San Antonio, Texas
January 28, 2023
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Now. Forever. Together.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video hyping up the matches we’ll see on tonight’s Royal
Rumble event is shown. Country music star Hardy narrates the
For the first time in the history of this website, I am
recapping the Royal Rumble from a local medical facility
following the birth of my second daughter yesterday afternoon.
That’s how much I love the Royal Rumble!
We go live into the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, which is
hosting it’s third Royal Rumble event. Michael Cole and Corey
Graves welcome us to the show until…
…Pat McAfee’s music hits. The former NFL punter makes his way to
the ring and poses to a good ovation. Corey Graves is absolutely
furious, and McAfee tells him to “suck it.” Cole embraces his
broadcast partner. McAfee won’t shake Graves’ hand. McAfee is
joining commentary, making it a three-man booth.
The ring announcer goes over the rules of the Royal Rumble
match. The Men’s Royal Rumble is kicking off the show.
30-Man Royal Rumble Match
No. 1: WWE Intercontinental Champion Gunther
No. 2: Sheamus
The bell rings, and the fastest 60 minutes in sports
entertainment kicks off! Gunther and Sheamus, who had a hell of
a match at Clash at the Castle in September 2022, go
face-to-face. They exchange stiff blows. Gunther reverses a whip
into the ropes and absorbs a shoulder tackle from Sheamus.
Sheamus tries again for the same result. Gunther knocks him back
and tries to eliminate Sheamus, but Sheamus rakes the eyes.
Sheamus drops the Ring General with an Irish Curse Backbreaker.
Sheamus tries to eliminate Gunther to no avail. The clock is
No. 3: The Miz
The Miz gets on the apron but jumps back down to ringside when
Sheamus charges him. Gunther tries to take advantage and
eliminate Sheamus, but Sheamus hangs onto the apron. Miz tries
to pull Sheamus off the apron, but Sheamus kicks him away.
Sheamus gets back in the ring before leaving through the middle
rope. Sheamus chases Miz into the ring. Gunther chops Miz down.
Sheamus knocks Gunther down with a shot to the back of the head.
Sheamus chops Miz. Gunther joins in. Miz is clutching his chest
in pain. Gunther goes to eliminate Sheamus. Miz tries to help,
but the Celtic Warrior hangs on.
No. 4: Kofi Kingston
Kingston goes to the top rope and hits Gunther and Miz with a
cross-body block. Kingston takes Sheamus down and hits a high
clothesline on Miz. Kingston hits Gunther with a side-leg sweep
before hitting the Boom Drop on Miz and Gunther. Sheamus grabs
Kingston and puts him on the apron, but Kingston immediately
slides back in. Gunther kicks Miz, and Sheamus kicks Gunther.
Gunther and Sheamus trade heavy blows again. Kingston
concentrates on trying to eliminate The Miz. The Miz holds on,
so Kingston drops him with an SOS. The clock counts down.
No. 5: Johnny Gargano
Gargano is returning from a minor injury. Gargano slingshots
into the ring with a spear on Kingston and hits Miz with a
step-up enzuigiri. Miz gets Gargano on the apron, but Gargano
drops him with a slingshot DDT. Gargano goes to eliminate Miz,
but Miz holds on. Gargano ties Miz up in the ropes and allows
Sheamus to take him. Sheamus grabs Miz and gets the crowd fired
up for a slow and deliberate 10 Beats of the Bodhran. The crowd
loudly counts along as Sheamus ventures into nearly 30 beats.
Gargano superkicks Miz and Sheamus gives him a Brogue Kick to
The Miz has been eliminated.
Gunther tries to eliminate Sheamus, but Gargano stops him.
No. 6: Xavier Woods
Woods and Kingston double-team Gunther and Gargano. The New Day
is a cohesive unit in the every man for himself Men’s Royal
Rumble. Kingston and Woods stop when they’re the only ones left
standing and come to the realization that they must come to
blows. They feign a wheelbarrow before slapping each other’s
rear ends. Gunther grabs Woods and tries to eliminate him.
No. 7: Karrion Kross
Kross gets in the ring and runs over Woods with two clotheslines
and a big boot. Kross slams Kingston and clotheslines Woods in
the corner. Kross forearms Woods in the face. Gunther then
brings Kross down to his knees with a stiff chop. Kross and
Gunther exchange stiff blows. Gunther boots him in the head, so
Kross knocks him back. Gunther then drops Kross with a STIFF
clothesline. Kross immediately pops up and slams Gunther with a
Doomsday Saito. Sheamus attacks Kross, but Kross quickly tries
to eliminate him. The crowd begins to count down once again.
“SHOOSH! SHOOSH PLEASE!”
No. 8: Chad Gable
Master Gable gets in the ring and hits a throat thrust on
Gargano. Gable hits a suplex on Kingston. Woods gets out of a
German Suplex and shooshes Gable! Gable and Woods begin amateur
wrestling in the middle of the ring. Sheamus nearly has Gunther
out of the match, but he holds on. Gable hits Woods with a
No. 9: Drew McIntyre
The winner of the 2020 Royal Rumble match makes his way to the
ring. McIntyre takes Gable down and hits Kingston with a
belly-to-belly suplex. Woods meets the same fate. McIntyre gives
Gable a Glasgow Kiss before giving Gargano an inverted Alabama
Slam onto him. McIntyre attacks Kross and eliminates him with a
Claymore Kick over the top rope!
Karrion Kross has been eliminated.
McIntyre now goes face-to-face with Gunther. The crowd
immediately begins buzzing. They exchange some NASTY chops
before McIntyre drops him with a Future Shock DDT. McIntyre
helps Sheamus up.
No. 10: Santos Escobar
We’re 1/3 of the way through this Royal Rumble already! Escobar
hits Woods with a hurricanrana. Gable attacks Escobar and whips
him to the corner. Escobar leaps over the top rope and lands on
the apron. Escobar kicks Sheamus back and comes off the top rope
with a cross-body block on Gable. Gargano puts Escobar in the
corner, but Escobar knocks him back. Gargano quickly comes back
and tries to eliminate him. Gable joins in, but they’re
unsuccessful. Gable leaves and chops Sheamus. McIntyre holds
Gable up and lets Sheamus chop him. Escobar then CRUSHES Gargano
with a Phantom Driver off the second rope!
No. 11: Angelo Dawkins
Dawkins hits Escobar with a leaping back elbow before punching
McIntyre. Dawkins sandwiches McIntyre and Escoabr in the corner
with an avalanche. Dawkins hits Gable with a double-arm suplex
and tries to eliminate Woods, but Woods just hangs on by a
thread! Gunther puts Woods on the apron and tries to eliminate
Kingston, but Kingston stays in. Gunther then boots Woods off
Xavier Woods has been eliminated.
