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Ask WNZ: Likes & Dislikes About The Rumble Match

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With the show in the books, we get to reflect. Earlier, we talked about the overall pay-per-view. Now, we focus specifically on the 30 man affair.

Dorathy Gass:

What I liked about the Royal Rumble: the outcome, the surprise entrants, and the stories that developed moving into Wrestlemania. I’ve already written this, but I was fine with Triple H winning, and my inner Attitude Era/DX fan is going a bit crazy right now. If you ask friends and family, Triple H is, and has always been my favorite guy. So seeing him become 14-time WWE Champion is a huge thing for me, because I never imagined another title reign was in his future. Having said that, if the WWE wants to continue to push Roman Reigns, than HHH winning the 2016 Royal Rumble just makes sense. Moving on, I loved the stories that unfolded within the bout as well: the tease of a Wyatt feud with Brock Lesnar intrigues me. Separate from that (I wrote this as well in an article), but Bray Wyatt slapping Triple H not only foreshadows a potential Wyatt face turn in the future (perhaps, distant future), I think it spoke volumes about the character, and what direction it is taking: blurring the lines of heel status, yet further alienating the cult-like stable from the rest of the roster. I loved the debut of Styles, and the return of Zayn, and the hint of a program (for either, with Owens). And speaking of, while Kevin Owens lost both matches, to me, he came out looking well from the Rumble. His match with Dean Ambrose was incredible, earlier on, he staggered into the Rumble (despite ‘injuries’ from his match, and the toll it took on his body – further proving this man’s ambition as it relates to the company), and he eliminated Styles, in such a mocking way, which further added heat to his heel character. I thought Owens, despite the losses, was on fire that night in terms of overall performance. I also loved R-Truth confusing the Rumble with a Ladder match; added a little humor along the way.

What I disliked? No Sandow. With the pop he received in the Preshow match, and the chants; they need to give this guy a chance. I’m not saying throw a title on him; let’s start out with something small like having him in a storyline or a match on RAW. I didn’t like the angle where Reigns was carried out into the back, only to return;  I know a lot of things were clichéd about the Royal Rumble this year, hey, they’ve been doing this for 28 years, its hard to stay ‘fresh’ sometimes, but it was quite predictable that he’d come back … even my eight-year-old could see it coming.

John Deegan:

Likes? It was better than the prior Rumble, hands down. Last year’s match didn’t even belong on RAW. The entrants were pretty well mixed in, and the action was nicely paced. I liked AJ Styles getting a nice run in the match, and a very strong reaction from the crowd. Easily could say his was the pop of the night. Jericho had a quietly long run in the match. And as time passes, Hunter winning it is growing on me. Maybe WWE is playing it safe with his reign until ‘Mania, but I’d rather see Hunter with the title than Sheamus, so I don’t disagree.

Dislikes? Not enough surprises. The only one that was semi-surprising was Zayn, but I’d been calling for him as a surprise for a while, so not really surprising. There wasn’t a mega-surprise. No surprise of Diesel’s music hitting. No Rock, no Undertaker, no Daniel Bryan. Nothing. If WWE had wanted more names in, I would have been fine with an expanded Rumble. The upside is, I suppose, that WWE has a newfound confidence in their talent that they didn’t expand the Rumble, nor did they give a spot to a cheap pop as opposed to a deserving main roster guy.

The outside interference. Just tiring of it. The Wyatt bit was better executed and planned out than was the League of Nations attack, honestly. When everyone saw Roman going to the back, you knew what it was. It was a plot device to get him out of the match for a stretch. Which is either sad or confusing. Sad, because he should be able to hang for the full match; confusing because the League didn’t completely take him out, it was poorly executed and distracting, and it didn’t benefit the League at all. In truth, they really had no baring on Reigns’ eventual elimination. So it was like…what’s the point?

In the end, I would have loved to see WWE go totally unexpected, and seen them put someone totally fresh over. Wyatt. Owens. Ambrose. Just to flip the script and all that. Perhaps next year…but all in all, while I’ve picked on the card and the match, the show was a good start for 2016.

Joseph Lisnow:

The start of the Rumble wasn’t original. The last entrants of 2015 were the first two of 2016. It’s been done before, but at least it was over in less than 90 seconds. Seeing AJ Styles make his WWE debut was something I wasn’t sure fans would ever see. Based off his pop, people might not watch TNA though they know who AJ Styles clearly is. Chris Jericho trailing right behind was a great spot and he seemed like the logical fit for the iron man of the match. Getting tossed by Dean Ambrose at the end only brings heel Jerihco one step back to becoming a reality.

The League of Nations attacking Roman Reigns so he could leave the Rumble for a good chunk of time seemed like a waste. If the WWE wanted to amp Reigns’ character, he should have been in the match longer. Brock Lesnar’s time was quick, but he landed a bunch of suplexes and setup his next feud with the Wyatt Family; a feud that could go 10 months the way Lesnar appears on TV. Triple H at number 30 was no shock, but a nice surprise since he hasn’t wrestled in 10 months.

By tossing Reigns out second to last, it created the fans from turning on the final two (Triple H and Ambrose), which has been a major problem the last two years with Reigns. It also made me believe for a moment that Ambrose could pull off a miracle. That’s not how it played out; still, the match was better than previous years and what the WWE desperately needed. Good start towards the Road to WrestleMania.

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  • Orbit Storm

    Dorathy, I’m not so certain Bray is blurring the lines between heel and face given how emphatically the fans booed the Wyatts for dumping Lesnar over the top rope at the Rumble and once again showering Bray with boos the following night on Raw when Kane jobbed to him without Lesnar appearing. Brady’s character lost its mystique a long time ago and I’d wager Brock Lesnar is far more “over” than Bray Wyatt is, making any potential match between the two a clear face vs heel with Bray being the latter. Just for further evidence, on a previous Raw, when Reigns speared Lesnar, the crowd erupted in boos for that too. Of course, creative could do the dense thing and make Lesnar do something dastardly to push him back into heel status but at this very moment, Bray is very clearly the heel, no matter what creative intends him to be.

  • Orbit Storm

    Dorathy, I’m not so certain Bray is blurring the lines between heel and face given how emphatically the fans booed the Wyatts for dumping Lesnar over the top rope at the Rumble and once again showering Bray with boos the following night on Raw when Kane jobbed to him without Lesnar appearing. Bray’s character lost its mystique a long time ago and I’d wager Brock Lesnar is far more “over” than Bray Wyatt is, making any potential match between the two a clear face vs heel with Bray being the latter. Just for further evidence, on a previous Raw, when the ascending Reigns speared Lesnar, the crowd erupted in boos for that too. Of course, creative could do the dense thing and make Lesnar do something dastardly to push him back into heel status but at this very moment, Bray is very clearly the heel, no matter what creative intends him to be.

    • biz

      Agreed 100%

  • Si Nicholls

    I think the biggest loser out of all of the Rumble is Zyan, because of the hype around Aj Styles, HHH, Brock being eliminated etc his return is almost forgotten about

    • biz

      Yeah you’re right. Fortunately, I think zayn will stay in nxt until after mania. I’d like to see him and KO feud when he makes his full time debut on the main roster.

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