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
30 Man Royal Rumble
#23 was Randy Orton. Big pop for him. He clotheslined everyone he came in contact with and nailed Corbin with a RKO. He then nailed one on Rusev. Zayn tried to come off the ropes and was nailed with one in mid-air. He looked at Bray and pulled him up. Everyone battled.
#24 was Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler hit the ring and teamed with Miz to hit a double DDT on Crew, then superkicked Miz and Crews. He tossed Miz over the top but Miz was able to land on the apron. Ziggler and Ambrose battled. Dean was tossed over the top but was able to hang on. More Goldberg chants. Orton battled Corbin. Jericho worked over Miz. Rusev battled Crews.
#25 was Luke Harper. He went right after Crews and tossed him, then locked eyes with Randy Orton. That was playing off of their recent issues. Wyatt tried to calm them. Harper nailed Bray with a lariat and drilled Orton with a kick. Didn’t see that one coming! Luke grabbed Bray and set him up for Sister Abigail but Orton caught him with a RKO. #26 was Brock Lesnar. He tossed Ziggler and Ambrose immediately, eliminating them. He nailed a German suplex on Rusev then wiped out Orton and Miz with F-5s. He wiped out the entire ring and stood over the ring when the countdown came and it was… #27 Enzo Amore was next. He was not advertised, so he was the 7th surprise entrant. So, the surprise was there are no surprise entrants! Enzo came to the ring with a determined look and faced off with Brock after psyching himself up. Brock, like Negan on “The Walking Dead”, shut that sh** down real fast! Adios Enzo. He was tossed.
WWE Smackdown Tag Team champions Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton (with Luke Harper)
As the Wyatts came to the ring, JBL spoke in quiet tones comparing the team to the legendary Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen tandem. There was a slight pop when the Wyatts’ entrance ended followed by a small “Randy” chant. The champions had control early, including Slater nailing a nice spinkick on Orton. Orton sent him up and over to the apron outside, where Wyatt swept his legs and sent him to the floor. When he returned, Orton picked him up and slammed him down over the ropes. Slater bounced back in, where he was nailed with the Garvin stomp. Wyatt tagged back in and worked over Slater, including a running splash in the corner.
Slater was deposited back out to the floor, where he struggled to get to his feet Orton set him up for the hanging DDT when Slater returned to the apron. Slater tried to fight him off but after Wyatt hit him, Orton caught him with his snap powerslam for a two count. Wyatt cinched in a side chinlock. He sent Slater into the ropes for a backdrop but Slater kicked him and made the tag. Rhyno cleaned house on Wyatt, including a shoulderblock off the buckles. Orton protected Wyatt but was knocked off the apron to the floor. Rhyno followed and tried to gore Orton on the floor but instead got Luke Harper, who took the bullet for Randy. When Rhyno returned to the ring, he was nailed with the RKO out of nowhere and pinned.
Winners: Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton
After the Match: Wyatt placed the belt on Harper’s shoulder, so it appears we will be looking at them defending under the Freebird rule perhaps. Orton then placed the other belt on Luke’s shoulder. The crowd really reacted for the Wyatts posing in triumph.
Men’s Elimination Match: Team Raw (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman) vs Team Smackdown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, and Shane McMahon)
The champions start off, and they go at it until all the other partners get in, and Rollins and Reigns start to team up against Team Smackdown. Shane tags in and cleans house, then AJ and Ambrose wind up working together to clear out the ring…but then they turn their attention on each other and start brawling. Shane McMahon tries to separate them, AJ nails Ambrose from behind, and Strowman comes in and hits a running powerslam to eliminate Ambrose.
Dean Ambrose has been eliminated.
Strowman drags Shane into the ring, and Shane unloads with a flurry of pounches, but Strowman is too big and crushes Shane with a splash in the corner. AJ tries for a Phenomenal forearm, but Strowman knocks him to the floor, then flattens Orton when he tries to come in. Bray Wyatt is in and goes face to face with Strowman, and Wyatt tells Strowman to attack Team Raw, and he goozles Jericho, then lets him go and clotheslines Wyatt’s had off. Strowman knocks Wyatt to the floor with a diving dropkick. Strowman goes after Wyatt and rams him into the ring apron. Orton gives Strowman an RKO into the announce table, then helps Wyatt up and they put Strowman on the table and Shane comes off the top rope with an elbowdrop to Strowman that sends them both through the table. The brawl continues on the floor, and AJ Styles dumps Shane back into the ring, but James Ellsworth holds Strowman’s foot from under the ring to prevent him from getting back in, and Strowman gets counted out.
