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WWE 2014 Royal Rumble Results and Winner: Batista wins, Orton retains

The WWE began to close out its pre-Network era on pay-per-view with the 2014 Royal Rumble. The Rumble winner and results were about as predictable as it could get yet the event did feature a few surprises that helped lay out the road map to WrestleMania 30.

[adinserter block=”1″]The last man standing wasn’t a surprise at all. Batista won the Rumble and will go to on wrestle Randy Orton at WrestleMania 30. Roman Reigns was the runner up but will come out of this with a lot of momentum. Reigns broke the record of eliminations set by Kane and will probably split with The Shield as soon as Monday night RAW.

The other big story here was Daniel Bryan or the lack of Bryan in the match. The Pittsburgh crowd loved him as evident by the first match. Once Rey Mysterio was announced at 30 and Bryan wasn’t coming the fans immediately turned on the match. I have never seen anything like it in a Royal Rumble. Quite honestly those fans probably did more to hurt the cause of Bryan than help him.

The Rumble had a good pace with a good mix of surprises to keep the crowd alive throughout the match. It wasn’t what I’d call a great Rumble but it was fun at times. CM Punk and Seth Rollins started out 1 & 2 and opened up hot. Damien Sandow entered three and was the first person eliminated by CM Punk. Corporate Kane entered the Rumble at #5 as the first surprise entrant. Punk eliminated in about a minute after nailing him with a roundhouse kick. Alexander Rusev from NXT entered at #6. The announcers put him over pretty good throughout the Rumble. He was eliminated by a group of wrestlers. Kofi was thrown over the top but never hit the floor. Kofi wound up leaping from the barricade to the ring apron to get back into the ring. Dolph Ziggler entered at #12 to a big ovation. R-Truth was another guy in and out of the match. Kevin Nash was the first big surprise at #14. Nash got a big pop from a very hypocritical Pittsburgh crowd. Roman Reigns hit the ring at #15. He eliminated Kofi, Dolph, and Nash in a minute. Talk about an easy pay day for Nash. The Shield eliminated Khali as a unit. Sheamus returned at #17 to a big ovation. Punk, The Shield, and Sheamus were the only ones standing at this point. Sheamus laid out all three members of The Shield. JBL entered at #24 to a huge pop from the crowd. JBL as the JBL character had never wrestled a Rumble match. JBL was immediately dumped out by Roman Reigns. Ryback entered at #26. Alberto Del Rio entered at #27. A smaller Batista returned and entered at #28 and was booed. Batista eliminated three guys within a minute including Alberto Del Rio. Big E. entered at #29 and went right after Batista. Rey Mysterio entered at #30 to the disappointment from the crowd who were waiting for Daniel Bryan. Sheamus eliminated Big E. Rollins eliminated Mysterio. Reigns wound up eliminating Rollins and Ambrose at the same time after Ambrose failed to eliminate Reigns. The final four came down to Punk, Reigns, Sheamus, and Batista. Kane pulled Punk over the top rope and eliminated him. Kane beat down Punk on the floor after the elimination and left him lying after chokeslamming him through a table. The crowd booed the rest of the match. I have never seen a crowd react like this and it’s not a compliment. Reigns eliminated Sheamus and broke Kane’s record with 12 eliminations. It came down to Reigns and Batista. The crowd finally came back and got behind Reigns. Batista nailed Reigns with a spear. Reigns returned the favor. Batista tossed Reigns out to win the match and a championship shot at WrestleMania 30.

Randy Orton defeated John Cena to retain the WWE world heavyweight championship. This match didn’t have a chance. The crowd hated both of them. The fans chanted “You both suck!” at one point as well as boring several times throughout the match, quite a contrast to the “This is awesome” chants Bryan and Wyatt received in the PPV opener. They worked hard but never won the crowd over. The big story tonight will be how much over Daniel Bryan was (and he was super over as was his match) as compared to these guys. “This is awful” rang out towards the end and to be fair, it wasn’t awful. JBL said “they’re having fun here in Pittsburgh tonight” and they certainly were.

The match was nothing special as it was your typical back and forth with the usual trademark spots out of each guy. The finish came when Cena kicked out of an RKO (Orton kicked out of Cena’s finisher earlier). Orton rolled through an AA attempt into an STFU (Orton applying the move). Cena reversed the submission. Orton went for the AA and got a two-count. Cena popped up and hit the RKO for a two-count. This would have been great if the crowd wasn’t dead for most of the match. Cena tried an AA from the second rope, missed, hit a tornado DDT instead. Cena cinched in the STFU once again and the arena went dark. The Wyatts were on the apron when the lights came on. Orton then hit an RKO and got the pin. The Wyatts beat up on Cena after the match. Bray laid Cena out with Sister Abagail. It looks like the Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena WrestleMania match is indeed a lock.

[adinserter block=”2″]Brock Lesnar destroyed The Big Show en route to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 30. This was exactly what I have been hoping to see out of the booking when it comes to Lesnar. The match ended in 2 minutes with Lesnar pinning Show after an F5. Show much for that push (see what I did there?). Lesnar pounded Show repeatedly with a steel chair after the match. Lesnar was booked as the indestructible monster here he should have been from the start. This was a great way to set him up for Taker.

