Sheamus won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match

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January 29, 2012

ST. LOUIS — WWE fans are going to see a fight at this year’s WrestleMania.

Using his brute strength to triumph over 29 other Superstars, the mighty Sheamus was victorious in the Royal Rumble Match, dumping Chris Jericho to earn a World Title opportunity against a champion of his choosing at WrestleMania XXVIII on April 1. (PHOTOS)

It was a grueling battle for the powerhouse who drew No. 22. Entering before a sold-out crowd that had already witnessed Ricardo Rodriguez rolling to the ring in an ’85 Datsun, Kofi Kingston walking on his hands to avoid elimination and Michael Cole jumping over the top rope to escape the wrath of Kharma, The Celtic Warrior immediately made his presence felt by launching Kingston out of the ring.

Mr. Socko meets The Cobra in the 2012 Royal Rumble Match.From there, the Rumble became a demolition derby of battered bodies and unpredictable arrivals. Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Michael Cole all left the broadcast booth at one point to try their luck in the bout, but were quickly sent back to their announce table with damaged egos. Old school fan favorites like Mick Foley, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and Road Dogg returned to rousing ovations — only to be chucked from the squared circle by dangerous upstarts like Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler and Wade Barrett. Big Show, twice a runner-up in the Rumble, made a huge impact from the 30 spot, tossing Jack Swagger, Rhodes, The Miz and Ziggler in rapid succession.

When the Royal Rumble Match came down to the all-important final four, it was Big Show, Sheamus, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton left standing in the ring. Quickly, though, the 30-man melee was left to two Superstars as The Viper heaved The World’s Largest Athlete only to be immediately eliminated by Jericho.

The mighty Sheamus powers his way to WrestleMania XXVIIIWWE fans, knowing they would see a first time Royal Rumble Match winner tonight, began to shake the Scottrade Center as Y2J and The Great White waged a dramatic battle for supremacy. When Jericho sent Sheamus over the top rope, the big man hung on and came right back. When The Celtic Warrior dismissed his opponent, Jericho would find a way to return.

The back-and-forth brawl pushed both men to their physical limit before the nefarious Superstar made the mistake of going for his patened Codebreaker. Snatching Jericho in midair, Sheamus deposited the man who promised “the end of the world” over the top rope and then blasted him with The Brogue Kick to make sure he was gone for good.

It was an important victory for the SmackDown Superstar. A year ago, The Celtic Warrior’s WrestleMania XXVI bout against Daniel Bryan was bumped from the card at the last minute. This year, he’ll be competing for a World Title. Don’t expect The Great White to let this opportunity slip through his fingers.

Full list of Royal Rumble Match participants and eliminations

 

Entry Number

Name

Eliminated

Eliminated By

Time

1

The Miz

Alex Riley, R-Truth

Big Show

45:39

2

Alex Riley

 

The Miz

1:15

3

R-Truth

 

The Miz

4:57

4

Cody Rhodes

Mick Foley, Santino Marella, Jerry “The King” Lawler, The Great Khali, Booker T, Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Big Show

41:55

5

Justin Gabriel

 

Ricardo Rodriguez and Mick Foley

6:12

6

Primo

 

 

Mick Foley

1:57

7

Mick Foley

Justin Gabriel, Primo, Epico

Cody Rhodes

6:34

8

Ricardo Rodriguez

Justin Gabriel

Santino Marella

2:19

9

Santino Marella

Ricardo Rodriguez

Cody Rhodes

2:31

10

Epico

 

Mick Foley

0:11

11

Kofi Kingston

 

Sheamus

17:55

12

Jerry “The King” Lawler

Michael Cole

Cody Rhodes

:43

13

Ezekiel Jackson

 

The Great Khali

3:46

14

Jinder Mahal

 

The Great Khali

1:17

15

The Great Khali

Ezekiel Jackson, Jinder Mahal

Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler

7:29

16

Hunico

 

Kharma

9:00

17

Booker T

Michael Cole

Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler

4:40

18

Dolph Ziggler

The Great Khali, Booker T, Kharma

Big Show

19:46

19

Hacksaw Jim Duggan

 

Cody Rhodes

0:56

20

Michael Cole

 

Jerry “The King” Lawler and Booker T

1:23

21

Kharma

Hunico

Dolph Ziggler

1:00

22

Sheamus

Kofi Kingston, Chris Jericho

Winner

22:21

23

Road Dogg Jesse James

 

Wade Barrett

4:55

24

Jey Uso

 

RandyOrton

7:03

25

Jack Swagger

 

Big Show and Sheamus

7:59

26

Wade Barrett

Road Dogg Jesse James

Randy Orton

3:55

27

David Otunga

 

Chris Jericho

3:15

28

Randy Orton

Jey Uso, Wade Barrett, The Big Show

Chris Jericho

5:46

29

Chris Jericho

David Otunga, Randy Orton

Sheamus

11:34

30

The Big Show

Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger

Randy Orton

1:51

Total Rumble Time- 54 minutes and 55 seconds

 

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