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Random Thoughts on WWE Royal Rumble 2017

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The road to WrestleMania kicked off last night with the 30th Royal Rumble event. I’m back as always with my random thoughts on the show. If you haven’t seen it, and don’t want to know the outcomes, look away now…..

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WWE Raw Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair© def. Bayley via pinfall to retain the WWE Raw Women’s Championship

WWE Universal Championship – No DQ: Kevin Owens © def. Roman Reigns via pinfall to retain the WWE Universal Championship

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Neville def. Rich Swann© via submission to become the NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion

WWE World Championship: John Cena def. AJ Styles © via pinfall to become the NEW WWE World Champion.

Randy Orton won the 2017 Royal Rumble match

 

Order of Entry

1.Big Cass
2. Chris Jericho
3. Kalisto
4. Mojo Rawley
5. Jack Gallagher
6. Mark Henry
7. Braun Strowman
8. Sami Zayn
9. Big Show
10. Tye Dillinger
11. James Ellsworth
12. Dean Ambrose
13. Baron Corbin
14. Kofi Kingston
15. The Miz
16. Sheamus
17. Big E
18. Rusev
19. Cesaro
20. Xavier Woods
21. Bray Wyatt
22. Apollo Crews
23. Randy Orton
24. Dolph Ziggler
25. Luke Harper
26. Brock Lesnar
27. Enzo Amore
28. Bill Goldberg
29. The Undertaker
30. Roman Reigns

 

Order of Elimination

  1. Jack Gallagher (by Mark Henry)
  2. Mojo Rawley (by Braun Strowman)
  3. Big Cass (by Braun Strowman)
  4. Kalisto (by Braun Strowman)
  5. Mark Henry (by Braun Strowman)
  6. Big Show (by Braun Strowman)
  7. James Ellsworth (by Braun Strowman)
  8. Tye Dillinger (by Braun Strowman)
  9. Braun Strowman (by Baron Corbin)
  10. Kofi Kingston (by Sheamus and Cesaro)
  11. Xavier Woods (by Sheamus and Cesaro)
  12. Big E (by Sheamus and Cesaro)
  13. Sheamus (by Chris Jericho)
  14. Cesaro (by Chris Jericho)
  15. Apollo Crews (by Luke Harper)
  16. Dean Ambrose (by Brock Lesnar)
  17. Dolph Ziggler (by Brock Lesnar)
  18. Enzo Amore (by Brock Lesnar)
  19. Brock Lesnar (by Goldberg)
  20. Rusev (by Goldberg)
  21. Baron Corbin (by The Undertaker)
  22. Luke Harper (by Goldberg)
  23. Goldberg (by The Undertaker)
  24. The Miz (by The Undertaker)
  25. Sami Zayn (by The Undertaker)
  26. The Undertaker (by Roman Reigns)
  27. Chris Jericho (by Roman Reigns)
  28. Bray Wyatt (by Roman Reigns)
  29. Roman Reigns (by Randy Orton)

 

*Random Thoughts*

 

John Cena vs. AJ Styles is a 5* match. No question about it. The goal was for it to match the quality of Omega/ Okada. Whiles that match was the better, this was still an incredible match. Far better than their previous encounters. I actually want to see more of these two – I actually want to see them wrestle at WrestleMania. Styles was amazing using his athleticism all match long as he hit Cena with everything, Cena showed that babyface passion by refusing to give up and nearly got the win several times. Eventually, Cena did the get the win with the back to back AA after he hit him with two AAs before that. I loved everything about the match. The bar has been set for the rest of the year in terms of MOTY quality. It’s going to take something special to top this one.

