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The annual Royal Rumble pay per view, as usual, featured the thirty man royal rumble match. Per Royal Rumble rules, the match ends when one wrestler remains in the ring, after all 39 other wrestlers have been eliminated via being tossed over the top ring rope and having both feet touch the floor; the winner then earns a world championship match of their choosing at WrestleMania 27. Christian would be the winner of this years match, returning from injury and entering at the number 14 spot, last eliminating CM Punk. The final four was CM Punk, Christian, Randy Orton and Wade Barrett.
In addition to the Rumble, The main feud from the RAW brand was between WWE Champion The Miz, and challenger John Cena. The Miz won the championship on the November 22 edition of RAW, defeating a vulnerable Randy Orton. John Cena questioned Miz's morals, and after defeating Wade Barrett and Randy Orton in a steel cage match, he earned a match against the Miz. But during the promos between the two men, several cryptic messages would play, citing a huge return as the reason. Cena would accuse Miz of playing the messages to mess with his head, making the feud even more personal in the process. And on January 30, another cryptic message played, distracting Cena long enough for The Miz to roll him up and take the victory.
Also on RAW, United States champion Daniel Bryan continued his feud with Ted DiBiase over Bryan's title. Bryan claimed he was sick of wrestling on all the pre show specials, and that the first man to challenge him would get a shot at the title at the Royal Rumble. Both Ted DiBiase and Vladimir Kozlov wanted the match, and on the January 17 edition of RAW, Ted would defeat Kozlov after rolling him up, securing himself the match. However, he was unable to do the same to Daniel Bryan, as, after fighting a hard battle, he tapped out to Bryan's Lebell lock.
On the Smackdown! brand, the main rivalry was between newly crowned world heavyweight champion Edge and Alberto Del Rio. Edge had won the World Heavyweight title at the TLC pay-per-view, defeating Kane, Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio. On the following Smackdown!, Kane would lose his rematch, whilst Del Rio defeated The Big Show, Rey Mysterio and Dolph Ziggler in a number one contenders match, claiming that he would fulfil his 'destiny' at the royal rumble when he defeats Edge to win his first World Heavyweight Championship. At the event, Edge would win the match, after spearing both Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez.
Royal Rumble 2011
Daniel Bryan(c) Def. Ted DiBiase to retain the United States Championship
Edge(c) Def. Alberto Del Rio to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
The Miz(c) Def. John Cena to retain the WWE Championship
Christian Def. twenty nine other men to win the Royal Rumble match
Next on the road to Wrestlemania 27, was No Way Out, which, as always, featured both a RAW and Smackdown! elimination chamber match.
After The Miz defeated John Cena at the Royal Rumble, and Jerry Lawler the following night due to interference, Randy Orton announced his plans to go after The Miz once again. Orton then won a "RAW Rumble" Featuring the 14 RAW stars that were in the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Sheamus. The Miz would then attack Orton on multiple occasions, with the General Manager then ruling that if Miz liked beatdowns so much, that their No Way Out match would have no disqualifications! The Miz refused to change his attitude, and announced that since their was no disqualifications, Alex Riley could help him out! At No Way Out, both Miz and Riley continuously beat down Orton, but Orton fought back, and would have won, if Chris Jericho hadn't returned, attacking Orton and hitting him with a steel chair, before putting Miz on top of him, giving him the cheap win.
Also on RAW, everyone was vying to be in the elimination chamber to decide the number one contender for the WWE Championship (if Christian changed his mind and challenged The Miz then it would be a triple threat match.) Ultimately, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, John Morrison, R-Truth, and Sheamus all qualified. During the final moments of the match, only Punk, Morrison and Cena remained, and the lights went out, a robot announced that the cryptic messages would end the following night, and when they came back on, Cena was knocked out, and CM Punk covered him to eliminate him, only to have Morrison hit him with the Moonlight Drive seconds later to pick up the win.
