• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (January 21, 2001) – WWF Royal Rumble 2001
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on January 21, 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired their annual ‘Royal Rumble’ event LIVE on PPV from the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.
This marks the 3rd and last time that “Stone Cold” Steve Austin officially won the Royal Rumble match, which is a record that still stands as of today.
The PPV results:
– WWF Tag Team Championship: The Dudley Boyz defeated Edge & Christian (c)
– Ladder match – WWF Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho defeated Chris Benoit (c)
– WWF Women’s Championship: Ivory (c) defeated Chyna
– WWF World Heavyweight Championship: Kurt Angle (c) defeated Triple H
– Stone Cold Steve Austin won the 30-man Royal Rumble match
• RAW Star Not Expected To Return “Soon”
WWE aired a promo last month that former WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens will be returning “soon”.
There were even some reports which stated that Kevin Owens will be returning after the Royal Rumble 2019 PPV to feud with Bobby Lashley for the Intercontinental Championship.
However, Wrestling Observer is reporting that might not be the case.
According to The Observer, WWE plans to hold off on Owens’ return until after WrestleMania 35, even if Owens gets cleared to return sooner than that.
WWE has done this before as well (Finn Balor got cleared to return from injury before WrestleMania 33 in 2017, but WWE officials decided to save his return for the post-WrestleMania 33 edition of RAW).
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