The road to the promiseland has begun. On Sunday night, the WWE held their annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view. The main event of the evening as always is the Royal Rumble match itself. The winner of the Royal Rumble match is gauranteed a World Championship match at WrestleMania. This year's winner was the "Legend Killer" Randy Orton.
Orton came in the rumble drawing no.8. He immediately went toe to toe with former Evolution member Triple H. Orton waited for his own group "Legacy" to arrive so they could help Orton obtain his goal of winning the rumble and going to WrestleMania 25 in Houston. Ted DiBiase was the first man from Orton's Legacy group to come out at no.10 and went right to the aid of Orton. As the match progressed Orton built momentum. He served numerous RKO's throughout the match. At one point he nailed one on every superstar in the ring. Cody Rhodes, the other member of Legacy came in at no, 15. Legacy combined to eliminate 4 superstars in the match. At one point it took all 3 members of Legacy to eliminate Kane.
The ending of the match saw Legacy and Triple H as the final four. Triple H did his best to survive the 3 on 1 attack. The ending of the match saw Triple H going for the pedigree but couldn't complete it because Orton went for a clothesline and instead was thrown over the top rope. Triple H thought he eliminated Orton but didn't see how Randy saved himself and went back in the ring under the bottom rope. Triple H then elimated both Rhodes and DiBiase but before he was able to turn around Orton snuck up behind him and eliminated him and won the Royal Rumble. Orton is now going to WrestleMania 25 to headline in the main event.
Here are some stats regarding Orton's win:
It was his 1st Royal Rumble win.
Orton eliminated Kane, The Big Show and Triple H.
Orton drew no. 8 and lasted 48:27.
I'll be following Randy Orton's Road to WrestleMania. Does Orton have what it takes to win the gold at WrestleMania? What title will he challenge for? We'll find out in the upcoming weeks as Orton will be ChasingWrestleMania.