Monday, January 30, 2017

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon: Royal Rumble 2017 Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE brings you the WWE Royal Rumble recap.

Remember The Rumble was the WWE's motto, as the WWE continued its invasion on San Antonio with the WWE Royal Rumble live at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. 30 Men entered this year's Royal Rumble with the winner getting a WWE World or WWE Universal Championship Match at Wrestlemania 33. WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens defended his title against Roman Reigns in a No DQ Match, with Chris Jericho locked in a shark cage. WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles defended his title against the WWE franchise John Cena. WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro defended their titles against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann defended his title against Neville. WWE RAW Women's Champion Charlotte defended her title against Bayley. Nia Jax battled Sasha Banks in a one on one RAW Women's Division match. Nikki Bella, Naomi and Becky Lynch battled WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Alexa Bliss, Nattie Neidhart and Mickie James in a Smackdown Live Six Woman Tag Team Match.

** Royal Rumble Pre-Show **

- "Six Woman Tag Team Match": Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss, Nattie Neidhart and Mickie James: The match closes out with Nattie taking control of the match, tags in Alexa and Alexa works over Becky. Mickie lands a cheap shot kick on Becky and Alexa gets a near fall on her. Nattie tags in, mocks Nikki and almost gets rolled up and pinned by Becky. Nattie takes control of the match again, beating down Becky and then tags in Alexa.
Becky finally hot tags Naomi in and Naomi unloads on Alexa and Nattie with punches. Naomi plants a series of kicks on Alexa, plants Alexa on the canvas and gets a near fall as Mickie breaks up the pinfall. Becky takes out Mickie and then Nattie takes out Becky. Nikki hits the ring and spears Nattie as Alexa and Naomi go at it. Naomi plants a kick on Alexa and then hits the split legged moonsault on Alexa to score the pinfall.
Winners: Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch and Naomi, by pinfall.

- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": Sheamus and Cesaro (c) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson: A special stipulation was added to this match for tonight. There would not only be one referee in the ring, but a second referee outside the ring as well. The match closes out with Anderson countering a Cesaro Neutralizer, but Cesaro delivers a 619 followed by a crossbody for a near fall. Anderson hits a spine buster on Cesaro for a near fall. The Club goes for the Magic Killer on Cesaro, but Sheamus breaks it up. Cesaro DDT's Gallows as Sheamus accidentally Brogue Kicks the referee.
The second referee outside the ring slides in and takes over the match. Cesaro delivers the Cesaro Swing on Anderson and then locks in the Sharpshooter submission. Gallows breaks up the submission with a boot to Cesaro. Anderson gets the near fall on Cesaro, but Sheamus breaks up the pinfall. Gallows and Sheamus brawl until Gallows lands a kick on Sheamus. The Club plant Sheamus with the Magic Killer, but Cesaro stops the pinfall. Cesaro gets rolled up with his tights pulled for the pinfall, giving The Club the tag team titles.
Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, by pinfall, to win the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship.

- Dean Ambrose is interviewed in the Social Media Lounge this edition. Ambrose answers questions about tonight's Royal Rumble.

- Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks: The match closes out with Nia completely dominating Sasha and over powering her. Sasha tries to apply the Banks Statement on Nia, but Nia breaks it and goes after Sasha's knee. Nia applies a knee vice and lifts Sasha in the air upside down. Sasha escapes and tries to fight back on Nia. Sasha leaps off the top rope and hits double knees on Nia for a near fall. Nia ends up catching a charging Sasha and hits the pop up Samoan Drop on Sasha and scores the pinfall for the quick victory.
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Stephanie McMahon is interviewed about Seth Rollins interrupting NXT Takeover: San Antonio on Saturday night. Stephaine announces that she will address Rollins on RAW for his actions and he's officially banned from the Royal Rumble and The Alamodome tonight.

- Shawn Micheals Promo: San Antonio's own Shawn Micheals heads out to the ring to close out the pre-show. Michaels talks about winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble in this very building. Michaels tells the fans to have fun and it's time to get the party started. And if you're not down with that he's got two words for ya.........SUCK IT!

** Royal Rumble 2017 **

- "WWE RAW Women's Championship Match": Charlotte (c) vs. Bayley: The match closes out with Charlotte and Bayley double clotheslining each other. Charlotte takes control and chops Bayley into the corner. Bayley makes a comeback and hits a springboard crossbody on Charlotte. Bayley unloads on Charlotte and then drops Charlotte face first. Bayley attempts a top rope move, but comes down and stomps Charlotte as Charlotte tries to escape. Bayley goes to the top rope again and this time hits a flying elbow for a near fall. Charlotte goes after Bayley's knee and works it over. Charlotte applies the Figure Four leglock submission, but Bayley reverses it.
Charlotte is able to turn the submission back in her favor and turns it into the bridged Figure Eight submission. Charlotte grabs the ropes for added leverage, but gets busted by the referee and forced to release the submission. Bayley tries to fight back, but ends up getting hit with the Natural Selection right on the apron. Charlotte covers, scores the pinfall and retains the title.
Winner: Charlotte, by pinfall, to retain the WWE RAW Women's Championship.

