Mick Foley started off the proceedings for the night as he made his way into the ring amidst a thunderous applause from the fans in attendance. Foley recalled his illustrious in-ring career, and expressed his desire to give his children something to remember by participating one last time in the Royal Rumble match. While this elicited a huge applause from the crowd, it brought out an angry Dolph Ziggler. The #1 Contender for the WWE Championship, as well as his manager Vickie Guerrero ridiculed Foley and the fact that he even considered himself fit enough to be one of the 30 participants of the Rumble who could earn a ticket to the main event at WrestleMania.
Ziggler and Guerrero's taunts brought out the current WWE Champion, and CM Punk wasted no words in appreciating Foley's contribution to the world of wrestling and trashing everything Ziggler stood for, right from his attire to his wrestling style. Punk guaranteed victory at Royal Rumblein spite of having 'a turd-in-the-punchbowl special guest referee', and this brought out the referee in question, John Laurantis. The interim Raw GM assured Punk (yet again) that he would be absolutely impartial in the Ziggler vs. Punk championship match at the Rumble, and vehemently denied Foley's request for a spot at the Royal Rumble match, leaving the Hardcore legend crestfallen in the ring.