Kingston tries to eliminate Gunther, but Escobar stops him.
Kingston crushes Escobar with a double stomp. Gunther puts
Kingston on the apron and knocks him off. Woods has a commentary
chair set up for Kingston to land on, but the chair falls over.
Is this a second failed Rumble stunt for Kingston? The
commentators are trying to stay Kingston has one foot still on
the chair. We’re waiting on the call.
Kofi Kingston has been eliminated.
No. 12: Brock Lesnar
The winner of the 2003 and 2022 Royal Rumble makes his way to
the ring. McIntyre and Sheamus wait for him. Lesnar takes
Sheamus down and hits McIntyre with a German Suplex. Sheamus
also takes a German Suplex. Dawkins charges Lesnar, but he takes
a German Suplex. Escobar dives off the top rope, but Lesnar
catches him and WILDLY throws him out of the Rumble. Lesnar also
clotheslines Dawkins out of the ring. Gable jumps on him, but
Lesnar dumps him out.
Santos Escobar has been eliminated.
Angelo Dawkins has been eliminated.
Chad Gable has been eliminated.
Lesnar hits McIntyre with another German Suplex and gives
Sheamus a scary belly-to-belly suplex nearly on his head. Lesnar
and Gunther go face-to-face, and the crowd is absolutely
buzzing. Nothing happens as the clock counts down.
No. 13: Bobby Lashley
Lesnar and Gunther begin exchanging blows before Lesnar knees
him. Lesnar then tosses Gunther with a big suplex. Lashley
spears Lesnar down! Lashley hits Gargano with a one-armed
spinebuster. Lashley spears McIntyre and Sheamus right after.
Lashley hits a one-armed spinebuster on Gunther. Lesnar lifts
Lashley for an F5, but Lashley slides off and clotheslines him
over the top rope! Wow!
Brock Lesnar has been eliminated.
Lesnar is furious and throws the top of the commentary table
into the ring.
No. 14: Baron Corbin
JBL gives Corbin a pep talk before he runs to the ring. An irate
Lesnar takes the top half of the steel steps and smashes it onto
the commentary table! Lesnar attacks Corbin as he comes to the
ring and hits him with an F5 on the floor! Lesnar grabs a
referee by the throat and shoves him over the barricade. Lesnar
goes to the timekeeper’s area and leaves.
No. 15: Seth “Freakin” Rollins
Halfway through the Royal Rumble match now! Rollins takes his
time getting to ringside and sees Corbin coming to. Rollins
rolls Corbin into the ring and superkicks him before
clotheslining him over the top rope!
Baron Corbin has been eliminated.
Sheamus and Rollins go face-to-face before exchanging blows.
No. 16: Otis
Rollins nearly eliminates Sheamus, but he holds on. Otis slams
McIntyre and hits a big suplex on Sheamus. Otis avalanches
Gargano and poses. Lashley grabs Rollins, his nemesis, and tries
to eliminate him. Otis sizes up Gargano and stomps him.
No. 17: Rey Mysterio
The winner of the 2006 Royal Rumble makes his way to the ring.
Rollins comes off the top rope, but Lashley catches him in a
Hurt Lock attempt. Rollins gets out and superkicks Lashley
twice. Rollins elbows Gunther away and charges Lashley. Lashley
grabs him, but Rollins slides off and eliminates The All Mighty!
Bobby Lashley has been eliminated.
Rey Mysterio has not come out. No one knows where he is. Otis
hits a Caterpillar on Gunther. Otis goes to the second rope, but
Gunther pops up and attacks him. Sheamus and McIntyre attack
No. 18: Dominik Mysterio
Dominik Mysterio comes out wearing his father’s mask! Dominik
tears his father’s mask up. It’s insinuated that he attacked his
father, leading to him not coming out at No. 17. The cameras
nearly missed McIntyre and Sheamus eliminate Otis.
Otis has been eliminated.
Rollins drives Gargano into the corner. Dominik circles the
ring. Michael Cole calls Dominik Mysterio a “piece of s**t.”
Prison Dom circles the yard and won’t get in. Dominik is trying
to pick the right spot, something he no doubt learned from the
other hardened criminals he had to share the prison yard with.
Dominik gets in the ring and is immediately scared back by
No. 19: Elias
Elias gets in the ring with a guitar and attacks Gargano. Elias
turns his attention to Gunther and smashes the guitar off his
spine. McIntyre and Sheamus take Elias down. McIntyre and
Sheamus then CRUSH Elias with a dual Brogue Kick and Claymore
Kick before eliminating him. Elias lasted 39 seconds.
Elias has been eliminated.
Gargano punches Dominik down in the corner. Sheamus and McIntyre
are double-teaming Rollins.
No. 20: Finn Bálor
2/3 of the way through the Royal Rumble! Sheamus and Gargano
nearly eliminate Rollins. McIntyre is concentrating on Dominik.
Bálor gets in the ring and saves Prison Dom by hitting McIntyre
with a Sling Blade. Bálor tries to eliminate McIntyre, but
Sheamus stops it. Bálor quickly takes Sheamus down with a
falling elbow. Gargano attacks Bálor and throws him over the top
rope. Bálor hangs on. Dominik takes Gargano down and throws him
over the top rope. Gargano hangs on and knocks Dominik back.
Bálor dropkicks Gargano. Bálor and Dominik eliminate Gargano.
Johnny Gargano has been eliminated.
Sheamus and McIntyre stare at them. Dominik foolishly shakes
McIntyre’s hand before McIntyre attacks him.
No. 21: Booker T
The WWE Hall of Famer was on the Kickoff Show a little less than
an hour ago! Booker T kicks Bálor down. Dominik attacks Booker
T, and the two former jailbirds square off. Booker T kicks
Dominik down and hits Bálor with a Book End. Booker T sets up
for it, and the Alamodome comes unglued for the Spineroonie!
Gunther then eliminates Booker T to loud boos.
Booker T has been eliminated.
McIntyre and Sheamus attack Gunther. Gunther is bleeding from a
big laceration on his lower back.
No. 22: Damian Priest
Priest attacks Sheamus and McIntyre. Gunther grabs him, but
Priest knocks him back. Priest, Dominik, and Bálor triple-team
Rollins. The Judgment Day is running wild on everyone. The
camera is zooming in on the nasty cut on Gunther’s back. Bálor
hits Rollins with a spinebuster and holds him up for Priest to
hit a leg drop. Bálor then shoulders Gunther in the corner.
