Del Rio survived 39 others in the biggest Rumble in history.
In the biggest Rumble in WWE history, we saw huge surprises. We started off with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, who finally started after the Nexus and Corre members brawled inside the ring.
Both competitors put on an amazing show, but as time went by, the Nexus outnumbered and overpowered everyone who tried to eliminate the Mansonian leader, even John Morrison, who created an unforgettable moment in Rumble history thanks to his parkour abilities.
With four of the five armband-wearing men in the ring, they would wait as competitors filed out, one at a time to try their luck. And one by one, they were dispatched, leaving Punk plenty of time to rest (much like last year's Rumble).
But it ended when his nemesis, John Cena, hit the ring. Cena continued his beatings of Nexus, allowing more stars to enter and even the odds a bit. The reactions from the WWE Universe were especially big when two former world champions in Booker T and Kevin Nash (dressed in his Diesel gear) appeared and showed that they still have it.
We fast forward to the end. Four men stand in the ring: Cena, Del Rio, Barrett, and Orton, still enraged about the circumstances of his loss that night.
With Miz at commentary during Riley's brief stint in the Rumble, he utilized a distraction from the Varsity henchman to sneak in the ring and toss Cena out, shutting the door to Wrestlemania's main event. Orton then proceeded to toss Barrett, but Del Rio capitalized by eliminating the Viper.
As Del Rio's music hit and Ricardo Rodriguez celebrated, the ref tried to cut the celebration. It turned out that Santino Marella, who entered at No. 37, rolled under the bottom rope, and therefore he was never eliminated.
He fired himself, up, brought out the Cobra, and when the cocky young star turned around, the Cobra struck! I honestly thought that Santino would actually win off that, and wondered how he went from the class clown to tag team champ to RR winner in one year.
However, as the Milan Miracle looked to win the match, Del Rio reversed a throw and eliminated Marella, fulfilling his destiny as the 2011 Royal Rumble winner.
What This Means for Road to WM XXVII:
I'm going with the safe bet that Alberto will challenge for the World Heavyweight title. With the bad blood between him and Christian, I expect Captain Charisma to play a part in this should Edge hold the belt going into Atlanta.
Miz's cowardly act on Cena could mean Cena will have his chance at Miz, and probably Punk, in the RAW Chamber along with Orton. If not then, then I see Miz/Cena or Miz/Orton as the RAW main event at Wrestlemania.
With those appearances by Nash and Booker, I wonder if they'll be doing more in WWE like Mr. Perfect did after his return. I would love to see those two back in a WWE ring doing what they do best.