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Royal Rumble 2011: Del Rio's Triumph and the Unforgettable 40-Man Rumble



Date: January 30, 2011

Location: TD Garden - Boston, Massachusetts


The Rumble Match:

Entrants and Eliminations:

1. CM Punk (Entry #1, eliminated by John Cena)

2. Daniel Bryan (Entry #2, eliminated by CM Punk)

3. Justin Gabriel (Entry #3, eliminated by Daniel Bryan)

4. Zack Ryder (Entry #4, eliminated by Daniel Bryan)

5. William Regal (Entry #5, eliminated by Ted DiBiase)

6. Ted DiBiase (Entry #6, eliminated by Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty)

7. John Morrison (Entry #7, eliminated by CM Punk, David Otunga, Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty)

8. Yoshi Tatsu (Entry #8, eliminated by Mark Henry)

9. Husky Harris (Entry #9, eliminated by The Great Khali)

10. Chavo Guerrero (Entry #10, eliminated by Mark Henry)

11. Mark Henry (Entry #11, eliminated by CM Punk, David Otunga, Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty)

12. JTG (Entry #12, eliminated by Michael McGillicutty)

13. Michael McGillicutty (Entry #13, eliminated by John Cena)

14. Chris Masters (Entry #14, eliminated by CM Punk)

15. David Otunga (Entry #15, eliminated by John Cena)

16. Tyler Reks (Entry #16, eliminated by CM Punk)

17. Vladimir Kozlov (Entry #17, eliminated by CM Punk)

18. R-Truth (Entry #18, eliminated by CM Punk)

19. The Great Khali (Entry #19, eliminated by Mason Ryan)

20. Mason Ryan (Entry #20, eliminated by John Cena)

21. Booker T (Entry #21, eliminated by Mason Ryan)

22. John Cena (Entry #22, eliminated by The Miz)

23. Hornswoggle (Entry #23, eliminated by King Sheamus)

24. Tyson Kidd (Entry #24, eliminated by John Cena)

25. Heath Slater (Entry #25, eliminated by John Cena)

26. Kofi Kingston (Entry #26, eliminated by Randy Orton)

27. Jack Swagger (Entry #27, eliminated by Rey Mysterio)

28. King Sheamus (Entry #28, eliminated by Randy Orton)

29. Rey Mysterio (Entry #29, eliminated by Wade Barrett)

30. Wade Barrett (Entry #30, eliminated by Randy Orton)

31. Dolph Ziggler (Entry #31, eliminated by Big Show)

32. Diesel (Entry #32, eliminated by Wade Barrett)

33. Drew Mcintyre (Entry #33, eliminated by Big Show)

34. Alex Riley (Entry #34, eliminated by John E a and Kofi Kingston)

35. Big Show (Entry #35, eliminated by Ezekiel Jackson)

36. Ezekiel Jackson (Entry #36, eliminated by Kane)

37. Santini Marella (Entry #37, eliminated by Alberto Del Rio)

38. Alberto Del Rio (Entry #38, Winner)

39. Randy Orton(Entry #39, eliminated by Alberto Del Rio)

40. Kane (Entry #40, eliminated by Rey Mysterio)



Thoughts on the Match:


The expansion to a 40-man Royal Rumble added chaos and excitement, with Alberto Del Rio emerging as the opportunistic winner.


Full Event Card:


1. R-Truth vs. Curt Hawkins (R-Truth wins)


Edge vs. Dolph Ziggler for the World Heavyweight Championship (Edge retains)


2. The Miz vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship (The Miz retains)


3. Natalya vs. Eve Torres vs. Michelle McCool vs. Layla for the WWE Divas Championship (Eve Torres wins)


4. The Royal Rumble Match (Winner: Alberto Del Rio)


Highlights and Aftermath:


- Alberto Del Rio's victory established him as a rising star with a guaranteed WrestleMania main event opportunity.

- The surprise returns of Booker T and Diesel (Kevin Nash) added nostalgic moments to the Rumble match.



Impact on Storylines:


- Alberto Del Rio's win set the stage for his pursuit of championship gold and a high-profile WrestleMania match.

- The tension between Edge and Dolph Ziggler continued, foreshadowing future encounters for the World Heavyweight Championship.



Conclusion:

The 2011 Royal Rumble was historic with the introduction of the 40-man format and featured unexpected returns and a star-making performance by Alberto Del Rio. The event marked a pivotal point in the road to WrestleMania.

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