Sunday, January 30, 2011

Alberto Del Rio Wins The 2011 Royal Rumble

Alberto Del Rio eliminated Satino to win the 2011 WWE Royal Rumble
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Kevin Nash Returns To WWE

Former WWE, WCW and TNA talent Kevin Nash returned to WWE at The Royal Rumble. Kevin Nash returned as "Diesel".
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Booker T Returns To WWE

Former TNA and WCW talent Booker T returned to WWE at the Royal Rumble. Booker T went on to get eliminated by Mason Ryan
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WWE Royal Rumble 2011 Results

Edge defeats Dolph Ziggler via The Killswitch.

The Miz defeats Randy Orton to retain the WWE Title.

Eve defeats Natalya,Michelle McCool and Layla to become the new WWE Diva's champion

Alberto Del Rio wins the 2011 Royal Rumble
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Report: WWE Sign Mexican Star

According to PWInsider, Media is Mexico is claiming that WWE have signed Mexican star Mistico.
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Radio: Sunday Night Showdown Covering WWE's Royal Rumble 2011

Tune in tonight to www.sundaynightshowdown.com starting at 8pm Eastern, 6pm MST on the SNS Radio Network as Sunday Night Showdown returns to the airwaves to cover the 2011 Royal Rumble.

Join the SNS crew as "One step closer to Dashing" Internet Dave Standish, Mark "The Shark" DiCarlo, Harmony "Boom Boom" $exay, and "Mr. Money on the Mic" JJ (ALL CAPS) $exay as they break down the latest happenings from the Royal Rumble as well as tackle the news of the week, also SNS Correspondent Jason Clevett of Slam Wrestling is scheduled to call in to talk about the happenings from this weekends WrestleReunion. The TreyDawg is also scheduled to join the show during the Rumble match also JJ will be opening up the phone lines to get your thoughts on the show via the skype line just add sundaynightshowdown to your buddy's list or simply call 501 588 7957 or send your emails to sundaynightshowdown@yahoo.ca .
Be sure and join the SNS Live chatroom to be an interactive part of the show. Tonights card for the Royal Rumble is as follows:

WWE Championship
The Miz (c) vs. Randy Orton.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Edge (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler.

WWE Divas Championship - 2 on 1 Handicap Match
Natalya (c) vs. Laycool.

40 Man Royal Rumble Match
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List Of WWE DVD's Set For Release In 2011

Source:WWEDVDNews.com

* The Big Show: A Giant's World - February 22nd
* Royal Rumble 2011 - March 1st
* The Chaperone starring Triple H - March 8th
* The True Story of WrestleMania - March 15th
* Elimination Chamber 2011 - March 22nd
* D-Generation X: One Last Stand - April 5th
* WrestleMania 27 - May 10th
* That's What I Am starring Randy Orton - May 10th
* The Best of WCW Nitro - May 24th
* Extreme Rules 2011 - May 31st
* DVD TBD - June 7th
* Over the Limit 2011 - June 21st
* Ted DiBiase: The Million Dollar Man - June 28th
* Best Cage Matches - July 12th
* Fatal 4 Way 2011 - July 19th
* Bending the Rules starring Edge - August 9th
* Money in the Bank 2011 - August 16th
* RAW: Best of Seasons 3 & 4 - August 23rd
* SummerSlam 2011 - September 13th
* The Randy Orton Experience - September 20th
* Inside Out starring Triple H - September TBD
* SmackDown: Best of 2010/2011 - October 11th
* Night of Champions 2011 - October 18th
* Hell in a Cell 2011 - November 1st
* Triple H: Title TBD - November 8th
* Bragging Rights 2011 - November 22nd
* 50 Biggest Matches in WWE History - November 29th
* Blood Brothers starring John Cena - November TBD
* Austin vs. The Rock: The Rivalry - December 13th
* Survivor Series 2011 - December 20th
* Best PPV Matches of 2011 - December 27th
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Know Your Enemy- The Smackdown Report 1/28

Welcome to Know Your Enemy-The Smackdown Report. This week I will look at the Smackdown participants in the Royal Rumble. Those in the Rumble match and the World Heavyweight title match. I like many people really look forward to the Rumble and
it is definitely up there as one of the most anticipated PPVs of the year. The big announcement in regards to this years Rumble was the change from the traditional 30 participants to 40. As of right now 34 participants have been confirmed 13 of
which are rostered to Smackdown, so the odds are against the blue brand having the winner. "Dashing" Cody Rhodes was removed from the list to tie in with his broken nose storyline and not wanting to be seen in public.

The blue brands success rests on 13 Superstars as the other 6 places are probably reserved for Legends and suprise returns. So the possibility of more Smackdown guys been involved is slim. I'll look at each of the guys and offer a prediction of
how they will do.

