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WWE ROYAL RUMBLE PPV RESULTS 1/26 (Hour 2): Orton vs. Cena WWE Title match with significant run-in

Jan 26, 2014 - 9:43:06 PM
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WWE Royal Rumble PPV results
January 26, 2014
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


Rumble PPV Second Hour

In-ring: WWE World Hvt. champion Randy Orton was introduced to the ring first for the title match. Orton slowly, slowly walked to the ring with both the WWE Title and World Hvt. Title slung over his shoulder. Once Orton hit the ring, his music stopped and there was a lengthy pause for various noise to be heard from the crowd before John Cena's music played.

Cena came out on-stage sporting another new piece of merchandise in neon green and navy blue. On commentary, JBL said some are standing and some are cheering, but they're on their feet in Pittsburgh. As Cena stood tall in the ring, Cole hyped Elimination Chamber in February in Minneapolis. Cole rhetorically asked which of these two men will be "new" WWE World Hvt. champion at that time.

In the ring, Lilian Garcia handled formal ring introductions. Cena was mainly booed, prompting him to shoot a quizzical eyebrow toward the crowd. Meanwhile, Orton received light boos. Not much of a crowd reaction for a WWE Title match, with this feeling like a come-down match before the Rumble. Before the bell sounded, the crowd picked up a "Daniel Bryan" chant, which was the loudest noise before the match started.

3 -- WWE World Hvt. champion RANDY ORTON vs. JOHN CENA -- WWE World Hvt. Title match -- pinfall or submission only

Apathy early on, then WWE got the dueling chants of "Let's Go Cena / Cena Sucks" applying to the match. Moments later, a "Daniel Bryan" chant picked up again. JBL noted the Bryan chants, then Cole said many fans believe Bryan is the uncrowned champion. Lawler added that the crowd is letting Orton and Cena know they have to step up to pass Bryan's match earlier. The next unrelated chant was "We Want Angle" in Kurt Angle's hometown. Next was a "Randy Savage" chant, which Orton stopped to acknowledge with a smirk. Cole put in a match story context that this is Orton's problem letting the fans get to him. Next was a "Y2J" chant, then an "Under-Taker" chant.

While all the chanting was going on, Orton went to work on Cena. "Boring" chant from the crowd, which Orton again acknowledged with a smirk. Cena broke free, then knocked Orton to the floor. But, on the floor, Orton whipped Cena into the ring steps. As Orton rolled Cena into the ring, the crowd picked up another "Daniel Bryan" chant. Orton played into the chants, shouting that he is the WWE champ, not Bryan or Cena, drawing boos.

Orton continued to have fun with the crowd, going to the corner to do his trademark pose. So, Cena capitalized with a slam from Orton's posing position. Cena then made his comeback to boos. Cena smiled toward the crowd, then Orton smacked Cena in the face and snapped off a powerslam for a two count. Cena made a comeback, then hiked up his shorts to climb to the top, but Orton cut him off. Orton wanted a superplex, but Cena blocked. Cena then came off the top with a guillotine leg drop that barely grazed Orton for a two count. JBL covered for the miss by saying Cena didn't catch all of it.

At 10:00, Cena measured Orton for the AA, but Orton slithered out and nailed his backbreaker move for a two count. The match then moved to the floor, where Orton ran Cena into the ring steps. Back in the ring, Cena sprung back on Orton with the STF, but Orton grabbed the bottom rope for a break.

"End This Match" chant was answered by Cena, who said he'll end the match with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena connected, then tried the AA, but Orton kicked the ref in the head to escape. Orton tapped out, but the ref was KO'ed. Cena then called down for medical help. Meanwhile, Orton snuck back into the ring with a belt shot to Cena's face. Orton then woke up ref Charles Robinson, who counted a close two count for Orton. As Orton checked on Robinson, the crowd picked up a "This is Awful" chant. Orton, in-character, let it get to him, then Cena sprung on him with an AA, but Orton kicked out before three.

At 16:00, Cena went for a follow-up move, but Orton snapped off an RKO. But, Cena kicked out of a pin attempt. The crowd picked up another chant, which Orton answered by doing his pose. Orton then measured Cena for his trademark Punt, but Cena moved and went for another AA, but Orton escaped.

Orton then slapped on Cena's STF move center-ring, momentarily popping the crowd for the surprise twist. Cena teased tapping out, but reversed into an STF of his own. Orton escaped, then hit Cena's own AA finisher, but Cena kicked out of before three. Orton very slowly stalked Cena for a follow-up, but Cena popped up and dropped Orton with an RKO. Cena covered, but Orton kicked out of his finisher.

Cena then took Orton to the top turnbuckle for an attempted Super AA, but Orton blocked. So, Cena adjusted and hit a Tornado DDT. Cena flowed into the STF, but Orton crawled across the ring, only to have Cena re-position center-ring. Cena had Orton ready to tap, but the Wyatt interruption played. When the lights came back on, the Wyatts were on the ring apron. Cena went after Bray Wyatt, which allowed Orton to spring on Cena with an RKO. Orton covered for the pin and the win.

Post-match: Orton sold not understanding the Wyatts's involvement, but took his belts and left the ring through the crowd. On commentary, Cole noted Orton called Bray Wyatt "a Duck Dynasty reject" before the title match, so this a strange alliance. After Orton disappeared, the Wyatts dismantled Cena in the ring. Bray then finished off Cena with Sister Abigail to "Yes!" chants after shouting: "Behold the creators of the new world."

After a replay of the match and finish, Cena was shown slowly leaving the ring selling being stunned. Cena's music played as the ringside doctor followed Cena up the entrance ramp to the back as Cena continued to act bewildered.

WINNER: Orton at 20:54 to retain the WWE World Title. This was interesting - after exhausting all of the Cena-Orton formulas, they resorted to kicking out of finishers, but actually using each other's finishers instead of their own. Meanwhile, even with Bray Wyatt's best all-time match against Daniel Bryan on this show, I have a hard time seeing Bray vs. John Cena one-on-one at WrestleMania. Perhaps a tag match depending on who is available to join Cena's team? In-between the Rumble and Mania, the Chamber match is shaping up to feature a combination of Orton, Cena, Lesnar, Batista, Punk, Bryan, and/or Bray, depending on who wins the Rumble. (**)

Announcers: Cole, Lawler, and JBL hyped the WWE Network launch in four weeks. Cole then went back to the kick-off show when the New Age Outlaws captured the WWE Tag Titles.

Backstage: Renee Young brought in the Outlaws to discuss their Tag Title victory. Dogg hyped their victory, then WWE rolled footage of the Tag Title switch from the pre-show. Back to the interview set, Dogg said they do tag team wrestling better than anyone in this industry. Dogg said they have a victory party to attend, but Renee is not invited.

Rumble Video Package: WWE introduced soundbytes from wrestlers talking about why they will win the Rumble match. For some reason, this was on the PPV, not the Raw lead-in show. The Miz, The Usos, IC champion Big E. Langston, Fandango, Batista, Damien Sandow, Ryback, and Rey Mysterio.

All-Star Panel: Josh Mathews brought in Duggan, Michaels, and Flair to make their Rumble picks. Duggan re-picked Ziggler, HBK said he's picking four guys - The Shield and C.M. Punk, and Flair re-picked Batista.

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