Date: 25th January, 2015
Venue: Wells Fargo Center
City: Philadelphia, PA
Commentators: Michael Cole,
Jerry “The King” Lawler and John “Bradshaw” Layfield
Theme Song: “Gonna be a Fight Tonight” by Danko Jones
At the TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs event, Roman Reigns returned and announced himself as the first entrant in the Royal Rumble match. On the December 29 episode of Raw, Daniel Bryan announced his participation in the match. On the January 6 episode of Main Event,WWE United States Champion Rusev announced his participation in the match. On the January 9 episode ofSmackDown, Bray Wyatt and WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett announced their participation in the match. On the January 12 episode of Raw, Dean Ambrose announced his participation in the match. On the January 13 episode of Main Event, Gold and Stardust announced their participation in the match. On the January 15 episode ofSmackDown, Big Show and Kane announced their participation in the match. On the January 19 edition of Raw, R-Truth,The Miz and Damien Mizdow announced their participation in the match. On the January 22 edition of SmackDown,Dolph Ziggler defeated Bad News Barrett, Luke Harper defeated Erick Rowan, and Ryback defeated Rusev by countout to qualify for the match. That same night, Daniel Bryan defeated Kane to retain his spot in the match.
At SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar defeated John Cena to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Cena received his rematch at Night of Champions against Lesnar, but won via disqualification when Seth Rollins interfered in the match; as the championship cannot change hands on a disqualification, Lesnar retained the title. At Hell in a Cell, Cena defeated Randy Orton to become the #1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. At TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, Cena defeated Rollins in a Tables match to retain his #1 contender status. Later in the event, it was announced that Cena will face Lesnar for the title at Royal Rumble. On the January 5, 2015 episode of Raw, Rollins was added to the match as a reward for bringing back The Authority after coaxing Cena on the previous episode, making the match a Triple Threat. On the January 19 edition of Raw, Triple H forced Cena to compete in a 3-on-1 handicap match to not only secure his spot in the Triple Threat match, but also win Erick Rowan, Dolph Ziggler, and Ryback their jobs back after the latter three had been previously fired by the Authority for siding with Cena at Survivor Series. With the help ofSting, who previously assisted Team Cena at Survivor Series, Cena won the match, and afterwards, Lesnar came down to the ring and attacked Rollins, Big Show, and Kane, hitting an F-5 on each of the latter two as a measure of revenge for getting a Curb Stomp by Rollins during the contract signing for the championship match one week earlier.
On the December 29 episode of Raw, The Usos defeated The Miz and Damien Mizdow to win the WWE Tag Team Championship. On the January 15 episode of SmackDown, it was announced that the Usos would defend the titles against Miz and Mizdow at the pay per view.
On the January 5 episode of Raw, Paige came out and helped Natalya to defeat Nikki Bella. On the January 6 episode of Main Event, Natalya came out and helped Paige to defeat Nikki Bella. On the January 12 episode of Raw,Brie Bella defeated Paige due to distraction by Tyson Kidd. On the January 15 episode of SmackDown, Natalya defeated Nikki via submission. On the January 19 edition of Raw, after Paige and Natalya defeated Summer Rae andAlicia Fox, it was announced that The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki) will face Paige and Natalya in a tag team match at the event.
On the January 5 episode of Raw, Cesaro and Tyson Kidd attacked Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, which let Adam Rose to defeat Big E. On the January 19, episode of Raw, Big E and Kofi defeated Cesaro and Kidd. Later in the night, it was announced that The New Day will face Cesaro, Kidd and Rose in a Six-man tag team elimination match on the Royal Rumble Kickoff Show, which was later changed to a tag team match with Cesaro and Kidd accompanied by Rose versus Big E and Kingston with Woods.
On the December 29 episode of Raw, The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) made their WWE debut. Over the next few weeks, the duo would easily defeat local preliminary wrestlers and compare themselves to famous tag teams, like the Road Warriors. On the January 19 episode of Raw, the Ascension were confronted and attacked by the New World Order, the APA and the New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg) after the Ascension interfered in the nWo reunion segment. Later in the night, it was announced that the Ascension will face the New Age Outlaws at the event.
Royal Rumble 2015 Kick-off
The Masters of the WWE Universe (Cesaro and Tyson Kidd) (with Natalya and Adam Rose) defeated The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (with Xavier Woods)
The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) defeated The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg & Billy Gunn)
WWE Tag Team Championship:
The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) (c) defeated The Miz and Damien Mizdow
The Bella Twins (Brie Bella and Nikki Bella) defeated Paige and Natalya
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Triple Threat Match
Brock Lesnar (c) defeated John Cena & Seth Rollins
Royal Rumble Match
Roman Reigns won by last eliminating Rusev
Royal Rumble Stats
|1||The Miz||1||Bubba Ray||0|
|3||Bubba Ray Dudley||3||Wyatt||2|
|5||Bray Wyatt||24||Big Show & Kane||6|
|14||Diamond Dallas Page||10||Rusev||0|
|22||Jack Swagger||20||Big Show||0|
|23||Ryback||19||Big Show & Kane||0|
|25||Dean Ambrose||25||Big Show & Kane||1|
|26||Titus O’Neil||17||Ambrose & Reigns||0:04||0|
|27||Bad News Barrett||21||Ziggler||0|
|30||Dolph Ziggler||23||Big Show & Kane||2|
* Curtis Axel was taken out by Erick Rowan and so did not compete.