The first match was between Edge and Shawn Michaels. Edge mocked Michaels by performing some of Michaels’ signature taunts. Edge gained the advantage after an Edge-O-Matic outside the ring. After Edge left the ring, he speared Michaels outside the ring. Edge executed a Spear on Michaels for a near-fall. After countering Edge, Michaels executed a diving elbow drop on Edge. Edge countered a superkick attempt into an electric chair drop for a near-fall. Edge applied the Edgecator on Michaels but Michaels broke the hold. Michaels attempted a roll-up but Edge pinned Michaels using the ropes to win the match.The second match was a Casket match between The Undertaker and Heidenreich. The match started back and forth until Heidenreich sent The Undertaker into the casket. The Undertaker applied the triangle choke until Gene Snitsky interfered and attacked The Undertaker. Snitsky and Heidenreich attacked The Undertaker and called for the casket to be opened but Kane was revealed to be inside the casket. He attacked Snitsky and Heidenreich and fought Snitsky throughout the arena. Heidenreich sent The Undertaker into the steel steps and pushed the casket into him. Heidenreich put The Undertaker in the casket after applying the cobra clutch but The Undertaker stopped the lid from closing with his arm. Heidenreich put The Undertaker in the casket again but The Undertaker countered. Undertaker executed a chokeslam and a Tombstone Piledriver and put Heidenreich in the casket to win the match.The third match was a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship between John “Bradshaw” Layfield JBL, The Big Show, and Kurt Angle. Angle stayed on the outside of the ring as Big Show and JBL fought. After Angle broke up a pinfall attempt, Big Show attacked both men. Angle hit Big Show with a television monitor, causing him to fall through a broadcast announce table. Later, Big Show executed a Chokeslam on JBL but JBL placed his foot on the ropes to void the pinfall. Big Show tackled JBL through the barricade and performed a flapjack to Angle onto a chair. Luther Reigns, Mark Jindrak and Doug and Danny Basham attacked Big Show as Orlando Jordan helped JBL back into the ring. JBL John Brandshaw Layfield executed a Clothesline from Hell on Angle to retain the titleThe fourth match was between Triple H and Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship. Before the match, Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff banned Evolution Batista and Ric Flair from ringside. Orton had the advantage until Triple H countered an RKO by throwing Orton out of the ring.Triple H kept the advantage and targeted Orton’s left knee until Orton knocked him into a broadcast table. Orton kept the advantage until he missed a DDT. Triple H knocked both Orton and the referee down with a clothesline and tried to hit Orton with a sledgehammer but Orton pulled him into the ringpost. Triple H performed another clothesline and a Pedigree to retain the title.The final match was the Royal Rumble match. Before the match, Kurt Angle stole Nunzio’s entrance number and replaced him in the match. The participants divided into their brands and fought against each other, working together to eliminate Muhammad Hassan, the thirteen entrant. Scotty 2 Hotty, the fifteenth entrant, was attacked by Hassan during his entrance and never entered the match. Angle, the twentieth entrant, dominated upon entering until Shawn Michaels eliminated him. Angle came back to eliminate Michaels and attacked him. The final four participants remaining were Batista, United States Champion John Cena, Edge, and Rey Mysterio. Edge fought with Mysterio, executing a spear to eliminate Mysterio. Cena and Batista then eliminated Edge as he was attacking them. Cena tried to perform an FU on Batista but Batista countered. Batista then attempted a Batista Bomb but was countered with a headscissors takedown by Cena, sending both over the top rope and touching the floor at the same time. The referees for the Raw brand believed Batista to be the winner while the SmackDown! referees believed Cena to be winner. WWE Chairman Vince McMahon came to the ring, in the process legitimately tearing both his quadriceps muscles, and ordered the match to be restarted with the final two participants. Batista eliminated Cena following a Spinebuster to win the match and became the 2005 Royal Rumble winner. The following weeks on Raw surrounded Batista’s choice of which champion to face at WrestleMania 21.Triple H devised a scheme to have Batista almost run over by a limousine resembling John “Bradshaw” Layfield JBL’s, so Batista would challenge JBL instead of himself. Batista became aware of the scheme and chose to face Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, thus leaving the Evolution stable in the process.He won the title,and their feud continued until he was drafted to SmackDown! on June 30.Batista remained champion until the January 13, 2006, episode of SmackDown! when he surrendered the title due to injury.John Cena went on to win a tournament to become the number one contender to the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 21. The tournament concluded in a match between him and Kurt Angle at No Way Out, which Cena won after performing an FU.Following this, he began an angle with JBL. Cena defeated JBL to win the title at WrestleMania, and their feud ended after Cena retained the title in an “I Quit” match at Judgment Day. Cena would then go to hold on to the title until New Year’s Revolution 2006 when Edge cashed in the Money in the Bank contract he won at Wrestlemania 21 and defeat Cena after an Elimination Chamber match.
Following the Royal Rumble, Randy Orton and Kurt Angle began feuding with The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, respectively.The Big Show faced JBL in the first ever barbed wire steel cage match for the title at No Way Out, which JBL won to retain the title.Orton briefly feuded with Christian before moving on to feud with The Undertaker, which spanned nine months After losing his title match at No Way Out, The Big Show faced Akebono in a sumo match at WrestleMania and he briefly feuded with Carlito afterwards.