30 Man Royal Rumble
#24 was Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler hit the ring and teamed with Miz to hit a double DDT on Crew, then superkicked Miz and Crews. He tossed Miz over the top but Miz was able to land on the apron. Ziggler and Ambrose battled. Dean was tossed over the top but was able to hang on. More Goldberg chants. Orton battled Corbin. Jericho worked over Miz. Rusev battled Crews.
#25 was Luke Harper. He went right after Crews and tossed him, then locked eyes with Randy Orton. That was playing off of their recent issues. Wyatt tried to calm them. Harper nailed Bray with a lariat and drilled Orton with a kick. Didn’t see that one coming! Luke grabbed Bray and set him up for Sister Abigail but Orton caught him with a RKO. #26 was Brock Lesnar. He tossed Ziggler and Ambrose immediately, eliminating them.
Winner: Randy Orton
Without Kurt Angle, Dolph Ziggler might not have made it to WWE. That’s the view of Ziggler, who believes Olympic champion Angle’s success helped amateur wrestling standouts like himself earn an opportunity. Angle, who will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 31, won gold in freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, before embarking on a WWE career which yielded six world titles. And Ziggler, a successful collegiate grappler during his time at Kent State University, says he would be honoured to face the 48-year-old.
“When I was looking to get into the business, Kurt was doing so well with WWE, learning so fast and being so great at his job,” said Ziggler, ahead of Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view. “Because of how awesome he was, I got a try-out with WWE. Guys like him paved the way for guys like me who wrestled in college. If there was a chance to get in the ring with him, it would be a dream come true. I have nothing but all the respect in the world for him.” Ziggler will be one of the 30 men targeting a world-title opportunity at WrestleMania 33 when he competes in this weekend’s 30th annual Royal Rumble Match in San Antonio, Texas. The Show-Off will be up against, among others, industry legends The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and Goldberg, but believes his endurance levels will help him go far.
“I am never the favourite but I live for that,” said Ziggler, who has competed in the previous eight Royal Rumbles. “I know how good I am and the fans know how good I am. I’d love to be in the ring with guys like Goldberg, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker as no matter what they’ve done, I know how good my conditioning is. If those three can say the same thing, I’d love to go and hang with them because I don’t think they could hang with me.” Continue reading
Kalisto versus Dolph Ziggler
Kalisto avoids a clothesline and Ziggler with kicks and punches. Ziggler with a neck breaker for a near fall. Ziggler misses a clothesline and Kalisto with a back flip and clothesline. Kalisto with a springboard move but Ziggler with a super kick for the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
After the match: Ziggler looks around and he goes to the floor and gets a chair. JBL gets up and gets ready to confront Ziggler, but Apollo Crews attacks Ziggler from behind. Crews grabs the chair and tries to hit Ziggler with it, but he misses and hits the ring post.
Jerry says that everyone has an ego, but his guest says his ego is bigger than anyone else’s. He introdues Dolph Ziggler. Jerry welcomes Dolph to the King’s Court and he does not say anything. Jerry says he has known Dolph for a long time and he knows that Dolph is a good person. Lately that goodness has faded almost as much as the bleach in your hair. What is up with that? Dolph does not say anything.
Jerry says Dolph has been mum on this situation, but he says he knows why Dolph is out here. He says Dolph is frustrated. He has not won a lot of matches lately so he is going to change his attitude and that will win him some matches. Dolph continues to give the silent treatment. Jerry has some footage to show Dolph what could happen if you go down the wrong path because you lost to Kalisto and then what happened after the match. Jerry asks Dolph about what we just saw. Dolph starts to leave the ring and Jerry begs for him to come back. Dolph says if Jerry wants him to talk, he will talk. He was not going to play his game. He knew that Jerry would try to make him look bad in front of his friends and family. Do you why he knows that? Dolph says he brought some footage himself. He says he wants Jerry to take a long hard look at this.
We see the tag match from 2012 in Montreal. Dolph says he knows what that is. Dolph tells everyone that was the night he repeatedly dropped elbows on your chest before you suffered a heart attack. Dolph says he knows that Jerry blamed him. You blamed him for the heart attack and you should have. It is a long hard road and it took you a long time to face him man to man. If you don’t stop with these questions, he will finish what he started 4 years ago. Jerry says that is too bad because he has one more question for him. How does it feel to know how many times you change your attitude, you will always be a loser? Dolph starts to walk away and he hits a super kick. Ziggler leaves the ring and Layfield checks on Jerry. Jerry tells Dolph if he has any guts to get back into the ring. Dolph walks to the back.
Backstage: We go to the interview area for Dolph Ziggler. We take a look at Ziggler’s actions last week against Kalisto and Apollo Crews. Dolph is asked for an explanation before his match. Dolph looks around and says nothing before walking away.
