WWE Royal Rumble Results
Sunday, January 30, 2011
From the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
Results by: Sean Hopkins of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
* R-Truth b. Curt Hawkins
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 Match
– Edge (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler w/Vickie Guerrero
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 Chimmel, 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.
Ziggler breaks the hold and drops a big elbow for another two count. Edge rolls to the ring apron and stands up, but Ziggler charges and launches him directly into the barricade at ringside. Ziggler follows to the outside only to bring Edge back in for a cover, but he’s still only able to get a two count. Ziggler lays into Edge with a couple of elbows before locking in yet another rear chin lock.
Edge is able to fight up to his feet and he fights off Dolph, sending him into the ropes. Both men go for cross body blocks, and both men connects and end up down on the mat gasping for air. Both men make it back to their feet at a six count, and Edge is able to avoid a diving Ziggler in the corner, causing Ziggler to crash and burn in the corner. Both men are back up and Ziggler charges again, only to be picked up and flopped right back down on his stomach by Edge. Both men are slow to get up again and Edge ducks a clothesline before hitting a couple of running forearms and a facebuster on Ziggler that’s good for a near fall.
Edge goes for Ziggler, but he ends up eating a jawbreaker type maneuver that looks great. Ziggler goes for the rocker dropper, but Edge is able to counter it into an awesome sit-out powerbomb which he holds on to for a pin, and a two count. Edge goes to the apron and begins to climb to the top rope. Ziggler is able to stop Edge and he lays into him with a couple of head butts, but when Ziggler tries for a superplex, Edge is able to fight him off, and he scores a head butt of his own. Edge dives off the top rope with a cross body, but Ziggler rolls through and he’s able to pin Edge for a super close near fall, almost shocking the champ.
Both men are up and Ziggler hits a beautiful kick to the face, but it’s still not enough to keep Edge down. Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag, but Edge is able to hold on to the ropes and avoid the move. Edge locks in a submission, that almost looks like an inverted sharpshooter, but Ziggler is able to fight his way to the ropes to force Edge to break the hold. Edge props Ziggler up on the middle rope and wails on his back, but when Edge tries for a cross body, Ziggler moves and he’s hung up in the ropes. Ziggler comes up with a rocker dropper and he tries for the pin but Edge kicks out at two.
Ziggler looks distraught and Vickie looks angry. Both men get up to their feet, and Edge is able to score a big boot, kicking Ziggler in the face. Edge sets himself up in the corner, and looks to be going for the spear, but he stops himself. Edge walks toward Ziggler, and Ziggler almost locks in the sleeper, but Edge is able to counter into his impaler DDT. Edge goes for the pin, but Vickie pulls the ref out. Vickie argues with the ref, and slaps Edge, but Edge is able to avoid Ziggler and score a quick roll up for two. Edge argues with Vickie more until Kelly Kelly runs down and pulls Vickie off of the apron and beats her down. Ziggler hits the Zig Zag while Edge is distracted, but when he goes for the pin, Edge kicks out at two!
Both men are slow to get to their feet. Ziggler gets up first and he tries to lock in the sleeper, being much more successful this time. Edge fades and falls to one knee. Edge shows a flash of life, and he goes up to his feet with Ziggler on his back, but they knock the referee down in the confusion. Edge is able to hit a backpack stunner, and he notices that both Vickie Guerrero and the ref are down.
Edge positions himself in the corner and hits a giant spear, before laying down on his back and acting hurt. The ref gets back up to his knees and Edge gets back up as well. Edge waits for Ziggler to get up, then hits the unprettier, putting Ziggler down for the three count.
Winner & STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Edge
Vickie Guerrero is furious as Edge just shrugs it off and shakes his head at the referee before celebrating with his title.
The Miz is backstage with Alex Riley and Josh Matthews. Miz says there is a reason why he’s a champion, and people like Jerry Lawler and Tom Brady aren’t. Riley says Miz will outclass and outwrestle Orton tonight, and go to WrestleMania as Champion. Miz repeats his catchphrase, letting us all know who he is, and what he thinks of himself.
