PPV Fusion: Royal Rumble 2014
The 2014 WWE Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View starts with a video hyping the start of the “Road to WrestleMania”, followed by Daniel Bryan taking on Bray Wyatt (accompanied by Erick Rowan and Luke Harper) in a match to kick off the show.
The match sees Wyatt get the victory, when he is able to catch Bryan from his dive through the ropes, countering it by hitting him with the Sister Abigail against the barricade, and followed up with another Sister Abigail inside the ring for the 3-count, as the crowd chant “this is awesome”.
After Renee Young interviews Paul Heyman backstage about Brock Lesnar’s upcoming match, and after checking in with the Royal Rumble Panel (comprised of Josh Mathews and WWE Hall Of Famers “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, and Shawn Michaels) for their thoughts on the previous match and the ones still to come, The Big Show is pitted against Brock Lesnar (accompanied by Paul Heyman).
Before the match can start, Lesnar attacks Show to gain the advantage before it gets officially started, especially with his repeated use of a steel chair. The match sees Lesnar gets the victory, when he hits Show with an F-5 for the 3-count.
After The Shield are shown talking about the Royal Rumble match to take place later on, Renee Young interviews Randy Orton about his upcoming match, a video hyping that WrestleMania XXX (30) is 70 days away, and a video recapping the events that led to the upcoming match, Randy Orton goes against John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The match sees many chants from the apparently uninterested crowd, including “Randy Savage”, “Y2J”, “boring”, “this is awful”, and “we want divas” – with Orton’s response to the last being to do his pose. The crowd perks up at the appearance of The Wyatt Family however, with the distraction allowing Orton to hit Cena with an RKO for the 3-count to get the victory and retain his title.
Afterwards, the crowd chants “Thank You, Wyatt” as The Wyatt Family attacks John Cena, with the attack finishing with Bray Wyatt hitting Cena with Sister Abigail as the crowd chants “Yes!”.
After a video promoting next month’s launch of the WWE Network, Renee Young’s interview backstage with “The New Age Outlaws” Billy Gunn and Road Dogg about their WWE Tag Team Championship win on the Royal Rumble Kickoff (Pre-Show), and a video hyping the next WWE Pay-Per-View, Elimination Chamber on 23rd February, it’s time for the Royal Rumble match.
CM Punk is the number one entrant, with The Shield’s Seth Rollins being revealed as the second. The match includes highlights such as Kofi Kingston avoid elimination by way of a running jump from the barricade to the ring apron, JBL as a quickly eliminated entrant due to being distracted by handing his jacket to Michael Cole, an appearance by Kevin Nash as an entrant, and The Shield’s Roman Reigns eliminating 12 men to surpass Kane’s record of the most eliminated by one person in a single Royal Rumble match.
The crowd are clearly unhappy at Daniel Bryan not being a part of the Royal Rumble match, chanting for Bryan and booing heavily when Rey Mysterio is revealed as the final entrant, and when the match gets down to being between Roman Reigns and Batista, the crowd get behind Reigns.
To the disappointment of the crowd however, Batista eliminates Reigns to win the Royal Rumble match, prompting them to boo and chant “No!”. Batista celebrates in the ring while pyro goes off, as the Royal Rumble goes off the air.
The general online reaction to this year’s Royal Rumble PPV has mirrored the live crowd’s response in being rather negative, with WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley tweeting a suggestion that the WWE possibly hates their audience and that he has never been so disgusted with a PPV, Daniel Bryan tweeting that “the machine” did not want him anywhere near the Royal Rumble match, and the reactions even being reported by the BBC News site.