Kalisto versus Dolph Ziggler
Kalisto with kicks and a head scissors that sends Ziggler to the floor. Ziggler returns to the ring and he goes for the leg and he takes Kalisto down. Ziggler gets a near fall. Kalisto with a wrist lock. Ziggler with a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler with a side head lock and knee followed by a neck breaker for a near fall. Ziggler with an arm bar and he tries to apply a crossface, but he gets a near fall with a rollup. Kalisto punches Ziggler but Ziggler with a knee. Kalisto with a backslide for a near fall. Ziggler with a clothesline. Ziggler with a kick but he misses a Fameasser. Kalisto with a kick and Irish whip. Ziggler sends Kalisto to the apron. Kalisto with an enzuigiri but Ziggler knocks Kalisto off the ropes to the floor when Kalisto goes for a springboard move We are back and Ziggler with a bow and arrow. Ziggler with a reverse chin lock. Kalisto with a jaw breaker and elbow but Ziggler with a kick. Kalisto with a kick and head scissors. Ziggler has a thrust kick blocked and Kalisto with a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler with a drop kick for a near fall and then Kalisto takes advantage of a lazy cover and Kalisto with a crucifix for the three count.
After the match: Ziggler clotheslines Kalisto during his celebration. Dolph punches Kalisto. Ziggler takes a chair and he brings it into the ring. He hits Kalisto with the chair. Ziggler leaves and as he heads up the ramp, Apollo Crews comes out and he punches Ziggler and sends him into the ring. Ziggler kicks Crews as he comes into the ring and Ziggler punches Crews and then he gets the chair and hits Crews in the ribs and back with the chair. Ziggler hits Crews in the back with the chair and then he sees Kalisto trying to get back to his feet and Ziggler hits Kalisto in the back with the chair. Ziggler leaves the ring again and he heads up the ramp and goes to the back.
Dolph Ziggler versus Baron Corbin
Corbin misses a clothesline and Ziggler with punches and he goes for a splash in the corner but Corbin catches him. Ziggler escapes and he goes for a super kick and Corbin blocks it. Ziggler with a drop kick and Corbin stays on his feet. Corbin kicks Ziggler and he argues with the referee. Corbin with a knee to the midsection. Corbin chokes Ziggler in the ropes. Corbin with a forearm and hard Irish whip. Corbin kicks Ziggler.
Ziggler punches Corbin but Corbin with a back elbow and he gets a near fall. Corbin chokes Ziggler in the corner. Ziggler goes to the apron and Corbin chokes Ziggler on the top rope. The referee warns Corbin and Corbin does not really care. Ziggler with punches but Corbin knocks Ziggler off the apron with a shoulder tackle. Corbin follows to the floor and he runs Ziggler back first into the apron. Corbin returns to the ring along with Ziggler. Corbin with a forearm and then he runs into an elbow and Ziggler wtih a boot. Corbin slides to the floor but Ziggler with a drop kick and Corbin goes to the floor angry. We are back and Corbin stands on the back of Ziggler’s head while pulling Ziggler’s arm. We see Corbin giving Ziggler a clothesline during commercial. Corbin with a half nelson and chin lock. Ziggler with an elbow but Corbin catches Ziggler and tries for Snake Eyes but Ziggler lands on the turnbuckles. Ziggler comes off the turnbuckles and Corbin with a forearm and he gets a near fall. Ziggler stomps on the foot and connects with punches. Ziggler with a splash and neck breaker followed by a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Corbin blocks a Fameasser and Corbin hits a clothesline for a near fall. Corbin sends Ziggler into the turnbuckles and Corbin charges into the corner but Ziggler moves and Corbin hits the ring post. Ziggler with a Fameasser for a near fall. Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag but Corbin holds the ropes. Corbin blocks the hesitation DDT but Ziggler is able to hit the Zig Zag but Corbin kicks out. Ziggler with forearms in the corner and the referee warns him and then Corbin hits End of Days for the three count.
Winner: Baron Corbin
After the match: Corbin brings a chair into the ring but Kalisto’s music plays and he comes to the ring and drop kicks the chair away and then Kalisto drops down when Corbin charges at him. Corbin goes up the ramp. Ziggler super kicks Kalisto. He says he does not need Kalisto to help him and he does not need anyone.
Backstage: Dolph Ziggler enters the locker room and he throws stuff. Mojo Rawley, Apollo Crews, and Rhyno want to know why he did what he did to Kalisto. Apollo tells Ziggler that Kalisto is his friend so it is his situation to worry about. Ziggler attacks Crews and Rhyno and Rawley hold Crews back.