Live from Atlanta, Georgia
Michael Cole welcomes us to the ‘splendor and the glory of the Royal Rumble’
Crowd is announced at 16,697 in the Philips Arena
Christian Vs Ezekiel Jackson for the ECW Title
Regal is ejected from ringside early during the match, a lot of Christian selling, which is for the better. Striker calls Jackson’s offense ‘disturbing’. Lawler just used the word ‘dude’ in conversation with Cole and Striker.
Lots of selling by Christian throughout the match – great line by Striker stating the last ECW Title change in Atlanta was when Vince McMahon won the title and there was silence and Striker responds ‘Nothing?’.
Christian retain the title with the killswitch, better match than I feared.
Backstage with Teddy Long and Tiffany and Long says the last match was ‘great’ (let’s not get crazy) and all of a sudden they have the trophy from ‘Bragging Rights’ in the Smackdown locker room.
Cryme Tyme walks in and wants to get both of them in the Rumble. JTG and Shad say Great Khali offered their spot in exchange for a kiss with Tiffany but then Tiffany is disgusted. Ranjun Singh and Khali do an impression of Steve Urkel from ‘Family Matters’, then Long, Tiffany and Cryme Tyme sing ‘Pants on the Ground’ – Miz walks in and says he is going to win the Rumble. Long says there are no guest hosts tonight and makes a match with Miz Vs MVP tonight for the U.S Title and then they sing ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’.
Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes are in the locker room and Rhodes talks smack about DiBiase’s fame from ‘The Marine 2’ going to his head and telling Orton that DiBiase wants to win the Rumble and challenge Orton at WrestleMania for the WWE Title. Rhodes says Orton can count on him.
The Miz Vs MVP for the U.S Title
Striker discusses the WrestleMania season and how the days get longer, the weather gets warmer and you don’t have to wear a jacket anymore as ways to idenify WrestleMania season.
The only got seven minutes – MVP was booked to look ridiculous where he was climbing into the ring and got small packaged by Miz and Miz gets the win. MVP hits the playmaker after the match and the fans boo MVP.
Chris Jericho and Big Show are backstage and Show asks Jericho if he’s jealous that Show and Miz have better chemistry than they ever did. Jericho says Miz is egotistical and only thinks of himself and Show says that reminds him of Jericho. Show says if it comes down to Jericho, Miz and Show in the Rumble than Show is only loyal to himself and will throw them both out. R-Truth walks in and says if Show doesn’t than he’ll throw Jericho out. Jericho tells Truth he is going to the main event of WrestleMania.
DiBiase wishes Orton good luck tonight. DiBiase says Rhodes is acting weird – so they are playing each one against the other and Orton can’t trust either.
Sheamus Vs Randy Orton for the WWE Title
Sheamus comes out first and then Orton – the crowd reaction to Orton will be interesting in this match
During the introductions in the ring Orton gets the clear babyface reaction from the audience
Loud ‘Randy’ chants at the start of the match
Sheamus is working over the left arm of Orton throughout the match. Sheamus attempts the Celtic Cross but Orton escapes and attacks the knee of Sheamus and knocks him to the floor. Orton working as subtle babyface and getting a pop for his big spots including a second rope DDT on Sheamus.
Orton teased kicking Sheamus in the head but Sheamus crawled out of the ring and the fans were disappointed at that.
Cody Rhodes comes from the audience and attacks Sheamus on the floor, Sheamus gets back in the ring and Orton hits a RKO but the referee calls for the bell and Sheamus wins by DQ to keep the WWE Title.
Rhodes is in the ring apologizing and there are huge chants of ‘RKO’ – Orton attacks Rhodes and rips his shirt off. Ted DiBiase runs out to the ring and also gets attacked by Orton. Sheamus comes back in the ring and hits a running kick onto Orton as he turns around and Orton is left laying in the ring. The impressions left here is Legacy is done and Randy Orton is going babyface. DiBiase and Rhodes look upset afterwards so we may get the apology tomorrow night from those two.
Michelle McCool Vs Mickie James for the Women’s Title
McCool cuts a promo in the ring stating that Mickie James is nowhere to be seen. Layla comes out in the same pig outfit she did on ‘Smackdown’. They are interrupted by James’ entrance theme and delivers a Thesz press to Layla and almost over shoots.
McCool attempts to deliver a running kick to James, who moves out of the way and McCool hits Layla. McCool is stunned and James hits the implant DDT and gets the quick pinfall for the win and the title.
All the babyface women come out and throw a cake onto McCool and Layla. The quick match explains the need to add Miz Vs MVP to the show.
The Undertaker Vs Rey Mysterio for the World Title
They only went about ten minutes. The Undertaker got a bloody nose and they did not stop the match and led to Lawler having a great line stating ‘I can’t believe I’m seeing blood’.
Mysterio hits two 619’s at the end and then attempted a springboard but was caught and given a Last Ride by Undertaker and ‘Taker got the win.