WWE Championship Match
– The Miz (c) w/Alex Riley vs. Randy Orton
We get a video package highlighting the history between these two men that has led up to this match. Honestly I’m a bit surprised that this match is coming now, as I thought the Woman’s match would be in between the big title matches.
Randy Orton is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and the announcers play up Orton’s insistence that he’s not looking to be a fan favorite, despite the MONSTER pop he’s getting from the crowd. The Miz is out next, with Alex Riley in tow of course. Miz gets a healthy amount of boos from the crowd while Michael Cole takes the opportunity to give Miz a standing ovation. After formal ring introductions from Justin Roberts, we’re ready to begin.
The bell rings, and Orton and the Miz begin circling before the Miz tries for a quick punch. Orton avoids it and comes up with a right hand, European uppercut, and a series of right hands in the corner before simply tossing the Miz to the outside.
Orton follows and he slams Miz from one barricade into another before rolling him back into the ring for a two count. Orton stomps Miz’s forehead before picking him up by the arm and laying in with a couple of nasty kicks. Orton continues to stomp at Miz’s chest before picking him up by the legs and slingshotting him into the bottom rope, throat first. Orton goes for another pin but he only gets two. Orton catches Miz with a nasty uppercut in the corner, but when he charges Miz he eats an elbow, only to come back with another series of big right hands before being pulled off by the referee. Orton chokes Miz on the middle rope before continuing the beating.
Riley is able to catch Orton by surprise, bringing him down throat first across the top rope while the ref is distracted, and this allows Miz to sneak in a bit of offense. Miz goes to slam Orton’s head into the turnbuckle only to have it turned around on him. Orton his a big clothesline, but when he charges Miz in the corner Miz is able to make his way out, and Orton crashes into the corner. Miz is able to hit his corner clothesline and it’s good for a two count. Miz chokes Orton on the second rope, and Riley uses another distraction to sneak in a right hand. Miz goes for a pin but he’s only able to get a two count. Miz is able to lock in a rear chin lock, but Orton quickly fights up to his feet and out of the hold. Orton scores a good head butt, but Miz catches Orton with a knee to the gut.
Miz catches Orton with a big right hand and a boot to the gut, but Orton gets back to his feet and comes up with a couple of rights of his own, only to fall victim to a high elbow for a one count. Miz distracts the ref again, but the ref catches Riley before he’s able to do anything. Miz goes to the outside and beats on Orton for a little bit before kicking up into Orton’s face, square in the nose.
Back in the ring Miz locks in another rear chin lock, and even though Orton fights up to his feet he quickly falls back down. Orton fights up again and he lays a couple of elbows into Miz’s gut before turnings things around with a sleeper. Miz fights out of it, but Orton blocks a suplex and takes Miz down. Both men are slow to get up, and when they do Miz hits a big boot to Orton’s face that’s good for another near fall. Miz goes to the apron and climbs the ropes but Orton catches, and stops him. Orton hits Miz with a big right hand before climbing up and hitting a big superplex.
Orton goes for the pin, but the Miz is able to kick out. Both men get back up to their feet and trade blows in the ring, neither giving ground until Orton kicks Miz square in the chest, hits a couple of clotheslines, and his signature backbreaker. Orton goes for the rope assisted DDT, but Miz is able to suplex Orton over the ropes to the outside instead. Miz distracts the ref while Riley attacks Orton.
Miz goes to the outside where he rams Orton back first into the barricade, then the ring apron, before rolling Orton back into the ring and going for the cover, only to get a two count. Miz goes back up to the top rope, and leaps off with a double axe handle smash that’s good for another near fall on Orton. Miz goes for another pin, and gets another two count, before mounting Orton, kicking him a couple of times, and going for another pin, getting another two count. Miz locks in a mounted reverse chin lock, but Orton refuses to quit.
Orton fights up to his feet, but Miz quickly tosses him to the outside. Orton tries to go for something, but Miz catches him by the feet, and slingshots him head first into the ring post. Miz rolls back into the ring and the referee begins the count. Orton makes it back into the ring at 8, and he launches himself into the Miz with a Thesz press, a series of punches, and another series of punches when both men get to their feet. Miz is able to score a couple of punches of his own, but he walks into a couple of big clotheslines, and the snap powerslam. Orton stomps on Miz’s joints, wearing him down further with a big knee drop to the forehead that’s good for a two count.
