|Royal Rumble 2006|
|Date||January 29, 2006|
|Venue||American Airlines Arena|
|Last Event||New Year's Revolution|
|Next Event||No Way Out|
Royal Rumble 2006 was the nineteenth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It was presented by Sony Computer Entertainment's The Con. It took place on January 29, 2006 in the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida and featured talent from the Raw and SmackDown! brands. As has been customary since 1993, the Royal Rumble match winner received a match at that year's WrestleMania, (in this instance: WrestleMania 22) for his choice at either the WWE Championship or the World Heavyweight Championship.
Six professional wrestling matches were featured on the event's supercard, a scheduling of more than one main event. The primary match on the SmackDown! brand was Kurt Angle versus Mark Henry for the World Heavyweight Championship, which Angle won after pinning Henry with a roll-up. The predominant match on the Raw brand was Edge versus John Cena for the WWE Championship, which Cena won after forcing Edge to submit to the STFU. The featured match on the undercard was the annual 30-man Royal Rumble match, which featured wrestlers from both brands. Rey Mysterio, the second entrant, won the match by last eliminating Randy Orton, the thirtieth entrant.
Royal Rumble featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that were played out on Raw and SmackDown! – World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) primary television programs. Wrestlers portrayed a villain or a hero as they followed a series of events that built tension, and culminated into a wrestling match or series of matches. The event featured wrestlers from WWE's Raw and SmackDown! brands – a storyline division in which WWE employees were assigned to a television program of the same name.
The main feud heading into the Royal Rumble on the Raw was between Edge and John Cena, with the two feuding over the WWE Championship. The feud started at New Year's Revolution when Cena won an Elimination Chamber also involving 5 other superstars. Immediately after the match, however, Vince McMahon came out and stated that Edge was cashing in his Money in the Bank contract that he won at WrestleMania 21. Edge then came out with Lita and, two spears later, he pinned Cena to become WWE Champion. Then the next night, Edge held a live sex celebration which got smashed up by Cena and Cena delivered an FU on Lita and sent a message to Edge.
The main feud heading into the Royal Rumble on the Smackdown! brand was between Kurt Angle and Mark Henry over the World Heavyweight Championship. The World Heavyweight Championship was originally held by Batista. He defended the title against Henry at a SmackDown! live event in a steel cage match. Henry was disqualified in the match and Batista retained the title but his triceps were injured. As a result, he was forced to vacate the title on the January 13 episode of SmackDown!. Later on, a 20-man battle royal was arranged to determine the new World Heavyweight Champion. Raw superstar Kurt Angle won the battle royal last eliminating Mark Henry and winning the vacant title thus also starting a rivalry between the two. This also made Angle leave Raw and move to SmackDown!. The next week, Henry defeated Rey Mysterio to become the Number One Contender to Angle's title.
Prior to the annual Royal Rumble match, several qualifying matches for the match took place on WWE's flagship television programs. The first three qualifying matches were held on the January 9, 2006 edition of Raw. Chavo Guerrero defeated Rob Conway, Shelton Benjamin defeated Val Venis and Kane defeated Snitsky, meaning they had earned a place in the Rumble. A Battle Royal also took place on the January 16, 2006 edition of WWE Heat in addition to a Singles match between Trevor Murdoch and Antonio Thomas, which Murdoch won.
Royal Rumble qualification matches
- Chavo Guerrero defeated Rob Conway - Raw, January 9
- Shelton Benjamin defeated Val Venis - Raw, January 9
- Kane defeated Snitsky - Raw, January 9
- Sylvan defeated Scotty 2 Hotty - Velocity, January 15 (aired January 21)
- Trevor Murdoch defeated Antonio Thomas - Heat, January 16 (aired January 20)
- Viscera defeated Lance Cade, Gregory Helms and Tyson Tomko in a battle royal - Heat, January 16 (aired January 20)
- Jonathan Coachman defeated Jerry Lawler - Raw, January 23
- The Mexicools (Psicosis and Super Crazy) defeated The Dicks (Chad and James) and The Full Blooded Italians (Nunzio and Vito) in a Triple Threat match - Friday Night SmackDown!, January 24 (aired January 27)
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Heat Finlay defeated Brian Kendrick (2:07)
- Gregory Helms defeated Kid Kash (c), Funaki, Jamie Noble, Nunzio & Paul London in an Invitational Six Way Texas Tornado Match to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship (7:40)
- Mickie James defeated Ashley (with Trish Stratus as Special Referee) (7:44)
- The Boogeyman defeated John Bradshaw Layfield (w/ Jillian Hall) (1:54)
- Rey Mysterio won the Royal Rumble by last eliminating Randy Orton (1:02:12)
- John Cena defeated Edge (c) (w/ Lita) to win the WWE Championship (14:02)
- Kurt Angle (c) defeated Mark Henry to retain the World Heavyweight Championship (9:29)
Royal Rumble entrances and eliminations
|3||Simon Dean||SD!||1||Mysterio and Triple H||0:45|
|5||Ric Flair||Raw||3||Triple H||1:20|
|6||The Big Show||Raw||7||Triple H||9:02|
|7||Jonathan Coachman||Raw||4||Big Show||0:30|
|8||Bobby Lashley||SD!||6||Big Show & Kane||4:17|
|15||Tatanka||SD!||12||Mercury & Nitro||14:09|
|19||Road Warrior Animal||SD!||10||Van Dam||2:49|
|20||Rob Van Dam||Raw||27||Mysterio||30:52|
|22||Chavo Guerrero||Raw||11||Triple H||0:59|
|25||Shawn Michaels||Raw||25||Shane McMahon||12:55|
|27||Viscera||Raw||18||Carlito & Masters||5:20|
Other on-screen talent
- Royal Rumble 2006 Official Website
- Royal Rumble 2006 at CAGEMATCH.net
- Royal Rumble 2006 at Online World of Wrestling
|2006 World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-views|
|New Years Revolution • Royal Rumble • No Way Out • WrestleMania • Backlash • Judgment Day • One Night Stand • Vengeance • The Great American Bash • SummerSlam • Unforgiven • No Mercy • Cyber Sunday • Survivor Series • December To Dismember • Armageddon|
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