OSR: WWE Royal Rumble 2010 Review
The beginning of 2010 marked an interesting time in the direction the WWE was taking. ECW was about to close it doors as a brand, not being as successful as intended. Bret Hart had made his long awaited return to the company for the first time since 1997. And the WWE was on the way to The University of Phoenix Stadium for WrestleMania 26. The Royal Rumble 2010 Review also marks to date (circa Jan 2017), the final Royal Rumble appearances for Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. This could be an interesting journey. We shall certainly find out as the OSR looks at the WWE Royal Rumble 2010 Review…
The opening promo looks at the Road to WrestleMania through the desert. It then looks at the main event feuds which will take place on the event before returning to the Rumble match, which is earmarked as star studded – very perculiar. We then go inside the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia for the event. Our commentators for the event are Michael Cole, The King and Matt Striker. Before long, we quickly go to the ring for the first match of the evening.
1. ECW Championship: Christian (c) vs. Ezekiel Jackson (w/ William Regal)
There is no history between the pair shown or alluded to. Both men make their way to the ring, and it soon gets underway. Christian is able to have the initial bout of dominance but Jackson soon fights back. This continues for a few moments before both men go back and forth.
They are able to get near finishes from one another, but ultimately it is Christian that is successful. He counters a move from Jackson into the Kill Switch in a match which had something promising about it. Nonetheless, it was still a solid match – somehow, Christian’s effort likely.
Winner: Christian, to retain the ECW Championship
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
2. WWE United States Championship: The Miz (c) vs. Montel Vontavious Porter
This match is made shortly beforehand by Theodore Long, meaning there is no history alluded to between the pair. Both men make their way to the ring with it being back and forth in the initial outset.
It is very quick and fast paced from the outset but there is no clear moveset from either man in the match, with Miz picking up the win with a roll up. This match was in all honesty very disappointing because it could have delivered a lot more.
Winner: The Miz, to retain the WWE United States Championship
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
3. WWE Championship: Sheamus (c) vs. Randy Orton
There is no history package shown for this match, just a series of video clips and backstage segments with Randy Orton to help promote this match. Both men then make their way to the ring, with Orton taking a significant amount of time to get to the ring.
The match is very slow and methodical getting started, with both men seemingly toying with one another. Sheamus gets the early control of the match, but it quickly falls back to Orton with various devious tactics, before again going back to Sheamus.
Orton seemingly goes for the win, when he goes to punt Sheamus who quickly escapes. It goes to the outside, with Cody Rhodes attacking Sheamus. Orton then nails the RKO, but the referee disqualifies Orton in a mediocre match. Afterwards, Orton proceeds to take out Cody.
Winner: Sheamus, via Disqualification
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
4. WWE Women’s Championship: Michelle McCool (c) (w/ Layla) vs. Mickie James
The opening promo looks at the feud established between the duo, with the embarrassing Piggy James storyline. McCool makes her way out first cutting a promo, before Layla comes out in a pig/fat costume. Mickie then comes out and takes out Layla quickly.
The match gets started, and Mickie is quickly able to hit her trademark DDT to pick up the win. Afterwards, various divas make their way out and plant a cake in the faces of Michelle and Layla. This match was insanely short and almost pointless, both women are capable of far more.
Winner: Mickie James, to capture the WWE Women’s Championship
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
5. World Heavyweight Championship: The Undertaker (c) vs. Rey Mysterio
The history package looks at the courage of Rey Mysterio and his determination to survive over The Undertaker, despite being taken out by Batista. Both men make their way to the ring, ready for the match to begin.
Rey attempts to use his speed and agility from the outset to have some control, whereas The Undertaker uses his striker and power nature. Ultimately, Taker gets the control of the match and continues taking apart Rey.
Taker maintains the control of the match, eventually nailing Rey with a humongous Last Ride to pick up the win. This match wasn’t bad, but there was definitely more scope where it could have being better with more time. The amount of time it had was ridiculous.
Winner: The Undertaker, to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
6. The 30-Man 2011 Royal Rumble Match
After the recycled promo from 2008 and 2009 is shown for the match, the Number 1 Dolph Ziggler and Number 2 Evan Bourne entrants make their way to the ring. They go at it briefly in a fast paced style, but are both quickly eliminated by the Number 3 entrant CM Punk.
Punk cuts a Straight Edge Society promo, before quickly focusing his attention on the next entrant, JTG who is quickly eliminated. The next entrant is The Great Khali, who quickly takes down Punk. Beth Phoenix enters at Number 6, quickly Khali through a snog and pull technique.
Punk continues to make short work of the entrants, eliminating Beth and Zack Ryder. This soon stops when Triple H enters at Number 8. As the entrants continue, at this point the ring begins to fill up with various superstars. As MVP makes his entrance, he is taken out by The Miz.
Entering at Number 18, Shawn Michaels makes his way to the ring and quickly makes some eliminations. John Cena soon makes his entrance, and the ring is emptied bar Triple H and HBK. Triple H is then shockingly eliminated by HBK.
From this point, the eliminations seem frequent and in tune with the entrances of more superstars. In a sweet spot, Kofi Kingston counters a Sweet Chin Music into a Trouble in Paradise.
Making his return at Number 29, Edge makes his way to the ring and quickly goes after Jericho before he soon eliminates him. The final entrant at Number 30 is Batista. The final four entrants in the match is John Cena, Edge, Shawn Michaels and Batista.
HBK is the next eliminated by Batista, leaving HBK broken at the prospect of unable to face The Undertaker. HBK then takes out a referee before leaving. This is followed by the elimination of Batista by Cena, who himself is soon eliminated by Edge for the win in an enjoyable match.
Winner: Edge, last eliminating John Cena
Match Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars
The under card on this event was certainly typical of a Royal Rumble event. It was painfully average and pretty predictable in most places. To be fair, the opening match had something about it which made it not so bad. It wasn’t a brilliant match by any stretch, but it shown promise. This is likely to be through the efforts of Christian but at least it is something. The match between The Miz and MVP was utterly barbaric the way it was booked. The quality of the match was sub-zero and not acceptable by any stretch of the imagination. They had potential together, not that rubbish. The match between Mickie James and Michelle McCool was abysmal, and the storyline for it was offensive and degrading. Both women were capable of so much more, and this was again not acceptable.
The championship match between Sheamus and Randy Orton, was unfortunately, completely boring. There was no chemistry in the match to make it interesting and you couldn’t become invested in it. Unfortunately, these two men just do not click in the ring, and this match shown it fully. But the match between The Undertaker and Rey Mysterio was actually more enjoyable than you would think. Both men seemingly upped their game in the match, it could have just done with more time to be more credible.
The Rumble match itself was actually booked quite well, and took into consideration other ongoing storylines. There was a level of credibility and enjoyment in watching the match. Seeing Edge win the match was a pretty cool moment as well which makes this one definitely worth watching. For 9.99 on the WWE Network, 100% worth it!
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