CM Punk quits WWE: It was unclear only a few days ago whether this whole thing was real or one giant work, but it is slowly starting to lean toward the former. Regardless of his reasons for leaving, Punk's absence on WWE TV will definitely be felt for weeks to come, and the timing couldn't have been worse with WrestleMania 30 right around the corner. He will be deeply missed by the WWE Universe, but I expect to see him back in the company before long.
Batista wins the Royal Rumble: Sure, we all saw this happening from the moment Batista was announced for the match, but sometimes predictability is indeed a bad thing. Similar to last year with John Cena, we were all hoping that WWE would provide us with a shock finish to this year's Royal Rumble by allowing Daniel Bryan to enter and having him win. But no such luck. Although I am a fan of Batista, not even I can get excited about the thought of him headlining WrestleMania 30 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Randy Orton.
Randy Orton vs. John Cena: The match itself was solid and well wrestled, but it was extremely difficult to get excited about the idea of these two facing off on pay-per-view yet again. Them stealing each other's finishing maneuvers didn't do much for me, and apparently, it didn't do much for the live audience, which jeered both guys the entire time. The finish was well done and the crowd came alive down the stretch for the near-falls, but one can only hope that this was the last time we see Orton and Cena facing off in a WWE ring for a long, long time to come.
The Prime Time Players split up: Where did this come from? It had absolutely no build and seemed like poor timing considering it is WrestleMania season and both guys are bound to get lost in the shuffle. I realize many people see potential in Titus O'Neil as a singles star, but it was still too soon to break them up. They were one of the most entertaining tag teams in the division but were never even given a run with the belts. What a shame.
Fandango, R-Truth and Xavier Woods: It's the same minute matches from these three every single week. None of them have any direction at the moment, and both Woods and Fandango are being underutilized with terrible gimmicks. Constantly putting them in matches against each other doesn't do anyone any favors.
Kofi Kingston vs. Damien Sandow: Another meaningless match between these two individuals, both of whom are deserving of so much more. It was a fine match for what it was, but I have zero idea where they are going with this Sandow losing-streak angle. Meanwhile, the win did nothing for Kofi, who knocked off the WWE World Heavyweight champion just a few weeks ago.
Natalya vs. Tamina Snuka: These are two of the better women's wrestlers in the Divas division right now, yet they aren't even given more than a few minutes on WWE Main Event. It was a throwaway win for Natalya, but if nothing else, at least the feud between AJ Lee and Naomi was furthered here.
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