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WWE Royal Rumble 2011,
This review is from: WWE: Royal Rumble 2011 (DVD)The booking and buildup to this ppv was rather poor, but the show itself was anything but. There were only four matches, but three of them were very good and the show as a whole was highly enjoyable, with a few pretty big surprises. Certainly a worthy Royal Rumble to add to your collection. Matches are rated out of 5 stars (*****).
1. World Heavyweight Championship Match
Edge (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ Vickie Guerrero
Stipulation is if Edge uses the spear, he will be stripped of the title. On a side note, has a challanger for a world title ever been built up worse than Dolph Ziggler? This was a really good opener, and in my opinion the best match of the night. Match started off slow and the crowd was fairly quiet, but they built the match nicely and by the end the crowd was super into all the near falls, legitamately buying the fact that Ziggler might win. Vickie was her usual self on the outside, and after a little too much interference, Kelly Kelly ran down and tackled her and pounded on her, which the crowd thoroughly enjoyed. The ref took a bump, and with Vickie and the ref both down, Edge used the spear on Ziggler, which is apparantly ok if thousands of people at home and in the arena see it, but not the ref or the acting GM. He then hit the impaler (yes, Christian's finisher) on Ziggler for the three count. Very good opener. ***3/4
2. WWE Championship Match
The Miz (c) w/ Alex Riley vs. Randy Orton
Good match, but not as good as the former. They had a back and forth battle, and after another ref bump, for some unexplicable reason the "new nexus" came out, minus CM Punk, and distracted Orton. Riley then snuck up behind Orton, but Orton foiled his plan and threw, and I mean THREW Riley over the top and onto the Nexus. This was great. Orton then hit an RKO on Miz, but with Orton distracted by this, Punk came up from under the ring and hit the GTS on Orton, allowing Miz to crawl on top of Orton for the win. Good match, and the interference, despite happening for the second match in a row, didn't seem to hurt the match. ***1/4
3. Divas Title Match
Natayla (c) vs. Michelle McCool vs. Layla vs. Eve
The magical GM chimed in before the match and changed this from a handicap match to a fatal four way match with Eve added to it. This was ungodly horrible, just a complete mess with one botched spot after another. Not one thing looked even remotely good in this match. At the end, Eve hit a moonsault on Layla and Michelle did something to Natayla (I don't remember what), and both got the three count, but the ref only saw Eve so she won the belt. She actually was crying after the match. Could be because it was so bad, because I felt like crying myself having to watch it. A generous 1/2*
4. 40 Man Royal Rumble Match
Punk came out first, and after that all the members of the Corre (what a stupid name) and the new Nexus came out and brawled, and the GM sent them all to the back. Number 2 was Daniel Bryan, and this ruled for the 90 seconds he and Punk were allowed to work together. After that mostly jobbers came out for a while, with the occasional well known superstar (I hate that term). There was an amazing spot with John Morrison, who was knocked off the apron but grabbed hold of the barricade on the outside without touching the floor, and then walked on the top of the barricade and jumped onto the stairs and back into the ring. This was completely awesome. He was eliminated soon after. For a while all the members of the Nexus were together, and they dominated the match throwing guys out one at a time. This went on untill Great Khali came out and eliminated Husky Harris, and after Khali was tossed, Booker T made his return to wwe and got a HUGE pop. Booker was eliminated pretty quick and the crowd did not like that at all. Cena eventually came out and super cena'd everyone out the ring, and teamed up with hornswoggle for a while eliminating geeks. Better wrestlers started coming out at this point and the match was picking up. Next biggest surprise was the return of Big Daddy Cool Diesel to an ENORMOUS pop. The crowd chanted Diesel's name for the entire time he was in the match (which wasn't that long), and after he was eliminated they still chanted his name. This was bizarre, but pretty awesome. Diesel and Booker T got by far the biggest reactions of anyone or anything on this show. Alberto Del Rio was # 38, with car entrance and all, and before he got to the ring Orton came out at # 39 and attacked him. Kane was # 40 but was quickly eliminated my Mysterio. It came down to Wade Barrett, Alberto Del Rio, John Cena, and Randy Orton. Alex Riley (who was at ringside with Miz, who was doing commentary) came over and distracted Cena, who was then thrown out by an interfering Miz, much to the crowds seeming delight. Orton then threw out Barrett, and Del Rio came up from behind and eliminated Orton to seemingly win the rumble. But wait...Santino Marella had been knocked to the outside earlier, but not over the top rope. With the crowd going crazy as an unknowing Del Rio sauntering around the ring, Santino snuck into the ring and hit the cobra on Del Rio. Santino then tried to throw Del Rio over, but Del Rio reversed the attempt and threw out Santino for the victory. As a whole, the match never was boring and they kept the ring pretty clear the whole match, which went about 70 minutes long. This wasn't the best Rumble match there's ever been, but I thought it was a very good, solidly entertaining match, and it was nice to see Alberto Del Rio win the match. Finally something different for a change. ***1/2
This was a very enjoyable show. There wasn't anything blowaway or fantastic, but the show flowed nicely as a whole, and besides the women's match, I was thoroughly entertained throughout. Certainly a DVD I would consider adding to your WWE collection.