WWE Royal Rumble 2011: 20 Things We Learned From Epic WWE Pay Per View
WWE Royal Rumble 2011 has come to a close, and I'm not sure how to feel about what was supposed to be an epic pay-per-view event.
Though the show certainly had its highs, it also had a number of lows.
So what were they? Well, you will soon find out, because I'm here to break down the entire Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
From start to finish and every crack, corner and crevasse in between, it's time to take a detailed look at the hits and misses from the first WWE PPV of 2011.
Here are 20 things we learned from this year's Royal Rumble.
20. WWE Needs More Big Names
WWE has done a fine job building up some newer stars, like Wade Barrett, The Miz and even Sheamus.
But notice how HUGE the pop was for Booker T and Kevin "Diesel" Nash" at the Rumble.
I get that part of it was because fans liked seeing them back after a long absence from WWE, but I also think the fans simply like big names.
Even if they're past their primes, they will continue to draw new viewers.
So maybe WWE should take this into consideration and break the bank to bring back guys like Batista and Chris Jericho to give the company some more star power.
19. John Cena and Randy Orton Will Never Lose Cleanly
Randy Orton lost the WWE Championship match because of interference.
John Cena lost the Royal Rumble because of interference.
These guys will never lose clean again.
18. The Divas Division Is Still a Joke
The Divas Championship match was originally supposed to be a 2-on-1 handicap match, but it wound up being a Fatal 4-Way after Eve was added to the bout.
Then, she won.
Really? I mean, yeah, she's hot. But why put the strap on her?
Oh, well. If WWE doesn't care about the Divas division, then neither do I.
17. Cody Rhodes Will Face Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania
Some might take Cody Rhodes' non-appearance in the Royal Rumble as a sign that he's in the doghouse.
But not me.
This "broken face" angle the WWE is doing with him is the start of a lengthy feud between Rhodes and Mysterio that will end with a match at Wrestlemania.
Trust me. I'm a psychic.
16. We Screwed Ourselves Over
For months now the IWC has offered their predictions on what would happen at the Royal Rumble, and the widespread assumption was that Triple H would return to reignite his feud with Sheamus.
We also thought Evan Bourne and Christian would return, too.
But those WWE guys are no dummies, and they know that we kinda sorta expected that stuff to happen.
The WWE hates that, so company officials likely kept those guys out of the match on purpose.
They can't stand it when we're right.
15. The Miz Is Feeling The Swagger Effect
When Jack Swagger was World Heavyweight Champion, he either lost or won with a dirty finish in pretty much every match he competed in.
Well, The Miz may have a clean win over John Morrison, but he doesn't have much else.
If WWE continues giving Miz the Swagger treatment, it will really hurt his credibility in the long run.
14. The Nexus and The Corre Will Continue To Feud
At times during the 40-Man Rumble Match, I found myself wondering if I was watching the Royal Rumble or The Nexus vs. The Corre.
It seems pretty clear that WWE has plans on extending the feud between these two groups for a really long time.
Just how long is the only real question.
13. Back To The Mid-Card For John Morrison
John Morrison had an incredible spot in the Rumble match where it looked like he would be eliminated but instead he landed on barricade and Spider-Manned his way back into the ring.
But that was about it.
The rest of his performance was pretty forgettable, and I'll take that as an indicator that Morrison will be in the midcard for the foreseeable future.
12. WWE Can't Book a Show From Start To Finish
The beginning of the Rumble (Dolph Ziggler vs. Edge)? Great.
The middle (Orton vs. Miz and Divas Championship)? Semi-decent.
The 40-Man Rumble match (especially the end)? Crap.
Learn how to book an entire show, please. Okay, thanks.
11. The Creative Team Held Back
The creative team could have brought back a number of injured stars for the Rumble match, like Christian, Triple H or even someone like Evan Bourne.
They also could have put a few more legends in the match or had Awesome Kong make her WWE debut at the pay-per-view.
But they didn't.
10. WWE Has No Idea What To Do With Daniel Bryan
The crowd loved Daniel Bryan during the 40-Man Rumble match, and he actually was in the spotlight of the match on multiple occasions.
But he also got eliminated too soon and had a really stupid backstage segment with the Bellas and Gail Kim.
Someone give a typewriter to three monkeys. They could probably do better.
9. Randy Orton Will Face CM Punk at Wrestlemania
I mean, could it have been any more obvious?
At the Royal Rumble, WWE was clearly laying the foundation for a feud between CM Punk and Randy Orton.
And I'd bet at least 11 cents that the feud will culminate with a match at Wrestlemania.
8. Michael Cole's Character Makes No Sense
OK, we probably already knew this, but Michael Cole's character makes absolutely zero sense.
Don't suck up to The Miz but praise John Cena and Randy Orton for everything they do, too.
Either like all heels or all faces. It's really that simple, I promise.
7. Throw Logic Out The Window
So explain this to me.
Both Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton lost their respective world championship matches, but they wound up in the Rumble match anyway?
Apparently losing a title match gives you another opportunity later that night to get another title match.
That makes zero sense.
6. John Cena Will Face The Miz at Wrestlemania
It's been teased for months, but WWE finally went full steam ahead tonight with the feud between The Miz and John Cena.
And they did it for a reason, too.
Why? Because there's a 100 percent chance that Cena will face Miz for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania.
5. Dolph Ziggler Is "The Next Big Thing"
Maybe I'm overrating Dolph Ziggler a bit, but I gave his World Heavyweight Championship match against Edge four stars.
Some guys can just flat-out go inside the ring, and Ziggler is one of them.
The storytelling between him and Edge at the Royal Rumble was great, and it was another fantastic PPV showing for Ziggler.
If he can beef up his mic skills a little, Ziggler will be the next huge WWE star.
4. WWE Listened To The IWC
How many times have you read an article or comment here on B/R claiming that Alberto Del Rio should win the Royal Rumble?
I know I have at least 200 times.
Well, WWE pays attention to the IWC. And this time around, the company actually listened, too.
3. CM Punk Is The Best Wrestler/Character in The Company
If you didn't already know it, then you know it now.
CM Punk is by far the most complete wrestler in WWE.
And it's not even close.
2. Christian Vs. Edge Won't Happen Anytime Soon
Heaven forbid WWE does something that makes too much sense by building toward a feud between Edge and Christian.
If ever there was a time to do it, the Royal Rumble was it. But that didn't happen.
The Edge/Christian feud ship has probably sailed.
1. WWE Thinks It's a Comedy
Of the 1,392 bones I have to pick with the WWE right now, nothing aggravated the hell out of me quite like the "comedy" in the 40-Man Royal Rumble match.
Hornswoggle hitting Tyson Kidd with the Attitude Adjustment and teaming with John Cena? Seriously?
Santino Marella being the last wrestler eliminated? Is this a joke?
I'm fine with comedy, even if WWE's take on that term isn't quite the same as mine.
But leave the midget leprechauns and terrible finishers (The Cobra) to time-filler Raw segments.