This article will feature a brief Royal Rumble review before we get to the main issue in the title. Having watched the Royal Rumble I will say that I felt it was a solid PPV. The opening contest for the ECW title between Ezekiel and Christian was a decent encounter and showed everyone that the monster really does have something to offer the WWE. I was disappointed that Jackson lost because I want Christian to move to Raw or Smackdown!, but captain charisma once again gave a respectable showing.
The next match was Miz Vs. MVP. I was surprised by WWE's late decision to include this match, and I feel that because of this late decision making, the match suffered. It just never got going. It wasn't bad but it wasn't exactly good. I was however pleased that Miz won.
Orton vs. Sheamus was a good match, which I felt made Orton look strong and Sheamus look weak. The finish was strange and I do not like the fact that Sheamus keeps getting the last word over every challenger. There was no need for the bicycle kick at the end with everything else that was going on.
I could comment on how disappointed I was with the women's title match but is it worth it? It was just a total waste and I'll leave it at that.
The Royal Rumble match was better than last years and potentially set-up many feuds, and I was pleasantly surprised that Edge won it.
Now on to the main point of this article. I have read a few articles over the last few weeks talking about Undertaker in a negative fashion. These articles have covered many topics including his lack of speed, his age, and even the possibility that he is over-rated. Well he proved all of those criticisms wrong on Sunday night.
His match with Mysterio was easily the best on the card, and don't tell me that it was all Mysterio's making. Undertaker was in control for the majority of the match, which meant that he practically carried it. He looked no different in the ring than he did five years ago, and his move-set is still as large as ever. He executed all of his manoeuvres faultlessly and showed the sheer strength and power he still possesses. People these days keep praising the high-flyers but in my estimation nothing beats the simplicity of the fist. It makes me laugh when I watch Mysterio spring-boarding of the ropes in a complicated display of athleticism to be simply cut down with a punch or massive boot to the face. I do like high-flyers, but I'd much rather watch the Undertaker's, Batista's and Kane's of this world.
The match was also fairly quick in pace, Undertaker's natural style is slow and methodical (as it suits his gimmick), but he can easily operate at higher speeds. He displayed some great power moves ranging from simple tosses, to mid-air arm-locks, to side-slams and the best last ride I have ever seen. Mysterio put on a decent showing but Undertaker showed us all that he is still up there with the best in the buisness. Class is permanent. Not to mention he did it all with blood streaming down his face, which somehow made the match that much better.The PG era does not apply to Undertaker.
Undertaker is still as fantastic as ever, and I am 100% positive he could put on a match equalling or even surpassing last years match at Wrestlemania with Shawn Michaels (even though I do not want it to happen). Mind you Michaels move-set lately appears to be limited slightly to repeated Ric Flair style chest chops. I'm just saying that too much of a good thing can be bad, but Michaels is a true phenom in his own right.
But my message to you is simple, respect the Undertaker because he is still a true great in the business and quite simply put, WWE will never be the same when it eventually loses the man who helped perhaps more than any other to make it the greatest professional wrestling company in the world.
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