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The road to Wrestlemania began this past Sunday, with Romain Reigns being victorious in the 30-man Royal Rumble match.
The night was full of controversy as the fans in Philadelphia let their feelings about the result and the Rumble in general be heard.
I can’t really blame them, as I said yesterday, the Royal Rumble match sucked!
Despite all of the negativity surrounding the event there were some good moments, albeit only a few of them. This post will look into these rare glimpses of greatness from the night.
1. The WWE World Heavyweight Title Match
I know we are still within the first month of the year but I am sure that come December this will still be one of the favourites for match of the year. This match saved the event from being a complete disaster and showcased the great abilities of these the three men involved. Brock Lesnar was able to show just how much of a beast he really is from the get-go by constantly suplexing John Cena and Seth Rollins and throwing them around the ring. Lesnar was able to take both men on a once in some parts of the match and also managed to get straight back up after two consecutive AAs and two shots to the head from the Money in the Bank briefcase. Lesnar also showed that he is willing to put his body on the line to put on a good show….. just as Rollins does on a weekly basis. Rollins once again showed why fans were soo excited to watch him back in the days of The Shield. The elbow from the top rope through the announce table with Lesnar was crazy and showed just how much the WWE title means to him. Then you have the Phoenix Splash that Rollins attempted moments later which was simply incredible. Cena was…. Well Cena was Cena but if you watch wrestling often you know that means he put 100% into the match and he tried to please the crowd as much as possible.
2. Bubba Ray Dudley
The Royal Rumble is famous for its surprise returns and appearance but this year’s seemed rather empty in this sense. That being said, having Bubba Ray Dudley return to the WWE after ten years certainly made up for the quantity of returns. Dudley received a huge pop from the crowd, with chants of ‘ECW’ taking over the arena. Dudley even allowed R-Truth to look relevant for once as the pair performed classic Dudley Boys moves. The former TNA champion brought life to the Rumble which was started by The Miz and Truth… not exactly something you would play to see. It was a shame that D-Von didn’t turn up in the end but you never know, he might turn up during Wrestlemania season and we could get a Dudley Boy reunion sooner, rather than later.
3. Bella Twins on the same page
This may seem like a silly little thing to be pleased about but I am going to write about it anyway. Since the Bella Twins miraculously became best friends again (despite Nikki turning on and then basically bullying Brie for weeks) they still haven’t looked like them olds selves. During their entrances Nikki would do the traditional Bella twirl on the ramp and then backwards flip over the top rope, whilst Brie would do her own one arm raise thing that she did whilst she was fighting the Authority. Well this finally changed on Sunday and Brie went back to doing the Bella twirl and flip… it just makes sense and makes the storyline more believable that they are 100% back together. Oh and they dominated the tag-team match against Natalya and Paige, just like they should do given their experience as a tag-team.
4. Tag-Team Tension
‘Everyman for himself.’ That the slogan for the Royal Rumble match and it can often mean that tag-team partners find themselves fighting each other and, in the long-run, falling out. This year was no different, with both Gold and Stardust, and Miz and Mizdow having heated moments in the match. Stardust sneakily tried to eliminate his brother before the pair started fighting… which ultimately led to them both being eliminated. Rumours have began to surface that Goldust is considering retiring at some point this year, so why not have the pair fight it out at Wrestlemania and allow the veteran to retire on top. Then we could have Cody Rhodes back and the Stardust gimmick can be gone forever. Rhodes has played the part really well but it is holding him back and he deserves better than this. As for Mizdow, he ignored The Miz’s demands that he step aside from the Rumble and entered the match anyway. This story is reaching its end and such is the popularity of Mizdow, he deserves to break away and be in the spotlight. Again a match at Wrestlemania would be great.
Do you agree with me that these were the best moments from Sunday? What did you enjoy? Let me know in the comments section below.