Batista won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match

After four years away from WWE, Batista returned to the ring at Royal Rumble 2014 and outlasted 29 other Superstars to win the Royal Rumble Match and earn a WWE World Heavyweight Championship opportunity at WrestleMania XXX. Check back later for the full results.

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Entry Number

Name                                 

Eliminated                                                                                                                                          

Eliminated By


1

CM Punk

Damien Sandow, Kane, Alexander Rusev

Kane

2

Seth Rollins

Alexander Rusev, Rey Mysterio

Roman Reigns

3

Damien Sandow

CM Punk

4

Cody Rhodes

Alexander Rusev

Goldust

5

Kane

CM Punk

6

Alexander Rusev

Seth Rollins, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston

7

Jack Swagger

Kevin Nash

8

Kofi Kingston

Alexander Rusev

Roman Reigns

9

Jimmy Uso

Dean Ambrose

10

Goldust

Cody Rhodes

Roman Reigns

11

Dean Ambrose

R-Truth, Jimmy Uso

Roman Reigns

12

Dolph Ziggler

Roman Reigns

13

R-Truth

 

Dean Ambrose

14

Kevin Nash

Jack Swagger

Roman Reigns

15

Roman Reigns

Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Nash, The Great Khali, Goldust, El Torito, JBL, Luke Harper, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Antontio Cesaro, Sheamus

Batista

16

The Great Khali

Roman Reigns

17

Sheamus

Big E Langston

Roman Reigns

18

The Miz

Luke Harper

19

Fandango

El Torito

20

El Torito

Fandango

Roman Reigns

21

Antonio Cesaro

Roman Reigns

22

Luke Harper

The Miz, Jey Uso

Roman Reigns

23

Jey Uso

Luke Harper

24

JBL

Roman Reigns

25

Erick Rowan

 

Batista

26

Ryback

Batista

27

Alberto Del Rio

 

Batista

28

Batista

Erick Rowan, Ryback, Alberto Del Rio

Winner

29

Big E Langston

Sheamus

30

Rey Mysterio

              

Seth Rollins


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Batista won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match

PITTSBURGH — He came. He saw. He conquered.

In his first match back after a nearly four-year absence from WWE, Batista proved he hadn’t lost any of his killer instinct as he eliminated Roman Reigns to win the 2014 Royal Rumble Match. With his epic victory — his second in the 27-year history of the over-the-top-rope melee — Batista began his deliberate march toward WrestleMania XXX, where he will attempt to achieve the one goal that led to his return: win the WWE World Heavyweight Title.

Check out more than 50 photos from the 2014 Royal Rumble Match

It was a commanding performance from The Animal, who entered the fray at No. 28 and eliminated four Superstars to stand tall. Long before that, however, it was CM Punk who kicked things off, entering at No. 1 for the second time in his career before displaying the kind of marathon man endurance that made Royal Rumble Match icons out of WWE Hall of Famers like Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels. First squaring off with No. 2 entrant Seth Rollins, Punk scored the bout’s first eliminations by dumping Damien Sandow and Kane, who entered the match in slacks and dress shoes.

Full Royal Rumble Match scorecard with entrants and eliminations

WWE NXT standout Alexander Rusev — a Bulgarian powerlifter with scary agility — made a shocking entrance in the No. 6 spot, and manhandled Punk, Rollins and Cody Rhodes with the clout of a ring veteran. For a brief period of time, the rookie became an unexpected favorite until the combined efforts of four Superstars took the brute out of the match.

Watch Batista's most dominant Royal Rumble Match performances

Before the big man left the ringside area, however, Punk tossed Kofi Kingston, who landed in Rusev’s arms. The Bulgarian strongman planted Kingston on the barricade, but the high-flyer’s feet never touched the floor. As he did in his last two Royal Rumble Matches, Kofi found a way to survive as he balanced himself atop the thin railing, took a running start and miraculously jumped back onto the ring apron.

Batista won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match

The first Royal Rumble shocker came at No. 14 when the massive Kevin Nash returned to WWE and immediately eliminated Jack Swagger before going after both Rollins and Dean Ambrose at the same time. Big Sexy didn’t last long, though, as the No. 15 entrant — Roman Reigns — tossed Nash, Kofi and Dolph Ziggler in short order. It was just the beginning of what would become a legendary Rumble Match performance for the muscle of The Shield.

Who are the 30 greatest Royal Rumblers of all time?

