The Royal Rumble took place for the 20th time last night in San Antonio, Texas and actually, for the most part, I liked it.
The retaining of the title from Kevin Owens made it clear to me, it would be someone on Smackdown winning the Royal Rumble – Kevin Owens is a great wrestler, but I just can’t imagine working with anyone on the Raw roster that was in the Rumble, except Sami Zayn or if he appeared (I wish he had appeared) Finn Balor, who is out with the injury he sustained gaining the title Kevin Owens currently holds.
John Cena and AJ Styles’ feud has felt like it has gone on forever, yay, go you, you beat him up again (it’s like Styles is the new Orton, oh, wait) however this match was good, really good and probably one of Cena’s better victories lately – he had more than five moves as his critics say and the crowd were into it from what I could see. I guess the rivalry is now over due to the plans that are coming along if Orton decides of course to go for Cena’s new title, but a good way to end the story.
Randy Orton apparently was odds on to win the Royal Rumble, but for me he sort of came outta nowhere (how new for him). In a time where WWE is loaded with talent and Orton is trapped in the Wyatt Family (there was me thinking he was going to destroy it from the inside!) he wins the Royal Rumble. I don’t get it, but I see why it happened, but if any shows needs a boost however to its main event cast it is Raw, as it centres around four people – Rollins, Owens, Jericho and Reigns.
I feel like the Rumble establishes more than the winner as potential main event talent and this year I felt like this was not the case, people like Sami Zayn (who would be so good in a feud with Owens) was just thrown out nonchalantly, Apollo Crews I can’t remember him even being thrown out and they just got rid of The New Day, Cesaro and Sheamus together (I remember having such high hopes for Kingston once).
I suspect a rubber match at Mania with Goldberg/Lesnar after Goldberg just chucked the guy around, maybe Rollins/HHH match too, and Undertaker versus Reigns? I can’t imagine it, but then I couldn’t see Orton winning either.
An odd and mixed show, the Smackdown main event is a strong outing on this show and the Rumble is always worth seeing no matter who wins it.