The opening televised match was a Triple Menace Steel Cage match with Daniel Bryan defending his Planet Heavyweight Championship in opposition to Mark Henry and Large Demonstrate. Bryan retained by escaping the cage immediately after he fell from Large Show's grasp (Bryan was climbing out of the cage, and Display was trying to pull him again in more than the top rated) and crashed to the arena floor.
The subsequent match was an Eight-Diva tag group match with Alicia Fox, Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly and Tamina Snuka taking on The Bella Twins (Brie Bella and Nikki Bella) and The Divas of Doom (Divas Champion Beth Phoenix and Natalya). The latter crew won following Phoenix tagged herself in and hit Kelly Kelly with the glam slam, scoring the pinfall.
The subsequent match was among John Cena and Kane. Right after a back and forth contest, the action would spill from the ring, and the match finished in a double count-out. Immediately after the match, Kane would continue his assault, hitting Cena with numerous chair pictures ahead of attacking an wounded Zack Ryder, who was watching the occasion from a private business office. Kane dragged Ryder to the ring and hit him with a tombstone piledriver.
The following match was made after Drew McIntyre asked for a location in the Royal Rumble, inquiring Smackdown GM Teddy Extended for an possibility to confirm himself, so he gave him a match towards a mystery opponent who turned out to be Brodus Clay. In spite of McIntyre starting the match nicely, Clay would rapidly defeat him right after a huge splash.
The penultimate match of the card was the WWE Championship match among reigning winner CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler with Raw interim GM John Laurinaitis serving as outdoors enforcer. As per the match stipulations, Ziggler's tag staff spouse Jack Swagger and supervisor Vickie Guerrero were the two banned from ringside. The very first element of the match was a hold-for-maintain face. In direction of the latter component of the match Punk experienced Ziggler beaten, but the referee was knocked out and unable to make the count. Punk would strike a second GTS and the two the referee and enforcer Laurinaitis counted to 3 and Punk retained his championship.
The principal function of the night was the once-a-year Royal Rumble match, wherever the winner would get a Globe Championship match of their decision at Wrestlemania XXVIII. The Miz was the first entry (a result of losing a match on Raw to R-Fact), and would very last almost 46 minutes until being eradicated by entry No. thirty Big Show. Intercontinental Winner Cody Rhodes was the fourth entry, lasting almost 42 minutes, and scored the most eliminations with six. WWE legends Mick Foley, Hall of Famer (and first at any time Rumble winner) "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, and Road Dogg were all particular guest entries in the match. All 3 announcers who referred to as the celebration (Jerry "The King" Lawler, Booker T, and Michael Cole) also entered the match at numerous factors as formal entries. Kharma was one more surprise entry, making her the 3rd feminine competitor to enter a Rumble.
The ultimate 4 consisted of Sheamus, 2009 Rumble winner Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, and Big Present. Present and Orton had been speedily removed, and Sheamus and Jericho would then go back and forth with attempted eliminations for in excess of five minutes. Sheamus would at some point brogue kick Jericho off the ring apron (right after Jericho held on to the top rope subsequent an elimination try) and win the Rumble match. Sheamus eventually challenged for (and won) the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania XXVIII.
The Sunlight gave the celebration a rating of a six.5 out of ten, stating that it "felt like a enjoyable present for a lot of the night, but with valuable small substance". The Canadian On the internet Explorer also gave Royal Rumble a six.5 out of 10, with the Royal Rumble match getting the very same ranking. The Entire world Heavyweight Championship match and the John Cena vs. Kane match had been rated a 5 out of 10 and the Divas' tag-team match a three out of ten. The WWE Championship match acquired the highest rating with an 8.5 out of 10