No. 23: Montez Ford
Priest has McIntyre hanging precariously over the top rope. Ford
knocks Bálor back and nearly eliminates Dominik, but he holds
on. Ford punches him down, but Dominik is hugging the bottom
rope. Ford hits a WILD chop on Priest and kicks him back. Bálor
attacks Ford and throws him over the top rope, but Ford skins
the cat to get back in. Ford punches a stunned Bálor. Priest
grabs Ford by the throat and hits a Chokeslam over the top rope.
Ford lands on his feet and is disappointed.
Montez Ford has been eliminated.
No. 24: Edge
The former leader of The Judgment Day and the WWE Hall of Famer
makes his way to the ring with full pyrotechnics. We haven’t
seen Edge since Extreme Rules in October. Edge spears Priest
before giving one to Bálor. Prison Dom knocks Edge into the
ropes and goes for a 619, but Edge spears him down! Edge
eliminates Damian Priest and Finn Bálor!
Damian Priest has been eliminated.
Finn Bálor has been eliminated.
Edge and Rollins stare each other down. Dominik attacks Edge.
Edge tries to throw him over the top rope, but he holds on.
Bálor jumps on the apron and pulls Edge over the top rope!
Edge has been eliminated.
Bálor and Priest double-team Edge at ringside. Rollins attacks
Dominik and tries to eliminate him, but he stays in the match
No. 25: United States Champion Austin Theory
Edge attacks Damian Priest heading up the ramp and wildly chases
Finn Bálor to the back. Bálor trips and Edge runs by him! Edge
attacks Priest and Bálor at the entrance ramp. Rhea Ripley then
clocks Edge from behind! All of a sudden, WWE Hall of Famer Beth
Phoenix appears behind her! The crowd pops huge. Phoenix spears
Ripley down on the exposed floor! WWE security and producers run
out and separate them.
Theory gets in the ring and attacks Rollins before hitting a
fisherman’s neckbreaker to the knee. Theory takes Dominik down
and attacks McIntyre.
No. 26: Omos
Omos makes his slow walk to the ring. In the ring, Sheamus
clotheslines Theory down. McIntyre and Sheamus stand together
and attack Omos as he gets in the ring. Pat McAfee has been
dropping a ton of innuendos about the nixed “Banger Bros” tag
team name for McIntyre and Sheamus. Omos attacks Dominik and
hits Theory with a sidewalk slam. Gunther gets up and viciously
chops Omos twice. Omos absorbs the shots and grabs Gunther by
the throat before hitting a Chokeslam. Gunther and Sheamus have
been in this since the start of the match.
No. 27: Braun Strowman
Omos goes after Rollins, but McIntyre grabs Omos and punches
him. Omos knocks McIntyre back and waits for Strowman to get in
the ring. The No. 27 spot has four historic winners. Strowman
gets fired up and gets in Omos’ face. Omos pie faces Strowman,
so Strowman punches him back. The two big men exchange blows in
the center of the ring. Strowman stuns him with a right hand,
but Omos gets more fired up. Strowman hits the ropes and
clotheslines Omos out of the ring!
Omos has been eliminated.
Strowman punches Gunther and goes after Rollins in the corner.
McIntyre and Sheamus go after Theory before turning their
attention to Rollins. Strowman throws Theory across the ring and
boots Dominik down.
No. 28: Ricochet
Ricochet gets in the ring, and Strowman throws his tag team
partner into Dominik. Strowman and Ricochet take Dominik down.
Strowman is nearly eliminated by Sheamus and McIntyre, but he
holds on. Sheamus and McIntyre hit double 10 Beats of the
Bodhran to Strowman. Sheamus turns on his banger bro tag partner
and tries to eliminate McIntyre. Sheamus goes after Gunther and
hits a rolling fireman’s carry. Gunther pops up and dumps
Sheamus over the top rope, but he holds on. Gunther chops
Sheamus, but McIntyre saves him from falling to the floor.
Gunther then eliminates Sheamus and McIntyre! Sheamus lasted
52:30, while McIntyre lasted 39:10.
Sheamus has been eliminated.
Drew McIntyre has been eliminated.
No. 29: Logan Paul
Logan Paul suffered a devastating knee injury at WWE Crown
Jewel, but he appears to be in good health. The crowd loudly
boos the social media star. Everyone in the ring except for
Gunther gangs up on Paul. The crowd is very pleased with this.
Ricochet tries to eliminate Paul, but Paul lands on the apron
and knocks him back. Paul hits Ricochet with a Buckshot Lariat!
Gunther drops Paul on the apron, but Paul knocks him back. Paul
stares at Strowman and ducks a clothesline. Paul hits Strowman
with some punches, but Strowman soon crushes him with a Running
Monster Slam. Ricochet follows up with a standing shooting star
press on Paul. Strowman tries to eliminate Paul, but he goes
through the middle rope.
No. 30: Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes makes his return from a terrible pectoral muscle
tear that took him out after the Hell in a Cell event in June.
Rhodes gets a big reaction coming out. Rhodes gets in the ring
and takes Theory and Dominik down. Rhodes knocks Strowman back
and hits Theory with a Cody Cutter. Rhodes celebrates by
throwing his weight belt into the crowd. Dominik attacks Rhodes
and starts the Three Amigos! Dominik goes for the third Amigo,
but Rhodes counters into the Cross Rhodes! Rhodes then
eliminates Dominik to a big reaction.
Dominik Mysterio has been eliminated.
Strowman absolutely kills Rhodes with a powerbomb! Gunther grabs
Strowman and lifts him up for the Last Symphony! Wow! Ricochet
hits Gunther with a standing Sliced Bread #2. Theory puts
Ricochet on the apron, but Ricochet kicks him back. Paul is
opposite him on the other apron and challenges him. They each
springboard off the top rope and collide midair in the center of
the ring with a sickening thud! Unbelievable!
Rhodes throws Ricochet over the top rope, but he holds on.
Strowman saves Ricochet. Rhodes tries to eliminate Strowman… and
he is successful!
Braun Strowman has been eliminated.
Rhodes thwarts an elimination by Rhodes. Theory then
clotheslines Ricochet over the top rope.
Ricochet has been eliminated.
The Final Four of the 2023 Men’s Royal Rumble are Gunther, who
came in at No. 1, Seth “Freakin” Rollins, Austin Theory, and
Cody Rhodes. Logan Paul is also still in it, but none of the
commentators mention that. Rhodes knocks Theory back, and
Rollins hits Theory with a Stomp! Rhodes then clotheslines
Theory over the top rope, helping his longtime nemesis.
Austin Theory has been eliminated.
