The 2011 WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view kicks off with a video package on The Road to WrestleMania beginning. The theme is one man will make history and go to WrestleMania. For the first time ever, 40 Superstars will compete in the Rumble. And we're live from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The pyro goes off as Michael Cole welcomes us to the 24th annual Royal Rumble. Cole reports that it's sold out.
World Heavyweight Title Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Edge
Jerry Lawler and Matt Striker join Cole on commentary as the World Heavyweight Champion Edge makes his way out for tonight's opening match. We cut to highlights from SmackDown where Vickie Guerrero banned the spear. Vickie comes out to the entrance way and as acting SmackDown GM, she's here to remind everyone that the spear is illegal and dangerous, and officially banned. Vickie begs Edge to use it tonight. She tries to get the crowd to chant spear but they won't. Vickie says Edge will lose the World Title by DQ if he uses it. She introduces Dolph Ziggler and out comes the challenger.
We get formal ring introductions before the bell. They lock up and Edge hits Dolph with a knee and right hands. Edge starts an offense but Ziggler makes a comeback and takes Edge to the corner. Dolph unloads with right hands. Edge comes back, drops a series of knees for a 1 count on Ziggler. Edge with a gutbuster for a 2 count. Edge continues the offense for a third pin attempt. Edge knocks Dolph around the ring with right hands. Edge pulls Dolph's face down on the apron and throws him into the barricade outside of the ring.
Edge beats Ziggler up on the outside of the ring. Dolph comes back and brings it back in the ring for a 2 count, working on Edge's neck. Ziggler stomps away on Edge's back. Ziggler elbows Edge's neck on the apron as the referee counts. Ziggler comes back in the ring and chokes Edge on the ropes. Ziggler with a 2 count. Ziggler goes back to working on Edge's neck with a headlock. Edge fights out of it and whips Ziggler into the corner but runs into his boot. Ziggler with a sunset flip off the top but Edge rolls out of it. Edge slingshots Ziggler head first into the corner for a 2 count. Ziggler goes after Edge's knee and drops him with a neckbreaker. 2 count.
Back and forth action. Ziggler goes back to work on Edge on the mat. A big elbow drop and a 2 count from Ziggler. Edge ends up on the apron. Ziggler runs and knocks him off, sending him into the fan barrier. Ziggler brings it back in the ring for a 2 count. Ziggler continues the attack on Edge and focuses on the neck. Edge fights to his feet again. Both men go for a crossbody and collide in mid-air. Ziggler charges Edge in the corner with a flying elbow but misses. Ziggler charges again but Edge drops him on his face. They run the ropes and Edge makes a comeback with a series of moves and a 2 count.
More back and forth. Ziggler goes for his leg drop finisher but Edge counters with a powerbomb and he only gets a 2. Edge climbs up to the top but Ziggler meets him. Ziggler climbs up and hits Edge with headbutts. Ziggler goes for a superplex but Edge fights back and knocks him to the mat. Edge hits a flying crossbody but Ziggler turns it into a close 2 count. They get to their feet and Ziggler dropkicks Edge for a 2 count. Edge eventually locks on a sharpshooter but Ziggler makes it to the ropes. Edge runs the ropes and gets hung up on the ropes. Ziggler hits the leg drop on Edge for a very close 2 count. Edge takes back control. He looks as if he's going for a spear while Vickie screams. Ziggler takes advantage and goes for the sleeper hold. Edge counters and hits the big DDT for a 2 count as Vickie pulled the referee.
Vickie gets on the apron and slaps Edge. Dolph tries to come from behind but Edge moves and he almost hits Vickie. Edge rolls up Ziggler for a close 2 count. Vickie gets back on the apron and slaps Edge again. Kelly Kelly comes down and beats up Vickie Guerrero. Edge looks on. Ziggler hits his finisher on Edge from behind but still can only get a 2 count. They go for their feet. Ziggler applies the sleeper hold. Eventually Vickie and the referee go down. Edge hits the spear without anyone seeing it and lays Ziggler out. Edge drops Ziggler on his face for the pin and the win.
