Dolph Ziggler has had limited success at the Royal Rumble event over the years. He has never won a match at the show and has competed in the last 12 straight Rumble matches as well as a pair of World Championship matches.
Now, Ziggler has revealed his favorite Royal Rumble moment. Of the matches he had Ziggler chose his 2011 World Heavyweight Championship match with Edge. Here is the quote from his interview on WWE’s The Bump, courtesy of Wrestling Inc.:
“There was a Royal Rumble where I fought against Edge for the World Heavyweight title once. We went one-on-one to open up the Royal Rumble. I went in knowing and the entire audience knowing that I had no chance of winning. Because Edge is so awesome at what he does because that rivalry became so great because I learned so much in the past from traveling with him, [I knew] I was a formable opponent to him at the time.
“Ten minutes into that 30-minute match, the entire crowd started coming around and realized there was a star in the making here. We beat the living hell out of each other. I appreciate anyone who loves and respects this business that knows you can go hard on them, and they’ll come back much harder on you. We stoled the show opening, and everybody had to follow it afterward. I do not know who won that Royal Rumble, and I don’t remember being in there. All I know is they weren’t sitting down the last 15 minutes of it. They knew I was going to lose, and we told them otherwise halfway through.”
This match was the first world title match in the career of Dolph Ziggler. It was also one of Edge’s last pay per view matches before his retirement just months later. Edge would return nine years later at the 2020 Royal Rumble.