Rollins and Rhodes stare at each other. Rollins taunts him about
the pec muscle. Rollins says Rhodes will not steal his spotlight
and moment twice. They circle the ring. Gunther attacks them
both. Rollins holds Gunther up, and Rhodes punches him. Rhodes
holds Gunther up, and Rollins superkicks him. Rhodes uppercuts
Gunther, and Rollins hits Gunther with a Pedigree. Rhodes then
hits Gunther with a Pedigree of his own before staring at
Rhodes and Rollins circle the ring. Gunther just set the Royal
Rumble record for the most time spent in a traditional Royal
Rumble match! Rollins and Rhodes exchange blows. Rollins gets
out of the Cross Rhodes. Rhodes avoids a Stomp. Rollins
superkicks Rhodes back and kicks him in the midsection. Rollins
goes for a Pedigree, but Logan Paul, who hasn’t been eliminated,
grabs Rollins and throws him over the top rope!
Seth “Freakin” Rollins has been eliminated.
Logan Paul is fired up, and the crowd is furious. Paul points at
the WrestleMania sign and taunts the fans. Rhodes grabs Paul and
hits Cross Rhodes before eliminating him!
Logan Paul has been eliminated.
No. 1 Gunther and No. 30 Cody Rhodes are the final two! Gunther
viciously chops Rhodes. Gunther whips Rhodes to the corner, but
Rhodes slingshots over him. Gunther viciously chops the
surgically repaired pectoral muscle. Rhodes flips through a back
suplex and lands on his feet. Gunther rocks Rhodes with a chop.
Gunther continually chops him and hits an uppercut. Gunther goes
for a big boot, but Rhodes moves. Gunther falls over the top
rope to the apron. Rhodes goes for a Disaster Kick, but Gunther
chops him out of midair! Gunther gets in the ring and viciously
clubs the chest. Rhodes’ chest has some sickening welts,
slightly calling back to the discoloration at Hell in a Cell.
Gunther lifts Rhodes and puts him on the top rope in the corner.
Gunther has him over the top rope, but Rhodes is hanging on to
the bottom rope with half his body hanging over the apron,
dangling precariously above the floor that would spell
elimination and the end of the comeback story. Rhodes knocks him
back and goes to the top rope. Gunther grabs Rhodes and hits a
wild superplex back into the ring!
Gunther continues to attack Rhodes and stomps away at him.
Rhodes gets to his feet and starts to fire himself up. Rhodes
punches Gunther back and uppercuts him. Rhodes takes Gunther
down with a Cody Cutter and clotheslines him over the top rope,
but Gunther hangs onto the bottom rope! Rhodes is frustrated and
gasping for breath. A “Cody” chant picks up. Gunther punches
Rhodes in the midsection. Rhodes hits him with a dragon screw on
the ropes. Rhodes then puts Gunther’s legs between the middle
rope and hits Goldust’s Shattered Dream! The legendary Goldust
is Rhodes’ brother.
Rhodes attacks Gunther and does a roll, but Gunther wipes him
out with a dropkick! Gunther annihilates Rhodes with a Powerbomb
and throws him over the top rope. Rhodes holds onto the top rope
with his feet dangling over the floor! Rhodes pulls himself to
the apron and is not eliminated yet. Gunther and Rhodes exchange
blows. Rhodes is still on the apron and will be eliminated if
he’s knocked off. Gunther applies a sleeper hold. Rhodes uses
his body weight to pull Gunther over the top rope. Gunther
realizes he is in trouble and releases the hold. Rhodes quickly
goes to the top rope and jumps off, but Gunther chops him out of
midair! Gunther lifts Rhodes, but Rhodes slides off and hits
Cross Rhodes. Rhodes hits the ropes and clotheslines Gunther out
of the ring! The American Nightmare is the winner of the 2023
Men’s Royal Rumble Match!
Winner: Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes celebrates big time, and the crowd cheers him on.
Rhodes stands on the turnbuckles and points at the WrestleMania
sign. Pyrotechnics go off in the Alamodome. Fireworks go off
outside of it.
A WWE 2K23 promo airs.
Video Package: The Mountain Dew Pitch Black Match
Mountain Dew Pitch Black Match
LA Knight vs. Bray Wyatt
The bell rings, and Wyatt has his head buried in the corner. The
lights go down, and blue lights turn on. Wyatt is wearing body
paint that accentuates the look. Wyatt attacks LA Knight and
slams him. Charles Robinson, the greatest referee ever, is
officiating one of the more interesting matches we’ve seen.
Wyatt hits a scary suplex on Knight. A Mountain Dew Pitch Black
logo is in the center of the ring. Knight gets out of the ring
to recover. Wyatt grabs Knight, but Knight reverses a whip into
the steps. Wyatt goes flying over the stairs after hitting his
knees. Wyatt quickly throws Knight over the barricade. Wyatt
clears off the commentary table, and some LED material pops out.
Wyatt grabs the steps and sets up for a superplex. Knight fights
it and dives off the barricade into Wyatt and through the table.
More LED beads explode out.
A furious Wyatt gets up shortly after and throws a toolbox into
the ring. Knight attacks Wyatt, but Wyatt throws him out of the
ring. A kendo stick painted with neon colors is introduced.
Knight hits Wyatt with it, and the paint comes off on Wyatt.
Wyatt blocks a kendo stick shot and hits Sister Abigail for the
Winner by Pinfall: Bray Wyatt
Wyatt paces around and soon emerges wearing a new mask. Knight
runs away and hits him with a kendo stick. Wyatt doesn’t sell it
and stalks him through the crowd. Wyatt absorbs a second kendo
stick shot to the shoulder and head. Wyatt chases Knight up a
platform. Wyatt applies the Mandible Claw and takes Knight down.
Wyatt looks up and sees Uncle Howdy standing above him on a
platform. Howdy then jumps off this platform and dives onto
Knight. Pyro explodes around Wyatt. Wyatt stares down at the
carnage. Live versions of Huskus the Pig, Ramblin’ Rabbit, and
Abby the Witch stare down from the platform.
Tonight’s attendance for the Royal Rumble in the Alamodome in
San Antonio: 51,338.
Former WWE Superstar Michelle McCool is shown at ringside.
Raw Women’s Championship
Alexa Bliss vs. Bianca Belair (c)
The bell rings, and Bliss quickly takes it to Belair. Belair
ties her up in the corner and slams her down. Bliss uses
Belair’s braid to pull back on a bow-and-arrow stretch. Bliss
attacks Belair with strikes and hits double knees to the back.
Bliss covers for a one-count. Bliss applies a chin lock, but
Belair powers out. Bliss quickly takes her down with some kicks
for a two-count. Bliss goes to the top rope and pulls Belair up
with a chin lock. Belair counters by spinning Bliss around and
hitting a vertical suplex. Belair takes it to Bliss, but Bliss
gets the knees up on a handspring standing moonsault. Belair
soon takes her down and hits the handspring standing moonsault
for a two-count.
