We now know roughly 20 of the competitors for this year’s Royal Rumble and the rest are pretty superfluous to the overall result so a semi-accurate depiction of what the elimination match could look like is now possible. This article will attempt to book the Rumble Match from entrant one to entrant 30, set up WrestleMania feuds and make the match as interesting as possible. The only superstars who will not be competing in the match are anyone already booked for a match and anyone with an injury. This means no Finn Balor or Shelton Benjamin.
This match is predicated on Kevin Owens defeating Roman Reigns and retaining the Universal Championship. The Styles/Cena match can go either way.
Entrant 1: Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler is the perfect person to kick the Rumble off and can carry the first part of the match as a heel. With Lawler on commentary this becomes even more intriguing.
Entrant 2: Kofi Kingston
Kofi takes the number two spot as a guy who can carry the match.
Entrant 3: Rusev
A lack of mid-card heels makes this match quite hard to book. See if it plays out similarly throughout the real thing. Rusev and Dolph gang up on Kofi.
Entrant 4: Rhyno
Out comes Rhyno to even the numbers.
Entrant 5: Noam Dar
Have Dar earn a spot in the Rumble with a victory over Cedric Alexander on 205Live.
Entrant 6: Heath Slater
Slater and Rhyno gang up on Rusev.
Entrant 7: Sheamus
The former SmackDown Tag Team Champions eliminate Noam Dar before Rusev comes after them again, Rusev tosses Rhyno over the top rope, but he lands on the apron. Slater charges at Rusev who dodges out of the way, causing Slater to eliminate Rhyno. Rhyno looks annoyed and Slater tries to explain what happened, but Ziggler throws Heath out from behind. Rhyno walks off in a huff.
Elimination 1: Noam Dar by Heath Slater and Rhyno
Elimination 2: Rhyno by Heath Slater
Elimination 3: Heath Slater by Dolph Ziggler
Entrant 8: Dean Ambrose
Sheamus and Kofi go at each other in one corner while Ambrose targets Ziggler.
Entrant 9: Xavier Woods
Expect the Dillinger chants to take over this countdown, and as it reaches zero…
Entrant 10: The Miz
If there’s anyone who can capitalise on taking Dillinger’s spot, it’s The Miz. He takes his time getting to the ring, alternating between Dillinger and Bryan chants.
Entrant 11: Tye Dillinger
This is the fake-out that needs to happen. Sending Dillinger out at 11 will get a far bigger pop. Tye hits his finisher on The Miz (who rolls out of the ring), before being swiftly dropped by Ziggler. Ambrose hits a Dirty Deeds on Dolph and Rusev a superkick on Ambrose. Everyone is down as the buzzer goes.
Update on those still in the match: Tye Dillinger, The Miz, Xavier Woods, Dean Ambrose, Sheamus, Rusev, Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler
Entrant 12: James Ellsworth
Ellsworth takes his time getting to the ring, accompanied by Carmella. He looks around and sees everyone laid out. Xavier slowly gets to his knees and James hits him with no-chin music before running around the ring celebrating. He climbs the top rope and raises his arms in triumph…
Entrant 13: Braun Strowman
Strowman’s music hits and Ellsworth jumps off the top rope, eliminating himself. He runs through the crowd to escape Braun. Strowman goes on a warpath, tossing out both members of the New Day easily. Sheamus offers some fight, but Braun throws him out too. He leaves everyone else in the ring laying.
Elimination 4: James Ellsworth by himself
Elimination 5: Xavier Woods by Braun Strowman
Elimination 6: Kofi Kingston by Braun Strowman
Elimination 7: Sheamus by Braun Strowman
Entrant 14: Big E
E is next out to avenge his New Day brethren, but Strowman eventually overpowers him and eliminates Big E. Rusev tries his luck but Strowman tosses him out too. Nobody is on his level.
Elimination 8: Big E by Braun Strowman
Elimination 9: Rusev by Braun Strowman
Entrant 15: Big Show
This part books itself. Show and Strowman go at it for a full 90 seconds with neither able to finish the other off. Everyone else stays in the corners and out of the way. Big Show has abs now – he can hang with Braun.
Entrant 16: Sami Zayn
Sami charges the ring, climbs the top rope and jumps on Strowman’s back. Ambrose and Dillinger get back involved and everyone gangs up on him. Strowman fends them off, but Show grabs him by the throat and both big-men end up on the apron. Braun breaks free of Show’s grip and shoves him off – eliminating the giant. Braun turns around straight into a Sami Zayn helluva kick. He staggers but holds his balance. Zayn hits a second one and Braun is eliminated. Enraged, Strowman attacks Big Show on the outside until refs get him out of the area.
Elimination 10: Big Show by Braun Strowman
Elimination 11: Braun Strowman by Sami Zayn
Entrant 17: Luke Harper
Harper comes out amongst the madness.
Entrant 18: The Brian Kendrick
Now we need to fill the ring back up. Kendrick qualifies for the match with a win over Lince Dorado.
Entrant 19: Baron Corbin
Corbin’s music hits and Corey Graves talks him up as one of the favourites to win the whole thing, especially with Strowman now out. Corbin eliminates Dillinger… the crowd will love that.
Update on those still in the match: Baron Corbin, The Brian Kendrick, Luke Harper, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose
Elimination 12: Tye Dillinger by Baron Corbin
Entrant 20: Goldberg
Goldberg’s music hits and he takes a full minute getting to the ring before going face to face with Corbin. The two go at it and Goldberg gets the upper hand, eliminating Baron. Kendrick tries to broker an alliance with Goldberg which swiftly fails as he’s also eliminated.
