WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Results: Moments That Fans Will Remember for Years

Erik BeastonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2014


Ideally, any pay-per-view event presented by World Wrestling Entertainment will supply its fans with at least one moment they can remember for years to come.

The 2014 Royal Rumble has come and gone and in its wake, it has left a few moments that have resonated with fans.

Those moments include a tremendous match between the hottest star in professional wrestling and one of the bright young stars on today's roster, a vicious beatdown courtesy of wrestling's most dangerous man, a rabid crowd and some outstanding individual performances in the annual Rumble match.

With the show in the rear-view mirror, here is an in-depth look at the moments that wowed both the fans watching in Pittsburgh and those watching around the world on pay-per-view.



Bray Wyatt breaks out

The leader of the Wyatt Family had been spectacular in his promo work during the first seven months of his main-roster career but had yet to have that one standout match that indicated that he could back up his mic work with outstanding in-ring performances.

That all changed when the third-generation Superstar took to the ring to kick off the evening's broadcast, squaring off against the most talked-about performer in all of professional wrestling, Daniel Bryan.

Wyatt rose to the occasion, working with Bryan to deliver a show-stealing match that would stand alone as the best of the evening.

With all signs pointing to a match between Wyatt and franchise player John Cena at WrestleMania XXX, it was exactly the type of performance the cult-like faction leader needed to win over the trust of Cena and management heading into the biggest match of the year.



Brock Lesnar breaks the giant

The two-minute squash match between Big Show and Brock Lesnar was largely forgettable and means nothing in the long run.

What does, however, is Lesnar's violent post-match attack that saw the Beast Incarnate bash the giant with a steel chair so many times that the weapon broke into two pieces. The assault did not end there, as Paul Heyman tossed his most valuable client another chair and proceeded to watch him brutalize the former WWE and World Heavyweight champion.

The beating put Lesnar over as a dangerous, unstoppable force capable of destroying any and all opposition put in his path.

The image of the broken chair itself is one that should have lasted forever, but the repetition of the same spot the following night on Raw, during which Lesnar beat down Cody Rhodes and Goldust, hurt the effectiveness.

Luckily, the sight of the massive Lesnar swinging the chair with reckless abandon as the World's Largest Athlete bore the brunt of the assault remains a vivid memory from Sunday's event.



Rabid fanbase

The fans in Pittsburgh had one intention only: voice their support for Daniel Bryan.

They did just that, erupting into a huge "Yes!" chant to start the show as the bearded native of Aberdeen, Wash. made his way to the ring for the night's opening contest. When he lost the outstanding bout to Bray Wyatt, they were understandably disappointed.

When John Cena and Randy Orton, two Superstars who had regularly been part of the main event scene for the better part of nine years, took to the ring for the WWE title match, they rained down on the competitors with chants of "No," "We want Divas" and "This is awful."

Later in the evening, when they realized that their dream of seeing Bryan win the Royal Rumble match had been dashed, they heavily booed Batista and greeted his victory with loud "No" chants.

It was a message of defiance by the WWE faithful in the Steel City to management, letting it know that failing to produce what they wanted to see would result in an embarrassing reaction to the night's highest-profile matches.



Kofi's leap of faith

If there is any Superstar who has earned a reputation for delivering the most jaw-dropping performances in Royal Rumble history, it is former Intercontinental, United States and Tag Team champion Kofi Kingston, and 2014 was no different.

Caught in midair by the debuting Alexander Rusev, Kingston found himself laid across the guardrail. After recovering, he balanced himself on the barrier and made a tremendous leap back to the ring apron, popping the audience and creating one of the few truly memorable moments of this year's underwhelming over-the-top-rope Battle Royal.



Roman reigns

The breakout star of The Shield, Roman Reigns enjoyed a record-breaking Royal Rumble that saw him eliminate 12 Superstars, surpassing the 11 that Kane had vanquished over a decade ago.

Among those 12 stars were Shield teammates Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

Reigns would last until the final two competitors, giving Batista a much tougher fight than he expected.

After catching the Animal with a spear, it appeared as though Reigns was only moments away from winning the Rumble and headlining his first WrestleMania. Unfortunately, Batista reversed his elimination attempt and dumped the young star over the top rope for the win.

Despite his runner-up status, the 2014 Royal Rumble will be remembered for years to come as the latest chapter in Reigns' rise to the top of the industry.