WWE: Harrison's Top 10 Matches Of 2010: No. 5, The 2010 Royal Rumble

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WWE: Harrison's Top 10 Matches Of 2010: No. 5, The 2010 Royal Rumble
The 2010 Royal Rumble (January 2010)

Good evening once again Bleachers, Andre Harrison here for day number six of the Harrison Top 10 countdown of WWE Matches in 2010. Now, before I get cracking into today's...interesting choice, in-case you missed any of number's six to ten, here they are:

#10 - The Miz vs Daniel Bryan (Night of Champions): http://bleacherreport.com/articles/551622-wwe-harrisons-top-10-matches-of-2010-10-the-miz-vs-daniel-bryan

#9 - Daniel Bryan vs Dolph Ziggler (Bragging Rights): http://bleacherreport.com/articles/552936-wwe-harrisons-top-10-matches-of-2010-no-9-daniel-bryan-vs-dolph-ziggler

#8 - Team WWE vs The Nexus (Summerslam): http://bleacherreport.com/articles/553445-wwe-harrisons-top-10-matches-of-2010-no-8-team-wwe-vs-the-nexus

#7 - RAW's Money In The Bank (Money In The Bank): http://bleacherreport.com/articles/554057-wwe-harrisons-top-10-matches-of-2010-no-7-raws-money-in-the-bank

#6 - Sheamus vs John Morrison (TLC): http://bleacherreport.com/articles/554987-wwe-harrisons-top-10-matches-of-2010-no-6-sheamus-vs-john-morrison

Right, with that out of the way, let's dig into the 2010 Royal Rumble!

The Backstory

Not much to really explain going into this one, but some things to point out...There was dissention within DX as Shawn Michaels had cost the team the Unified Tag Team Championships to The Miz and Big Show, in his continuing obsession over beating The Undertaker, so there was tension there as to whether DX could co-exist in the match.

Oh and Edge was still injured with a torn Achilles tendon and hadn't been on TV since June 2009. No idea why I just said that. Honest!

The 2010 Royal Rumble Match (Royal Rumble, January 2010)

The first entrant was Dolph Ziggler. The second entrant was Evan Bourne. Decent action to start with Evan hitting the flying double knee press. A short time later, Dolph hit the Zig Zag.

However, Bourne came right back with a Shooting Star Press. The No. 3 entrant was C.M. Punk, who was accompanied at ringside by Serena. Punk eliminated Bourne and then took out Zigler just a couple second later. Serena handed Punk a mic. He thanked the fans for joining him in "the most historic moment that my Straight Edge Society has ever seen."

JTG was the No. 4 entrant. He had an offensive flurry and whipped Punk into the corner. JTG stood on the second rope in front of Punk, only to be thrown over the top rope for the elimination. Punk took the mic and delivered more mic work.

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He was interrupted by the No. 5 entrant, The Great Khali. Punk was concerned about Khali and told him he could make him greater. He had Khali raise his right hand and asked if he accepted Straight Edge into his life.

Khali hit him with a chop that could be seen coming a mile away. Khali applied the vice grip. He released the hold when the entrance music for the No. 6 entrant, Beth Phoenix, played.

Khali picked up Beth and placed her on the ring apron. He motioned for her to head backstage. Beth put a lip lock on the horny Indian and pulled him over the top rope for the elimination. Punk ran at Beth, but she tagged him with a clothesline. However, Punk came back moments later and hit the GTS on Beth.

The No. 7 entrant was Zack Ryder. As Ryder started walking to the ring, Punk tossed Beth over the top rope to eliminate her at 8:00. Punk grabbed the mic and told Ryder that he had potential. Punk stopped his recruiting pitch short and nailed him over the head with the mic before eliminating Ryder.

Punk said he's better than the next entrant and every single fan in attendance. The No. 8 entrant was Triple H. Hunter took a slow walk to the ring and then had a staredown with Punk. They traded some offense and Hunter got the better of it with a spinebuster before the No. 9 entrant, Drew McIntyre, made his entrance.

At 12:07, Hunter countered the GTS and threw Punk over the top rope to eliminate him. The No. 10 entrant was Ted DiBiase.

The No. 11 entrant was John Morrison, who mixed it up with his rival McIntyre quickly. Morrison went for the Starship Pain and missed the move even thought it wasn't intended to be a miss. The No. 12 entrant was Kane, who entered the match with a top rope clothesline on Hunter.

The No. 13 entrant was Cody Rhodes. Cody and Ted teamed up with kicks on Kane. Morrison went after Cody and tried to springboard onto him, but Cody caught him with a dropkick. Cool spot.

The No. 14 entrant was MVP. As he was making his entrance, The Miz ran out and hit the back of MVP's head with the U.S. Title belt. MVP was helped to the back by a referee. The No. 15 entrant was Carlito, who actually hit a dropkick on Hunter! I see a Pedigree in his future.

A short time later, Carlito even hit a Backstabber on Hunter. Carlito also hit the Backstabber on McIntyre, and DiBiase. The No. 16 entrant was The Miz. After The Miz entered the ring, MVP ran out and attacked him. They brawled and tumbled over the top rope and fell to the floor, so both men are out. The No. 17 entrant was Matt Hardy.

