Royal Rumble 2014 Review – Boos Ruin The End Of The Biggest Match Of The Year

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ROYAL RUMBLE REVIEW TIME!

Daniel Bryan vs Bray Wyatt

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We’re Here

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

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Really? Since when does Brock Lesnar need a chair?

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

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How many more times WWE?

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

YES! Greatest Royal Rumble moment of all time!

YES! Greatest Royal Rumble moment of all time!

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! XD

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!

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Income the raging Daniel Bryan fanboys….

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.

CM Punk Leaves WWE?

So just days after the rather controversial Royal Rumble pay-per-view (where everyone bitched about Daniel Bryan not being in the match) WWE has been hit with another bombshell with another possible major departure.

Reports have indicated that the “Best In The World” CM Punk has left the WWE and returned home to Chicago after a heated confrontation with one, Vince McMahon.

It is being said that Punk was upset with the direction of the company, particularly with part-timers returning at Wrestlemania to take the spotlight. He was amongst those involved in the “YESMovement”, backing up Daniel Bryan after he was absent from the Royal Rumble match. Punk also has concerns about his health and his contract is supposedly set to expire in July.

So just before RAW CM Punk simply said “Fuck It” and bailed – resulting in the writers having to rewrite RAW at the last-minute. Which is why Kofi Kingston vs Alberto Del Rio went on for so long.

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Here’s my view-point about it (assuming all of this was true)…

CM Punk has a contractual obligation to the WWE and a moral obligation to the fans to give them the very best each and every night. Walking out like this seems very unprofessional for Punk to do and it seems childish that Punk would simply quit because he didn’t like where things were going. Personally speaking, I believe Punk should’ve just let go of his pride and just waited. CM Punk seemed destined to go to toe with Triple H at Wrestlemania 30. That’s a big gig for any wrestler. Even if he got beat (which I doubt would happen) Punk would still have a lot of momentum going into the last couple of months of his WWE contract. You’re telling me CM just couldn’t wait for that period where the WWE would no doubt give him the send-off he deserved?

Punk right now just seems ultra-bitter and there’s really no reason for him to. Yes, I predicted that Punk would’ve won the Rumble and I believed that either him or Roman Reigns should have won it. But if you don’t win it…. so what?

  • Chris Jericho
  • Rob Van Dam
  • Randy Savage
  • Ultimate Warrior
  • Kurt Angle
  • Kane

All of these guys have never won the Rumble. That doesn’t mean they aren’t legends of the WWE. CM Punk was in more high-profile matches than anyone in 2013. How many guys can say they fought The Rock, Undertaker, Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar in the same year? And considering how rare it is for these guys to be in the WWE, Punk should consider it an honor that he got all of those matches in one year. But right now, he’s unsatisfied with the direction of the company and his position in it?

And even if the Brock Lesnars and the Batistas are coming in to take spotlight. WWE are making those decisions for financial reasons. Because they’re a business. If those guys get the PPV buy-rates up, Punk and the rest of the superstars get paid more. It’s as simple as that.

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But if Punk really was disgruntled and wanted to leave, what he shouldn’t have done is do a Stone Cold and “take his ball and go home”. Does he believe that he’s THAT high of a priority for WWE that he could just get up and leave? This seems so selfish of Punk to do and you noticed that the fan dismay of Bryan not being in the Rumle has suddenly halted because Punk “left” the company? Is this just Punk being a huge attention-seeker or… is it a work?

It could very well be a huge ploy by WWE to shift the focus off Daniel Bryan by putting it on CM Punk. If it is a work, then it’s being done very well. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not believing anything until WWE.com releases an offical statement on Punk’s status.

 

The Daniel Bryan Rant

What’s up guys. Tom Robinson here representing the Armbar Express. I don’t like having to make rants believe it or not. I don’t exactly go on massive rants on WWE each and every week. I’m a lot more optimistic about the future of WWE, than most internet fans out there. But I do call it as I see it. If I think WWE have done a good job, I’ll come out and say it. The Royal Rumble match last night was awesome. I have no problem with that. But I also have to speak out when things start to suck. And as amazing as this sounds… it’s not actually the company that’s making me speak out. It’s the fans.

