WWE Royal Rumble 2011 Results: 10 Things We Learned from Edge's Win
Hello, Buzzers—Buzz is back.
Royal Rumble, supposedly one of WWE's biggest and most exciting events, is now over.
Honestly speaking, I'm still not able to judge this PPV. We did see some surprises and some exciting moments, but something went wrong in the Rumble match.
I guess excitement is always guaranteed, especially when you wait for the next opponent. But other than this, we did witness some chaos.
Anyway, I'm sure that most members here are now familiar with my post-PPV slideshows when I discuss several things we learned from the event. However, my focus this time will be on one match due to the fact that many members already wrote similar articles about things we learned from the whole event.
The match I chose to discuss was easily the best match of the night. It was none other than Edge vs. Dolph Ziggler for the World Heavyweight Championship.
In the following slides, I'll break down 10 things we learned from the Rated "R" Superstar's win.
All said and done, let the show begin.
1. Edge Is a Great Performer
Anytime I read some debates about Edge, they always include comments suggesting how Edge staled and how his age is affecting him.
Well, I can't really argue with this to a certain extent. I mean, sure—he's not the same performer he was 10 years ago. Sure, he might have slightly slowed down due to repetitive and ongoing injuries during his career.
But Edge can still be reliable to get a great match from whenever needed. And yesterday was no exception. He was able to put on a great match and probably steal the show.
I think it's fair to say that he's been looking good in the last few months. He put on a great performance in the fatal-four way TLC match and the last man standing match against Kane last month.
Whether you like him or not, Edge is still a great superstar.
2. Dolph Ziggler Is a Great Competitor Too
Sure Edge put a great performance last night, but it usually takes two superstars to make a match look great, and Dolph Ziggler didn't disappoint in this contest.
I think it's fair to say that Ziggler was one of the most improved superstars in 2010. He was involved in some epic matches especially against Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston. Furthermore, He had a good and lengthy Intercontinental Title Reign.
At certain moments, I felt he had momentum on his side in most parts of the match.
Anyway, both men should be given props for this match that was easily the match of the night.
3. There's a Reason Why Edge Is Called The Ultimate Opportunist
So, once again, Vickie Guerrero found herself in charge and decided to abuse her power as usual.
As soon as Edge pinned Ziggler in a tag-team match on Smackdown two days before the PPV (literally speaking, five days), Guerrero decided to ban the spear. She said that if he uses it, he'll lose the championship belt.
This directly brought back some memories from the past. We all remembered how Shawn Michaels' sweet chin music was banned by Vince McMahon and how this lead to his loss.
We also remembered the old days of Vickie herself when she was on Edge's side. We all remember how she tried her best to make him win by adding him in many title matches. We also remember how she banned Undertaker's hellsgate move to help her former boyfriend gain advantage.
Vickie is currently doing the same thing to help Ziggler. And ironically, Edge is now the victim of this. The Rated "R" Superstar is getting a taste of his own previous medicine and I guess he now knows how it feels.
However, unlike Edge, Ziggler didn't benefit from this move because of one thing. He's not the "Ultimate Opportunist," while Edge is.
As I said in the title, Edge hasn't gained this name for no reason. For nearly five years, Edge has been known for making use of every single opportunity possible to reach his goal. Whether face or heel, and whether or not he had Vickie on his side, he always benefited from every single chance he smells. There's a reason he's now a 10-time World Champion.
Last night was no different. As soon as he found Vickie and the referee down, Edge didn't hesitate to make use of this opportunity and hit the spear.
Once the referee was back, Edge followed with the killswitch and earned the victory.
4. Banning The Spear Was a Blessing In Disguise
So, as I said in the previous slide, Vickie decided to ban the spear. But did we have to worry?
The spear might be Edge's most loved signature move by the fans. However, it's not the only move that Edge can use. In fact, Edge has always been known for having a variety of other moves.
Remember the Edgecution (impaler DDT)? Or the Edgecater (his own version of sharpshooter)?
I know that he still uses the DDT every once in a while, but I don't remember seeing his sharpshooter since 2004. I was glad to see him apply it again. Actually, those moves did make him win matches in the past.
Honestly speaking, I was never worried when I learned that the spear was banned. I know that many WWE fans feel that signature moves are awesome, but it's sometimes refreshing to see something different.
I didn't want to see Edge waiting for every chance to stand in the corner and start holding his hair back teasing for a spear. I wanted to see him trying other moves too. The use of the killswitch in the end was awesome.
If you ask me, I hope officials can someday ban John Cena from doing the attitude adjustment and the five knuckle shuffle, or Randy Orton from doing the RKO and the DDT he does while his opponent is behind the ropes. Maybe then we won't see people complaining about the five moves of doom.
5. Edge Never Forgot His Best Friend, Christian
Few weeks ago, Christian made a surprise appearance when he joined Edge in the Slammay Award episode on RAW. Since then, many rumors started going around the internet sites suggesting a near return for Captain Charisma.
It was even said that he made his way to Boston to attend the show and probably join the Rumble match. Others expected him to help Edge retain his title belt.
However, none of these predictions happened and Christian remained out.
