Main Card Coverage
Review: This is going to be short, as I plan on writing a full piece on The Rumble, because as much as I may not have enjoyed the end result, I was glued to my seat the whole way. The undercard was exactly what I thought it’d be, and everything I hoped it wouldn’t, all at once. The Triple Threat was a classic, but those are three of the most talented men working in the business today. All future Hall of Famers. This is where the full piece comes in. I couldn’t possibly cover that match on here. At least not the way it deserves.
The actual Royal Rumble match is a different story. It seemed almost spiteful on Vince McMahon’s part, like he wanted us to watch all the guys we were hoping would win, get obliterated. Or at the least, get eliminated very unceremoniously (Daniel Bryan). They gave it to the clear winner, even after the fans of the WWE, the people who pay their money to see it, showed that they did not and still do not care about Roman Reigns. Ambrose and Rollins are the break out stars from that group, while Reigns, for all his awesome physicality, still just can’t get a handle on his mic-work. Hopefully working so closely with Paul Heyman will rub off on him.
Starting at The Royal Rumble Match
Update: The Philadelphia crowd, always a huge town for wrestling, is taking this show over after the unbelievable elimination of Daniel Bryan. The Daniel Bryan chant wont stop soon.
Update #2: Damien Mizdow’s performance was enough to sway the crowd from boo’s for the mere moments it lasted.
Update #3: Thank God for Dean Ambrose.
Update #4: Uh oh. Cesaro at 28? Things just got interesting.
Update #5: Big Show is not heading towards history, he is history. Love that dude, but come on now. Who’s going to be number 30? Ryback gone, as well? Good riddance. He’s cool enough, but a Main Event?
Update #6: Dolph Ziggler at number 30! I want a Final Four with Ambrose, Cesaro, Ziggler, and Rusev.
Update #7: There goes Cesaro. Let’s see how this plays out.
Update #8: Roman Reigns wins and nobody in attendance gives a f–k. I feel your pain, Philly. I feel your pain.
Final Update: I like Reigns, but f–k if he’s not ready for a Main Event. No one cares yet. Listen to the crowd boooooo. He hasn’t earned it yet. On a side note, I’m actually fairly confident in Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns. The hope is that Lesnar will get the kind of match out of Reigns that proves him to be the star that Vince McMahon thinks he is. Lesnar will either get it out of him willingly, or he’ll beat it out of him.
Contestants for this year’s Royal Rumble match range from Roman Reigns, Rusev, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, Goldust, Stardust, Big Show, Bad News Barrett, Kane, and The Miz. This should be one of the most talented Rumbles in a long time, and I’m hoping for either Daniel Bryan or Dean Ambrose to take home the gold.
Triple Threat for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins
I’ve been looking forward to this match since before Seth Rollins was even in it. John Cena versus Brock Lesnar has made for some great matches already, so I was confident the same would happen here. Then they added Mr. Money in the Bank into the match, and now it’s one people are eagerly anticipating. I’m hoping for Rollins to win here, and Ambrose to win the Rumble, which would lead to them meeting at WrestleMania 31. One can only hope…
Unfortunately for me, Lesnar walked away from this hard fought bout with his WWE World Heavyweight Championship, after getting the pin on Seth Rollins. More to come…
One Fall to a Finish for the WWE Tag Team Championships
Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso vs. The Miz and Damien Mizdow
It’s The Uso’s (Jimmy and Jey) versus The Miz and his stunt double, Damien Mizdow. At least there are talented teams in the tag Title picture. They should put on a good match. I’m predicting Mizdow and his master walk out with belts around their waists.
The Uso’s pick up an unsurprising win against The Miz and Mizdow. A monster splash sealed the pin as Mizdow looked on with a tear in his eye from ringside. More to follow.
Tag Team Match
Paige and Natalya vs. Brie Bella and Nikki Bella
This is the bathroom break of the evening. It’s not even for the Diva’s Championship. It’s a time killer, and an irrelevant one at that. If that match meant something, I’d care, but I’m predicting that Paige and Natalya walk away with the victory, due to the seemingly huge push Paige seems to be getting as of late. People are falling for her, and with good reason.
The Bella’s dominate Paige and Natalya in a one-sided display of skill. Paige and Natalya never had a chance to show their moves as the Bella’s went to work quickly, rarely giving up an opportunity. More to follow.
Tag Team Match
The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) vs. The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor)
I’m excited to see this match. The Ascension did some tremendous work in NXT, but they’ve been floundering while on the main stages of Raw and SmackDown. In short, their promo’s have been terrible. Hopefully this match will help start to sell the WWE fans on the talented tag team. They’ve got two great dancing partners in the legendary Outlaws, so they’ll have no one to blame but themselves if it doesn’t go well. I’m one hundred percent positive that Konnor and Viktor will get the win, but it’s not about that. It’s about what they do in the ring while the match is still going.
The Ascension hit The Fall of Man for the win against The New Age Outlaws. Bigger update to follow.