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Posts by tag: Royal Rumble 2012

2 years ago

Flashback: Sheamus Is The WWE Royal Rumble 2012 Winner

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The 2012 WWE Royal Rumble winner was probably not the guy you expected. Sheamus won the Royal Rumble and a trip to the WrestleMania 28 main-event against a WWE champion of his choice. Sheamus eliminated Chris Jericho to win the Rumble and earn his title match in Miami.

Sheamus was certainly one of the dark horses to win the Rumble. I had him at 50-1 odds in my predictions blog. It was a great way to elevate Sheamus back to the championship status he had a couple of years back. I have no problem with Sheamus winning, especially eliminating Jericho and Orton.

The Rumble itself was one of the most disappointing Rumble matches in recent memory. A combination of a lack of big time superstars and a dead crowd made for a boring Rumble. It just felt like a long RAW ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Repost: WWE Royal Rumble By The Numbers Video: 2012 Edition

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Originally published on January 26, 2012 - One of my favorite video packages that the WWE produce each year is the Royal Rumble by the numbers. It is one of the rare times that you will see the WWE acknowledge and promote off its history. This year’s video is no exception and includes some interesting Rumble statistics.

The video is only a little over four minutes but boy does it cover an entire history of 24 broadcasted Royal Rumble events. The video differs from year to year with new and updated stats. Here are just a few numbers that I found particularly interesting.

31 WWE Hall of Famers have competed in the Royal Rumble. Great number and a really fun stat. Some notable past Hall of Fame Rumble participants include Ric Flair, Jimmy Snuka, Mr. Perfect, Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Ted DiBiase, and the Macho Man Randy Savage ..click here to read more , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Top 20 WWE Pay Per View Matches of 2012

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When you get past the annoying social media trends, infatuation with past stars, and inconsistent booking, WWE produced a number of classic PPV match-ups on the 2012 calendar. Choosing 20 was hard, ranking them was harder. Here is what I came up with for the creme de la creme, the best of the best for the year 2012.

20. World Heavyweight Championship/Elimination Chamber: Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Wade Barrett vs. Santino Marella vs. Great Khali (Elimination Chamber, February 19) You wouldn’t think this one would make the classics list, and early on in the match, it didn’t seem to be a likely addition. What made this match special was the dramatic finishing sequence, in which comedy player Marella eliminated Rhodes and Barrett, and came within believable inches of upending Bryan for the title. Despite the crowd cheering him on, the Milan Miracle succumbed to the LeBell/Yes/No Lock, ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

How Dolph Ziggler should be headlining WWE Wrestlemania 28 – Inside The Wheelhouse

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Dolph ZigglerI’ll start off this blog using an analogy for all you Football fans out there and tie it back into the great world of wrestling. Remember all last month how we kept hearing about the New York Giants peaking at the right time? Well if you can transcend that theory into wrestling then it’s safe to say that Dolph Ziggler peaked at the wrong time in the WWE.

Now how can that be? How can a wrestler be peaking at the wrong time? At any moment a wrestler peaking to his full potential or even beyond it is a good thing, right? Well, not if you are peaking right around Wrestlemania season.

Dolph Ziggler has been on a roll lately and has become one of the most entertaining heels in the WWE the last four months or so. I believe this rise ..click here to read more , , , ,

3 years ago

Has WWE Creative Blown It With Dolph Ziggler?

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Dolph ZigglerIf there is one thing that the pro wrestling blogosphere can agree on these days it is that Dolph Ziggler is fantastic. Unfortunately all of his hard work will probably result in nothing and he can thank the WWE creative team for that.

I was never a big Ziggler fan and used to tune when he first hit the scene a few years back. I never got him during his WWE world title run and quite frankly, never gave him a shot. But something has opened me up to this guy in recent weeks to the point where I am now convinced he may be the best worker on the roster and I am not the only one.

Follow the social media networks during RAW or read any of the hundreds if not thousands of pro wrestling blogs online and you will ..click here to read more , ,

3 years ago

WWE RAW Supershow February 6 Results – Jericho Enters The Elimination Chamber Last

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Chris Jericho-WWE RAW is live from Oklahoma City, where Jim Ross will most assuredly look stupid at some point. Maybe Kane will set him ablaze once more.