Belair goes for a KOD, but Bliss slides off and kicks her in the
back of the knee. Bliss grounds her with strikes, but Belair
blocks a basement dropkick. Belair goes for a powerbomb, but
Bliss wiggles out and hits a DDT for a near fall. After some
brief back and forth, Belair gets out of a Sister Abigail
attempt and hits the KOD for the win.
Winner by Pinfall and still Raw Women’s Champion: Bianca Belair
A video pops up on the screen and shows off Alexa Bliss in her
Fiend attire. Uncle Howdy’s voiceover asks, “Do you feel in
Seth “Freakin” Rollins and Becky Lynch are featured in an
30-Woman Royal Rumble Match
No. 1: Rhea Ripley
No. 2: Liv Morgan
The bell rings, and they begin exchanging blows. Ripley quickly
takes Morgan down and throws her across the ring. Morgan
sidesteps her and clubs away at her. Ripley knocks her back and
clotheslines her down. Morgan quickly hits a backstabber and
knees her in the corner. Morgan comes off the second rope, but
Ripley catches her and hits a vertical suplex.
No. 3: Dana Brooke
Morgan kicks Ripley in the head to take her down as Brooke heads
to the ring. Brooke goes to the top rope and hits Morgan and
Ripley with a double missile dropkick. Brooke hits Morgan with a
handspring back elbow. Ripley catches her trying it on her, but
Brooke gets away and sends her into the ring post
shoulder-first. Brooke slams Morgan and dropkicks her in the
face. Morgan knocks Brooke back and goes to the top rope. Brooke
attacks and tries to eliminate her. Brooke hits Morgan with a
No. 4: Emma
Ripley goes to slam Brooke but falls over. Ripley pops up and
attacks Brooke before going after Emma. Emma snaps her off the
ropes and attacks her. Brooke attacks Ripley in the corner, as
does Brooke. Emma sandwiches Ripley in the corner. Morgan, Emma,
and Brooke try to eliminate Ripley, but she fights them off.
No. 5: Shayna Baszler
Baszler charges the ring and hits an inverted gutwrench suplex
on Emma. Baszler manipulates the hand of Ripley. Morgan attacks
Baszler, but Baszler quickly overwhelms her. Baszler attacks
Brooke and stomps on the arm. Brooke screams in pain. Ripley
bounces Emma off the top turnbuckle.
No. 6: Bayley
Morgan hits Bayley with Ob-Liv-ion as she gets in the ring, but
she can’t eliminate her. Bayley fights back and takes Morgan
down. Bayley clubs Emma and goes back to Morgan.
No. 7: B-Fab
B-Fab punches Emma back and sends Morgan to the corner. B-Fab
knocks Brooke down with a modified flatliner. B-Fab kicks Bayley
down. Ripley grabs B-Fab and ducks a kick before head-butting
her down. Ripley grabs B-Fab and sends her over the top rope.
B-Fab has been eliminated.
Ripley smiles and is bleeding from her cheek. Ripley goes after
Emma in the corner.
No. 8: NXT Women’s Champion Roxanne Perez
Perez goes to the top rope and hits Brooke with a diving
cross-body block. Perez hits Baszler with an avalanche and sends
Emma into her. Perez avalanches them both. Perez avoids Ripley
and takes her out with a wild head-scissor takeover before doing
a kip-up. Perez hits Bayley with an uppercut and tries to
eliminate her. Morgan, Brooke, and Emma join Perez in trying to
eliminate Bayley, but Bayley hangs on.
No. 9: WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Dakota Kai
Kaii attacks Morgan, Baszler, and Brooke. Kai hits a backbreaker
to Perez and checks on Bayley. Brooke and Morgan attack them and
clubs them down. Emma and Brooke nearly eliminate Bayley, but
she holds on.
No. 10: WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion IYO SKY
We’re 1/3 through this Royal Rumble. Damage CTRL is fully
represented in this Women’s Royal Rumble match. Sky springboards
off the top rope with a double missile dropkick on Morgan and
Brooke. Sky attacks Emma. Baszler attacks Sky, but Sky gets away
and dropkicks her. Damage CTRL team up to try to eliminate Emma,
but she stays in. Damage CTRL then eliminates Dana Brooke.
Dana Brooke has been eliminated.
Damage CTRL goes back to Emma and put her on the apron. Kai big
boots her to the floor.
Emma has been eliminated.
Roxanne Perez nearly eliminates Perez. Perez takes it to Damage
CTRL. Bayley soon lifts her, and Sky and Kai kick her off
Bayley’s shoulders to the floor. Perez is disappointed at
Roxanne Perez has been eliminated.
No. 11: Natalya
Natalya is back after being injured by Baszler. Baszler quickly
gets Natalya in the corner and punches away at her. Baszler
stomps her down in the corner.
No. 12: Candice LeRae
LeRae attacks Kai and puts Sky on the apron. Bayley is sent into
them and nearly eliminates her partners. Baszler viciously knees
LeRae in the face. Baszler punches LeRae down in the corner.
Baszler and Natalya soon go face-to-face. Natalya slaps her and
hits a German Suplex. Baszler dumps Natalya onto the apron and
sizes her up. Natalya avoids a kick and powers Baszler over the
top rope, but she holds the top rope. Baszler applies a Kirifuda
Clutch to Natalya. Damage CTRL puts Natalya over the top rope
and eliminates Baszler and Natalya.
Shayna Baszler has been eliminated.
Natalya has been eliminated.
No. 13: Zoey Stark
Stark gets in the ring and clotheslines Bayley before
superkicking Morgan. Stark superkicks Kai and hits Sky with a
half-and-half suplex. Ripley puts Stark on the apron, but Stark
kicks her back. Stark CRUSHES Ripley with a springboard
cannonball senton. On the other side of the ring, Damage CTRL is
taking it to LeRae and Morgan.
No. 14: Xia Li
Li kicks LeRae down and spin-kicks Morgan. Li rocks Ripley with
a kick and punches her in the corner. Li gets fired up. Damage
CTRL triple-team Li. Kai and Sky go for a double-team suplex on
LeRae, but LeRae counters into a double neckbreaker. Bayley
lifts LeRae, but she gets away. Damage CTRL put LeRae on the top
rope and eliminate her.
Candice LeRae has been eliminated.