Orton goes for a powerbomb, it looks like, but Riley is up on the apron to distract him. This allows Miz to hit the backbreaker/neckbreaker combo, but Orton kicks out of a pin attempt. Orton goes for the RKO, but Miz fights it off and tries for the SCF, Orton fights that off and hits what looks to be an Olympic slam for another two count. Miz goes to the outside and grabs the title, attempting to leave, but he’s stopped cold by an Orton clothesline. Orton sends Miz back into the ring, but when he follows, he’s met with a low angle DDT that sets up another near fall.
Miz goes for a kick, but Orton is able to avoid it and roll him up for a quick two count. Miz goes to the apron and Orton scores with his rope assisted DDT. Orton begins stalking Miz, setting up for the RKO, but the New Nexus make their way out to the ring. The ref attempts to stop them, and this allows Riley to sneak in. Orton kicks Riley in the gut, and launches him out of the ring, over the ref, and into Nexus. Orton hits the RKO on Miz, but Punk is in the ring and he hits a GTS on Orton, before dragging Miz over top of Orton. The ref recovers and counts the three.
Winner & STILL WWE Champion: The Miz
Michael Cole is beside himself, jumping up and down and clapping and shouting for the Miz.
Punk and the New Nexus make their way to the back as Miz looks completely confused as to what happened. When the belt is handed to him, that’s enough to elicit a smile from Miz though.
Todd Grisham is backstage reading a prepared statement from Cody Rhodes. Rhodes says that tonight should have been tonight, but he won’t be appearing because he has a shattered face. He says he’s offended that Mysterio has not reached out to him, and he asks everyone to respect his wishes of privacy.
Fatal Four Way Match for the WWE Divas Championship Match
– Natalya (c) vs. Layla vs. Michelle McCool vs. Eve
LayCool are out to the ring first, to a bit of an apathetic reaction from the crowd. Natalya is out next, to a nice pop from the crowd. The lights dim and the chime sounds as there’s a message from the anonymous GM. Cole asks for the crowds attention, letting the crowd know there’s an e-mail. Cole quotes, saying that Teddy Long may have allowed LayCool to co-hold the Championship, but he’s in charge and things are going to change. The GM says he gets messages about how annoying Cole is, and this won’t be a handicap match, but a fatal four way, featuring the three women in the ring, and the Eve.
LayCool work together right off the bat and take it to both of the other women. Teaming up on Eve and hitting a double front Russian leg sweep. Natalya is able to fight off LayCool while Eve ends up thrown out of the ring.
Natalya is able to slingshot Layla into McCool, causing her to spear McCool, but when Natalya goes for the pin, McCool pulls Layla to the outside. McCool assaults Natalya on the outside, and in the ring it comes down to McCool and Layla. They both stare eachother down for a bit until Natalya pulls Layla down from behind and Eve almost scores a surprise roll up. Eve goes to attack Natalya and Natalya is almost able to lock in the sharpshooter. Layla tries to interfere, but she ends up being locked up into it too and it ends up being a double sharpshooted. McCool tries for a pin on Eve, but it’s broken up. Eve pins McCool but Layla breaks it up and tosses Eve to the outside.
Back in the ring, Natalya takes out Layla with a right hand and McCool with a modified Michinoku driver. Natalya hits Layla with a discus clothesline in the corner. Natalya picks Layla up, and McCool goes for a kick, hitting Layla hard. Natalya almost scores the roll up, before tossing McCool to the outside. Natalya is tossed out by Eve.
Eve hits a moonsault on Layla, and McCool rolls up Natalya at the same time. Both women get the three count but Eve is declared the winner. Eve is given the title and McCool is furious, immediately arguing with the referee.
