counts ten, and Del Rio retains.
Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Alberto Del Rio
Matt Striker is backstage with AJ, Dolph Ziggler, and Big E Langston. Striker brings up the Beat the Clock challenge. Ziggler says Vickie is so see through, and she's jaded, bitter and pathetic. Ziggler says he's choosing #1, because that's exactly what he is. AJ asks if Striker thinks Dolph can't do it, or he's not good enough to be #1 and win the Rumble. AJ wants to know how fast and how far can Striker run in five seconds. Langston walks up and grabs the mic as Striker walks off. Langston puts on his best reporter voice and asks what Dolph will do after he wins here tonight. Ziggler says he'll set the record for longest entrance, then win the Rumble, then cash in his briefcase, win the World Championship, and go to WrestleMania to win the WWE Championship and unify the titles on the grandest stage of them all. Show Off.
- In some pre-recorded videos, Antonio Cesaro says the last three winners of the Rumble have been non-American, and that will continue tonight because all of those winners pale in comparison to Cesaro.
- The Prime Time Players let us know that a win would mean millions of dollars.
- Randy Orton says there's no partners or allies in the Rumble, just like he likes it. He needs this win, and he'll take it.
- John Cena says there's a target on his back, but at the end of the night, everyone will realize the champ is here.
- Wade Barrett says he restores credibility to an event that hasn't had it for a long time because no one can stop the Barrett barrage.
- Sheamus says he's going to win the Rumble match two years in a row because of the brogue kick. It's the Rumble and time for talking is over.
- Ryback asks who says he's not the best in the world. He's not the largest athlete, doesn't eat fruity pebbles, and won't have a pint after the match. He says feed me more.
WWE Tag Team Title Match
Team Hell No (c) vs. Team Rhodes Scolars
The bell rings and Bryan and Rhodes kick things off. Rhodes catches Bryan with a boot to the gut before going to work on the arm. Bryan works his way out of it and hits Rhodes with a dropkick. Rhodes sends Bryan into the ropes and Bryan catches Rhodes by the leg, trapping him in a surfboard. Bryan tags out to Kane who hits Cody with a low running dropkick that's good for a near fall. Kane drives Cody's head into the turnbuckle before sending him into the ropes. Cody is able to catch Kane with a kick to the knee and a big dropkick before tagging out to Sandow.
Kane is able to slam Sandow to the mat before tagging out to Bryan. Kane whips Bryan into Sandow in the corner for a big splash. Sandow gets to his knees and eats a series of kicks from Bryan to the chest. Bryan tags out to Kane who kicks Sandow in the side of the head and hits him with a big right. Sandow is able to catch Kane with a back elbow, but Kane kicks Sandow in the face and sends him to the outside before tossing Rhodes out after him. Bryan tags in and leaps through the ropes, taking out Sandow and Rhodes. Bryan tosses Sandow back into the ring, but Sandow pushes Bryan through the ropes to the outside.
Sandow follows to the outside and drives Bryan's back into the ring apron before bringing things back into the ring and tagging out to Rhodes. Rhodes comes in and slams Bryan to the mat before clamping on a half-crab. JBL calls Cody a tough Tom Selleck with that mustache. Bryan counters into a pin for two, but Cody tags out to Sandow who comes in and splashes Bryan. Sandow hits Bryan with a Russian leg sweep before getting right up for the elbow of disdain. Sandow gets a near fall, then drives his knee into Bryan's back before dropping one across his face for another near fall.
Rhodes tags into the match and takes it to Bryan until he's caught out of nowhere by a heel kick from Bryan. Sandow tags in and is able to keep Bryan from tagging out. Rhodes tags right back in and shoulders Bryan. Bryan fights to his feet, but Cody prevents him from making a tag and slams him to the mat. Both men make the tag and Kane grabs Sandow across the throat. Sandow avoids the chokeslam, but eats a chop to the throat and a big side slam for a two count.
Kane heads to the top but he's stopped by Sandow. Kane shoves Sandow off but misses a clothesline from the top. Sandow hits a botches neckbreaker, and it's only good enough for two. Kane catches Sandow and Rhodes by the throat, but Bryan makes a blind tag. Sandow and Rhodes fight out and hit Kane with a double suplex. Bryan hits Sandow with a missile dropkick and Kane chokeslams Rhodes. Bryan clamps on the No Lock and makes Sandow tap out.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: Team Hell No
- We get another Royal Rumble By The Numbers video.
Kane and Daniel Bryan are celebrating backstage when they're interrupted by Vickie Guerrero. She gives them their Royal Rumble entry number. Kane calls Bryan's number interesting. Bryan asks if Kane will show him his number, and Kane says no. Bryan says it's the rules. He shows him his, Kane shows Bryan his. Kane says Bryan would feel very inadequate. Kane says it's bad strategy. He'll see Bryan out there. Bryan says not if he sees him first. Kane says that's highly unlikely. Bryan doesn't seem too happy about that.
- In another attempt to kill time, footage is shown from the Royal Rumble Fan Fest where Bo Dallas of NXT won a slot in the Royal Rumble.
30-Man Royal Rumble Match
It's time for the best match of the year (in this humble writer's opinion, of course). Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring in the #1 spot, as he claimed earlier. He's flanked by Big E, and AJ. AJ makes out with him for a bit at the top of the entranceway before Ziggler peels off and heads to the ring by himself.
Ziggler has a mic, and he says he stands before the crowd all alone in the... (Continues on next page)