The following is from our play-by-play coverage of the WWE Royal Rumble PPV event:
Men’s Royal Rumble Match
Edge and Orton were the first two stars out. Sami Zayn and Mustafa Ali were out next. Jeff Hardy was out at #5 and quickly laid out by the heels. Edge and Orton brawled to the floor where Edge hit a DDT to Orton on the apron. Dolph Ziggler at #6. Edge hit Orton with a chair a few times. Ziggler eliminated Hardy.
Shinsuke Nakamura was out at #7 and Carlito at #8. Orton was helped to the backstage arena. Xavier Woods out at #9 Big E out at #10. Zayn was eliminated by New Day. At #11 was John Morrison. Ali was eliminated by Big E. Ricochet was at #12. Ricochet took out everyone with a dive. Elias was next out. Carlito was eliminated by Elias.
At #14 was Damian Priest, who eliminated Elias. The Miz at #15. Bad Bunny came out to the ring to confront Miz for destroying his turntables and this allowed Priest to eliminate Miz and Morrion. Bunny went to the top rope and took them out. Matt Riddle at #16 and Daniel Bryan followed. Kane was out at #18 and eliminated Ziggler then hit a chokeslam to Ricochet on the apron. Bryan wanted a hug and they did it. Kane then hit a chokeslam to him. Priest eliminated Kane. At #19 was Baron Corbin, who eliminated Nakamura after hitting Deep Six. Otis at #20, but he was quickly eliminated by Corbin. Dominick Mysterio was at #21 and he eliminated Corbin. Bobby Lashley at #22. Lashley eliminated Dominick then Priest. The Hurricane at #23, but was quickly eliminated. Christian was out at #24. Lashley was eliminated by everyone. AJ Styles at #25 and Rey Mysterio at #26. Omos, who wasn’t in the match, eliminated Big E. Sheamus was #27. Omos eliminated Rey. Cesaro at #28 and Seth Rollins at #29. The final spot was Braun Strowman, who eliminated Styles and Sheamus.
The final seven were Orton, Edge, Bryan, Strowman, Riddle, Rollins, and Strowman. Seth eliminated Bryan. Seth hit the stomp on Riddle on the apron. Strowman and Christian were out. Edge tossed out Rollins. Orton came out of nowhere and hit an RKO to Edge. However, Edge pushed Orton over the top rope.