Winner & NEW WWE Divas Champion: Eve
Daniel Bryan is backstage with Gail Kim and Josh Matthews. Bryan says that tonight anything can happen, and even though most people would think it’s unlikely, if he could go from NXT rookie to main-eventing WrestleMania, that’d be pretty cool. The Bella’s interrupt with flowers, and they apologize for their actions and say that Bryan and Kim are a perfect couple because they’re both in the same league. Kim begins arguing with both of the Bella’s, and a catfight ensues. Bryan is slapped, and everything is breaking down into hair pulling. Eventually people come in to pull the Bella’s off Bryan and Kim, and Cole makes fun of Bryan.
40-man Royal Rumble match
– Winner gets a title shot at Wrestlemania XXVII
We get a video package highlighting random numbers of the Rumble, such as number of competitors, their combined weight, and other useless factoids. I feel as though I should go ahead and get this out of the way before the match starts, but it’s obvious that this will be hectic and difficult to cover, so please bear with me, and I will do my best to keep up. Justin Roberts announces this as the biggest Rumble match in history, then gives a quick run down of the rules, for those fans out there that may not be in the know. The man who drew number one is the leader of the Nexus himself, CM Punk.
The second man in the Royal Rumble, and the man who, along with Punk, has the highest mountain to climb, is Ezekial Jackson, and Wade Barett? and Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater are ringside. All four men make their way onto the apron and all four men begin wailing on Punk. The rest of the New Nexus make their way down to the ring, and a brawl ensues as everyone begins brawling around the ringside area, but this match hasn’t even started as Cole gets another e-mail.
The GM is ordering the officials to restore order, and stop the men in the ring. Cole says the only man with the right to be in the ring right now is CM Punk and everyone else must return to the locker room immediately, and failure to comply will result in disqualification from the Rumble match. Everyone does indeed make their way to the back, arguing all the way.
The real #2 entrant will be Daniel Bryan, and ROH fans everywhere are wetting themselves over this first period. The bell rings and Punk locks in a headlock. Bryan fights out but Punk hits a clothesline. Bryan hits a single leg dropkick, backflips over Punk, and hits a nice running forearm. Bryan shoulders Punk and tries to take him over, but it’s blocked. Punk knocks Bryan out to the apron, but Bryan comes back in with a springboard dropkick. Bryan goes for a dropkick in the corner, but Punk avoids it.
#3 is Justin Gabriel
Gabriel goes right after CM Punk and he and Punk trade blows. Punk is able to backdrop Gabriel to the apron. Bryan attacks Punk from behind. Gabriel goes for the 450, but Punk rolls out of the way. Bryan hits a back suplex sending Gabriel to the outside.
Justin Gabriel is eliminated.
#4 is Zack Ryder
Ryder comes into the ring and takes it to both Punk and Bryan right off the bat.
Bryan is able to fight back against Ryder, but he catches a kick to the chest. Ryder ends up being launched by Bryan into a kick into Punk before Bryan sends him over the top with a hip toss.
Zak Ryder has been eliminated.
Bryan lays into Punk with a couple of kicks, but Punk comes right back and attempts to eliminate Bryan.
William Regal is #5
Regal comes out and takes it right to Bryan with a huge innovative suplex before hitting Punk with a big clothesline and another suplex. Regal kicks Punk in the side of the head before going back to Bryan. Bryan and Regal trade uppercuts in the middle of the ring and Bryan comes out on top before Regal punches him in the gut. Punk kicks Regal, and Bryan kicks Punk, before kicking Regal in the side of the head.
Ted Dibiase is #6
Dibiase goes after Bryan and Regal first, taking out both men, before taking CM Punk down with a big clothesline. Dibiase attempts to force Punk over the top, but Punk won’t let go of the ropes. Bryan lays into Regal with a nasty series of kicks to the chest and one more to the head. Bryan turns to Dibiase and Punk and tries to eliminate Dibiase, but Dibiase won’t go down.
#7 is John Morrison.
Morrison comes in and takes everyone out as the fresh man. Morrison hits the C4 on Bryan, but he’s caught off guard by Dibiase, who tries to throw him over the top. Regal launches him out, and Morrison is able to catch himself on the barricade.
William Regal is eliminated by Ted Dibiase.
