Like the previous year's event, it was marked by an extremely negative audience reaction to the main Royal Rumble match, which was won by Roman Reigns. WWE was criticized for failing to please fans for the second Royal Rumble event in a row. However, the WWE (World Heavyweight) Championship triple threat match between Brock Lesnar, John Cena and Seth Rollins received widespread acclaim from fans and critics alike.
The event received 145,000 buys (excluding WWE Network views), down from the previous year's 467,000 buys.
- PreShow - Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (with Natalya and Adam Rose) defeated The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (with Xavier Woods)
- The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) defeated The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn)
- The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) (c) defeated The Miz and Damien Mizdow for the WWE Tag Team Championship
- The Bella Twins (Brie Bella and Nikki Bella) defeated Paige and Natalya
- Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) defeated Seth Rollins (with Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury) and John Cena - Triple Threat match for the WWE (World Heavyweight) Championship
- Roman Reigns won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match by last eliminating Rusev