The Road to WrestleMania is officially under way, and the "Great White" Sheamus has earned the right to challenge for either the World or WWE championship on the grandest stage of them all, come April 1st. I find myself strangely conflicted on the decision to go with Sheamus as this year's Royal Rumble winner, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. FIRST, we've got a whole card to get through…
World Heavyweight Championship — Steel Cage Match
Considering who won the Rumble later on, I believe the smartest decision would have been to let Henry take his title back. Once again a minor injury seems to be taking its rather unfair toll on the World's Strongest Man. I guess we'll have to wait and see where they go with Smackdown's World title picture following the Elimination Chamber, but I've been saying since November that a Henry/Sheamus showdown at WrestleMania is the best option the "blue brand" has.
Beth Phoenix, Natalya, & The Bella Twins def. Eve, Kelly Kelly, Tamina, & Alicia Fox
John Cena & Kane fought to a double count-out
So Kane takes out Cena, steals Ryder from his "dressing room" (tell me you didn't see that coming…), and plants both of them with finishers in the middle of the ring. All while Eve looked on – with some rather convincing tears, might I add! So where do they go now? One would assume some sort of Last Man Standing match at Elimination Chamber, but do they dare continue this feud much further with the impending Rock arrival on the horizon? They don't want to go too far down the rabbit hole with Kane, just to have Cena go over in the end and move on to the Rock as if nothing happened. I fear that if Kane was to be the catalyst to a Cena heel turn, it would have happened tonight… Rating: C
Brodus Clay def. Drew McIntyre
Note: I watched the Royal Rumble a second time immediately after the live show, this time with about six of my friends that haven't the first clue about pro wrestling. All of them had the same reaction: I'm not sure what just happened, and I really want to hate it, but for whatever reason…it was awesome. I also noticed that because they didn't have any emotional attachment to any of the Superstars, the enjoyed the Rumble match a lot more than I did. They immediately flocked to guys like Kofi Kingston, Epico, Primo, and Justin Gabriel because of the high flying moves, and once they were all gone almost all of them were pulling for Sheamus to win. It was definitely interesting getting to see inside the mind of so many first-time viewers that could only base opinions off of what they've seen in one Rumble match.
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