Morrison jumps from the barricade to the ring steps and reenters the match. Things break down to Dibiase and Morrison and Dibiase and Punk and Bryan.
#8 is Yoshi Tatsu.
Yoshi comes in and goes right after Dibiase, while Punk, Bryan and Morrison fight amongst themselves. Bryan goes for a German suplex, but Morrison is able to land on his feet. Morrison and Punk almost have Bryan out of the match, but he’s able to sneak back into the ring as the clock begins to count down again.
#9 is Husky Harris.
Harris is in and he immediately takes it to everyone in his match, and begins protecting Punk. Everyone teams up on Harris and he ends up sitting on Punk while he’s being beaten. It doesn’t last for long though, and things just break down to a punching and kicking fest in the ring between everyone else. Punk hits a beautiful side suplex on Bryan.
#10 is Chavo Guerrero.
Chavo comes in and turns his attention right to Dibiase, attemption the three amigos, but it’s broken up by Punk. Chavo tries for the three amigos on Punk, but it’s broken up by Morrison. It’s broken up again, in turn by Bryan, and he’s the one who finally falls victim to all three suplexes. Chavo gets up and celebrates before being leveled by Husky Harris. Chavo is able to come back with a missile dropkick to Harris.
#11 is Mark Henry.
Henry makes his way down to the ring and begins head butting everything in sight. Henry catches a diving Chavo and tosses him out.
Chavo Guerrero has been eliminated.
Yoshi tries to attack Henry from behind and he’s clotheslined over the ropes for his troubles.
Yoshi Tatsu has been eliminated.
#12 is JTG.
JTG comes into the Rumble taking it to everyone, before eventually turning to Harris. Punk and Bryan continue to fight each other, and Harris continues to try and protect his leader. JoMo is attempting to eliminate Dibiase, but he doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. The clock begins to count down again.
#13 is Michael McGillicuty.
McGuillicuty comes in and immediately begins attacking everyone before dropkicking JTG out to the floor.
JTG has been eliminated.
McGuillicuty and Harris team up, but their union comes to an end as everyone tries to keep them apart. Harris and McGuillicuty come back though, and are able to backdrop Dibiase over the ropes.
Ted Dibiase Jr. is eliminated.
Chris Masters is #14.
Masters locks in the Masterlock on CM Punk, almost eliminating him, before McGuillicuty and Harris are able to save him.
#15 is David Otunga.
Otunga makes his way down and helps his comrades. Punk is able to toss Bryan over the top. As well as Chris Masters.
Daniel Bryan and Chris Masters have been eliminated.
Nexus team up and tip Morrison over the top rope to the apron, and even though Morrison attempts to hold tight, they eventually kick him to the floor.
John Morrison has been eliminated.
Nexus team up on Mark Henry and are also able to force him over the top rope to the outside.
#16 is Tyler Reks.
Tyler Reks enters a ring where the only other people are members of Nexus, and he’s quickly dispatched from the ring.
Tyler Reks has been eliminated.
Nexus hang out in the ring and await the next man out.
#17 is Vladamir Kozlov.
Kozlov comes in hot, immediately kicking Punk to the mat, but the overwhelming force of Nexus is too much for Kozlov and he ends up taking a crushing senton from Harris before he’s picked up to his feet and tossed to the outside by Punk.
Vladamir Kozlov is eliminated.
Again, Punk and Nexus wait for the next entrant.
#18 is R-Truth.
Truth runs down to the ring to try his luck, and even though he does his best to fight off everyone, just like the men before him, he falls to the overwhelming Nexus. Punk hits Truth with the high knee in the corner and asks the crowd ‘what’s up’, before hitting the bulldog. Punk picks up Truth and tosses him to the outside.
R-Truth is eliminated.
#19 is the returning Great Khali.
Khali makes his way down to the ring and Punk looks terrified. Khali takes out everyone with big punches, and a big boot to McGuillicuty. Khali tosses Harris over the top.
Husky Harris has been eliminated.
Khali turns to Punk and begins stomping on him in the corner before picking him up and laying him out with a punch.
#20 is Mason Ryan.