Braun Strowman is eliminated.
Strowman beats Ellsworth up to the top of the ramp and tosses him off the stage into some production equipment before walking to the back. Owens is in the ring and working Shane over, does the Shane dance, and covers for 2. Jericho tags in and dropkicks Shane for 2, he goes for a Lionsault, but Shane gets the knees up and gets a small package on Jericho for 2. Jericho hits a Codebreaker on Shane, another on Randy Orton, and he covers Shane for 2. Rollins tags in and puts the boots to Shane, then Jericho tags in and comes off the top with a splash that misses, and Shane tags Styles in. Styles goes to work on Jericho and hits an over the knee neckbreaker for 2. Jericho blocks the Styles Clash and goes for the Walls of Jericho, Styles breaks free and gets the Calf Crusher, and Jericho rams AJ’s head into the mat and goes for the Walls again, Styles reverses to a small package, Styles unlaods with a series of strikes, nails Owens on the apron, goes for the Styles Clash, but Owens comes in and nails styles with Jericho’s list and hits him with Jericho’s list. He gives styles the pop-up powerbomb as the referee calls for the DQ.
Backstage: Randy Orton looks into the mirror and his face morphs and Orton is not sure what he just saw.
Randy Orton versus Bray Wyatt
They lock up and Bray looks back at Orton from the turnbuckles. Orton goes for an RKO and Wyatt avoids it and goes to the floor. Bray returns to the ring. Orton with punches but Wyatt with an uppercut and a double thrust to the throat. Orton sends Wyatt to the mat and then he does the Garvin Stomp and follows with a knee drop. Orton punches Wyatt in the corner. Orton with a European uppercut and he punches Wyatt. Wyatt sets for Sister Abigail but Orton escapes. Orton avoids Wyatt and Wyatt goes to the floor. Orton sets for an IEDDT but Wyatt escapes and he drops Orton on the ropes and pulls him to the floor. Wyatt with punches and a double thrust to the throat. Orton is sent into the announce table. Orton goes for an RKO but Wyatt sends Orton over the announce table. Wyatt goes into the ring to break the referee’s count. Wyatt sets up the ring steps in front of the announce table but Orton with a forearm and clothesline. Orton sends Wyatt back into the ring. Wyatt sends Orton into the ringside barrier from the apron and Wyatt does Orton’s pose. Wyatt with boots in the corner followed by a clothesline and a back senton for a near fall. Orton with punches but Wyatt with a knee and he sends Orton into the turnbuckles and follows with a splash.
Wyatt with a reverse chin lock. Orton with punches but Wyatt with an uppercut. Wyatt and Orton go to the apron and Wyatt with a DDT on the apron for a near fall. Wyatt gets another near fall. Wyatt with a clothesline and he gets a near fall. Wyatt with a reverse chin lock. Wyatt with a slam and he goes to the turnbuckles. Wyatt misses a back senton when Orton rolls out of the way. Orton and Wyatt exchange punches.; Orton with a kick and head butt thrown in. Orton with a kick and forearm followed by a European uppercut. Wyatt with an Irish whip and Orton with a clothesline out of the corner. Orton with another clothesline and he ducks a clothesline from Wyatt. Wyatt holds on to the ropes to avoid the power slam. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail but Orton moves. Orton with a power slam.
Backstage: Bray Wyatt had attacked Randy Orton, who was on the floor, and was slammed a door on his ankle.
Bray Wyatt came to the ring. The crowd chanted for “Randy.” They announced that due to injury, Randy Orton will not be competing. Wyatt demanded they ring the bell, so he could win by forfeit. They rang the bell and began counting Orton out. Wyatt was announced the winner via forfeit. They then announced Wyatt would compete in a No Holds Barred Match against….Kane.
Kane vs. Bray Wyatt: No Holds Barred
Kane set up a chair and called for a tombstone but Wyatt slipped out and drilled him with a Uranage on the chair for a two count. Randy Orton came out and began limping towards the ring. The crowd chanted for Orton. Bray turned his attention to Orton but Kane sat him. Orton caught him with the RKO out of nowhere and left the ring.
Kane grabbed Wyatt and nailed a chokeslam for the pin.