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Randy Orton won the 30-Superstar Royal Rumble Match

SAN ANTONIO – The Wyatt Family is headed to the main event of WrestleMania 33, but not the member you might expect.

In front of 52,020 WWE fans at the Alamodome, recently converted Wyatt acolyte Randy Orton won his second Royal Rumble Match and punched his ticket to the main event of WrestleMania 33. The Viper’s victory was the capper to a Rumble Match that had no shortage of delights, shocks and surprise entrants, and truly made good on the promise of “Friend vs. Friend, Foe vs. Foe, Every Man for Himself.” Don’t believe us? Let’s review:

However, once The Wyatts entered the match — Bray himself was the first at No. 21 — the complexion of the melee changed almost instantly. Orton RKO’d everyone in sight after his own entrance, seemingly clearing the way for the ultimate triumph of The New Face of Fear. The on-the-outs Luke Harper seemed as though he was on a mission to re-earn Wyatt’s trust at No. 25, but then he went and clobbered the patriarch himself with a discus clothesline. He would have also administered Sister Abigail had Orton not stopped the betrayal with an RKO. (Goldberg later eliminated Harper.)

The other, complexion-changing moment of the match was the unexpected arrival of Roman Reigns at No. 30, just hours after losing his bid for the WWE Universal Championship against Kevin Owens. Not only did The Big Dog eliminate The Undertaker, he cleaned house of several stragglers to bring the bout to a 1-on-2 confrontation with Wyatt and Orton.

Gunning hard for his second Royal Rumble Match win, Reigns managed to power his way out of the Sister Abigail-RKO combo and eliminate The Eater of Worlds. The Apex Predator struck Reigns quickly thereafter, administering an RKO and tossing the former WWE Champion over the ropes to secure his main-event ticket to The Showcase of the Immortals.

They say that anything can happen in WWE, and although there are some who may claim Orton, as a veteran, was a favorite to win, consider the idea that, should he challenge for the WWE Championship, the champion himself may not be who it is right now after WWE Elimination Chamber. Added the variable of how Wyatt will respond to his lieutenant achieving a goal he badly wanted for himself, and it’s truly anyone’s guess as to what happens next.
 

Rumble Match Statistics

Full list of Royal Rumble Match participants and eliminations

No.  
Name                               
Eliminated                                              
Eliminated By                           
Time
1
Big Cass
 
Strowman
9:57
2
Chris Jericho
Sheamus, Cesaro
Reigns
1:00:13
3
Kalisto
 
Strowman
8:17
4
Mojo Rawley
 
Strowman
6:16
5
Jack Gallagher
 
Henry
3:20
6
Mark Henry
Gallagher
Strowman
3:17
7
Braun Strowman
Big Show, Ellsworth, Henry, Kalisto,
Dillinger, Big Cass, Rawley
Corbin
13:11
8
Sami Zayn
 
Undertaker
46:55
9
Big Show
 
Strowman
1:42
10
Tye Dillinger
 
Strowman
5:27
11
James Ellsworth
 
Strowman
:15
12
Dean Ambrose
 
Lesnar
26:55
13
Baron Corbin
Strowman
Undertaker
32:39
14
Kofi Kingston
 
Sheamus, Cesaro
16:13
15
The Miz
 
Undertaker
32:44
16
Sheamus
Woods, Kingston, Big E
Jericho
12:13
17
Big E
 
Sheamus, Cesaro
9:46
18
Rusev
 
Goldberg
22:31
19
Cesaro
Woods, Kingston, Big E
Jericho
6:44
20
Xavier Woods
 
Sheamus, Cesaro
4:47
21
Bray Wyatt
 
Reigns
24:11
22
Apollo Crews
 
Harper
5:46
23
Randy Orton
Reigns
WINNER
20:52
24
Dolph Ziggler
 
Lesnar
4:21
25
Luke Harper
Crews
Goldberg
9:56
26
Brock Lesnar
Enzo, Ambrose, Ziggler
Goldberg
4:30
27
Enzo Amore
 
Lesnar
:18
28
Goldberg
Lesnar, Rusev, Harper
Undertaker
3:21
29
The Undertaker
Corbin, Goldberg, Miz, Zayn
Reigns
8:46
30
Roman Reigns
Undertaker, Jericho, Wyatt
Orton
5:05
Total match time 1:02:06