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Drew McIntyre Wins The Royal Rumble After An Incredible Match

Ryan Sidle

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Drew McIntyre Wins The Royal Rumble After An Incredible Match

Drew McIntyre shocked the WWE Universe by winning the Royal Rumble and punching his ticket to the Wrestlemania main event.

The match started in unique fashion with Brock Lesnar becoming the first WWE champion to enter the Royal Rumble match in the number one position.

In true Lesnar fashion the Beast incarnate dominated the match from the off. He eliminated the second entrant into the Rumble, Elias, after the Drifter had attempted to start the match with a song.

Elias was the first of the Beast Incarnate's eliminations but he was far from his last as the former UFC heavyweight champion went through the first 11 entrants into the match on his own.

There was defiance from Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio and Big E at one point with Lesnar coming face-to-face with three of his most recent rivals.

He'd beaten Kingston on an episode of Smackdown in mere seconds but here the former champion showed much better defiance and when he teamed up with Mysterio and Big E they caused Lesnar some issues.

Lesnar got rid of Elias, Erick Rowan, Robert Roode, John Morrison, Mysterio, Big E, Kingston, Cesaro, former college teammate Shelton Benjamin, Shinsuke Nakamura and a returning MVP without too much trouble.

After his early dominance the 42-year-old was joined by NXT breakout star Keith Lee, who held his own, before Braun Strowman came in to add more power to the match.

However when the two men started fighting each other Lesnar eliminated them both at the same time to tie the record with Strowman for the most eliminations in a Rumble match.

But the 2003 Rumble winners run was over as he eyed up latest entrant Drew McIntyre only to have Ricochet attack him from behind, kicking him in the balls, and giving McIntyre the chance to throw Lesnar over the top rope.

The match had a more traditional feel to it once Lesnar had been eliminated but virtually everything that had come before could have been instantly forgotten when the 21st entrant came out to the ring.

When the countdown hit zero it was Edge's music that hit, welcoming the R Rated Superstar back into action in WWE for the first time in nine years.

It suddenly looked like a hugely open Rumble with McIntyre and Edge joined by Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Alistair Black, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe and Seth Rollins the final eight in the match.

Rollins was joined by Buddy Murphy and AOP to the ring and they helped him attack their rivals Joe and Owens and Edge, Orton and Black, with the latter being eliminated.

AOP saved Rollins from his feet hitting the ground and AOP then got rid of Owens and Murphy distracted Joe as the Architect got rid of yet another rival.

However with his team distracted Rollins was eliminated leaving Edge, Orton, Reigns and McIntyre as the final four.

Edge eliminated former tag team partner Orton, before the Viper could turn on him, and then the Big Dog got rid of the Rated R Superstar.

Finally though McIntyre hit Reigns with a Claymore kick and threw him over the top rope to win the match.

Topics: Drew McIntyre, Wrestling News, WWE News, Wrestling, Royal Rumble, WWE, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar

Ryan Sidle
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