Normally when I review a wrestling PPV I like to rate the show match by match. For this year’s Royal Rumble, which was held in Philadelphia, I am only going to discuss the Royal Rumble match itself. Overall, this was a solid PPV, but the main event has been the hot topic this past week.
The winner of this year’s Royal Rumble who gets a shot at the WWE World Title was Roman Reigns and damn, the Philly crowd was angry as was the Internet Wrestling Community (which will be referred to as the IWC from here on out). About midway through the match the crowd/fan favorite Daniel Bryan was thrown out of the ring. For the rest of the match, the next 30 minutes or so, the live crowd booed just about everything that occurred in the ring. The wrestlers, the high spots in the match, etc… Even at the end when The Rock showed up the crowd cheered at first and then quickly went back to booing.
Here’s the thing, I get not being happy that your favorite wrestler was not scripted to win that night, but it is extremely disrespectful to punish every other wrestler for what management decided. The booing was relentless and almost ruined a solid show for the people watching at home. You could tell the wrestlers were a bit thrown off and it was noticeable that The Rock was not happy. The IWC keeps trying to convince people it is because Roman Reigns won (which is ridiculous since they are real life cousins). These are probably the same people who still think wrestling is not scripted and Kim Kardashian has talent.
The Rumble really had some great moments with Bubba Ray Dudley making a surprising return and having a great moment with Bray Wyatt, plus DDP making an impressive one night return as well. Speaking of Wyatt, he made a strong showing and showed he was a legitimate presence in the match.
Reigns winning was great since the WWE is really pushing their younger talent right now and we are finally seeing some new faces in the main events. They are doing what the fans have been asking for.
Plain and simple, it was a good show with the only dampener being the live crowd and the IWC.
For the fans in Philly that night and the IWC, get over your selves.