This year’s Royal Rumble will live forever as the first 40-man event. Not only will it be remembered for that, but the night the WWE made a huge mistake.
They gave the Royal Rumble win to Alberto Del Rio.
Del Rio debuted in the WWE in the summer of 2010 and almost six months afterwards, he’s going to headline WrestleMania.
While Del Rio was indeed the biggest mistake of the night, the WWE had two WCW legends debut to lackluster performances. Kevin Nash and Booker T made their expected returns to the WWE with huge pops from the Boston audience. Despite this, Booker was eliminated only moments after taking on most of New Nexus.
Kevin Nash lasted the better part of seven minutes only to be eliminated by Wade Barrett.
Despite the numerous rumors of the returns of Evan Bourne, Triple H and Christian, none of the combatants entered the Rumble and, overall, the match was a disappointment. Besides the Rumble match itself, Creative decided to ruin the Women’s Division again by taking the title off of Natalya.
I’ll admit that Eve has shown a ton of improvement, but Nattie should’ve held onto her title longer. There was also talk of debuting Awesome Kong during the Diva’s match. Like most of the other plans, it fell through and we were subject to an Eve win with McCool saving face.
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The Miz vs. Randy Orton match was a typical snooze fest. Though the ending may have taken us all by surprise, Miz retained the WWE title like we predicted. From his interference in the Rumble, it’s obvious that Miz will take on Cena at WrestleMania.
As they already planned.
The only saving grace of the night was Edge vs. Dolph Ziggler. In classic Edge/Dolph fashion, the Superstars put on a clinic with a perfect ending. A hidden spear followed by the Killswitch put Ziggler down for the three.
Back to the subject of the Rumble. I believe WWE Creative has buried themselves with these angles. Now that Miz and Del Rio are locked for WrestleMania, the WWE fans will be faced with a number of mediocre story lines and matches.
The Rumble itself was disappointing. John Cena and CM Punk dominated the majority of the Rumble and were my picks to win the match. Cena eliminated Punk and Creative has Miz continue his feud with Cena.
Yes, I realize that the Elimination Chamber PPV is mere weeks away, but it won’t change anything. The Miz’s reign may be mediocre, but Creative will wait to take the title off Miz until WrestleMania. No matter what happens inside Satan’s structure, Del Rio is still headlining WrestleMania.
And to think, mere weeks ago I wrote an article on these guys and the higher standards they were held to. Now they’re headlining WrestleMania.
Honestly, I will miss WrestleMania for the first time since 2001.