The WWE ’12 Simulation of the 2012 Royal Rumble

The WWE ’12 Simulation of the 2012 Royal Rumble

We’re one week away from the 2012 Royal Rumble, and now that the AFC and NFC championship game are over (which, by the way, were both tremendous games that ended the exact opposite way I desired), it’s time to focus on WWE’s All Star Game.

Using WWE ’12, I decided to simulate all of the matches we’ll see on January 29th. Let’s see what the digital crystal ball had to say, shall we?

NOTE: The simulation is based on WWE.com’s scheduled card as of January 22. Any matches added after were left out, as I’m not psychic.

JOHN CENA VS KANE

Cena comes out swinging, landing an early Lou Thesz Press. Kane follows with a DDT, then a facebuster when Cena rises. The two trade blows, and Kane lands a suplex. Kane picks up Cena and goes on the offensive with strikes and a Russian leg sweep. Cena counters and lands the reverse powerbomb, but Kane follows with a two-handed chokeslam. After some more blows traded, Kane hits another big move: a running powerslam. Cena starts to fight back, but one big boot and chokeslam later Kane goes for the first pin, a close 2 count. Kane keeps up the pressure, mixing slams and a leg drop with two more near-falls. Cena, in desperation, hits a massive superplex. Cena, then hits a jumping turnbuckle from the top rope, poses, then hits the Attitude Adjustment. Kane kicks out of the pin at two, and the two begin trading blows again. Cena knocks Kane down and goes to work with stomps and elbows. Kane tries to fight back, but Cena hits a big suplex of his own, then the Five Knuckle Shuffle, then another AA. Kane kicks out AGAIN, then takes Cena down with a Tombstone piledriver. Kane covers, the ref counts to three, and Kane is victorious.

WINNER: KANE

(Editor’s note: Interesting finish…makes me wonder where they’d go with the storyline if Kane did in fact win…)

 

WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP STEEL CAGE MATCH:
DANIEL BRYAN (C) VS MARK HENRY VS BIG SHOW

Big Show and Henry lock horns to start, while Bryan stands around and waits for an opportunity. Henry knocks down Big Show then works on Bryan. Bryan lands a back suplex on Henry, then takes Big Show down with an arm lock. Bryan then hits a back suplex on Big Show as well. Henry then interrupts, taking Bryan down with a boot to the chest and a clothesline to the back of the head. Henry tries for a German suplex on Show, who counters, turns Henry around, and hits a big fallaway slam. Show and Henry trade blows some more, again leaving Bryan alone. Bryan finally gets in and Irish whips Henry into the corner, where Show knocks Bryan away and ties Henry up in the Tree of Woe. Bryan and Show then turn their attention to each other, and while they’re distracted, Henry unties himself and climbs out of the cage uninterrupted.

WINNER AND NEW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: MARK HENRY

(Editor’s note: I could see this happening, but not the way the game portrayed it. No way would Henry A) climb out of the cage over the top or B) be able to just waltz out unattended.)

 

 

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
CM PUNK (C) VS DOLPH ZIGGLER, SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE JOHN LAURINAITIS

(NOTE: Laurinaitis isn’t in the game, and special referee matches aren’t possible, so I had Mr. McMahon come out as Ziggler’s manager. Also, I fully expect the rules of the match to change to No DQ and Falls Count Anywhere, so I changed them for this simulation.)

CM Punk hits a big kick, then a fall down suplex. Punk knocks Dolph out of the ring, then panders to the crowd a bit. Ziggler regains his composure, hits the ring, and hits a few big moves. Punk fires right back with a dropkick to the back. McMahon gets involved, distracting Punk enough for Ziggler to take the offensive with a crucifix slam. Punk fights back again, however this time he’s countered by a Ziggler DDT. Ziggler hits a jawbreaker, taunts Punk, then hits the *FINISHER*. Punk kicks out at two though, and Ziggler drops him with another suplex. Punk gets up and tries to strike, but Ziggler counters into a crucifix pin, two-count. Punk then attacks McMahon out of nowhere, distracting him enough to let Ziggler take advantage. After a few moves, Punks hits a belly-to-belly suplex, then the Shining Wizard into Facebuster combo. Just as Punk positions for the Go 2 Sleep, McMahon jumps into the ring and distracts Punk long enough for Dolph to hit the *FINISHER* and pin him.