- We get a WrestleMania 27 promo and highlights from the feud between Randy Orton and The Miz.
- Josh Matthews is backstage with The Miz and Alex Riley. Miz requested this time to address the WWE fans. He talks about his championship reign and says there's a reason why he's champion and Randy Orton isn't. Riley says Miz will go on to WrestleMania as the WWE Champion. Miz says he's awesome and that's it.
WWE Title Match
Randy Orton vs. The Miz
We go to the ring and out comes the challenger Randy Orton to a nice pop from the Boston crowd. Out next comes the WWE Champion with Alex Riley. The Miz makes his way into the ring and taunts Orton with the WWE Title belt. We get formal ring introductions from Justin Roberts before the bell.
The bell rings and they go to lock up but Orton drops Miz with a right hand. Orton takes it to the corner and beats Miz down with a series of rights and a kick. Orton tosses Miz through the ropes and out to the floor. Orton goes out after him and throws him into the fan barrier twice. Orton with a big clothesline on the floor. Orton brings it back into the ring for a 2 count. Orton stomps away on Miz. Orton slingshots Miz's neck under the bottom rope and covers him for another 2 count. Orton charges in the corner but Miz elbows him in the face. Orton beats Miz down in the corner. Orton chokes Miz on the ropes now. Orton stomps on Miz's gut, keeping in control.
Riley gets on the apron and drops Orton as the referee isn't looking. Miz takes control for a minute but Orton makes a comeback and clotheslines him out of the corner. Orton charges in the corner but Miz moves out of the way. Miz turns it around and starts kicking on Orton in the corner. Miz makes a comeback for a 2 count. Miz uses the ropes on Orton and distracts the ref. Riley comes over and decks Orton. 2 count for Miz. Miz applies a headlock on Orton now. Orton fights out of it with a headbutt but Miz takes it back with a knee to the gut. 2 count for Miz. Miz with a running boot to the face and another 2 count.
Miz continues the offense and hits an elbow to the face for another 2 count. Miz goes outside and beats on Orton while he's on the apron. Miz with a big knee to the face and another 2 count. Miz with another headlock, wearing Orton down. Orton fights out and applies a sleeper hold on Miz. Miz breaks free and goes for a back suplex but Orton fights him off. Orton responds with a big back drop. Miz drops Orton with a huge right hand for a 2 count. Miz goes to the top rope but Orton knocks him down. Orton with right hands while Miz is on the top. Orton goes up for a superplex and nails it, laying Miz out. Orton with a 2 count.
More offense from Orton. Miz ends up on the apron and Orton goes for the second rope DDT. Miz counters and backdrops Orton over the ropes and to the floor. Miz distracts the ref while Riley stomps on Orton on the floor. Miz comes outside and rams Orton into the barrier and the apron. Miz brings it back in for a 2 count. Miz with another 2 count after more offense. Miz mounts Orton with right hands now. Yet another 2 count. Miz with a chinlock on Orton now. Miz sends Orton back out to the floor and comes after him. Orton fights him off and goes for a move on the floor. Miz counters and slingshots Orton head first into the ring post. Orton charges back in the ring and unload son Miz with right hands. Miz turns it around in the corner with rights of his own. Miz charges again but Orton drops him with two clotheslines and a powerslam. Orton starts stomping on Miz now.
Orton with a big knee drop and a 2 count. Riley gets on the apron to provide distraction. This allows Miz to hit a neckbreaker for another 2 count. Miz charges but Orton dodges him and goes for an RKO. Miz counters with a Skull Crushing Finale attempt but Orton counters that with a big slam for a 2 count. Miz rolls out to the floor to regroup. He picks up his WWE Title belt and starts to leave. Orton clotheslines him on the floor and brings him back in the ring. Riley distracts again, allowing Miz to take over. Miz brings it in and DDT's Orton for a 2 count. Miz misses a kick to the face and Orton rolls him up for 2. Orton brings Miz in from the apron with the second rope DDT. Orton hits the mat and gets hype. Nexus appears on the ramp and walks to the ring, without CM Punk. It's David Otunga, Michael McGillicutty, Husky Harris and Mason Ryan. They stare down with Randy Orton while the ref is in between them. Riley comes in with the briefcase but Orton stops him. Orton throws Riley over the ropes and onto Nexus. Miz tries to attack but Orton drops him with an RKO. CM Punk runs in from outside the ring and lays Orton out with the GTS. Miz covers for the pin and the win as Michael Cole jumps up and down at ringside.