In a feud that featured on RAW and Smackdown! The Corre's Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater began to claim that they were the greatest tag team in the world today, which of course, angered Tag Team champions Santino Marrella & Vladimir Kozlov. Marrella then told the Corre to put their money were their mouths were, and challenged them to a match! The Corre accepted the bout, and, following interference from Ryan Sheffield, they won the match, and the WWE Tag titles.
The main feud on the Smackdown! brand was between the six men in the elimination chamber for the World Championship. The six men in the match were Rey Mysterio, Big Show, Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston and Wade Barrett and the champion, Edge. However, after Big Show was attacked and injured by Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler took his spot, only to be eliminated. Edge won the contest, after, for the second time, the lights went out, but when they came back on, The Undertaker was in the ring! Undertaker would then put Barrett into a state of shock, allowing Edge to spear and pin him.
The secondary program on the Smackdown! brand was between Alberto Del Rio and the winner of the Royal Rumble, Christian. Del Rio still claimed it was his destiny to challenge and win the World title, and challenged Christian to put up his World title shot against Edge. Christian initially declined the challenge, until Del Rio mocked him for being in Edge's shadow, saying he wasn't good enough to even challenge his brother, let alone beat him. This lead to Christian attacking and bloodying Del Rio, before accepting the challenge. He would then live up to all expectations, defeating Del Rio after a Killswitch.
No Way Out
Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel Def. Santino Marrella & Vladimir Kozlov(c) to win the WWE Tag Team Championship
The Miz(c) Def. Randy Orton to retain the WWE Championship
John Morrison Def. CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, R-Truth, and Sheamus to become number one contender to the WWE Championship
Christian Def. Alberto Del Rio to keep his title shot at Wrestlemania
Edge(c) Def. Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio and Wade Barrett to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
The predominant rivalry for the Raw brand featured the returning Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and John Cena, after it was revealed that The Rock was behind the cryptic messages that had been ruining John Cena's matches. He claimed the feud was because Cena had been talking 'Smack' about him, but it was also about seeing if he could still go, saying that he loves the fans, and he's sorry if they felt abandoned. John Cena would fight back, saying there's no two ways about it, he is embarrassed to have been a wrestler, but as soon as he's offered a fat pay check because his latest movie got cancelled he just comes running back and the fans welcome him with open arms. After constant brawls and verbal attacks, Cena and Rock met in the main event, with John Cena coming out on top after an Attitude Adjustment.
Also on RAW, WWE Champion The Miz, who had won all his title defences by nefarious means, would have to face his former best friend, John Morrison. The night after No Way Out, it was announced that the title match would have no count outs or disqualifications, much to The Miz's chagrin. The two former partners would face off in several times before their match, cutting promos on one another, and even meeting in a tag team match up, where the Miz and Alex Riley defeated Morrison and Jerry Lawler. However, it was Morrison who was the winner at Wrestlemania, hitting Starship Pain on the Miz, before getting the pin fall.
The night after No Way Out, Daniel Bryan claimed that he isn't being used to his full potential, claiming that after eliminating Sheamus and R-Truth from the chamber, that he was truly the best in the world. CM Punk would answer his claims, saying that he (CM Punk) was in fact the best in the world. He said that there was a reason Punk is the leader of Nexus and not Daniel Bryan, he gave Bryan his props, claiming that he was, indeed, a very good wrestler, but ultimately, he's very boring and doesn't hold a candle to him (Punk). Bryan would respond by saying that he'd prove he was the best, offering to put up his US title in a match against Punk, which was accepted. After a long, hard match, Punk would tap out, giving Bryan the win and the moniker of the best in the world.
