Royal Rumble 2012: Reviewing the Top Eliminations and What They May Bring

John KindelanAnalyst IIIJanuary 31, 2012

The Royal Rumble match on Sunday night had an odd array of participants, surprises, twists, and some would say a shocking ending. Let's take a look at the elimination facts of the match and where some of these items can go from here.

Five was the number of people eliminated by Cody Rhodes. Cody had the most eliminations, often partnering with Miz. Early on, he eliminated Mick Foley, Jerry Lawler, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, The Great Kahli and Booker T. 

What can this mean? Is Rhodes the new legend killer?

Aside from Kahli who is legendary for his size, Rhodes was responsible for taking out the Legends of the Rumble, all but Road Dogg were tossed out by the Intercontinental Champion.

Will Rhodes use this heading into Wrestlemania? Who will he fight for the title at the event, or will he even defend the title at Mania? Could we get a Rhodes vs. Mick Foley, with Booker T in his corner? Sounds good to me.

R-Truth, Alex Riley and Santino Marella were all eliminated by the first entrant to the rumble, The Miz. Two of those three eliminations are personal to the Miz. Riley is his former protege and sidekick, and R-Truth is his former tag partner with whom he is currently feuding.

What can this mean? Does this end The Miz's feud with R-Truth? He lasted an incredibly long 45 minutes and 50 seconds, the longest person inside this Rumble. He was the 25th person to be eliminated and it took The Big Show to do it.

Are these bragging rights? I'd say so. Does this earn him a spot inside the Elimination Chamber? It's a strong possibility.

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  Big Show sits on Alberto Del Rio during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The Big Show came in at the coveted No. 30 spot. It sadly didn't help him that much. Once again, the giant was unable to pull off a victory at a Royal Rumble. Before he was eliminated, he was responsible for taking out Jack Swagger, The Miz and Rhodes at the same time, and Dolph Ziggler. 

What can this mean? Those are four of the biggest names in the industry, and with another loss to Daniel Bryan at the Royal Rumble for the heavyweight champion, it's unsure where Big Show's path will take him now

With the Elimination Chamber just weeks away, we can assume it's leading to that match. Will the Smackdown chamber contain a rematch again of Bryan, Big Show and Mark Henry?

There's no climbing out of that steel contraption. Bryan would have to defeat by pin-fall or submission the likes of Big Show, Henry, and most likely Randy Orton, Sheamus and Wade Barrett if they participate in the match. Can even the great Internet love Daniel Bryan do that?

Sheamus, the winner of the Rumble match. was only responsible for eliminating two superstars, Kofi Kingston and Chris Jericho. Not that having only two eliminations this year is a big thing, Jericho, The Great Kahli, Kharma and Orton also only had two eliminations. Santino Marella only had the one elimination and several people in the match had none.. 

What can this mean? Sheamus made it clear on Monday Night Raw he's going after one of the big titles. Which one is unclear. The bigger question is, who will hold the titles after the Elimination Chamber?