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Backstage, Dolph Ziggler proclaimed that he has chosen the #1 spot in the Royal Rumble. Matt Striker asks if that is a wise choice considering how bad his odds would be (blame Vickie for that), and AJ steps forwards and gets Striker out of the set. Big E Langston grabs the mic (YAY!), and asks Dolph what he will do when he wins. Dolph says he will win both the WWE and World Title at Wrestlemania.
Royal Rumble 2013 Match
Dolph comes with Big E & AJ, and proceeds to have one heck of a makeout session with everyone’s favourite Crazy Chick. Dolph cuts a promo about how he will win, and then invites entrant number 2 out. It turns out to be the returning Chris Jericho, who was fired as a result of a loss over Dolph Ziggler.
With the crowd still on its feet and the entire mood of the night suddenly and irrevocably altered, the two Superstars circled each other inside the ring, and a rivalry that came to a head at SummerSlam was quickly renewed.
Jericho and Ziggler furiously traded blows until the ring filled up with other entering Superstars. As Ziggler, Jericho, Cody Rhodes and Kofi Kingston battled it out, Santino Marella made his way to the ring and looked for a moment to have eliminated everyone else in the ring. But all of the rumblers landed on the apron, not the floor. Despite striking Kofi with The Cobra, Santino would be the first elimination of the night, tossed over the ropes by Rhodes.
When the ring inevitably filled with competitors, Ziggler and Jericho fought as the match dictated, battling whomever stood in their way. Still, they both seemingly drifted back towards one another, always looking to settle their long-standing score.
Like Shawn Michaels and Rey Mysterio before him, “The Showoff” may have drawn an unlucky number, but with an abundance of talent on his side, Ziggler looked to make the best of a badly dealt hand, despite the fact that he seemingly found himself teetering on the ring apron constantly over the course of the melee. After lasting nearly 50 minutes, Dolph was eliminated 27th by Sheamus.