|Royal Rumble (2010)|
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/1e/Royal_Rumble_%282010%29.jpg/200px-Royal_Rumble_%282010%29.jpg Promotional poster featuring various IWE Superstars
|Tagline(s)||I Am The One|
|Theme song(s)||"Hero" by Skillet|
"Martyr No More" by Fozzy
|Promotion||International Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||January 31, 2010|
|Royal Rumble chronology|
Royal Rumble (2010) was the twenty-third annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE). It took place on January 31, 2010 at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia and featured talent from the Meltdown, Fusion and XCW brands. As has been customary since 1993, the Royal Rumble Match winner received a match at that year's WrestleMania (in this instance: WrestleMania XXVI for his choise at either the IWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship or the XCW Championship.
Six professional wrestling match was featured on the event's supercard, a scheduling of more than one main event. The main event was the annual 30-man Royal Rumble Match which featured wrestlers from all three brands. Chris Gomez, the twenty-ninth entrant, won the match by last eliminating Dustin Simpson, the nineteenth entrant. The primary match from the Meltdown brand was for the IWE Championship between reigning champion Garrett Joseph and Kevin McAlmond, which Garrett Joseph won by disqualification. The predominant match on the Fusion brand was between Martin McAlmond and Scott Wright for the World Heavyweight Championship, which Martin McAlmond won to retain the championship. The featured match on the XCW brand was for the XCW Championship between Jared Hunt and Brett Hall, which Jared Hunt won.
Royal Rumble 2010 saw approximately 462,000 buys, which was up from 450,000 buys in 2009.
Royal Rumble featured professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots and storylines that were played out on Meltdown, Fusion and XCW and IWE Superstars— International Wrestling Entertainment's (IWE) television programs. Wrestlers portrayed a villain or a hero as they followed a series of events that built tension, and culminated into a wrestling match or series of matches. All wrestlers were from IWE's Meltdown, Fusion and XCW brands—a storyline division in which IWE employees are assigned to a television program of the same name.
The pay-per-view featured the annual Royal Rumble Match, which has been featured at every Royal Rumble event since its inception. It features 30 wrestlers, and the match ends when one wrestler remains in the ring, after all 29 other wrestlers have been eliminated via being tossed over the top ring rope and having both feet touch the floor. The winner would earn a world championship match of their choosing at WrestleMania XXVI.
|Carlos Cabrera (Spanish)|
|Hugo Savinovich (Spanish)|
|Ring announcers||Tony Chimel (SmackDown)|
|Justin Roberts (Raw, Royal Rumble)|
|Aaron "Goose" Mahoney|
On the December 15, 2009 episode of XCW, general manager, Tiffany made an announcement that theXCW brand would host a competition called the "XCW Homecoming", in which the winner will face Khristian for the XCW Championship at Royal Rumble. Featuring current and former superstars from the XCW brand, the first round of the competition consisted of eight singles matches. The winners of the matches would then qualify to the "Homecoming Finale" on the January 12, 2010 edition of XCW, where they would fight in an eight-man battle royal that will determine the competition winner. The first two qualifying matches were featured later that night with Russell Dalton defeating Jake Wilson and Chris LeGreca defeating Zack Nuss. On the December 22, 2009 episode of XCW, Charlie Wilson returned in a losing effort to Park McKinnon, while Richard Veach advanced with a victory over James Thomas. On the December 29, 2009 episode of XCW, Matt Hooper and Justin Hensen defeated Dan Hooper and Alex Knox respectively to qualify. The two remaining qualifying matches were held on the January 5, 2010 episode of XCW and saw Junior Remeriz defeating Josh Nuss and Justin Eldridge defeating Steven Larson to qualify. Russell Dalton won the "Homecoming Finale", last eliminating Chris LeGreca, to earn the right to face Khristian at Royal Rumble.
On the January 4 episode of Raw, a fatal four-way match was held to determine the number one contender for IWE United States Championship featuring Mikhail Schmalzried, Steven Larson, Michael Ferry and Charlie Wilson. Schmalzried emerged victorious by pinning Wilson, and earned a match against Joe Smith for the championship.
