I had begun writing a Royal Rumble article to be posted yesterday but unfortunately became ill before I could. I will post it in it’s entirety below but wanted to give a few thoughts on the event as well.
– I assumed that we would get a few unadvertised matches since there was only 3 besides the Rumble listed. I was wrong and feel a little letdown by it.
– Both World title matches were strong but Ziggler/Edge was clearly the stronger of the two. I just hope the powers that be felt the same, for Ziggler’s sake.
– Does Edge’s use of the Unprettier foreshadow the long awaited feud between he and Christian? Fans may hope but I would nit be surprised learn Edge “went into business for himself” to start talk just like this.
– Punk/Orton at ‘Mania is the strongest matchup “The Viper” could hope for right now but was Punk’s Rumble elimination really the end of his storyline with Cena?
– Was Punk’s early elimination a consequence for his recent fan run in?
– John Morrison’s “Spidey-moment” was the coolest thing I’ve seen in awhile.
– The nostalgia appearances of Booker T and Kevin Nash went over as well as planned and maybe even moreso with Nash as Diesel. I know I’d be intrigued to see these two greats mix it up with the current crop of cookie cutter stars.
– No Triple H. I’m surprised but not disappointed. Del Rio, Barrett and even Daniel Bryan and Sheamus to an extent all benefited from not having too many top guys stealing the show.
– Del Rio makes sense and is obviously the new golden boy. Barrett will recover with a strong program with whomever (Undertaker) but I think Del Rio might have headed the McIntyre route if he didn’t win the Rumble.
– The Santino moment was fun but I won’t lie and say I wasn’t nervous. McMahon is insane and the WWE is at a desperate time in their history. But hey, at least it wouldn’t have been Hornswoggle.
Below you will see the Rumble article I planned on posting yesterday morning:
I was planning on writing my typical “Predictions” piece for tonight’s WWE Royal Rumble PPV and as I thought about it I realized what’s the point? The only match that truly matters at the event is the main event, the Royal Rumble match itself.
The Rumble is by far my favorite match of the year. It’s something I constantly look forward to and am absolutely intrigued on how it’s going to play out. Except for this year. The hype for the Royal Rumble has been lackluster to say the least with pathetic being a more fitting term. I am hoping that the company will objectively realize this and therefore put on a stellar performance that we as fans look forward to every year. And no, making it watered down with 40 participants instead of 30 does not count.
As far as winners of the Rumble go, I feel that it is far more open than many critics think. Of course there are the obvious picks of John Cena, CM Punk, Wade Barrett or the returning Triple H. But then there’s the cocky newcomer Alberto Del Rio. The reigning “king” Sheamus. And has anyone else noticed how strong John Morrison has been made to look recently? Obviously these are dark horse candidates but I really don’t feel you can count anyone out. With WWE’s business being absolutely dismal, will they take a drastic chance on someone new to spark interest? If it doesn’t get people talking, they always have the Elimination Chamber as an escape route to set up a more “traditional” main event for Wrestlemania. I’m not saying to count on a mid carder to have the spotlight tonight but I’m not sold on an established main event walking away with a ticket the Wrestlemania.