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Royal Rumble 2011

This year would feature the first ever 40 man Royal Rumble Match. The main rivalry from the Raw brand involved the WWE Champion The Miz defending his title against Randy Orton.

Date: 30th January, 2011
Venue: TD Garden
City: Boston, MA
Attendance: 15,113
Commentators: Michael Cole,
Jerry “The King” Lawler & Matt Striker
Theme Song: Living in a Dream by Finger Eleven

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Background

Royal Rumble 2011 promotional poster

Royal Rumble 2011 promotional poster

This year would feature the first ever 40 man Royal Rumble Match. The main rivalry from the Raw brand involved the WWE Champion The Miz defending his title against Randy Orton. The night after Survivor Series, The Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and defeated Orton to become the WWE Champion before successfully defending it against Orton a month later at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs. After defeatingWade Barrett and Sheamus, in a steel cage match on an episode of Raw, Orton received another opportunity at the title in a match against The Miz.

The main rivalry from the SmackDown brand involved the World Heavyweight Champion Edge defending his title against Dolph Ziggler. After defeating “Dashing” Cody Rhodes, Drew McIntyre and The Big Show, Ziggler won a title opportunity for Edge’s World Heavyweight Championship after Kane lost to Edge in his rematch. After winning his opportunity, Edge went on a campaign against Ziggler and his girlfriend, Edge’s ex-wife, Vickie Guerrero. On the January 28 episode of SmackDown, Vickie Guerrero, who was the acting General Manager in place of the injured Theodore Long, banned the use of the spear and would strip him of his title if he was caught using it during his match against Ziggler.

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Match Results

World Heavyweight Championship:
Edge(c) defeated Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) (20:46)

WWE Championship:
The Miz (c) (with Alex Riley) defeated Randy Orton (19:50)

Divas Championship:
Eve Torres defeated Natalya (c), Layla and Michelle McCool (05:10)

40-Man Royal Rumble Match:
Alberto Del Rio won by last eliminating Santino Marella (1:09:11)

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Royal Rumble Stats

Draw Entrant Brand Order Eliminated by Time
1 CM Punk Raw 21 John Cena 35:21
2 Daniel Bryan Raw 8 CM Punk 20:55
3 Justin Gabriel SD 1 Daniel Bryan 00:58
4 Zack Ryder Raw 2 Daniel Bryan 00:43
5 William Regal Raw 3 Ted DiBiase 04:10
6 Ted DiBiase Raw 7 Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty 12:16
7 John Morrison Raw 10 CM Punk 13:24
8 Yoshi Tatsu Raw 5 Mark Henry 05:35
9 Husky Harris Raw 15 The Great Khali 15:48
10 Chavo Guerrero SD 4 Mark Henry 02:01
11 Mark Henry Raw 11 CM Punk, Husky Harris,
Michael McGillicutty and David Otunga
07:04
12 JTG SD 6 Michael McGillicutty 01:48
13 Michael McGillicutty Raw 20 John Cena 15:07
14 Chris Masters SD 9 CM Punk 01:58
15 David Otunga Raw 19 John Cena 11:56
16 Tyler Reks SD 12 CM Punk 00:34
17 Vladimir Kozlov Raw 13 CM Punk 00:40
18 R Truth Raw 14 CM Punk 01:02
19 The Great Khali Raw 16 Mason Ryan 01:17
20 Mason Ryan Raw 18 John Cena 04:32
21 Booker T SD 17 Mason Ryan 01:08
22 John Cena Raw 36 The Miz*
34:17
23 Hornswoggle SD 24 Sheamus 09:39
24 Tyson Kidd Raw 22 John Cena 00:53
25 Heath Slater SD 23 John Cena 00:57
26 Kofi Kingston SD 31 Randy Orton 24:04
27 Jack Swagger SD 25 Rey Mysterio 04:41
28 King Sheamus Raw 32 Randy Orton 18:16
29 Rey Mysterio SD 35 Wade Barrett 23:56
30 Wade Barrett SD 37 Randy Orton 50:23
31 Dolph Ziggler SD 27 Big Show 07:12
32 Diesel Raw 26 Wade Barrett 02:45
33 Drew McIntyre SD 29 Big Show 04:46
34 Alex Riley Raw 28 John Cena & Kofi Kingston 02:50
35 Big Show SD 30 Ezekiel Jackson 01:30
36 Ezekiel Jackson SD 33 Kane 07:14
37 Santino Marella Raw 39 Alberto Del Rio 12:54
38 Alberto Del Rio SD WINNER 09:33
39 Randy Orton Raw 38 Alberto Del Rio 08:18
40 Kane SD 34 Rey Mysterio 01:36

* The Miz was not a participant in the Royal Rumble Match.

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