WINNER AND NEW WWE CHAMPION: DOLPH ZIGGLER

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Yeaaaaahhhhh…a lot of things I couldn’t simulate here, but this outcome DOES make some sense. I don’t think Ziggler’s winning for real, but I can’t say it’s not possible.)

 

30-MAN ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH

No play-by-play here, just going to list the order of entry, order of elimination, and the winner.

Also, I took the previous match results into account, so Mark Henry and Dolph Ziggler are OUT of the Rumble, while Daniel Bryan and CM Punk are IN.

ORDER OF ENTRY:

1. Christian (returning from injury)
2. William Regal
3. Drew McIntyre
4. Ezekiel Jackson
5. Randy Orton (returning from injury)
6. The Miz
7. Heath Slater
8. Michael McGillicuddy
9. Zack Ryder
10. Mason Ryan
11. Kane
12. Daniel Bryan
13. Goldust
14. CM Punk
15. Justin Gabriel
16. Jack Swagger
17. Cody Rhodes
18. Yoshi Tatsu
19. Big Show
20. Kofi Kingston
21. Wade Barrett
22. Ted Dibiase
23. David Otunga
24. Sheamus
25. Santino Marella
26. R-Truth
27. Alberto Del Rio (returning from injury)
28. Booker T
29. Alex Riley
30. Rey Mysterio

 

ORDER OF ELIMINATION:

1. William Regal (Christian)
2. Christian (Drew McIntyre)
3. Drew McIntyre (Michael McGillicuddy)
4. Heath Slater (The Miz)
5. Ezekiel Jackson (Randy Orton)
6. Zack Ryder (Michael McGillicuddy)
7. The Miz (Michael McGillicuddy)
8. Randy Orton (Kane)
9. Mason Ryan (Daniel Bryan)
10. Kane (Goldust)
11. Michael McGillicuddy (Bryan and Goldust)
12. Jack Swagger (CM Punk)
13. Goldust (Cody Rhodes)
14. Daniel Bryan (Justin Gabriel)
15. CM Punk (Yoshi Tatsu)
16. Justin Gabriel (Yoshi Tatsu)
17. Yoshi Tatsu (Big Show and Cody Rhodes)
18. Big Show (Wade Barrett)
19. Ted Dibiase (Wade Barrett)
20. Kofi Kingston (Cody Rhodes)
21. David Otunga (Sheamus)
22. R-Truth (Sheamus)
23. Wade Barrett (Cody Rhodes)
24. Sheamus (Alberto Del Rio)
25. Booker T (Alex Riley)
26. Alex Riley (Alberto Del Rio)
27. Cody Rhodes (Alberto Del Rio)
28. Santino Marella (Rey Mysterio)
29. Alberto Del Rio (Rey Mysterio)

WINNER: REY MYSTERIO

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Lot of interesting things in this Rumble that I could really see happening. Cody came in and went RIGHT for Goldust, then hung in until the final four. We almost had Del Rio and Santino II, but it seems Mysterio had other plans. There’s no way Mysterio is winning again, though. I’d believe Del Rio four weeks after his injury before I’d go with Rey.)

 

Not a bad simulation, and if things ended up this way, WWE would prove to be more unpredictable than I ever imagined. I’m interested to see what of this actually comes to be. One week left…one week.

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Jason Fanelli has spent a lot of time with a controller in his hand, having played games for over 20 years. Follow him on Twitter @bigmanfanelli and check out JasonFanelli.com (updated...sometimes) for more irreverent banter you may or may not agree with. Why? Because VIDEO GAMES.
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