Winner: The Miz
- After the match, Punk orders Nexus to their feet and leads them to the back. Miz recovers in the ring and looks shocked that he's just won. Punk and Nexus look back at the ring from the ramp as Orton tries to recover in the ring.
- We get a promo for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
- Cole talks about Cody Rhodes not being able to be int he Rumble tonight. We go backstage with Todd Grisham who reads a statement from Cody, who isn't there. Cody is upset Rey hasn't apologized and says he would have won the Rumble and went on to WrestleMania. Cody says he has a shattered face now and wants everyone to respect his wishes for privacy.
- We go to a video of WWE asking fans in the arena earlier who will win the Royal Rumble match tonight.
Handicap Match for the WWE Divas Title Match
LayCool vs. Natalya
We go to the ring and out comes the team of Layla and Michelle McCool. Out next is their opponent, the WWE Divas Champion Natalya for this handicap match..
The e-mail alert goes off and Cole has an e-mail from the RAW General Manager. He's making this match a Fatal 4 Way with Natalya vs. Layla vs. Michelle McCool vs... Eve Torres. Out comes Eve. The bell rings and they go at it. LayCool double teams Natalya and then Eve. Natalya comes back and unloads on LayCool. Natalya slingshots Layla into McCool and covers her for a 2. McCool pulls them both out of the ring. McCool runs and takes out Eve. It's only LayCool in the ring and they stare at each other, looking confused.
Natalya and Eve come int o take out LayCool. Eve and Natalya go at it with each other. Natalya goes for a sharpshooter but Layla breaks it up. Natalya hits a double sharpshooter on Layla and Eve at the same time. McCool comes in and it's broken up. Eve gets knocked out of the ring. Natalya takes on both Layla and McCool, going back and forth. Natalya rams Layla into the corner and works her over. Natalya with a spinning clothesline and Layla goes down.
McCool tries to kick Natalya but accidentally kicks Layla and drops her. Natalya pins McCool for a 2. Natalya shoves McCool out of the ring and she falls on her head. Eve comes in and takes out Natalya. Eve hits a moonsault on Layla and pins her. The referee counts it but at the same time McCool is pinning Natalya. Eve is declared the winner as he didn't see McCool pinning.
Winner and New WWE Divas Champion: Eve Torres
- After the match, McCool is furious that her pin wasn't counted. We go to replays as Eve celebrates winning the Divas Title.
- We go backstage with WWE United States Champion Daniel Bryan and Gail Kim. Josh Matthews asks him about winning the Royal Rumble. Bryan says anything can happen. He says going to main event WrestleMania would be cool. The Bella Twins walk up with flowers and ask Matthews to leave. They talk about walking in on him and Kim last week and apologize. Bellas say they're a great couple and congratulate them. Bellas then insult them, saying they're the same. Gail argues with the Bellas. Brie slaps Bryan and Gail slaps Nikki with flowers. The Bellas go at it with Gail while Bryan and officials try to separate them.
40-Man Royal Rumble Match
We go to the ring for tonight's main event. Justin Roberts explains the rules and that Superstars will enter at 90 second intervals. The winner will go on to receive a title shot at WrestleMania. The first man out is CM Punk. Out next comes The Corre. They surround the ring and attack Punk. Nexus runs down next and both groups brawl in the ring. The match hasn't started yet. The e-mail alert goes off and Cole has a message. The GM wants them to stop this chaos right now. He says the only star who has the right to be in the ring is CM Punk right now. He orders the rest of Nexus and all of The Corre backstage or they will be disqualified from the match. Officials lead both groups back to the locker room.
