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Royal Rumble (2011)


Promotional poster featuring various IWE Superstars

Theme music "Caravan" by Rush
Promotion International Wrestling Entertainment
Date January 30, 2011
Venue TD Garden
City Boston, Massachusetts
Pay-per-view chronology
IWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs (2010) Royal Rumble (2011) Elimination Chamber (2011)
Royal Rumble chronology
Royal Rumble (2010) Royal Rumble (2011) TBA

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.&nbsp 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[]

# Results Stipulations
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
1 Justin Eldridge Meltdown 21 Simpson
2 Kody Brown Meltdown 8 Eldridge
3 Jeremiah Garcia Fusion 1 Brown
4 Zack Nuss Meltdown 2 Brown
5 William Kapphan Meltdown 3 Johnson
6 Kyle Johnson Meltdown 7 Wes & Kooper
7 Joe Linderman Meltdown 10 Justin, Wes, Kooper & David
8 Park McKinnon Meltdown 5 Larson
9 Wes Helbusch Meltdown 15 Hageman
10 Josh Nuss Fusion 4 Larson
11 Steven Larson Meltdown 11 Justin, Wes, Kooper & David
12 LTG Fusion 6 Kooper McAlmond
13 Kooper McAlmond Meltdown 20 Simpson
14 James Fusion 9 Eldridge
15 David Mahrt Meltdown 19 Simpson
16 Andrew Wolf Fusion 12 Eldridge
17 Jake Wilson Meltdown 13 Eldridge
18 Blake Wheeler Meltdown 14 Eldridge
19 Reg Hageman Meltdown 16 Damrow
20 Peter Damrow Meltdown 18 Simpson
21 Steve Britz FA 17 Damrow
22 Dustin Simpson Meltdown 36 Joe Smith
23 Hornswoggle Fusion 24 Garrett
24 Tyson Booth Meltdown 22 Simpson
25 Devin Keller Fusion 23 Simpson
26 Jose Serrano Fusion 31 McAlmond
27 Charlie Wilson Fusion 25 Wright
28 King Garrett Meltdown 32 McAlmond
29 Scott Wright Fusion 35 Gonzalez
30 Daniel Gonzalez Fusion 37 McAlmond
31 Nick Kessler Fusion 27 Big Marc
32 Diesel FA 26 Gonzalez
33 Dax Hoovestall Fusion 29 Big Marc
34 Brian Hosmer Meltdown 28 Simpson and Serrano
35 Big Marc Fusion 30 Dalton
36 Russell Dalton Fusion 33 LeGreca
37 Justin Black Meltdown 39 Marlan
38 Justin Marlen Fusion Winner
39 Kevin McAlmond Meltdown 38 Marlen
40 Chris LeGreca Fusion 34 Wright