 

I loved the opener between Charlotte & Bayley. The ending was a bit flat because it seemed to be out of nowhere and it caught the fans off guard, although, the Natural Selection on the ring apron was an impressive visual. Bayley had her moments and a few decent pinfall attempts, but nothing to make me believe that she was going to win. It was expected that Charlotte would win. Bayley will get her chance at WrestleMania in either a singles match or the rumoured four way involving Nia Jax & Sasha Banks

 

I’m excited about the potential for Neville as Cruiserweight champion. I think he’ll make a fantastic long term heel champion, providing the booking and the belief is there. The work-rate was there, just a shame that the fans weren’t into it. Bottom line, I’m just happy that a Geordie boy is currently holding gold in the WWE.

 

Braun Strowman’s involvement in the Universal title match caught me off guard. I think it could lead to a match between him and Reigns at Fastlane. Why Fastlane? Check out my Royal Rumble feedback for more info. The match itself was better than the other matches they have had. They were many big spots in the match with the table breaking multiple times, and Owens crashing through chairs as well. Reigns looked strong in the match because he kicked out everything Owens did and Reigns put Owens through three different objects (two tables, plus the chair stack). It was another fluke win from Owens just like his other title defences. I just wish he had more decisive victories but management seems reluctant to make him a strong champion. It’s the same with all heel champions.

 

*Random Thoughts on the Royal Rumble Match*

 

I wasn’t happy that Reigns was #30 in the Rumble. What a way to kill off the mood, guys. I don’t hate as much as his haters do and I don’t love him as much as his boss does. I think he’s somebody who works hard that has had several good matches in big settings too. You can tell that he’s eager to learn and improve. I respect hard work like that. You’ve got to understand that his rumoured match at WrestleMania is against The Undertaker and by doing what they did at the Royal Rumble, it set up that match. I thought it was smart. Furthermore, if this is the angle that finally sets off Reigns as a heel then that’s even better. If he is to embrace being a heel then doing it while feuding with Undertaker is perfect since Undertaker is the most loved wrestler in WWE.

There were a few big moments including all of the Strowman eliminations, Goldberg eliminating Brock with ease. It plants the seeds for their rematch at WrestleMania. I thought Undertaker was impressive as he eliminated Goldberg and others.

The shock of the night has got to be Baron Corbin eliminating Braun Strowman. It happened in a flash, and the crowd reacted to it. Would have made more sense if a face eliminated him. Speaking of Corbin, I know I give the guy shit, but he continues to impress. He’s actually starting to win me over ever so slightly (There you go, Dom Howe. Happy now?!?!?)

I love Enzo and Cass as much as the next person but was it really necessary for them to cut such a long promo?

I was hoping that the surprise entrants would be biggish names. They were all mid-card guys like Apollo Crews and Mark Henry. Tye Dillinger was the lone NXT guy. I was hoping for either Samoa Joe or Finn Balor to appear, maybe Balor wasn’t fit enough to compete. Who knows? As for Joe, I think he’ll appear at Elimination Chamber and cost Cena the title. I mean, it’s not as if they’ll do Cena v Orton at WrestleMania, right?………..right??

It was cool to see Tye Dillinger as the #10 guy. I have my doubts for him as a main roster guy. Look what they’ve done to popular acts like The Ascension and Tyler Breeze. I hope I’m wrong and he gets a fair crack of the whip. I do have my doubts.

People are going to have their say about Orton winning the Rumble since he’s been one of the top guys for just over a decade. I don’t mind it. The storyline he has going with Bray Wyatt intrigues me, but it just doesn’t feel like a WrestleMania main event. They’ve got plenty of time to turn it around and make it a must see match.

Overall I thought the Rumble was well booked. It had a strong ending with some big names, some comedy spots and a lot of slow moments in the first half as well. It wasn’t the best Rumble match I’ve ever seen by any means, but it was good enough. It was entertaining and that’s good enough for me.

 

Overall Show Rating (out of 10): 8.5

Excellent start to the year for WWE in terms of its pay per views. It was a fun show to watch with two awesome matches for the two major titles with John Cena vs. AJ Styles having yet another 5-star classic.

The Rumble was enjoyable, as were some of the other undercard matches. Bottom line, Royal Rumble 2017 was a quality wrestling show. Great job, WWE.

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