World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio def. Big Show (Last Man Standing Match)

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January 27, 2013

Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez

PHOENIX — There are few things more difficult than cutting an angry giant down to size, but World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio accomplished that near impossible task for a second time at Royal Rumble, keeping the rampaging Big Show off his feet for a 10-count to win an incredible Last Man Standing Match. (PHOTOS)

The stipulation, chosen by Big Show himself in a WWE Active interview on the WWE App less than one week prior, would prove to be The World’s Largest Athlete’s undoing. As Del Rio had Big Show worn down and locked in his excruciating Cross Armbreaker submission hold, the Mexican Superstar’s personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez duct taped the challenger’s ankles to the bottom rope, which ultimately prevented the giant from rising to his feet. Unorthodox? Sure. But under the Last Man Standing Match stipulation, the crafty move was entirely legal.

Before the notorious adhesive came into play, both ring warriors battered each other with more traditionally hazardous implements, including steel chairs, steel steps, a fire extinguisher and even the Royal Rumble set itself. In fact, Big Show nearly secured a victory when he chokeslammed Del Rio off the Royal Rumble entranceway through a table. When the resilient World Heavyweight Champion persevered, Big Show became even more enraged.

Repelling an attempted interference by Rodriguez, the infuriated and potentially distracted Big Show then aimed to drive Del Rio through the ringside barricade — an assault narrowly avoided by the World Heavyweight Champion at the last moment. Following that misfire, Del Rio was able to gain control of the match, trapping Big Show in the Cross Armbreaker and leaving the juggernaut’s ankles vulnerable to Ricardo’s duct tape dénouement.

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