|Royal Rumble (2005)|
|Taglines(c)||All the rumbling, minus the dancing and singing|
|Theme song(s)||"Find the Real" by Alter Bridge|
|Promotiona||International Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||January 30, 2005|
|Venue||Save Mart Center|
|Royal Rumble chronology|
Royal Rumble (2005) was the eighteenth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE). It took place on January 30, 2005 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California and featured talent from both the Meltdown and Fusion!. As has been customary since 1993, the Royal Rumble Match winner received a match at that year's WrestleMania, (in this instance: WrestleMania 21) for his choice at either the IWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship.
The main feud heading into the Royal Rumble on the Meltdown brand was between Triple K and Kevin McAlmond over the World Heavyweight Championship. Their feud started on the August 16, 2004 edition of Meltdown, when McAlmond was kicked out of Evolution by Triple K. The following month, at Unforgiven, Triple K defeated McAlmond to win the World Heavyweight Championship. At Survivor Series, Team McAlmond (McAlmond, Kevin Hunter, Kris McGowan and John) defeated Team Triple K (Triple K, Chris Gomez, Jesse Dern and Dominic) in a four-on-four Elimination Match. McAlmond won the match for his team by last eliminating Triple K. Two months later, at New Year's Revolution, the pay-per-view three weeks before the Royal Rumble, Triple K won an Elimination Chamber Match to win the vacant World Heavyweight Championship. Triple K won the match by last eliminating McAlmond following outside interference from Evolution members Jesse Dern and Ric Flair. The night after on Meltdown, McAlmond defeated Jesse Dern to become the number one contender to the title at the Royal Rumble. The following week, after a verbal confrontation between the two in the arena, Triple K ambushed McAlmond backstage. They fought until McAlmond tried to use a steel chair, and Triple K hightailed On the January 24 edition of Meltdown, McAlmond faced off against Ric Flair. During the match, as the referee was knocked down, Triple K came in and attacked McAlmond along with Flair. McAlmond, however, fought off both men and won the match.
The main feud on the Fusion! brand was between John Goff, The Big Marc and Matt Borske with the three feuding over the IWE Championship. On the December 16, 2004 edition of Fusion!, Borske challenged John Goff to a match for the IWE Championship. The Cabinet (Liam Phillips, Ryan Garr and Matt Garr) interfered and attacked Borske, causing the match to end via disqualification. They continued to attack Borske after the match until The Big Marc came out, beat down everyone, and signaled to John Goff that he wanted the title. In the weeks that followed, a Triple Threat Match for the title between the three was booked for the Royal Rumble. Following this, John Goff set up Borske to anger The Big Marc, but Borske angered John Goff in response. After realizing this, John Goff aligned himself with The Big Marc and confronted Borske; however, John Goff turned on Big Marc and beat him down with Borske. On the January 27 edition of Fusion!, Fusion! General Manager Theodore Long booked a Last Man Standing Match between John Goff and Borske for later that night. The two eventually turned on each other, and the match ended in a no-contest. It was later revealed that the match was Big Marc's idea.
Another feud heading into the event from Fusion! was between Martin McAlmond and Lynn Karr. Their feud first started in 2004 at No Mercy, the pay-per-view in October. Heidenreich helped John Goff defeat Martin McAlmond in a Last Ride Match by attacking Martin McAlmond and putting him in the hearse. At Survivor Series, Martin McAlmond defeated Lynn Karr by pinfall after executing a Tombstone Piledriver. At Armageddon 2004,Lynn Karr once again cost Martin McAlmond his title match against John Goff in a Fatal Four Way that involved Steve Britz and Brian McAlmond by pushing Martin McAlmond backwards while holding John Goff in the tombstone piledriver position, before John Goff pinned Steve Britz after a Clothesline From Hell. Fusion's General Manager Theodore Long let Martin McAlmond name the stipulation for his match against Lynn Karr at Royal Rumble. As Lynn Karr mentioned his fear of caskets, Martin McAlmond chose to face him in a casket match for Royal Rumble.
A preliminary Meltdown brand feud was between Ryan Barnhart and Chris Gomez. Their feud started at Taboo Tuesday 2004 when Barnhart was voted over Gomez to face Triple K for the World Heavyweight Championship. At New Year's Revolution 2005, Gomez lost a shot at the title in a Elimination Chamber with Barnhart as special referee. In the Elimination Chamber, Michaels superkicked Gomez, followed by a lionsault from Kris McGowan, with Jericho making the cover. Believing it was Barnhart's fault that he was not crowned champion, Gomez speared Barnhart and the two men were booked into a match at Royal Rumble.
