Originally written January 23, 2013 on Ring Side News:
The-paley-center-for-media
The opening video aired, followed by the pyro, and Michael Cole and The Miz opened the show from ringside. They setup the Royal Rumble by the numbers video…Backstage, Matt Striker asked Ryback about getting ready for the Rumble. Ryback said as someone who feeds on more, the Rumble was his for the taking. Striker asked if he meant devour and then said it was a joke when Ryback looked at him. Ryback said Cesaro was his tune up and when he was done, the Swiss miss would look like Swiss cheese. He looked at Striker and said that was a joke. Striker laughed, but Ryback got in his face. He said, "I can be funny too," and left, leaving Striker looking scared… Cesaro made his entrance while Miz announced he would face Cesaro for the US Title during the Royal Rumble pre-show. Cesaro cut his standard promo and started to say something about teaching the people manners, but Ryback's music cut him off…[C] Antonio Cesaro vs. Ryback. There was a bad moment in my house where my youngest pulled the power strip out of the wall. By the time everything rebooted, Ryback kicked out of a pinfall attempt right before the break…[C] Back from commercial, Ryback reversed a whip and powered Cesaro down to the mat. He slammed him several times in a row and clotheslined Cesaro over the top rope. Cesaro blew off Ryback, but Miz grabbed him and rolled him back in the ring while the ref's back was turned. Ryback clothesline Cesaro, but missed a splash to allow Cesaro to take control again. Cesaro hit a knee to the face, but that was it. Ryback hit several clubbing blows and then hit the meat hook clothesline. Cesaro fell to the floor and walked up the ramp to take the countout loss. Ryback led the crowd in "Feed me more" chants… Ryback defeated Antonio Cesaro by countout at 10:53. The Rock vs. The Shield recap was hyped for next…[C] A video recapped the Shield' attack on the Rock…Another video recapped how Alberto Del Rio defeated Big Show for the World Championship. Backstage, Striker asked Show to justify his actions. Show went off and said he didn't have to explain his actions to anyone. He said Striker, the locker room, and the entire arena reeked of inferiority. He said he was going to beat Del Rio at the Rumble and held up his fist beside Striker's face to intimidate him…The Usos made their ring entrance…[C] Rhodes Scholars made their entrance sans music. They cut a promo on the Usos being proof of the sad state of affairs in the tag division. They said after they win the titles on Sunday, they will restore the division to its former glory. Sandow said they would then seek to removed "unwashed tag teams with limited potential" like the Usos… The Usos vs. Rhodes Scholars. The first minute was in the previous corner. Cody and Jimmy Usos started. Jimmy held his hair over his lip like a mustache and Cody got pissed. He tagged in Sandow and the Usos took quick control. The heels went to the floor to regroup and Cody tagged back in. Cody dropped Jay Uso and tried to rack him on the ring post, but Jay drove Cody into the post instead. The Usos hit a flapjack/hangman combo and Sandow dragged Cody from the ring…[C] Back from commercial, the Usos were still in control. They hit several double team moves on both men for near falls. Jay missed a stinger splash and the heels took over. A "Cody's mustache" chant broke out. Jay took the heat from both men before tossing a charging Rhodes through the ropes. Sandow saved Rhodes and rolled him back in the ring. Both men got hot tags and Jimmy hit a Samoan drop on Sandow. The match broke down and Cody was tossed to the floor. Sandow took a superkick and Jimmy tagged in Jay, who started climbing the turnbuckle. Cody pulled Jimmy from the ring, allowing Sandow to hit the ropes and cause Jay to crash to the mat. Sandow covered for the win… Rhodes Scholars defeated The Usos at 15:41. Source: Prowrestling.net
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Adam Dunn to retire after 14-year MLB career

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision, will learn from it

Tiger Woods to open restaurant in Florida next year

Royals beat A's in extras, win first playoff game since '85

Mark Davis: Raiders head coaching job will be 'enticing'

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brady snubs rookie Garoppolo after touchdown pass

Cung Le suspended for failed HGH test

FCC Chairman: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Brain study finds 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Tony Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

Eli on Geno Smith: If fans yell at you, you probably deserve it

Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Disappointment Team

Jeter introduces 'The Players Tribune,' 'The Voice of the Game'

Grading each NFL's team's play at quarter-season mark

MLB.com posts wrong story saying A's won game

WATCH: Brett Favre in new nose hair trimmer commercial

WATCH: Michigan students protest, call for AD to be fired

Marlins president: We're not trading Giancarlo Stanton

Heckling Knicks fan suing team over ejection

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe: Iggy Azalea has had better career than Swaggy P

College football's post-Week 5 playoff projection

Oregon to don pink-themed unis for breast cancer awareness

WWE News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

All-Disappointment Team in MLB

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Brady snubs rookie after TD pass

FCC: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Could Jon Gruden return to Oakland?

Marlins: We're not trading Stanton

Study: 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Heckling fan sues Knicks over ejection

Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe chooses Iggy over Swaggy P

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.