Monday, January 31, 2011
WWE Royal Rumble Results
Alberto Del Rio won the 40-Man Royal Rumble Match
Del Rio’s shocking victory was one of many surprising moments in this year’s over-the-top melee. Before the match even began, No. 1 entrant CM Punk was ambushed by The Corre, resulting in a massive brawl between the SmackDown group and The New Nexus. When the smoke settled and the Rumble started proper, The Straight Edge Superstar survived long enough to be joined by his New Nexus cohorts and the sinister set proceeded to control the match for an extended period of time. That was until John Cena arrived.
Putting on one of the most impressive performances in Rumble history, the Legendary star was by far the most dominant man in the ring, dumping seven Superstars over the top rope, including every member of The New Nexus. But Cena’s fury soon gave way to frivolity as he teamed up with No. 23 entrant Hornswoggle to hurl both Heath Slater and Tyson Kidd. Those unfortunate Superstars should’ve taken a page out of John Morrison’s book. Early in the bout, The Shaman of Sexy avoided elimination by clinging catlike onto the barrier and then jumping back into the ring.
As the action continued to heat up, top Superstars like Big Show, Rey Mysterio and Wade Barrett entered the fray. Even former World Champions Booker T and Diesel made unexpected appearances in the match, much to the delight of the WWE Universe. But it was the man who drove to the ring in a $200,000 Bentley that had the biggest impact on the night’s events.
As one of the final men to enter the ring, Del Rio had an advantage over the last three participants — Cena, Barrett and Orton. The Mexican Superstar lucked out when Cena was unceremoniously tossed by an interfering Miz. From there, it was a rapid turn of events as The Viper chucked Barrett before being dumped himself by an opportunistic Del Rio.
It was not over yet, though. Santino Marella had not been officially eliminated and crawled back into the ring, nailing a distracted Del Rio with The Cobra. The Italian Superstar nearly threw the arrogant competitor over the top rope, but Del Rio reversed at the last second to secure his spot in the main event of The Show of Shows.
To view the complete list of WWE Superstars who were a part of the 2011 Royal Rumble as well as their Statistics and Eliminations, visit http://www.wwe.com/shows/royalrumble/statistics11/
WWE Champion The Miz def. Randy Orton
Months of taunts and attacks reverberated through WWE’s Apex Predator, who seemed almost destined to wear the WWE Title for a seventh time – refusing anything less than victory. But the final decision would not lie with Orton. Instead, members of The New Nexus entered and distracted The Viper, at which point the group’s leader, CM Punk, emerged to level Orton with a GTS and drag Miz’s ragged body atop for the three-count.
World Heavyweight Champion Edge def. Dolph Ziggler
When Vickie Guerrero interfered with the match and jumped up on the ring apron to continuously slap Edge, Kelly Kelly appeared from nowhere and took her out.
Ziggler soon locked in his infamous sleeper and, while the World Heavyweight Champion struggled to break it, the referee got knocked to the canvas and was rendered out of commission. Seizing the opportunity, The Ultimate Opportunist brought the WWE Universe into hysterics, blasting his adversary with the outlawed Spear. Then, as the referee was coming to, he followed it up with the Killswitch for the victory – perhaps paying homage to his former partner Christian.
Eve won a Fatal 4-Way Match (New Divas Champion)
In a shocking turn of events at a sold-out TD Banknorth Garden, Raw’s Anonymous General Manager evened the odds in Natalya’s Divas Championship defense against Lay-Cool, ordering the bout become a Fatal 4-Way Match. This decision would set the stage for Eve to capture the butterfly for the second time in her young career.
The battle was fierce and competitive as the sexy, smart and powerful Divas each desired to head in the right direction on the Road to WrestleMania. When the dust settled, Eve stood victorious by taking advantage of the situation, capturing her second Divas Title by pinning Layla. However, Eve’s victory did not come without controversy as the referee did not see Michelle pinning Natalya at the same time.
Although at the end of the match Michelle protested the referee’s decision, her argument would fall on deaf ears, as the former Diva Search Winner Eve was officially declared the winner and left the Royal Rumble as Divas Champion.