- "WWE Universal Championship, No DQ Match": Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns: Owens and Jericho both attack Reigns before the match and beat him down. Reigns fights back and finally gets Jericho locked in his shark cage and raised into the air. The match closes out with Reigns hitting a Samoan Drop on Owens through a chair for a near fall. Reigns brings a table into the ring and sets it against the turnbuckle. Reigns hits the Superman Punch on Owens, but Owens kicks out at two and a half. Reigns goes for a spear, but Owens counters and drops Reigns with a Stunner for a near fall. Owens stomps Reigns in the corner and then hits the corner cannonball.
Owens goes to the top rope, but gets hit with a Superman Punch from Reigns sending Owens flying off the top rope and on top of the stacked mountain of chairs at ringside. Reigns sets up Owens and power bombs him through the announcers table. Reigns tosses a near lifeless Owens back into the ring and goes for the spear. Braun Strowman suddenly grabs Reigns and pulls Reigns outside. Strowman sends Reigns into the ring post and then choke slams Reigns on top of another announcers table. Strowman tosses Reigns into the ring and powerslams Reigns right through the table in the corner. Strowman leaves as Owens crawls over, covers Reigns and scores the pinfall to retain the title. 
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall, to retain the WWE Universal Championship.

- "WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match": Rich Swann (c) vs. Neville: The match closes out with Swann hitting a jumping lariat and then a frog splash on Neville for a near fall. Swann goes to the top rope, but gets crotched by Neville. Neville and Swann trade shots on the ropes and end up back on the mat. Swann lands a kick on Neville, but Neville returns with a super kick of his own. Swann gets a near fall roll up on Neville and then nails the Swann Song kick on Neville. Swann covers, but Neville gets his foot on the ropes to break the pinfall. Swann goes to the top rope, but Neville pops up, charges, leaps onto the ropes and superplexes Swann off the ropes for a near fall. Neville immediately traps Swann in a Rings of Saturn submission and forces Swann to tap out to win the title.
Winner: Neville, by submission, to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

- "WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match": AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena: The match closes out with Cena going for the AA, but Styles counters it into the Calf Crusher submission. Cena escapes and locks Styles in the STF and traps Styles in the middle of the ring. Styles escapes and gets lifted up onto Cena's back for an AA. Styles counters out and Cena begins to trade counters with Styles. Cena locks in a Figure Four leglock submission, but Styles escapes. Cena and Styles trade more counters and reversals until Cena drops Styles. Cena goes for the top rope leg drop, but Styles dodges it, goes for the Styles Clash and hits it for a near fall on Cena.
Cena counters the springboard 450 and hits a Destroyer on Styles for a near fall. Cena sends Styles into the corner and hits a cutter on Styles for another near fall. Cena goes for a Super AA off the ropes, hits it and Styles kicks out again at two and a half. Styles counters another AA and hits the Styles Clash on Cena. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Cena counters it with an AA. Cena hits another AA on Styles and scores the pinfall to become a 16 time World Champion.
Winner: John Cena, by pinfall, to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

