Airdate: Sunday, January 27th, 2013 (Pay-Per-View)
Location: The US Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ
Results by WZRONLINE.COM
WWE Royal Rumble Opener:
- The pyro hits and Michael Cole welcomes us to the Royal Rumble, and the official kickoff of the Road to WrestleMania. He throws it to Lillian Garcia who announces that the first match will be the Last Man Standing Match. Big Show's music hits, and the giant makes his way to the ring to a lackluster reaction.
World Heavyweight Title
Last Man Standing Match
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Big Show
Alberto Del Rio is shown walking to the ring with Ricardo. He says he's beaten Show once, and he'll do it again. He asks if Ricardo is with him. Ricardo points, and Del Rio turns around to see Bret Hart. Hart wishes Del Rio luck and says he's fought Show, and he's big and bad. Hart says Del Rio reminds him of a Mexican Bret Hart, so he should go out and show that tub of goo what's what. Del Rio says Hart reminds him of a Canadian Del Rio and they shake hands. Ricardo gushes over Hart and Del Rio says they need to go, but Hart puts a signature pair of his pink glasses on Ricardo before they go.
Ricardo makes his way out, with the Bret Hart glasses on, and does the ring introduction for Alberto Del Rio, who gets a somewhat decent reaction from the crowd.
The bell rings and Show takes it right to Del Rio, backing him into the corner and hitting a couple of punches to the gut before head butting and chopping Del Rio. Del Rio tries to fight back with kicks and punches, but he runs right into a clothesline from the big man. Show slams Del Rio to the mat and wait for him to get to his feet. Show takes Del Rio into the corner and chops him hard across the chest. Del Rio is able to get a boot up to kick Show in the throat, but when Del Rio heads to the middle rope, he jumps off into another big right hand. Show head butts Del Rio before whipping him into the corner and hitting a backsplash. Del Rio is quick to respond with a low dropkick and a kick to the head.
Del Rio gets caught by a kick from Show, but he's able to counter a powerbomb into a hurricanrana, and he even goes to the top for a seated senton to take the giant off his feet. Show pulls himself up in the corner, and Del Rio leaps up with a big enzugiri. Del Rio beats Show down and tries for the cross arm breaker, but Show simply picks Del Rio up and drives him down to the canvas.
Del Rio rolls to the outside to get to his feet, and Show follows, chopping Del Rio across the chest again. He tosses the champ into the ring and heads to the timekeeper's area, grabbing a steel chair. Show climbs the ring steps and heads back into the ring with chair in hand. He winds up, but Del Rio catches him with a dropkick and Show drops the chair. Del Rio hits Show with the chair repeatedly, dropping him to his back and driving the chair down repeatedly into Show's ribs.
Del Rio heads to the middle rope with the chair in hand, but when he jumps off, Show catches him around the throat and takes him to the mat with a big chokeslam. Del Rio is able to make it to his feet at 9, but he falls right out of the ring onto the arena floor. Show heads out to the floor after Del Rio and asks if the ref's going to resume his count. Del Rio gets to his feet and Show quickly slams him down on the floor.
Del Rio stands up at 7 and Show takes him up the entrance ramp. Del Rio kicks Show in the groin and Show is stunned. Del Rio rears back and catches Show with a kick to the side of the head that drops the challenger. Show stands at 9 and catches Del Rio with a boot to the gut. They fight up to the entrance area with Show hitting a weird DDT and then whipping Del Rio into the entrance set. Show tries to kick Del Rio, but Del Rio moves and Show kicks the set decoration. Show grabs one of the...