Elimination 13: Baron Corbin by Goldberg
Elimination 14: The Brian Kendrick by Goldberg
Entrant 21: Kane
Out comes Kane and he and Goldberg stare each other down. The two go at it for the full 90 seconds as everyone else does their best not to get involved. Goldberg spears Kane on the buzzer.
Entrant 22: Brock Lesnar
Business now picks up. Brock stares his foe down from outside the ring. Ziggler jumps on Goldberg’s back, but is overpowered and eliminated. In Goldberg’s momentary distraction, Lesnar hits the ring and takes him down with suplexes. Brock clotheslines Goldberg over and out of the Rumble match. Enraged, Goldberg gets back in and spears Brock before hitting him with a jackhammer. Goldberg shakes his head and leaves. Brock is down as the buzzer goes…
Elimination 15: Dolph Ziggler by Goldberg
Elimination 16: Goldberg by Brock Lesnar
Entrant 23: Samoa Joe
And Joe’s music hits… With a smile on his face, he enters the ring as Brock attempts to pull himself to a vertical base. Joe tosses the dazed beast out – making an immediate impact.
Elimination 17: Brock Lesnar by Samoa Joe
Entrant 24: Bray Wyatt
Bray is next out and he and Harper gang up on Joe as well as everyone else and take control of the match.
Update on those still in the match: Bray Wyatt, Samoa Joe, Kane, Luke Harper, Sami Zayn, The Miz and Dean Ambrose
Entrant 25: Tyler Bate
The United Kingdom Champion comes out at 25 and gets some good offense in on everyone. Putting Bate in this match helps give casual fans a glimpse of what they’re missing.
Entrant 26: Randy Orton
The Wyatt Family, which has sort of gotten on the same page, is now complete and the stable gangs up on everyone, eliminating Kane. Bray hits a Sister Abigail on Joe as the buzzer goes.
Elimination 19: Kane by Bray Wyatt
Entrant 27: Seth Rollins
Seth goes straight for Bray and gets a few good shots on him, before Randy and Harper gang up on him. Ambrose joins in and the two exchange a look of reluctant agreement and they fight back against the Wyatt’s. At some point, Orton goes to throw a punch that misses Seth and hits Harper… and everything breaks down. Bray tries to calm them down, but Ambrose takes Bray out of the situation and that leaves Harper and Randy yelling at each other. Randy tries to explain he didn’t mean to hit Luke, but Harper grabs Orton and tosses him over the ropes, eliminating the viper. Bray, stunned immediately eliminates Harper from behind.
Update on those still in the match: Seth Rollins, Tyler Bate, Samoa Joe, Bray Wyatt, The Miz, Sami Zayn and Dean Ambrose
Elimination 20: Randy Orton by Luke Harper
Elimination 21: Luke Harper by Bray Wyatt
Entrant 28: Chris Jericho
Jericho comes out with an oxygen bottle, still feeling the effects of the shark cage. He then reveals he was faking, slamming the bottle into Ambrose’s gut before hitting a codebreaker. He goes after Seth who hits a Pedigree on him. Rollins goes on a rampage, taking out Bate, Joe and Sami. He picks up Bray and is about to toss him out when Triple H attacks him from behind, eliminating Seth. He jumps out and begins wailing on Seth, he pulls the steps apart and hits a Pedigree on top of them.
Elimination 22: Seth Rollins by Triple H
Entrant 29: Cesaro
The commentators talk up how a fresh Cesaro could win this thing. Cesaro gets an uppercut train going before swinging Jericho.
Entrant 30: The Undertaker
As the countdown begins, everyone knows whose coming. The lights go out and The Undertaker makes his way to the ring. Everyone gangs up on him, but Taker takes everyone out, eliminating Bate.
Remaining: The Miz, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho, Cesaro, Bray Wyatt, Samoa Joe, Sami Zayn and Dean Ambrose
Elimination 23: Tyler Bate by The Undertaker
Bray charges at Taker and attempts to eliminate him, but is overpowered by the Deadman and tossed out.
Elimination 24: Bray Wyatt by The Undertaker
Samoa Joe and Chris Jericho gang up on him and the pace slows back down. Ambrose hits a Dirty Deeds on Jericho before The Miz gets back into the ring, after spending this whole time under the ring, and eliminates Dean Ambrose.
Elimination 25: Dean Ambrose by The Miz
While Miz is gloating at his triumph, Joe lurks up behind him. Miz turns around straight into Joe who tosses him out.
Elimination 26: The Miz by Samoa Joe
Joe then goes after Zayn, tossing him over the top. He charges at Sami who pulls the top rope down, eliminating Joe. Jericho hits a drop kick on Sami, but he manages to hold onto the apron.
Elimination 27: Samoa Joe by Sami Zayn
The final three stare each other down as the WWE Universal Champion makes his way down to the ring to cheer on his best friend. Zayn runs at Owens, but eats a superkick. Owens gets in the ring and the best friends gang up on The Undertaker. Taker fights back, but is outgunned by the two of them and Jericho throws him out. The two embrace in a hug which is quickly broken up by Zayn hitting Owens with a helluva kick.
Elimination 28: The Undertaker by Chris Jericho
It dawns on Sami that he’s in the final two. It’s come down to two RAW superstars. The two go back and forth for a few minutes before Jericho dodges a helluva kick and sends Zayn over the top rope, eliminating him.
Elimination 29: Sami Zayn by Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho wins the Royal Rumble match, with help from Kevin Owens. This sets up Owens wanting Jericho to challenge AJ Styles/John Cena, but ends up leading to Owens versus Jericho at WrestleMania. We’ve begun the breakup of Heath Slater and Rhyno, Randy Orton leaving the Wyatt Family, breaking Bray and Harper up, debuting Joe and Dillinger, bringing Triple H back into the mix and setting up the final Lesnar/Goldberg encounter.