|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
Other matches Edit
- Backstage: Zack Ryder, who was in a wheel chair, was wheeled into the backstage area where John Laurinaitis set up a private dressing room for him. Zack's girlfriend, Eve, showed up and insulted the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim General Manager of RAW.
- Singles match: John Cena vs. Kane ended in a double count-out (10:56)
When Kane tried to suffocate John Cena with his hand, John turned the move into the STF which Kane was able to power out of. A few minutes later, John hit the Five Knuckle Shuffle from the top rope and then tried for the Attitude Adjustment which Kane was able to get out of. The fight then went outside of the ring and into the back of the arena. Kane destroyed John Cena with a chair and then took notice of Zack Ryder's locker room. He kicked the door down and suffocated Zack before wheeling him to the ringside area. He gave Zack a Tomstone Piledriver despite the pleas of Eve, who had entered the ring to save her boyfriend. He turned his attention to Eve but before he could get to her John Cena returned. Kane gave Cena a choke slam before leaving the ring. After Kane left, the paramedics came out to take Zack Ryder out on a stretcher.
Clay hit a splash on McIntyre to pick up the quick victory then danced with Cameron and Naomi.
- Singles match for the WWE Championship: CM Punk (c) defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE Championship (with John Laurinaitis as Special guest referee) (14:32)
John Laurinitis had previously stated that he would screw CM Punk during this bout but tomorrow night his job performance will be reviewed by WWE COO Triple H. Prior to the start of the match, John Laurinaitis announced that he would oversee the refereeing of this bout from outside of the ring while an official WWE referee was inside of the ring. Vickie Guerrero escorted Dolph Ziggler to the ring. Before the bell rang, John Laurinaitis tossed Vickie from ringside because she lost the right to be there when Punk beat Jack Swagger a few weeks ago. During the bout, Dolph accidentally pushed CM Punk into the referee. Punk then trapped Ziggler in the Anaconda Vice. John Laurinaitis didn't see Ziggler tap out because he was outside of the ring checking on the condition of the referee. The Interim GM of RAW then missed a 3-count for Punk before tossing the unconscious referee back into the ring. Punk gave Ziggler the Go To Sleep but Laurinaitis refused to make the count because he was hit by Dolph's leg and then stumbled out of the ring. A few moments later, Punk gave Ziggler another Go to Sleep and John Laurinaitis joined the original referee to make the 3-count. However, Laurinaitis only made the last 2 slaps of the mat and left the ringside area with a big smirk on his face.
Royal Rumble match Edit
Kharma entered the Royal Rumble at #21 and eliminated Hunico and hit an Implant Buster on Dolph Ziggler but was eliminated by Ziggler after Vickie Guerrero made the distraction.
- Eight-Diva tag team match: Beth Phoenix, Natalya, and The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki) defeated Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, Alicia Fox, and Tamina Snuka
- Singles match: Brodus Clay (with Naomi and Cameron) defeated Drew McIntyre
- 30-man Royal Rumble match for a world championship match at WrestleMania XXVIII: Sheamus won by last eliminating Chris Jericho