In all honesty, I can't remember the last Royal Rumble event that truly wowed me. I'm sure if I put some serious thought into it, then memory would probably take me somewhere around 2001 or 2004. 2010's event wasn't something I would consider to be bad, but it definitely wasn't special either. In any case, the road to Wrestlemania 26 began here, and it was pretty bumpy on the way there.
1-ECW Championship Match Christian(C) vs. Ezekiel Jackson
The second best match on the card for me, and the sleeper match of the event for sure. Christian did a great job carrying Zeke to his best performance and to a strong ppv debut. There was very good ring psychology here, with Christian being able to aggravate the big man, and forcing him to play into his style of wrestling. The match was very physical as well. Zeke was very impressive displaying his strength to pull out some very good counters to Christian's offense. The match had great pacing as well. The only drawback I could think of would be the ending which came out of the blue and seemed a bit too unbelievable. 3.75/5
2-US Championship Match Miz(C) vs. MVP
This bout was pretty much last minute, so it could make up for the length of a later match. It made sense booking these two anyway, since they had been in a heated feud on RAW weeks prior. But the match had its problems. Around this time, MVP wasn't the least bit impressive. It seems as though when superstars switch brands and end up on RAW. They tend to lose something in the transition. This match was just stale, and even though Miz did a good enough job selling for him, I wasn't really impressed. The outcome didn't help MVP either getting his babyface after match "revenge", because the crowd turned on him right away. 3/5
3-WWE Championship Match Sheamus(C) vs. Randy Orton
I'll give creative credit for pulling off a heel vs. heel title match. The crowd was behind Orton for the most part, so the match never felt dead. Orton dictated the pace here with his cold and calculating viper personality. Sheamus may not be the best on the mic, but his ring work had picked up quite a bit by this time. I really enjoyed this one, with these two taking time to work on crucial body parts. The action was indeed solid, but I think those who prefer quick paced spot fest will be bored. I think the ending worked out very well in putting over the storyline. Match of the Night for me. 4/5
4-Women's Championship Match Michelle McCool(C) vs. Mickie James
Incredibly disappointing is the best way to describe it. This match had the most heat coming in, with the "Piggy James" storyline being so personal, and it ends in a squash of epic proportions. It was good with Mickie finally getting some sweet revenge, but an awful way to end McCools title reign. 1.25/5
5-World Heavyweight Championship Undertaker(C) vs. Rey Mysterio
Taker had been putting on quite a few short matches since his title win at Hell in a Cell 09, and this was one of the better ones. The length doesn't hurt this bout at all, considering in all reality there's no way Rey should last long against a guy this size. I found the psychology here to be very realistic, with Taker countering Rey's comebacks and fiery offense with single blows. Although for the most part the middle portion was lacking. The finish itself was very strong. 3.75/5
6-Royal Rumble Match
Rules: -2 superstars will begin the match
-After two minutes a superstar will enter. Then every minute a new superstar will enter
-Eliminations can only occur when a superstar goes over the top rope, and both feet touch the ground
-The last man left in the ring will be declared the winner, and is guaranteed a title shot at the following Wrestlemania
I sometimes think a lot of people praise these Royal Rumble matches only because there's a lot of superstars in them. To me, this Rumble is incredibly over-rated. The first quarter of the Rumble was definitely good with Punk dominating rather easily, and cutting promos while he was doing it. The early elimination of Khali and who did it is surely one to remember. There were a few other good things to take place; such as already established superstars not completely hogging the spotlight, Micheals transition into complete madness, and the return of the Rated R Superstar. Overall, some decent action from time to time.
Unfortunately, as the match carried on, it never became anything truly special to me. The eliminations happened too frequently, younger stars didn't excel the way I hoped, the ring didn't have much traffic, and you could see the inevitable dominant spots a mile away. This match seemed too telegraphed at times. Plus, John Cena was noticeably terrible here. I just didn't find the overall action to be very exciting. In any case, when looking back at this one. It did a very good job setting up a nice card for Wrestlemania 26. 3.5/5
Like the Royal Rumble 2009 event, it began the year kind of on a light note. The event is still watchable, and as one of the big 4, it should be rented at least.
Pros: -Solid ECW, WHC, and WWE title matches
Cons: -Heavily disappointing Women's match, and barely above average Rumble
WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2010 1.[ECW TITLE] CHRISTIAN VS EZEKIEL JACKSON-the opening match would pit Christian against the bigger Jackson. The match was as one would expect with Christian having to use his speed while Jackson dominated with strength. Jackson looked really good here as did Christian as he always does, really good opening match. The pace was good and the chemistry between them was on point as well. Christian ends up hitting his … more
This was a good event but I always do enjoy the Rumble event because I love battle royals so much. If you have yet to see this then I do recommend checking it out since I did like it. Try getting the two pack with the previous years Rumble since you get for the price of one. Still wish Shawn would have won this match, oh well.