No. 15: Becky Lynch
We’re halfway through the Royal Rumble. Becky Lynch, who was
viciously attacked by Damage CTRL this past Monday on Raw before
a Steel Cage Match, furiously walks to the ring. Lynch won the
2019 Royal Rumble. Lynch attacks Kai and Sky, who went under the
bottom rope to attack her at ringside. Lynch takes them down and
gets in the ring to attack Bayley. They go through the middle
rope. Lynch tries to fight off Damage CTRL, but they overwhelm
her. No one has been eliminated in this exchange. They drive
Lynch into the barricade before sending her over the commentary
table. Lynch holds her shoulder in pain, the same one she
injured during the summer.
No. 16: Tegan Nox
Nox goes to the top rope and hits Ripley with a Molly-Go-Round.
Nox attacks Kai and Sky in the corner before hitting Li. Stark
meets the same fate. Nox sentons Kai and Sky in the corner
before hitting Li with a front suplex. Nox knees Kai in the
face. Morgan attacks Stark and jumps off Nox’s back with a
codebreaker. Nox then crushes Stark with a Shinisest Wizard. Nox
and Morgan put Stark on the apron, but they can’t eliminate her.
No. 17: Asuka
Asuka comes out to a HUGE reaction. The 2018 Royal Rumble winner
heads to the ring. Asuka is wearing some awesome makeup. Asuka
attacks Nox and knees Morgan. Stark attacks Asuka, but Asuka
hits a German Suplex. Asuka avoids a clothesline from Bayley and
taunts her. Bayley avoids a spinning back fist and punches her.
Asuka laughs and hits a strike combination. Asuka throws Bayley
over the top rope, but Bayley hangs on. Nox attacks Asuka, but
Asuka soon takes her down. Nox whiffs on a kick, and Asuka sells
it. Asuka gets Nox on the apron and kicks her down.
Tegan Nox has been eliminated.
No. 18: Piper Niven
The former Doudrop makes her way to the ring with her original
name. Corey Graves asks, “DO you think someone is going to be
DROPPED tonight, Cole?” Niven crushes Stark in the corner and
viciously slams Li. Niven hits Li with a senton splash. Bayley
attacks Niven, but Niven takes her down. Niven then scoop slams
Morgan onto Bayley. Niven hits Bayley and Morgan with a double
No. 19: Tamina
Tamina gets in the ring and squares off against Piper Niven.
Bayley and Kai try to attack, but Tamina and Niven fight them
off. Tamina and Niven exchange big punches before Tamina
superkicks her down. Damage CTRL triple-teams Tamina, but Lynch
runs in and attacks them. Lynch is solely concentrating on
Damage CTRL. Lynch hits Kai and Sky with a stereo reverse
No. 20: Chelsea Green
We are 2/3 of the way through this Rumble. Green gets in the
match… and Ripley eliminates her! Chelsea Green is the fast
elimination in the history of the Women’s Royal Rumble.
Chelsea Green has been eliminated.
Kai grabs Lynch, but Lynch stops her and eliminates her. Sky
grabs Lynch, but she meets the same fate. Bayley then dumps
Lynch over the top rope! The crowd loudly boos. Morgan then
Dakota Kai has been eliminated.
IYO SKY has been eliminated.
Becky Lynch has been eliminated.
Bayley has been eliminated.
Lynch battles Damage CTRL into the crowd and to the back. The
clock begins counting down again.
No. 21: Zelina Vega
Zelina Vega is dressed as a character from Street Fighter 6.
Vega will be a commentator on that game. Vega gets in the ring
and hits Ripley with Code Red. Niven grabs Vega and puts her on
the apron. Vega kicks her down and points at the WrestleMania
sign. Li is on the apron and attacks Vega. Vega blocks a kick
and slams Li on the apron before kicking her in the head to
Xia Li has been eliminated.
Vega comes off the second rope with a codebreaker on Niven.
No. 22: Raquel Rodriguez
Rodriguez lifts Vega onto her shoulder and big boots Tamina
down. Rodriguez hits Vega with snake eyes and hits some
clotheslines on other women. Rodriguez crushes Ripley with a
lariat. Stark springboards off the second rope, but Rodriguez
catches her and hits a fallaway slam. Rodriguez slams Asuka
down. Vega kicks Rodriguez in the knees, but Rodriguez gets up
and puts her on the top rope. Vega hits Rodriguez with a flying
No. 23: “Michin” Mia Yim
Yim shoulders Stark and DDTs her. Yim runs wild in the match and
strikes a number of competitors. Yim DDTs Ripley before Tamina
attacks her. Niven takes Yim down and tries to eliminate her.
Yim and Vega team up to try to eliminate Niven, but she hangs
No. 24: Lacey Evans
Evans runs in and attacks Morgan and Tamina. Evans throws Morgan
into Tamina before hitting Morgan with a slingshot Bronco
Buster. Tamina grabs Evans and puts her on the apron. Evans
knocks Tamina back and shoulders Stark. Evans sweeps the feet of
Stark and hits a slingshot elbow drop. Tamina clotheslines Evans
No. 25: Michelle McCool
The wife of the Undertaker gets up from her ringside seat and is
in her ring gear. McCool confronts Tamina at ringside and sends
her into the steps. Tamina slams Morgan with a belly-to-belly
suplex before hitting Niven with an uppercut. McCool hits Vega
with a Faith Breaker. McCool poses to a nice ovation. Tamina
attacks McCool, but McCool throws her over the top rope. Tamina
lands on the apron, but McCool soon big boots her off.
Tamina has been eliminated.
McCool attacks Ripley and Niven.
No. 26: Indi Hartwell
Hartwell gets in the ring and hits some clotheslines and big
boots. Hartwell slams Stark down and points at the WrestleMania
sign. Evans attacks Hartwell and chokes her on the middle rope.
McCool tries to eliminate Morgan but is unsuccessful.
No. 27: Sonya Deville
Yim hits Stark with Eat Defeat. Deville knees Stark in the face
and eliminates her.
Zoey Stark has been eliminated.
Deville hits the ropes and boots Rodriguez in the face. Asuka
viciously kicks Deville down, but Deville fires back with kicks
of her own. Asuka fights back, but they wipe each other out with
a double kick. Evans has Vega fading with a Cobra Clutch from
the second rope and eliminates her. Vega falls on her face at
Zelina Vega has been eliminated.
No. 28: Shotzi
Shotzi comes off the top rope with a cross-body block on
Rodriguez and Niven. Shotzi kicks Yim back and puts Rodriguez
into the ropes. Shotzi attacks Evans and hits a front suplex on
the top rope. Deville dumps Shotzi over the top rope, but Shotzi
hangs on. Hartwell goes for a big boot on Deville, but she lands
on the apron when Deville ducks. Deville then eliminates her.
Indi Hartwell has been eliminated.
