Jan 30, 2011 - by Adam Martin
A video package runs focusing on how tonight kicks off the road to Wrestlemania where one man will make history. The video continues focusing on 40 stars competing in the Rumble this year adding, “For over two decades, the Royal Rumble match has featured 30 superstars battling to headline Wrestlemania. Tonight, the tradition is taken to a whole new level. 40 will enter. 1 will be left standing. 1 will earn the opportunity. Who will headline Wrestlemania? Who will be the 1?”
A graphic opening hits welcoming us to the 24th annual Royal Rumble. We go live to the sold out TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts as a huge pyro display goes off.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Edge is out first to kick off the show. Video is played from Smackdown on Friday where Vickie Guerrero announced that if Edge uses the Spear tonight, he is disqualified and Dolph Ziggler will be awarded the title.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Edge is banned from using the Spear
Edge (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ Vickie Guerrero
Before the match, Vickie Guerrero reiterated the stipulation and introduced Dolph Ziggler. Tony Chimel did the official ring introductions for the challenger Dolph Ziggler and champion Edge.
Lock up and Edge hits a quick knee. Edge with a few more elbows and Ziggler fires back with a few right hands. Edge launches Ziggler into the corner and drops a quick knee. Ziggler with more offense on Edge including some big stomps. Ziggler drops a big elbow across the chest of Edge over the ring apron. Ziggler turns the same to the back of Edge’s neck after turning him over. Edge with a catapult into a pinfall for a two count. Ziggler responds with a quick reverse neckbreaker for a two count as well. Ziggler with a jumping elbow drop over Edge’s chest. Ziggler launches Edge off the ring apron into the ring barricade on the outside. Ziggler tosses Edge back in, goes for a pinfall and Edge kicks out after two. Ziggler applies a headlock on Edge. Edge fights out to his feet and the two meet in the middle of the ring hitting a double crossbody. Edge fires back with a big jumping clothesline. Ziggler goes for the fameasser, but Edge reverses in mid air into a sitdown powerbomb. Edge goes up top and Ziggler cuts him off jumping up with him. Edge knocks Ziggler off, connects with a crossbody, but Ziggler reverses into a pinfall for a close two count. Ziggler with a standing dropkick and another two count. Edge counters a Zig Zag attempt and locks on a modified Sharpshooter. Ziggler is able to get to the bottom rope. Edge misses a body splash on Ziggler against the ropes and Ziggler hits the fameasser. Ziggler in for the cover and Edge gets a shoulder up after a close two count. Ziggler can’t believe it. Edge catches Ziggler with a big boot. Edge starts to lean down for a Spear, but realizes he can’t do it. Ziggler attempts a sleeper, but Edge counters into a DDT. Edge hooks the leg and Vickie Guerrero pulls the referee out. Vickie starts yelling at Edge and slaps him on the ring apron. Edge with a rollup on Ziggler when he almost runs into Vickie. Ziggler kicks out after two. Vickie slaps Edge. Kelly Kelly walks out and slaps Vickie. Kelly Kelly then takes out Vickie. In the ring, Ziggler hits the Zig Zag on Edge. Ziggler goes for the cover and Edge barely kicks out after two. Ziggler with a sleeper on Edge. Referee bump when Edge tries to break free. Edge drops Ziggler in a stunner to break free. Vickie is still down. Edge backs up in the corner and hits the Spear on Ziggler. Edge stays down when Ziggler goes down. The referee recovers. Edge sits up smiling. Edge hits the Killswitch (Christian’s finisher) on Ziggler and gets the pinfall.
Winner & still WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Edge
After the match, Vickie Guerrero recovers and screams, “Noooooooooo!” Edge is handed the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and holds it up high in the corner as he takes a look at the Wrestlemania 27 logo hanging in the arena.
A video package runs highlighting events between The Miz and Randy Orton.
Backstage, WWE Champion The Miz talks about how his title reign has been full of lies. He said there is a reason he is a champion and why people like Randy Orton or even Tom Brady are not.