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The majority of smarks or whatever you want to call internet fans these days who thinks they know what’s “best for business” are easily the worst fans in wrestling history. John Cena fans get stick but at least those fans stick with John and the product even if he wins or loses. Amazingly enough, them wrestling fans are acting more adult than these internet fans that bitch and moan whenever Daniel Bryan or CM Punk loses a match. I’m not going to tell you fans what you can or can’t cheer for. Everyone has that freedom of speech. You want to cheer for John Cena? Go cheer for John Cena. But what is unacceptable is hijacking the show with stupid chants about a wrestler not even involved in the match. Trying to make a wrestler a one man dynasty is not “best for business”. That’s the problem with these fans. They will constantly bitch about John Cena in the spotlight all the time, yet they try to make a show all about one man. Hypocrites much?

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Fans will forever be fans. But when you see a columnist for sites like Bleacher Report and WhatCulture go online and bitch about these stuff, you really begin to wonder why they were even allowed to write for a site like that. It’s illogical internet bitching that you could get on just about any site by any fan. I mean here’s one I found from Chris Featherstone of the Bleacher Report. The writer of this shitty article at Bleacher Report. Here’s the link 

He starts of this article by stating that:

“He (Daniel Bryan) is the most over Superstar in the WWE hands down, with one of the most organic pops in professional wrestling history. Still, the WWE continues to turn a blind eye to the obvious. Somehow, the high-decibel ovations, roof-crumbling “YES!” chants and constant “Daniel Bryan!” crowd support are not enough to make him a staple main event star.”

I love how the writer simply ignores the fact that Daniel Bryan has been featured in 4 of the last 7 RAW main event segments and basically says WWE aren’t considering him a staple main event star. They know he’s a huge asset to them. WWE knows Daniel’s influence on the WWE Universe is big for them. Hell, they hit the good old panic button and turned Bryan face TWO WEEKS after he turned heel (which was still the stupidest booking decision in the last 5 years). They did that because of the fans being so into Bryan. But Daniel Bryan is NOT the be-all-end-all of WWE. Like Vince McMahon says, “No one man is bigger than the WWE” and that’s regardless of how over they are or how many YES chants they have to their name.

Next, the writer talks about Daniel Bryan losing to Bray Wyatt. By the way, this match was a stellar match and I would find means to watch it if you haven’t yet. This match was apparently the end of the feud as Bray turned his attentions to John Cena later that evening. And because he lost cleanly that night, the writer comes to the conclusion that his lost to Bray, “did absolutely nothing for him.” Even if it did in fact do nothing for him… so what? The point of the feud was not for Daniel Bryan, it was a Bray Wyatt. Bray Wyatt being a star is one of WWE’s top priorities right now, and rightfully so. Despite a rough start in my estimate, Bray has become a huge player in WWE finally. And yeah, the big reason for that was Daniel Bryan. So Bray had to win the feud if he wanted to move on to the likes of John Cena. Daniel Bryan is still going to be a big star at the end of it, so what’s to worry about him losing to Bray clean?

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He then comments on Batista getting mixed reactions stating:

“It looks like WWE better start rewriting the scripts heading to WrestleMania 30, because it looks like we are going to have a heel vs. heel match, which will garner a number of “Boring!” chants.”

Have you ever heard the phrase “It is better to have a reaction than no reaction at all?” Even the boos John Cena gets every day are still great reactions because he plays of both reactions. But let me ask you a simple question… if the Royal Rumble match came down to John Cena and Batista, and Batista won the match, how much are you willing to bet that these fans complaining about Batista now would have been cheering for Batista at the time? Ryback is not everyone’s cup of tea. And yet when it was down to him and Cena in the final two last year, Ryback was getting “FEED ME MORE” chants all over the arena. It’s the logic of these smarks that amazes me.

The last couple of sentences of this shitty article from, yes, a Bleacher Report FEATURED Columnist reads.

“WWE Creative has one more opportunity to redeem themselves: at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. However, I am not confident that anything outside of what is already planned will take place, and Daniel Bryan will simply end up in a midcard singles match at WrestleMania 30. What a travesty.”