Yes, he ran to the ring. Hardy was eliminated by Kane just seconds later when he was caught on the second rope. Triple H followed up by eliminating Kane. The No. 18 entrant was Shawn Michaels at 25:00. HBK immediately backdropped Carlito over the top rope to eliminate him. He then eliminated Rhodes followed by DiBiase.

At 26:00, Shawn eliminated Morrison, leaving Hunter, Shawn and McIntyre in the ring together. The DX duo teamed up to clothesline McIntyre over the top rope. Hunter and Shawn had a staredown. Before they could do anything, John Cena's entrance music played and he was the No. 19 entrant.

Cena roughed up both DX members and hit a double five-knuckle shuffle on them. Hunter hit the Pedigree on Cena at 28:15. Shawn followed up by hitting Sweet Chin Music on Hunter, who fell over the top rope for the elimination. Huge pop from the guys I'm watching the show with for that one.

The No. 20 entrant was Shelton Benjamin, who was eliminated by Cena less than a minute into the match. There were a lot of boos for that. Shawn and Cena were the only two entrants in the ring at this point. Shawn hit a backdrop on Cena. The No. 21 entrant was Yoshi Tatsu. He got a little offense in on both men, but Cena quickly eliminated Yoshi with a clothesline. Actually, Yoshi didn't go over the top rope like he was supposed to, so Cena had to scoop him and drop him over the top rope.

Cena and Shawn slugged it up. The No. 22 entrant was Big Show, who ran to the ring and slid under the bottom rope. There was a fun spot with Shawn skinning the cat and then trying to use his legs to flip Show over the top, only to have Show slam him onto the mat.

The No. 23 entrant was Mark Henry, who immediately had a staredown with Big Show. Henry tried to slam him and failed. He succeeded a short time later, though. Cena tried to hit the Attitude Adjustment on Henry, but collapsed. The No. 24 entrant in the match was Chris Masters, who was quickly eliminated by Big Show.

Henry tried to push Show over the top rope to no avail. The No. 25 entrant was R-Truth, who actually eliminated Big Show and Mark Henry at 36:00 by pushing them both over the top as they were fighting near the ropes. That left R-Truth, HBK, and Cena as the three men inside the ring.

The No. 26 entrant was Jack Swagger, who ran to the ring and hit moves on all three opponents. Swagger clotheslined Shawn over the top rope, but Shawn hooked his arm and held on. The No. 27 entrant was Kofi Kingston, who eliminated Swagger at 39:00.

Moments later, Kofi eliminated R-Truth. The No. 28 entrant was Chris Jericho, who took an Attitude Adjustment from Cena. Shawn DDT'd Cena. HBK went to the top rope and hit an elbow drop on Jericho. HBK tuned up the band and went for Sweet Chin Music on Jericho, but Kofi caught him with Trouble in Paradise. Cena scooped up Kingston and eliminated him with an Attitude Adjustment over the top rope.

The No. 29 entrant was Edge! He ran out wearing new pants and received a big pop. Edge went right at Jericho, Edge speared everyone and then eliminated Jericho.

The No. 30 entrant was Batista, so the final four are Batista, HBK, Edge, and Cena.

Edge speared Batista. Cena hit the Attitude Adjustment on Edge, which earned boos from the live crowd. HBK slammed all three men and then dropped an elbow from the top rope on Cena. Shawn went up top again at 45:10 and dropped a top rope elbow on Batista. HBK hit Sweet Chin Music on Cena and then Batista. Edge tried to clothesline HBK over the top rope. They both tumbled over the top rope and onto the apron. Shawn superkicked Edge back inside the ring.

Batista eliminated HBK by knocking him off the ring apron. Shawn acted devastated and stunned. A referee told him he had to leave. Shawn threw the ref down and slid back inside the ring.

Referee Charles Robinson told Shawn he had to go because he went over the top rope. "What do you want me to do about it?" Robinson asked. Shawn nailed him with Sweet Chin Music. Shawn sat down and then left the ring at 47:50. "You've gotta be kidding me," a frustrated Shawn yelled.

The final three were Cena, Batista, and Edge.

At 48:45, Batista ran toward Cena, who pulled the top rope down, causing Batista to fall over the top for the elimination. Edge set up to spear Cena, who dodged the move and kicked him. Cena went for a clothesline, but Edge saw it coming and threw Cena over the top rope to win the match. Highlights aired of Edge's highlights. As Edge celebrated in the ring, pyro went off around the WrestleMania 26 sign to close the show

The 2010 Royal Rumble Winner: Edge (49:26)

Harrison's Analysis: One of the better Rumbles in recent years for a number of reasons. I LOVED the first 10 minutes. CM Punk's mic work was just sublime as usual, the story-telling of Khali and then Beth Phoenix coming was a genuine surprise...Even if she got kneed into unconsciousness.

The inter-weaving storylines of MVP and The Miz, the shock of D-Generation-X splitting up and Shawn being eliminated by Batista...and of course, the shock return of Edge. I even liked the fact that this was one of the shortest Rumbles ever at just under fifty minutes.

Kept things quick paced and there wasn't any boring patches like in the 2008 or 2009 Rumble. Just excellent stuff all round.

Harrison Match Rating: **** ¼ Stars

So the Top Five has now been entered. My last match I rated **** ¼ comes tomorrow, and to give you a hint, it took place in April 2010...That's all I'm going to say.

Thanks for reading, and I'll see you all tomorrow! I'm Andre Harrison, thanks for reading, Sayonara!

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