Ryan makes his way out to the ring and trades blows with Khali, with Khali immediately putting Ryan down. Ryan is able to duck a clothesline, and Ryan pushes Khali over the top rope to the outside.
The Great Khali has been eliminated.
Punk and Nexus end up in the ring alone again, minus Harris of course, waiting for the next man.
#21 is Booker T.
Booker comes out to the ring and Striker calls it a Mark Out Moment. Booker ends up being beat down by Ryan right off the bat, but he comes right back, even scoring the axe kick on Otunga. McGuillicuty attacks from behind, but Booker hits the book end, and drops down to one knee before doing the spin-a-roonie. Punk tries to eliminate Booker, but Booker turns it around, almost eliminating Punk. Ryan grabs Booker from behind and takes him over the top rope, dumping him on the outside.
#22 is John Cena.
Cena’s music hits and Punk’s face drops. Cena takes off his shirt at the top of the ramp, counts the members of Nexus, and charges. Cena takes out all the members of Necus, using the confusion of numbers. Cena low bridges Mason Ryan, sending him over the top, before clotheslining McGuillicuty and Otunga over the top rope.
Mason Ryan, Michael McGuillicuty, and David Otunga have been eliminated.
Cena stares down Punk and smiles. Punk tries to get the jump on Cena, but Cena comes back with a couple of blows of his own. Punk tries for the GTS but Cena fights out of it, and both men hit clotheslines at the same time.
#23 is Hornswoggle.
Hornswoggle plays for the crowd, before mocking Punk, only to eat a big kick from Punk for his troubles. Punk turns his attention to Cena, laying into him with a series of kicks. Punk shoulders Cena and tries to dump him over the top rope, but Cena turns it around and hits the AA over the top rope, eliminating Punk.
CM Punk has been eliminated.
Cena goes over and shakes Hornswoggle’s hand, picking him back up to his feet.
Tyson Kidd is #24.
Kidd makes his way in the ring where he’s immediately made a fool of by Hornswoggle, before eating an AA from Cena. Hornswoggle then shoulders Kidd and hits a mini-AA of his own. Cena picks Kidd up and tosses him over the top.
Tyson Kidd has been eliminated.
#25 is Heath Slater.
Slater makes his way out to the ring and quickly gets a couple of shoulderblocks from Cena, and a stunner from Hornswoggle before Cena connects with the side suplex. Cena and Hornswoggle both go for, and connect with the five knuckle shuffle. Hornswoggle goes to the top and connects with the tadpole splash, and Cena tosses Slater over the top.
Heath Slater has been eliminated.
#26 is Kofi Kingston.
Kingston makes his way down to a big ovation from the crowd. Kingston takes his time coming into the ring. Cena and Kingston stare each other down, and it looks like Hornswoggle will be a spectator or something. Kingston and Cena lock up, and Kofi is able to come up with a big back elbow, and a beautiful dropkick, before mounting him in the corner and hitting a series of punches.
#27 is Jack Swagger.
Swagger comes in and immediately takes it to both Cena and Kingston. Swagger connects with a Vader bomb on Cena, and Hornswoggle hits him from behind. This allows Kingston to hit a big cross body from the top, and Kingston uses Hornswoggle as a launching pad for the boom drop.
#28 is Sheamus.
Sheamus comes right to the ring and takes it to everyone but Hornswoggle, hitting the Irish Curse backbreaker on Cena. Sheamus then down indeed turn to Hornswoggle, shoving him down to the mat hard. Hornswoggle gets up and teases sweet shin music, hitting it, but Sheamus comes right back, grabs him by the throat and puts him on the top rope. Cena hits the side suplex from behind, but Sheamus is able to come back and hit the bicycle kick to Hornswoggle, sending him to the outside.
Hornswoggle has been eliminated
#29 is Rey Mysterio.
Mysterio is able to clean house until he’s clotheslined by Sheamus. Mysterio is able to send Swagger to the outside, and even though he hangs on, Mysterio hits the 619, sending him to the floor.
Jack Swagger has been eliminated.
#30 is Wade Barrett.
