Thursday, January 22, 2015
Daniel Bryan came out to start things off and introduced the returning Ryback, Dolph Ziggler and Erick Rowan. The crowd gave them a huge cheer. They did some in-ring speeches, but were interrupted by Kane, Rollins and The Authority, without Stephanie or Triple H. It was announced that the three returning superstars would need to win their matches tonight to be able to qualify for the Royal Rumble match on Sunday. First up was Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett.
Dolph Ziggler defeated Bad News Barrett via pinfall in a non-title match. Ziggler hit the Zig Zag for the win to qualify for the Royal Rumble.
They had a backstage interview by Renee Young with Roman Reigns about the Royal Rumble.
Ryback defeated Rusev via contout in a non-title match. Ryback was able to qualify for the Rumble with the win. Rusev attacked Ryback post-match, but Ryback turned things around. He went for Shellshocked, but Rusev escaped and went up the ramp to get away.
Brie Bella defeated Naomi. Nikki Bella was at ringside. Paige and Natalya were on commentary together.
Luke Harper defeated Erick Rowan via pinfall. With Harper winning, Rowan did not qualify for the Royal Rumble match.
They had a backstage segment where The Miz and Damien Mizdow were announced for the Royal Rumble. Miz talked down a bit at Mizdow for what he did on Raw during the X-Pac segment.
Daniel Bryan defeated Kane via pinfall in a No DQ match. Bryan was able to get past interference by Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble. He had Kane in a submission at one point with Kane tapping, but the ref didn’t call it. Bryan eventually kicked out of a chokeslam and got a comeback win to keep his spot in the Royal Rumble. Post-match, Big Show came down to attack Bryan. The locker room cleared out and came to the ring to fight. Ziggler, Reigns, Bryan, Ambrose, Big Show and Ryback were all still standing after the brawl. The show closed with Ziggler, Ryback, Reigns, Bryan and Ambrose standing tall in the ring.