Opening Segment: Triple H The watermark for HHH’s theme song (His original Motorhead theme) says it’s “exclusive to iTunes”. Isn’t WWF Volume 5 still in some FYE somewhere? So yeah, HHH says he was going to fire Johnny Ace last week, but because HHH was cut off, Ace gets to appeal to the board this week to keep his job. If I’m ever about to be fired, remind me to bring Undertaker in to distract my supervisor. HHH, of course, points out that he was the first man to ever cause Taker to need to be carried out last year at WrestleMania. Then HHH makes up for his assertion of crippling Undertaker by saying his arrival ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

WWE Royal Rumble 2012 Results: The End of the World

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The 25th anniversary of the Royal Rumble just ended and we have all taken some time to digest what we have seen Sunday night. Chris Jericho stated at the RAW before the Rumble that the end of the world as we knew it would occur. Many fans were upset of what they thought was the lack of follow-up on that proclamation. I attempt to explain how the Royal Rumble DID follow-up and gave us an apocalyptic preview to WWE programming for the rest of the year (or according to the Mayans), the remaining time in human existence.

WWE Championship: Triple Threat Steel Cage Match Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry

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Michael Cole’s heel commentary on a heel Daniel Bryan is an ongoing attempt to bury the World Heavyweight Champion. I agree with having a face and a heel ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

WWE RAW Supershow January 30 Results – Lobster Head Is The Headliner

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john laurinaitis Triple H-RAW is live from Kansas City, the Starbucks to St. Louis’ Tim Horton’s.

Opening Segment: John Laurinaitis Ace tagging hands with the fans with a forced smile is a laugh, as is Cole’s endorsement. So Ace is looking forward to his performance review tonight, and even sucks up to Triple H beforehand. Laurinaitis says he called it right down the middle at the Royal Rumble. He also talks about the “Elimination PPV”, in his words. CM Punk will defend the WWE Title against Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, R-Truth, and Chris Jericho. Looks like a hell of a line-up actually. Also, Beth Phoenix defends her Divas title against Eve Torres, Kofi Kingston faces The Miz, and Dolph Ziggler takes on Randy Orton. Oh, and Daniel Bryan faces CM Punk! This brings Punk out, who begins singing the ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

Alternate WWE Plan Had Different Royal Rumble 2012 Winner

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John Cena RAW promoI always find it intriguing when a scrapped WWE storyline or booking change leaks out. According to a recent report, last minute second guessing stopped what would have been arguably most polarizing Royal Rumble winner in history.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer newsletter broke the story Sunday night on his F4Wonline.com podcast. According to Meltzer, a plan was in place that would have seen John Cena win the 2012 Royal Rumble. The report further indicates that the plan was changed late Saturday night.

If the reaction that Cena received in St. Louis was any indication, the WWE made a very smart move scrapping this idea. Cena would have been booed out of the building in what ..click here to read more , , , , ,

3 years ago

More WWE Royal Rumble 2012 Predictions

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Royal Rumble 2012 poster It’s that time of year again, wrestling fans. The road to the “Granddaddy of them all,” WrestleMania 28, starts Sunday, January 29, 2012 in St. Louis at the PPV known as the Royal Rumble. The PPV has a few matches on the under card, usually the title matches, but it is the main event that is the crown jewel that kicks off the road to WrestleMania, the 30 man over the top Royal Rumble match. Two competitors start, and then every 90 seconds (or whatever intervals the WWE wants to use), another comes in and joins the fray until all 30 competitors have entered. A person is eliminated when they are thrown over the top rope. The last man standing is the winner, and goes on to WrestleMania as the challenger of whichever World ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

Predicting The WWE 2012 Royal Rumble Winner – The Odds Are Out

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What better time to start looking ahead at who the WWE Royal Rumble 2012 winner could be? With only two months to go, I think it is fairly easy to grasp what the lay of the land will be in January. Let’s break it down Vegas style and see who has the best chance of challenging for gold at WrestleMania 28!

I thought I’d have some fun and take a look at the chances that each top prospect has of winning the Royal Rumble using Vegas odds. Of course take these odds for what you will as I had The Rock listed as the biggest long shot of being the WrestleMania 27 Guest Host. Nobody ever accused me of being a savvy handicapper.

Of course things can and likely will change from now until ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

WWE Royal Rumble 2012 Predictions & Preview

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We are just days away from what many call the “number two” WWE pay per view of the year, the Royal Rumble 2012. This year’s Rumble will officially kick off WrestleMania 28 season with the winner getting a shot at the champion of their choice in Miami on April 1.

The road to WrestleMania will officially kick off on Sunday as one man will begin his quest to challenge for WWE gold at the big show in Miami. The 30-man Royal Rumble match will be accompanied by a handful of matches, one particularly that has an excellent chance at stealing the show.

CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE championship with Special Guest referee John Laurinaitis

These two guys have slowly produced one of the most fun series of matches since the Christian vs. Randy Orton rivalry last summer. I have never been a big Dolph fan but he has really turned ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , ,

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