PPV Fusion: Royal Rumble 2015
The 2015 WWE Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View starts with a video hyping the Royal Rumble match to take place later in the night and the start of the “Road to WrestleMania”, followed by “The New Age Outlaws” Road Dogg and Billy Gunn taking on “The Ascension” Konnor and Viktor in a Tag Team match.
The match sees The Ascension get the victory, when they hit Billy Gunn with a leg-sweep spinning wheel kick combination for the 3-count.
After a trailer hyping the WWE Immortals game for iOS and Android, a video hyping a live Stone Cold Podcast with Triple H following the 2nd February episode of Monday Night Raw, a video recapping the events of Monday Night Raw involving Sting, The Authority and John Cena, and a backstage interaction involving Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Paul Heyman, “The Usos” Jimmy and Jey Uso are pitted against The Miz and Damien Mizdow for the WWE Tag Team Championship.
The match sees The Usos get the victory and retain their titles, when Jey hits The Miz with a powerbomb with assistance from a superkick by Jimmy, and jimmy follows it up with a diving splash for the 3-count.
After checking in with the Royal Rumble Kickoff Panel (comprised of Renee Young, Booker T, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves), a video recapping the Kickoff match between “The New Day” Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods and the team of Adam Rose, Cesaro and Tyson Kidd, a backstage interaction involving Joey Mercury, Jamie Noble and Seth Rollins, and a video hyping that WrestleMania is 63 days away, Natalya and Paige go against “The Bella Twins” Nikki and Brie Bella in a Tag Team match.
The match sees Nikki get the victory for her team, when she takes advantage of the distraction provided by Brie pulling Paige off the apron, and hits Natalya with a forearm shot for the 3-count.
After a series of videos of Superstars addressing the camera about their chances in the Royal Rumble match, and a video recapping the events that led to the upcoming match, Brock Lesnar, John Cena and Seth Rollins take on each other in a Triple Threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The match sees Brock Lesnar get the victory and retain his title, when he counters Rollins’ kerb-stomp attempt into an F-5 for the 3-count.
After a video hyping the next WWE Pay-Per-View, Fast Lane on 22nd February, and a video recapping the historical statistics of the Royal Rumble match, it’s time for the Royal Rumble match and the first entrant is revealed to be The Miz, with R-Truth as the second.
The third entrant is the surprise return of Bubba Ray Dudley, with later surprise entrants being The Boogeyman and Diamond Dallas Page. The crowd turns to heavy booing later on in the match when crowd-favourite Daniel Bryan is eliminated by Bray Wyatt, with Roman Reigns being booed upon entry in the same way that Batista was in last year’s Royal Rumble match.
Curtis Axel never makes it to the Royal Rumble match as he is attacked from behind by Erick Rowan upon his entrance, but Rowan still doesn’t count as an official entrant despite getting into the ring before being dumped out along with Luke Harper by Bray Wyatt.
The crowd get behind Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler once they’ve each entered the match, but are instead rewarded by both being eliminated too.
When the crowd realise that the final ones left in the match appear to be Kane, The Big Show and Roman Reigns, loud chants of “bullshit” are heard. After Reigns eliminates Show and Kane, the bell rings but his music doesn’t play – evidently due to the fact that it is realised that Rusev was never eliminated and is still in the match, though Rusev doesn’t yet reappear.
Kane and Show re-enter the ring and start attacking Reigns, at which point the crowd start chanting “We want Rusev”. The crowd erupts when The Rock’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, taking out Show and Kane, but go back to booing at Reigns when The Rock exits the ring without doing anything to Reigns.
A cheer goes up at Rusev then making his appearance, with the announcers pointing out that he was never eliminated, but it is short-lived as Reigns eliminates Rusev and this time is declared the winner, apparently ignoring the fact that Curtis Axel was still technically a part of the match as he hadn’t reached the ring.
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are shown watching backstage, as The Rock and Reigns celebrate in the ring, and Triple H and Stephanie McMahon look on unhappily from the entrance.
The crowd continues to boo Reigns in the same way they did Batista last year, as the PPV goes off the air.