WWE Royal Rumble 2010: Top 5 Moments from the Big Event
In exactly one week, WWE will present the 2012 Royal Rumble. It is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for WWE fans. Wrestling fans all over the world are getting excited for the Road to WrestleMania, and this year should be no different.
Honestly, I was hesitant to say the same two years ago. I remember the Sunday I purchased the PPV event back in January 2010 (Yes, I actually buy my WWE PPV events). There was some intrigue, but I just wasn't entirely sold on the card. In the end, though, I made the right decision and was treated to an great Rumble!
Here are the top five moments from Royal Rumble 2010.
5. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton
This match was for the WWE Championship.
Sheamus had just won the title from John Cena the month prior, and he needed an opponent for the Rumble. Who better than Orton? It made little sense and a ton of sense at the same time.
Sheamus needed some credible opponents and to retain the gold. Orton needed to stall another few months before his battle with Legacy at Mania and also needed more teasing before turning face.
It was the perfect match for these two. The ending was certainly not clean, but it did not matter. Sheamus continued his reign as WWE Champion, and Orton went on to have a great run (currently continuing).
4. Mickie James Wins the Title
Honestly, I did not mind this feud.
Laycool had been "bullying" Mickie James over her weight, and it had been going on for far too long. A lot of "real" aspects were inserted into this story, and there could have only been one result.
Mickie James had to soundly defeat the heels and leave as Women's Champion!
That was the only result that I would find acceptable. Anything else would have been a huge failure and a waste of time! Even a few minute match would have not been right in my book.
Lucky for us, WWE took the correct route. The face walked out, destroyed the heels in seconds and won the belt! Exactly what the payoff should have been...
3. Christian vs. Ezekial Jackson
This match was for the ECW Championship. Christian was the face. Ezekial Jackson was the heel (with William Regal).
I believe this was the final WWE PPV event to have an ECW title match. The brand was soon to be disbanded (finally!), and NXT was inserted the following month.
It was the correct move. Before that could happen, though, Christian had the task of delivering a great match with Big Zeke. It was going to be a challenge, but both men did a wonderful job. Christian picked up the win, but Zeke showed he had some in-ring skills.
He has not shown much skill on Smackdown recently, but the newcomer has promise. Don't believe me? Watch this match two years ago. There is something there...
2. Undertaker vs. Rey Mysterio
This was for the World Title.
Undertaker had been the reigning champion for a few months. He was not about to lose the strap to Rey Mysterio, and I had no doubt this was going to be a good match.
It was better than good. Their styles meshed together perfectly, and the Blue Brand delivered a great World Title match with a clean ending. Yes, a clean ending.
It was expected in a rare "face vs. face" match, but I enjoyed the conclusion. This is another match has fallen under the radar over time. Check it out!
1. "Rated R" Rumble
This Royal Rumble had tons of storylines going on.
What would Shawn Michaels and Triple H do? Was HBK going to win and challenge Undertaker at Mania for the World Title? Did Cena win to get back his WWE Title? Where did Batista fit into all of this?
By the end of the night, though, none of that mattered.
Edge shocked the world by returning to WWE. Not only that, but he won the Royal Rumble! The path to Phoenix was now clear. He was going to feud with his former partner Chris Jericho and go for the World Title (later won by Y2J).
In one night, the entire landscape of the company changed. WWE has been known for surprises, and they certainly did it again here! Once again, a late Rumble entrant returned from injury early to earn a championship match in the main event at WrestleMania!
Will it happen again this year? We shall find out next Sunday night...
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