|By Marc Middleton | January 27, 2013 | Comments|
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
- We're live from a sold out US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona as the pyro goes off. Michael Cole welcomes us to the Royal Rumble and the Road to WrestleMania. He's joined by JBL and Jerry Lawler.
Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Title: Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio
Lilian Garcia is in the ring for tonight's opener. She introduces Big Show and out he comes first. We see Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez walking backstage. Ricardo seems concerned for Del Rio. Bret Hart appears and shakes Del Rio's hand, wishing him good luck. Hart says Big Show is about as big and bad as they come. Hart says Del Rio reminds him of a Mexican Bret Hart. Del Rio leaves and Ricardo tells Bret how big of a fan he is. Del Rio comes back to get Ricardo. Bret gives his shades to Ricardo and finally they head to the ring. We meet the announcers and it feels like they are stalling. Ricardo comes out wearing Bret's glasses and begins the introduction for Del Rio. Finally out comes the World Heavyweight Champion.
The bell rings and Show takes Del Rio to the corner with body shots and a headbutt. Show with a massive chop to the chest. Del Rio with a kick and punches. Show runs over Del Rio and knocks him down. Show with a scoop slam and some trash talking to the fans. Del Rio fights back and goes to the second rope. Show knocks him out in mid-air with a big chop to the chest. Show with another headbutt and a big back splash int he corner. Del Rio dropkicks Show's leg out and he goes down. Del Rio with a big kick to the head. Del Rio with another kick. Show comes back and goes for a powerbomb. Del Rio turns it into a hurricanrana and goes back up top. Del Rio comes down with a seated senton.
Del Rio goes for the cross armbreaker but Show turns it into a big slam. The referee counts but Del Rio makes it up. Show with another big chop to the chest. Show brings a steel chair in the ring but Del Rio kicks it into him. Show grabs the chair and unloads on Show with it. Fans chant "si" as Del Rio beats on Show with the chair. Del Rio comes off the top but Show grabs him and chokeslams him. Show takes it to the floor and slams Del Rio. The referee continues to count but Del Rio makes it up and stumbles around towards the ramp. Del Rio hits Show with a knee below the belt. Del Rio with a kick to the head and Show goes down.
The referee counts but Show makes it up at 9. Show fights back and they're at the entrance area now. Del Rio gets dropped into the floor. Show whips Del Rio into part of the set. Show beats Del Rio over the back with a large plastic bulb from the set and then breaks it. Show sets up a table and smacks Del Rio in the chest again. Show climbs up on part of the set and brings Del Rio up by his hair. Show fights Del Rio up higher on the set piece. Show tosses Del Rio by his throat off the set and through a table. Del Rio smacks his head on the floor it looks like. Del Rio barely gets up at 9 and falls right back down. Show grabs Del Rio and brings him back towards the ring.
Show brings it back in the ring and calls for the knockout punch. Del Rio avoids it and stumbles out to the floor. Show grabs a piece of the steel steps but Del Rio moves out of the way. Ricardo attacks Show from behind but Show tosses him into the fan barrier. Show goes for a spear but Del Rio moves and Show crashes through the fan barrier. As the referee counts, Del Rio waits. Del Rio grabs a chair and wails away on Show's back with it. Del Rio puts Show's arm over the steel steps piece and whacks it with the chair. Del Rio grabs a fire extinguisher and sprays Show with it. Show rolls in the ring and Del Rio follows with a chair. Fans chant "this is awesome" as Del Rio applies the cross armbreaker while Ricardo duct tapes Show's feet to the bottom rope. Del Rio breaks the hold and the ref counts. Show is stuck to the bottom rope and can't get up. Del Rio wins the match.
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