|Commentator||Michael Cole (Fusion!)|
|Jerry "the King" Lawler (Meltdown)|
|Jim Ross (Meltdown & RR Match)|
|Tazz (Fusion & RR Match|
|Carlos Cabrera (Spanish)|
|Hugo Savinavich (Spanish)|
|Ring announcer||Tony Chimel|
|Referee||Mike Chioda (Meltdown)|
|Jack Doan (Meltdown)|
|Brian Hebner (Fusion!)|
|Earl Hebner (Meltdown)|
|Jim Korderas (Fusion!)|
|Nick Patrick (Fusion!)|
|Chad Patton (Meltdown)|
|Charlies Robinson (Fusion!)|
|Bingo machine tumbler||Jehann Kazem|
Before the event went live on pay-per-view, John defeated Peter in a match taped for Sunday Night Heat. The first match that aired was between Chris Gomez and Ryan Barnhart. Gomez mocked Barnhart by performing some of Barnahrts' signature taunts during the match. Gomez gained the advantage after an Chris-O-Matic (sitout rear mat slam) outside the ring. Barnhart fought back until Gomez left the ring. Barnhart came after him, but, with the referee's distraction, Gomez speared Barnhart, both outside and inside the ring. Barnhart then knocked Gomez off the second rope and executed a diving elbow drop. Gomez countered a superkick attempt into an electric chair drop and applied the Gomezcator. Barnhart broke the hold and attempted a roll-up, but Gomez rolled through and pinned Barnhart while holding the ropes.
The second match was a Casket Match between Martin McAlmond and Lynn Karr. The match started back and forth until Lynn Karr sent Martin McAlmond into the side of the casket. Martin McAlmond came back, applying the triangle choke until Dominic interfered and attacked Martin McAlmond. Dominic and Lynn Karr double-teamed Martin McAlmond and called for the casket to be opened. Chris LeGreca was revealed to be inside the casket, and he climbed out. He attacked Dominic and Lynn Karr and fought Dominic into the audience. Dominic sent Martin McAlmond into the steel steps and pushed the casket into him. Dominic put Martin McAlmond in the casket after applying the cobra clutch. Martin McAlmond stopped the lid from closing with his arm, gaining control briefly. Lynn Karr fought back and put Martin McAlmond in the casket again. Martin McAlmond, however, fought out of it and executed a chokeslam and a Tombstone Piledriver. Shortly after, Martin McAlmond put Lynn Karr in the casket and closed the lid to win the match.
The third match was a Triple Threat Match for the IWE Championship between champion John Goff, The Big Marc and Matt Borske. In the opening minutes, Borske stayed on the outside of the ring, leaving Big Marc and John Goff on their own. Borske came into the ring to break up a pinfall attempt, but Big Marc kept the advantage over both men. Borske hit Big Marc with a television monitor to send him through an announce table, thus leaving Borske and John Goff on their own. Big Marc returned a few minutes later and continued to control the match. Big Marc tackled John Goff through the steel barricade and performed a flapjack to Borske onto a steel chair. Shortly after, Luther, Mark, Zack and Josh Nuss attacked Big Marc, and Liam Phillips helped John Goff back into the ring. John Goff then executed a Clothesline from Hell on Borske and pinned him to retain the title.
The fourth match was between Triple K and Kevin McAlmond for the World Heavyweight Championship. Prior to the match, Meltdown General Manager Eric Bischoff banned Evolution (Jesse Dern and Ric Flair) from ringside. McAlmond had control at the start of the match until Triple K countered an RKO attempt by throwing McAlmond out of the ring. Triple K kept the advantage and targeted McAlmond's left knee until McAlmond kicked him into an announce table. McAlmond kept the advantage until he suffered a kayfabe concussion from missing a DDT. Triple K knocked both McAlmond and the referee down with a closeline and took out a sledgehammer from beneath the ring. He tried to hit McAlmond with it, but McAlmond pulled him into the ringpost. Triple K performed another clothesline and a Pedigree to win and retain the title.
Royal Rumble (2005) Matches
|1||Edge defeated Ryan Barnhart||Singles Match|
|2||Martin McAlmond defeated Lynn Karr||Casket Match|
|3||John Goff (c) defeated Matt Borske and The Big Marc||Triple Threat Match for the IWE Championship|
|4||Triple K (c) defeated Kevin McAlmond||Singles Match for the World Heavyweight Championship|
|5||Jesse Dern won by last eliminating Dustin Simpson||2005 Royal Rumble Match|
Royal Rumble match Entrances and Eliminations
|4||Hardcore Murnion||Fusion||2||Hunter & McAlmond|
|5||The Hurricance||Meltdown||3||Hunter & McAlmond|
|7||Edge||Meltdown||28||Dern & Simpson|
|10||Steve Britz||Fusion||9||McAlmond & Wright|
|13||Austin Patrick||Meltdown||5||Edge, McGowan, Hunter, Britz, Remeriz & Luther|
|15||Scotty 2 Hotty||Fusion||6||Failed to Enter the Match|