No. 29: Nikki Cross
Cross charges down to the ring a la The Ultimate Warrior. Cross
attacks Shotzi and basically every woman in the match. Cross
hasn’t even removed her ring coat. Cross finally takes the
jacket off and hits the ropes before pointing at the
WrestleMania sign. Cross takes Shotzi down. Evans attacks Cross
and tries to eliminate her, but Cross pulls her hair.
The clock begins counting down… but the music hits before the
countdown ends. Nia Jax is back. I don’t think I’ve seen a
No. 30: Nia Jax
The entire ring comes to a halt as they stare at Nia Jax getting
in the ring. Jax is fired up and talks trash to all the women.
They all circle around her. Jax challenges them. The entire ring
gangs up on Jax, but she sends them all flying when she explodes
out. Jax and Rodriguez go face-to-face. Jax head-butts her down.
Morgan jumps on Jax, but Jax slams her off. Jax is absolutely
fired up. McCool attacks Jax. Asuka hits a back fist, and Asuka
hits two codebreakers. Ripley tries to slam Jax, but she loses
her. Ripley clubs away at Jax and hits the Riptide! Ripley, who
came in at No. 1, calls on the ring to eliminate Jax. Every
woman teams up to eliminate Jax.
Nia Jax has been eliminated.
Cross attacks McCool and tries to eliminate her. McCool turns it
and nearly has Cross out of the ring. Cross gets back in the
ring. Morgan attacks Cross to break that up. Rodriguez puts
Evans on the apron, but Evans snaps her off the top rope.
Rodriguez quickly comes back with a clothesline that eliminates
Lacey Evans has been eliminated.
Asuka attacks Rodriguez. Asuka takes her down and applies an
armbar. Rodriguez powers her up and puts her on the apron.
Deville attacks Rodriguez. Rodriguez puts Deville on the apron.
Asuka and Deville kick Rodriguez back. Asuka kicks away at
Deville on the apron and eliminates her.
Sonya Deville has been eliminated.
Ripley grabs McCool and flips her over the top rope.
Michelle McCool has been eliminated.
Shotzi attacks Yim, but Yim dumps her on the apron. Yim hits her
with Eat Defeat to eliminate her. Niven sneaks up behind Yim and
throws her over the top rope into Shotzi. That was a scary
Shotzi has been eliminated.
“Michin” Mia Yim has been eliminated.
Niven slams Rodrigez and hits a cannonball. Rodriguez counters a
Vader Bomb from Niven and puts her on the apron before big
booting her to the floor.
Piper Niven has been eliminated.
Rodriguez goes for a Tejana Bomb on Ripley and drives her over
the top rope. Ripley hangs on and pulls Rodriguez over. Ripley
boots Rodriguez to the floor!
Raquel Rodriguez has been eliminated.
Asuka and Cross are put on the apron by Ripley. They knock her
back. Cross goes for a hanging DDT on the apron, but Morgan
knocks Cross off to the floor.
Nikki Cross has been eliminated.
The Final Three of the 2023 Women’s Royal Rumble Match are
Asuka, Rhea Ripley, and Liv Morgan. Ripley and Morgan came in at
No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. Asuka attacks Morgan. Ripley
throws Morgan into Asuka, who hits a codebreaker. Morgan nearly
eliminates Ripley, but Ripley pulls her to the apron. Ripley
kicks her back. Asuka goes for a hip attack, but Ripley catches
her. All three women are on the apron! Asuka spits mist at
Ripley, but Ripley ducks and it hits Morgan. Ripley kicks Asuka
off the apron!
Asuka has been eliminated.
Morgan is blinded. Ripley grabs her, but Morgan stuns her with a
codebreaker on the apron! Ripley holds on, so Morgan knocks her
down. Ripley hangs onto the top rope and is dangling above the
floor! Ripley powers up and hits Morgan with a head-scissor
takeover off the apron to the floor! Ripley wins from the No. 1
Winner: Rhea Ripley
Rhea Ripley bites the bottom rope and looks absolutely pumped
up. Ripley climbs the ropes and points at the WrestleMania sign
as the fireworks go off.
Highlights are shown from the 30-Man Royal Rumble match,
particularly of Brock Lesnar being eliminated by Bobby Lashley.
Lesnar went nuts after.
Hardy performs in the Alamodome.
Video Package: Undisputed WWE Universal Championship
Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns makes his way to
the ring alongside his special council “The Wise Man” Paul
Heyman and “The Honorary Uce” Sami Zayn. Undisputed WWE Tag Team
Champions The Usos and Solo Sikoa are not with him tonight.
Undisputed WWE Universal Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns (c) w/ Paul Heyman and Sami Zayn
The bell rings, and the crowd starts buzzing immediately. Roman
Reigns says, “We’re gonna teach him a lesson tonight.” A “Sami
Uso” chant picks up, and Paul Heyman looks at Zayn in disgust.
Zayn looks pleased with the chant.
In the ring, Reigns and Owens lock up. Reigns applies a
headlock, so Owens whips him off. Reigns shoulder tackles him
and talks some trash. They lock up again, and Reigns applies a
side headlock again. Owens whips him off, but Reigns turns him
inside out with another shoulder tackle. Owens angrily gets up.
They lock up a third time, and Reigns applies another side
headlock. Owens whips him off, drops down, and hits a back
elbow. Owens immediately follows up with a senton splash and
tells Paul Heyman to “suck it.” Owens stomps away at Reigns in
the corner and backs up for a cannonball. Owens shouts to the
crowd. Reigns rolls out of the ring to recover, so Owens follows
him out. Owens punches Reigns and clubs him. Reigns fights back
and hits a head-butt. Owens chops the chest and reverses a whip
into the LED barricade. Owens then clotheslines Reigns down on
the floor and hits another senton splash. Owens gets Reigns in
the ring and punches him in the head. Owens punches him to the
corner. Reigns reverses a whip to the opposite corner, and Owens
rolls up the turnbuckles before falling on his head. Reigns hits
a sambo suplex that Michael Cole suggests is a Rock Bottom for a
near fall. Reigns chokes Owens on the bottom rope and leaves the
ring for a Drive-By Dropkick. Reigns pushes Owens into the ring
and covers for a near fall. Reigns looks frustrated.
Reigns clubs Owens in the face and applies a rear chin lock.
Owens fights up, but Reigns uppercuts him to the corner. Owens
throws a desperation chop to keep Reigns back, but Reigns
absorbs it. Reigns clubs away at Owens in the corner. Reigns
hits the ropes, but Owens punches him in the head. They exchange
punches in the center of the ring. Owens punches him, but Reigns
boots him back. Owens hits the ropes and drops the Tribal Chief
with a stiff clothesline. Owens sends him into the ropes, but he
lowers his head and eats a kick. Reigns hits the ropes, but
Owens clotheslines him over the top rope. Owens gets on the
apron and hits a frog splash to the floor! Owens gets Reigns in
the ring and goes to the top rope for another frog splash for a
near fall! Paul Heyman and Sami Zayn look worried at ringside.