Backstage Triple H and Shawn Michaels chat about each winning the Rumble. Michaels says that ‘Taker Vs Michaels is meant to be.
Royal Rumble Match
#1 is Dolph Ziggler and #2 is Evan Bourne to start the match – crowd isn’t too crazy for these two starting the match
CM Punk is #3 and quickly eliminates both Ziggler and Bourne and then cuts a promo on the audience. Serena is in his corner at ringside.
JTG is #4 in the Rumble. JTG lasts about a minute before Punk dumps him out and then goes back to his promo saying ‘Before I was so rudely interrupted’ and is getting some babyface reactions for this.
Next out is The Great Khali – let’s see if the streak continues…
He gets Khali to put his right hand in the air to pledge his allegiance to Punk and the chops Punk.
One of the surprise entrants is Beth Phoenix at # 6
Phoenix is lifted up by Khali and almost thrown out but Phoenix makes out with Khali and dumps him over the top rope – great spot. Phoenix then clotheslines Punk and attempts to throw him over but Punk reverses and gives the Go to Sleep to Phoenix.
Zack Ryder is out next and Punk quickly eliminates Phoenix so it’s Punk and Ryder left right now – Ryder is now gone courtesy of Punk.
Triple H is next – well the angle with Punk was fun while it lasted – no eliminations
Drew McIntyre is the next entrant
Punk attempts the GTS on Triple H, as he lands he grabs the leg of Punk before it connects and dumps Punk over the top rope.
#10 is Ted DiBiase, he joins Triple H and Drew McIntyre in the ring
John Morrison is the next one in, they seem to be building up some bodies in the ring now
Kane is #12 – he delivers a double chokeslam to McIntyre and Morrison
Cody Rhodes comes out next and immediately helps DiBiase as Kane is attempting to eliminate Ted
MVP enters but is attacked by The Miz on his way to the ring with Miz hitting MVP with the U.S Title to the back of the head. MVP is taken to the back and never enters the match.
Carlito somehow got into the Rumble this year – zero reaction when he came out
The Miz comes out next – MVP runs back into the ring and takes both Miz and himself out of the Rumble
Matt Hardy runs in next and is almost instantly eliminated by Kane and then Triple H tosses out Kane
Shawn Michaels is next in the Rumble
Michaels eliminates Carlito with a big back body drop and then follows up with eliminating Rhodes and DiBiase
Michaels dumps out Morrison next and is getting the big clean out spot
Michaels and Hunter team up to knock out McIntyre and now and Michaels and Hunter stare at each other as they are the two remaining
As they stare at each other – John Cena is the next entrant
Cena lifts Hunter and ends up dropping him on Michaels head and that looked really bad for Michaels
Michaels gets up and hits Hunter with a superkick to eliminate Triple H
Shelton Benjamin is next in – so we’ve got Michaels, Cena and Benjamin in the ring
Benjamin is knocked out by Cena
They note that Michaels has eliminated 5 men already
Yoshi Tatsu is #21 in the match and referred to as ‘Poison Fist of the Pacific Rim’ by Striker
Tatsu is gone almost right away and we’re back to Michaels and Cena
Big Show is #22 – Show actually ran to the ring, which was quite the sight
They do the spot where Michaels is attempting to guillotine Show over the top – the same spot where Benoit eliminated Show in 2004 but Show overpowers Michaels. Michaels is tossed over the top but skins the cat and hooks Show with his legs but is lifted up by Show and thrown into the middle of the ring
Mark Henry is #23
Henry delivers a bodyslam to Show
Chris Masters is the next entrant
Masters attempts the Master Lock on Show but Show flips him over the top and eliminates Masters
R-Truth is next and he dumps Henry and Show over the top together – he’s in line for a big push it seems based on his booking over the past few weeks
#26 is Jack Swagger – Striker notes that somewhere an ‘Okie’ is watching with a smile in reference to Jim Ross
We have Michaels, Cena, R-Truth and Swagger in the ring right now with four more entrants
Kofi Kingston is #27 – they note there have been four winners in the past who have drawn #27 (the most in Rumble history)
Kingston uses his legs to swing Swagger over the top rope and eliminates Swagger
Kingston from the apron uses a head scissors to toss R-Truth over the top rope
Chris Jericho is in next
Michaels attempts a sweet chin music on Jericho but Kofi hits Shawn with the Trouble in Paradise and this leads to Jericho eliminating Kingston
#29 is Edge WITH A FULL BEARD
He delivers spears to everyone and then tosses out Chris Jericho
The final entrant in the Rumble is Batista
The final four are Michaels, Cena, Edge and Batista – speaks volumes about the new stars created in the last year
Edge and Michaels are on the apron on the outside – Michaels kicks Edge back into the ring, Batista knocks into Michaels, who is holding by one hand and then knocked to the floor by Batista and eliminated
Michaels throws a fit and attacks two of the referees who have no names anymore
Batista is tossed out next – Edge lines up Cena for a spear, doesn’t hit it but then throws Cena over the top rope and Edge wins the Royal Rumble.