Full WWE Royal Rumble 2014 results and winners…
Batista eliminated Roman Reigns to win the 2014 Royal Rumble
Randy Orton defeated John Cena to retain the WWE world heavyweight championship
Brock Lesnar defeated The Big Show
Bray Wyatt defeated Daniel Bryan
The New Age Outlaws defeated the Rhodes brothers to win the WWE tag team championship

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Hate to say the elimination chamber is NOT on the WWE network as well.

    People who buy the network will receive no value for their $$$ until WM 30 is delivered to you and right now a Bautista vs Orton is not worthy of 10 dollars let alone the 60 dollars the WWE collects upfront from their customers.

    Would have rather seen Wyatt and Cena compete to further that storyline and to sel the fact that Bryan got injured in his match rather than the burial of Rusev and the total waste of having JBL compete.

  2. Reigns is the future. McMahons think they know what the fans want more than the fans do. I don't dislike Batista but he didn't deserve to win. He's been gone for too long. I don't dislike Daniel Bryan but people are making him out to but the messiah or something. He is not Rock, Austin or Hogan. Yes he is intense in the ring but he had the charisma of a wet paper bag.

    • his charisma is the reason fans do his chant whether he is in a match or not. and if lesnar was full time he would be even more of a fan favorite. but I agree on batista,he was gone to long to be given a big push to start with. I do not get the big push for the wyatts, his shtick does nothing for me or any of the fans I know. give the people what they want and that is a bryan title run.

  3. The way the fans reacted just shows that they are tired of the same old stuff. What they want is new faces in the picture. WWE tried this with Bautisa and Lesnar, but it backfired because the fans see their victories as WWE handouts. To be honest I think WWE needs to rethink it's strategy. The fans want people like Bryan and Reigns. They are tired of Orton's dirty way of winning and they are tired of John Cena's character. It's unforcanite this happen but I think WWE can learn from this experience

  4. I am glad you cover wrestling because as long as as long as vince is going to ignore his fan base on bryan then I am not wasting any time or money watching it. the fans have spoken and want bryan but you want to give them Batista and guys like wyatt? no thanks.

  5. Great analysis. I too was shocked at the local banter from the pittsburgh crowd. The first match was incredible and overshadowed the rumble itself. Lesnar/Big Show was blah more or less, but the Cena/Orton match was destroyed by the crowd. I don’t like either of them but they seemed to dial down the tempo when both stars were being dissed. Cheer after cheer of “Boring” “this is Awful” “We Want Refund” “Daniel Bryan”… I was laughing at my computer screen when the Wyatts came out to a bigger pop than either supersuper star.

    Of the rumble itself…the loudest pops seem to hail to Jack Swagger “We the People” chants, Nash’s opening of nWo (thats it) and the “boo’s” when Ziggler was knocked out. The chants for Roman Reigns was a first as the crowd clearly wasn’t buying the Batista win that was set up 3 weeks ago (same with an Orton victory).

    Overall not bad PPV, El Torito made me smile…I doubt the Authority or WWE Board of Directors will be swayed by any of the anti-headliner sentiment and DB will remain in mid-card obscurity.

  6. Great analysis. I too was shocked at the local banter from the pittsburgh crowd. The first match was incredible and overshadowed the rumble itself. Lesnar/Big Show was blah more or less, but the Cena/Orton match was destroyed by the crowd. I don’t like either of them but they seemed to dial down the tempo when both stars were being dissed. Cheer after cheer of “Boring” “this is Awful” “We Want Refund” “Daniel Bryan”… I was laughing at my computer screen when the Wyatts came out to a bigger pop than either supersuper star.

    Of the rumble itself…the loudest pops seem to hail to Jack Swagger “We the People” chants, Nash’s opening of nWo (thats it) and the “boo’s” when Ziggler was knocked out. The chants for Roman Reigns was a first as the crowd clearly wasn’t buying the Batista win that was set up 3 weeks ago (same with an Orton victory).

    Overall not bad PPV, El Torito made me smile…I doubt the Authority or WWE Board of Directors will be swayed by any of the anti-headliner sentiment and DB will remain in mid-card obscurity.

  7. That was the worst ppv ever,Batista returns, screws up a spear, punches kicks, wins the fucking rumble after 4 yrs of inactivity, this is an insult to those stars that have been working hard all this time,excuse me while I go puke; as far as Daniel Bryan is considered his match with bray Wyatt was the only decent thing in the entire f%cking ppv, the people love him, he is the hottest thing right now…but wwe is wasting him ..what thw f$ck is wrong with u WWE?

  8. Quite honestly those fans probably did more to hurt the cause of Bryan than help him. I disagree. I think it shows every wrestling fan's frustration towards the inept WWE and it's failure to listen to it's fans. Daniel Bryan should be the headliner and winner of WrestleMania 30.

  9. Philadelphia is officially the biggest city if douche bags in the entire world. Booing Cena vs Ortin match the entire time was just disgraceful and the shouting Daniel Brian during the Royal Rumble was freaking annoying. You guys almost ruined my PPV experience. I want to officially ask WWE to never allow that ignorant city of idiots to host another PPV. EVER!

  10. The rumble as a whole sucked.

    One good match and a couple twists to the rumble itself.

    Overall it was a waste of time and fans money.

    How this would be the PPV leading people toward purchasing the Network is a total question mark and leaves us all confused.

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