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Royal Rumble

With the “Road to WrestleMania” set to get underway in the near future, that means that it is also almost time for the annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view as well. One of the top pay-per-view events year-in and year-out, what better way is there to prepare for Royal Rumble 2018 than by taking a quick look back at Royal Rumble 2017?

The Rundown

Event: Royal Rumble 2017

Location: Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas)

Date: January 29, 2017

Estimated Attendance: 52,020

Duration3 hours, 38 minutes

Lineup

  • Naomi, Nikki Bella and Becky Lynch defeat Alexa Bliss, Mickie James and Natalya
  • Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson defeat Cesaro and Sheamus [Raw Tag-Team Championship]
  • Nia Jax defeats Sasha Banks
  • Charlotte Flair defeats Bayley [Raw Women’s Championship]
  • Kevin Owens defeats Roman Reigns [WWE Universal Championship]
  • Neville defeats Rich Swann [WWE Cruiserweight Championship]
  • John Cena defeats A.J. Styles [WWE Championship]
  • Randy Orton defeats Roman Reigns [Royal Rumble Match]

Key Match To Watch

Although this is going to sound a bit cliché, there is only one option here. Despite the fact that this jam-packed card featured title fight after tight fight, a shark cage and even a match with two referees, the must-see match from Royal Rumble 2017 is the Royal Rumble match itself.

While this lengthy fiasco was entertaining throughout, as it always is, the ending to the contest was perfectly timed to say the least. With the eventual winner in Randy Orton entering the ring at No. 23, his final counterpart in Roman Reigns burst onto the scene at No. 30. However, it is worth mentioning that despite the tandem of Orton and Reigns ultimately finding themselves as the last men standing, the likes of Brock Lesnar, Goldberg and The Undertaker found their way into the ring late in the match — but to no avail.

As Orton and Reigns squared off to decide the victor, “The Viper” managed to come away with the Royal Rumble win by way of hitting the always dangerous RKO before promptly tossing his opponent over the top rope. Becoming the seventh man ever to win at least two Royal Rumbles in the process, Orton bested 29 other competitors en route to one of the most impressive victories at this event considering the highly talented field.

Why Royal Rumble 2017

With the latest installment of the annual event now just around the corner, it is always a necessity to refresh the memory this time of year. Although the Royal Rumble match is quite the iconic scene, it does only come around once a year while some tend to forget just how memorable each match is.

While such a contest has now been around for three decades, it seems as though the Royal Rumble gets better and better each year while this year’s pay-per-view was certainly no different. It is also worth noting that this particular pay-per-view slate was much more than just the 30-man over-the-top-rope elimination match as Royal Rumble 2017 notably featured a total of five championship matches in addition to the main event.

Lastly, with the main event slot at WrestleMania on the line, how can a true pro wrestling fan not want to re-watch this pay-per-view?

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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