Out next comes the #2 entrant, WWE US Champion Daniel Bryan. The bell finally rings and they lock up. They go back and forth, running the ropes. Bryan dropkicks Punk in mid-air. More back and forth on the ropes. Bryan with a clothesline. Bryan goes to eliminate Punk but can't. Punk tosses Bryan to the apron but Bryan comes back in via the top rope and a dropkick. Bryan goes for a big dropkick in the corner but Punk moves. The next man out is Justin Gabriel. Gabriel attacks Punk.
Gabriel goes at it with Punk and Bryan until Bryan eventually eliminates him. The next man out is Zack Ryder. Ryder runs down and beats Bryan down in the corner and then goes to work on Punk. Ryder with a big boot to Punk's face in the corner. Bryan comes over and hits uppercuts on Ryder. Ryder fights back and lands on Punk coming out of a Bryan move. Ryder charges Bryan but Bryan eliminates him. Bryan with kicks to Punk's back now.
The next man out is William Regal. Regal goes to work on Punk. Regal with a nice suplex and a running knee to the head. Regal and Bryan go at it now, exchanging uppercuts. Punk drops Regal with a kick to the head. Bryan drops him and kicks Regal in the side of the head. The next man out is Ted DiBiase with Maryse. Ted runs down and puts a knee in Bryan's back, then dropkicks him. Ted dropkicks Regal but gets kicked by Punk. Ted with a huge running clothesline on Punk. Ted tries to eliminate Punk and just beats him down while Bryan hits a series of kicks to Regal's chest.
Bryan tries to eliminate Ted now and he falls to the apron. The next man out is John Morrison. Morrison charges the ring and almost falls jumping on the apron. Morrison takes Regal out with a kick and then DiBiase. Morrison with a second rope kick on Punk and a C4 on Bryan. Ted comes over and tries to eliminate Morrison. He hangs on and fights Ted off. Regal pushes Morrison off the apron but Morrison leaps onto the fan barrier and never touches the floor. Wow. Ted eliminates Regal. Morrison leaps from the barrier to the steel steps, never have touched the floor. Morrison comes back in the ring and goes to work on Ted.
The next man out is Yoshi Tatsu. Tatsu comes in and joins the mix, going at it with DiBiase. We get more replays of Morrison's amazing Spiderman sequence. The next man out is Husky Harris. Husky comes in and lays people out with rights and clotheslines. Husky guards Punk in the corner. Everyone attacks him and his rear gets pushed back into Punk's face. Husky and Punk double team Morrison now. Punk goes at it with Bryan now while Tatsu and Ted are in a corner. The #10 man out is Chavo Guerrero. Chavo goes at it with Ted and hits the rolling suplexes but Punk breaks it up. Punk then goes for a Three Amigos of his own and he and Chavo go back and forth with it. Chavo hits it on Morrison next. Chavo then hits it on Bryan. Chavo stands up and pays tribute to Eddie. Husky comes over and takes him down. Chavo goes at it with Husky. The next man out is Mark Henry.
Henry comes in dropping people with headbutts. He catches Chavo in mid-air and Chavo gets eliminated. Henry drops Punk next. Tatsu hits Henry from behind but gets headbutted. Henry eliminates Tatsu. Punk takes out Henry's legs. Husky and Punk double team Henry. The next man out is JTG. JTG charges the ring and passes out right hands and kicks to everyone. Husky and JTG go at it, trading shots. Husky goes over to Bryan and drops him. Husky tries t eliminate Bryan. The next man out is Michael McGillicutty.
McGillicutty comes in and eventually eliminates JTG. McGillicutty goes to work on Morrison next. Husky and McGillicutty double team DiBiase now. Ted DiBiase is eliminated. The next man out is Chris Masters. Masters fights with Nexus and hits a big spinebuster on McGillicutty. Masters goes for the Masterlock on Punk and almost eliminates him. McGillicutty comes over and beats down Masters. The next man out is David Otunga. Bryan gets eliminated by Nexus as does Masters. They try to eliminate Morrison but he hangs on hard. Morrison is eliminated. Nexus had cleared the ring except for Mark Henry. They take turns beating him up now.