1. JTG- "Anyone can win the Rumble". This quote is usually spewed about alot from January 1st up until and even during the Rumble. In regards to JTG, sure he is "anyone" but could he be the Royal Rumble winner?...No. JTG will be elimination fodder for Kane or Big Show or anyone who is in the ring with him at the same time.

2. Chris Masters- More along the same lines as JTG. Rumour of a push post Rumble has been mentioned. Why not push him at the Rumble? Stepping on someones toes? I'm not a Masters fan, never have been. But a push post Rumble leading into Chamber and then Mania just seems like it will fade away. Far more other things going on. As far as the Rumble goes he may get a good amount of time in the ring but will lead to nothing.

3. Jack Swagger- Up and down 2010 for Swagger. A strong Rumble showing could benefit him hugely. He has the capabilities to last in the Rumble for a long period of time. I'd say he will not win it but I said he wouldn't win MITB last year at Mania and look what happened there.

4. Kofi Kingston- Current IC champ. Winning potential for Rumble is slim. I see Kofi as IC champ heading into Mania. Kofi in the Rumble has a different role than the aforementioned, Kofi is the guy who'll come up with creative ways in which to stay in the ring etc. Some may say he's "spotty" but its things like that that keeps the Rumble interesting.

5. Rey Mysterio- Similar to Kofi. Rey has a lot of Rumble experience so the likelihood of him being involved for over half an hour is nearly certain. With alot of first timers involved Rey will be a marshall for them and as such important to the Rumble match. Not the winner but paramount to the match.

6. Kane- Like Rey, has vast experience (this will be his twelfth consecutive Rumble I think) so like Rey he'll be used as a general in controlling the pace of the Rumble. Also like Rey I'd rule him out of winning. Kane is kind of in a storyline cul de sac currently. But considering how his previous Title run petered away the possibility of him getting back involved in the title picture with a Rumble win is non existent.

7. Big Show- Show is always portrayed as a favourite to win the Rumble based on his size. But what usually happens is a group of three or four guys gang up and eliminate him. This year should be no different and if I was a betting man I'd be betting on these guys-

8-11. The Corre- Consisting of Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Ezekiel Jackson and Heath Slater. In Wade Barrett we have in my eyes the first potential Rumble winner for Smackdown. After the year he has had he has to be considered as such. What is more likely though for Barrett is similar to what happened Kane 7 years ago (look it up). As for the other Corre members its storyline progression for them. Odds are members of the Corre will interact with the Nexus. This will make the Rumble interesting as its an arc that could run throughout the Rumble. The plan is to have the two factions fued well into the summer so this will be a good place to start it.

12. Drew McIntyre- Potential dark horse. Drew could benefit himself with a good showing. He seems to be on the cusp of the main event scene and a strong showing could help him no end. "The Chosen One" gimmick needs to be validated and winning the Rumble could do it.

13. Alberto Del Rio- I left ADR until last as I believe out of those announced for the Rumble match for Smackdown he is my choice for the winner. The reasons are obvious. His star and reputation has risen not just with every match he has had but with every appearance he has made. In 6 short months he has become a lynchpin for
Smackdown. If they are going with a face champion on Smackdown it is between ADR and Dolph Ziggler for number 1 contender. ADR could seal this with the Rumble win.

As for the World Title match, I mentioned before in my previous column how I thought it would go. If that comes to be and Edge does win don't be suprised to see Dolph pull a double shift and be entered into the Rumble (via Vickie). If that happens
Dolph could be a potential winner especially if he comes in with number 40. Also he has been having alot of interaction with both Edge and Randy Orton (possible WWE Champion after Rumble). That way he could viably choose either title and it would
make sense.

This years Rumble is setting up to be one of the more unpredictable ones. Hopefully it will live up to expectation. More importantly hopefully it will see the continuation and strenghtening of the youth movement.

Time will tell, those watching please do enjoy.
Take it easy,
Gar.
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Update On WWE Board Member Leaving

As reported on Yahoo.com, WWE COO Donna Goldsmith has resigned from the company to pursue other interests. Her resignation goes into effect February 28th. Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that Donna Goldsmith was said to be one of the main people pushing for WWE to go to a PG rating.
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Stone Cold Steve Austin Comments On Hosting WWE Tough Enough

On Twitter, WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin tweeted the following:

"thanks for all of your congratulation tweets!! i am very excited about hosting WWE Tough Enough. and thats the bottom line cause i said so."

Later that night, WWE.com posted an interview with Stone Cold that can be read here
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Update On Tonight's Royal Rumble Surprises

Source:PWInsider.com

As reported before, both Kevin Nash and Booker T are currently in Boston for tonight's WWE Royal Rumble. "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan is expected to appear at tonight's Royal Rumble pay-per-view as he is in town for an autograph signing and Christian was flown into Boston for tonight's Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

It is not known if Christian will be in the Rumble but is reportedly no longer wearing his arm in a sling.
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