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Welcome to our coverage of tonight's WWE Royal Rumble event. Check back throughout the evening for updates from the show.
The Royal Rumble opened with a video package focusing on the Rumble match, the WWE Title bout and the World Title match.
ECW Champion Christian vs. Ezekiel Jackson.
Savannah was the ring announcer, since it was an ECW match. Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Matt Striker are the announce team, and will be calling all the matches. Jackson was accompanied by William Regal.
Christian circled Jackson at the start, then they locked up and Jackson shoved him to the mat. Christian grabbed a waistlock, but Jackson powered out of it and took Christian down to the mat. Christian threw a slap at Jackson as Jackson trash talked him. Jackson chased Christian out of the ring and back in, and Christian hit some shots on Jackson as he re-entered, then dropkicked him off the apron and to the floor. Christian hit a springboard dive out of the ring onto Jackson. Christian leapfrogged Jackson as he got back in the ring, then ducked under him and hit a slap. Christian went for a whip, but Jackson blocked it and slammed Christian.
Jackson missed an elbowdrop, but hit Christian with some forearm shots and worked him over in a corner. Jackson whipped Christian back and forth between corners. Christian grabbed an arm for a Killswitch attempt, but Jackson elbowed it away. Jackson went for a press slam, Christian floated over it and tripped Jackson into the ropes. Christian choked Jackson against the middle rope, then slid out of the ring for a right hand. Christian went to the second rope, but Jackson yanked him down to the mat. Christian rolled to the floor, and William Regal went at him, but the referee stopped him and sent Regal to the back.
Jackson grabbed Christian on the floor and threw him into the ring steps. Jackson rolled Christian back into the ring and stomped him. Jackson put Christian in a head vice, then lifted Christian off the mat by the head and threw him to the mat for a two count. Jackson hit a delayed vertical suplex, but Christian kicked out at two. Jackson stretched Christian between the middle and top rope and hit a forearm to the chest, then a shot to the back. Christian threw a kick to the gut and went for a sunset flip, but Christian picked him up by the throat and threw him to the mat with a chokeslam for a two count. Jackson stood on Christian's throat, then put him in a chinlock. Christian elbowed out, and hit a few right hands. Christian ducked a chop by Jackson, but Jackson blasted him with a clothesline to the back of the head.
Ezekiel used a reverse full nelson on Christian, then put him on the top rope for a superplex. Christian fought it off and sent Jackson off the ropes. Christian hit a flying reverse elbow off the top rope, but Jackson got to his feet. Christian avoided a charge and hit a middle rope dropkick for a two count. Christian went for the Killswitch, but Jackson fought it off. Jackson went for a slam, but Christian floated over and hit a sloppy reverse DDT. Christian went for a top rope headbutt, but Ezekiel moved out of the way and hit a clothesline for two. Ezekiel went for a uranage, but Christian reversed into a Killswitch, but Jackson shoved it off. Jackson hit a backbreaker for a two count. Jackson missed a clothesline in a corner and Christian hit a pendulum kick and followed with a Tornado DDT for a two count.
Jackson got to his feet and blasted Christian with a clothesline for a two count. Christian tried for another Killswitch, but Jackson lifted Christian, who floated over and applied a sleeperhold. Jackson pulled Christian forward and put him over his shoulder. Jackson rammed Christian into the turnbuckles twice in a powerslam position, but then Christian floated behind him and hit the Killswitch for the pin at the 12-minute mark.
Backstage, Teddy Long and Tiffany were chatting, when Cryme Tyme entered. Cryme Tyme complained that there were two of them, and only one Rumble spot for them. They wanted Long to try and get them both in. Long said it wasn't possible. Cryme Tyme said they worked out a deal, and brought in Great Khali. Cryme Tyme said Khali would give his spot for a kiss from Tiffany. Tiffany was not thrilled about it. Ranjin Singh entered to say there would not be a deal between them. Teddy Long then made a "Pants On The Ground" joke about Cryme Tyme. The Miz entered and said no one would remember that joke five years from now, but they would remember him winning the Royal Rumble. Teddy Long informed the Miz that since this was a PPV, there were no Raw guest hosts, and he was in charge. Long told Miz in addition to being in the Rumble, he would finally defend the U.S. Title against MVP tonight.
Cody Rhodes approached Randy Orton backstage, and said he would be there for Orton in his title match with Sheamus. Rhodes then told Orton that Ted DiBiase hadn't been the same since his movie came out. Rhodes said that DiBiase had been talking about winning the Rumble and beating Orton for the WWE Championship. Rhodes told Orton he could count on him though, and left.
United States Champion The Miz vs. MVP.
Miz went on the attack at the bell with punches and kicks, but MVP came back with a clothesline for a one count. MVP hit some knees to the midsection and a vertical suplex for another quick cover. Miz kicked a charging MVP, but MVP responded with a backdrop. Miz tried to run out of the ring, but MVP hit a back suplex. Miz rolled to the floor, but MVP went after him and dropped him throat first across the security wall. MVP rolled Miz into the ring, but Miz kicked MVP on the apron, then knocked him into the announce table on the floor.
Miz stomped MVP on the outside and rolled MVP into the ring. Miz hit a legdrop, then drove a knee into MVP's back. Miz hit some shoulderblocks in the corner, then the between-the-rope clothesline. Miz went to the top rope, and hit a double axhandle for a two count. Miz put MVP in a chinlock, MVP fought up, and Miz went for a backdrop, only to have MVP kick it away. MVP hit a flapjack, then a clothesline and a chop. MVP hit a facebuster on a knee, and called for the Ballin' elbowdrop. He hit it, then went for the Playmaker, but Miz shoved it off. Miz ran right into MVP's kick, and MVP got a two count. Miz rolled to the apron, and went MVP went after him, Miz yanked him throat first across the top rope. Miz went for a kneelift, but MVP avoided it and hit a shoulder block.
MVP went for a running kick, but Miz ducked it and went for a Skull Crushing Finale, but MVP blocked it and turned it into a Victory Roll for two. MVP got more two counts with a jackknife and a backslide. Miz rolled to the floor. MVP went after him and threw him back into the ring. As MVP got back in, Miz grabbed him and rolled him into a small package for a three count at the seven minute mark.
Winner: The Miz.
The Miz jumped up and started trash talking MVP, face to face. MVP grabbed Miz and gave him a Playmaker before leaving.
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