With the Royal Rumble officially over, many people are extremely upset.
There has been talk about how WWE completely dropped the ball on everything. How they made everyone wish for a refund. How the whole event was a massive miss.
Now, I will admit that I was frustrated with the end result. I didn't understand how Chris Jericho could lose when he promised to win.
But then I started thinking. He never promised to win—all he did was say that he was going to "end the world." In this sense, Jericho chose to manipulate his audience.
He creates the illusion that he was destined to win, and, when he didn't, the WWE Universe exploded. In this way, Jericho himself has broken the kayfabe lines and gained more heat. Interestingly enough, Jericho instantly addressed this on Twitter with just two words: "Stop whining..."
At the same time, we saw Sheamus, a big star on the rise, finally break the ceiling. His first two title reigns were lackluster, and, after bad politics, Sheamus had serious work to do to find the top again. Now, he has reached it, and could be on the verge of rivaling the likes of Cena and Orton.
But that wasn't all we saw, was it? We were forced to watch two non-sensical additions on the card with Brodus Clay getting a spotlight over Drew McIntyre, and a Divas match.
The Clay match was something that absolutely did not make sense on the card except that it highlighted two storylines together. McIntyre's fall and Clay's rise coincided to bring together a powerful continuation for both men without entering the Rumble.
At the same time, there was a eight-person tag team for the women of WWE which seemed pointless. However, it was given decent time (considering the one minute time-limit to Divas matches on Raw or SmackDown), and we saw two big things.
Kelly Kelly did something we have not truly seen from her at all. She took a risk with a diving crossbody which was surprisingly well done and could be foreshadowing bigger spots for the women going forward. Second, Beth Phoenix was dominant. With Kharma now back, Phoenix needed to dominate. A Phoenix/Kharma match could be huge if both are built up properly.
One thing we all saw and could appreciate was a solidly booked World Heavyweight Championship match. Mark Henry's injury hampered the flow a bit, but it was still good and solid enough to justify its purpose and give Bryan a good win, while leaving some room for development.
Next, we suffered through wretched booking as WWE gave CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler only 15 minutes. Was it overbooked? Yes. Was it still phenomenal work from both men? Absolutely! These two busted it out, and Ziggler still wrestled about 20 minutes in the Rumble.
Finally, we come to the most polarizing of ideas on the night: John Cena vs. Kane. No one going to be happy with this by the end. Something was going to give—or so we all thought. Instead of ending this, Cena and Kane extended the feud after having a great opening act in the ring with a non-finish and some confounding yet interesting twists in the tale.
Everybody knew more or less that no heel turn was on the horizon, but Cena needs to grow as a character through this, and these two have only clashed once. Give them time to grow into the feud and I guarantee you we will witness something impressive.
Where does it all lead? WrestleMania XXVIII. With two great video promos for Cena and the Rock at the event, we saw that our main event is on the rise, starting now. Will the match live up to the hype? Who knows? But the build-up will be spectacular.
Sheamus is going to WrestleMania, and he is getting ready to break the glass ceiling and become possibly the new No. 1 face on SmackDown.
Punk continues to show amazing work and he could he headed head long into a huge realism battle with Jericho. If Jericho keeps building off all this, this WrestleMania could end up being one of the most amazing WWE pay-per-views of all time.
Even the Divas are looking up with Kharma coming back, and Beth looking like a powerful challenger.
What's not to like here? We are on a road to one of the best WrestleManias ever. Will that road end as well as its beginning? Hopefully, but I know I'll be there for the entire ride.
Are you excited for WrestleMania XXVIII? What did you think about Royal Rumble? Do like where 2012 is heading?
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