Royal Rumble 2014 thoughts
By Ben Smith
Last night, I, like thousands of people all over the world, watched what many consider their favorite event of the year, the Royal Rumble. I decided to rewatch the event the next day to see if any of my opinions changed on the show, as this wouldn’t be the first time that happened. A royal rumble event is remembered, WWE battleground will most likely be forgotten in the next 5-10 years as nothing of significance happened there. The Royal Rumble is a different story, its remembered for something, whether its Cena’s return in 08 or rocky nearly killing Foley in 1999, something stays. What will stay for 2014? I think that the only thing that could possibly stay is the fans and their utter defiance of what the WWE wants.
Daniel Bryan vs Bray Wyatt was my clear cut match of the night, I wasn’t expecting too much but this was actually really good and got better upon the rewatch. The match was fantastic in a way it was completely different from every other match last night. What do I mean by that? Well, it was the only match that really didn’t get hijacked by the fans. Yes Brock vs Show didn’t as well but can we really count that as a match? It seemed more like a segment, but hopefully this doesn’t waste a Brock appearance and we still get three matches from him this year. Now, moving on, the fan interaction made this match more exciting. If the fans were shitting all over this like they were with the WWE-WHC match and the last 10 minutes or so of the rumble, then it might not have been as special. Just to make everyone clear, I am not comparing this to Cena vs Orton or the Rumble as this was clearly the best match of the night and I checked the official time and it was about 22:30, that’s main event time right there, great decision by whoever booked that match. And honestly, I’m not mad Bray went over, even as a Bryan fan.
Okay, moving on to the WWE-WHC match as I think that I’ve already stated my position that I won’t really count Big Show vs Lesnar a match, but it was a fun squash match. Now, here do I begin on this. Well first of all I’m not going to argue that it was a bad choice for the WWE to make this rematch, they didn’t need to be in the rumble and it made sense to have the rematch. However, the fact that they pushed this match that we’ve seen almost a dozen times as “The biggest rematch of all time”. That is no hyperbole, but an actual quote from the show. WWE should know by now that their fans don’t have a genuine interest in seeing Orton vs Cena and haven’t really since 2007 or 2008. They’ve had a few good matches such as No way out 2008 and Summerslam 2007 but the fair share of their matches have been an attempt to push their two biggest stars down the fans throat. This match started off with jeers immediately, mainly chants for Daniel Bryan. I thought this match was garbage but that the fans shitting on it was not only appropriate but funny. Chants like we want divas make the competitors and the WWE know that what their putting on the table just isn’t cutting it. I’m hopeful for the Cena vs Wyatt match at mania after seeing what Bray showed last night against Bryan but it still goes to show that the fans are sick of the same old matches.
Okay, the Rumble match, I actually enjoyed this match, now I can agree with the majority of fans that the ending and outcome of this match was just terrible, Batista did not deserve to win, plain and simple. But the match itself before Mysterio came in at #30 was actually quite entertaining. I liked having Punk and Rollins start, I thought that Kane competing in his 15th rumble in a row was cool (although he should have ended his appearance there), and I thought that Rusev was awesome and will be a good addition to the roster. Once you include the awesome signs by Zeb Colter, the amazing Cesaro swing, and Kingston pulling his usual spot. But then the WWE let it all come crashing down.When the fans started chanting YES I couldn’t help but get nervous even though I knew Mysterio was coming in. And when the clock struck 0 and DB did not come out, everybody in the match was screwed, and I’m sure they all knew it too.
The match fell apart at this point as it became extremely predictable. I feel bad for Rey, although I’m sure he knows who the boos were directed too. I’m a huge Rey Mysterio fan, one of my favorites of all time, and I know he feels that DB should have won the rumble. When it came down to the final 4, luckily I still had a favorite in CM Punk in the rumble, but when he got eliminated in the worst and most cookie cutter way possible, I became desperate. Looking at the last three guys, I started rooting for Sheamus, when he got out, I was all in on Reigns, and so were the fans. However, it was stupid predictable that Batista was going to win, and he did, and there were a ton of unhappy fans leaving Pittsburgh last night. I will say that Reigns breaking Kane’s record was awesome, I like this guy a lot.
Final rumble ratings
Bray vs Bryan: ****1/4
Show vs Brock: N/A
Orton vs Cena: *
Decent show with disappointing results