WWE Royal Rumble 2014 winner: BATISTA, who will main event WrestleMania 30

The Beast has been unleashed, even if everyone was booing the whole way.

Batista won the Royal Rumble match tonight (Sun., Jan. 26, 2014) at the pay-per-view (PPV) of the same name at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and he will go on to WrestleMania 30 to challenge Randy Orton for the WWE world heavyweight championship.

At least that's what's supposed to happen.

The match itself was good enough with the usual mix of surprise returns, a strong showing from Roman Reigns (he broke the record for eliminations), and decent enough action. The crowd, however, absolutely turned on it after there were 30 entrants in and Daniel Bryan wasn't one of them.

Punk was the Iron Man, lasting all the way to the final four until Kane appeared from under the ring and dumped him out. The finish saw Reigns go toe-to-toe with Batista but ultimately end up tossed out on a reversal. He was put over big here.

Surprise returns: Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Nash, JBL (kind of), Kane (kind of)

Surprise debut: Alexander Rusev

Here is the order of entry in the match:

1. CM Punk

2. Seth Rollins

3. Damien Sandow

4. Cody Rhodes

5. Kane

6. Alexander Rusev

7. Jack Swagger

8. Kofi Kingston

9. Jimmy Uso

10. Goldust

11. Dean Ambrose

12. Dolph Ziggler

13. R-Truth

14. Kevin Nash

15. Roman Reigns

16. Great Khali

17. Sheamus

18. The Miz

19. Fandango

20. El Torito

21. Antonio Cesaro

22. Luke Harper

23. Jey Uso

24. JBL

25. Erick Rowan

26. THE BIG GUY

27. Alberto Del Rio

28. Batista

29. Big E. Langston

30. Rey Mysterio

And the order of elimination, with the wrestler who eliminated him in parenthesis:

1. Sandow (Punk)

2. Kane (Punk)

3. Rusev (Punk, Kingston, Rhodes)

4. R-Truth (Ambrose)

5. Jimmy Uso (Ambrose)

6. Swagger (Nash)

7. Kingston (Reigns)

8. Ziggler (Reigns)

9. Nash (Reigns)

10. Khali (Reigns, Ambrose)

11. Rhodes (Goldust)

12. Goldust (Reigns)

13. Fandango (El Torito)

14. El Torito (Reigns)

15. JBL (Reigns)

16. Miz (Harper)

17. Jey Uso (Harper)

18. Rowan (Batista)

19. Ryback (Batista)

20. Del Rio (Batista)

21. Langston (Sheamus)

22. Mysterio (Rollins)

23. Harper (Reigns)

24. Cesaro (Reigns)

25. Ambrose (Reigns)

26. Rollins (Reigns)

27. Punk (Kane)

28. Sheamus (Reigns)

29. Reigns (Batista)

How did you like it, Cagesiders?

For complete Royal Rumble results and match-by-match coverage of the entire card click here.

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