Old School Review: Royal Rumble 2011
For my next edition of the Old School Review, I shall be going to time when the basic concept of the Royal Rumble match was changed for only the second time when it was made a 40-Man contest. Aside from that, I have literally no recollection of the undercard on the show for all I know anything and everything could have surpassed me, so I have no idea what to expect, so here I go with my OSR of Royal Rumble 2011…
An opening promo is shown about the history of the Rumble, before making a point of it being a 40-man Rumble. The concept of a bigger Rumble appeals to me, because it allows things to be kept fresh and unique before we head to the arena with our announcers Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Matt Striker before we head off to our first match.
World Heavyweight Championship: Edge (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/ Vickie Guerrero)
To my surprise, there isn’t a history package shown for this match but merely a video clip showing where Vickie has banned the spear whilst Edge makes his way out to an absolutely cracking reaction. Vickie soon makes her way out to a chorus of jeering and boos whilst attempting to antagonise Edge about using the spear before Dolph Ziggler makes his way out to a timid reaction, Vickie’s was better. The match begins with Edge taking it to Ziggler, with lots of early attempts to finish the match. Edge is really dominant in the first few minutes of the match until Ziggler is able to mount a comeback whilst Edge is attempting to re-enter the ring. This allows Ziggler to gain some momentum, and proves very versatile and keeping Edge grounded. After several near finishes and lots of noise from Vickie, Edge slowly mounts some momentum to make a comeback but is overcome once again with plenty of near finishes from Dolph. Edge soon nails Ziggler with the Impaler but the referee is distracted by Vickie, causing Kelly Kelly to come out and attack Vickie before another near finish from Ziggler, which is soon followed by a sleeper hold but Edge mounts a comeback taking out the referee in the process. With the referee down, Edge nails Ziggler with the spear before nailing him with Christian’s finisher, the Unprettier to pick up the win and retain the championship in a good opening match, but I felt it lacked something and could have easily being a lot better.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We are then shown an aerial shot of Boston, before we return to our announcers who begin discussing the forthcoming match.
WWE Championship: The Miz (c) (w/ Alex Riley) vs. Randy Orton
A promo is shown highlighting the rise of The Miz, starting with Miz cashing in his MITB on Orton. This promo if anything shows you how great Miz can be when given a decent story to work with. We go backstage to Josh Matthews interviewing Miz and Alex Riley, who talks about various superstars not having the title and how he is awesome. Orton comes out first to a thunderous reaction, before Miz makes his way out to a great heel reaction with Alex Riley, but with Michael Cole as his biggest advocate. Problem I have with this already, it just shows how far Miz had fallen in just over 4 years main eventing shows to now being lucky if he is on the pre-show. Anyhow, back to the match, Orton is very much the dominant force in the first few minutes of the match, but something I am picking up on is the heel character of Michael Cole and his bickering with Lawler and Striker over almost anything, it is very much an unseen distraction. In the meantime, Miz applies the weakest sleeper I’ve seen in a while, but Orton quickly fights his way out of it but in some respects this is essentially a Handicap Match, because Riley is interfering at moment. Miz nails an impressive big boot to which Orton kicks out. Miz at the his point is the dominant force in the match, with Orton taking a beating but Orton soon explodes with rage and savagely attacks Miz. Another distraction from Riley allows another close finish for Miz but Orton soon powers back with an RKO attempt followed by something similar to an Angle Slam. Miz soon regains control again, before Orton powers back again with a Suspension DDT, at which point The New Nexus appear but Orton is still able to hit the RKO, but is soon blind sighted by CM Punk who nails Orton with the GTS to ultimately allow Miz to pick up the win and retain the championship. Don’t get me wrong, this was by all accounts a good match but like the first match it lacked something and I started to get a little bit bored, but still a good match.
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We go to the announcers, were they are talking about Elimination Chamber and whether Cody Rhodes will be able to compete before we go to Todd Grisham who reads a statement from Cody before they start talking about who might win the Rumble.
WWE Diva’s Championship: Fatal 4 Way – Natalya (c) vs. Eve Torres vs. Layla vs. Michelle McCool
Now, first and foremost, I cannot for the life of me get why this match is positioned here on the card, considering how little the WWE thought of the Divas division at this time. Now, this match is originally slated to be a Handicap Match, with both Layla and McCool evoking their rematch clauses. All the competitors make their way out before the anonymous RAW GM bleeps in with an email, changing it the a Fatal 4 Way at which the hot Eve Torres makes her way to the ring. LayCool are both dominant in the beginning before Natalya regains the advantage against LayCool for a few w moments until McCool and Layla are left face-to-face just before Natalya applies an impressive double Sharpshooter on Eve and Layla. I do really admire Natalya’s capability in the ring, and I genuinely think she deserves a big opportunity but anyway, Eve wins the match and title, following a moonsault to Layla to get the win, but the match the ends in controversy as McCool is pinning Natalya, but this isn’t seen by the referee. A nice little match, but massively overshadowed and could have definitely being massively better.
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Josh Matthews, who is talking to Daniel Bryan and Gail Kim about the Rumble match and his progress in 12 months, before they are soon joined by The Bella Twins, who are making their apologies to Bryan and Kim, before comparing them to being similar before they shortly get into a cat fight to which Bryan and referees separate them. That segment, honestly seemed a little pointless and waste of time before Michael Cole begins talking about The Miz retaining the WWE Championship earlier that evening, but also banging on about it being a 40-man Rumble.