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Knee-Jerk reaction to the 2015 Royal Rumble.

Updated on January 26, 2015

The "other" matches.

Before the actual Rumble match began, we were given four other matches.

First, we had a very stiff, very awkward match between the New Age Outlaws and the Ascension.
It was pretty obvious from the jump that the Outlaws were going to put the Ascension over. I mean... They were training them in NXT mere weeks before.The booking for the Ascension has been god awful, after a mediocre debut against Miz and Mizdow, they have no impressive wins. They've run though amateur jobbers and then had to do the favor for a gang of geriatric has-beens. This win might have helped Konnor and VIctor if they had smoothly run the 6-time tag team champions over, but they didn't. They were carried by an older tag team and won a forgettable match.

Next we had yet another Miz/Mizdow vs. Usos tag team match. Unfortunately, it didn't really stand out from any of the other 19 zillion times we've seen this match. The Miz got boos, Mizdow got cheers, and the Miz refused to tag him in, the Usos were a cohesive team and pulled down the win.
It was a good enough match, but one we've seen just ten times too many.

The Divas tag-team match between Natalya, Paige, and the Bellas was okay. Paige never got in, and I think there was some Total Divas storyline? Yes? No? Maybe?! It was alright, it sucked that we saw more Bella than Wrestling and that ultimately nothing we'll need to discuss moving forward happened.

Finally, we got to the triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship...

The Highlight of the Night.

What do you say about the match between John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Seth Rollins?
It was awesome. All three guys had moments where they were kicking ass, everybody got to bust out multiple finishers, Cena speared Brock through the barrier, Rollins dove off the top rope and put Brock through the table, there were a ton of awesome moments.
At several points in the match, I thought it was over. I honestly believed that all three competitors had the match won at some point. It was awesome, and the best title match I have seen since... Maybe Wrestlemania 30...

All three guys kicked ass, and if I knew how the next part of the PPV would end, I would've cherished it more...

The Royal Fumble.

What the hell.
The Royal Rumble is usually one of my favorite pay per views.
It's a ton of fun, you get to see plenty of superstars, and anything can happen.
This year...
It's easier to list what went right.
Zack Ryder returning got a cheer out of my friends and I, Bubba Ray Dudley, Diamond Dallas, Page, and the Boogyeman enjoyed fun comebacks, Bray Wyatt had an excellent showing, the Rock showed up, Kane got the eliminations record, and they teased Gold vs Stardust.
That was fun.
Outside of that.
God. Was. That. AWFUL.
There was barely any starpower, and by that I mean, all the guys who had been rumored to participate were ghosts.
No Randy Orton, no Sheamus, no Sami Zayn, no RVD, no Rey Mysterio, and... well, nobody expected CM Punk to show up.
Instead, Mizdow, Big Show, Cesaro, and Titus O'Neil showed up in the final ten.
Seriously? Those guys?
And even when the stars they had in the match, they completely dropped the ball.
Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, and Daniel Bryan... Wow B's, anyway... Were huge fan favorites heading into the match and COMBINED for 25 minutes.
Roman Reigns was in the match for 27 minutes by himself.
Oh. Roman Reigns.
The guy who seemed invisible during the match and stole a cheap victory by shoving Rusev over the top rope.
Even after his cousin, the Rock came out and heavily endorsed him, the Philadelphia crowd echoed the rage of fans everywhere by booing louder than they did last year when Rey Mysterio came out instead of Daniel Bryan at 30.
Now we've got Brock vs. Roman at mania, where Roman will most definitely kick Brock's ass on his way out to the UFC...
"The Stuttering Samoan" will be our WWEWHC...
Hopefully Seth Rollins cashes in and saves our skins.

Painfully predictable ending.
Painful misuse of talent.
OH! And my favorite story to come out of Sunday night.
Mysteriously, after #CancelWWENetwork started trending worldwide, the website went down.
Yeah, either WWE is trying to cover their asses or so many people cancelled their WWE Network subscriptions that the website freaking crashed.
Which I don't understand.
I mean, at least with the WWE Network, you can go back and watch PPVs from when this product wasn't absolute garbage.



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