Royal Rumble (2011)

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Royal Rumble (2011)

Promotional poster featuring various WWE Superstars
Tagline(s) The Biggest Royal Rumble in History
Theme
song
(s)
"Living in a Dream" by Finger Eleven[1]
Information
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
Brand (s) Raw
SmackDown
Date January 30, 2011[2]
Attendance 15,113[3]
Venue TD Garden[2]
City Boston, Massachusetts[2]
Pay-per-view chronology
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2010) Royal Rumble (2011) Elimination Chamber (2011)
Royal Rumble chronology
Royal Rumble (2010) Royal Rumble (2011) Royal Rumble (2012)

Royal Rumble (2011) was the twenty-fourth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on January 30, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts,[2] and featured talent from the Raw and SmackDown brands. As has been customary since 1993, the Royal Rumble match winner received a match at that year's WrestleMania (in this instance: WrestleMania XXVII) for his choice at either the WWE Championship or the World Heavyweight Championship.

Four matches were featured on the event's supercard, a scheduling of more than one main event. The main event was the annual Royal Rumble match featuring 40 participants from both brands, instead of the usual number of 30. Alberto Del Rio, the thirty-eighth entrant, won the match by last eliminating Santino Marella, the thirty-seventh entrant. The primary match on the Raw brand was for the WWE Championship, between reigning champion The Miz and Randy Orton, which The Miz won to retain the championship. The primary match on the SmackDown brand was Edge versus Dolph Ziggler for the World Heavyweight Championship, which Edge won, to retain the title. The other featured match on the card was a Fatal Four Way match for the WWE Divas Championship between Eve Torres, Natalya, Layla and Michelle McCool, which Torres won to win the championship.

Background[edit]

Royal Rumble featured professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that were played out on Raw, SmackDown, and WWE SuperstarsWorld Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) television programs. Wrestlers portrayed a villain or a hero as they followed a series of events that built tension, and culminated into a wrestling match or series of matches.[4] All wrestlers were from WWE's Raw and SmackDown brands—a storyline division in which WWE employees are assigned to a television program of the same name.

The pay-per-view featured the annual Royal Rumble match, which has been featured at every Royal Rumble event since its inception. However, for the first and only time in the history of the event, the Royal Rumble match featured 40 wrestlers instead of the usual number of 30. The same rules implied regardless of the number of entrants; the match ends when one wrestler remains in the ring, after all 39 other wrestlers have been eliminated via being tossed over the top ring rope and having both feet touch the floor. The winner would earn a world championship match of their choosing at WrestleMania XXVII.

In addition to the Royal Rumble match, the main rivalry from the Raw brand involved the WWE Champion The Miz defending his title against Randy Orton. The night after Survivor Series, The Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and defeated Orton to become the WWE Champion before successfully defending it against Orton a month later at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs. After defeating Wade Barrett and Sheamus, in a steel cage match on an episode of Raw, Orton received another opportunity at the title in a match against The Miz.

The main rivalry from the SmackDown brand involved the World Heavyweight Champion Edge defending his title against Dolph Ziggler. After defeating "Dashing" Cody Rhodes, Drew McIntyre and The Big Show, Ziggler won a title opportunity for Edge's World Heavyweight Championship after Kane lost to Edge in his rematch. After winning his opportunity, Edge went on a campaign against Ziggler and his girlfriend, Edge's ex-wife, Vickie Guerrero. On the January 28 episode of SmackDown, Vickie Guerrero, who was the acting General Manager in place of the injured Theodore Long, banned the use of the spear and would strip him of his title if he was caught using it during his match against Ziggler.

The Divas rivalry entering the Royal Rumble was between Natalya and LayCool over the WWE Divas Championship. Natalya defeated LayCool in a handicap match at Survivor Series to win the Divas Championship, and she would later team with Beth Phoenix in defeating LayCool in a Divas tag team Tables Match at TLC. On the December 20 edition of Raw, Melina turned into a villainess and slapped Natalya after winning a #1 Contender's Triple Threat Match against Eve Torres and Alicia Fox. On the January 24, 2011 edition of Raw, Natalya defeated the villainous Melina to retain the title, and after the match ended, LayCool entered and announced that they will cash in their rematch clause at the Royal Rumble event.

