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.”
Seven years after winning his first Royal Rumble, 12-time WWE world champion Randy Orton has once again booked a ticket to WrestleMania. Orton was the last man standing among 30 participants at Sunday night’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view at the Alamodome in San Antonio. In the main event and titular match of the night, Orton eliminated Roman Reigns with a clothesline after an RKO and tossed him out of the ring. In a Royal Rumble match that was short on surprise entrances, business picked up in a hurry late in the match, following appearances from Brock Lesnar (No. 26), Goldberg (28), The Undertaker (29) and Reigns (30). After a series of memorable standoffs that could very easily be the ignition for a variety of WrestleMania feuds, it was Orton who secured a title opportunity at WrestleMania 33 on April 2, in Orlando, Florida.
“I’d say I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot of great things here, more than most,” Orton told ESPN.com immediately following his victory. “I think I heard today that there were 23 winners here in 30 Royal Rumbles. That’s quite a short list, given the history of WWE and how long WWE has been around. But not only am I one of the 23, I’ve done it twice. It’s just accolade after accolade stacking up, and I couldn’t be more grateful.” Orton, a member of The Wyatt Family, entered at No. 23 and instantly cleaned house with several of his signature RKOs, including an impressive one in which he caught Sami Zayn in mid-air after Zayn leaped from the top rope. Two spots later, however, embattled Wyatt Family member Luke Harper entered the match, creating a memorable moment.
Harper and Orton have feuded in recent weeks due to a lack of trust in the group, which caused Wyatt, the leader of the faction, to become the peacemaker for a time before ostensibly booting Harper from the group. Wyatt attempted to extend an olive branch one last time before Harper surprised his former leader with a stiff spinning lariat before eating a retaliatory big boot to the face from Orton. Moments later, after Harper attempted to put Wyatt in his own finishing move, Sister Abigail (including a signature kiss on Wyatt’s forehead), Orton rescued Wyatt again with an RKO on Harper.
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.