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First of all, how bad at writing do these people think WWE writers are? They are trying to write the stories that’s going to rake in the dole, whether you like it or not. They have to write with that in mind and so fans can actually enjoy it in the process. Sure Batista vs Randy Orton may suck, but they’re going to do their damndest to make it as good as it can be. And when they get “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair involved in this feud, I’m sure those fans aren’t going to be doing much companing!

Second, because Daniel Bryan lost a match and didn’t win the Rumble is not the end of the world. How do you know that Bryan is going to be shafted to mid-card status at Wrestlemania? What if he’s going after the Undertaker’s streak or maybe fighting Triple H? It might not be as predictable as you think. WWE want Daniel to draw big Wrestlemania reactions. And he doesn’t need to be in the main event to do so. If Daniel doesn’t get a big time match at Mania, big deal. When the big stars all fuck off after Wrestlemania, there’s going to be voids to fill in the main event scene and you can bet Daniel Bryan will be there to fill it.

What’s sad is that there are so many other articles like this. This was just the first one I wanted to use as an example. People shitting on the product because of two small factors; the fact that Daniel Bryan wasn’t in the Rumble and the fact that Batista won the entire thing. Sure, you can say whatever you want about. What you shouldn’t does is hijack the show with boos that the wrestlers in the ring are busting their asses to make good for you. I mean you had a GREAT rumble match.

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What’s worse, hardly anyone is mentioning Roman Reign’s epic performance. I mean no-one is even acknowledging the fact that Roman Reigns broke the Kane’s record of eliminations in the Rumble match. 12 eliminations he got. He was the runner up of the Royal Rumble. He basically got himself into stardom. And yet people are talking about someone NOT EVEN in the match. They’re talking about Daniel Bryan.

Now I am not shitting on Daniel Bryan in the slightest. He is a quality wrestler. He will continue to bust his ass regardless of how much he is cheered and booed and I respect him for his dedication to wrestling. But when you have the same old “Daniel Bryan” and “YES!” chants flood an arena, it sucks the life out of a show. Hey, the matches before the rumble weren’t exactly great matches (excluding Bryan vs Wyatt). But it’s not made better when the one match everyone bought the PPV for is bombarded by idiot fans making a mockery out of the Rumble because Daniel Bryan wasn’t in it. How insulted do you think the 30 wrestlers in that match felt after the match was done? You have CM Punk, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns lasting 30+ minutes in the match busting their asses, and all they can hear is fans booing because Bryan isn’t in the match.

Lastly, I want to address the petition that fans have actually started to write to have Daniel Bryan be in the main event of Wrestlemania 30 or else… THEY WILL RIOT! By turning their backs to the Wrestlemania main event! OMG! We have to cave in! A bunch internet fans are going to turn their backs on the main event? No they aren’t.

THEY… ARE… GUTLESS.

Here’s the petition link.

They wouldn’t have “rioted” if Rob Van Dam lost to John Cena in 2006. They wouldn’t have “rioted” if CM Punk lost to John Cena in 2o11. And they won’t “riot” here. And it’s disgraceful that they are resorting to a petition. If they want to turn their backs then they are not proper fans. They shouldn’t dictate how a company is run or who is going to the main event of Wrestlemania. And as for people saying Batista never deserved to be in the main event of Wrestlemania 30. Well let me say this… he’s more worthy of being in the main event than you are of deciding how WWE should be run.

Fin.

Royal Rumble 2014 Countdown – Top 10 Rumble Performances

As we enter the road to the Royal Rumble, we can expect one or two tremendous performances from the individuals involved as they look to earn a title shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. They’re going to have to go the extra mile if they want that title shot, like these 10 wrestlers. These 10 pulled spectacular performances out of the bag in the rumble match, but which performance was the greatest?

10. Rikishi (2000)

The Samoan big man made a literally HUGE impact in 2000, eliminating 7 men including the fellow members of Too Cool. Having just came into WWF, this was an impressive showing by Big Kish whose elimination was a result of a combined effort of SIX men. However, this performance was enough for Rikishi to quickly rise as one of the most popular wrestlers in the company.

9. Randy Orton (2009)

Due to him booting Vince McMahon in the head on the RAW before, the Royal Rumble victory for Randy Orton didn’t seem as much of a surprise. But it doesn’t mean that his win wasn’t pulled off well as he lasted 40+ minutes and RKO’d just about everyone in the ring! Orton acquired the victory by throwing Triple H out last to win the 2009 Rumble as the 8th entrant!

