Thanks to WrestlingINC.com reader Rainet Lewis for sending in this report for yesterday's Royal Rumble Fan Fest (videos courtesy of Angelwwefan25):
The Royal Rumble Fan Fest was supposed to start at noon, however there was an hour delay. I did get there about ten minutes after 12 and it was raining and cold outside. The fans were not happy about the delay, and neither was I. When the doors finally opened, we had the first match from NXT. Since it was raining outside, they moved the ring inside the US Airways Center while the food and drink stands and trucks were outside of the arena.
Up first was Corey Graves vs. Adrian Neville in a qualifying match of the NXT tournament, with the winner earning a spot in the 30-Man Royal Rumble match. This was a good and a tough match, with Neville picking up the win.
Justin Roberts introduces Kofi Kingston, who came out and did the "Boom, Boom, Boom." He hi-fived the fans and talked about how he was going to win the Royal Rumble. At the end, he asked the fans to do the "Boom, Boom, Boom," and they did.
Justin asked everyone if they wanted another match, and everyone said "Yes."
Xavier Woods vs. Leo Kruger was next, with Kruger picking up the win.
Justin Roberts then talked about the future stars of tomorrow, referring to NXT. He told the fans to cheer for the NXT stars and most people did. It wasn't a lot of cheering, but loud enough for Justin to hear it.
Justin introduced everyone to Zack Ryder, who said he was going to win the Royal Rumble. He told the fans about his first music video, Hoeski. He did an acappella version of his song. Zack said he did not have his singing voice, and it was funny since he really did not have his singing voice. The fans did see and listen to the song and sang along with Zack. He said his "Woo Woo Woo You Know It" catchphrase, and left.
Justin Roberts came out and asked the fans, "Do you want to see a WWE Diva?" Everyone said, "Yeah," which I figured they would. Justin introduced Layla. She comes around and hi-fiving and talking to the fans and asking them trivia questions. She took pictures with the fans and gave kisses to the kids.
Justin introduced another NXT qualifying Match it was between Conor O' Brian vs. Scott Dawson. It was a hard and physical match, and at the end O' Brian won the match by submission.
Justin Roberts was telling everyone he was hungry, and asked the audience if they were they hungry. Everyone said "Yes" and they knew what was going to happen next. The crowd started to chant "Feed Me More!" Justin introduced Ryback and the fans went crazy. He didn't talk about winning the Royal Rumble, instead he told the fans, "Thank You." He also appreciated about what the fans have done for him and for WWE. Ryback started chanting, "Feed Me More." The fans also joined him, chanting, "Feed Me More!"
After that, Justin introduced everyone to The Miz. He was doing Miz TV and noted that there was no furniture or the TV. He's OK with that because he said he was the must see superstar in WWE. The fans agreed with him, and then The Miz invited his guest, the WWE United State Champion Antonio Cesaro. Antonio was nice at the beginning, and then he started to be rude and made some sarcastic remarks about the fans and America. The Miz was telling Antonio that he was going to end his reign as the United States Champion. The Miz was saying "I'm The Miz…," until Antonio tried to hit him with the title belt. The Miz ducked and hit Antonio with the microphone. The Miz was able to finish his catchphrase, "I'm The Miz and I'm Awesome." The Miz posed in the ring for the fans to take photos of him. He did hi-five the fans when he left the ring too.
Justin introduced everyone to Brodus Clay, who came out with the Funkadactyls (Naomi and Cameron). The ladies were wearing a sparkling silver one-piece cutout bodysuit. Brodus Clay comes out as the ladies were dancing. All 3 of them were getting in the ring to entertain the fans until 3MB (Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, and Jinder Mahal) came out. Heath challenged Brodus to a rock-off vs. a dance-off contest. Brodus agreed and 3MB started off first. 3MB did the air guitar routine and everyone has seen it before. After that, the Funkadactyls started dancing, and I was impressed with them. They were doing the splits and they even danced for Drew and Jinder. Both of them actually liked it and Heath told them don't fall for it. After the contest was finished, Justin asked the fans who won. There were some cheers, but mostly boos for 3MB. There were more cheers for the Funkadactyls and Brodus Clay, even though he didn't participate a lot. The winners are The Funkadactyls and Brodus Clay.
Justin introduced the NXT Qualifying Match between Bo Dallas and Conor O' Brian. This was a short match which Bo Dallas won via pinfall with a roll-up.
Justin introduced the next person and said 'crazy', but then he changed it to fun. It was AJ Lee, and she came out skipping around the ring as usual. She came out and asked the fans how they feel about Dolph Ziggler. The fans booed and AJ was shocked about it. She talked about how he was going to Royal Rumble, and said that he's the greatest boyfriend. That was about it, and she left.
