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Hi guys, I’m back again to share my random thoughts on this year’s Royal Rumble pay per view. If you’re new to this series, basically it does what it says on the tin. I just share my thoughts on the pay per view in question and end it with my overall rating of the show.
Obviously this post contains spoilers, so if you haven’t watched the Royal Rumble, look away now:
WWE Intercontinental Championship – Last Man Standing match: Dean Ambrose© defeated Kevin Owens to retain the Intercontinental championship
WWE Tag Team Championship: The New Day © def. The Usos via pinfall to retain the tag team championships
WWE United States Championship: Kalisto def. Alberto Del Rio © via pinfall to become the new United States champion
WWE Divas Championship: Charlotte © def. Becky Lynch to retain the divas championship
Royal Rumble match for WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Triple H won the Royal Rumble and became the new WWE World Heavyweight champion
Royal Rumble (order of entry)
1. Roman Reigns ©
3. AJ Styles
4. Tyler Breeze
5. Curtis Axel
6. Chris Jericho
10. Kofi Kingston
11. Titus O’Neil
13. Luke Harper
15. Big Show
17. Braun Strowman
18. Kevin Owens
19. Dean Ambrose
20. Sami Zayn
21. Erick Rowan
22. Mark Henry
23. Brock Lesnar
24. Jack Swagger
25. The Miz
26. Alberto Del Rio
27. Bray Wyatt
28. Dolph Ziggler
30. Triple H
Order of elimination
1. Rusev by Roman Reigns
2. Tyler Breeze by AJ Styles
3. Curtis Axel by AJ Styles
4. Goldust by Titus O’Neil
5. R-Truth by Kane
6. Kofi Kingston by Chris Jericho
7. Titus O’Neil by Big Show
8. Ryback by Big Show
9. Kane by Braun Strowman
10. Big Show by Braun Strowman
11. AJ Styles by Kevin Owens
12. Kevin Owens by Sami Zayn
13. Neville by Luke Harper
14. Stardust by Luke Harper
15. Mark Henry by Braun Strowman, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
16. Sami Zayn by Braun Strowman
17. Erick Rowan by Brock Lesnar
18. Jack Swagger by Brock Lesnar
19. Luke Harper by Brock Lesnar
20. Braun Strowman by Brock Lesnar
21. Brock Lesnar by Braun Strowman, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
22. The Miz by Roman Reigns
23. Alberto Del Rio by Roman Reigns
24. Dolph Ziggler by Triple H
25. Bray Wyatt by Triple H & Sheamus
26. Chris Jericho by Dean Ambrose
27. Sheamus by Roman Reigns
28. Roman Reigns by Triple H
29. Dean Ambrose by Triple H
Longest entrant: Roman Reigns (59:50)
Shortest entrant: Jack Swagger (0:15)
Most eliminations: Braun Strowman (5)
*Random Thoughts on the Royal Rumble match*
The Rumble match was well booked. It was refreshing to have such a fun match unlike the previous few years which felt like a chore to watch at times.
It was a huge shock to have Dean Ambrose as the runner up. I was always under the impression that Reigns would make it to the final two, I imagine fans the world over felt that way. I’m guessing management sensed that too, hence why Ambrose got the nod over Reigns as the runner up. They’ve really set up Ambrose big style here by having him as the runner up after he competed in such a hard hitting contest at the opening of the show. It was a special way of ending the Rumble, I thought.
Another guy they put over strong was Braun Strowman. He got the most eliminations in the match, a honour I had in mind for Brock. What’s also impressive is how single handily he’d eliminated Kane and Big Show. Vince obviously has high hopes for Braun, and this was proof of that.
The R-Truth spot made me laugh out loud. I liked how he was all giddy climbing up the ladder only to realise that the title wasn’t there. Kane’s what the fuck face was priceless. You need silly moments in a match like this and this one worked perfectly.
The Royal Rumble is usually noted for its surprise entrants. This year’s only had two, AJ Styles and Sami Zayn. In other words, it was largely made up of main roster guys. I’m all for having mystery participants, but don’t overlook the guys who bust their asses off year in, year out.
What a reaction for AJ Styles. And to think they weren’t going to put in him fearing that people wouldn’t know who he was! It was a well done debut. Putting him in early allowed him to showcase his talents to those who may not have heard of him. The announcers put him over as a big deal so any fears of him getting buried should be laid to rest. Getting eliminated by Kevin Owens interests me. It makes the future look exciting.
Brock Lesnar was awesome! Personally, I would have had him enter as #2 and let him wreak havoc on everyone else. I’m intrigued by his interaction with the Wyatt Family. It’s going to be good for Bray in terms of making him look like a bigger star, but will anyone truly believe Lesnar will lose to him? That’s the problem with making the faces look too strong.
Speaking about Bray Wyatt, I loved his stand-off with Triple H. Listen to the crowd when they went nose to nose in the ring. WWE would be foolish not to do anything with Hunter and Bray somewhere down the line.
I honestly don’t mind having Triple H as champion again. Just find it strange how the Talent Relations guy is putting himself in the main event of WrestleMania after he stopped working a full time schedule five years ago. The original plans was for Rock v Triple H, but that isn’t happening due to Rocky’s movie commitments. Seth Rollins was another option before he got injured, so I class Triple H v Reigns as plan C. They should have went with Brock v Reigns II.
Wow, that’s a lot of comments about the Rumble match. Let’s have a look and see what I thought of the rest of the card.
What an opener between Ambrose and Owens. The final spot of the match was mental. Its contests like this which help legitimise the Intercontinental title. I said in my predictions that this could be a contender for match of the year. It tops the list so far.
The tag match was very good and that’s what you come to expect from teams like The Usos and New Day. It was the right call to keep the titles on New Day as they are the best team on the roster and the build to this match wasn’t there. Where do New Day go from here? I haven’t a clue. Maybe it’s time to call up either American Alphas or Enzo & Cass.
I never expected Kalisto to win back the US title so quickly. Had this been his first reign it would have been a huge moment. Problem is they are playing hot potato with the US title and it’s in danger of ruining all that credibility John Cena build up last year. Kalisto has a very bright future ahead of him. The momentum began to build since that crazy spot at TLC last month and he’s reaping the rewards for that. I’m excited to see what’s in store for him this year!
I enjoyed the Divas title match. The intensity was great, as well as the way they continued to add layer upon layer towards the finish. It was obvious Charlotte was going to win, but they booked in a way that really made you believe that Becky had a real shot at winning.
After that match, it appeared as though the seeds were planted for a potential Charlotte v Sasha Banks match at Mania. Sasha has been cheered for so long that they’ve appeared to turn her babyface in that one segment. She’s solid as a heel, but Charlotte appears to be finding her feet in that role, so I don’t mind it at all. It’s the right call I feel.
Overall Show Rating (out of 10): 8
From top to bottom, this was a solid show and it sets the bar for the next twelve months. All the undercard matches did their job, with Ambrose/ Owens being my pick for match of the night, and the Royal Rumble match itself was a ton of fun. A stellar debut by Styles and the seeds were planted for the top matches for this year’s WrestleMania.
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