Ok it’s here amongst us again and one of my favorite PPVs, the Royal Rumble. I always love it because the Rumble match itself because there is alot of anticipation, usually some returns and sprinkle in some surprise entrants, usually some past wrestlers. Also this is the start of the road to WrestleMania. I’m going to do something different I’m not going to basically type out the entire PPV, just going to give the matches and discuss what I like or didn’t like about them, kinda like how I do the weekly shows.
First off I think the right man won the match, I think Bryan has really grown as a character and I like how they’ve built up this storyline with Show and Henry to build his character. I just want him to move on to someone else to show off his skills. Also Henry came into the match injured so it took alot out of the match also. Not the greatest match in the world to open a PPV but what other match was going to open the PPV. Nice spot at the end with the Big Show holding onto Daniel Bryan hanging on top of the cage but eventually Bryan got loose and fell to the floor for the victory.
Match Rating: 2.5/5
Beth Phoenix, Natayla and Bella Twins vs. Tamara, Kelly Kelly, Eve Torres and Alicia Fox
First off I hate impromptu matches on a PPV. Not much can be said about this match. I mean creative don’t give us a reason to care about them. I think they’re were banking everything on Kharma.
I really like the build to this feud, it’s too bad that this is just a filler feud before Cena moves on to the Rock. Will Cena turn heel is the question everyone wants to know? The match itself was a nice brawl between the 2 and they worked really hard. They brawled everywhere throughout the arena, then to add fuel to the fire after beating Cena down Kane attacked Zack Ryder in the back and brought him out to the ring while he was in a wheelchair to delivered a Tombstone Piledriver. Cena ran back in the ring to brawl with Kane but received a chokeslam from Kane, Ryder was stretchered off.
Match Rating: 3/5
Brodus Clay vs. Drew McIntyre
Another impromptu match, I like Clay but I really hate how they’re doing McIntyre. It’s just a squash match on a PPV.
Match Rating: Ehhh
This was being built up with special guest referee John Laurinaitis saying he would screw C.M. Punk out of the WWE title. Dolph Ziggler who is probably my favorite wrestler these days and has got numerous victories over Punk the last month. Outside the involvement of Laurinaitis this was a great match, these 2 have great chemistry together but they’re also 2 great wrestlers also. Sick spot saw Ziggler counter the GTS with a fameasser, nice spot. But after a great match Punk got the victory.
Match Rating: 3.75/5
Now it’s time for the actual Rumble match. We knew Miz would be #1 and the first big entrant was Mick Foley coming at #7. At #8 we thought it was Alberto Del Rio returning but it was his announcer Ricardo Rodriguez who came out in a beat Datsun, funny moment because he mocked Del Rio’s entrance. Another funny spot was when Santino, who came in at #9 faced off with Mick Foley making it Mr. Socko vs. The Cobra. Jerry “The King” Lawler was #12, he came in to attack the Miz and Cody Rhodes before getting eliminated by Rhodes. Great Khali returned at #15. Booker T entered #17. The best highlight of the night when Miz tossed Kofi to the floor who landed on his hands then walked on his hands to the steps to stay in the match, please do something with Kofi, he’s too talented. Hacksaw Jim Duggan was a surprise entrant at #19 which got a big pop from the crowd and they were chanting “USA USA” but was eliminated by Rhodes. Micheal Cole entered at #20 but was followed by the return of Kharma, thank God. She quickly beat up Cole then he tried to run out of the ring but was eliminated by Booker T and Jerry Lawler. Dolph Ziggler confronted her but she hit him with the Implant Buster and then she eliminated Hunico before getting eliminated by Ziggler. Road Dogg returned at #23 and he did his thing while the crowd chanted “You Still Got It”, he done all of his moves before getting tossed out by Wade Barrett. Randy Orton entered at #28 who got a huge hometown pop, I thought this is where he should’ve returned instead of Smackdown. Sheamus and Chris Jericho were the last two in the match and Sheamus won after hitting the Brogue Kick to Jericho after they battled for about 8 minutes. Nice to Sheamus get the win, I think he deserves to go to WrestleMania and fight for the title. The Rumble match wasn’t great or bad either but it was ok.
Match Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 2.5/5– This was just an average PPV which had some great moments and had some dull moments also. But I think it could’ve done better.