Alright. I sit here in a quiet room trying to let my mind gather everything I saw from tonight’s Royal Rumble PPV. Sadly, the only thing going through my head right now is that yet another part-time superstar has come in and stolen the spotlight from way more deserving people on the roster. So, let me try to post up a few thoughts that came to mind when watching the last 15 minutes of the Rumble.
First off, how in the blue hell do you leave out the most over guy in the company from the Royal Rumble for people like JBL and (while impressive) El Torito. Had JBL Clothesline from Hell someone in the match, his entrance would have been validated. He didn’t. So it was a wasted number.
Secondly, if I feel bad for anyone going into that Rumble match, it was Rey Mysterio. As I sat there waiting and praying that Daniel Bryan came out as #30, the promo prior to the PPV kicked into my head. I remembered one person who hadn’t entered the match, which was Mysterio. I think the crowd felt it but didn’t want to believe it and once he entered the match, not only did the crowd boo, but the electricity that was flowing throughout the night, even when they were trolling and burying the Cena/Orton match, was then automatically gone. Mysterio would barely last in the match and once he was eliminated, the crowd cheered. He became a scape goat.
Before I get to Reigns and Batista, did anyone else notice that when JBL was announced as the next entrant into the match, that once the camera panned his way, Kane ducked and ran off screen? I said in my prediction article that Punk was going to be in that match for a long time and that he was going to get screwed someway somehow by The Authority. I just didn’t expect WWE to do such an awful job getting it done. People in the crowd obviously saw the big shirtless guy in dress pants ducking and finding a place to hide. Was there no other way to do this?
I think I speak for everyone who saw the Rumble, Batista is currently the most hated guy in the WWE Universe. Now had the secret of Batista coming back been kept a secret and he entered the Rumble as a surprised entrant; no doubt the crowd would have loved him coming back and cheered him. Since his announcement that he was coming back though, thanks to the people who let the secret out way too early, the writing on the wall was that Batista was going to win the Rumble. It also doesn’t help when the crowd, a hostile one at that, knows it. As soon as he entered the match, he was getting heat. After Mysterio came out, the dirt sheets were looking more and more like truth sheets. In all my years of watching wrestling, I can’t sit here and recall listening and watching the intensity of a crowd get sucked away like it did tonight.
Which brings me to Roman Reigns. The man put on a show and he dominated that Rumble. Eliminating 12 superstars and breaking Kane’s 11 elimination record that he set in 2001. He was on fire. However, while we all had nothing but respect for Reigns and his performance, tell me right now that had Daniel Bryan been standing on the other side of that ring instead of Batista, what the reaction would have been for Reigns? I’ll admit, him and Bryan would have put on a hell of an ending to the match. Due to the fact that it was Batista though, cheering for Reigns became default. Now had he won the Rumble, the hate, nasty tweets, and pitchforks wouldn’t be getting thrown at WWE right now. Hell, he would have been the saving grace of that match. He wasn’t though and now we start the Road to WrestleMania with a very sour taste in all of our mouths.
Note: WWE has a star in Reigns. How they use them, I don’t know, but the man has a lot of talent and I look forward to seeing his reputation grow even further.
With all that out of the way, I do want to put in my two cents about the rest of the PPV.
New Age Outlaws won the WWE Tag Team Titles for the sixth time and for the first time in 14 years. Truly incredible and a lot of people are happy. They still got it, let’s just hope it’s a nice title reign and not a quick one. Bray Wyatt vs Daniel Bryan was the match of the night. While I am still not sold on Bray Wyatts in-ring ability, this was his best match since coming into WWE (and this includes the days he went husky). While I do hate that Bryan lost, it did end the storyline between the Wyatt Family and Daniel Bryan.
My thoughts on the Brock vs. Big Show match: Brock Chair Smash, F-5, a few more chair shots, and walks away. I would have preferred a Diva match. That was until Orton/Cena.
You can’t count how many times Cena and Orton have fought for the belt with one hand. You can’t. They have fought in almost every type of match and WWE did it’s best to advertise this as if it was the rematch of the century. No it wasn’t. Nobody cared. Want to know how I know that?
Chants during the match:
- “Daniel Bryan”
- “We Want Divas”
- “You Both Suck”
There were probably a lot more I’m missing but I was too busy laughing to give a damn. Only thing I noticed was that after all these matches they had together, only now did they decide to steal each other’s finishers. Took them long enough.
The swerve here though was Bray Wyatt distracting Cena allowing Orton to hit the RKO and get the pin. So it seems Bray will now face-off against Cena in…well I have no idea. Why is this match happening in the future? I don’t know.
At the end of the night, I sit here disappointed, angry, and trying to figure out if the WWE is actually in-sync with its audience. Because they clearly aren’t. The anger and emotion letting lose on Twitter by fans and even former WWE superstars like Mick Foley, are giving WWE a mouthful.
Does @WWE actually hate their own audience? I’ve never been so disgusted with a PPV.
— Mick Foley (@realmickfoley) January 27, 2014
I know I missed a few other tid-bits from the Rumble, like Kofi doing that Kofi thing at this time of the year, but I didn’t feel it was really important to mention.
The Road to WrestleMania 30 begins…where we will end up is unknown but one thing is for certain, the WWE Universe is making their voices heard…and it’s very, very loud and angry.