Last year, WWE decided to do something radical.
With many new stars coming in and new stables dominating the scene in New Nexus and the Corre, WWE decided to change the traditional 30-man Royal Rumble into a 40-man match.
The results? The collection of good ideas, bad ideas and a lack of exposure for basically every minor star at the event. The mixed reviews for the event ranged everywhere from it being the worst Rumble ever to being a decent and longer match.
The match was so large that WWE broke some of its cardinal rules for the match many times. Both No. 1 contenders who wrestled earlier in that night were allowed into the match as well, which is generally never allowed. Also, the final couple minutes were a bit anti-climactic and used for comedy, as Santino Marella almost won the Rumble.
Now, people are looking back, and some are rating it higher. I have seen it on some people's top-10 lists for matches this year. While it was not a horrible match, it was much too choppy even by Royal Rumble standards to be considered a top match of the year.
So WWE came to its senses and decided to move back to the 30-man Royal Rumble match. This is certainly the best choice. Why?
Because the 30-man limit is exactly what makes the match great. The Royal Rumble is not about allowing a showcase of every and any star. It is actually about giving the best and rising stars a chance to gain the biggest prize in WWE, the chance to main event WrestleMania.
Granted, this year the winner will be in what will only be considered a co-main event to John Cena vs. The Rock, but it still huge to wrestle for a World Championship at WrestleMania.
In years past, stars have actually had to earn spots in the match. Their dedication and heart in just trying to find a spot in the contest reminded the viewer of just how important this opportunity is.
This year, we do not need to see number one contenders competing twice in the night after losing with their already giant opportunity. Sorry, Dolph. And we certainly don't need to see Santino make it to the final two. Sorry, Santino, you are charismatic and an incredibly underutilized talent, but you will never, in your current gimmick, be a legitimate RR winner.
What we need to see is thirty men who truly want to see their dreams come true. Thirty men deserving of that chance at fighting for a World Title at WrestleMania competing in that match.
OK, more like 15 men, 10 fillers, and five special entrants, but it is better than 15 men alongside five guests and 20 filler wrestlers.
In the end, we have seen 22 30-man Royal Rumbles. We have only seen one 40-man Royal Rumble. Let's keep it that way and make this year No. 23. It is best for the event, the talent and the company as a whole.
Oh and a special request, don't have Cena wrestle in the match please. He is already main eventing WrestleMania. What would he win? Special ringside seats until his match? Seriously, somebody else deserve that slot.
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