton to the floor and Wyatt gets in the way. Harper goes into the ring and rolls around Wyatt and he punches Orton and hits a back drop driver onto the announce table. Harper sends Orton back into the ring and Wyatt tags in. Wyatt gets in Harper’s face and Harper does not back down at first, but Harper tags Cena in. Cena looks confused. Cena with punches but Wyatt with a back elbow and Cena backs into the corner. Wyatt with punches and kicks. Wyatt punches Cena and John goes down. Wyatt with forearms and punches to Cena.
Randy Orton won the 30-man Royal Rumble, presumably paving his path to a world title with match with John Cena at WrestleMania 33. Seeing Orton stand tall at the end of the pay per view brought back some pleasant memories of “The Viper”.
“Randy was bred for this business,” said Galloway. “He is a third generation star, he looks the part, talks the part, and is the complete package in the ring. As most people know, Randy has always been brutally honest, which is why we clicked when it came to conversation. We were never afraid to express our real opinion on wrestling. This business is the one thing Randy truly understands. He is always evolving and adapting to what is relevant in the modern TV era.”