The Miz (c) w/ Alex Riley vs. Randy Orton
Justin Roberts did ring introductions for the challenger Randy Orton and champion The Miz.
Randy Orton tosses The Miz out early and throws him into the padded ring barricades. Orton levels Miz on the outside with a quick clothesline. Back in the ring, Orton stomps over Miz. Orton catapults Miz into the bottom rope. Orton with some big right hands dropping Miz in the corner. Riley interfered dropping Orton against the ropes without the referee seeing. Orton recovers with a big clothesline on Miz after bouncing off the corner. Miz fights back with big left hands and knees to Orton in the corner. Miz with his corner clothesline, quick cover and Orton powers out after two. Riley with another cheap shot. Riley high fives Michael Cole at ringside. Miz with a big knee to the gut as Orton came off the ropes. Miz follows that up with a big boot to the jaw, another cover and Orton gets a shoulder up after two. Miz with a knee to the face on Orton and goes into headlock right away. Orton breaks free, but then takes a big boot from Miz. Miz goes up top and Orton crotches him. Orton with a big superplex on Miz. Miz with left hands, Orton with right hands, Orton with clotheslines and Orton drops Miz over his back. Miz counters Orton’s DDT attempt through the ropes and tosses him over the top rope to the outside. Miz drives Orton back first into the ring barricade. Miz does the same to Orton against the ring. Miz is back up top and connects with a sledgehammer, cover and Orton kicks out after two. Miz mounts Orton, hits some big lefts, another cover, Orton kicks out, more left hands from Miz and the referee pulls him off. Miz applies a modified Crossface. Orton breaks free and rolls to the outside. Orton kicks Miz and looks to hit a powerbomb on the floor when Miz counters and catapults Orton into the steel ring post. Miz rolls back in and the referee starts the count. The referee gets to 8 when Orton rolls back in and jumps on Miz hitting a big Lou Thesz Press with big right hands. Orton with a series of clotheslines and a big snap powerslam. Orton stomps over The Miz, drops a knee, goes for a cover and Miz kicks out. Orton with a kick to the gut. Riley jumps up and Orton chases him away. Miz drops Orton over his knee and hits a reverse neckbreaker for a close two count. Orton with a turning slam on Miz. Miz rolls out, grabs the WWE Championship, Orton rolls out and drops Miz with a huge clothesline. Orton tosses Miz back in the ring and chases off Riley. In the ring, we miss Miz dropping Orton with something that resulted in a two count. Orton with a close rollup for a two count. Orton with his DDT using the ropes on Miz. Orton is ready to hit the RKO waiting for Miz to get up when members of the new Nexus walk down minus CM Punk. The referee gets out to make them leave. Riley is in the ring. Orton grabs him and tosses Riley over the top rope into Nexus. Orton with an RKO on Miz. CM Punk is in the ring and hits Orton with the GTS. Punk puts Miz over Orton and leaves the ring. The referee counts the pinfall.
Winner & still WWE Champion: The Miz
After the match, Michael Cole is jumping up and down at ringside clapping for The Miz. We see a replay of all the events leading to the finish. Back live, Orton is recovering as The Miz and Alex Riley head up the ramp as the new Nexus looks on.
A promo for WWE Elimination Chamber on Sunday, February 20 airs.
Backstage, Todd Grisham has a public statement from Cody Rhodes. Rhodes said tonight was supposed to be his night, but because of Rey Mysterio, he now has a shattered face and Mysterio has yet to apologize or reach out to him.
Video airs of WWE asking fans in Boston who they think will win the Royal Rumble.
Laycool and Natalya are now in the arena. Before the match starts, the Raw GM has something to say. Michael Cole asks the Boston crowd to excuse him. The GM is changing the originally scheduled handicap match to a fatal four way: Natalya vs. Layla vs. Michelle McCool vs. Eve Torres.