Reception[edit]

Royal Rumble received positive reviews, most notably from Arda Ocal and Jim Korderas of Right After Wrestling on SIRIUS Radio 98, who called it one of the best Royal Rumble matches in recent memory. Writing for the United Kingdom's The Sun newspaper, Rob McNichol praised the event, particularly noting Alberto Del Rio's surprise Rumble match victory, and John Morrison's impressive performance which, he wrote, "featured arguably the spot of the decade as John Morrison was knocked from the apron to the guardrail, but avoided elimination by gripping the barrier and leaping back onto the steps. It truly had to be seen to be believed". He further praised Dolph Ziggler's performance in a big-match situation, giving a 9 out of 10 rating in his match with Edge and the story the Miz–Orton told, in a match that received a 8 out of 10. Overall he awarded the event 8.5 out of 10.[5] SLAM! Wrestling writers Dale Plummer and Nick Tylwalk shared similar compliments to the event, praising the short, though crowd-pleasing appearances of Kevin Nash and Booker T. Overall, they also awarded the event a score of 8.5/10.[6]

Results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times
Dark match R-Truth defeated Curt Hawkins Singles match to qualify for the Rumble Match 04:20
1 Edge (c) defeated Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship If Edge used the spear, he would have lost the championship.[7] 20:46
2 The Miz (c) (with Alex Riley) defeated Randy Orton Singles match for the WWE Championship[8] 19:50
3 Eve Torres defeated Natalya (c), Layla, and Michelle McCool Fatal four-way match for the WWE Divas Championship[9] 05:10
4 Alberto Del Rio won by last eliminating Santino Marella 40-man Royal Rumble match for the winner's choice of a WWE or World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania XXVII 1:09:11
(c) – refers to the champion heading into the match

Royal Rumble entrances and eliminations[edit]

Red ██ and "Raw" indicates a Raw wrestler, blue ██ and "SD" indicates a SmackDown wrestler.[10]

Draw Entrant Brand Order Eliminated by Time Eliminations
1 Punk, CMCM Punk Raw 21 Cena 35:21 7
2 Bryan, DanielDaniel Bryan Raw 8 Punk 20:55 2
3 Gabriel, JustinJustin Gabriel SD 1 Bryan 00:58 0
4 Ryder, ZackZack Ryder Raw 2 Bryan 00:43 0
5 Regal, WilliamWilliam Regal Raw 3 DiBiase 04:10 0
6 DiBiase, TedTed DiBiase Raw 7 Harris and McGillicutty 12:16 1
7 Morrison, JohnJohn Morrison Raw 10 Punk, Otunga, Harris, and McGillicutty 13:24 0
8 Tatsu, YoshiYoshi Tatsu Raw 5 Henry 05:35 0
9 Harris, HuskyHusky Harris Raw 15 Khali 15:48 2
10 Guerrero, ChavoChavo Guerrero SD 4 Henry 02:01 0
11 Henry, MarkMark Henry Raw 11 Punk, Harris, McGillicutty and Otunga 07:04 2
12 JTG SD 6 McGillicutty 01:48 0
13 McGillicutty, MichaelMichael McGillicutty Raw 20 Cena 15:07 3
14 Masters, ChrisChris Masters SD 9 Punk 01:58 0
15 Otunga, DavidDavid Otunga Raw 19 Cena 11:56 1
16 Reks, TylerTyler Reks SD 12 Punk 00:34 0
17 Kozlov, VladimirVladimir Kozlov Raw 13 Punk 00:40 0
18 Truth, RR Truth Raw 14 Punk 01:02 0
19 Khali, The GreatThe Great Khali Raw 16 Ryan 01:17 1
20 Ryan, MasonMason Ryan Raw 18 Cena 04:32 2
21 Booker T SD 17 Ryan 01:08 0
22 John Cena Raw 36 The Miz[1] 34:17 7
23 Hornswoggle SD 24 Sheamus 09:39 0
24 Kidd, TysonTyson Kidd Raw 22 Cena 00:53 0
25 Slater, HeathHeath Slater SD 23 Cena 00:57 0
26 Kingston, KofiKofi Kingston SD 31 Orton 26:04 1
27 Swagger, JackJack Swagger SD 25 Mysterio 04:41 0
28 Sheamus, KingKing Sheamus Raw 32 Orton 21:49 1
29 Mysterio, ReyRey Mysterio SD 35 Barrett 23:56 2
30 Barrett, WadeWade Barrett SD 37 Orton 22:23 2
31 Ziggler, DolphDolph Ziggler SD 27 Show 07:12 0
32 Diesel Legend 26 Barrett 02:45 0
33 McIntyre, DrewDrew McIntyre SD 29 Show 04:46 0
34 Riley, AlexAlex Riley Raw 28 Cena & Kingston 02:50 0
35 Big Show SD 30 Jackson 01:30 2
36 Jackson, EzekielEzekiel Jackson SD 33 Kane 07:14 1
37 Marella, SantinoSantino Marella Raw 39 Del Rio 12:54 0
38 Del Rio, AlbertoAlberto Del Rio SD 09:33 2
39 Orton, RandyRandy Orton Raw 38 Del Rio 08:18 3
40 Kane SD 34 Mysterio 01:36 1

^ The Miz was not a participant in the Royal Rumble match.

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