The one and only, Alberto Del Rio.
That was not without a slight scare, however. As the Rumble played out, it looked more and more like we would see the same old same old from the WWE. And sure enough, the final four consisted of John Cena, Randy Orton, Wade Barrett and ADR.
Pro wrestling fans everywhere collectively shook their heads at what they all assumed was coming next. Surely, Cena would eliminate Barrett while Orton simultaneously threw out Del Rio. And once again, we loyal (read: stupid) fans would be treated to yet another staredown followed by mediocre ring work from two of the promotion's top stars, at least in Vince McMahon's eyes.
Of course, that thought process was misleading as most of us had forgotten that Miz was sitting ringside doing commentary. Or at least, I did. When Alex Riley made his way back out to distract Cena and Miz came in and dumped him over the top rope, wrestling fans over the age of 10 celebrated.
Finally, it wasn't going to be Cena hogging the main event spotlight. He had done enough of that throughout the Rumble itself.
So that left us with three and no one really believed Barrett was going to get the win, not with the current storyline playing itself out on Smackdown with The Corre, so he was out. That left Orton and ADR.
It would have made a lot of sense, at least from a business perspective, to give the win to "The Viper." After all, who would you trust more to headline WrestleMania? But the timing is right to give Del Rio a big push and thankfully, they pulled the trigger.
Comedy act with Santino to close it aside, the Rumble wasn't bad. At least, we got a winner we can get behind.
A few other thoughts from the show after the jump.
Some bullet point thoughts:
- If I had to grade the Rumble match on a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it an 8. It didn't introduce anything spectacular, outside of the extra 10 participants, but it told a few solid stories and held together all of the outside storylines that are so difficult to piece together when you throw the whole locker room into a match.
- Booker T was jobbed out, and I suppose rightfully so. He got to come out and take the spotlight for a minute before getting dumped like a mid-carder. Did you expect anything less?
- More or less the same treatment for Kevin Nash. Or should I say, "Big Daddy Cool" Diesel. Yes, he came out with black hair, complete in the old wardrobe and music. And yes, I marked out like a 10 year old. No different than Booker, he was given his time to shine, got a big pop and was unceremoniously dumped out. Will either guy stick around? Don't know and really, does it matter?
- Dolph Ziggler became a star tonight. I can remember watching his Intercontinental title matches against Kofi Kingston and thinking, 'Well, he's got potential but his matches are always so dull. How to fix that?' Turns out, all that was needed was a better worker across from him on a bigger stage. Edge was money and now I can buy Ziggler as an actual main event threat.
- Get rid of Vickie. Please.
- I don't have a lot to say about The Miz vs Randy Orton because well... there's just not a lot to say about it. The Miz continues to be booked like one of the weakest champions in years and CM Punk continues to look like a man among boys. There's no bias in that statement either, this I promise you. Just look at this picture, courtesy of WWE.com:
That says it all, folks.