|Royal Rumble (2012)|
|Date||January 29, 2012|
|City||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Last Event||Tables, Ladders & Chairs|
|Next Event||Elimination Chamber|
Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, Alicia Fox & Tamina Snuka vs Beth Phoenix, Natalya & The Bella Twins Edit
Even when aligned with a trio of devious Divas like The Bella Twins and Natalya, WWE Divas Champion Beth Phoenix ultimately has no friends or enemies – only challengers. And before a capacity crowd at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, The Glamazon didn’t need much help to crush the challenge from the alliance of Kelly Kelly, Eve, Alicia Fox and Tamina during the Eight-Diva Tag Team Match at the 25th anniversary of the Royal Rumble.
Phoenix imposed her will on the match’s outcome after sensing a momentum shift from Kelly Kelly’s high-flying tactics which leveled all of the Divas at ringside simultaneously. The Glamazon took control of the action by ordering her own teammate to get out of the ring and then tagging herself in before nailing Kelly Kelly with a Glam Slam moments later to seal the victory.
While Phoenix put the exclamation point on the win for her side, it wasn’t entirely for lack of effort on her fellow Divas’ part. Until Phoenix reversed her fortunes, Eve put on a strong performance and managed to keep her focus on her opponents rather than the looming presence of Kane within the arena. The Bella Twins also kept their chances alive by mustering some Twin Magic to halt an assault by Alicia.
The result puts Natalya and The Bella Twins alongside Phoenix in the win column, but it doesn’t put anyone closer to contending against the reigning Divas Champion. Phoenix proved that The Road to WrestleMania will be a long one for any Divas hoping to challenge The Glamazon for championship gold
Brodus Clay vs Drew McIntyre Edit
The embattled "Chosen One," who has been ostensibly on the verge of termination for weeks, fell victim to the surging Brodus Clay at the 25th anniversary of Royal Rumble in yet another match with his career at stake. Over the last couple of months, McIntyre has fielded several opportunities from SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long to save his job, but has come up short each time.
At the Rumble, McIntyre - who was not entered into this year's Royal Rumble Match - employed yet another last-ditch effort to salvage his roster spot by asking Mr. Long for another match to prove his worth. The General Manager obliged, setting up a match against a mystery opponent at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.Enter Brodus Clay, who McIntyre screamed was "a disgrace" as he boogied down to the ring to do battle.
The Scottish Superstar would eat his words quickly though. Despite mounting an early offensive that pinned Clay into the corner of the ring, McIntyre soon felt the wrath of The Funkasaurus and fell victim to Clay's "What the Funk" crossbody for the three-count. And McIntyre’s woes go on.
- Eight-Diva tag team match: The Bella Twins (Brie Bella and Nikki Bella), Beth Phoenix and Natalya defeated Alicia Fox, Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly and Tamina Snuka
- Singles match: Brodus Clay (with Naomi and Cameron) defeated Drew McIntyre