WWE Divas Championship – Fatal Four Way
Natalya (c) vs. Layla vs. Michelle McCool vs. Eve Torres
Lots of double teaming by Laycool early on against Natalya. Natalya catapults Layla into McCool. McCool pulls Layla out of the ring. Layla clotheslines Natalya on the outside. McCool kicks Eve off the ring apron. Layla and McCool then have a stare down. Natalya trips up Layla. Eve is back in and goes for a rollup, but it gets broken up. Natalya dumps McCool to the outside. Layla and Eve are knocked down on top of each other by Natalya. Natalya locks on a double Sharpshooter. McCool breaks it up with a kick to Natalya’s head. McCool covers Eve for a two count. Layla with a reverse neckbreaker on Eve. Natalya with a double clothesline on Laycool. Natalya with a suplex on McCool and hits Layla with right hands. McCool takes out Layla with a bit boot by accident. Natalya with a rollup for a two count. Natalya throws McCool out. Eve tosses Natalya out. Eve goes up top and hits a moonsault. Eve covers Layla, while McCool rolls up Natalya. Both get a three count. The referee awards the match to Eve Torres.
Winner and NEW WWE Divas Champion: Eve Torres
After the match, they show the replay of the finish.
Backstage, Josh Mathews is with Daniel Bryan talking about the Royal Rumble match. Bryan said anything is possible in the Rumble. The Bella’s walk up and say they were caught by surprise last week. They give Bryan and Gail Kim flowers. The Bella’s then insult Kim saying Bryan must be into certain kinds of girls since they are way better looking. The Bella’s and Kim have a cat fight.
Wrestlemania 27 is 63 days away.
A video package runs highlighting the history of the Royal Rumble.
40 Man Royal Rumble Match
Every 90 seconds a new participant will enter the match.
1. CM Punk
The Corre walk out and surround the ring. The rest of New Nexus hit the ring. Michael Cole noted that the match hasn’t officially started yet. The Raw GM is chiming in. WWE referees and officials break up the fighting. The GM says CM Punk is the only person who can legally be in the ring right now and sends members of the Nexus and Corre to the back. If they don’t leave, they will be removed from the Rumble. Everyone slowly leaves the ring and heads to the back with Punk left in the ring.
2. Daniel Bryan
Punk with a shoulder block on Bryan. Bryan with a big kick to Punk. Bryan with a big clothesline. Bryan is sent to the ring apron. He hangs on, goes up top and takes out Punk with a huge missile dropkick. Bryan misses a kick in the corner. Time expires.
3. Justin Gabriel
Justin Gabriel goes after Punk right away. Punk and Bryan hit each other with a double clothesline. Gabriel goes up top, attempts the 450 and misses. Bryan tosses Gabriel over the top rope.
Justin Gabriel is eliminated.
4. Zack Ryder
Zack Ryder goes after Bryan and Punk with big kicks and elbows. Bryan with uppercuts to Ryder. Bryan tosses Ryder over the top rope with a hip toss.
Zack Ryder is eliminated.
5. William Regal
William Regal with big knees to Punk and a big overhead suplex on Bryan. Regal with a overhead suplex on Punk. Regal with a huge knee to the head of Punk. Regal and Bryan exchange uppercuts. Punk with a big kick to Regal. Bryan with a kick to Punk. Bryan with a kick to Regal. Time expires.
6. Ted DiBiase with Maryse
Ted DiBiase dropkicks Bryan and Regal. Punk with a kick to DiBiase. DiBiase with a clothesline on Punk. Bryan with huge kicks to the chest of Regal. Bryan ends it with a big kick to the head. DiBiase holds on after almost being eliminated.
7. John Morrison
John Morrison springboards himself in taking out Regal with a big kick. Morrison tosses Punk into the corner and hits a springboard kick. Morrison takes out Bryan with a flipping suplex. Morrison hangs on when tossed over. Morrison is tossed out, but he hits the ring barricade and isn’t eliminated. Regal is tossed over by DiBiase.
William Regal is eliminated.
Morrison jumps from the barricade to the steel ring steps and gets back in the ring to stay alive.
8. Yoshi Tatsu
Yoshi Tatsu with big kicks to DiBiase. Punk kicks the face of Tatsu.
9. Husky Harris
Husky Harris unloads on everyone when he hits the ring. Harris protects Punk in the corner. Everyone charges going after Harris as Punk stays protected. Time expires.
