WWE Royal Rumble PPV Review My Review Score: 8/10
Pretty solid PPV. The Royal Rumble sort of lived up to the hype although I hope the 40 Man Rumble isn't permanent from here on out. All the matches were pretty good. Didn't like the Hornswoggle + New Nexus bit in the Rumble. I'll explain more below.
I only got one prediction correctly... and that was The Miz retaining the WWE Title. World Heavyweight Championship Match: Edge (World Heavyweight Champion) vs Dolph Ziggler w/Vickie Guerrero. If Edge uses the Spear, he loses the World Heavyweight Title
Saw most of this match in Spanish
(Thanks Time Warner!) but it was great nonetheless. Great match to kick off the PPV. Edge made Dolph look good in this match.
Edge couldn't use the Spear at all or else he'll lose the World Title. Vickie Guerrero provided lots of distractions here and she slapped Edge a bunch of times as well. The turning point of this match was when Kelly Kelly came out and beat the crap out of Vickie. It was extremely... random. If they develop this story further with Kelly Kelly trying to impress Drew McIntyre on Smackdown, then I'm find with it. If they ignore it completely, it's going to bug me.
There was also a ref bump in here somewhere that I can't remember... Either way, with the ref AND Vickie Guerrero down, Edge speared Dolph Ziggler. Edge also used Christian's finisher, the Killswitch and got the pinfall victory to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. Final Result: Edge retains the World Heavyweight Championship by pinfall. WWE Championship Match: The Miz (WWE Champion) w/Alex Riley vs Randy Orton
Interesting match. Not the best, but it worked. The Miz held his own pretty good here and Orton sold a bunch of moves which was nice to see. I personally wasn't into this match as much as I could have been. The whole time, I was waiting for the finish just to see how Miz would retain.
The finish came when The Miz down and the New Nexus (minus CM Punk) came to the ring. Orton was distracted and Alex Riley was going to sneak up behind. Orton turned around in time to throw A-Ri over the top rope and onto The New Nexus and the ref. The replay later showed that the ref didn't get hit but he took a tumble long enough for CM Punk (who came from under the ring) to give Orton the GTS. Punk then dragged The Miz and put him on top of Orton. The ref then conveniently got in the ring and counted to 3. Final Result: The Miz retains the WWE Championship.
At the time of this match, it didn't quite make sense as to why CM Punk would help The Miz. Is it because he thinks The Miz will be an easier opponent at Wrestlemania than Orton when he wins the Rumble? But it turns out... they're just setting up a feud between CM Punk and Randy Orton.
Nexus was the one that cost Orton the WWE Title but they're having Orton feud with the New Nexus. It doesn't quite added up but we'll see where it goes. WWE Divas Championship Fatal Four Way Match: Natalya (Divas Champion) vs Michelle McCool vs Layla vs Eve
So we all know that Awesome Kong has signed with the WWE a few weeks ago. The question was... when will she debut? The RAW GM changed the 2 on 1 Handicap Match to a Fatal Four Way Match. I thought Awesome Kong was going to be the "mystery opponent" but nope! It was Eve. Someone explain to me why Eve got a title shot? Maybe she's the RAW GM.
The match actually went about 10+ minutes. At least I think it did. LayCool didn't attack each other at all. They teased having to fight each other when Nattie and Eve were outside the ring but they didn't.
The finish came when Eve gave Layla her Moonsault finisher. She pinned Layla but Michelle pinned Natalya at the same time. The ref counted the pinfall for Eve and didn't see Michelle pin Natalya so Eve won the Divas Title. Final Result: Eve wins the Divas Championship by pinfall.
Not sure I like the booking here because:
#1 - Eve didn't deserve a title shot. What about Gail Kim, Melina, Alicia Fox? They're all way ahead of Eve on the "list".
#2 - Really lame way for Natalya to lose the Divas Title. The point of the match was that LayCool never got their rematch clause. The RAW GM then changed it at the last minute and gave the title to someone who wasn't booked for the match in the 1st place.
#3 - Awesome Kong didn't even at least come in and destory everyone. What do they have planned for her?
I'm probably wasting my time over analysing this. The Divas division is crap because their matches can't last for more than 2 minutes on RAW. But why does it bother me so much? 40 Man Royal Rumble Match: Winner gets a title shot at either the WWE or World Heavyweight Title at Wrestlemania
Who doesn't love the Royal Rumble? This was a pretty good Rumble. I personally felt that it went by really fast. =o When Jack Swagger came out at #27... we were going, "Wow, if it's the regular 30 Man Rumble, this will be over soon!"
Oh yeah, looking back at the Rumble participants list... guess who got the shaft? Darren Young, David Hart Smith, and Primo didn't enter the rumble despite being announced for it. Dolph Ziggler, Alex Riley, and Randy Orton took their spots.
CM Punk drew #1 this year. Boy is he "unlucky" or what? Last year, he came out at #3.