Owens shouts at Reigns to get up and calls him a “manipulative
piece of crap.” Reigns blocks a kick and hits a sit-out
powerbomb for a near fall. Owens slowly gets to his feet and
ducks a Superman Punch. Owens hits a German Suplex and gets up.
Owens charges, but Reigns drops him with a Superman Punch for a
near fall. Zayn leaped up in apparent joy, and the commentators
speculate whether that was joy that Owens kicked out or if he
was upset that Reigns didn’t win. Reigns sets up for a Spear,
but Owens sends him into the ring post shoulder-first. Owens
immediately goes to the top rope and hits a Swanton Bomb for a
Owens goes back to the top rope, but Reigns punches him in the
face. Reigns climbs the ropes, but Owens punches him down.
Reigns quickly pops back up and goes for a superplex. Owens
fights it and hits some head-butts that drops the champion down
to the mat. Owens goes for a leaping moonsault, but he slips and
falls onto Reigns! Owens is furious and hits Reigns with a
senton splash. Owens goes to the second rope for a moonsault,
but Reigns moves. Reigns connects with a Spear and covers, but
Owens kicks out!
Reigns shouts at the crowd and signals that this is over. Reigns
goes for a Spear, but Owens kicks him in the face. Owens goes
for a Stunner, but Reigns pushes him off into the referee. Owens
hits a Pop-up Powerbomb and covers Reigns. Owens has Reigns
pinned for longer than three, but the referee is out. Owens
looks for the referee and sees him down at ringside. Reigns
drops Owens with a low blow.
Reigns looks at Sami Zayn and shouts at him. Zayn says that
Reigns told him to do nothing. Reigns tells Zayn to get a chair.
Zayn looks worried and runs to the timekeeper’s area. Heyman
tells him that going under the ring is better. Zayn gets a chair
from under the ring and hesitates before giving it to Reigns.
Owens hits Reigns with a Stunner and covers. The referee is back
and counts, but Reigns just barely kicks out. Zayn looks
terrified. Owens goes for a Pop-up Powerbomb, but Reigns
counters with a Superman Punch. Reigns hits a Spear, but Owens
kicks out once again! Reigns is absolutely stunned!
Owens rolls out of the ring to recover, and he is at the feet of
Sami Zayn. Zayn looks totally conflicted. Zayn tells Owens to
just stay down. Owens grabs at Zayn to get up. Reigns goes
outside and gives Owens a Spear through the barricade! Reigns
puts Owens in the ring, but Owens rolls back out. Reigns is
becoming more and more frustrated. Reigns grabs Owens by the
head and slams him back onto the steps! My god that was
absolutely brutal! Reigns looks down at the broken Owens… and
slams him onto the edge of the steps again!
Reigns gets Owens in the ring. Owens is holding the back of his
neck in pain. Zayn looks worried for his former family. Paul
Heyman is shouting encouragement to Reigns and tells Zayn to
acknowledge him. Zayn puts a finger up in the air, but he looks
conflicted still. Owens gets to his feet and slaps Reigns back.
Reigns hits a Spear and covers Owens for the victory.
Winner by Pinfall and still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion:
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos and Solo Sikoa join
Reigns, Heyman, and Zayn in the ring. Jey Uso goes to put a
flower lei around Zayn’s neck, but Reigns stops him. Reigns
tells The Usos to double-team Owens. Zayn is forced to watch.
Reigns wants to see what Zayn will do as The Bloodline destroys
his former friend. The Usos hit Owens with the 1D. Reigns puts
an arm around Zayn’s shoulders and holds him in position. The
Usos put Owens in the corner and put a chair around his head.
Solo Sikoa hits a running hip attack into Owens and the chair!
Paul Heyman hands Reigns two pairs of handcuffs. Reigns happily
clinks them together before handing one to Jey Uso and the other
to Jimmy Uso. Zayn looks conflicted as he watches The Usos
handcuff Owens to the top rope. The Usos each take turns
superkicking Owens in the face. Owens cannot defend himself.
They superkick him over and over again. Zayn looks down and rubs
Owens is unconscious, but he’s being held up by the handcuffs on
the top rope. Reigns talks trash and taunts Owens with a chair.
Reigns goes to swing it, but Zayn stands in his way and tells
him to stop. Zayn says Reigns has done all he can and this is
beneath him. Zayn says that Owens is done. Reigns hands the
chair to Zayn. Zayn shakes his head, but Reigns tells Zayn he
wants to do this. Heyman shouts that this is Zayn’s moment.
Reigns says they’ve gone too far. Zayn needs to do this. Zayn
takes the chair. Reigns says Owens doesn’t care about Zayn and
has dragged him down since day one. Reigns says he loves Zayn
and has given him everything. Zayn was doing “Jackass s**t”
before him. Reigns shouts at Owens. Zayn stands behind Reigns
with the chair. Reigns tells him to pull the trigger.
Zayn holds the chair and sadly looks down at it. Zayn looks like
he’s tearing up. Reigns pushes his face and screams in Zayn’s
face. Zayn sheepishly nods his head. Zayn prepares to hit Owens
before hitting Reigns in the spine to a MASSIVE pop! The crowd
goes absolutely wild!
Zayn puts the chair down and looks at The Usos. Jey Uso shouts
at him. Jimmy Uso superkicks Zayn down. Heyman is shocked.
Reigns slowly gets up and looks furious. Jimmy Uso punches away
at Zayn before Sikoa pushes him away. Sikoa pulls Zayn to his
feet and hits a Samoan Spike. Jimmy and Sikoa viciously
double-team Zayn as Reigns directs traffic. Jey Uso isn’t
getting involved. Jimmy Uso shouts that Zayn isn’t Jey’s
brother. They are. Jey rolls out of the ring and leaves The
Bloodline. Jey sadly rubs his face and walks off on his family!
Reigns is irate and says that Zayn has broken up his family.
Reigns viciously unloads on Zayn with vicious chair shots before
punching away at him. A loud “F**k you, Roman” chant picks up.
Reigns grabs the flower lei and drops petals onto an unconscious
Zayn. The “Honorary Uce” shirt is ripped off Zayn’s body. Jimmy
superkicks Owens once more for good measure. The depleted
Bloodline walks off, leaving an unconscious Owens and Zayn in
the ring. The crowd is absolutely irate.
Video Package: 2023 Royal Rumble Highlights