Royal Rumble 2014 Results, The “Road to WrestleMania” began last night in Pittsburgh, featuring wins for Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton and Batista, in addition to the start of several key storylines both inside and outside the 30-man elimination tournament.
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) blew the roof off the Consol Energy Center last Sunday night (Jan. 26) with the 2014 Royal Rumble, the pro wrestling promotion’s first pay-per-view (PPV) event of the year.
And it was a doozy.
Daniel Bryan kicked off the “Steel City” festivities against Bray Wyatt in what was not only match of the night, but quite possibly of the year (yes, it’s still early), and pretty much ruined the event for every other competitor who followed. Their match (and chemistry) was that good and proved that Wyatt — who hit a flying “Sister Abigail” into the barricade — can hold his own against anybody on the roster when it comes to in-ring ability.
Welcome to the future, y’all.
For the remainder of the evening, the crowd would erupt into impromptu chants of DAN-IEL BRY-AN (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) and practically booed Batista out of the building when he won the 30-man Royal Rumble to close the show (see what training with the Skrap Pack does for you). Partly because he won, but mostly because Bryan was not included in the tournament.
More on “The Animal” in just a bit.
Following the opening match of the night was the highly-anticipated PPV return of Brock Lesnar, who used a steel chair to beat The Big Show like a government mule, prior to hoisting him up in the air and marching him around the ring — Ryback style — and slamming him down with an F5
Team dissension — as expected — was teased between The Shield and The Rhodes Brothers.
When all was said and done, it was a strong effort from WWE and a solid PPV from top-to-bottom, that may have lost some of its luster thanks to the unruly crowd. There was also a tag team titles match in the 30 minute pre-show prior to the telecast that saw The New Age Outlaws steal the straps from Cody Rhodes and Goldust.
Triple H strikes again.