WWE: Triple H crowned champion at Royal Rumble 2016

Triple H is WWE World Heavyweight Champion after an epic Royal Rumble.

Triple H wins Royal Rumble 2016
The Game's victory Triple H with Vince and Stephanie McMahon after his Royal Rumble triumph. Image Picture WWE/YouTube

Triple H was the big winner at Sunday night’s Royal Rumble 2016, bagging the WWE World Heavyweight Champion title in the process.

The showdown saw 30 of the WWE’s biggest stars pile into the ring for a shot at the championship.

Roman Reigns was looking to take home his second consecutive Royal Rumble, but was taken out early by Sheamus – a late entry at No 29 – and required lengthy medical attention.

Reigns returned later to see off Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio and The Miz, before being eliminated by eventual winner Triple H.

Triple H, aka The Game, made a shock appearance as the 30th and final entrant on the night and defeated Dean Ambrose to claim a headline slot at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas on April 3.

Vince McMahon’s surprise decision earlier this month to use Royal Rumble to decide the Heavyweight Championship will have stung The Big Dog, who only won the title back in December after an epic battle with Sheamus.

Will Reigns get the chance to strike back at WrestleMania 32? The Big Dog is surely going to want in on the action.

Elsewhere at Royal Rumble 2016 the big winners were…

Kickoff match – Mark Henry and Jack Swagger
The duo saw off The Ascension, The Dudley Boyz, and Damien Sandow and Darren Young to win entry into the Rumble.

Last Man Standing – Dean Ambrose
The Lunatic Fringe defeated Kevin Owens by hurling him from the top of the rope and through two ringside tables.

Tag Team Championship – The New Day
The New Day – Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods – defended their crown after Big E unleashing a Big Ending on Jey Uso.

United States Championship – Kalisto
Kalisto won his second championship after pinning Del Rio with his finisher, the Salida del Sol.

Divas Championship – Charlotte
After much goading from Becky Lynch, Ric Flair accepted the challenge on daughter Charlotte’s behalf. Charlotte eventually beat her former friend with signature move, the Spear.

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