Barrett comes out and he tries to hit the wasteland on Kofi to the outside, but he’s caught with a dropkick to the knee by Mysterio. Barrett is able to connect with a suplex on Cena, but then he finds himself on the end of Kofi Kingston’s boots.
#31 is Dolph Ziggler.
Ziggler makes his way down to the ring slowly, but he’s able to do a lot of damage. Ziggler and Barrett almost attempt to eliminate Cena, but Mysterio breaks up the attempt.
#32 is Kevin Nash!
Everyone in the ring is stunned as Nash makes his way down to the ring. Barrett tries to attack but he’s shrugged off, as is everyone else. Nash hits Ziggler with a big elbow in the corner, and even hits Cena with a short arm clothesline.
#33 is Drew McIntyre.
McIntyre goes straight for Nash, teaming up with Sheamus and pounding down on Big Daddy Cool.
Mysterio connects with a 619 on Mysterio. Nash turns his attention back to Barrett.
#34 is Alex Riley.
Riley makes his way out to the ring with the Miz in tow. Nash tries for a big boot on Barrett, but Barrett moves and Nash is hung up on the top rope. Barrett kicks him and sends him over the top.
Kevin Nash has been eliminated.
#35 is the Big Show.
Show and Nash stare each other down on Show’s way out. Show comes in and immediately begins taking everyone out. He takes Barrett down with a big chokeslam. Show effortlessly tosses Ziggler over the top.
Dolph Ziggler has been eliminated.
#36 is Ezekiel Jackson.
Show chokeslams McIntyre over the ropes.
Drew McIntyre has been eliminated.
Big Zeke is able to tip Show over the top rope.
Big Show has been eliminated.
#37 is Santino Marella.
Marella rolls to the outside and begins hiding. Jackson is almost able to eliminate John Cena, but even with the help of Barrett, Cena fights them off.
#38 is Alberto Del Rio.
Alex Riley has been eliminated off screen. Del Rio takes his time getting down to the ring.
#39 is Randy Orton.
Orton comes down and forces Del Rio into the match, immediately hitting an RKO on him. Orton hits an RKO on Sheamus, then another on Kingston before tossing him over the top, then clotheslining Sheamus to the outside.
Kofi Kingston and Sheamus have been eliminated.
Orton and Cena stare each other down as the clock counts down to number 40.
#40 is Kane.
Kane makes his way down to the ring and begins punching everything moving. Kane is able to hit Orton with a big backbreaker, but he eats a clothesline from Jackson. Kane fights out of a body slam, and low bridges Jackson, causing him to fly to the outside.
Ezekiel Jackson has been eliminated.
Kane turns his attention to everyone else, indiscriminately punching. Kane eats a boot from Mysterio and Mysterio is able to hit a hurricarana to send Kane to the outside. Mysterio is hit by Barrett while he hands on the outside and he flies out to the floor.
Kane and Rey Mysterio have been eliminated.
Cena and Orton square off with Barrett and Del Rio respectively. Cena is able to hit a gut wrench powerbomb on Barrett. Orton stomps away at Del Rio. Orton and Cena stare each other down again. Both men trade blows in the center of the ring. Both try for their finishers but Cena fights out and Barrett breaks up the AA. Barrett hits a suplex on Cena. Cena ducks a clothesline from Del Rio and connects with the AA. Riley comes back and distracts Cena and the refs, and Miz jumps in from behind to eliminate Cena.
John Cena has been eliminated.
It’s down to Barrett, Orton and Del Rio.
Del Rio and Barrett both team up on Orton, choking him in the corner with their boots. Orton begins to fight back against both men with a series of clotheslines, a snap powerslam to Orton and his signature backbreaker to Del Rio. Orton is able to eliminate Barrett, but he finds himself immediately eliminated by Del Rio.
Wade Barrett and Randy Orton have been eliminated.
Del Rio believes he has won, but Santino crawls into the ring, and strikes with the cobra. Santino immediately begins celebrating, but when he goes to throw Del Rio out, it’s turned around on him, and Del Rio, does indeed win.
Winner of the Royal Rumble: Alberto Del Rio
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