Cena talks about how the fans can say whatever they want to him but he is disappointed in Kane. Cena says Kane wants him to turn his back on everything but he won’t. Not tonight, not any night. Cena goes on and says he’s going to start this year off like it should be – by thanking the fans. Kane’s music interrupts and he starts talking but we don’t see him. Kane says Cena will embrace the hate and will personally witness the true power of hate – tonight. Kane laughs as Cena looks on at the big screen where his video is playing. The pyro goes off surrounding the ring as Kane’s music keeps playing.
- Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler hype Punk vs. Ziggler tonight. We’re interrupted by another cryptic video. “It begins tonight.” We go to commercial.
Daniel Bryan vs. Cody Rhodes
Cody drops Bryan on his face again. Cody goes for another suplex but Bryan turns it into a roll-up for the win.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
- Back from a break and we get a video looking at the 1988 Royal Rumble, the first-ever and won by Hacksaw Jim Duggan.
Wade Barrett vs. Santino Marella
Santino cuts a promo and mocks the Barrett Barrage before the bell. The bell rings and Barrett hits Santino with right hands. Santino punches Barrett and drops down to a split. Barrett knocks Santino back and throws him into the corner. Barrett charges in the corner but Santino moves. Santino goes for Cobra but Barrett nails him and throws him shoulder first into the corner. Barrett with the Winds of Change slam for the win.
Winner: Wade Barrett
- The Bella Twins are backstage arguing when The Miz walks up. He asks if they have seen R-Truth. They haven’t but they saw little Jimmy. Miz walks off and hears something but keeps walking. After he leaves, R-Truth appears again and smiles as we go to commercial.
Sheamus vs. The Miz
Back from commercial and out comes Sheamus. The Miz is out next and he’s looking over his shoulder on the way to the ring. Miz goes right in before the bell and drops Sheamus with a DDT out of nowhere. Miz ties Sheamus up in the ropes and wails away with punches. The bell still hasn’t rang yet. Sheamus fights back and kicks Miz to the apron. Sheamus wails away with forearms to the chest over and over. Miz falls out to the floor. Sheamus chases him but Miz runs to the crowd and up the steps. R-Truth has a microphone somewhere. Truth is at the top of the steps and says while watching the match, he ran into Little Jimmy. Little Jimmy says he don’t like Miz and he need to get got. Truth walks down the steps and Miz goes back to ringside. Sheamus catches him with a Brogue kick and leaves him for Truth. Truth grabs a water bottle and smacks Miz in the head with it. Truth’s music plays as he exits through the crowd. Truth stops in the crowd and hypes his weekly Miz beatdown. He asks a Little Jimmy what he thinks of that and the kid just wishes Miz a Happy New Year. Back to commercial.
WWE Title Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. CM Punk
Ziggler with a splash in the corner and he drops Punk on his face again. Another pin attempt by Ziggler. Punk comes back with the high knee and the bulldog for a 2 count. Punk calls for the GTS and out comes John Laurinaitis. Ziggler points out the turnbuckle pad thats been removed. Punk goes for GTS but it’s countered. Punk locks in Anaconda Vice but the referee is distracted by Laurinaitis. Punk stands up and he’s pissed. Ziggler charges from behind but Punk moves and Ziggler crashes into Laurinaitis. Ziggler blocks GTS and shoves Punk over the top rope and out to the floor. Laurinaitis, who is holding his arm, may have pulled the rope down for Punk to fall out. Punk gets counted out.
Winner by Count Out: Dolph Ziggler
The Bella Twins vs. Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres
Back from the break and it’s Divas action. Kelly starts out with one of the Bellas and takes it to the corner. Kelly with the stinkface. Bella slams Kelly by her hair and tags in her sister. Kelly counters and tags in Eve. Eve comes in with a clothesline and a dropkick. Eve with forearms and the booty pop. Eve dropkicks the other Bella off the apron. She goes at it with the other Bella and kicks her from the second rope. Eve hits the moonsault from the top but the pin is broken up. The ref deals with Kelly Kelly while the Twins do the switch and get the pin on Eve.
Winners: The Bella Twins
Jericho is pumped as he makes his way down to the ring. Jericho hits the ring, plays up to the crowd and looks very excited to be here. Jericho climbs out of the ring before speaking to slap hands with the fans around the ring.
Jericho re-enters the ring as the crowd chants his name. They stop and he gets them to cheer some more. A “welcome back” chant starts up next. Jericho runs from corner to corner, getting the crowd to pop every time.
Jericho goes back to ringside with the fans and brings it back in the ring, still getting the fans to pop. It’s pretty obvious he’s dragging it out here. Jericho drops the mic, pauses, then goes back to cheering. There’s just a few boos mixed in with the “Y2J” chants now. Jericho goes back to ringside to slap hands with the fans and run around the ring. He’s definitely up to something here.
Jericho heads up the ramp, slapping hands with more fans. He walks from each end of the stage and gets the fans to cheer more. Now there’s a lot more boos coming from the crowd. Jericho walks to the back and we get hype for tonight’s six-man elimination main event. Back to commercial.
Elimination Match: Zack Ryder, Big Show and John Cena vs. Mark Henry and Jack Swagger
Back fro the break and Swagger is in control of Cena. Cena fights out with a big backdrop. Cena tags in Big Show. Show comes in and splashes Swagger in the corner and hits a big clothesline. Show calls for the knockout punch but Swagger tags in Henry. They trade shots. Show hits him with headbutts and a shoulder to take him off his feet. Henry goes to the floor and Show follows. Henry grabs a chair but Show punches it into his face. Show cracks Henry with the chair and both men are counted out. Show and Henry are eliminated.
Ryder comes in and goes at it with Swagger. Ryder takes control and Swagger runs into his knees in the corner. Ryder hits the Broski Boot. Ryder goes for the Ruff Ryder but Swagger counters and applies the ankle lock. Ryder reaches for a tag and finally makes it. Cena comes in with shoulders and the big back drop. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Swagger gets hit with the Attitude Adjustment for the win.
Winners: Zack Ryder and John Cena
- Cena and Ryder are celebrating when Kane’s music hits. Cena leaves the ring to meet Kane on the ramp. Kane comes from from under the middle of the ring and takes out Ryder. Kane meets Cena on the floor and takes him to the floor with the mandible-like move he two weeks ago. Kane goes back in the ring to Ryder. Ryder tries to leave the ring but Kane drags him back by his leg. Kane goes back in the hole in the ring and pulls Ryder down with him. Cena rushes in the ring and pulls Ryder out of the hole and Kane’s clutch. Cena calls for someone to check on Ryder’s leg. A huge fireball explodes up from Kane’s hole in the ring as Cena and Ryder look on shocked. Kane’s music hits and RAW goes off the air with Cena and Ryder looking at Kane’s smoking hole.
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