The surprises continued from there as Goldust eliminated his brother, Cody, and Reigns eliminated Goldust, leaving Punk alone in the ring with all three members of The Shield. Just when it looked like a public mugging was about to transpire, the clock struck zero and Sheamus made his return as the 17th entrant. Clearly not intimidated by The Hounds of Justice, the fiery Irishman went right for the trio with wild haymakers like he was in the middle of a Dublin pub brawl.

The smallest Rumbler entered at No. 20 as El Torito charged into the squared circle and picked a fight with Punk. The Straight Edge Superstar may have dismissed the little bull, but that was before he had been nearly flipped out of his boots by a hurricanrana. The luchador even scored an elimination when he launched Fandango over the rope with a flying headscissors, but he was then nearly hurled into the mezzanine by Reigns.

Find out which Superstars have the most Royal Rumble Match eliminations

The mayhem continued from there as JBL left the commentary table at No. 24, and entered the ring in a shirt and tie. Yet by the time he handed off his coat to Michael Cole, he was sacked by the domineering Reigns. Despite his limited appearance, JBL still inspired chants of “You still got it!” from the WWE Universe.

Batista won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match

The laughs stopped when the 28th Superstar joined the fray. Making his long-awaited homecoming, Batista stomped to the ring and eliminated Erick Rowan, Ryback and Alberto Del Rio with immediacy. By the time Rey Mysterio entered as the final Superstar in the No. 30 spot, the ring was buckling under the weight of serious behemoths like Big E Langston, Sheamus and Antonio Cesaro.

At this point, the notion that the Royal Rumble Match was every man for himself became clear as Ambrose attempted to eliminate Reigns, but failed. Now running off pure adrenaline, the powerhouse set his Shield unity aside, then dumped both Rollins and Ambrose — along with Cesaro — out of the ring at the same time.

Who invented the Royal Rumble Match? Find out in this fascinating story

With that, Punk, Batista, Sheamus and Reigns stood as the final four, but The Straight Edge Superstar didn’t last long as Kane reemerged and pulled Punk out of the ring. The Director of Operations continued his vicious assault on the former WWE Champion by chokeslamming him through the Spanish announce table.

Sheamus was the next to go as he was dispatched by Reigns, who eliminated 12 Superstars — 40 percent of the contest’s participants — to break Kane’s 13-year-old record for the most competitors eliminated in a single Royal Rumble Match. With anticipation reaching a fever pitch, Batista and Reigns squared off like silverbacks fighting for their territory. Bone-jarring spears were exchanged as the upstart tested the veteran’s resolve; ultimately, though, it was The Animal who survived as he launched Reigns out of the ring with one arm.

Watch the 100 greatest Royal Rumble Match eliminations ever!

With the ring now clear of every Superstar but one, Batista stood supreme as the winner of his second Royal Rumble Match. As many greats have done before him, The Animal pointed into the rafters where the WrestleMania XXX sign hung. What awaits him there remains to be seen, but the Road to WrestleMania has begun, and an Animal is leading the stampede to New Orleans.

Full list of Royal Rumble Match participants and eliminations

Batista won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match

Full list of Royal Rumble Match participants and eliminations


Entry Number

Name                                 

Eliminated                                                                                                                                          

Eliminated By

Time

1

CM Punk

Damien Sandow, Kane, Alexander Rusev

Kane

49:13

2

Seth Rollins

Alexander Rusev, Rey Mysterio, The Great Khali

Roman Reigns

48:31

3

Damien Sandow

CM Punk

2:17

4

Cody Rhodes

Alexander Rusev

Goldust

21:01

5

Kane

CM Punk

1:10

6

Alexander Rusev

Seth Rollins, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston

7:06

7

Jack Swagger

Kevin Nash

12:24

8

Kofi Kingston

Alexander Rusev

Roman Reigns

12:42

9

Jimmy Uso

Dean Ambrose

7:53

10

Goldust

Cody Rhodes

Roman Reigns

12:00

11

Dean Ambrose

R-Truth, Jimmy Uso, The Great Khali

Roman Reigns

33:56

12

Dolph Ziggler

Roman Reigns

6:09

13

R-Truth

Dean Ambrose

0:36

14

Kevin Nash

Jack Swagger

Roman Reigns

0:36

15

Roman Reigns

Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Nash, The Great Khali, Goldust, El Torito, JBL, Luke Harper, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Antontio Cesaro, Sheamus