The next man out is Tyler Reks. Reks charges the ring and starts brawling with Nexus. Nexus just beats up Reks and throws him out. Nexus just stand and wait now. #17 is Vladimir Kozlov. Kozlov charges the ring and starts going at it with Nexus. They just beat him down also. Kozlov is eliminated. The next man out is R-Truth. The same thing happens, he brawls with Nexus and they swarm him. Punk hits a big running knee on Truth in the corner and a bulldog. Truth is eliminated. The next man out is The Great Khali, making his WWE return. Khali has Ranjin Singh with him. Khali knocks down Nexus members as he enters the ring, going from one to the other. Khali eliminates Husky Harris. Punk begs Khali for Mercy. The next man out is Mason Ryan, the final member of Nexus. Khali drops Ryan but misses a clothesline. Ryan eliminates Khali and Nexus own the ring once again.
The next man out is Booker T! Booker makes his WWE return to a major pop from the crowd. Booker rushes the ring but Ryan beats him down. Booker gets up and the crowd is going nuts. Booker takes out Ryan with a big kick and hits the scissors kick on Otunga. McGillicutty attacks from behind. Booker takes him out with the Book End. Booker does the spinaroonie. Punk tries to attack but Booker stops him. Ryan runs over and eliminates Booker. Nexus is still in control. The next man out is John Cena to a huge pop.
Cena rushes the ring and runs through Nexus. Cena takes out every single member, going on a rampage. Mason Ryan is eliminated. Cena eliminates Otunga and McGillicutty as well. It's down to Cena and Punk. The crowd is going nuts as they face off from opposite sides of the ring. Punk charges but Cena ducks. Cena goes at it with Punk. The next man out is Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle runs in and looks back and forth from Cena to Punk. Punk gets up and Hornswoggle mocks him. Punk kicks him to the mat and goes back to stomping on Cena. Punk goes to eliminate Cena but Cena counters and eliminates Punk. It's down to Cena and Hornswoggle.
Cena and Hornswoggle wait on the next man to come out and it's Tyson Kidd. Horny and Cena take turns on Kidd. Cena picks him up and hits the Attitude Adjustment. He then puts Kidd on Hornswoggle's shoulders and he hits the Attitude Adjustment as well. Cena eliminates Kidd. The next man out is Heath Slater. Slater and Cena go at it. Cena gets the upperhand and takes turns with Hornswoggle again. Cena eliminates Slater. Still down to Cena and Hornswoggle. The next man out is Kofi Kingston. Kofi takes his time getting into the ring. Cena and Kofi face off in the middle of the ring and look up at the WrestleMania 27 sign. They lock up and run the ropes. Kofi takes Cena off his feet. Kofi mounts Cena in the corner with right hands. The next man out is Jack Swagger.
Swagger comes in and takes out Kofi and Cena, hitting the big Vader splash on Cena out of the corner. Kofi comes leaping off the top and takes Swagger out with a crossbody. Kofi leaps off Hornswoggle's back for a big Boom Drop onto Swagger. The next man out is Sheamus. Sheamus comes in and takes out everyone with kicks. He drops Cena with a big backbreaker. Sheamus faces off with Hornswoggle. Sheamus just shoves him to the mat on his face. Hornswoggle cranks up for Sweet Chin Music and kicks Sheamus in the shin. Sheamus puts Hornswoggle on the top rope but Cena comes over and makes the save. Swagger takes out Cena. Sheamus goes back and kicks Hornswoggle off the top, eliminating him.
