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Monday, January 31, 2011

Royal Rumble 2011

Here are the stories coming out of the 2011 Royal Rumble
(courtesy of Wrestling Online Newswire)

- Alberto Del Rio has got himself an express ticket to the main event of
WrestleMania after he yesterday successfully out-lasted 39 other WWE
Superstars to win the Royal Rumble. The final four were John Cena, Alberto
Del Rio, Randy Orton and Wade Barrett. The Miz ran in and eliminated Cena
while Del Rio eliminated Barrett and Orton quickly afterward. However the
match was not over as Santino Marella was hiding under the ring, never
eliminated. Just when Del Rio thought he won, Marella came out and appeared
to throw Del Rio out, only to be reversed and the Cobra man ended up
over-the-top himself, giving Del Rio the win. Former WCW champions Kevin
Nash and Booker T made their WWE return yesterday as well and participated
in the Rumble match, although they didn't last too long. They certainly got
the biggest pop of the night and the largest round of boos when eliminated.
Their participation was supposed to remain as a surprise but word quickly
spread online on Saturday and someone even shot a video of Kevin Nash
arriving at the airport in Boston. Nash worked as Diesel. Dolph Ziggler and
Randy Orton were also in the match despite their losing efforts earlier in
the show in their respective title matches.

- Here are the results from yesterday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view which took
place from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts: Edge defeated Dolph
Ziggler in the opening match to retain the World Heavyweight title in a
match where the spear was banned; The Miz defeated Randy Orton to retain the
WWE title following interference by Nexus after CM Punk hit Orton with the
G2S; The 2-on-1 handicap match for the Divas title was turned into a
four-way match when Eve joined Natalya, Michelle McCool and Layla. Eve ended
up winning the Divas title after pinning Layla; and Alberto Del Rio won the
40-man over-the-top rope Royal Rumble.

- Big Sexy Kevin Nash made his first WWE television appearance since 2003
where he last wrestled for the company at that year's SummerSlam in an
Elimination Chamber match. The former WWE and WCW champion left to undergo
neck surgery and when his WWE contract came up it wasn't renewed, leaving
the door open to go to TNA. Nash was negotiating a deal to return to TNA
after he again left in October of last year and during the last week
negotiations between the two parties stopped and TNA removed him from the
roster page during the weekend despite he was gone for three months.
"Absolutely the best night of my wrestling career," wrote Nash on Twitter
who used the Diesel gimmick again at yesterday's Rumble. "It's so nice to be
back in WWE family. Thanks Boston for making me feel so special," he added.
The Corre's Wade Barrett eventually eliminated Nash from the Rumble but Big
Sexy had a sort of a staredown with his former nWo team mate Big Show on the
way back to the locker room.

- Can you dig it, suckaaaaaaaa? Former WCW Heavyweight champion Booker T
received an enormous pop when he walked out for the Royal Rumble with both
commentators Michael Cole and Matt Striker standing up once the music hit
the speakers. "This is a mark out moment," exclaimed Striker as fans around
the TD Garden went bananas. Booker's time was cut short however as the Nexus
members quickly got rid of him but not before Booker hit his trademark moves
and yes, even a spinaroonie in the middle of the ring. Booker had entry
number twenty one and was thrown over the top by Mason Ryan. This was Booker
T's first WWE appearance since 2007. It is believed that Booker will have
mostly other duties this time around mainly announcing.

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