Batista

33:58

16

The Great Khali

Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins

0:53

17

Sheamus

Big E Langston

Roman Reigns

28:22

18

The Miz

Luke Harper

12:09

19

Fandango

El Torito

3:02

20

El Torito

Fandango

Roman Reigns

1:49

21

Antonio Cesaro

Roman Reigns

17:16

22

Luke Harper

The Miz, Jey Uso

Roman Reigns

15:21

23

Jey Uso

Luke Harper

4:32

24

JBL

Roman Reigns

0:49

25

Erick Rowan

Batista

5:05

26

Ryback

Batista

4:01

27

Alberto Del Rio

Batista

3:00

28

Batista

Erick Rowan, Ryback, Alberto Del Rio, Roman Reigns

Winner

13:02

29

Big E Langston

Sheamus

2:49

30

Rey Mysterio

Seth Rollins

2:10


Total Rumble Time: 55 minutes, 10 seconds

RUMBLE FACTS:

  • This is Batista’s second Royal Rumble Match victory as the No. 28 entrant. In his first win in 2005, he eliminated five competitors (Edge, Chris Jericho, John Cena, Snitsky, Christian).
  • No Superstar other than Batista has ever won the Rumble Match as the No. 28 entrant.
  • Batista is the fifth Superstar to win multiple Rumble Matches. The others are Hulk Hogan (1990 and 1991), Shawn Michaels (1995 and 1996), “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (1997, 1998  and 2001) and John Cena (2008 and 2013). All but Cena are WWE Hall of Famers.
  • This was CM Punk's second Rumble Match appearance as the No. 1 entrant. As the No. 1 entrant in 2011, he lasted 35:21 and eliminated seven competitors (Daniel Bryan, John Morrison, Mark Henry, Chris Masters, Tyler Reks, Vladimir Kozlov, R-Truth).
  • Kane participated in his record 15th Royal Rumble Match. His first was in 1999 and he has competed in all since with the exception of 2012's contest.
  • Roman Reigns' 12 eliminations breaks Kane's 2001 record of 11 eliminations.
  • Last year, Cody Rhodes eliminated Goldust. This year, Goldust eliminated Cody.
  • Seth Rollins was the longest-lasting Rumble Match rookie. Only CM Punk lasted longer.
  • Eight nationalities were represented in the 2013 Royal Rumble Match: United States, Ireland, Mexico, Switzerland, Ghana, India, Samoa and Bulgaria.


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Batista won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match

After four years away from WWE, Batista returned to the ring at Royal Rumble 2014 and outlasted 29 other Superstars to win the Royal Rumble Match and earn a WWE World Heavyweight Championship opportunity at WrestleMania XXX. Check back later for the full results.

Full list of Royal Rumble Match participants and eliminations


Entry Number

Name                                 

Eliminated                                                                                                                                          

Eliminated By


1

CM Punk

Damien Sandow, Kane, Alexander Rusev

Kane

2

Seth Rollins

Alexander Rusev, Rey Mysterio

Roman Reigns

3

Damien Sandow

CM Punk

4

Cody Rhodes

Alexander Rusev

Goldust

5

Kane

CM Punk

6

Alexander Rusev

Seth Rollins, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston

7

Jack Swagger

Kevin Nash

8

Kofi Kingston

Alexander Rusev

Roman Reigns

9

Jimmy Uso

Dean Ambrose

10

Goldust

Cody Rhodes

Roman Reigns

11

Dean Ambrose

R-Truth, Jimmy Uso

Roman Reigns

12

Dolph Ziggler

Roman Reigns

13

R-Truth

 

Dean Ambrose

14

Kevin Nash

Jack Swagger

Roman Reigns

15

Roman Reigns

Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Nash, The Great Khali, Goldust, El Torito, JBL, Luke Harper, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Antontio Cesaro, Sheamus

Batista

16

The Great Khali

Roman Reigns

17

Sheamus

Big E Langston

Roman Reigns

18

The Miz

Luke Harper

19

Fandango

El Torito

20

El Torito

Fandango

Roman Reigns

21

Antonio Cesaro

Roman Reigns

22

Luke Harper

The Miz, Jey Uso

Roman Reigns

23

Jey Uso

Luke Harper

24

JBL

Roman Reigns

25

Erick Rowan

 

Batista

26

Ryback

Batista

27

Alberto Del Rio

 

Batista

28

Batista

Erick Rowan, Ryback, Alberto Del Rio

Winner

29

Big E Langston

Sheamus

30

Rey Mysterio

              

Seth Rollins


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Batista won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match

PITTSBURGH — He came. He saw. He conquered.