Justin came out and he introduced the WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane). Kane starting talking first about putting their match at the Royal Rumble. Daniel was sad because it was raining outside. Kane asked him would it make him feel any better to give him a hug. They said the fans should hug, and the fans started hugging each other. Daniel did feel a little better, and the two of them hugged each other in the ring. Team Hell No talked about how they will go into their match and retain the tag team titles. Kane declared that he was going to win the Royal Rumble match. Daniel said, "No, I'm going to win the Royal Rumble match." Both of them kept arguing about who was going to win. The funniest part of the segment was Daniel saying and held up the word "No," and then he fell down on his back on his own. While Daniel was lying there, Kane said "Yes," and then left the ring.
Justin introduced the NXT Qualifying Match Royal Rumble Match Finals. It was Bo Dallas vs. Leo Kruger. It was an interesting match between the two men. At the end, Bo Dallas won the match and he will be part of the 30-Man Royal Rumble match. Justin came into the ring and congratulated him. He asked Bo how it feels to win the match. Bo says it was hard to describe it and he was exhausted because he just finished wrestling. He was shocked and excited to go to the Royal Rumble. He was posing and taunting the fans and saying he was going to the Royal Rumble. Justin said we are going to take a 15 minute intermission.
After intermission, we go to the next match. It was Drew McIntyre (with Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal) vs. Kofi Kingston. This was a funny, entertaining and fast-paced match. Kofi Kingston won with Trouble in Paradise.
Justin introduced the next match, which is a divas match. The first one to come out was Natalya, who faced Alicia Fox. Both of them got big pops and had a competitive match. At the end, Natalya defeated Fox via submission with the Sharpshooter.
The next match was from NXT, and it was Rick Victor vs. Percy Watson. This was a hard and vicious battle, which Rick won with a roll up while holding in to Percy's tights for the win.
Justin was acting like he couldn't speak anymore as the announcer. He introduced the fans to Albert Del Rio's personal announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez. Ricardo asked the fans, "How are you doing Phoenix?" The crowd went crazy, and they were happy to see him. Ricardo introduced the World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio in Spanish. Alberto went around the ring hi-fiving the fans. Alberto went inside the ring and the fans chanted his name. Alberto told the fans "thank you," and that he was happy to become the new World Heavyweight Champion. He also told the fans that he will walk out of The Royal Rumble with the World Heavyweight Championship. At the end, Alberto thanked the fans again and said he will see them at the Royal Rumble. Ricardo and Alberto went out of the ring to sign autographs and take pictures.
Justin Roberts asked everyone, "Are you ready for some more diva action?" Everyone said, "Yes" and they couldn't wait for the match to begin. This was a NXT Divas Tag Team Match. Paige and Sasha Banks came out first hi-fiving the fans and then entering the rings. Emma and Summer Rae came out next and Emma was doing this weird dance. Summer didn't like it at all. These four girls did a wonderful job in the ring. Sasha and Paige dominated throughout the match, and every now and then Summer and Emma would gain the advantage. Paige and Sasha Banks won the match after Paige pinned Summer Rae.
After the match was over, Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow came out. The fans booed for them and both of them talked about how they are going to beat Team Hell No for the WWE Tag Team Championships. Damien was going to ask a fan to answer his 3 questions, but he passed and decided to give it to Cody. These 3 questions had to do with the Royal Rumble tag team titles. Cody got them all right and the fans booed. Cody introduced the fans with a pen that Damien's ancestors used to sign the Declaration of Independence. Cody told the fans this was the pen that Damien was going to sign autographs. Instead, Cody said they are going to pardon themselves from the ring.
Justin introduces the next NXT Match. The first one to come out was Jake Carter, who faced Bray Wyatt. Before the match started, Wyatt introduced himself to Phoenix and talked about his passion in the ring and out. Bray was getting the fans to get behind him. Most of the fans did cheer for him, and they were impressed with his wrestling skills. Bray dominated the match pinned Jake.
Justin announced the last match, which was Sheamus vs. Heath Slater (with Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal). This was an entertaining match. Sheamus took care of Drew and Jinder when Heath was down in the ring. At the end of this match, Sheamus used the Brogue Kick on Heath and pinned him. Sheamus then posed in the ring for the fans, and then went outside to sign autographs and taking pictures.
Justin Roberts thanked everyone for coming to the Royal Rumble Fan Fest. He also told us to drive safely and they will see the fans tomorrow at the Royal Rumble.