Many people here have been dying to see an Edge vs. Christian feud ever since Captain Charisma left TNA and returned to WWE.
Unfortunately, this might not be happening this year, but I think we can still hope for it.
Anyway, despite Christian's absence, Edge never forgot his best friend and I guess that the killswithc was a nice shoutout to him.
6. Kelly Kelly Got Herself Into Trouble
Excuse me, guys! Stop staring at the photo and focus on what I'm saying here.
Until now, I still can't get why Kelly Kelly interfered here. Does she have some unfinished issues with Vickie Guerrero or Dolph Ziggler? Does she have a crush on Edge? What about Drew McIntyre?
I still can't think of any reason behind her actions, but one thing is certain. The Barbie Diva put herself in trouble with this move.
We all know that Vickie is now the active Smackdown manager and I don't know if Teddy Long will be returning this week. So, Kelly should expect a harsh punishment this Friday (taped from Tuesday) on Smackdown.
What do you think, guys? Why did Kelly do this? Could we see McIntyre involved in this story later where he tries to defend her against Vickie? Maybe.
Does Kelly have a crush on Edge? If that's the case, then I'm already feeling jealous.
Still looking at the photo? Can't blame you here.
Speaking of Vickie, let's take a look at the next slide.
7. Vickie Guerrero Won't Let Edge Get Away With This
Kelly Kelly might not be the only one to get in trouble with Vickie Guerrero. Don't forget that Edge broke the rules and used the banned spear.
I know that Vickie didn't see it during the match, but she probably saw the replay and she already took note by now. And since most of you know Vickie and her antics, do you think she'll let this pass without punishment? Of course not.
Guerrero will definitely look for the perfect revenge for this. I can only expect the worse here, but I hope Edge can overcome all this and end this feud.
Speaking of this feud, check the following slide.
8. This Rivalry Is Not Over Yet
Edge might have won the match, and it's fair to say that Ziggler shouldn't be given another title shot because he already missed his opportunity.
However, with Vickie on his side, anything can happen.
As I said in the previous slide, Edge broke Vickie's rules and used the banned spear. This will definitely be a good excuse for her to book a rematch.
The only thing I'm worried about here is having Vickie in charge for a long time. I know that she's a great heel, but I don't like the excessive abuse of power she does in favor of certain superstars. Sometimes, it just becomes annoying.
I can definitely see a rematch coming and probably it would include tougher stipulations. As I said, I hope Edge can overcome all odds and win this feud so he can move on. I even hope Christian returns for the rescue.
9. Edge Might Be Having His Longest and Most Credible World Championship Reign
For me, I don't care how a world championship reign is booked. It doesn't mean anything because, in the end, it's called a world championship reign.
However, IWC smarks don't like unclean wins and victories, and believe that a champion should win cleanly with no controversy in order to have a credible title reign.
They think that Sheamus' world title reigns were awful because he never won cleanly. Same thing applies to Edge and his previous nine world title reigns.
For years, the Ultimate Opportunist has been accused for being a paper champion. The Internet Wrestling Community always suggested that he wasn't a credible champion because his matches either involved controversy, or they were won uncleanly.
For me, I never agreed completely with all those opinions. I might agree that most of his reigns were short, but the unclean and controversial matches weren't necessarily bad. Don't forget that he gained the Ultimate Opportunist name because of such reasons.
In addition to this, don't forget that he was heel during all of these reigns, and that's how heels are booked.
Furthermore, despite the so called controversies, Edge was able to put some great matches during those reigns especially against Undertaker and John Cena.
Anyway, regardless of my opinion, I'll use IWC's criteria in this slide and say that this reign might be Edge's most credible reign.
First, he won the belt cleanly at TLC. Later, he defended it cleanly against Kane. Last night, he also won cleanly even if he broke the rules and used the spear.
The only thing we need to see now is a pretty long reign. I hope he keeps the belt until Wrestlemania.
10. Edge Still Has a Lot Of Work To Do Before Focusing On His Wrestlemania Match
Last night, the Mexican Aristocrat, Alberto Del Rio, shocked the world and won the Royal Rumble match.
Now, as I said in a previous slide, the rivalry with Ziggler might not be over. However, Edge already had a clue about the possible next contender for his championship belt in case he overcame the odds against Ziggler and in the Elimination Chamber match.
It might be none other than ALBERTOOOO DEL RRRRRRRRRIOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Until now, many people are expecting to see this match at Wrestlemania. But we should wait before giving our predictions because Edge has yet to succeed in keeping the belt until after the Elimination Chamber PPV at least.
Furthermore, Del Rio might decide to jump to RAW and challenge the WWE Champion instead.
People might say that he won't face another heel. But what if Miz loses his belt at Elimination Chamber to a face? What if he loses to Randy Orton or John Cena? What if WWE had other plans for Edge?
Many predictions can be made here, but one thing is certain. Edge still has to go through many obstacles before he starts thinking of his possible Mania opponent.
So what do you think, B/R members?
Did you like Edge's victory last night? Do you think he can overcome all odds and keep his belt until Wrestlemania? Who will he face if this happens?
All thoughts and comments are welcome.