* Antonio Cesaro def. The Miz to retain the WWE United States Championship during the YouTube pre-show.
A video package runs focusing on the 30 Man Royal Rumble match and CM Punk defending the WWE Championship against The Rock tonight.
A graphic opening hits welcoming us to the Royal Rumble and the official start of the road to Wrestlemania. We go live to Phoenix where a huge display of pyro goes off in the entrance area. Michael Cole welcomes us to the 26th annual Royal Rumble.
Big Show is out first to kick off the show.
Backstage, Bret Hart wishes Alberto Del Rio good luck tonight. Hart calls Del Rio like a Mexican Bret Hart. Ricardo is nervous and asks to shake Hart’s hand. Hart puts his Hitman glasses on Ricardo and Del Rio yells at him to get going.