"Yes, sir, we promised you a great main eventů"
WWE Royal Rumble Opener:
We get a video package highlighting, what else but the Rumble match itself, to open the show.
The pyro hits and Michael Cole welcomes us to the PPV, and the bell rings. Looks like we'll be kicking things off tonight with the World Heavyweight Championship match, as Edge makes his way to the ring.
World Heavyweight Championship
Edge (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
We get a recap of the events of this past Friday's Smackdown, and a reminder that the spear will be banned tonight, and if Edge hits it tonight, he will be DQ'ed and lose the belt to Ziggler. Vickie Guerrero interrupts Edge's music with a nice, loud, Excuse Me! Vickie says she's here to remind the crowd, and especially Edge that the spear is illegal and dangerous, and officially banned. Vickie asks Edge to use the spear one time tonight, and to get Edge in the mood, she attempts to get a spear chant going, before just laughing it off. Vickie then announces Ziggler, and the challenger makes his way out to the ring to less than half the heat of his 'girlfriend'.
We get formal ring introductions from Tony Chimel, and it looks like we're ready to finally kick things off.
The bell rings, and Ziggler and Edge circle each other before locking up. Edge knees Dolph in the gut before laying into him with a quick forearm, then smashing his head into the corner turnbuckle. Dolph comes back with a kick to the stomach and he's able to score a couple of quick right hands on Edge in the corner before the referee pulls him away. When Ziggler goes back to Edge he's greeted with a boot to the stomach and a hard whip across the ring, before a series of quick knee drops and a near fall. Edge picks Dolph up and hits a gutbuster type drop on Ziggler which is good for another near fall. Edge catches Ziggler with a knee to the midsection, flipping Ziggler over his knee, and it's good for yet another near fall for Edge.
Ziggler rolls to the outside and Edge follows, slamming him into the ringside barricade hard. Edge picks Ziggler back up and body slams him chest first down onto the barricade before rolling back into the ring and breaking the count. Edge rolls Ziggler back into the ring, but when he goes to follow he's caught with a boot and a rope assisted neckbreaker that's good for a near fall for Ziggler. Ziggler stomps away on Edge repeatedly until the ref pulls him away again. Edge rolls toward the ring apron and Ziggler exits the ring, bringing his elbow down across Edge's throat, and the back of his head.
Ziggler catches Edge with a couple of kicks to the side of the head before choking Edge against the middle rope. Ziggler is able to lock in a rear chin lock, softening Edge up. Edge is able to get to his feet and fight out of the hold before he whips Ziggler into the corner. Edge charges Ziggler but he gets caught with a boot to the chest. Ziggler tries for a sunset flip, but Edge rolls through and catapaults Ziggler into the corner. Ziggler is quick to respond with a neckbreaker that's good for a near fall. Ziggler stalks Edge before hitting a running, flipping neckbreaker to a seated Edge that's good for another near fall. Ziggler locks in another rear chin lock, continuing to wear down the champ.
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