Backstage, Renee Young welcomed The Shield. She mentioned that the Royal Rumble was every man for himself and asked if the Shield would remain a cohesive unit. Dean Ambrose said that no superstar can withstand them when they’re on the same page. Renee asked if they were on the same page.
Ambrose said Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are his best friends and he’s trustworthy. Rollins said that’s nice, but he’d eliminate Ambrose in a heartbeat for a title match. Ambrose said he was lying, of course, he would too. Reigns said he’d eliminate them both for a shot at the title, but regardless of what happens they’ll remain a unit and they’ll remain the Shield.
C.M. Punk came out to a big pop. He said he was about to call out five tough S.O.B’s and he knows he’s probably going to het slaughtered. He said he’d rather not wait around and wanted to handle business now. He addressed Triple H and ran him down. Punk said Hunter hides behind his wife, and just then The Shield‘s music hit and they surrounded the ring. The Outlaws were out next and all five heels surrounded Punk on the apron.
Kane’s pyro hit and he ran out, ordering everyone to stand down. Kane entered the ring and said The Authority doesn’t want it this way. He said there’s clearly been a misunderstanding and Punk’s paranoia is getting the better of him. Kane said The Authority actually wants Punk to win the Royal Rumble match and headline WrestleMania 30. Kane said he had been given the main objective as DOO to see to it that Punk is treated fairly.
Punk said Kane’s word means nothing. Kane ordered “get him, boys,” but as Punk turned to defend himself from the Shield, Kane slid back inside the ring and chokeslammed Punk. His music hit and he stood over Punk to close the Smackdown taping.