Royal Rumble 2016 was a vast improvement on recent years

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Another WWE Royal Rumble has come and gone, but unlike the past two years, this one was memorable for all the right reasons.

The 2014 Rumble was absolutely ruined when Batista returned as a face and won the 30-man over the top rope match, and the 2015 one was also ruined when the predictable outcome of Roman Reigns winning happened.

Both years, the crowd made their feelings heard by booing the hell out of the endings, even The Rock couldn't save last year's conclusion, but this year, WWE got it right.


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Obviously, the main event was the 30-man over the top rope match, but before that there were four single matches with the show kicking off with Dean Ambrose defending his Intercontinental title against Kevin Owens.

The match was a Last Man Standing affair, which gave both Ambrose and Owens a chance to show their crazy sides, but it was the former-Shield member that prevailed and retained.

After using kendo sticks, steel chairs, tables and the barricades it was Owens who couldn't stand after he was pushed through two tables stacked on top of each other.

A solid match which demonstrated each individual's strengths.

As for the other three matches, they were more forgettable.

Kalisto regained the United States championship from Alberto Del Rio, once again proving the title is irrelevant and a bit of a farce.

Kalisto won it on RAW and then lost it the next night on Smackdown, and he's now won it back again. John Cena's open challenges resurrected this title, but it's now back where it was beforehand and at the bottom of the pile.

The New Day were also in action defending their tag-team titles and they did just that by beating The Usos in another solid match-up between the two teams.

The last match before the Rumble was the Divas match which saw Charlotte overcome Becky Lynch, with once again the help from her father Ric Flair. A solid match, but in truth, the fans weren't into it at all.

Onto the 30-man match then and when the show really started to get going.

Roman Reigns kicked it off by eliminating Rusev almost immediately, and then BAM, number-three entrant, AJ Styles.

Yes the hottest free agent came down to the ring as the third entrant and the stadium erupted.

On went the match with likely outcomes. The Wyatt's looked strong up until Brock Lesnar came out and eliminated them, which then lead to them coming back in and eliminating the beast setting up their rivalry for Wrestlemania.

Skip ahead to the end and it's Reigns, Seamus, Ambrose and the returning Triple H, who came out as the 30th entrant.

Seamus goes and then surprisingly Reigns goes, crowning a new champion in either Ambrose or Triple H.

Luckily it was the Game that won it as he tossed over the lunatic fringe.

Watching the PPV live, it was clear that most people were against Reigns winning it, but a lot of people will also dislike the fact Triple H won the title, but for me, it was a perfect PPV with a perfect ending.

Well done WWE for ending the Royal Rumble rot.

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