The Royal Rumble is far too big of a match and the outcome is always far too divisive to ever constitute it fully as a highlight or low point, but it's certainly filled with many instances of both—the good and the bad.
Because of this, it makes more sense to break down some different elements that stand out from the action to give credit for both sides of the argument.
In such a short time frame, Tyler Breeze went from being an extremely talented veteran of the NXT scene to the latest guy to watch on the main roster, but was then transitioned into a jobber. He didn't last a full 90 seconds and was used as a joke.
Speaking of jokes, the Curtis Axel elimination could have been played for uproarious laughs, but the execution wasn't on par with its potential. Axel actually lasted too long for it to be as funny as it could have been had he lasted roughly 10 seconds or less.
When The League of Nations took out Roman Reigns, fans who have been following the product long enough should have collectively groaned at the predictability of it all.
This was too reminiscent of the 1999 Royal Rumble where Vince McMahon's goons took the No. 1 entrant Stone Cold Steve Austin out of the match only for him to return later on and then come up short. Why couldn't Reigns have simply stayed in there the whole time?
Another downside to this part of the match was that the cameras were focused entirely on this, meaning Kofi Kingston's elimination wasn't seen outside of a replay.
The biggest one that will carry over into discussions across the WWE Universe is obviously AJ Styles making his appearance. Even with all the buzz surrounding his imminent arrival, it was still a shock to see him—and as the third entrant of all things!
Not only did Styles make a surprise appearance, but Sami Zayn's return to main roster programming was met with massive applause.
Having Kevin Owens eliminate Styles was a good means of putting the right type of heat on the right person. Following that with Zayn eliminating Owens felt like retribution for the fans and made the situation even better. Now, Owens has two potential matches at WrestleMania the audience would love to see.
Kingston's save by hanging on Big E's shoulders wasn't the most innovative of all his Royal Rumble spots from over the years, but it was still a fun little section of the match that the crowd got behind.
Another interesting moment was R-Truth getting confused and thinking this was the Money in the Bank match, pulling a ladder out and climbing to the top only to see that there was no briefcase hanging.
Braun Strowman looked like a beast here, eliminating the three biggest men in the company save for Brock Lesnar. To take Kane, Big Show and Mark Henry out of the Royal Rumble is incredibly impressive.
Lastly, as much as WWE left much to the imagination with Reigns being taken out of the match, it should get credit for subverting a predictable trope toward the end. Instead of doing the obvious Reigns vs. Triple H finish, it was cool to see Dean Ambrose in the final two with The Game.
Your mileage may vary on whether or not you enjoyed the Royal Rumble as a whole, if your preferred wrestler won and if this makes you more or less interested in WrestleMania 32.
Whether you loved it, hated it or just thought it was OK, let us know in the comments below what your highlights and low points were!
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