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“Yes sir, we promised you a great main event…”
The Royal Rumble promo hits showcasing Royal Rumbles of the past. They hype that this year’s Rumble will feature 40 participants. Great opening video, I’m more hyped for this PPV than any other since last year’s WrestleMania.
Edge’s music hits and we’re off…
“Excuse Me!!!” Vickie Guerrero comes out and reminds the crowd that the spear is banned. Guerrero goes on to dare Edge to use the spear and says if he uses it, he’ll lose the match via disqualification and the title. Dolph Ziggler’s music hits and he heads to the ring.
World Title Match:
Edge (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
Edge gets the early advantage and gets several two counts. Edge takes the match outside and throws Ziggler into the barricade and smashes his face in the mat. Edge bodyslams Ziggler chest-first into the barricade and throws him back in the ring, but is met with a boot to the face when getting back in. Ziggler then starts stomping on the champion and takes the advantage.
Ziggler dominated the match for awhile. Ziggler threw Edge into the ropes and they caught each other with cross bodyblocks. Ziggler then missed a charge in the corner. Edge built some momentum and hit a flying forearm and got a two count. He continued to stay on offense and got more two counts.
Ziggler reversed a flying cross body from the top rope for a two count. Ziggler followed with a dropkick for another two.
Later in the match, Edge locked in a sharpshooter but Ziggler made it to the ropes.
The finish of the match saw Edge look like he was going for the spear, but thought against it. Ziggler then locked in a sleeperhold, but Edge reversed it and hit a DDT. Edge covered Ziggler, but Guerrero pulled the refs leg. Kelly Kelly came to ringside and knocked Guerrero on her keyster. Ziggler hit the Zig-Zag and Edge kicked out at two.
Ziggler then went for the sleeperhold again and held it in for several moments. Edge managed to get up to his feet, but knocked out the ref as he tried to wiggle Ziggler off. With the referee and Vickie down, Edge then decided it was time for the spear. Edge nailed Ziggler for the spear as the ref came to. Edge then hit the killswitch and got the three count! Great opener.
Edge defeated Dolph Ziggler via pinfall to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
A promo for WrestleMania aired.
Josh Matthews interviewed The Miz backstage. Miz said there is a reason why he’s champion and Randy Orton is not. Riley said Miz would outclass and beat Orton and go to WrestleMania as WWE Champion. Miz finished with: “I’m the Miz and I’m awesome!”
Randy Orton’s music hit and we’re off!
WWE Title Match:
The Miz (c) vs. Randy Orton
Orton took the early advantage and took the match outside of the ring. He dominated Miz on the outside and then brought him back in the ring for a two count. Orton continued to dominate and collect a couple of two counts in the process. Alex Riley finally ran interference to allow the Miz to take control of the match.
Miz continued to dominate the match for the next several minutes. The two traded the advantage several times.
Late in the match, they went to the outside of the ring and Miz sling-shotted Orton into the ringpost. Orton made it back in the ring and tackled Miz. The two traded punches, but Miz was met with a big clothesline when he charged at Orton, followed by a powerslam. Orton did the Garvin stomp and dropped a knee on Orton and secured a two count. Shortly after, Orton hit a back suplex for another two count. Miz retreated outside of the ring and grabbed the belt to head to the back, but was met with a clothesline to the floor.
A little later Orton hit a DDT as Miz got back in the ring and the new Nexus made their way to the ring. With the referee distracted, Riley came in the ring but Orton tossed him out onto Nexus. Orton hit an RKO but CM Punk hit the ring and hit a GTS on Orton. Punk put Miz on Orton, the referee came back into the ring and counted three! Another good match.
The Miz defeated Randy Orton via pinfall to retain the WWE Championship.
A promo for The Elimination Chamber aired.
Todd Grisham read a statement from Cody Rhodes backstage. Rhodes asked for some privacy during this “emotional time.”
Before the match was underway, the RAW GM sent an email changing the Divas championship match to a fatal fourway divas championship match with Natalya vs. Michelle McCool vs. Layla vs. Eve Torres.
WWE Divas Title Match:
Natalya (c) vs. Michelle McCool and Layla vs. Eve
Laycool double teamed Natalya and Eve early and tossed Eve out of the ring. Natalya worked over both members of Laycool.
At one point it was McCool and Layla alone in the ring while Natalya and Eve were on the outside. Before they could square off, Natalya tripped Layla and Eve rolled up McCool for a two count. Moments later, Natalya put Layla on top of Eve and did a double sharpshooter! McCool got in the ring to quickly break it up.
The finish of the match saw Eve and Layla alone in the ring. Eve climbed to the top and his a moonsault and covered Layla. Right then McCool covered Natalya as well and the referee counted three. The referee ruled Eve the winner.
Eve defeated Natalya, Michelle McCool and Layla in a Fatal Four Way match to become the NEW WWE Divas Champion.
Daniel Bryan with Gail Kim was introduced backstage and said that people always doubt him, but he could win the Rumble. The Bellas came in with flowers and apologized to Bryan and made a crack about Kim’s looks. A catfight ensued with Bryan and some referees trying to break it up.
The 40 man Royal Rumble is up next. We will be updating this page every few minutes, so be sure to keep hitting refresh!
The 40 Man Royal Rumble:
CM Punk drew #1. The Corre then hit the ring, and Punk started fighting them all off. The rest of the Nexus hit the ring and a big brawl broke out. The RAW GM and ordered everyone, sans Punk, to the back or they will not be allowed to compete in the Rumble. Everyone else made their way to the back and a loud “CM Punk” chant broke out.
