|Royal Rumble (2011)|
Promotional poster featuring various IWE Superstars
|Theme music||"Caravan" by Rush|
|Promotion||International Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||January 30, 2011|
|Royal Rumble chronology|
Royal Rumble (2011) is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE), which will take place on January 30, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston Massachusetts. It will be the 23rd annual Royal Rumble event.
The Royal Rumble featured professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots and storylines that were played out on International Wrestling Entertainment's (IWE) primary television programs. Wrestlers portrayed villiains or heroes as they followed a series of events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.
The pay-per-view featured the annual Royal Rumble match, which has been featured at every Royal Rumble event since its inception. As opposed to the traditional thirty participants, forty entrants were scheduled for the 2011 Royal Rumble match, the most in the history of the event. The match ends when one wrestler remains in the ring, after all 39 other wrestlers have been eliminated via being tossed over the top ring rope and having both feet touch the floor. The winner will earn a world championship match of their choosing at WrestleMania XXVII.
In addition to the Royal Rumble match, the main rivalry from the Meltdown brand ivolves the IWE Champion Joe Smith defending the title against Kevin McAlmond. After Survivor Series, Joe Smith cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and defeated McAlmond to become the IWE Champion before defending it against McAlmond a month later at TLC: Tables Ladders and Chairs. After defeating Daniel Gonzalez and King Garrett, in a steel cage match on an episode of Meltdown, McAlmond received another opportunity at the title in a match against Joe Smith.
The main rivalry from the Fusion brand involves the World Heavyweight Champion Edge defending his title against Nick Kessler. After defeating "Dashing" Mark Semmler, Dax Hoovestall and The Big Marc, Kessler won a title opportunity for Edge's World Heavyweight Championship after Chris LeGreca lost to Gomez in his rematch. After winning his opportunity, Edge went on a campaign against Kessler and his girlfriend, Edge's ex-wife, Lynn Lehr. On the January 28 episode of Fusion, Lehr, who was the acting General Manager in place of the injured Theodore Long, banned the use of the spear and would strip him of his title if he used it during his match against Kessler.
Royal Rumble received positive reviews, most notably from Arda Ocal and Jim Korderas of Right After Wrestling on SIRIUS Radio 98, who called it one of the best Royal Rumble matches in recent memory. Writing for the United Kingdom's The Sun newspaper, Rob McNichol praised the event, particularly noting James Marlen's surprise Rumble match victory, and Joe Linderman's impressive performance which, he wrote, "featured arguably the spot of the decade as Joe Linderman was knocked from the apron to the guardrail, but avoided elimination by gripping the barrier and leaping back onto the steps. It truly had to be seen to be believed". He further praised Nick Kessler's performance in a big-match situation, and the story the Joe Smith–Kevin McAlmond match told. Overall he awarded the event 8 out of 10.  SLAM! Wrestling writers Dale Plummer and Nick Tylwalk shared similar compliments to the event, praising the short, though crowd-pleasing appearances of Diesel and Steve Britz. Overall, they awarded the event a score of 7.5/10.
Royal Rumble (2010) Results
|Dark||B-Truth defeated Chad Coulter||Singles match|
|1||Edge (c) defeated Nick Kessler (with Lynn Lehr)||Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship|
|2||Joe Smith (c) (w/ Brian Hosmer) defeated Kevin McAlmond||Singles match for the IWE Championship|
|3||Nicole defeated Shannon (c), Amanda Johnson and Victoria Lehr||Fatal four-way match for the IWE Divas Championship|
|4||Justin Marlen won by last eliminating Justin Black||40-Man Royal Rumble|
Royal Rumble Match Participants
|Entry order||Entrant||Brand||Elimination order||Eliminated by|
|6||Kyle Johnson||Meltdown||7||Wes & Kooper|
|7||Joe Linderman||Meltdown||10||Justin, Wes, Kooper & David|
|11||Steven Larson||Meltdown||11||Justin, Wes, Kooper & David|
|22||Dustin Simpson||Meltdown||36||Joe Smith|
|31||Nick Kessler||Fusion||27||Big Marc|
|33||Dax Hoovestall||Fusion||29||Big Marc|
|34||Brian Hosmer||Meltdown||28||Simpson and Serrano|