Sick of Michael Cole's constant taunting of him, even costing him the WWE Championship. Jerry Lawler challenged Cole to a match at Wrestlemania. The RAW General Manager granted Lawler the match, on the condition that he find a partner, as neither Cole or Lawler are official wrestlers, but if they both find a partner, they can have the match. Of course, Cole announced his partner as Alex Riley, but Miz declined on his behalf, saying he needs to help him in his match. Cole and Lawler then searched for a partner, but neither could find one until the night of Wrestlemania. Cole introduced his partner first as Sheamus, who would then bailin the first few seconds of the match, after Lawler announced his partner as a fellow King, Triple H! Triple H then pedigreed Cole, and Lawler hit him with a fist drop before covering him for the 1-2-3.
Meanwhile, on Smackdown! The main fued was between World champion Edge and the winner of the royal rumble, his brother Christian. Christian announced the night after the Royal Rumble that he wanted to face his brother, and after he retained his title at No Way Out, they celebrated together, only to have Edge turn heel on the next Smackdown! beating down Christian and spearing him. This led to Christian attacking Edge in turn, before announcing that he had made their match at Wrestlemania a TLC match. Edge tried to apologise to Christian the following week, only to hit Christian with the title belt mid apology. At Wrestlemania, Christian finally won a World title, throwing Edge off a ladder through the announce table before reaching up and grabbing the title.
Smackdown! Also featured the rivalry between The Corre and The Undertaker. As at Bragging Rights, The Nexus assisted Kane is burying his brother alive, banishing the Undertaker for four months. Undertaker would return at No Way Out, scaring Wade Barrett into losing the match. Undertaker then attacked Barrett on the following Smackdown, and Theodore Long announced that Barrett would take on Undertaker at Wrestlemania. The Corre (consisting of leader Wade Barrett, Ryan 'Skip' Sheffield, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater.) would then attack Undertaker, but Undertaker still fought back, until Kane got involved, assisting the Corre in their beatdowns, making 'Taker look more vulnerable then ever. However, at Wrestlemania, Undertaker gave all of the members of the Corre a choke slam, before delivering a tombstone to Wade Barrett, extending his streak to 19-0.
Chris Jericho and Randy Orton also restarted their rivalry, as Orton punted Jericho many months ago, with Jericho only returning at No Way Out to cost Orton his match, with no intention of staying! Theodore Long saw a big money match, and tricked Jericho into signing a contract for Smackdown! (Which he thought was a restraining order) and then having Orton traded over to Smackdown! before signing the match on for Wrestlemania. On the night, Jericho would be the one to come out on top, after hitting Orton with a low blow and putting him in the walls of Jericho.
Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel, as well as feuding with the Undertaker, were still claiming to be the top tag team in the World, leading to an open challenge by the two of them being answered by the Dudley brothers! Sheffield would attack the Dudleys mid-match, giving them the win by DQ. The Dudleys then helped Undertaker defeat Heath Slater on Smackdown! leading to Barrett accepting a challenge by them on behalf of Slater & Gabriel, causing friction between the team. The Dudleys capitalised on said friction to defeat the Corre, and then put them through a table following the match.
Also at Wrestlemania, the annual tradition of a Money In The Bank ladder match was continued, with ten entrants this year. The contestants were as follows; Alberto Del Rio, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Evan Bourne, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, Ted DiBiase and Zack Ryder. The winner of the contest was Alberto Del Rio, who won after kicking Mysterio off the ladder with a run up enzuigiri.
Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley Def. Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel(c) to win the WWE Tag Team Championships
Daniel Bryan(c) Def. CM Punk to win the United States Championship
Alberto Del Rio Def. Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Evan Bourne, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, Ted DiBiase and Zack Ryder to win the Money In The Bank briefcase
Chris Jericho Def. Randy Orton in a singles match
John Morrison Def. The Miz(c) to win the WWE Championship
The Undertaker Def. Wade Barrett in a singles match
Jerry Lawler & Triple H Def. Michael Cole & Sheamus in a tag team match
Christian Def. Edge(c) to win the World Heavyweight Championship
John Cena Def. The Rock in a singles match
My Fave Five Dawg.
1. CM Punk 2. The Miz 3. Dolph Ziggler 4. Triple H 5. Randy Orton