Result: Alberto Del Rio wins the 2011 Royal Rumble by last eliminating (sigh) Santino Marella(1:09:50)
What’s this? No Christian return? No Hunter? No Bourne? No Goldust? No...PAPA SHANGO!? NOOOO.
In all seriousness, this has to be down there with the most underwhelming and disappointing Rumbles in history. Take the “underwhelming-ness” of the Triple H vs. Randy Orton bout from Wrestlemania 25 and times it by 10 and you get this match as the result!
I need to stop referencing HHH vs. Orton every time I want to show how bad a match is. It just goes to show how much this Rumble match failed to meet its expectations.
First of all, I want to rant about how Santino was the Royal Rumble runner up. Every now and then, I skim around random WWE PPV pages on Wikipedia from ten years ago and see what the cards were like on PPV’s and what feuds were going on.
So, ten years from now, I’m going to go to the Royal Rumble 2011 Wikipedia page and see “Alberto Del Rio last eliminated Santino Marella to win the Royal Rumble”. How much of a disappointment will that go down as in history? Especially as the first 40-Man Royal Rumble in history.
Second of all, the Rumble in general had to be booked better. John Morrison is now at the mid-card back again after his main-event push.
Although what he pulled off at the Royal Rumble will live forever. Still, he only lasted 20 minutes. Daniel Bryan could have looked stronger than he did, but WWE missed that opportunity.
WWE needs to realize that the Royal Rumble is not only about winning it. They need to book certain individuals strong because it not only gives them momentum for Wrestlemania, but it cements them as historical superstars.
If WWE wanted to further the Orton/CM Punk feud, why not have Orton eliminate Punk? What about the nearly 20 minutes of mindless Hornswoggle and Cena action we saw? I was glad to see Booker and Kevin "Diesel" Nash, but at least book them to stay in there for more than a few damn minutes.
I’m not going to go rant on how Triple H or Christian or whoever didn’t return because it was those very returns that had the IWC raise their expectations so high. And if a returning superstar did win, the majority would say that the Royal Rumble has become predictable. Typical. It was a lose-lose situation on both sides for WWE.
I’m very much happy with Alberto Del Rio as the winner as it’s giving him a push and a new face is bursting into a main-event scene. This’ll hopefully set up a Christian vs. Edge vs. Del Rio match for the World Title at Wrestlemania.
But for the rumble match itself, amazingly booked for the first half, extremely poorly booked for the second half.
Match Rating: 6.5 / 10