In his first match back after a nearly four-year absence from WWE, Batista proved he hadn’t lost any of his killer instinct as he eliminated Roman Reigns to win the 2014 Royal Rumble Match. With his epic victory — his second in the 27-year history of the over-the-top-rope melee — Batista began his deliberate march toward WrestleMania XXX, where he will attempt to achieve the one goal that led to his return: win the WWE World Heavyweight Title.

Check out more than 50 photos from the 2014 Royal Rumble Match

It was a commanding performance from The Animal, who entered the fray at No. 28 and eliminated four Superstars to stand tall. Long before that, however, it was CM Punk who kicked things off, entering at No. 1 for the second time in his career before displaying the kind of marathon man endurance that made Royal Rumble Match icons out of WWE Hall of Famers like Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels. First squaring off with No. 2 entrant Seth Rollins, Punk scored the bout’s first eliminations by dumping Damien Sandow and Kane, who entered the match in slacks and dress shoes.

Full Royal Rumble Match scorecard with entrants and eliminations

WWE NXT standout Alexander Rusev — a Bulgarian powerlifter with scary agility — made a shocking entrance in the No. 6 spot, and manhandled Punk, Rollins and Cody Rhodes with the clout of a ring veteran. For a brief period of time, the rookie became an unexpected favorite until the combined efforts of four Superstars took the brute out of the match.

Watch Batista's most dominant Royal Rumble Match performances

Before the big man left the ringside area, however, Punk tossed Kofi Kingston, who landed in Rusev’s arms. The Bulgarian strongman planted Kingston on the barricade, but the high-flyer’s feet never touched the floor. As he did in his last two Royal Rumble Matches, Kofi found a way to survive as he balanced himself atop the thin railing, took a running start and miraculously jumped back onto the ring apron.

Batista won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match

The first Royal Rumble shocker came at No. 14 when the massive Kevin Nash returned to WWE and immediately eliminated Jack Swagger before going after both Rollins and Dean Ambrose at the same time. Big Sexy didn’t last long, though, as the No. 15 entrant — Roman Reigns — tossed Nash, Kofi and Dolph Ziggler in short order. It was just the beginning of what would become a legendary Rumble Match performance for the muscle of The Shield.

Who are the 30 greatest Royal Rumblers of all time?

The surprises continued from there as Goldust eliminated his brother, Cody, and Reigns eliminated Goldust, leaving Punk alone in the ring with all three members of The Shield. Just when it looked like a public mugging was about to transpire, the clock struck zero and Sheamus made his return as the 17th entrant. Clearly not intimidated by The Hounds of Justice, the fiery Irishman went right for the trio with wild haymakers like he was in the middle of a Dublin pub brawl.

The smallest Rumbler entered at No. 20 as El Torito charged into the squared circle and picked a fight with Punk. The Straight Edge Superstar may have dismissed the little bull, but that was before he had been nearly flipped out of his boots by a hurricanrana. The luchador even scored an elimination when he launched Fandango over the rope with a flying headscissors, but he was then nearly hurled into the mezzanine by Reigns.

Find out which Superstars have the most Royal Rumble Match eliminations

The mayhem continued from there as JBL left the commentary table at No. 24, and entered the ring in a shirt and tie. Yet by the time he handed off his coat to Michael Cole, he was sacked by the domineering Reigns. Despite his limited appearance, JBL still inspired chants of “You still got it!” from the WWE Universe.

Batista won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match

The laughs stopped when the 28th Superstar joined the fray. Making his long-awaited homecoming, Batista stomped to the ring and eliminated Erick Rowan, Ryback and Alberto Del Rio with immediacy. By the time Rey Mysterio entered as the final Superstar in the No. 30 spot, the ring was buckling under the weight of serious behemoths like Big E Langston, Sheamus and Antonio Cesaro.

At this point, the notion that the Royal Rumble Match was every man for himself became clear as Ambrose attempted to eliminate Reigns, but failed. Now running off pure adrenaline, the powerhouse set his Shield unity aside, then dumped both Rollins and Ambrose — along with Cesaro — out of the ring at the same time.

Who invented the Royal Rumble Match? Find out in this fascinating story

With that, Punk, Batista, Sheamus and Reigns stood as the final four, but The Straight Edge Superstar didn’t last long as Kane reemerged and pulled Punk out of the ring. The Director of Operations continued his vicious assault on the former WWE Champion by chokeslamming him through the Spanish announce table.

