Easily my second favorite WWE pay-per-view.
Every year, I watch the Royal Rumble. I do this because it’s the start of Wrestlemania season and usually the event’s results set up this year’s Wrestlemania. They tease potential feuds/matches for Wrestlemania, so missing this event could cause you to not know the background to a Wrestlemania match.
This year’s event is lead by the intriguing, sarcasm, feud between Randy Orton and John Cena. Both have been feuding for the past few months and are currently battling for the unified championship, which got “unified” in December. Not really unified, as there are still two belts. I mean, c’mon, get rid of the old WCW Heavyweight Championship; it’s treated as a secondary championship in the WWE.
This feud is stale. It’s been done numerous times before and I’m tired of it. Yeah, it was cool and refreshing the first couple of times they wrestled but that was in 2007, and at SummerSlam. That feud was hot because it was the first time both went head-to-head for the belt. Plus, it was in the middle of Cena’s unprecedented title run where no matter who he faced, he won. This time it was different. Everyone including me was tired of Cena’s boring, stale character. So watching a new rising star in Orton was refreshing, of course I cheered him on.
Also, this was one of the earliest memories of the for-Cena versus anti-Cena chants. Everyone hated Cena. The teenagers and older fans especially hated Cena; they hated how he was feed down our throats for the past few months. So, in response to him, they/we often cheered for his opponents but none were quite as charismatic as Orton was. From his pose to his punt to his killer finisher, the RKO, to his epic and dope entrance music, he was a certified G.
Back to this year’s match. The match could go either way. I don’t really know what the plans are for either one at Wrestlemania. Unlike last year, this match’s winner isn’t set in stone. However, this year I am gambling and choosing RKO to retain, I just don’t want to see Cena back with the belt, honestly.
Now to the main match, the Royal Rumble. It should be a great match; hopefully there are some good spots especially with The Shield, CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, the Usos, etc. in the match.
For my final four, I have Punk, who will be number one, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns from The Shield, and Batista. The WWE will use the Royal Rumble to help elevate Reigns into somewhat main event status by having him engage with Batista all while planting seeds for a future Shield breakup. Overcoming the odds, I have Punk winning the Rumble and surpassing Rey’s record for longest time in a Rumble.
As for the rest of the card, I have Brock Lesnar and Big Show in a grueling match with Lesnar winning in order to make him look strong and beast-like. And Daniel Bryan beating and getting revenge on Bray Wyatt and his Wyatt family.
Here’s to a good Rumble, hopefully we get some surprises.
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