8. Bob Backlund (1993)

Having left WWF just before the wrestling industry boomed, Bob Backlund was not particularly well known when he returned as the second entrant of the Royal Rumble. Regardless, Backlund made a tremendous effort in the Rumble. He lasted over and hour and made the final three before being eliminated by Yokozuna. His longevity record lasted up until 2004 and is still one of the longest times in history.

7. Shawn Michaels (1995)

The Heartbreak Kid was about ready to break into the main event picture of WWF. And the first step to that big time was getting through 30 men in the Royal Rumble match. With the entrants coming in every 60 seconds, the match was significantly shorter than usual. However, Shawn was able to go wire to wire and with controversy defied the odds to be the first man in and the last man standing!

6. Triple H (2006)

The Game declared at the top of 2006 that the “King Of Kings” would go back on his throne and his first method of getting there would be to win the Royal Rumble and earn a title shot. However, bad luck was on his side as he drew the dreaded #1 spot in the Rumble match. But that didn’t stop Triple H from being so dominant in the match, eliminating the likes of Big Show, Kane and the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Like Bob Backlund, he made the final three before being eliminated by Rey Mysterio!

5. Steve Austin (1999)

The bullseye was on “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in the 1999 Royal Rumble, similar to the year before. Vince McMahon set up a $100,000 bounty to whoever eliminated the number one entrant Stone Cold in the Rumble match (which he himself was apart of). Despite every man gunning for Austin, Austin eliminated 8 men and made the final two with McMahon. Ausitn came close to winning the entire thing, but it would be the boss that eliminated Austin with help from The Rock. Austin failed to make it 3 Rumble wins on the bounce, but he came mighty close!

4. Rey Mysterio (2006)

After making the final four of the Rumble match the year before, the Master of the 619 was attempting to go one further and win the entire thing in dedication of his recently deceased friend Eddie Guerrero. Despite being the number 2 entrant, Rey feed off the emotion of the WWE Universe and eliminated Randy Orton last to win the entire thing in the ultimate Cinderella story! His longevity in the match is the longest of any Royal Rumble to date. Could that change at this year’s Royal Rumble?

3. Ric Flair (1992)

Ric Flair walked into WWF declaring himself to be the “real” World Champion of wrestling after many years spent at rivals WCW. He was determined to prove himself to be the undisputed champion. With the WWF Title currently held up, Ric was entered into the Royal Rumble as the 3rd entrant to crown a new champion.  This was a star-studded rumble match, with the likes of the Underaker, Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan and even Shawn Michaels all vying for that title. But it was Flair who stood strong and with help, eliminated Sid last to win the Royal Rumble and his first ever WWF Championship… which was followed by one of the greatest promos of all time!

2. Chris Benoit (2004)

Chris Benoit was spitefully put into the Royal Rumble match by then-SmackDown! General Manager Paul Heyman as the number one entrant. Heyman’s aim was to make sure that Chris Benoit would never win the WWE Championship and the odds was stacked against the 18-year-veteran. However, Benoit survived to the very end of the Royal Rumble when he eliminated the 500-pound Big Show last to become only the second man to win the Rumble match from the very beginning of the match!

1. Kane (2001)

Ah, the Big Red Machine Kane. Despite never winning the Rumble match in his life, Kane’s name is synonymous with the Royal Rumble. When he entered the match as the 6th entrant, he did a great job at making Drew Carey nearly shit himself! After Drew was eliminated Kane, went on a rampage eliminating anyone dumb enough to get in his way. He went to eliminate more than a third of the field in the Rumble match with ELEVEN eliminations including the elimination of The Rock! While finished as a runner up to a certain Texas Rattlesnake, Kane made himself a legend purely on the basis of this match where proved his dominance of nearly everyone in the fold and was unfortunate not to win the match itself!

 

So what do you guys think? What do you think was the greatest performance in Royal Rumble history? And was there any I missed out or you disagree with? Vote in the poll below, leave a comment or tweet the @ArmbarExpress to tell me who you think made the greatest performance in the Rumble ever!