So as you guys may or may not know, I like to dip in and out of WWE, TNA and ICW on occasion. One of mine and my brother’s favourite events is the Royal Rumble – and we made a conscious decision to check it out this year. Mostly because of the line-up in the Rumble. Goldberg, Brock Lesnar – even the freakin’ Undertaker! When was the last time you saw HIM in the Rumble? We figured I’d give it a watch based on that.
Now normally I try to keep my blog to writing related stuff, or movies or TV – but wrestling was always a fave hobby of mine, so why not try something different? Ok. Enough talk! Let’s get to the review.
First up was Bailey Versus Charlotte. Unfortunately our Skybox messed up a couple of times at the beginning so we missed a lot of it – but we saw the end when Charlotte pinned Bailey. Kinda disappointing really as I was really hoping they’d give Bailey a push. Plus I’m kinda getting peed off with Charlotte at the moment. I know she’s a great wrestler, but I dunno. She just gets on my nerves and not in a “good” way.
Next up we had Roman Reigns versus Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship. The stipulation was that Owens’s partner Chris Jericho had to be suspended in a shark cage, to stop him interfering with Owens’s match (as he had been doing a lot lately). With this in mind, Reigns and Owens went at it. And it was pretty brutal! Chairs and tables flew everywhere, Reigns was put on a table and Owens flew on top of him – and then later Owens went through a “statue” of chairs that he had set up earlier in the match.
Sadly for me, Reigns seemed to dominate most of the match (if you can’t tell I HATE Roman Reigns! He’s so boring a character and yet somehow he gets all the big pushes), but that all changed when Braun Strowman – who is fast becoming one of my favourite wrestlers – jumped in and beat the crap outta Reigns, allowing Owens to keep the title. Normally, I’d call b******t on these kinda endings, but given that I like Kevin Owens and hate Roman Reigns, I’m gonna give this ending a pass. This match kinda reminded me of the old hardcore matches in the attitude era, so I enjoyed it.
(It was later revealed on Raw the next day that Strowman was promised a title match in exchange for stopping Reigns – which happened. But as you may expect, Reigns put a stop to that. Damn Reigns! He ruins everything!)
The next match was sadly less interesting. The Cruiserweight title match with Rich Swann against Nevile. Honestly, I didn’t really care much for this match – and I didn’t really get behind the whole rivalry thing they had going. There just wasn’t enough passion in it for my liking and I barely remember much about it. Plus WWE don’t seem to care much for the cruiserweight division at the moment and it showed with the lack of interest from the crowd, ending with Nevile as the champion. It had one or two good spots, but otherwise this match was mediocre for my liking.
The same CANNOT be said for the WWE Championship match between AJ Styles and John Cena. I’ve always loved AJ Style since I watched his work in TNA – and honestly I think he’s the best signing WWE have had in years. I was worried WWE wouldn’t know what to do with him, but they’ve treated his character really well. He’s had great matches against Chris Jericho and John Cena in the past (and beat Cena TWICE), so I was expecting great things.
Now I’m not the biggest John Cena fan if I’m being honest – and think him overrated. But I’ll say this, when given the right opponent he can put on an amazing match! This match was just action packed and FULL of energy! With AJ and Cena hitting each other with their best moves and AJ kicking out of at least four AA’s (one of which from the top turnbuckle), it almost hinted towards a John Cena heel turn with Cena getting frustrated – but of course, WWE will probably never allow that! John Cena also powered out of pretty much all of AJ’s moves and it was only because of a double AA that Cena got the victory. Pretty predictable end, but I couldn’t get mad at this because the match was so entertaining. I take my hat off to John Cena and AJ for this one – by far the best singles match of the night!
Now onto the main event – the Royal Rumble. It will take forever to mention ALL the bits in the Rumble, but here are the highlights.
The funniest moment of the match involved Jack Gallagher (a guy so white he makes Seamus look tanned!) using his umbrella William III on Chris Jerichos – ahem… gentlemen parts! It was one of the most hilarious moments in WWE history and I literary cried laughing! The intensity got pretty high when Braun Strowman entered and eliminated enemy after enemy – at one point throwing Kalisto so high I thought he was gonna disappear into the sky! And he eliminated the Big Show! I’m sensing a possible rivalry there in the future! It’s certainly been teased enough. He was eventually eliminated by Baron Corbin, a little too early for my liking.
After that, the Rumble just seemed to go through the motions. It wasn’t boring, but there wasn’t really much that happened. I got excited when Randy Orton came down though (more on that later) and when the Wyatt Family kinda turned on itself when Luke Harper turned on his family members.
But things REALLY got real when Brock Lesnar came at number 26! As you’d expect from The Beast Incarnate, he left a lot of destruction in his wake, knocking people down left right and centre. And then Goldberg came down at number 27! Considering Goldberg curb-stomped Brock at Survivor Series, this was Lesnar’s chance for revenge! Then Goldberg quickly trounced him and threw him out the ring. Seriously, Brock, just let it go dude!
The Undertaker was number 29 and you should have seen how the crowd popped! It doesn’t matter that the Undertake isn’t as young as he once was, he is still able to perform! My dream here was to see Goldberg and the Undertaker square off against each other! And even though Goldberg speared him, he was quickly eliminated – thus dashing my hopes of a dream match. Wrestlemania maybe? (Authors Note: Since doing this review, I have since found out that Brock Lesnar has challenged Goldberg to another match at Wrestlemania, so my wish may not be granted here).
So anyway, we were down to the last combatant. Who would it be? A mystery guest maybe? Kurk Angle? Boddy Roode? Maybe Seth Rollins had found a way in after losing his chance at Raw? The countdown ended and in stepped… Roman Reigns.
ARE YOU F***ING KIDDING ME?!?
I’m not the only one that was pissed off it would seem. The crowd’s boos when he entered were louder than when he won the 2015 Royal Rumble! They became even louder when he eliminated the Undertaker – prompting cries of “Bull****” from the audience! And I cannot disagree with them.
As Reigns eliminated opponent after opponent, my heart sunk as I realised he was going to win it. A great Rumble ruined by a terrible result. So I sat down as it ended with Randy Orton and Roman Reigns, as Reigns set up a spear to knock Orton out.
Only for Randy Orton to RKO Roman and then clothesline him out of the ring!
WOW! What an upset! I never imagined in a million years Orton winning, but I’m glad that he did! He hasn’t had a decent push in a while – and if he goes to fight Cena at Wrestlemania it will be a match for the ages!
So all in all, the Royal Rumble 2017 as an event was incredible! It was by no means the best Pay-Per-View ever, but it’s was a damn fine event all round. Aside from the cruiserweight match, all the matches were consistently good and entertaining. The Rumble itself was for the most part fun and had some awesome (and funny) moments. Match of the night I’d say would have to be AJ versus John Cena, just for the energy and intensity.
Low point of the event was Roman Reigns in the Rumble. Why was he even in there in the first place? Did WWE learn NOTHING from 2015? It would have spoiled an otherwise great Rumble had he won it – but thank god cooler heads prevailed and Orton won it! All in all this sets up an interesting path for Wrestlemania, Have to keep an eye on WWE until then.
For the Royal Rumble 2017, I give it 4.5 out of 5. The half a point was the inclusion of Roman Reigns in the Rumble itself when he had no business being in there. Told you Reigns ruins everything!
What were your thoughts! Where do you think it will go from here? Let me know.
Thanks for reading! Have a great week.