- 30 Man Royal Rumble Match:
** Highlights of the Rumble **

- Big Cass and Chris Jericho draw #1 and #2.
- Kalisto debuts in the Royal Rumble at #3.
- Jack Gallagher debuts in the Royal Rumble at #5.
- Braun Strowman eliminates Mojo, Cass, Kalisto and Mark Henry all in a row.
- Sami Zayn comes in at #8 and immediately goes after Strowman renewing their feud.
- Big Show and Strowman go face to face and start trading punches.
- Chris Jericho tries a Code Breaker on Big Show, but gets caught and nailed with the Knockout Punch.
- Strowman and Show try to eliminate each other with Strowman coming our on top and eliminating Show.
- Tye Dillinger makes his main roster debut at #10.
- James Ellsworth makes his Royal Rumble debut at #11.
- Dean Ambrose talks Ellsworth into double teaming Strowman with him. Ambrose lies and watches Ellsworth get destroyed and eliminated by Strowman.
- Baron Corbin makes his Royal Rumble debut.
- Strowman gets a 4 on 1 attack, but eliminates Dillinger. Corbin finally eliminates Strowman.
- The Miz is in at #15 and hits a Skull Crashing Finale on Zayn.
- Corbin hits the Deep Six on The Miz.
- Corbin tries to eliminate Kofi, but eats Trouble in Paradise instead.
- Sheamus is in next and hits a Brogue Kick.
- Cesaro spins Zayn in the Cesaro Swing and then spins Ambrose, then Kofi, then Big E and then Corbin. 
- Bray Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail, but it's countered by Kofi.
- Apollo Crews makes his Royal Rumble debut.
- Sheamus and Cesaro double team Big E and Kofi and eliminate them both. Jericho dumps Sheamus and Cesaro out and they are at ringside.
- Randy Orton is in and hits an RKO on Corbin, Rusev and Zayn.
- Dolph Ziggler is in and goes on a super kick party on everyone.
- Luke Harper is in, eliminates Crews and immediately stares down Orton. Bray tries to keep them in check, but Harper decks Bray. Harper and Orton go at it next as Harper hits a boot on Orton. Harper goes for Sister Abigail on Bray, but Orton saves Bray with an RKO on Harper.
- Brock Lesnar hits the ring next, eliminates Ambrose and Ziggler. Lesnar then takes Rusev, Jericho and Corbin to Suplex City. Lesnar hits F5's on Miz and Orton and stands alone. Enzo hits the ring, but eats a Lesnar clothesline and gets tossed out. Lesnar takes Jericho and Zayn to Suplex City again until Goldberg hits the ring.
- Goldberg immediately spears Lesnar and tosses Lesnar out for the elimination.
- Goldberg hits a Jackhammer on Zayn then double spears Orton and Bray.
- The Undertaker arrives and teams up with Goldberg until Goldberg eventually spears Undertaker.
- Goldberg eliminates Harper and Undertaker eliminates Goldberg.
- Undertaker choke slams Miz and Zayn.
- Roman Reigns enters at #30 and stares down The Undertaker. Reigns counters the choke slam and then Superman Punches Undertaker. Reigns tries a second one but gets choke slammed.
- Undertaker counters an RKO, drops Bray, eliminates Miz and Sami, dumps Reigns on the apron and choke slams Jericho. Reigns sneaks up behind Undertaker and eliminates him to a chorus of boos and bullshit chants from the fans.

** Rumble Conclusion **

The Rumble comes down to Jericho, Bray, Orton and Reigns. Jericho gets tossed onto the apron and then eliminated with a Reigns Superman Punch. Orton hits the draping DDT on Reigns. Reigns comes back and hits Superman Punches on Bray and Orton and then tosses Bray out. Reigns goes for a spear on Orton, but Orton hits a mid air RKO on Reigns. Orton clotheslines Reigns out and wins the Royal Rumble. Orton points at the Wrestlemania 33 sign as the Royal Rumble ends.
Winner: Randy Orton

- Order Of Entrants:
1. Big Cass
2. Chris Jericho
3. Kalisto
4. Mojo Rawley
5. Jack Gallagher
6. Mark Henry
7. Braun Strowman
8. Sami Zayn
9. Big Show
10. Tye Dillinger
11. James Ellsworth
12. Dean Ambrose
13. Baron Corbin
14. Kofi Kingston
15. The Miz
16. Sheamus
17. Big E
18. Rusev
19. Cesaro
20. Xavier Woods
21. Bray Wyatt
22. Apollo Crews
23. Randy Orton
24. Dolph Ziggler
25. Luke Harper
26. Brock Lesnar
27. Enzo Amore
28. Bill Goldberg
29. The Undertaker
30. Roman Reigns

Order of Eliminations:

1. Jack Gallagher (by Mark Henry)
2. Mojo Rawley (by Braun Strowman)
3. Big Cass (by Braun Strowman)
4. Kalisto (by Braun Strowman)
5. Mark Henry (by Braun Strowman)
6. Big Show (by Braun Strowman)
7. James Ellsworth (by Braun Strowman)
8. Tye Dillinger (by Braun Strowman)
9. Braun Strowman (by Baron Corbin)
10. Kofi Kingston (by Sheamus and Cesaro)
11. Xavier Woods (by Sheamus and Cesaro)
12. Big E (by Sheamus and Cesaro)
13. Sheamus (by Chris Jericho)
14. Cesaro (by Chris Jericho)
15. Apollo Crews (by Luke Harper)
16. Dean Ambrose (by Brock Lesnar)
17. Dolph Ziggler (by Brock Lesnar)
18. Enzo Amore (by Brock Lesnar)
19. Brock Lesnar (by Goldberg)
20. Rusev (by Goldberg)
21. Baron Corbin (by The Undertaker)
22. Luke Harper (by Goldberg)
23. Goldberg (by The Undertaker)
24. The Miz (by The Undertaker)
25. Sami Zayn (by The Undertaker)
26. The Undertaker (by Roman Reigns)
27. Chris Jericho (by Roman Reigns)
28. Bray Wyatt (by Roman Reigns)
29. Roman Reigns (by Randy Orton)

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