Out next is Rey Mysterio. Rey comes in and goes at it with everyone. Rey goes for 619 on Swagger but Sheamus clotheslines him. Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise and goes for Swagger. Rey eliminates Swagger with 619. #30 is out next and it's Wade Barrett. Barrett comes in and cleans house at first. The next man out is Dolph Ziggler, still looking hurt from his match earlier. Dolph comes in and goes after Kofi. The faces try to eliminate Barrett. Now Dolph and Barrett go for Cena. The next man out is Kevin Nash as Diesel!
Diesel puts his glove on and raises his fist as everyone looks on shocked. Diesel enters the ring and Wade Barrett goes right for him. Nash drops Barrett, Rey, Sheamus. He drops Kofi into the corner head first. Diesel goes to work on Ziggler in the corner now and then goes to Cena, dropping him with a big clothesline. Nash with big knees on Sheamus in the corner. The next man out is Drew McIntyre. Drew and Sheamus team up on Diesel. A huge Diesel chant breaks out. Rey hits 619 on Nash. Diesel goes at it with Barrett now. The next man out is Alex Riley, to The Miz's music. Miz joins commentary.
The next man out is Big Show. Diesel has been eliminated. As Show is coming out, he meets Diesel at the entrance way and they speak. Show comes in with headbutts. Sheamus and Drew team up on him but he drops them. Show chokeslams Barrett. Show eliminates Ziggler. The next man out is Ezekiel Jackson. Drew McIntyre is eliminated. Ezekiel eliminates Big Show and clotheslines Sheamus & Mysterio. Ezekiel and Barrett stand tall and raise their hands. The next man out is Santino Marella.
Santino comes out and tries to fight Ezekiel but turns around to a big boot from Sheamus. It looks like Santino goes under the bottom rope and out to the floor. Zeke tries to toss Cena but he hangs on. Barrett comes over to help. The next man out is Alberto Del Rio at #38. Del Rio comes out driving a 2008 Bentley as Ricardo Rodriguez introduces him.
Alex Riley was also eliminated somewhere in the mix, so was Drew McIntyre. Del Rio takes his time getting down to the ring. The next man out is Randy Orton. Orton runs down and attacks Del Rio on the floor. Orton throws him into the steel steps. Orton comes in with an RKO and one for Kofi. Orton tosses Kofi and eliminates him. Orton eliminates Sheamus. Orton and Cena face off. Cena points at the WrestleMania sign. The #40 man is Kane and out he comes.
Kane comes in and goes at it with Orton. Kane with a big sideslam on Orton. Zeke clotheslines Kane and goes to scoop slam him. Kane counters and pulls the ropes, eliminating Zeke. Mysterio eliminates Kane but Barrett eliminates Rey. It's down to Del Rio, Orton, Cena and Barrett. Barrett tries to dump Cena but he hangs on while Orton works on Del Rio. Orton and Cena face off again. They go at it, trading right hands. Orton goes for an RKO but Cena goes for an AA. Barrett breaks it up and focuses on Cena. Barrett suplexes Cena. Del Rio and Cena go at it now. Cena hits him with an AA. Riley comes on the apron and gets knocked off. Miz runs in the ring while everyone is distracted and eliminates John Cena.
It's down to Wade Barrett, Del Rio and Orton. Cena goes over and tells Cole, "it's over." Cena is pissed as he heads back to the locker room. Del Rio and Barrett team up on Orton and beat him down in the corner. Orton clotheslines them both and powerslams Barrett. Backbreaker for Del Rio. Orton eliminates Barrett. Del Rio comes from behind to eliminate Orton and win the 2011 WWE Royal Rumble, earning a title shot at WrestleMania 27.
Or so it appears. Santino Marella comes in frmo behind. He went under the bottom rope earlier and never was eliminated. Santino drops Del Rio with a Cobra. Del Rio gets back up, eliminates Santino and resumes his celebration with Rodriguez.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
- After the match, Del Rio celebrates in the ring as Rodriguez goes crazy on the microphone. The Royal Rumble goes off the air with Del Rio pointing up at the WrestleMania 27 sign as the pyro goes off. Rodriguez repeatedly yells Del Rio's name as Cole welcomes us to the Road to WrestleMania.