For those who have already read the previous Blog written by my partner in crime, Ryan Harms titled, #CancelWWENetwork you’ll know that just yesterday was the WWE’s Annual Royal Rumble Pay Per View.
As most of you know, Ryan watched the Royal Rumble on the WWE Network for only ..#9.99, well I did not. I’m so thankful for that as well. I refuse to pay for the WWE Network. I watched the show as I have watched all the Pay Per Views I’ve ever watched since the original One Night Stand (The last one I bought), a live free stream online.
So let’s get down to business and discuss the Pay Per View.
I unfortunately missed most of the show because it was storming here in my area and the internet kept going out. That being said, I finally got everything going good right around the time that they were doing the introductions of the Triple Threat WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match.
This match was off the charts. Was it a classic in psychology? Not at all. Was it fun to watch? *Stone Cold Voice* OH HELL YEAH!! They walked into the ring and immediately hit big move after big move. How incredible. We got to see an absolute barn-burner of a match with all three men, (Lesnar, Cena and Rollins) hitting all of their big offense, over and over and over. The highlight of the match to me was watching Seth Rollins hit the Phoenix Splash off the top rope. Never thought I’d see him pull that out in the WWE.
The outcome of the match was slightly disappointing, but it’s what I’ve been figuring would happen anyways. Brock Lesnar retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and barring any surprise loss in the future, he’ll go into Wrestlemania 31 with the belt. I’m a fan of Brock Lesnar, but have lost so much interest in him because since his return he seems to be 1/2 the performer he used to be. Near the last year of his original WWE run, Lesnar became an absolute monster in the ring. Since his return, he’s not done most of the stuff he did before and he relies on his MMA offense with minimal Pro Wrestling maneuvers to get over in matches. Sad.
Following the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match, it was time for the Royal Rumble.
I think they missed the boat right out of the gate in this match. If The Miz was entrant #1, then Mizdow should have been entrant #2. I will admit, I popped for Bubba Ray Dudley coming out during the Rumble match. I still have no idea why we didn’t get D-Von Dudley though? Makes no sense to me.
The beginning portion of the rumble was pretty decent. Bray Wyatt just running through the entrants was good stuff. It really shows that Bray is a killer. Then, *BOOM* Daniel Bryan makes his entrance. Perfect timing, as he who had a long feud with Bray Wyatt can now put a stop to the way the Rumble had been progressing.
That’s when stuff started to actually pick up in the match and we got a ring full of guys. The crowd (as well as myself) was completely behind Daniel Bryan and once he got eliminated, the crowd just lost complete interest. Such a horrible booking decision. Very shortly after Bryan’s elimination we got the entrance of Roman Reigns and the rest was elementary.
Going into the show, I’ll admit, I fully expected Roman Reigns to win the Royal Rumble. Any friends that I have who I talk Wrestling with, could tell you this.
The Rumble kept progressing and eventually we got the entrances of Dean Ambrose and at #30, Dolph Ziggler. The crowd, like myself, were again behind both these men. Neither would go on to win the Royal Rumble, which is just a shame. The WWE, I feel, think they were “making a new star,” by putting Roman Reigns over but they are putting someone over whose just not ready for it yet. Sure, Roman Reigns has physicality off the charts but he can’t carry a program. He just simply cant.
Dolph can. Ambrose can. Daniel Byran has proved he can. Facts are facts, Pro Wrestling and specifically the WWE, you need to be able to talk to have a Main Event program that draws money, captures the interest of fans, and keeps people involved. Roman Reigns can’t talk. I know he’s taking acting classes and the such, but he’s just not there yet.
So yeah, the winner of the Royal Rumble was Roman Reigns and it was a complete let down as often times the things the WWE does lately, is.
That being said, let me fantasy book for a moment. This is an idea that myself and my uncle (he’s my age, long story) have talked about multiple times.
Fine, do Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. In the match it truly looks like Roman Reigns is going to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship then Brock Lesnar pulls the match out of no where and wins the Championship. Paul Heyman gets on the microphone and says; “Brock Lesnar is done with this Company. He’s beaten everyone there is to beat. There’s no competition here. He’s taking this Championship that he’s made valuable once again, and he’s going back to the UFC where he can have competition. Hell, maybe he’ll defend it against CM Punk if Dana wants to promote two Heyman guys in an open-weight fight.”
The lights go out.
Then the lights come back on and the entrance flashes with neon colors. Sting walks out from the back, dressed in his “Surfer Sting” look, short spiky blonde hair. Sting makes his way towards the ring and climbs inside just a couple feet from Brock Lesnar.
The lights go out again, but you can see flashes of light so everyone can see kinda whats happening.
The lights come back on and the “Crow Sting” is standing behind Brock Lesnar, after repelling from the rafters, baseball bat in hand, pointing it at the back of Brock Lesnar. “Surfer Sting” points at the person standing behind Lesnar, thus Brock Lesnar turns around and is face to face with “Crow Sting,” now. Lesnar charges, “Crow Sting” ducks a clothesline, grabs Lesnar by the back of the head, pulls him backwards and drops him with the Sting DDT. “Crow Sting” throws off the long black trench-coat and lines up in the corner. Lesnar starts to get up and “Crow Sting” runs at him, leaping in the air and driving Lesnar face first into the canvas with a Curb Stomp.
“Surfer Sting” pulls the Money In The Bank briefcase from under the ring, slides it into the ring to “Crow Sting” Seth Rollins, who cashes in the briefcase and wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania with the blessing of Sting, and a massive face turn to save the WWE from they tyranny of Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman.
So that’s just an idea.
Overall, I was kinda disappointed in the outcome of the Royal Rumble Pay Per View and I’m only slightly looking forward to tonights Monday Night Raw. Hopefully the WWE takes notes from last year and changes directions right away ala Batista’s Win / Daniel Bryans Wrestlemania push.
Well folks, that’s all for today. We’ll see if we have an impromptu edition of “The Shootout,” tonight, following the Royal Rumble fallout RAW. Until then, stay drunk.. stay shootin’