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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
Information
Promotion International Wrestling Entertainment
Date January 31, 2010
Attendance 16,697
Venue Philips Arena
City Atlanta, Georgia
Pay-per-view chronology
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2009) Royal Rumble (2010) Elimination Chamber (2010)
Royal Rumble chronology
Royal Rumble (2009) Royal Rumble (2010) Royal Rumble (2011)

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.

Background[]

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 SuperstarsInternational 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.

Other on-screen talent
Role: Name:
Commentator Michael Cole
Jerry Lawler
Matt Striker
Carlos Cabrera (Spanish)
Hugo Savinovich (Spanish)
Ring announcers Tony Chimel (SmackDown)
Justin Roberts (Raw, Royal Rumble)
Savannah (ECW)
Referees Mike Chioda
John Cone
Jack Doan
Aaron "Goose" Mahoney
Chad Patton
Charles Robinson

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.

Ryan Barnhart after being eliminated from the Royal Rumble Match.

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.

Event[]

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.

Preliminary Matches[]

Main Event Matches[]

Aftermath[]

IWE Royal Rumble (2010) (Results)[]

# Matches Stipulations
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[]

Draw Entrant Brand Order Eliminated by
1 Nick Kessler Fusion 2 Eldridge
2 Justin Hensen Meltdown 1 Eldridge
3 Justin Eldridge Fusion 7 Triple K
4 Luke Maleski Fusion 3 Eldridge
5 Reg Hageman Fusion 4 Denney
6 Chandra Denney Fusion 5 Eldridge
7 Zack Nuss XCW 6 Eldridge
8 Triple K Meltdown 17 Barnhart
9 Dax Hoovestall Fusion 16 Triple K & Ryan Barnhart
10 Kyle Johnson Meltdown 14 Barnhart
11 Joe Linderman Fusion 15 Barnhart
12 Chris LeGreca Fusion 11 Triple K
13 Mark Semmler Meltdown 13 Barnhart
14 Mikhail Schmalzried Meltdown 9 Himself
15 Michael Ferry Meltdown 12 Barnhart
16 Joe Smith Meltdown 8 Schmalzried
17 Matt Hooper Fusion 10 LeGreca
18 Ryan Barnhart Meltdown 27 Jesse Dern
19 Dustin Simpson Meltdown 29 Chris Gomez
20 Junior Remeriz XCW 18 Simpson
21 Park McKinnon XCW 19 Simpson
22 Big Marc Meltdown 22 Blake Wheeler
23 Steve Larson Meltdown 21 Blake Wheeler
24 James Meltdown 20 Big Marc
25 Blake Wheeler Fusion 24 Serrano
26 Charlie Wilson Meltdown 23 Serrano
27 Jose Serrano Meltdown 25 Simpson
28 Kris McGowan Fusion 26 Gomez
29 Chris Gomez Fusion -- WINNER
30 Jesse Dern Fusion 28 Simpson
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