Thoughts On The Royal Rumble.

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.

 

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Notes On: No Mercy.

I’ve been meaning to write about wrestling for a while, and I know there are plenty of people doing it, but here is some thoughts on WWE’s latest pay per view No Mercy, if you haven’t seen it, there will be spoilers ahead.

The Main Event for me, highlighted more than ever the change WWE has had in the last decade, and the divide between talent more than ever – the impact of roster changes and where WWE gets its talent is more visible than ever and it’s becoming bitter. I may be wrong, but since the arrival of talent from different promotions, particularly from Ring Of Honor merged with talent from WWE’s own training camps the difference between the standard of the wrestling is so visible, for example, those trained in OVW.

John Cena can be a good wrestler, I’ve seen Cena have some great matches, his Money In The Bank match with Punk and his match with Shawn Michaels in London in 06′ are a couple that come to mind, however it is clear that Cena has become a little passé. No longer really matching the standard that WWE has put in place in the last few years with the introduction of excellent independent talent and sometimes it seems out of place – he is however still extremely popular with kids, I do think we are entering a new age of WWE, moving on from PGWWE.

I think this is also clear in the Women’s division as well, the changes over the last year to the women’s division is extensive with women such as Becky Lynch, Carmella and Sasha Banks coming in, making wrestlers like Nikki Bella really show up their technical weaknesses more than ever, she’s a capable wrestler, but not on their level and in this day and age it’s clearer than ever.

However where some have sunk, some have been swimming hard, and the match between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler was awesome. Miz’s character is grotesque, and WWE timed his pride before the fall perfectly, building this story brilliantly on Smackdown. Their skill was on show, Ziggler working through an injury (or faking it incredibly well either way it was good) and bringing that match to an end. Though many believed Dolph would lose and take some time to create a new gimmick, I’m glad this didn’t happen.

These were in particular the stand out moments for me from the pay per view, it actually had a pretty strong card and worth watching particularly for Ziggler v Miz match.