10. Chavo Guerrero
Chavo Guerrero with a the three amigos suplex spot on DiBiase. Punk breaks it up and Chavo does it to Punk. Morrison gets involved and Chavo executes three amigos on him. Chavo takes out Bryan with three amigos.
11. Mark Henry
Mark Henry with big headbutts. Henry catches Chavo and tosses him over.
Chavo Guerrero is eliminated.
Henry clotheslines Tatsu over next.
Yoshi Tatsu is eliminated.
JTG with some right hands to Harris. Harris with a big elbow on Bryan. Time expires.
13. Michael McGillicutty
Michael McGillicutty goes after JTG and dropkicks him over the top rope.
JTG is eliminated.
Harris and McGillicutty send Ted DiBiase over the top rope.
Ted DiBiase is eliminated.
14. Chris Masters
Chris Masters goes right after the Nexus members. Masters with a huge spinebuster on McGillicutty. Masters gets the Masterlock on Punk and almost eliminates him. McGillicutty comes to the rescue.
15. David Otunga
Nexus starts going after everyone with the numbers on their side.
Daniel Bryan is eliminated.
Chris Masters is eliminated.
John Morrison is eliminated.
They all focus on Mark Henry. They eventually toss him out.
Mark Henry is eliminated.
16. Tyler Reks
Nexus immediately double team Tyler Reks when he hits the ring. Punk tosses him over.
Tyler Reks is eliminated.
17. Vladimir Kozlov
Kozlov hits the ring with a big kick. Nexus overwhelm him with punches and kicks. Harris with a body splash on Kozlov. Punk is laughing and tosses Kozlov over the top rope.
Vladimir Kozlov is eliminated.
Nexus attacks Truth when he hits the ring. Harris holds Truth down as the rest of Nexus kick Truth. Punk with a high knee to Truth in the corner and yells, “Hey, what’s up!?” Punk tosses Truth over the top rope.
R-Truth is eliminated.
19. The Great Khali
Punk stops smiling and puts Otunga in front of him. He has Nexus protect him. Khali takes out Nexus with big right hands and kicks. Khali tosses Harris over.
Husky Harris is eliminated.
Khali with a big chop to Punk.
20. Mason Ryan
Ryan goes after Khali. Khali chops Ryan. Khali misses another chop and Ryan tosses him over.
The Great Khali is eliminated.
Nexus is back to dominating.
21. Booker T
Ryan goes after Booker. Booker drops Ryan with a side kick. Axe Kick to Punk. McGillicutty attacks Booker. Booker with a Book End on McGillicutty. Spinarooni time. Booker almost tosses Punk over. Ryan tosses Booker over.
Booker T is eliminated.
CM Punk laughs yelling, “We are going to Wrestlemania!” Time expires.
22. John Cena
Cena charges and levels everyone. Bulldog on Otunga. Sulpex on McGillicutty. Cena tosses Ryan over pulling the rope down. Otunga and McGillicutty are sent over by Cena.
Mason Ryan is eliminated.
Husky Harris is eliminated.
Michael McGillicutty is eliminated.
CM Punk is now alone with Cena. Time expires.
Punk drops him with a big kick. Punk turns his attention to Cena hitting kicks and punches. Cena sends Punk over with the Attitude Adjustment.
CM Punk is eliminated.
Cena extends his hand to Hornswoggle.
24. Tyson Kidd
Cena and Hornswoggle take turns hitting Kidd. Hornswoggle with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors. Cena with an Attitude Adjustment on Kidd. Hornswoggle with a mini-Attitude Adjustment on Kidd. Cena tosses Kidd over.
Tyson Kidd is eliminated.
25. Heath Slater
Cena with shoulder blocks on Slater. Hornswoggle with a Stunner on Slater. Cena and Hornswoggle with a double five knuckle shuffle on Slater. Hornswoggle is up top and hits the tadpole splash. Cena tosses Slater over.
Heath Slater is eliminated.
26. Kofi Kingston
Cena and Kingston lock up. Kingston with a leaping elbow and dropkick. Time expires.
