Unconventional 2010 Royal Rumble Predictions

My fellow writer Masked Marvel did an excellent job in breaking down the entire card, so I’m going to focus on the actual Royal Rumble match itself. As of 2:00, there were still 25 participants announced. So, here are some predictions:

#1 and #2 entrants: I just have this feeling that Jack Swagger will draw #1. #2 will go to Evan Bourne. CM Punk will also have a Top 5 number.
#30: this one’s tough. I’m going to pick 2 people: if he’s healthy enough to do it, Edge gets this spot. He screws Chris Jericho in some form. If he’s not ready to go, then I think Kane draws #30. In his 12th consecutive Rumble match, he may make some serious noise tonight.

Longest time in the Rumble: Chris Jericho or CM Punk. I agree with Masked Marvel in that he won’t win it, but I can see Jericho lasting past the 45-minute mark. I can see Punk doing the same, esp. if he doesn’t draw an early number. I don’t see anyone going over an hour.

Shortest time in the Rumble: Zach Ryder. This may anger manof1004gimmicks but Mr. Ryder’s stay in the Royal Rumble will be less than 3 minutes.

“Holy Crap!!” Elimination: go to YouTube and look up how Paul London and Taka were eliminated from past Rumbles (Taka never was in the Rumble that he had his “Holy Crap!!” moment). For some reason, I think Yoshi Tatsu or Evan Bourne might be this year’s recipients.

“Final Five”: I think both members of DX- Shawn Michaels and HHH– will be there. I think CM Punk will be there. So will Kane. Unfortunately, I also see John Cena there.

2010 Royal Rumble Winner: The scenario that played out on Raw will happen again: DX eliminates Cena. However, I think this time, Michaels eliminates HHH, and wins his record-tying 3rd Royal Rumble.

Preview: Royal Rumble 2010

The Royal Rumble is a longstanding tradition for the WWE, around since 1988 and one of the big four WWE PPVs (with SummerSlam, Survivor Series and WrestleMania).  The show officially kicks off the “road to WrestleMania” by granting the winner of the Royal Rumble match (a tweaked battle royal) a shot at their choice of title in the main event of WrestleMania.  Of course, a lot can go down in the two months between the events, but we’ll take it at face value.  And another thing – it’s my favorite PPV of the year.

Let’s run down the card:

World Heavyweight Championship
The Undertaker (c) vs. Rey Mysterio
This has been building for a while as former friends Mysterio and Batista have been going back and forth over who should be competing for the Undertaker’s title.  After several no-decisions, the final match was made in a cage, and to everyone’s shock, Mysterio won the match.  Taker himself has been a non-factor in this storyline, only coming out to taunt Mysterio.

But there’s another aspect here.  Shawn Michaels has been demanding a rematch against the Undertaker for WrestleMania, to which the Undertaker refused unless Michaels can win the Royal Rumble.  Mysterio feels dissed because Michaels is assuming Taker will be the champion past his title shot.

To me, this all falls down to whether it goes before or after the Royal Rumble match itself.  If Michaels loses the Royal Rumble match, he may try to get the title off of Taker so he can get his WrestleMania match.  If Michaels wins, he may try to ensure that Taker holds on to the belt.  Of course, I may be reading too much into the situation.  While I don’t think a Mysterio upset is completely unheard of, I do find it highly unlikely.  Undertaker gets the win.

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1/29 Smackdown

It’s the last episode before the Royal Rumble and SD has a heck of a card lined up: HHH vs. CM Punk, Shawn Michaels vs. Rey Mysterio, and a No DQ IC Title Match between Drew McIntyre and John Morrison! (On a personal note, I wish Louisville had a card like this when SD came here a few weeks ago!) On to the show… Read more of this post

Putting the pieces together: Impact 1/29/10

I’ve been quite critical about TNA since Hulk Hogan came in.  I’ll admit it.  However, this episode of Impact is the first that actually made me think “Huh – this could possibly get better,” instead “Oh god, this is a mess.”  Sure, we still had to suffer through far too much of the Nasty Boys, but the rest of the show wasn’t too bad.  The trick is to forget everything that happened before.  All of it.  Bobby Lashley winning a tournament for the #1 contender spot?  Forget it.  The World Elite?  No thank you.  If you can muster that, you’re good.

The main announcement of the show was an 8-man tournament for the #1 contender spot for the TNA Championship.  Since each spot is won with a qualifying match, it’s actually a 16-man tournament, but I digress.  Two spots were decided when Desmond Wolfe defeated Sean Morley (thank god) and Hernandez defeated Daniels.  We don’t know who the other spots are going to, but we do know that Kurt Angle has a qualifying match coming up – which I suppose means that whole ‘no more title shots in 2010’ was really just a three day thing.

