It's always hard to judge a Rumble match but I think I found a way. Since a Rumble is all about moments, like Shawn Michaels' win in 1995, I will write down what I remember from the match off the top of my head and tell you what I thought about them.
Good: CM Punk is the first entrant and for the second year in a row the most entertaining man in the match. With constant quips to the crowd and the villainous Nexus backing, him he lasted longer than any other wrestler all night.
Good: John Morrison showed an amazing feat of athleticism after William Regal tried to eliminate him from the match. He flew from the apron and managed to land on the barricade without his feet touching the floor. After getting on top of the barricade and walking around, he jumped onto the steps and got back into the ring.
Good: Chavo Guerrero came out at number 10 and dominated with a series of vertical suplexes.
Bad: New Nexus were dominant for a while and pretty much made sure no one had a chance of staying in. Tyler Reks, Vladimir Kozlov and R-Truth all had quick appearances because Nexus destroyed them all.
Good: Despite Khali looking as if he was going to destroy Nexus (he eliminated Husky Harris), Mason Ryan came down and made sure they were safe for another entrant. This can go a long way to making Ryan look like a credible threat.
Good: Can you dig it sucker? Booker T made his WWE return and cleaned house, showing off all his major moves.
Bad: He went for a Spinaroonie and was eliminated by Mason Ryan without eliminating a single member. Considering what was about to happen, Booker should have at least taken out one member.
Bad: John Cena came down at number 22 and eliminates all members of New Nexus in a time span of three minutes.
Bad: Hornswoggle made his second Rumble appearance. What I don't get is why everyone is vilified for attacking him when he willingly places himself in matches. Hornswoggle gave Tyson Kidd an AA for good measure and joined Cena and Kofi Kingston in attacks.
Good: Sheamus hit Hornswoggle with The Brogue Kick when he was on the turnbuckle, eliminating him.
Bad: Dolph Ziggler entered at Number 30 despite having a world title match earlier that night. I thought you give up a spot to fight for the title?
Good: Diesel was back in WWE, if only for one night. A nice nostalgia run. Even though he didn't eliminate anyone.
Bad: Randy Orton entered at Number 39...
Bad: An anti-climatic last entrant at 40 as Kane made his way into the match. He eliminated one man and lasted an amazing 1:36. Actually, no big men lasted very long considering this is meant to be the match big men have an advantage in.
Good: The last four were Del Rio, Orton, Barrett and Cena. Alex Riley (who was eliminated earlier) distracted Cena, allowing The Miz (who was on commentary) to dump Cena over the top rope. Cena in his shock told Michael Cole, "It's Over." Hopefully this will lead to some sort development with the Michael Cole situation.
Bad: A rather anti-climatic end as Orton dumped Barrett out of the ring and Del Rio did the same to RKO straight away. No big one-on-one confrontation and it was over.
VERY BAD: It wasn't over as Santino Marella was earlier kicked out of the ring by Sheamus but went under the bottom rope. WWE teased a Santino victory and used one of their biggest matches to create comedy. Santino Marella is the runner-up! Del Rio still won but what a way to cheapen the match. We always knew it was an option to hide under the ring but no one did it because it's ridiculous. I personally think a couple of new rules should be applied. If you don't enter the ring by the time the next participant is in you should be eliminated. If you are thrown outside and don't make it back in by a 10-count you should be eliminated.
Overall, despite its flashes of entertainment, this year's Rumble was a disappointment. No one was really pushed and Cena destroying New Nexus was unrealistic and irritating. The ending was also a slap in the face. Possibly one of the worst Rumbles I have watched since my first in 2000.
In the end, 2011's Rumble will only be remembered for the fact it had 40 men and nothing else.