Sheamus was the next to go as he was dispatched by Reigns, who eliminated 12 Superstars — 40 percent of the contest’s participants — to break Kane’s 13-year-old record for the most competitors eliminated in a single Royal Rumble Match. With anticipation reaching a fever pitch, Batista and Reigns squared off like silverbacks fighting for their territory. Bone-jarring spears were exchanged as the upstart tested the veteran’s resolve; ultimately, though, it was The Animal who survived as he launched Reigns out of the ring with one arm.

Watch the 100 greatest Royal Rumble Match eliminations ever!

With the ring now clear of every Superstar but one, Batista stood supreme as the winner of his second Royal Rumble Match. As many greats have done before him, The Animal pointed into the rafters where the WrestleMania XXX sign hung. What awaits him there remains to be seen, but the Road to WrestleMania has begun, and an Animal is leading the stampede to New Orleans.

Full list of Royal Rumble Match participants and eliminations

Batista won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match

Full list of Royal Rumble Match participants and eliminations


Entry Number

Name                                 

Eliminated                                                                                                                                          

Eliminated By

Time

1

CM Punk

Damien Sandow, Kane, Alexander Rusev

Kane

49:13

2

Seth Rollins

Alexander Rusev, Rey Mysterio, The Great Khali

Roman Reigns

48:31

3

Damien Sandow

CM Punk

2:17

4

Cody Rhodes

Alexander Rusev

Goldust

21:01

5

Kane

CM Punk

1:10

6

Alexander Rusev

Seth Rollins, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston

7:06

7

Jack Swagger

Kevin Nash

12:24

8

Kofi Kingston

Alexander Rusev

Roman Reigns

12:42

9

Jimmy Uso

Dean Ambrose

7:53

10

Goldust

Cody Rhodes

Roman Reigns

12:00

11

Dean Ambrose

R-Truth, Jimmy Uso, The Great Khali

Roman Reigns

33:56

12

Dolph Ziggler

Roman Reigns

6:09

13

R-Truth

Dean Ambrose

0:36

14

Kevin Nash

Jack Swagger

Roman Reigns

0:36

15

Roman Reigns

Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Nash, The Great Khali, Goldust, El Torito, JBL, Luke Harper, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Antontio Cesaro, Sheamus

Batista

33:58

16

The Great Khali

Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins

0:53

17

Sheamus

Big E Langston

Roman Reigns

28:22

18

The Miz

Luke Harper

12:09

19

Fandango

El Torito

3:02

20

El Torito

Fandango

Roman Reigns

1:49

21

Antonio Cesaro

Roman Reigns

17:16

22

Luke Harper

The Miz, Jey Uso

Roman Reigns

15:21

23

Jey Uso

Luke Harper

4:32

24

JBL

Roman Reigns

0:49

25

Erick Rowan

Batista

5:05

26

Ryback

Batista

4:01

27

Alberto Del Rio

Batista

3:00

28

Batista

Erick Rowan, Ryback, Alberto Del Rio, Roman Reigns

Winner

13:02

29

Big E Langston

Sheamus

2:49

30

Rey Mysterio

Seth Rollins

2:10


Total Rumble Time: 55 minutes, 10 seconds

RUMBLE FACTS:

  • This is Batista’s second Royal Rumble Match victory as the No. 28 entrant. In his first win in 2005, he eliminated five competitors (Edge, Chris Jericho, John Cena, Snitsky, Christian).
  • No Superstar other than Batista has ever won the Rumble Match as the No. 28 entrant.
  • Batista is the fifth Superstar to win multiple Rumble Matches. The others are Hulk Hogan (1990 and 1991), Shawn Michaels (1995 and 1996), “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (1997, 1998  and 2001) and John Cena (2008 and 2013). All but Cena are WWE Hall of Famers.
  • This was CM Punk's second Rumble Match appearance as the No. 1 entrant. As the No. 1 entrant in 2011, he lasted 35:21 and eliminated seven competitors (Daniel Bryan, John Morrison, Mark Henry, Chris Masters, Tyler Reks, Vladimir Kozlov, R-Truth).
  • Kane participated in his record 15th Royal Rumble Match. His first was in 1999 and he has competed in all since with the exception of 2012's contest.
  • Roman Reigns' 12 eliminations breaks Kane's 2001 record of 11 eliminations.
  • Last year, Cody Rhodes eliminated Goldust. This year, Goldust eliminated Cody.
  • Seth Rollins was the longest-lasting Rumble Match rookie. Only CM Punk lasted longer.
  • Eight nationalities were represented in the 2013 Royal Rumble Match: United States, Ireland, Mexico, Switzerland, Ghana, India, Samoa and Bulgaria.