The New Day vs Ceasro, Tyson Kidd and Adam Rose – Six man elimination tag match (pre-show)
Well I thought this was a six man elimination match up, but they changed it! Was it just me who was surprised by the change? Saying that, it was a pretty good match! It showed us some great moves by both teams, and increased the friendship between Tyson Kidd and Cesaro. The crowd started off slow, but soon warmed to it.
I’m glad that Tyson Kidd and Cesaro won this, as I am a very big fan of them both! This match was better than the ‘pre-show’ label gave them, and it showed how poor the main card was as this was the third longest match, after the actual rumble match and the triple threat match.
The New Age Outlaws vs The Ascension
Although it was great to see The New Age Outlaws back, the match was pretty bad. It set a negative tone for the rest of the evening. The Ascension were always going to win in my eyes. The WWE wouldn’t put them down so much, so there was no surprise here. Not too much to say, but just a poor match.
The Usos vs Miz and Mizdow – tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championships
This match was again, made bearable due to Mizdow. The lack of in-ring action from Mizdow does hint to us more of a split between the two. Apart from the Mizdow chants early on, the crowd didn’t get behind it, which didn’t really make it exciting at home. I was not surprised to see The Usos win, Miz and Mizdow were always going to split sooner rather than later. It seems it will be very soon though. Another boring tag match though.
Seth Rollins vs John Cena vs Brock Lesnar – Triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
We all wanted this to be a fair one, but within 30 seconds J&J security were in there. The start of the match really did show just how good Brock Lesnar is, including the double superplex on Mercury and Noble. It was good to see Cena and Rollins working together to try the tame the beast. this match had a great flow to it, with finishers flying everywhere, Cena going through the barricade with Brock and Rollins with the elbow to Brock through the table! I genuinely enjoyed this match!
The one bad thing about this match is that since Lesnar was seen to be a crazy guy who never backs down, he was always going to win it.Despite this, I did enjoy the match. It would’ve been good to see Seth come away with the title, but it seems Brock has got it now until Wrestlemania.
30 man Royal Rumble match for a chance to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 31
This go down as one of the worse Royal Rumbles ever.
It started between The Miz and R Truth which I liked as it meant the commentators wouldn’t be going crazy at how long first and second have been in the ring for. It was good to see Bubba Ray Dudley back, but it was not as good as it would’ve been as it was not a surprise to anyone. He looked as good as he ever did in this match, and I enjoyed the Dudley’s tag teams moves performed by him and R Truth. With Miz and R Truth gone, Luke Harper entered. As Curtis Axel was attacked by Erick Rowan, we saw a new side to him, and it seems we could be seeing a feud with the Wyatt family.
The Bogeyman entered at number 7 which was a surprise to all. The one problem with this was the lack of time he was given in the match, so it seemed pointless. Bray Wyatt appeared to dominate here, already eliminating 6, adding Sin Cara and Zack Ryder being added to the list. The pace was lifted again when Daniel Bryan came in at number 10, as he put Wyatt into position. Daniel Bryan showed his athleticism by jumping through the ropes into Wyatt, before DDP made his way to the ring. This ‘surprise’ entrance would’ve been better if it wasn’t plastered all over the internet before hand. But this didn’t really get me excited as his career is over, so there probably won’t be any appearance from him after this. Rusev then came in to eliminate both DDP and Fandango.
The WWE Universe was not happy then as Daniel Bryan had a surprise elimination early one, which was quite refreshing to see a favour go out early. The scrap between Gold and Stardust could mean we see a feud between these two as the fall apart, which could be intriguing. They have gone out of the tag team scene and so it would make sense if that was to happen. In at 17 was Kofi Kingston, and we all wanted to see what crazy way he’d survive in this match. Kofi has been the highlight of the last 3 years by holding on for a little longer. It seems every time that he enters a Royal Rumble from now, we expect to see something cool from him. This time, it was the rose buds who saved Kofi, only for Rusev to hit a big kick to eliminate him.
The favourite, Roman Reigns, then came into and quickly eliminated Gold and Stardust. Wyatt then eliminated Mizdow, after an argument between him and The Miz. The ring started to fill up from then with Swagger, Ryback and Kane coming into it. It began to pick up then when Dean Ambrose came in at number 25. It was Fundy to see Titus O’Neil completely fail his own elimination. The end of it got very boring. The ring was full of superstars, but no one was being eliminated so it got very boring. With Cesaro in at 28, we knew who would be in after him, so there was no more surprises at all. Big E became the first elimination in a long time, as The Big Show entered at number 29. Kane and Big Show dominated then, but as Kane Chokeslammed Rusev, he went out of the ring under the bottom rope.
Ziggler came in at number 30, and he looked to be possibly on for a win after eliminating Bad News Barrett, for Cesaro to then swing him around the ring. Kane and Big Show then eliminated Ziggler and Wyatt. These two eliminations must have been the worst in Royal Rumble history. They just flopped out. After that, it seemed it would be down to Dean or Roman, but Dean Ambrose was soon eliminated, just like Ziggler and Wyatt. After that, it was just confirmed that Roman Reigns would win the Royal Rumble, much to the disappointment of the WWE fans. As Kane and Big Show were fighting, Roman Reigns came to eliminate them both. The ring bell went, but no music?
Kane and Big Show then attacked Reigns before The Rock returned to help out. This was quite good, but the commentators went over the top with his return. Again, this was all over the internet. As The Rock came in, the commentators failed to mention that him and Reigns were actually related. Rusev then came back in, only to be eliminated after about 15 seconds which confirmed Roman Reigns to be the winner of the Royal Rumble.
Overall, the Royal Rumble was not what it was hyped up to be. It’s the one time of the year that the WWE can shock everyone with their entrants, but the only actual surprise for me was The Bogeyman, who barely even featured. I can’t even get excited for the other ‘surprise’ superstars, as they might not even feature in any strong capacity after last night.
My problem is that they are becoming too predictable when booking their matches which makes it boring for us fans. We want to be on the edge of our seats wanting to know what happens next, but instead, we have the same old things we’ve known for months now. I want to see Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose vs Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 31 now. I did however enjoy the triple threat match, very entertaining! Just a disappointment that we haven’t seen a new champion in Seth Rollins.
Sorry about the rant guys! But I’m not happy with how this ended up. Thanks for reading again, and comment below or tweet me (@ImThatWWEGuy) your thoughts on the Royal Rumble. My Raw review will be up a day late due to work sorry! But I will be posting a little something later in the week, tell me what you’d like to see from me!