It was announced on December 31, 2009 on the company's official website that Martin McAlmond would be defending the World Heavyweight Championship at Royal Rumble; the means of determining the challenger was stated to be via the "Beat the Clock Sprint", a series of matches that sees who ever wins their match in the fastest time would be declared number-one contender. The sprint, held on the January 1, 2010 edition of Fusion, consisted of four matches, in which Justin Eldridge, Chris LeGreca, Kris McGowan, Nick Kessler, Blake Wheeler, Matt Hooper and Jesse Dern could qualify for if they won their matches in the quickest amount of time. Justin Eldridge defeated Matt Hooper, setting the time at 7:20. The next match featured Chris LeGreca and Kessler; both failed to beat the time limit, thus ruling both men out of winning the match and advancing to the match against for the World Heavyweight Championship. Kris McGowan later lost to Scott Wright with one second to spare. Wright defeated McGowan in 7:19, setting the new time to beat. The final match was Jesse Dern and Blake, where the match resulted in another time-limit draw, due in part to interference from Wright. Despite Wright being ruled number-one contender, onscreen consultant Lynn Lehr overruled the standing, announcing another contenders match the following week between Wright and Jesse Dern, who had disputably won his match. The rematch between the two on the January 8, 2010 episode of Fusion was declared a no contest following both men being incapacitated. Another rematch between the two was held on the following week, this time inside a steel cage. Wright won the match, earning him the right to face Martin McAlmond The Undertaker at Royal Rumble.
The main event for Raw was determined on the January 11, 2010 edition with guest host Mike Tyson announcing the winner of a Triple Threat Match later that night between Dustin Simpson, Jose Serrano and Kevin McAlmond would advance to face Garrett Joseph at Royal Rumble for the IWE Championship. McAlmond ultimately won with the help of Legacy, who took out Simpson and Serrano for him.
Since November of the previous year, IWE Women's Champion Amanda Johnson had been relentlessly insulting Sari Pasma over a perceived weight issue. The two had a match at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, which saw Johnson win, continuing the torment. Pasma confronted Johnson on the January 15 episode of Fusion during a mocking monologue about Pasma, leading to the champion assaulting her. It was also confirmed that day that Johnson would defend her title again at Royal Rumble against Pasma.
Before the event aired live on pay-per-view, an untelevised match was shown to the crowd pitting the fan favorite team of Lauren Ireland, Katie Barnhart, Nicole Bergman and The Gozelanski Twins (Crystal and Tierney) against the villainous team of Ashley, Katie Kapphan, Dixie Hooper, Kassi Austin and Shannon in a 10-Man Tag Team Match. Katie Barnhart earned the victory for her team by pinning Dixie after a diving crossbody.
Main Event Matches
IWE Royal Rumble (2010) (Results)
|Dark||Lauren Ireland, Katie and Gozelanski Twins defeated Riley, Emily, Dixie, Kassi Austin and Shannon||10-Diva Tag Team Match|
|1||Jared Hunt (c) defeated Russell Dalton (w/ William Kapphan)||Singles Match for the XCW Championship|
|2||Joe Smith (c) defeated Mikhail Schmalzried||Singles Match for the United States Championship|
|3||Garrett Joseph (c) defeated Kevin McAlmond by disqualification||Singles Match for the IWE Championship|
|4||Sari Pasma defeated Amanda Johnson (c) (w/ Victoria)||Singles Match for the Women's Championship|
|5||Martin McAlmond (c) defeated Scott Wright||Singles Match for the World Championship|
|6||Chris Gomez last eliminates Dustin Simpson to win||2010 Royal Rumble Match|
2010 Royal Rumble Enterants and Eliminations
|3||Justin Eldridge||Fusion||7||Triple K|
|9||Dax Hoovestall||Fusion||16||Triple K & Ryan Barnhart|
|12||Chris LeGreca||Fusion||11||Triple K|
|18||Ryan Barnhart||Meltdown||27||Jesse Dern|
|19||Dustin Simpson||Meltdown||29||Chris Gomez|
|22||Big Marc||Meltdown||22||Blake Wheeler|
|23||Steve Larson||Meltdown||21||Blake Wheeler|