Royal Rumble (2011)
|Royal Rumble (2011)|
Promotional poster featuring various WWE Superstars
|Tagline(s)||The Biggest Royal Rumble in History|
|"Living in a Dream" by Finger Eleven|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||January 30, 2011|
|Royal Rumble chronology|
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, 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.
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 Superstars—World 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. 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 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.
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 an 8 out of 10. Overall he awarded the event 8.5 out of 10. 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. The event received 476,000 buys, up from the previous year's 465,000.
|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 had used the spear, he would have lost the championship.||20:46|
|2||The Miz (c) (with Alex Riley) defeated Randy Orton||Singles match for the WWE Championship||19:50|
|3||Eve Torres defeated Natalya (c), Layla and Michelle McCool||Fatal four-way match for the WWE Divas Championship||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
|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||3|
|10||Guerrero, ChavoChavo Guerrero||SD||4||Henry||02:01||0|
|11||Henry, MarkMark Henry||Raw||11||Punk, Harris, McGillicutty and Otunga||07:04||2|
|13||McGillicutty, MichaelMichael McGillicutty||Raw||20||Cena||15:07||4|
|14||Masters, ChrisChris Masters||SD||9||Punk||01:58||0|
|15||Otunga, DavidDavid Otunga||Raw||19||Cena||11:56||2|
|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|
|22||John Cena||Raw||36||The Miz||34:17||7|
|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|
|33||McIntyre, DrewDrew McIntyre||SD||29||Show||04:46||0|
|34||Riley, AlexAlex Riley||Raw||28||Cena & Kingston||02:50||0|
|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|
^ The Miz was not a participant in the Royal Rumble match.
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