ROYAL RUMBLE REVIEW TIME!
Daniel Bryan vs Bray Wyatt
The fans were very much into this match, and for good reason. Bray and Bryan some how are able to enrich some amazing chemistry between them. And the reason I’m surprised is because Bray and Bryan have two very different styles of wrestling. A very technical wrestler versus a really brawler with a bit of speed about him.
Daniel and Bray were able to pull off a really good match to kick off the show. I’d say I was surprised by a match like this opening the show. But then again, the PPV had FOUR MATCHES! With a card also featuring Brock vs Big Show, the WWE World Title match and the Royal Rumble what do you expect?
The finish really made this match something special. I love how Bray caught the suicide dive by Bryan and turned it into a “Sister Abigail” into the barricade. It looked SICK and was really well transitioned. And that’s such a difficult thing to pull off and they did. Props to that. It was important for Bray to win clean. If you want Bray Wyatt to be a huge star, he needs to be getting clean victories over top faces in the company. Great way to start the PPV.
Brock Lesnar vs Big Show
OK, I don’t even know where to begin with this match. If you want to call it a match. This was just purely garbage. Before the match could begin, Lesnar assaulted Big Show with a bit of good old MMA “ground and pound” which looked ridicoulous on the Big Show. You know it’s alright trying to make WWE more “legit” incorparating MMA into wrestling. But it has to at least look legit. This looked shocking.
Anyway, Brock proceeds to constantly whack Big Show with a chair multiple times. How does constantly beating a 500-pound man with chair make him look badass? It makes him look so weak when he has to resort to a chair to soften up somebody. He’s BROCK LESNAR. He “EATS, SLEEPS, CONQUERS AND REPEATS”. He doesn’t beat people up with a chair before a match even begins.
So the match finally begins with Big Show having taken about 20 chair shots; and somehow Show is able to unload a “knock out” punch to Lesnar 5 seconds into the fight. It looked so weak but JBL was on commentary saying that Brock was knocked out when he was moving around on the ground.
So after a 2 minute “back and forth”, Brock gets the victory with an F5 on Big Show for the victory. Why did Cole and JBL act so amazed over Lesnar doing the F5 on Big Show? Like he never did it before? It was ridcolus… but not as ridicioulous as the second chair beatdown. This didn’t make Brock look good, or Big Show for that matter. It just looked shambolic. And how the hell can WWE justify putting on something this bad with such a huge star like Brock Lesnar? It wasn’t right on Lesnar to have to fight that giant tub of lard Big Show. Lesnar would have had a better match with Dennis Rodman.
John Cena vs Randy Orton
You know, I really appriciate WWE trying to make Orton vs Cena a lot more interesting each time, but the fact it is really NEVER going to happen. I mean they tried with each of them copying each others finishers, but no. I kind of hope WWE steers away from this path with the two of them for the future. Salvaged in part by the Wyatt Family getting involved and attacking Cena, but still rather predictable stuff between Cena and Orton.
Royal Rumble Match
It is now time for the ROYAL RUMBLE match!
A very entertaining Royal Rumble. Really loved it. We had CM Punk and Seth Rollins pulling long stints from number 1 and number which is becoming far too over-done these days in the Rumble. Sure you’d expect CM Punk, but Seth as well? Sure he needed to be in at the end for what happened at the end, but did he really need to be number 2?
A lot of guys you’d expect came and went. The R-Truths, the Jack Swaggers etc. We saw Corporate Kane on the scene… and he lasted less than a minute. -.- I kinda wish he broke Shawn Michaels’ record for most collective eliminations already. The NXT star Alexander Rusev entered the match and looked rather impressive. I kinda like what they’re doing putting in NXT stars in the match every year. It gives these guys exposure and that’s important.
Kofi Kingston had his Royal Rumble moment as usual making an incredible jump from the top of the barricade on the outside into the ring. Personally, I didn’t believe he’d make it but he proved me wrong! Hehe! Quality jump. Kevin Nash appeared in the Rumble which I thought was pretty cool! At least he eliminated someone this time!
We had the likes of R-Truth and The Great Khali lasting like 30 seconds which seemed like total wastes. I mean sure, if it was like a joke character who was supposed to be in for a short time it’d be OK. But these are just random mid-card guys which seemed rather unwarranted.
Sheamus made his return and got a decent pop! He looked good in the ring and got a lot of overness from beating up The Shield in his first 90 seconds in the match. He looked really good in that sense.
Now we approach the best part of the match….
Words cannot describe how much I was laughing at this and words cannot describe how happy I was when he eliminated Fandango! That was greatest Rumble moment of all time! 😄
Antonio Cesaro did a lot of swinging, which got the crowd popping. We got the Wyatt Family which was a real surprise for me. Not expecting them to get onto the scene. However, they were really unaffective in the match (other than Luke Harper eliminating two people and their scrap with The Shield). Speaking of the Shield, they were oh so dominate in this match. Seth Rollins like I stated before lasted nearly the entire match. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns also made it 30+ minutes. Collectively, they eliminated half of the field! Holy crap!
One of those eliminations was JBL, who had never been in the Rumble with the gimmick. JBL walked into the ring with suit, gave Michael Cole his suit and was eliminated by Reigns. The fans loved that as did I. It was really cool to see JBL coming into the match like that. And then Batista came into the match…
Batista just looked awful here. I can see why fans are so dismayed by Batista winning because of his performance. He seemed blown up after like 60 seconds. It really was a reality check for Batista. However, it was good to see Batista enter at the same number he entered when he won the Rumble in 2005. Very clever…
Rey Mysterio entered the match at #30… and got zero reaciton. After a minute or so the crowd roared with boos… until Rey was eliminated after being in the match for 2 minutes.
In the end it was down to the number one entrant CM Punk, the returning Batista and Sheamus (the latter had been in the match for nearly 30 minutes) and Roman Reigns who had tied Kane’s record for most eliminations in a Rumble match! Speaking of Kane, he got revenge on Punk and eliminated him from the match and gave him a chokeslam for good measures. And then Reigns eliminated Sheamus to break Kane’s record! And then Reigns in turned was eliminated by Batista, who earned a shot at the WWE World Championship at Wrestlemania 30!
Overall Impressions of the match. I think it was a really good Royal Rumble with a lot of surprises that I fully enjoyed and a lot of established stars in the match. This had a lot of star power to it! We had CM Punk, Batista, Sheamus, The Shield, Kevin Nash… even JBL! We had a lot of cool moments that we’re going to talk about for years to come. Roman Reigns breaking the record for eliminations was superb. I remember saying to someone in a Facebook group thing that Reigns could break Kane’s record. It was really cool that it actually happened because it’s clear WWE have something huge for Roman to give him such a prestigious record to hold. A record that has not been broken for 13 years or so. Even if he didn’t win, Roman is going to go places when The Shield break up. As for Batista winning… meh. Not to fussed about it. Daniel Bryan not being in it… not to fussed about it. He had to sell his injuries sustained in the Bray Wyatt match by not being in the match. It was a good rumble, regardless of him not being in it.