The other main point of the show was clearing up all the lingering questions from Jeff Jarrett, Mick Foley and Kurt Angle.  Jeff Jarrett decided to give up the lawyer thing (that was quick) and try to be a team player.  While Hogan seemed appreciative of Jarrett’s willingness to play ball, Eric Bischoff wasn’t so amused and put Jarrett into a match against Ken Anderson.  Despite Jarrett saying he wasn’t ready to have a match, he just happened to have his gear and put on a decent contest that saw Anderson win after hitting a low blow.  The show ended with Bischoff saying Jarrett had a long to way to go to climb to the top of his mountain.  And now that I’ve typed that out, I’m not sure if I’m comfortable with it.

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Ezekiel 25:17 – ECW 1/26/10

The night starts off with William Regal in the ring revelling over the destruction he and ECW #1 Contender Ezekiel Jackson caused champion Christian last week. Clips are shown and Big Zeke comes out to the ring. He asserts his upcoming domination of Christian at the Royal Rumble quoting a few verses from the Book of Ezekiel. Jackson has a surprisingly nice speaking voice by the way. Very enjoyable.

ECW Champion Christian stands out on the entrance way and comments on Jacksons scripture stating his own verse from the Book of Ezekiel (he is “Christian”), Ezekiel 25:17. For those not familiar with the good book it’s the verse Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) gives before killing someone in Pulp Fiction.

With that being said the two had some brief back and forth when Christian said that unlike the two on one that happened last week he’d found some help this week. Cue massive flame pyros! The Big Red Monster Kane makes his way down to the ring. And this is our opening match!

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Psych: Raw 1/25/10

This week’s Raw was supposed to be guest hosted by James Roday and Dule Hill from the show Psych (Wed. at 10pm on USA).  However, James Roday was unable to attend, leaving Dule Hill on his own.  While I would have liked to have seen both of them, Dule did quite well on his own.  All of his segments were pretty funny.

He first appeared backstage with Cena promoting the season premier of Psych (Wed. at 10pm on USA), had a short bit with The Miz, interrupted Maryse during her speech by randomly shooting off pyros, pressed more buttons in the production trailer to create the random match between Carlito and Kelly Kelly, and hung up on James Roday so that he could flirt with Alicia Fox.  All in all, a pretty full night.

Middle of the show, Vince McMahon comes out, and explains that he is not bringing Bret Hart back because it would be a bad business decision.  Cena interrupts him, and confronts him about tossing guys aside that have helped build up the WWE, like Roddy Piper and Bret Hart, then asking if that same thing will eventually happen to the current main eventers.  Cena concludes by telling Vince that he will invite Hart back, or he is going to hurt him, essentially.  Vince caves, and we will have Hart on Raw next week.

Rest of the show.

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A Week of Royal Rumblings: The Basics

The Royal Rumble is my favorite event of the year, hands down.  I look forward to it every year.  To celebrate this year, I will be giving random stats and facts about the Rumble all week leading up to my preview of the event on Saturday.  Today’s stats, the basic facts and figures. 

The Basics

  • There have been 22 Royal Rumble events.
  • There have been 19 different Royal Rumble winners (Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Big John Studd, Hulk Hogan (twice), Ric Flair, Yokozuna, Bret Hart, Lex Luger, Shawn Michaels (twice), Steve Austin (three times), Vince McMahon, The Rock, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit, Batista, Rey Mysterio, Undertaker, John Cena, Randy Orton).
  • All but three Rumble winners (Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Big John Studd, Lex Luger) have won a world title after their Rumble win.
  • Since the stipulation was added in 1993, 7 superstars (Lex Luger, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, Vince McMahon, The Rock, John Cena, Randy Orton) have not gone on to win a world championship at WrestleMania.
  • That means 10 superstars (Yokozuna, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin (twice), Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit, Batista, Rey Mysterio, Undertaker) have gone on to victory at WrestleMania.
  • A babyface has won 16 out of 22 Royal Rumbles. In 1994, both winners were faces.
  • Glenn Jacobs (Issac Yankum, “Diesel”, Kane) has participated in the most Royal Rumbles at 13.  The WWE acknowledges 11 of those as Kane, making him tied with Shawn Michaels for most appearances.
  • Kane has the longest streak of consecutive Royal Rumbles at 11.
  • Santino Marella has the record for quickest elimination at 0:01 in 2009.
  • A-Train (Prince Albert, Albert) has participated in the most Rumbles (5) without eliminating a single superstar.
  • Hulk Hogan has eliminated the most superstars in the fewest amount of Royal Rumble appearances (25 in 4 Rumbles). A close second is Diesel (Kevin Nash) (12 eliminations in 2 Royal Rumble appearances).
  • Chyna is the only female to participate in a Royal Rumble.
  • Steve Austin has the most Royal Rumble wins at 3.
  • Rey Mysterio has the record for longest Royal Rumble performance at 1:02:12, set in 2006.