27. Jack Swagger
Swagger with clotheslines to Cena and Kingston. Swagger with body splashes on both as well. Hornswoggle kicks Swagger. Kingston with a crossbody on Swagger. Hornswoggle drops down allowing Kingston to leap off him and hit a boom drop. Time expires.
Sheamus goes after Swagger, Kingston and Cena. Sheamus with a backbreaker on Cena. Sheamus sees Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle taunts at Sheamus. Sheamus pushes him down. Hornswoggle is tuning up the band. Sheet SHIN Music as Cole called it. Sheamus puts Hornswoggle up top. Cena takes out Sheamus. Sheamus boots Hornswoggle off the top and he is out.
Hornswoggle is eliminated.
29. Rey Mysterio
Lots of quick offense early on by Mysterio. Sheamus cuts him off. Kingston with Trouble in Paradise on Sheamus. Swagger with a big takedown on Kingston. Mysterio with a 619 on Swagger as Swagger sat on the ring apron. Swagger is gone.
Jack Swagger is eliminated.
30. Wade Barrett
Mysterio kicks the leg of Barrett. Barrett with a side slam on Cena.
31. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler tries sending Cena over with Barrett. Cena hangs on as Mysterio interferes. Time expires.
32. Diesel (Kevin Nash)
Big reaction for Nash. Barrett goes after Nash right away. Nash with big boots to Barrett and Mysterio. Nash with a big clothesline to Cena. Time expires.
33. Drew McIntyre
Loud “LETS GO DIESEL” chant. Mysterio with a 619 to Nash. Time expires.
34. Alex Riley w/ WWE Champion The Miz
Cena decked Riley when he hit the ring. The Miz is now on commentary. Time expires.
35. Big Show
Big Show with headbutts and clotheslines as he powers himself in. Ziggler is sent over by Big Show.
Dolph Ziggler is eliminated.
36. Ezekiel Jackson
Jackson takes out Big Show right away. Jackson sends Big Show over.
Big Show is eliminated.
Jackson and Barrett celebrate and then Jackson turns his focus to Cena.
37. Santino Marella
Santino sprints down. Sheamus with a big boot to Santino.
38. Alberto Del Rio
They mention that Riley has been eliminated earlier.
Alex Riley is eliminated.
39. Randy Orton
Orton goes after Del Rio right away tossing him in the ring. RKO on Sheamus. RKO on Kingston.
Kofi Kingston is eliminated.
Sheamus is eliminated.
Diesel (Kevin Nash) is eliminated.
Orton and Cena have a face off as time expires.
Kane starts going after everyone in the ring. Jackson is tossed over.
Ezekiel Jackson is eliminated.
Mysterio sends Kane over with a head scissors. Mysterio is knocked out by Barrett.
Kane is eliminated.
Rey Mysterio is eliminated.
Final four are Cena, Orton, Barrett and Del Rio. Orton and Cena exchange shots. Del Rio with kicks to Cena. Cena with an Attitude Adjustment on Del Rio. Riley runs out to distract Cena. Miz gets in the ring leaving the commentary table and tosses Cena over.
John Cena is eliminated.
Cena can’t believe it. He walks over and points at Michael Cole. We are down to Orton, Barrett and Del Rio. Orton with a back breaker on Del Rio. Orton sends Barrett over.
Wade Barrett is eliminated.
Del Rio then grabs Orton and tosses him over.
Randy Orton is eliminated.
Del Rio starts celebrating. Santino is still alive! He slides back in. Santino with the Cobra. Santino is running around celebrating. Santino picks up Del Rio, Del Rio reverses and sends Santino over the top rope.
Winner of the 2011 Royal Rumble: Alberto Del Rio
After the match, Alberto Del Rio celebrates his win as Ricardo Rodriguez screams/announces his name in celebration. Del Rio climbs up on the top turnbuckle staring at the Wrestlemania 27 logo. Pyro goes off above the ring and around the logo. The PPV goes off the air with Del Rio celebrating and Michael Cole welcoming us to the road to Wrestlemania!