Daniel Bryan drew #2 and we’re off!
Justin Gabriel came in and immediately went after Punk. Bryan clotheslined Punk and Gabriel went for the 450 splash and missed. Bryan dumped Gabriel out of the ring and we have our first elimination.
Bryan eliminated Justin Gabriel.
Zack Ryder is in at #4, but didn’t last long as Bryan hip tossed him out of the ring.
Bryan eliminated Ryder.
William Regal is in at #5.
Ted Dibiase is in at #6 and went after Bryan.
John Morrison is #7 and came in like a house of fire.
Cool spot where Regal threw Morrison out of the ring but Morrison landed on the barricade. He then jumped on the ring steps and got back in the ring since his feet never touched the floor. Amazing sequence! During this time, Dibiase eliminated Regal.
Yoshi Tatsu is in at #8.
Husky Harris is #9.
Chavo is #10.
Mark Henry is #11 and eliminated Chavo and Tatsu.
JTG is #12.
Michael McGillicutty is #13 and eliminated JTG.
Michael McGillicutty and Harris eliminated Dibiase.
Chris Masters was in at #14.
David Otunga is in at #15.
Punk eliminated Bryan.
The Nexus then eliminated Morrison and turned their attention to Henry. The teamed up and dumped Henry out so it’s just the Nexus in the ring.
Tyler Reks is #16 and was ambushed by the Nexus as soon as he got in the ring. Punk then dumped Reks out of the ring. I sense Cena coming in soon.
Vladimir Kozlov is #17 and got jumped as soon as he got in the ring. He was quickly eliminated. The Nexus sat back and waited for #18.
R-Truth is #18 and was met with the same fate as Kozlov and Reks. Truth took a beating and then was thrown out by Punk.
The Great Khali is in at #19. Khali was able to get the Nexus on their feet and eliminated Harris. Khali continued to dominate as the buzzer went off.
Mason Ryan is #20 and eliminated Khali leaving the Nexus alone in the ring once again.
“Can U Dig It Sucka!!!!” Booker T is in at #21! Booker goes to work on the Nexus. He hits the bookend McGillicutty and does the spinaroonie! Ryan then dumped Booker out of the ring. That was a little unexpected… Punk started yelling “We’re going to WrestleMania” as #22 came up.
Cena’s music hit and he’s in at #22. He went to town and and eliminated Ryan, Otunga and McGillicutty leaving Punk and Cena. Punk at one point went for the GTS, Cena reversed and they nailed each other with a double clothesline.
Hornswoggle is in at #23. Punk kicked him down and then turned his attention back to Cena. Punk went to dump Cena out, but Cena reversed it and got Punk in the AA and eliminated Punk. Cena then made a truce with Hornswoggle and they waited for #24.
Tyson Kidd was in at #24 and battled it out with Hornswoggle as Cena watched. Cena hit the AA on Kidd. Hornswoggle hit the AA on Kidd (really) and Cena eliminated Kidd.
Heath Slater is in next and met the Hornswoggle – Cena team. Hornswoggle hit the tadpole splash and Cena dumped Slater over the top.
Kofi Kingston is in at #26. Kofi and Cena stared off, looked at the WrestleMania banner and then squared off.
Jack Swagger is #27 and the pool is getting full again. Kofi and Hornswoggle hit a double boom drop on Swagger.
King Sheamus is #28. Hornswoggle celebrated Sheamus’ entry, but was met with a boot to the gut. Hornswoggle signaled for Sweet Chin Music and kicked Sheamus in the ankle. A minute later and Sheamus eliminated Hornswoggle.
Rey Mysterio is #29 and was hitting hurricaranas all over the place. He was grounded by Sheamus but eliminated Sheamus moments later.
Wade Barrett is #30.
Dolph Ziggler is #31.
Kevin Nash coming out as Diesel is in at #32 to a HUGE pop.
Drew McIntyre is in at #33 to no reaction.
Alex Riley is in at #34 and comes out with the Miz.
Wade Barrett eliminated Diesel. Not a hot return for Nash or Booker.
The Big Show is #35. He and Nash have a staredown as Show comes out. Show eliminated Ziggler and Cena eliminated Riley. Show eliminated McIntyre.
Ezekiel is #36 and eliminated Show.
Santino Marella is #37.
Alberto Del Rio is #38 and took his time getting to the ring.
Randy Orton is #39 and Del Rio is still making his way to the ring. Orton attacked Del Rio and got in the ring. He hit RKOs on Sheamus, Kofi and Del Rio and eliminated Kofi and Sheamus.
Orton and Sheamus had a staredown with the other competitors down.
Kane is in at #40 and eliminated Ezekiel.
Mysterio eliminated Kane but was eliminated by Barrett.
Cena and Orton had another staredown, but it was no Warrior-Hogan situation as the crowd was silent. They battled for a second until Barrett broke it up.
Riley ran in to distract Cena and Miz, who was doing commentary, ran into the ring and threw out Cena. So we’re down to Barrett, Del Rio and Orton.
Barrett and Del Rio double teamed Orton. Orton was able to mount a comeback and looked for the RKO on Del Rio. Orton tossed out Barrett and Del Rio dumped Orton out to seemingly win the Rumble.
Santino got back in the ring since he was never eliminated and hit Del Rio with the cobra. He went to dump Del Rio out, but Del Rio reversed and threw Santino out to win the 2011 Royal Rumble.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
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