*CONTAINS SMACKDOWN SPOILERS*
It's the first Big Four PPV of the year and the beginning of the Road to WrestleMania. Last year saw a temporary increase to the number of competitors in the big match with little success. Unfortunately, the event did not live up to its potential.
Only two of the extra spots were filled by returning stars and one was taken by Hornswoggle... The winner Alberto Del Rio never made much of his win, since he entered at No. 38 and also failed to make good of his title opportunity at that year's WrestleMania.
Then of course there was that whole Santino Marella making it to the runner-up stage malarkey.
This year sees the event revert back to its standard 30-man format and thus hopefully a fresh start for the big match. For the past few years the Rumble has failed to provide more than a big push for the winner, where as in the past the match could have served useful for several wrestlers.
Despite the flaws, however, the match usually still provides reasonable entertainment for the evening and so I rarely have complaints.
Last Year's Card
World Heavyweight Championship: Edge(c) Def. Dolph Ziggler
WWE Championship: The Miz(c) Def. Randy Orton
Diva's Championship: Eve Torres Def. Natalya(c), Michelle McCool and Layla (Fatal Four-way)
Alberto Del Rio Won the 40-Man Royal Rumble Match