Kareem Black and I traveled to San Antonio to cover this year’s Royal Rumble at the Alamodome. It turned out to be a record breaking weekend for WWE with 52,000 in attendance and a 22% increase in views on WWE Network. This behind the scenes coverage tells the story of John Cena’s triumph after earning his 16th World Championship win along with documenting the powerful forces, Brock Lesnar and Goldberg as they prepared for their bout in the Royal Rumble match. Below are some of my favorite images featured in the gallery.
The gallery hit 1.6 million views on day 1 and continued to perform strong over several days. The Instagram posts all exceeded 100K+ and 200+ likes each. View the entire gallery HERE.
Goldberg warms up prior to his entrance into the Royal Rumble match.
Ric Flair congratulates John Cena on tying his 16x World Championship record.
Everyone gathers to congratulate John Cena.
Before every big match, Natalya talks to her closest confidante, TJ, for strength and support.
A rare look at Roman Reigns out of his ring gear.
Nikki Bella moments before her six-woman tag match.
As Neville prepares for his title match, Booker T cruises the vast Alamodome on his hoverboard.
Randy Orton backstage recounting the Royal Rumble match and his win.
Chris Jericho was suspended in a shark cage!
Braun Strowman ran in through the crowd to interfere.
Charlotte Flair has a humble moment before her title match against Bayley.
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson defeated Cesaro & Sheamus to win the Raw Tag Team Championship.
Cesaro and Sheamus are crushed by their loss.
Brock Lesnar shows off his strength.