After Punk came out, The Corre's music hit. I'm sure it confused everyone because we didn't know who #2 was. Was it Barrett or Jackson? They both came out together. Slater and Gabriel then came from the crowd and they all attacked Punk. The New Nexus stormed the ring and a 9 man brawl broke out. The RAW GM said he wouldn't tolerate this and ordered them all to the back or they'll be kicked out of the Rumble match.
I have to ask, why should The Corre listen to the RAW GM? They're on Smackdown! But I guess the RAW GM is in charge of both brands or something...
When they all headed to the back (except for Punk), Daniel Bryan entered at #2. Matt Striker made a comment about internet fans marking out to this which is awesome.
Justin Gabriel came in at #3 and got eliminated almost immediately.
John Morrison came in at #8 and had the best spot of the night. He was on the apron and got knocked out of the ring. But he jumped so far he hung on tight on the barricades. One slip and he's out, but Morrison jumped back on the steel steps and re-entered the ring. This highlight is going to be shown for years to come.
Chavo Guerrero entered at #10 and had a nice moment. He tried to put the 3 Amigos on a bunch of superstars but managed to hit 2 of each to a couple of guys before hitting 3 on Daniel Bryan. Chavo deserved this for all the mis-treatment he's gotten from Hornswoggle over the past year.
Husky Harris entered at #9, Michael McGillicutty at #13, and David Otunga at #15. This is when the New Nexus took over and they eliminated EVERYONE. Obviously, we were waiting for Super Cena to enter but they decided to stall a bit by having guys like Tyler Reks, Vladimir Kozlov, R-Truth, and The Great Khali enter one by one only to get thrown out immediately.
What's frustrating is that the faces have no brains. Why rush the ring and fight 4 on 1 when you can wait for more help? The Great Khali eliminated Husky Harris though and took control until Mason Ryan entered next and got rid of Khali.
Booker T made a "surprise" appearance at #21 and got a HUGE pop. He got his Spin-a-Roonie in which was nice to see. Unfortunately for him though, he got thrown out immediately.
After all the waiting, Super Cena finally entered at #22 and low and behold, he eliminates Mason Ryan, David Otunga, and Michael McGillicutty in 5 seconds.
Hornswoggle took up a mystery entrant spot at #23 (REALLY?!) and this is where the Rumble match went downhill. Punk gets eliminated and then we have Cena and Hornswoggle make a mockery of the Rumble. After the heels dominated for so long, they needed the kids to be happy.
Tyson Kidd, Heath Slater, and Jack Swagger were unfortunate victims of this as Hornswoggle beat them up with Cena and Kofi Kingston's help.
The Rumble match finally went back to normal when King Sheamus entered at #28. Followed by Rey Mysterio, Wade Barrett, and Dolph Ziggler. Big Daddy Cool Diesel was the surprise entrant at #32. The Boston crowd was behind him all the way but he didn't do anything.. lol
A-Ri came out at #34 and The Miz joined the commentary booth. Somewhere in the match, A-Ri got eliminated by Super Cena but The Miz stayed on commentary.
Big Show came out at #35 and eliminated Ziggler and McIntyre, only to get eliminated by Big Zeke who came out at #36. Santino came out at #37 and boy was he hilarious. He got so intimidated by Big Zeke that he turns around and got hit with the Brogue Kick from Sheamus. The kick knocked Santino out of the ring (through the bottom ropes, so he wasn't eliminated).
Alberto Del Rio came out at #38 and took his time getting to the ring. Extremely smart guy huh? He took so long that Orton came out at #39 and Orton threw him in the ring.
Finally, Kane came out at #40 but unfortunately he didn't do much. He got rid of Big Zeke but freaking Rey Mysterio of all people threw him out.
The "final four" was Alberto Del Rio, Wade Barrett, Randy Orton, and John Cena. Alex Riley came back to the ring and distracted Cena long enough for The Miz to throw Cena out. I totally marked out for this and was excited that Cena isn't going to win the Rumble.
Cena was livid and said "The Miz is done" to Michael Cole. Orton eliminated Wade Barrett and Alberto Del Rio eliminated Randy Orton.
Alberto was celebrating thinking he won the Rumble but Santino came back in the ring. Santino hit a very emotional Cobra and probably fooled a lot of people into thinking he'll actually win the match. He grabbed Alberto and before he could throw him out, Alberto Del Rio reversed it and threw Santino out to win the Royal Rumble!!! Final Result: Alberto Del Rio wins the Royal Rumble.
I'm very shocked that they are giving Alberto Del Rio a title shot at Wrestlemania. He'll definitely feud with Edge going forward. The Miz threw out Cena which means Cena will be fighting for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania.
So after seeing the Rumble, I look back and realized why CM Punk and the New Nexus attacked Orton in his title match earlier in the PPV, it's just to set up Punk and Orton.
Overall, a solid PPV. I had a great time.
Here's how I think the Wrestlemania card is going to look...
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Edge (C) vs Alberto Del Rio
WWE Championship Match: The Miz (C) vs John Cena
Wade Barrett vs Undertaker
CM Punk vs Randy Orton
New Nexus vs The Corre
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Add in a Tag Title and Divas Title match and you got yourself a PPV.